Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Bunny Puppet Knitting Pattern

These bunny puppets can be slipped into a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. 




You will need: Small amount of double knitting wool, or other textured wool. Contrasting oddment for bow-tie, black wool for features.
Needles: 1 pair size 8 or 7 (4 mm or 4.5mm) needles or needles to suit whatever wool you are using.

Cast on 36 stitches using main colour and work 6 rows in garter stitch.

Work 20 rows in stocking stitch.

Arms:
Next row: Cast on 8 stitches. Knit back these 8 sts plus 18 sts from body. (26 sts altogether).  Turn leaving remaining 18 stitches on a spare needle.  
Cast on 8 sts. K3, P28, K3

Continue for a further 6 rows on these 34 sts remembering to knit the first and last 3 stitches on purl rows.
Cast off 9 sts. Knit to end of row.
Cast off 9 sts. Purl to end of row. 16 sts remain.

Slip these stitches onto spare needle, and break off wool.

Rejoin  wool to 18 sts on first spare needle, and work the arms again to match.
Slip all the sts from front and back onto one needle (32 sts).


Head:
Knitting across all 32 sts, knit 14 rows in stocking st.
[K2 tog] to end. (16sts)
Purl 1 row
[K2 tog] to end. (8sts)
Cut yarn leaving a long thread for sewing up and pull through remaining sts. Fasten securely.

Sew the body together up the side seam, around the arm edges and along the side of the head.

Ears: (make 2)
Cast on 10 sts (or 12 for a more floppy ear).
Knit in garter st for 26 rows.
[Dec 1 st at each end of next row, Knit 1 row] until 2 sts remain.Cast off.
Fold cast-on edge of ear 1/3 way across itself and sew down along cast on edge. Then secure ear to head as shown.


Bow-tie:
Using contrasting wool, cast on 8 sts.
K 1 row.
[Dec 1 st at each end of row, K 1 row] until 2 sts remain. 
[Inc 1 st at each end of row, K 1 row] until 8 sts remain. K 1 row.
Cast off.
Secure bow to centre of bunny's chest with a few stitches through the middle.
Make a pom-pom for the tail and sew it on the back.
Finally sew some eyes, nose and a little smile. Goofy teeth and whiskers can also be added to the face.
Please leave a comment if you like this pattern, or of you have any problems with it, in which case I will try and help you out!

2 comments:

  1. These are soo cute! Thank you for sharing the pattern. Hugs

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  2. Janet these little bunnies are just lovely! Like the pink one the best but they all have lots of character like all your puppets.

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