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Knit Easter Bunny

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Pastel Perfection
Pastel Peep-Style Bunny

My Peep-style bunny in its natural habitat.

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Inspired by a favorite sugary treat of the Easter season -- marshmallow Peeps -- I stitched up a calorie-free, wooly version. The yarn I used, Roving Wool from Lion Brand's Martha Stewart Crafts line, has several cute pastel colors, so you can make yourself a basketful.

Materials:

  • one skein Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool (I used Lavender Soap)
  • one pair size 7 US (4.5 mm) knitting needles
  • length of black yarn
  • stuffing material of your choice (I used polyester fiber fill)
  • tape measure, scissors and sewing needle

Gauge:

Gauge is not critical, though you want the fabric to be firm. I got about 14.5 stitches and 23 rows per 4 inches (about 3.5 stitches and 5.75 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch.

Size:

Finished bunny is about 8.5 inches around and 10 inches tall.

Knitting the Bunny:

  1. Cast on 7 stitches.
  2. Purl.
  3. Knit 1, make 1, knit to last 2 stitches, make 1, knit 1.
  4. Repeat these 2 rows until you have 17 stitches.
  5. Work straight in Stockinette until piece measures 4 inches.
  6. Next right side row, knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to last 3 stitches, slip, slip, knit, knit 1.
  7. Purl.
  8. Repeat these 2 rows until 7 stitches remain.
  9. Begin increasing again in same manner as before until you have 11 stitches.
  10. Work straight in Stockinette until piece is around 7.5 inches.
  11. Work decreases as before until you have 7 stitches remaining.
  12. Knit 3, bind off 1, knit 3.
  13. Working just 3 stitches, continue in Stockinette for 2 inches.
  14. K2tog, k1.
  15. P2tog to bind off. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.
  16. Join yarn to remaining stitches and work in Stockinette for 2 inches.
  17. K2tog, k1.
  18. P2tog to bind off. Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.

Make a second piece in the same manner.

Finishing the Bunny:

  • Decide which piece you want to be the front. Using either bulky black yarn or medium weight yarn doubled, sew eyes and a nose using duplicate stitch.
  • Sew the front and back together using mattress stitch. When a small opening remains, stuff the bunny with stuffing.
  • Sew closed and hide end in the body.

Note: roving yarn like this can be difficult to sew with and may not produce incredibly sturdy seams. If you'd rather, choose a tighter spun yarn in a similar color for your seaming.

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