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Official Treasure Hunt Easter Knit-Along by Nicola Valiji

Official Treasure Hunt Easter Knit-Along by Nicola Valiji

Ready for your next exciting project of 2019? This year we have asked the talented Nicola Valiji to create The Official Deramores Treasure Hunt Kit Easter Knit-Along 2019.

Get creative this Easter by knitting little animals and a lamb basket that’s perfect for your little ones on their treasure hunt. Each of the little animals will fit a plastic fillable egg or chocolate egg in, whilst the lamb basket is perfect for storing your little animals away or even to collect your chocolates in.


Questions, Hints & Tips

Don't forget to join in the conversation on our Facebook group and make sure you share your progress. Nicola Valiji will also be a member of the group and will help to answer as many questions as she can! We'll feature as many of these as possible and also aim to answer all your Questions:

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The Official Deramores Treasure Hunt Kit Easter Knit-Along



Deramores Studio DK





Skill Level

Advanced with step by step instructions throughout.



Nicola Valiji - Knitola


Number of Variants

1 – Yarn Pack - Can be found HERE

2 – Yarn Pack including Toy Stuffing - Can be found HERE 


Approximate Size

Basket base diameter: 23cm.

Basket sides height: 12cm.

Basket handles length: 38cm.

Basket head: 13cm.

Basket legs: 13cm.

Basket tail length: 11cm.

Basket flowers: 3.5cm.

Egg cosy: 10cm tall.


Start Date

1st March 2019

*Please note that the Yarn Pack can be purchased from the 21st of February 2019.



4 Weeks, with a new section of the pattern, added every week.


Pattern Release Times

The Deramores team will aim to release a new section of the Knit-Along every Friday at 10:00 am GMT. We will also notify customers of this via email, social media, and the website and so make sure you are signed up to our newsletter and our social media pages to keep up to date.


About the Designer

I was taught to knit at an early age by my Grandmother and mother, it was a very craft full home, where I found I could turn my hand to most crafts. I really became obsessed with knitting after suffering from anxiety and depression in my twenties (an ongoing battle!).

I started designing small knitted items for cards, this becomes a huge success leading to kits being made out of the cards. I have now moved on from cards to quirky homewares, quick knits and toys. I now design for a number of knitting magazines and my website

Nicola Valiji also has a Designer Shop at Deramores.


Further information about the Knit-Along:

Nicola Valiji stemmed her idea for this Knit-Along to be a project that could be used year after year. She had a vision hiding the little animals around the house or garden, then using the lamb basket to collect and place the animals in with their little head poking out of the top of the basket.  The lamb basket can be used after Easter as a project bag and will fit five 100g balls of yarn and has handy carry handles.

‘’I had a wonderful time designing the little animals and adding charters to each design, even though they were small they took a quite a long time to design due to all the little details. My particular favourite is the little mouse, with the cute curly tail! I wanted the handles to look like a rainbows and I am really happy with how they turned out. I thought the basket and body of the lamb would look good in a bobble stitch. So had to get out my knitting stitch dictionary and have an experiment with bobbles.

I can't wait to see everyone's completed makes and maybe photos of your little ones using it for a treasure hunt on Easter Sunday. It was truly an honour to be asked to design my first ever Knit-Along using my all-time favourite Deramores Studio DK yarn to design with. I have joined the Deramores project group on Facebook so am really excited to see what everyone has to say about it.’’