Baby Blanket with Hood and Bunny Using Sirdar Snuggly Bunny
Knit from corner to corner in garter stitch, this Baby Blanket is so simple to knit and so soft to touch! You have the option to add a cozy, triangular hood—perfect for playtime cuddles and bedtime snuggles. And this free pattern includes instructions for a wee bunny buddy!
The Baby Blanket with Hood and Bunny is soft as the down on a rabbit’s nose in Sirdar Snuggly Bunny. This aran-weight yarn is akin to a fringed ribbon, crafted entirely in nylon. Next-to-the-skin soft and oh, so pettable, Snuggly Bunny adds floof to the simplest of stitch patterns. In a sweetly refined color palette, this yarn is baby friendly, kid friendly, and—oh, why not—grown up friendly, too!
Blanket: 29" x 29"/73.5 x 73.5cm.
Bunny: Approx. 9"/23cm long, from tip to toe. Every bunny is unique!
7 skeins Sirdar Snuggly Bunny (98 yds/90m each).
Or approx. 755 yds of an equivalent worsted-weight yarn.
Shown in color 312 Puppy.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
Blanket: US 8 (5mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge.
2 locking markers; blunt darning needle to finish.
Bunny: US 5 (3.75mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
1 locking marker; blunt darning needle to finish.
Small amount of fiberfill stuffing.
18"/46cm 1/4-1/2" ribbon or twill tape for bow; needle and thread to secure ribbon.
Blanket: 18 sts = 4"/10cm in garter stitch (knit every row).
Bunny: 24 sts = 4" in garter stitch; for a firm fabric that won't show stuffing.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 stitches together; KFB = knit into front then back of same st; RS = right side; SSK = slip, slip, knit (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, insert left needle into front of 2 slipped stitches from left; from this position, K2tog); St(s) = stitch(es); WS = wrong side.
Using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1: KFB, knit to end.
Repeat Row 1 until until you have used 3 skeins. Note: To be sure you have enough yarn left to complete the decrease section, don’t begin an increase row you can’t finish within your third skein.
Row 1: K2Tog, knit to end.
Repeat Row 1 until 70 sts remain on needle. Clip locking marker into first and last st to mark hood placement for seaming. Repeat Row 1 until 2 sts remain on needle.
Next row: K2Tog. Cut yarn leaving 24"/61cm tail for seaming hood; fasten off.
Using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 2 sts. Work increase section as for blanket until there are 70 sts on needle. Bind off loosely. Cut yarn, leaving 24"/61cm tail for seaming hood.
Place hood on top of blanket, matching cast-on corner of hood with final corner of blanket and lining up bound off edges of hood to markers on blanket.
Note: Final corner of blanket can get distorted from weight of blanket during knitting; seaming hood on this corner will help square it up.
Using bind-off tail from hood, whip-stitch hood to blanket along one side, working into ditches at ends of rows.
Note: Don’t worry if it’s not perfect—in all that fluff, you won’t see it! Use tail from final corner of blanket to whip-stitch along other side.
Weave in all ends as invisibly as possible. No need to turn hood inside out!
Note: For all pieces, leave 8"/20cm tails for seaming at cast-on and bind-off ends.
Body/head (make two pieces):
Using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 12 sts.
Body (garter stitch): Knit 23 rows, marking Row 1 as RS. [12 ridges, incl. cast-on ridge on RS]
Neck space (WS): Purl 1 row (creates a flat area on RS for placing ribbon).
Head (garter stitch): Knit 12 rows. [6 ridges]
Head-shaping Row 1 (RS): K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2Tog, K1. [10 sts]
Head-shaping Row 2 (WS): Knit.
Repeat head-shaping Rows 1 & 2 once more. [8 sts] Bind off.
Ears (make two):
Using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 4 sts. Knit 19 rows. [10 ridges, incl. cast-on ridge]
Row 1: K2Tog twice. [2 sts]
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2Tog. Fasten off.
Pinch bottom of ear and use cast-on tail and darning needle to take a small tuck; set aside.
Legs (make two):
Using long-tail method, cast on 10 sts. Knit 19 rows. [10 garter ridges] Bind off.
Arms (make two):
Using long-tail method, cast on 8 sts. Knit 15 rows. [8 garter ridges] Bind off.
Tail (make one):
Using long-tail cast-on method, cast on 6 sts. Knit 11 rows. [6 garter ridges]
Bind off and cut yarn. With bind-off end of yarn and darning needle, work a short running stitch around outside edge, rounding off corners. Gather up slightly and stuff with cast-on end of yarn. Set aside.
Using yarn tails when possible, work seams by whip-stitching into garter ditches at end of rows and through both layers along cast-on and bind-off edges. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect—you won’t see it!
Seam up one side of body/head. Insert ears securely at top of head by seaming first 2 sts, attaching first ear, seaming 2 more sts (between ears), attaching second ear, and seaming last 2 sts. Seam down second side of head/body, leaving bottom edge open. Stuff body/head softly and sew bottom edge closed.
Fold one arm in half vertically. With tail, whip-stitch across one short end; run needle back through seam to open edge; seam long side edge. Stuff softly (a pencil’s eraser end helps). Seam final end. With longest remaining tail, whip-stitch arm to body just below neck space with small, tight sts through all layers; end with a small knot. Repeat for second arm.
Repeat with leg pieces. Attach legs to bottom edge of body, stitching through all layers.
Whip-stitch tail to base of back, just above legs so bunny can sit up.
With darning needle, bury all tails into body; clip ends.
Tie bow around neck space to shape neck; stitch securely to bunny at back of neck (to prevent choking hazard).
Give bunny a hug!
Free Digital Baby Blanket with Hood pattern (Download).
COLOR: 310 Lamb. Bright white of a lambs first fleece.
COLOR: 311 Fawn. Soft sandy beige.
COLOR: 312 Puppy. Light grey.
COLOR: 313 Kitten. Precious pink!
COLOR: 316 Cub. Bright indigo.