Baby Bunny and Bunting Project
Baby Bunny and Bunting Project
For the babies in our life and the child in us all, we’ve kitted up our sweet Baby Bunny to make sets of three, along with a handful of cheerful bunting flags.
The bunnies tuck right into a pocket or a pram. They make an adorable, tiny friend for a bigger teddy bear buddy. Or attach them to the twill-tape swag alternated with bunting flags for a playful nursery decoration. They’re a shoe-in for baby shower gifts and one bunny looks adorable tied to the package.
We've kitted Erika Knight’s soft, washable British Blue Wool in darling 25 gram balls: a sweet trio of three colors each (great for girls and boys). With each kit you can make 3 bunnies and 4–6 bunting flags without a lot of leftover bits.
The garter-stitch knitting is easy and the finishing is simple, albeit a little bit fussy. But don’t worry: slight variations in assembly are what add the charming character that makes each one special. Every bunny is different! The result is so aaahhhh-inspiring that it’s well worth the effort. Once you’ve made one, you’ll be amazed at how they multiply!
Pick up the kit below or, if you'd like to pick your own colors, grab the instructions on "The Free Pattern" tab, then head over to the British Blue Wool yarn page.
Bunnies: Approx. 7" long, from tip to toe. Every bunny is unique!
Flags: Approx. 4" wide x 3½" long, tip to top.
1 skein Erika Knight British Blue Wool (60 yds/55m each).
Or approx. 60 yds of an equivalent DK-weight yarn.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 3 (3.25mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Blunt darning needle to finish.
A small amount of fiberfill stuffing.
3 yds ½" twill tape (half for bows; half for bunting)
Approx. 26 sts = 4" in garter stitch; aim for a firm fabric.
See the "Basic Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
GLOSSARY: CC = contrast color; Inc = increase (knit into front then back of same st); K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 stitches together; MC = main color; 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.
When counting garter ridges, include the cast-on ridge and aim for the same number of ridges on both sides of fabric. At cast-on and bind-off leave 8" ends. These will be used for finishing later
Body/head(make two pieces): With long-tail method, cast on 12 sts.
Body (garter stitch): Knit 23 rows. (12 ridges)
Neck (stockinette stitch): Knit 1 row (RS). Purl 1 row (WS).
Head (garter stitch): Knit 12 rows. (6 ridges)
Head-shaping Row 1 (RS): K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2Tog, K1. (10 sts)
Row 2 (WS): Knit.
Repeat shaping Rows 1 & 2 once more. (8 sts) Bind off.
Ears (make two): With long-tail method, cast on 4 sts. Knit 19 rows. (10 ridges)
Row 1: K2Tog twice. (2 sts)
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2Tog. Fasten off.
Pinch bottom of ear and use cast-on end and darning needle to take a small tuck; set aside.
Legs (make two): With long-tail method, cast on 10 sts. Knit 19 rows. (10 garter ridges) Bind off.
Arms (make two): With long-tail method, cast on 8 sts. Knit 15 rows. (8 garter ridges) Bind off.
Tail (make one): With long-tail 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.
Finishing: Work seams with mattress stitch, using yarn tails when possible.
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. Leave bottom of body open for now. Stitch tail to back, ½" above bottom edge so bunny can sit up. Stuff body/head softly and sew bottom edge closed.
Fold each arm in half; seam one end and side edges together. Stuff softly (a pencil’s eraser end helps). Run a gathering stitch around open end; pull tight to close. Attach arms to body (seams facing downward) just below neck space with 3–4 tight sts; end with a small knot.
Fold each leg in half; seam one end and side edges together. Stuff softly and stitch end closed. Attach legs to bottom edge of body (seams facing inward); end with a small knot.
Use darning needle to insert yarn ends through body and out other side; clip ends. Tie twill bows around neck space and stitch securely to bunny at back.
We’ve written instructions for two-row stripes; carry color not in use up the side. You can also make your flags solid, color blocked, or striped any way you like—just use up your leftover bits.
With MC, cast on 1 st with a slip knot (make the loop that goes onto your needle with the tail end of yarn, not the working end of yarn). (1 st)
Row 1 (RS): With MC, Inc into st on needle. (2 sts)
Row 2 (WS): With MC, Inc into first st, K1. (3 sts)
Rows 3 & 4: With CC, knit.
Rows 5 & 6: With MC, Inc into first st, knit to end.
Repeat Rows 3–6 until you have 25 sts.
With MC, bind off purlwise. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Finishing: Weave in ends on WS. With darning needle and yarn, sew bunting flags to twill tape, approx. 2½" apart. Attach bunnies in spaces, if desired.
COLORWAY: Pip. (Milk, Fawn, Iced Gem).
COLORWAY: Pansy. (Milk, Pretty, Mouse).
COLORWAY: Peter. (Gift, Steve, Milk Chocolate).