Knitted Stuffed Bunny

Knitting a cheerful floppy-eared bunny is a breeze in simple stockinette stitch; you'll just need a few skeins of colorful yarn.


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needles & extras:
Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Blunt-end yarn needle
Stitch marker
Fiberfill

yarns:
Cottontots from Bernat 100% cotton; 3-1/2 oz. (100 g); 171 yds. (156 m); worsted weight;
1 ball #90005 White (MC)
1 ball #90129 Blue (A)
1 ball #90712 Green (B)
1 ball #90421 Pink (C)

Prep

gauge:
20 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

special abbreviation:
Sk2p = Slip 1, knit 2 sts together, pass slipped st over the 2 sts knit tog

Size

finished measurements:
Height = 14"

Head

Center Gusset

With MC, cast on 10 sts for neck edge at back of Head. K 2 rows. Beg with a purl row, work St st (knit RS rows, purl WS rows) until piece measures 4" from caston edge, end with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1-8 sts.

Work St st for 5 rows. Rep these 6 rows twice-4 sts.

Next row (RS): K1, k2tog, k1-3 sts. Purl 1 row. Bind off all sts.

Right Side

With MC, cast on 13 sts for neck edge at side of Head. K 2 rows; p 1 row

Next row (RS): K1, M1, k to end-14 sts.

Work St st for 3 rows. Rep these 4 rows twice-16 sts. Mark end of row.

Next row (RS): Bind off 3 sts, k to end-13 sts. P 1 row.

Next row (RS): Bind off 2 sts, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1-10 sts. P 1 row.

Rep last 2 rows twice-4 sts.

Next row (RS): Bind off 2 sts, k1-2 sts. P 1 row. Bind off rem 2 sts.

Left Side

With MC, cast on 13 sts for neck edge at side of Head. K 2 rows; p 1 row.

Next row (RS): K to last st, M1, k1-14 sts.

Work St st for 3 rows. Rep these 4 rows once-15 sts.

Next row (RS): K14, M1, k1-16 sts. Work 2 rows St st. Mark end of row.

Next row (WS): Bind off 3 sts, p to end-13 sts. K 1 row.

Next row (WS): Bind off 2 sts, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1-10 sts. K 1 row.

Rep these last 2 rows twice-4 sts.

Next row (WS): Bind off 2 sts, p1-2 sts. K1 row. Bind off rem 2 sts.

Finishing

Sew side edges of center gusset to edge of right side and left side, ending at markers. Sew left and right side pieces together along remaining edges. Stuff Head with fi berfi ll. Using straight stitches, embroider eyes using A and mouth and nose using C, referring to photo (previous page) as guide.

Ears

(make 1 with C, 1 with A) Cast on 10 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2: K2, p6, k2. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 3", end with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2¿8 sts.

Next row (WS): K2, p4, k2.

Next row (RS): Knit.

Next row (WS): K2, p4, k2. Rep these last 4 rows once-6 sts.

Next row (RS): K2, k2tog, k2-5 sts. Work 1 row even as est.

Next row (RS): K1, sk2p, k1-3 sts.

Work 2 rows even as est. Bind off all sts. Sew cast-on edge of Ear to center/side seam at top of Head (see photo for placement).

Body -- Right Side

Leg

With A, cast on 11 sts. K 1 row, p 1 row.

Next row (RS): Inc 1 in each st across-22 sts.

Work in St st until piece measures 6", end with a WS row. (Cont working on same piece for chest.)

Shape Chest

Bind off 1 st at beg of next 2 rows-20 sts.

Next row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1-18 sts. P l row.

Next row (RS): K1, M1, k to end-19 sts. P 1 row. Rep these 2 rows twice more-21 sts. Work in St st until piece measures 10" from beg, end with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K2, ssk, k to end-20 sts. P 1 row. Rep these 2 rows twice more-18 sts.

Next row (RS): K1, (ssk, k2) twice, (k2, k2tog) twice, k1-14 sts. P 1 row. Bind off.

Body -- Left Side

Leg

With C, cast on 11 sts. K 1 row, p 1 row. Next row (RS): Inc 1 in each st across-22 sts.

Work in St st until piece measures 6", end with a WS row. (Cont working on same piece for chest.)

Shape Chest

Bind off 1 st at beg of next 2 rows-20 sts.

Next row (RS): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1-18 sts. P l row.

Next row (RS): K to last st, M1, k1-19 sts. P 1 row. Rep these 2 rows twice more-21 sts. Work in St st until piece measures 10" from beg, end with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1-20 sts. P 1 row. Rep these 2 rows twice more-18 sts.

Next row (RS): K1, (k2tog, k2) twice, (k2, ssk) twice, k1-14 sts. P 1 row. Bind off.

Finishing

Fold leg sections in half and sew seams; stuff with fi berfi ll. Sew Body Right Side to Body Left Side along front and back seams. Sew Head to Body.

Arms (Make 2)

With B, cast on 10 sts. Work in St st inc 1 st each edge every other row 5 times-20 sts. Work even until piece measures 5" from beg, end with a WS row.

Next row (RS): Dec 1 st at each edge-18 sts. P 1 row.

Rep these 2 rows 4 times-10 sts.

Bind off. Fold Arm in half and sew seam beg at cast-on edge and ending 1/2" from bound-off edge. Stuff Arm with fiberfill and sew to side of Body.

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