I finally finished writing up the pattern! And with 8 weeks to go until Easter, you have time to crochet an entire basket of these little guys.
I have tested this pattern by making several dozen of these little guys, but I also have a baby who has decided she will never sleep again, so I can’t guarantee that it’s perfect. If you find a mistake, please let me know.
Special Note: There is a story behind this pattern: Rabbits for Refugees. I would appreciate you taking the time to read it. If you enjoy the pattern, please consider making a few bunnies to donate to a homeless shelter, refugee aid group, children’s hospital, etc. Spread some joy!
Copyright information: This pattern and all pictures included are property of Virginia Rogers (FiveMonkeysMenagerie.) No part of this pattern may be rewritten and sold as your own pattern. The photos may not be reproduced without my permission. A link to the pattern may be shared, but please do not share the pattern itself. Finished products may be sold anywhere, but please give me credit as the designer and provide my blog address.
I am available to help if you run into any problems with a pattern. I would love to hear how you liked the pattern and see pictures of your finished project. Thanks!
- Yarn: worsted weight, shown is Lily Sugar and Cream (100% cotton,) in “cornflower” Red Heart super saver also works well (brown bunny in top image) I have some notes on yarn choice, using this pattern, here.
- A few yards of white yarn in the same weight
- A few inches of pink yarn in the same weight
- Safety eyes (I used 6 mm black) or a few inches of black yarn
- Crochet hook: Try F (3.75 mm) to start. I used G because I crochet super tightly with this yarn
- Stuffing/fluff/fiberfill/wool for stuffing the bunny
- Yarn needle
Stitches used: There are many tutorials available online. Here are some good magic circle and invisible decrease tutorials.
Sc: single crochet
Yo: yarn over
Inv dec: invisible decrease
Ss: slip stitch
Notes: When the directions say “repeat [*]” it means to repeat the bracketed section of the same step. After you’ve made one ear, you repeat the bracketed directions to make the second. The same goes for shaping the ears, making the legs, and so on.
Numbers in parentheses at the end of each step indicate the number of active stitches you should have at the end of that step. In some steps the number is followed by notes.
I made a very minor change to the directions for the ears on 2/22/17 to make them a little neater.
One-piece Bunny, crocheted nose to tail
- In magic circle, sc 5, fully tighten (5)
- 2sc in next 2 sts, sc 3 (7)
- Sc 1, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc 4 (9)
- Sc 2, 2sc in next 2 sts, sc 5 (11)
- Sc 3, [ch5, turn, starting in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, hdc, dc, 2dc in last ch], sc in next 2 sts, repeat[*] sc 6 (11) The ears will look a little weird for now.
- Sc 3, [insert hook from top to bottom around bottom dc of ear, pull up loop, insert hook into next sc, pull up loop, yo and pull through all three loops on hook] sc 1, repeat [*], sc 5 (11)
- Embroider a simple “V” for the nose. I have the point of my “V” in the center of the magic circle. Embroider eyes or place safety eyes. I like to put safety eyes through a stitch, instead of between stitches, to make them more secure.
- Sc 1, inv dec 3 times, sc 4 (8)
- Sc 1, 2sc in next 3 sts, sc 4 (11)
- Sc 4 (partial round, 11 sts around)
- 2sc in next 2 sts, sc 3, [work all of the following into the next sc: sc 1, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2], sc 1, repeat [*], sc 4 (13) The legs will look weird until after the next round.
- 2sc in next 2 sts, sc 5 [pass hook behind leg and sc in next sc, making sure stitch is tight], sc 1, repeat [*], sc 3 (15) Note that you skipped the ch 2 and all the dcs and just worked into the scs.
- Sc all (15)
- Sc all (15)
- Sc all (15)
- Sc 8, [work all of the following into the next sc: sc 1, ch 2, 3dc, ch 2], sc 3, repeat [*], sc 2 (15) the back legs will look weird until after the next round.
- Sc 9, [pass hook behind leg and sc in next sc, making sure stitch is tight], sc 3, repeat [*], sc 1 (15) The back legs still won’t look quite right. We’ll fix them at the end.
- Sc 1, inv dec 3 times, sc 4 (partial round, 12 sts around)
- inv dec 6 times, ss to end, leaving a yarn tail of the body color.
- Shape the legs: Use yarn tail to stitch back feet under body: bring needle out on belly a little in front of back leg. Insert needle through a few stitches on the toe of the back leg, and re-insert needle near where it came out of the body. This tucks the leg up next to the body. Repeat for the other side. Sew in yarn end. Give the front legs a gentle tug towards the bunny’s nose to make them point forwards.
- Sew on a pompom tail or crochet a tail as follows
- At the bottom of the 6 open stitches at the rear of the bunny, join white with a ss.
- Ch3 (counts as a dc,) dc in same st, 2dc in each of the other 5 sts (12) ss into top ch and end, leaving a tail.
- Using the white yarn tail, gather the outside top loops of the dcs and pull tight to close. Sew in yarn end.
Be careful, they do tend to multiply like, well, rabbits.