Bunny Lovey

I have a friend who is facing some unexpected health issues with her new baby.  I never know what to do when faced with news like that, so I turned to my yarn.  A couple hours after hearing the news I had this little lady made.  This is a lovey variation of my Chubby Bunny pattern.  I chose my yarns so the lovey will match a blanket I previously made for my friend’s baby.
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Chubby Bunny Lovey

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Note: Right now I only have directions for knitting the blanket portion.  I am working on crochet directions and will add them as soon as they are ready.

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!

materials:

  1. yarn in several colors, in the same weight: bunny color, ear/nose color, blanket color, blanket edging (optional)
  2. an appropriate hook to crochet tightly
  3. appropriately sized double pointed and circular (16″, or larger if doing magic loop) knitting needles
  4. stuffing material
  5. a small piece of black yarn for embroidering eyes
  6. yarn needle
  7. scissors
  8. stitch marker

I used Bernat Softee Chunky in “Lavender” for the bunny with the ears, nose, and blanket edge done in Bernat Softee Chunky in “Baby Pink.”  The blanket is done in Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Sprinkles (that’s a mouthful) in “Sprite,” and used just under half a skein.  I used an I hook (5.5 mm) for the bunny and size 11 knitting needles (8.0 mm) for the blanket.

abbreviations (US terms):

  1. sc: single crochet
  2. inv dec: work an invisible decrease.  Alternatively, you could sc 2 sts together
  3. ch: chain
  4. sl st: slip stitch
  5. k: knit
  6. p: purl
  7. yo: yarn over

Make head and ears, and arms as described in the Chubby Bunny pattern.  It has plenty of photos if these text directions aren’t sufficient.

Head (worked top to bottom)

  1. Sc 6 sts in magic circle, pull circle tight (6)
  2. 2sc in each st around (12sts total)
  3. (sc in next st, 2sc in next st) six times (18 sts)
  4. (sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st) six times (24 sts)
  5. Sc in each st around (24sts)
  6. Sc in each st around (24 sts)
  7. Sc in each st around (24 sts)
  8. (sc in next 2 sts, inv dec) six times (18 sts)
  9. (sc in next st, then inv dec) six times (12 sts)
  10. Place, or embroider, eyes a few sts apart around rows 6-7. To secure eyes best place post through part of a stitch instead of just into the hole between stitches
  11. Embroider nose below eyes, centered between eyes
  12. Stuff
  13. inv dec six time, sl st into next st, end. No tail for sewing needed.

 Ears (made in four pieces)

  1. In light link, ch 5, turn
  2. Starting in 2nd chain from hook, sc, 2sc in each of the next 2 sts, 4sc in last st, continue working around the chain (don’t turn), in the three back loops, 2sc, 2sc, and sc.
  3. Sl st into the 1st st, and end, leaving a 5-6” tail for sewing.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 to make the 2nd pink ear
  5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 in your bunny color
  6. Sl st into beginning st, ch2
  7. Place a pink ear on top of bunny color ear. Then sc through both layers all the way around the edge (14 sts total)
  8. Sc into bottom of back piece and end, leaving a tail to sew on.
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 to complete the second ear

Arms (make 2)

  1. Sc 7 in magic circle
  2. Sc in each st around (7)
  3. Sc in each st around (7)
  4. Inv dec, sc5 (6)
  5. Sc in each st around (6)
  6. Sl st into next st, end, leaving tail for sewing
  7. Stuff

For the body, work as follows (bottom to top)

  1. in magic circle, sc6 (6)
  2. 2sc in each st (12)
  3. (sc, 2sc) six times (18)
  4. sc all (18)
  5. working in back loop only, sc all (18)
  6. working in both loops, sc all (18)
  7. (sc, inv dec) six times (12)
  8. sc all (12)
  9. sl st into the next st, end, leave a tail for sewing

sew ears to head, body to head, and arms to body.

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For the lovey blanket, pick up the front loops of the 18 sts in round 5 of the body.  I decided to knit this part.  You could also crochet it.

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I knit in the round and increased 6 sts per round, using yo.  I switched to a circular needle when there were too many stitches for the DPNs, at that point I used the stitch marker to mark the beginning of my rounds.

  1. (yo, k3) six times (24)
  2. (yo, k4) six times (30)
  3. continue, increasing the sts knit by 1 each round until you get to
  4. (yo, k14) six times (90)
  5. change colors if desired.
  6. (yo, k15) six times (96)
  7. (yo, p16) six times (102)
  8. k and loosely cast off all sts (102)

 

Miss C watched with great interest while I made the lovey.  Unfortunately, she is old enough to understand “That’s not for you.”  It’s not something she likes to hear.

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Needless to say, I had to make a second lovey, which also gave me a chance to test the pattern.  I used “baby blue” for this one.  Of course, now that it’s done, she has completely forgotten about the purple one.  I might as well wait and put it in her Easter basket.

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