Cuddle Bunny Blankie
Needles: I used 5 U.S. size 2 DPNs for the head and ears, and U.S. size 7 DPNs and circular needle for the blanket portion. Exact needle sizes are not necessary for this project, as long as you use a needle to give you a small enough gauge for the head so that the stuffing doesn't come out.
Yarn used: Bernat pipsqueak. This color was called “funny bunny” I chose this yarn because it was soft and “furry”. I used almost 2 skeins.
Other items needed: Yarn needle, polyester stuffing, embroidery thread, stitch markers
Gauge: The gauge on this project is not essential. Make sure you get a tight enough gauge on the head to hold in the stuffing.
DPNs=double pointed needles
kfb= knit front and back of stitch
ssk=slip, slip, knit
k2tog=knit 2 together
pm= place marker
sm= slip marker
Ears: Make 2 leaving an extra long tail when you cast on.
CO 5 sts
Knit for 10 rows
K1, kfb, k1, kfb, k1
Knit for 12 rows
k1, kfb, k3, kfb, k1
knit for 10 rows
k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1
knit for 4 rows
k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1
knit 2 rows
ssk, k1, k2tog,
knit 2 rows
Secure yarn and weave in bind off end.
Using the size 2 DPNs, I cast on 4 sts (1 on each needle).
RND 1: Using the 5th DPN, kfb of every stitch. (8 sts). Place marker to make the begining of your row.
RND 2: knit
RND 3: kfb of every stitch (16 sts)
RND 4: knit
RND 5: * k1, kfb, kfb, k1 * Rep from * to * on each of the four needles
RND 6: knit
RND 7: *k1, kfb, k to last 2 sts on needle, kfb, k1* Rep from * to * on each needle
Repeat rounds 6 and 7 until you have 12 sts on each needle
Knit 15 rows
Leaving the sts on the DPNs, I went ahead and sewed the ears onto the head using the long tails on the ears to do so. Next I used embroidery thread and embroidered a face on my bunny. I also wove in my cast on tail into the inside of the head.
Next, I started knitting with the DPNs again:
Decrease Row: * k1, k2tog, k to the last 3 sts on that needle, k2tog, k1* Rep from * to * on each needle.
Plain Row: Knit
Repeat the Decrease row and the plain row until you have 6 sts left on each needle. Stuff the head with as much stuffing as you would like.
*k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1* Repeat from * to * on each needle (12 sts total).
Next RND: *k2tog* Repeat all the way around. (2 sts each needle.)
At this point I cut off a piece of yarn from the second skein (not the yarn I was using) about 3 feet long. I threaded this yarn into a yarn needle and pulled the yarn through all of my stitches on the needle. Leave the stitches on the needles, but make sure that this yarn hangs in the center so that it will be on the under side of the work. We will deal with this yarn later, for now continue on:
RND 1: kfb of every stitch
RND 2: Knit
RND: 3: Working off of smaller DPNs onto the Bigger DPNs and making sure to keep your begining of row marker in place, do the following:
*kfb, k1, pm, k1, kfb* Repeat from * to * all the way around.
RND 4: Knit
RND 5:* k1, kfb, k1, sm, k1, kfb, k1, * Repeat from * to * all the way around
RND 6: knit
Now it’s time to deal with the yarn that we threaded through earlier. Pull both ends of the yarn to close up the gap in the head and tie a small knot. This will close up the bottom portion of the head and hold the stuffing in. Keep these ends, you’ll need them later. Resume knitting with the DPNs, changing to the circular when there are too many stitches for the DPNs to hold.
RND 7: *k to 2 sts before marker, kfb, k1, sm, k1, kfb* Repeat from * to * until you slip the last marker then: k1, kfb, k to end of row.
RND 8: Knit
Repeat until Rounds 7 and 8 until blanket portion is almost as big as you would like it.
Work RND 7
Then purl the next round.
Repeat round 7 and a purl round 2 more times
Work RND 7
Bind off using a purl bind off. ( Purl 2 stitches, pass first stitch over, *purl 1 stitch, pass first stitch over* Repeat from * to * until only 1 stitch remains. Cut off working yarn leaving a 6 inch tail, pull tail through last stitch and secure. Weave in end. Weave in any other tails, except for the ones that we used to close up the head. Thread one end through the yarn needle, and use it to sew a small section (about 3/4 to 1 inch) of the blanket to the bottom of the head to one side of the bunny’s neck. Do the same thing on the other side. This stablizes the bunny’s neck and keeps it from flopping around so much and I also think it makes the bunny’s neck look nicer. Weave in the ends. Give bunny to its intended recipient.
Notes: To make this bunny’s head smaller, just stop increasing at a smaller number of stitches instead of the 12 on each needle. Then work fewer rows than the 15 stated above. Follow of rest of the directions as is. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me on this blog. I will help in any way that I can. If you find any errors, please let me know as soon as possible so that I may correct them. Thanks.