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Easter bunny Lala (Free knitting pattern)

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My free knitting pattern! The little bunny and eggshell ! I hope she will become your new friend on Easter!

NEEDLES

A pair of 2.5mm straight knitting needles

MATERIALS

Toy filling (less than 50g) 

Tapestry needle  

Scissors 

Sewing pins 

2 Makers

YARN

Scheepjes Yarn Stone Washed: Gray 802, light pink 820, pink 808, Purple 811

NOTES

Finished size: The finished bunny is 16cm 

Gauge:  26 sts and 34 rows = 4” [10 cm] in stockinette stitch. Don’t  worry too much about tension for this pattern. 

Work flat: All pieces are knitted flat (back and forth) on a pair of straight knitting needles. 

Casting on: Unless otherwise specified, I prefer  to use the long tail cast on for all pieces.  

Sewing seams: Use Mattress Stitch  to sew the seams. 

Safety: If you are making these toys to give to a child, please consider your choice of toy eyes carefully, and ensure you have no loose parts (loose threads, buttons, etc) which can be potential.

ABBREVIATIONS

K: Knit

P: Purl

KFB: (Increase) Knit front and back of stitch 

K2tog: (Decrease) Knit two stitches together 

KLL: (Increase) After working a knit stitch, identify the stitch 2 rows below the one on your right needle.With your left needle, come from behind to scoop up the left loop of this stitch. This loop on the left needle is the new stitch. Insert the right needle tip through the back loop and knit. 

Stocking Stich (St st): Knit all stitches on right side rows, purl all stitches on wrong side rows. 

st(s): Stich(es)

(...sts): The number in round brackets at the end of the instruction indicates the number of stitches after working the row.

 (...)x... : Repeat the sequence between the square brackets by the number indicated.

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KNITTING PATTERN 

Head & Body (Knit 1) 

Cast on 8 stitches with gray yarn.

Row 1: K1, KFB x6, K1                         (14 sts)

Row 2: P                                          (14 sts)

 Row 3: K1, (K2, KLL) x6, K1                (20 sts) 

Row 4: P                                          (20 sts) 

Row 5: K1, (K3, KLL) x6, K1                 (26 sts) 

Row 6: P                                          (26 sts) 

Row 7: k1, (K4, KLL) x6, K1                 (32 sts) 

Row 8: P                                          (32 sts) 

Row 9: K1, (K5, KLL) x6, K1                 (38 sts) 

Row 10: P                                         (38 sts) 

Row 11: K1, (K6, KLL) x6, K1                 (44 sts) 

Row 12: P                                         (44 sts) 

Row 13: K1, (K7, KLL) x6, K1                 (50 sts) 

Row 14 – Row 24: St st                      (50 sts) 

Row 25: K1, (K6, K2tog) x6, K1            (44 sts) 

Row 26: P                                        (44 sts) 

Row 27: K1, (K5, K2tog) x6, K1            (38 sts) 

Row 28: P                                        (38 sts) 

Row 29: K1, (K4, K2tog) x6, K1           (32 sts) 

Row 30: P                                       (32 sts)

 Row 31: K1, (K3, K2tog) x6, K1          (26 sts) 

Row 32: P                                       (26 sts) 

Row 33: K1, (K2, K2tog) x6, K1          (20 sts) 

Row 34: P                                       (20 sts) 

Place marker at begin and end of Row  34 (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Row 35: K1, (K3, KLL) x6, K1                 (26 sts) 

Row 36 – Row 38: St st                      (26 sts) 

Row 39: K1, (K4, KLL) x6, K1                 (32 sts) 

Row 40 – Row 42: St st                      (32 sts) 

Row 43: K1, (K5, KLL) x6, K1                 (38 sts) 

Row 44 – Row 48: St st                      (38 sts) 

Row 49: K1, (K6, KLL) x6, K1                 (44 sts) 

Row 50 – Row  56: St st                     (44 sts) 

Row  57: K1, (K7, KLL) x6, K1                 (50 sts) 

Row  58 – Row  74: St st                     (50 sts) 

Row  75: K1, (K6, K2tog) x6, K1             (44 sts) 

Row  76: P                                          (44 sts) 

Row  77: K1, (K5, K2tog) x6, K1              (38 sts)

Row  78: P                                          (38 sts) 

Row  79: K1, (K4, K2tog) x6, K1             (32 sts) 

Row  80: P                                         (32 sts) 

Row  81: K1, (K3, K2tog) x6, K1             (26 sts) 

Row  82: P                                         (26 sts) 

Row  83: K1, (K2, K2tog) x6, K1            (20 sts) 

Row  84: P                                         (20 sts) 

Row  85: K1, (K1, K2tog) x6, K1             (14 sts) 

Row  86: P                                         (14 sts) 

Row  87: K2tog x7                               (7 sts)

 Leave a long tail for sewing, then cut off the yarn. Thread this tail through remaining stitches and pull up tightly.

Related to:
How to “thread tail through remaining stitches”, “pull through”

Arms (Knit 2)

Cast on 10 stitches with gray yarn.

Row  1: K                                 (10 sts)

 Row  2: P                               (10 sts) 

Row  3 – Row  4: St st             (10 sts) 

Row 5: K1, (K4, KLL) x2, K1        (12 sts) 

Row 6 – Row 10: St st              (12 sts) 

Row 11: K1, (K5, KLL) x2, K1        (14 sts) 

Row 12 – Row 14: St st             (14 sts) 

Row 15: K1, (K6, KLL) x2, K1       (16 sts) 

Row 16 – Row 22: St st            (16 sts) 

Row 23: K2tog x 8                   (8 sts) 

Leave a long tail for sewing, then cut off the yarn. Thread this tail through remaining stitches and pull up tightly.

Ears (Knit 2)

Cast on 12 stitches with gray yarn. 

Row 1: K                                        (12 sts) 

Row 2: P                                       (12 sts) 

Row 3 – Row 14: St st                    (12 sts) 

Row 15: K1, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1      (10 sts) 

Row 16: P                                      (10 sts) 

Row 17: K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1      (8 sts) 

Row 18: P                                      (8 sts) 

Row 19: K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1      (6 sts)

 Row 20: P                                    (6 sts) 

Row 21: K1, K2tog x2, K1                 (4 sts) 

Row 22: P                                     (4 sts) 

Row 23: K2tog x2                          (2 sts) 

Leave a long tail for sewing, then cut off the yarn. Thread this tail through remaining stitches and pull up tightly.

 Egg shell (Knit 1)

Cast on 44 stitches with light pink yarn. 

Row 1: K                               (44 sts) 

Row 2: P                              (44 sts) 

Row 3: K                              (44 sts) 

Row 4: P                              (44 sts) 

Cut light pink yarn, continue knitting with pink yarn. 

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How to change colors in knitting

Row 5: K                              (44 sts)

Row 6: P                             (44 sts) 

Row 7: K1, (KLL, K7) x6, K1     (50 sts) 

Row 8: P                              (50 sts) 

Cut pink yarn, continue knitting with light pink yarn. 

Row 9: K                              (50 sts) 

Row 10: P                             (50 sts) 

Cut light pink yarn, continue knitting with purple yarn. 

Row 11: K1, (KLL, K8) x6, K1    (56 sts) 

Row 12 – Row 18: St st          (56 sts) 

Cut purple yarn, continue knitting with light pink yarn. 

Row 19: K                           (56 sts) 

Row 20: P                          (56 sts) 

Cut light pink yarn, continue knitting with pink yarn. 

Row 21 – Row 24: St st       (56 sts) 

Cut pink yarn, continue knitting with light pink yarn. 

Row 25: K                                           (56 sts) 

Row 26: P                                           (56 sts) 

Row 27: K1, (K7, K2tog) x6, K1               (50 sts) 

Row 28: P                                           (50 sts) 

Row 29: K1, (K6, K2tog) x6, K1               (44 sts) 

Row 30: P                                           (44 sts) 

Row 31: K1, (K5, K2tog) x6, K1               (38 sts) 

Row 32: P                                           (38 sts)

Row 33: K1, (K4, K2tog) x6, K1              (32 sts) 

Row 34: P (32 sts) Row 35: K1, (K3, K2tog) x6        (26 sts) 

Row 36: P                                            (26 sts) 

Row 37: K1, (K2, K2tog) x6                    (20 sts) 

Row 38: P                                           (20 sts) 

Row 39: K1, (K1, K2tog) x6                     (14 sts) 

Row 40: P (14 sts) Row 41: K2tog x7        (7 sts) 

Leave a long tail for sewing, then cut off the yarn. Thread this tail through remaining stitches and pull up tightly (Fig. 2).  

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

SEW & MAKE UP

Head & Body

In the row 34 which we put 2 markers, using the gray yarn (about 9 inch) and the tapestry needle to  thread this yarn through a few stitches as shown in the figures (Fig. 3 - Fig. 5). 

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Fig. 5

Using the tapestry needle with cast off tail to sew the side edges together, using the Mattress Stitch  (Sew from A to B). 

Related to:
The Mattress Stitch (Invisible seams) - How to sew the seams in knitting

Adding stuffing as you sew. On the open end, thread your yarn through the loops of the cast on stitches and pull it together to close the opening (Fig. 6 - Fig. 9).

When finished, we will tie off all the tails together and poke them into body to hide. 

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Fig.  6
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Fig. 8
Fig. 9
Fig. 9

To shape the neck, pull up 2 tails tightly, then we will tie off them together and poke inside the body to hide (Fig. 10 - Fig. 11). 

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Fig. 11

Embroider the face

Using black yarn to embroider the eyes, nose & eyebrows as shown in the video

How to embroider the eyes, nose & eyebrows
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How to embroider the eyes of Amy

Ears

We will use the tapestry needle with cast off tail through the the stitches of side edge to transfer  this tail from C to D (Fig. 24 - Fig. 27).

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Fig. 24
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Fig. 26
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Fig. 27

Using the sewing pins to adjust the ears into the head (Fig. 28). Then using a long tail to attact (sewing through a stitch of the head (Fig. 29) and then through a stitch of the ear (Fig. 30)) . When finished, hiding all tails inside the head (Fig. 31).     

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Fig. 28
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Fig. 29
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Fig. 30
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Fig. 

Arms

We’ll fold the arm and use the tapestry needle with cast off  tail to sew the side edges together with Mattress Stitch. Halfway along the seam, we will stop and lightly stuff the arm, leave the top of arm unstuffed so it stays floppy.

Continue sewing to the cast on edge, tie off 2 tails together. Repeat with the second arm (Fig. 32). 

Using the sewing pins to adjust the arms to the body. Then using a long tail to sew the arms into  the body. When finished, hiding all tails inside the body (Fig. 33).     

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How to sew the arms to the body (knitted toy)
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Fig. 32
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Fig. 33

Eggshell

Using the tapestry needle with cast off tail to sew the side edges together (Sew from E to F) (Fig. 34).

Fig. 34
Fig. 34

Using white yarn to embroider the eggshell (Fig. 35 - Fig. 39). 

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Fig. 36
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Fig. 39

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