Friday, 15 May 2009

Sugar Bunny

 Free Bunny Rabbit Toy Knitting Pattern by Raynor Gellatly.

This pattern has been in my free project pipeline for a long time. The original is a very popular crochet rabbit from the Lions Brand website known as Best Bunny, I think this finished toy is adorable and so sweet hence why I've re-named it as the Sugar Bunny.
This toy was a huge hit with my one year old, she swiped it as soon as I had finished it off. however my two year old also wanted to give it hugs so it looks like i'll have to be knitting up more already. At least it has the official child seal of approval!
As always I love seeing the variety of toys people come up from my patterns so I'd love to see these adorable little bunnies knit in a whole array of colours, and remember to show off you work on the knitted toy box group.

This pattern is now available in Spanish thank to the wonderful Hatsuka for taking time to translate. Click here for Spanish translation.



Materials
· Set of 3.25mm needles (UK size 10, US size 3)
· Yarn needle
· Toy stuffing

Yarn colours · Cream
· Pink

Yarn weight: Double knitting/ worsted weight

Gauge: not important but make it tight so stuffing doesn’t show through

Finished measurements: approx 6" tall

Click here for my abbrevation list

HEAD
CO6 in cream
1. purl
2. *Kfb* along (12sts)
3. Purl
4. *Kfb, k1* along (18st)
5. Purl
6. *Kfb, k2* along (24st)
7. Purl
8. *Kfb, k3* along (30st)
9-13. St-st 5 rows (start with purl)
14. *K2tog, k3* along (24st)
15. Purl
16. *K2tog, k2* along (18st)
17. Purl
18. *K2tog, k1* along (12st)
19. Purl
20. *K2tog* along (6st)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining stitches and pull tightly and secure. Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed stopping halfway to add eyes and embroider on a nose and fill with stuffing. Close remaining opening and secure any loose yarn ends.


BODY
CO 6 sts in cream
1. purl
2. *kfb* along (12sts)
3. purl
4. *k1, kfb* along (18sts)
5. purl
6. *k2, kfb* along (24sts)
7. purl
8. *k3, kfb* along (30sts)
9-13. St-St 5 rows (start with purl)
14. *K2tog, k3* along (24sts)
15. Purl
16. Knit
17. Purl
18. *K2tog, k2* along (18sts)
19. Purl
20. Knit
21. Purl
22. *K2tog, k1* along (12sts)
23. Purl
24. BO

BO remaining stitches leaving a long tail. Use tail to mattress stitch the body closed stopping halfway to fill with stuffing. Continue to mattress stitch until you reach the cast on stitches. Draw the yarn through the cast off stitches, pull tightly and secure. Weave in any leftover yarn ends.

EARS (make 2) Cast on 4 in pink
1. purl
2. knit
3. purl
4. *Kfb, k1* along (6st)
5. purl
6. knit
7. purl
8. *Kfb, k2* along (8st)
9. purl
10. knit
11. purl
12. *Kfb, k3* along (10st)
13. purl
14. knit
15. purl
16. *Kfb, k4* along (12st)
17. purl
18. knit
19. purl
20. *Kfb, k5* along (14st)
21-29. (begin with purl) St-st 9 rows
30. BO (leaving a long yarn tail about 13")

Fold the ear in half width-wise so the row ends meet. use the long yarn tail to whipstich together all the row ends and then leave the long yarn tail to sew the BO stitches to the head.

LEGS (make 2)
CO 6 sts in cream
1-5. st-st for 5 rows (start with purl)
6. *kfb* along (12sts)
7. Purl
8. Knit
Change to pink 9. Purl
10. Knit
11. Purl
12. k2tog along (6sts)

Cut yarn leaving a long yarn tail to mattress stitch the row end together. Stop halfway and lightly fill with stuffing. Continue up to the cast on stitches, then leave a long tail to sew onto body.

ARMS (make 2)
Cast on 6 in cream
1-7. st-st 7 rows

Cut yarn leaving a long yarn tail to mattress stitch the row end together. Stop halfway and lightly fill with stuffing. Continue up to the cast on stitches, then draw through all the cast on stitches to give a drawstring effect, pull tightly and secure and leave a long tail to sew onto body.

TAIL
CO 6 sts in cream
1. purl
2. *kfb* along (12sts)
3. Purl
4. Knit
5. Purl
6. k2tog around (6sts)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining stitches and pull tightly and secure. Use tail to mattress stitch row ends closed stopping halfway to fill with stuffing. Close remaining opening leaving a long tail to sew onto body.
♥ Raynor

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