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Most of us probably purchase our eggs from the grocery store, but there are some of us who prefer to try things differently, and we raise the chickens ourselves.

With so many people still at home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of us might have finally found the time to start raising chickens.

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If you happen to be one of the people who are raising a coop of chickens in their backyard, you’re probably well-aware of the challenges that come with carrying all the eggs back into the house in one go. Using your two hands is not much of an option.

But thanks to several chicken owners who are also into crocheting, there is a pretty clever solution: an apron specifically designed for gathering up eggs. Ashlea Konecny decided to get creative and she ended up creating the “Egg-cellent Apron.” She now sells the crochet pattern on her Etsy shop, HeartHookHome, for $4.

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The thing that makes this apron special is the fact that it has individual pockets which allows you to gather up to 19 eggs at one time. Since the pockets are individual, they are kept safe so there is no fear of them breaking. Plus, it allows you to keep your hands free so you can attend to your birds or continue collecting the eggs they’ve laid. There is also a larger pocket on it which allows you to keep your phone on you as well. It’s like she’s thought of everything!

The pattern is available for instant download through Konecny’s Etsy shop. Alternatively, it can be purchased on Ravelry.

Making the apron yourself is pretty simple as well, as you just need the following items:

A size J (6mm) crochet hook
Roughly 725 yards of cotton/acrylic blend worsted-weight yarn
An upholstery needle
Bobby pins

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The pattern is beginner-friendly as well, so if you’re new to the crochet game you can still make it yourself so long as you know how to perform the basic chain stitch and the half-double crochet stitch.

If you are searching through Etsy, there are plenty of other options as well, such as No-Sew Egg Apron Crochet Pattern by DragonflyYarnDesigns, which is only $2.99 and requires no sewing. When finished, this one can hold up to 18 eggs.

Photo: Etsy/DragonflyYarnDesigns

Of course, if you prefer to sew your own you can also avail of the Pocket Apron Pattern by Etsy shop owner SweaterDoll. This one is downloadable for $9 and requires you to purchase your own materials.

Photo: Etsy/SweaterDoll

What do you think of these egg apron options? Would you ever get one for yourself to make egg gathering easier? Let us know!