Bunny

Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Project Type: 
Baby/Children

Our knitted Bunny is a jointed stuffed toy. We've included a pouch to hide sweet treats and an optional pompom tail.

 

Size

Approximately 20” high (standing, including ears)

 

Materials

1 Ball each Berroco Comfort (50 grs), #9733 Turquoise (MC) and #9723 Rosebud (CC)

Small amount black worsted-weight yarn for eyes

1 Set (4) double pointed knitting needles (dpn), size 7 (4.50 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

Crochet hook, size 4.50 mm (G)

Two 3/4” buttons

Two 1” buttons

1 Bag polyester stuffing

Tapestry needle

 

Gauge

22 sts = 4”;  29 rows = 4” in St st

TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

 

Body

With dpn’s, using MC, cast on 20 sts.   Divide sts onto 3 needles and join, being careful not to twist sts.  Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up.  Knit 3 rnds.

Inc Rnd 1:  M1k, k4, * M1k, k1, M1k, k4, rep from * twice more, M1k, k1 – 28 sts.  Knit 3 rnds.

Inc Rnd 2:  M1k, k6, * M1k, k1, M1k, k6, rep from * twice more, M1k, k1 – 36 sts.  Knit 3 rnds.  Continue to inc 8 sts every 4th rnd in this manner 3 times more, having 2 more sts between incs each time – 60 sts.  Work even in St st (k EVERY rnd) until piece measures 7” from beg.

Dec Rnd 1:  K2 tog, k10, * SSK, k1, k2 tog, k10, rep from * twice more, SSK, k1 – 52 sts.  Continue to dec 8 sts every 4th rnd in this manner 4 times more, having 2 less sts between decs each time – 20 sts.  Work even until piece measures 10” from beg.  Bind off.

 

Head

With dpn’s, using MC, cast on 20 sts.  Divide sts onto 3 needles and join, being careful not to twist sts.  Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up.  Knit 2 rnds.

** Inc Rnd 1:  K1, place marker, M1k, * k4, M1k, place marker, k1, place marker, M1k, rep from * twice more, k4, M1k – 28 sts.

Inc Row 2:  K to 4th marker, M1k, sl marker, k1, sl  marker, M1k, k to end – 30 sts.  Rep Inc Rnd 2 once more – 32 sts.  Rep from ** twice more – 56 sts.  Knit 4 rnds.

++Dec Rnd 1:  K to 2 sts before 4th marker, SSK, sl marker, k1, sl marker, k2tog, k to end – 54 sts.  ++ Rep Dec Rnd 1 twice more – 50 sts.

Dec Rnd 2:  K1, sl marker, * k2 tog, k to 2 sts before next marker, SSK, sl marker, k1, sl marker, rep from * twice more, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog – 42 sts.  Rep from ++ twice more – 20 sts.  Knit 1 rnd.  Rep Dec Rnd 2 once more – 12 sts.   Knit 1 rnd.  Bind off.

 

Ears (Make 2 MC and 2 CC)

With straight needles, using MC, cast on 10 sts.  Work even in St st for 3”, end on WS.

Dec Row (RS):  SSK, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog – 8 sts.  Purl 1 row.  Rep these 2 rows 3 times more – 2 sts.  Bind off.  Make 1 more ear using MC and 2 more using CC.

 

Right Front Leg

Note:  When changing colors, hold yarn to the left and pick up new color from underneath. This twists yarn so there are no holes.

With 2 dpn’s, using MC, cast on 13 sts, place marker;  with CC, cast on 12 sts – 25 sts.  Work even in St st with MC and CC for 1”, end on WS.

Dec Row (RS):  SSK, k8, k2 tog, SSK, k9, k2 tog – 21 sts.  Work even until piece measures 2” from beg, end on WS.  Drop CC and work with MC alone from here.

Dec Row (RS):  *K to 2 sts before marker, k2 tog, sl marker, SSK, k to end – 19 sts.  Work even for 1”, end on WS.  Rep from * twice more – 15 sts.  Work even until piece measures 5” from beg, end on WS.  Bind off 2 sts at beg of the next 4 rows.  Bind off remaining 7 sts.

 

Left Front Leg

Work same as right front leg, reversing placement of CC section at beg of leg.

 

Back Legs (Make 2)

Pawpad:  With 2 dpn’s, using CC, cast on 9 sts.  Purl 1 row.

Inc Row (RS):  K1, M1k, k to last st, M1k, k1 – 11 sts.  Purl 1 row.   Rep the last 2 rows once more – 13 sts.  Work even in St st until piece measures 1 1/2” from beg, end on WS.

Dec Row (RS):  SSK, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog – 11 sts.  Purl 1 row.  Rep these 2 rows twice more, end on WS – 7 sts.  Bind off.  Mark center st of bound-off row.

Leg:  With RS facing, using dpn’s and MC, beg at center of cast-on row of Pawpad, pick up and k36 sts evenly spaced around entire pawpad (18 sts before marker and 18 sts after).  Join and mark for beg of rnd.

Next Rnd:  K18, place marker, k to end.

Dec Rnd 1:  K to 2 sts before center marker, SSK, sl marker, k2 tog, k to end – 34 sts.  Rep this dec every other rnd 5 times more – 24 sts.  Work even until leg measures 6” from beg.

Next Row:  Bind off 3 sts, k to end.  Turn.  From here you will be working back and forth in St st.  Bind off 3 sts at beg of the next 3 rows.  Bind off remaining 12 sts.

 

Pocket

With 2 dpn’s, using CC, cast on 24 sts.  Keeping 2 sts at each side in Garter St and remaining sts in St st, work even for 3 1/2”, end on WS.  Knit 4 rows.  Bind off.

 

Finishing

Stuff body lightly with polyester stuffing and set aside.

Ear Edging:  Hold 1 MC and 1 CC ear with WS tog.  Using crochet hook and CC, work in sc around entire ear, working through double thickness and fastening ears tog.  Fold bound-off edge at top of head in half forming a sideways slit.  Fold ears and insert lower edges in slit.  Sew in place.  Stuff head firmly.  Sew head to body, inserting more stuffing as you work so that head stands up straight.  Using black yarn and tapestry needle, embroider eyes in Satin st as shown in photo.  Using CC and tapestry needle, embroider nose in Satin st and mouth with straight sts as shown in photo.  Fold front legs in half lengthwise.  Sew cast-on edge and side edges tog.  Stuff firmly.  Sew top edge tog.  Using CC and tapestry needle, embroider toes as in photo.  Hold 1 front leg on each side of body with smaller button in center of upper section.  Using tapestry needle and doubled yarn, sew from one button straight through leg and body to the other leg, then through button on that side.  Repeat this several times until legs are firmly held in place.  Fasten off.  Stuff back legs firmly and sew top edges.  Fasten to body using larger buttons in same manner as front legs.  Sew pocket to front of bunny’s body.

Collar:  With crochet hook, using CC, make a chain long enough to fit around bunny’s neck.

Row 1:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 3, sc in next ch, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 2:  * Ch 5, sc in next ch-3 space, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  * Ch 7, sc in next ch-5 space, rep from * across.  Fasten off.  Wrap collar around neck and sew ends tog at back neck.  Optional:  If tail is desired, make a 2” pompon with CC and sew to back of bunny’s bottom.