Simple Baby Gift: Knit Bunnies

19 Jul

I love knitting things for babies. To start with, babies are small—therefore the projects are small, and are usually accomplished quickly. It’s so nice to start and finish in the same weekend. It doesn’t hurt that babies are extremely cute, so whatever you make for them is instantly elevated by their adorableness.

I came across this pattern when I was looking for something to make for two mom-to-be friends of mine. It’s from a great book called “Vintage Knits for Modern Babies” by Hadley Fierlinger. All the patterns are pretty easy to follow, and the knits are cute and classic. I always enjoy making things that seem timeless, so that hopefully one day I can pass down the same projects to my children.

Knit Bunny looking for carrots

This bunny knits up quickly and is pretty simple. It’s a nice size for newborns because it’s easy to tuck in to their car seat but it’s not so small that it gets lost in a bag. I use natural cotton yarns with the thought that there’s a good chance a little guy (or gal) might be chewing on it at some point.
Nana’s Bunnies
Beginner / intermediate

Finished Measurements
Height: 5½”

Materials
1 65 g skein Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Organic Cotton (100% cotton; 150 yds [137 m]) in #30 Birch (MC)
1 65 g skein Skinny Dyed Cotton in #305 Pink (CC)
US 4 (3.5 mm) straight needles
Yarn needle for finishing
Small amount of organic carded wool or polyester fiberfill or yarn scraps for stuffing
Yarn or embroidery thread and needle for embroidering on face and details
1 (¾” [2 cm]) pom-pom
Tip: The 2 skeins of yarn will make 2 to 3 bunnies, if you want to make several.

Gauge
28 sts and 34 rows make 4″ (10 cm) in St st

Directions

Body
Beg at bottom of bunny. With MC, CO 12 sts.
Row 1: *Inc1; rep from * to end—24 sts.
Knit even for 7 more rows with MC.
Knit 8 rows with CC.
Knit 2 rows with MC.
Knit 2 rows with CC.
Knit 2 rows with MC.
Knit 2 rows with CC.
Next row: With MC, k4, (k2tog) twice, k8, (k2tog) twice, k4—20 sts.
Knit 1 row with MC.
Next row: With CC, k3, (k2tog) twice, k6, (k2tog) twice, k3—16 sts.
Knit 1 row with CC.
Break off CC.

Head
Cont on 16 sts in MC only.
Next row (RS): *K1, inc1; rep from * to end—24 sts.
Work 9 rows St st, ending with a purl row.
Next row: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end—16 sts.
Next row: Purl.
Next row: *K2tog; rep from * to end—8 sts.
Using yarn needle, thread yarn through rem sts, pull tight, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing up the back.

Ear (Make 2)
CO 6 sts with MC.
Row 1: *Inc1; rep from * to end—12 sts.
Work 11 rows in St st, ending with a purl row.
Next row: *K2tog; rep from * to end—6 sts.
BO.

Finishing
With RS together, using long yarn tail at top of head, sew back seam of head and body, leaving bottom open. Turn bunny right side out, stuff lightly, and then finish stitching bottom. To create “legs,” using same yarn, stitch through stuffing up the middle about 1½” (4 cm) or to first band of CC. Join ear seam, stuff ears lightly, and sew to head. Weave in ends. Embroider face on bunny using embroidery thread or yarn oddments. Sew on pom-pom for the tail.

Knit Bunny just chillin'

The pattern is reprinted from The Oregonian with permission from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. Copyright © 2009 by Hadley Fierlinger, Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.

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8 Responses to “Simple Baby Gift: Knit Bunnies”

  1. Deborah Watkins 20. Jul, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    This is so cute. Knitting is on my want to learn how to do list. I love the little tail! I have crocheted a few scarves but then I for got how to do it, I’m sure I could pick it back up, but it seems like there is a lot more you can do with knitting.

  2. Miss Jones 20. Jul, 2010 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks! I like knitting and crocheting, there are so many fun projects for each. Once you figure it out, knitting is pretty easy. It really helps if there’s someone who can show you in person. I taught myself from a book, but it took FOREVER to understand it. :) Try looking on youtube, they have some great “how to” videos and you can actually see all the techniques.

  3. Libby 20. Aug, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi I am currently knitting the bunny mobile but have hit a problem.

    I would like your opinion on the second row in the head part below for the Bunny pattern please. It says Starting with 16 stitches – *K1, inc1; rep from * to end—24 sts. but shouldn’t that end with a total of 36 stitches not 24?

    Am I missing something? Your help is very much appreciated.

  4. Libby 20. Aug, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Sorry correction – I meant ending with a total of 32 stitches not 24?

  5. Miss Jones 21. Aug, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Libby, you’ll end up with 24 because you’re only increasing (adding a stitch) every other stitch (knit one, then increase one, knit one, increase one, etc.), not every stitch. So you’re only adding a total of 8 stitches, and 8 plus 16 is 24. Hope that helps!

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