this pattern was fun to sketch up. super easy bunny. i'm leaving a lot of room for interpretation but the basics are all there. the top sketch shows the numbers while the bottom suggests how to knit it. please don't hesitate to send me your questions and comments.
hands and feet are stockinette to encourage rolling. the ears are moss or any stitch that will allow the fabric to remain flat. the lengths are all up to you. my replicates all have different measurements. no two are alike.
here's how i knit this rabbit:
1. cast on and knit up.
2. knit the ears.
3. graft the stitches at the top of the head together.
4. go back to the cast on edge and knit down.
5. knit the legs.
6. stuff the head and body.
7. graft the crotch stitches to close the body cavity.
8. pick up stitches at shoulders and knit arms.
9. wash to felt. gives fuzzy effect and conceals stuffing.
starting at the belly seems counter intuitive but for some reason, it works for me. i encourage you to modify the pattern as you see fit. in fact, i know you could do better. why not come up with your very own signature critter? how about a horse? a seahorse?
you know you can do better than a silly rabbit.
addendum: the following pictures recap the making of the rabbit. original written
article elaborating on each stage is linked in the caption.
please note that i highly recommend air drying it after you're
done with felting. do not use the dryer.
Devon is so upset that she didn't get to meet you!
» from maura
thuy, my little sister called to tell me that she made one of your rabbits for a friend's baby. I told her to send you a photo and post a comment. I hope she does.
merry christmas to you too!
» from Jean
Hey Thuy, I'm your friend Maura's sister. Perhaps you saw some stage of the christmas sweater she made for me. Anyway, I really dig your little rabbit--so much so that I interupted my holiday knitting to make one. I already gave it away but I'll get a picture of it and my new sweater sent to Maura so you can see. Thanks. I can't wait to make a whole family.
» from Katie
I found your rabbit on the flickr softies page. The pattern is cute... this rabbit has definite personality.
I was wondering what kind of yarn you used, since I heard that some kinds of white wool don't felt as much. Thanks!
» from carine
hi! i love your rabbit.
do you know how can i make a cat??
kissies and hugs
» from Minna
Well, hello! I came here to have another look at your site and now I got all sidetracked when I saw Hihka here as well! :) If you donâ€™t have a translation yet, I can make a quick translation for you.
What I was originally going to say is that you have a great site and your pictures look beautiful. Also, thanks so much for sharing the rabbit pattern. I'm definitely going to knit one some day!
» from Theresa
I adore that rabbit! :-)
» from Alissa
Thanks so much for this! I love the way you publish your pattern! Oh so visual...
» from martina
cool bunny pattern..i used yours as a guideline but did a couple of "short row" rowson the body so mine could have a little belly.. got to felt it next..i'll post some pix in the next couple of days
» from Petra
Love the pattern! I already made two bunnies, the third is on the needles.
Best wishes from Germany
» from tooknap press
you kick so much ass, it's almost frightening.
we LOVE this bunny.
» from cheri
hello, i love the rabbit! i would love to knit something like it, but as a beginning knitter, i don't really understand your instructions.
» from melonie romero
love, love, love it! it's abstract and wonderful! thanks for sharing! new niece on the way will love it! mel
» from Another Maura
I love this bunny, and will be knitting one shortly to give to the hurricane victims.
I also totally love your blog, thoughts, and ideas. As such, I'd love to know more abot you. So, consider yourself "tagged" . T he questions are on my blog at www.wavybend.blogspot.com
» from Lena Wiman
I am in love with the poor animal. He looks stupid and totally helpless! What a good idea you have fulfilled!
» from Audrey
I am getting a new Siamese Kitten
and I am trying to read the pattern. I have made mice but no rabbit It is really cute
» from Biff
Just stumbled across your bunny rabbit - it's great - I love it - I feel the need to find wool & knit nOW!
» from Rachel
I designed a froggy, inspired by your bunny! Check him out at my blog!
» from lisseut
I love your rabbit - he's so scatterbrained looking and super easy to knit (unless, like me, you use a barely feltable yarn resulting in standing at the kitchen sink for an hour swearing at the ball of unfelting yarn in your hands).
I was wondering, have you posted this on Ravelry (I looked, no success)? If you haven't, would you mind if I posted it?
» from Borer Cornelia
Hei wie härzig!!! Gibts diese Anleitung auch auf Deutsch?
Danke im voraus!!!
[leider nein, auch nicht wenn du 'bitte' sagst, weil ich kein deutsch kann.]
» from jan
I am a new knitter and would like to know if you have more specific instructions for the rabbit...step by step. Thank you, Jan
» from kikkokilkka
I love your rabbit!
» from nancy
I haven't touch knitting for so long, after seeing this little guy I'm reconsidering it. Thanks for you sharing.
» from Eliea
I love that you made the rabbit with your own handspun yarn. That is so awesome! I haven't found a good use for my small amounts of handspun and small projects like this are so nice to see for ideas.
» from Narksu
Hey :) I luv your bunny :) I'm definitely gonna knit it (maybe after finishing my bubble...) and already dived trough my stash for some wool yarns... You rock girl, awesome! Keep that!