Welcome back! Today I thought I’d share another project with you all. This is a really simple idea that I discovered on Pinterest which almost looked too good to be true. So of course I had to give it a go! I’ll be walking you through how to knit a bunny from a square, using fairly basic techniques and requiring only a few items.
The finished product gives you a super cute bunny, which you can personalise as you like. These can make for great little gifts for your friends/family, because who doesn’t love a handmade present? If you know any children, you could get started on this now and maybe give them out at Christmas. But for now…
All you need:
- Knitting needles
- Sewing needle
- Extra yarn for sewing
- Ribbon (optional)
- Tea light (optional)
Let’s get started on how to knit a bunny!
Now you know the basics of knitting, the first thing you’re going to do is knit a square, in any stitch you like.
I chose to continue with my knit and purl pattern. I was using the yarns I had left over from my blanket project: Aran yarn with 5mm needles.
You can make the square as big as you like but I cast on 50 stitches (just because it seemed like a nice round number) and if I remember correctly, I think it took about 56 rows to make it square.
Tip: a good way to check if your square is actually square, fold diagonally from the bottom corner to the top. Once the corners match up without any left over, then you know you’ve got a square!
Take your square so the neatest edge is at the top. About a third of the way down, take your sewing needle threaded with the extra yarn, and stitch across from left to right. To make sure it was not visible later I used the same colour as my square.
Now stitch up to the centre of the top edge and back down to your starting point.
You should be left with a triangle sewn into the top part of your square, with both ends of yarn at the left side.
Start to pull on the yarn, it should have a drawstring effect. As the edges come together put some stuffing into the centre of the pouch. Continue to pull the thread tight – you can add as much stuffing as you feel needed, a bit like Build A Bear!
Your bunny should be starting to take shape, with the head and ears now complete! Cool huh?!
When you’re happy with the size of your bunny’s head, pull the ends tight and secure it by wrapping one end of the yarn around the neck and double knot the two ends together. (This isn’t as violent as it sounds I swear!)
Step Five (optional)
I decided to make things more complicated for myself because I thought it would be really cute if my bunny had feet… because why not over-complicate a simple project haha!
That being said I was really happy with the end result so I’m putting this in as an optional step.
You’re going to need your tea light. Now this part was a little trial and error and placement comes down to your personal preference. Essentially you are using the tea light as a template. You want to stitch around it as closely as possible with both ends of yarn ending up at the same point. Repeat the drawstring effect from step three, and stuff to desired look. Then when you’re happy, tie it off so it doesn’t loosen. Repeat so you have either two or four feet – I went for four.
Mattress stitch the two edges of the square together to form the body of the bunny.
You should now have a tube shape which you can fill with more stuffing before sewing the bottom of the bunny up. And voilà!
Adding the finishing touches.
Now it’s time to give your bunny some personality! Take some ribbon and give it a bow tie; use some of that spare thread to give him or her a face… and don’t forget their tail!
There you have it! This is how to knit a bunny in just 7 easy steps. I hope you enjoyed reading and we’ll be back with another post soon. Jess x
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