Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Simple Hand Knit Bunny Pattern

When I checked on the link I gave you a couple of posts ago to the bunny pattern I had submitted to Rhythm of Home many years ago, I realized too late that it was no longer available.

So I have rewritten it, to share here.

Little Hand Knit Bunny
Small amount of yarn - use knitting needles and yarn weight that result in atight knit.
Cast on 10 stitches (leave a 12" tail) and knit 10 rows (all garter stitch).
Break Yarn and cast on 10 stitches (leave a 20" tail) on the same needle of first leg.
Knit second leg for 10 rows.
Next row:  Knit across both legs to form body and head for 28 rows.
Next row:  Bind off and leave about 12" of yarn when breaking yarn.
Sew up first leg with shorter tail yarn up to the crotch.
Sew up second leg with longer tail yarn up to the crotch.  Tie both yarns together to secure in place at crotch.  Continue sewing longer tail up the back and back of head of bunny.  Tie a knot at top.
Using a crochet hook, stuff legs and then body and head.  Using a piece of new yarn and yarn needle, sew a running stitch between bunny's head and body and tie securely to form the neck.  Weave yarn ends and cut.
Knit Bunny Ears:
Cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1:  Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat rows 1 and 2, 7 times (14 rows total)
Row 11:  Knit first 2 stitches together, knit 4, knit last 2 stitches together
Row 12:  Purl
Row 13:  Knit 2 stitches together, twice
Bind off.
Repeat for second ear.
In contrasting color, crochet inner ear.
Row 1:  Chain 12 stitches
Row 2:  Turn and single crochet in 11 stitches across, finish off
Repeat for other ear.
Using a yarn needle, sew inner ear down middle of bumpy section of ear (the outer parts of the ear will curl inward a little).
Sew ears to top of head.  Sew top of head closed.
Add eyes and other features if desired.
Arms (knit 2)
CO 8 stitches, knit 8 rows, BO
Sew running stitch around top and then sew sides together, stuff, sew last end closed and sew onto bunny.
Repeat for other Arm.
Using a crochet hook (size G for worsted weight yarn, size D or E for sport weight) -
Chain 2
Round 1:  6 single crochets in second chain from hook.
Round 2:  2 single crochets in each single crochet (12 stitches)
Round 3:  2 single crochets in each single crochet (24 stitches)
Sew a running stitch around the edge, put a small amount of wool in the center and pull tight.
Sew onto back side of bunny.

Perhaps crochet a scarf for your bunny.


  1. You are so sweet and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this pattern. My family is expecting a new addition to the family at the end of May, our second grandchild, and I think a little bunny would be perfect for his crib.

    1. Tracey,
      How wonderful to be excepting another grandchild - I am so looking forward to it someday:)
      If you find anything that needs to be corrected with the pattern, I would love it if you would let me know.
      Thanks so much and I would love to see a picture when you are done.. I am not sure, but I am thinking he may look better without the eyes...

  2. What an adorable little bunny. I'm a crocheter, not much of a knitter, but this is the kind of thing I'd like to be able to knit eventually.

  3. This bunny is so sweet and the natural yarn is just perfect for this project.

  4. Thanks for sharing this pattern, Tonya! We love bunnies here - especially our Holland Lop and Netherland Dwarf that are in their hutch in the backyard. :)

  5. This looks so cute! Thanks for posting it!

  6. So sweet, perfect make for a bit of leftover wool too. Thanks for sharing. Pam

  7. Really sweet! I will definitely have to make one of these little cuties.