Cuddle Bunny Pattern

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.

Terms used:

DPNs=double pointed needles

kfb= knit front and back of stitch

k= knit

rep= repeat

ssk=slip, slip, knit

k2tog=knit 2 together

p=purl

pm= place marker

sts=stitches

sm= slip marker

CO=cast on

RND=round

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

k3tog

Secure yarn and weave in bind off end.

Head:

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:

Blanket section:

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

Finishing:

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.

The Funny Things Kids Say…and Knitting Progress

I was talking to my son today, and I started teasing him. I was saying that he was my little girl, and that Calliope was my little boy. He laughed and said that he was a boy and not a girl. So I kept on for a while and he still told me he was a boy and that she was a girl. Then I asked him why. He said that he was a boy because boys have pee-pees and girls don’t. Once again I asked him why. His reply? “Because that’s the way Wal-mart makes them!” I cracked up and had a good laugh at that.

Calliope too has been in a funny mood today. She lays in her play pen while I’m at the computer or busy with something. Everyonce in a while I’ll peek over the top at her and say Boo or blow raspberries at her and she will just smile and giggle away. Days like this make me glad that I’m a mother.

Remember this:

Well I finished one for my daughter and I’m kinda happy with the way that it turned out. The cat toys actually work well as a rattle and I put two of them in mine for extra noise since my cat toys were so small. I just have to wash it now and let it dry before Easter. I think I’ll wait until I get everything made first and wash them all together….can’t have her putting things in her mouth before they are clean!

I also started making the bunny that I talked about in an earlier post. The one with a bunny head and the rest is a blankie. Good news is that I’m writing it all down as I go so that I can make a second one. It’s also good news for my readers, because that means that I will have a pattern for you soon. I’ve gotten half of the head and the ears finished. My only complaint is that it’s turning out a little bigger than I had originally hoped, but that’s ok. I actually think it will be nice bigger because it will be the center piece of the kids’ Easter basket, and it will be a friend that they can carry around and play with.

You can see here that it’s pretty good sized…those are regular sized DPNs. I’m happy with the way that it looks though. I’m thinking that I would like to get my hands on some embroidery thread to make the face. I don’t want to use buttons for eyes or anything because I want it to be comepletely safe for my baby girl. This one is for my son though…the yarn for my daughters’ has pink and purple in it. I want them to match though…my son has a tendency to be a little bit jealous if he thinks someone is getting something that he isn’t. My progress on this bunny stops here for a few days sadly. I don’t have any embroidery thread and our local store doesn’t carry any. Luckily my mother in law embroiders and is mailing me a skein of her thread. I should get it in a few days.

I’m waiting on my ball winder before I start on those socks. As you can see from my last post, my yarn is on a cone. Not good when you want to make socks two at a time. I had hoped to catch my friend who has been weaving at the local library and use her ball winder, however, she wasn’t there the day that I was in town. For now it’s back to working on the “blizzard” aka, the white sweater. I’ve deemed it “the blizzard” because it’s white like snow and never-ending. I’m also thinking that I need to cast on something new since I can’t work on the bunny or the socks. Maybe I should make something for me? Part of me says that I should make something for me, however the other part of me says that I still have Easter knitting to do.

That’s all for now….one kid is sleeping and the other is watching a movie. That means it’s knitting time for this momma. Join me tomorrow to see what else I’ve started. Thanks for reading!

On the Needles and New Plan

I just ordered some stuff from knitpicks. I’ll post pics when it arrives, but in case you wanted to know what I got…… I ordered a ball winder, a shawl stick, blocking wires, some DPN needle holders, and 2 skiens of yarn. I plan on making some shawls in the near future, hence the wires and the shawl pin.

Currently in progress….

This is part of the back of a sweater I am making for my husband’s cousin. She wants it below her knees, so the thing will be long…and I am no where near finished. Actually it is somewhat bigger now than in this pic, but not by much. The pattern is completely my own…I don’t know if I’ll get to write up a pattern for it or not.

The next thing I’m working on:

This is the mushroom cap to the baby rattle I posted on my previous post…one of my daughter’s Easter basket gifts. So far it’s cute.

In other news, this came in the mail today:

Lion Brand 1878 fingering weight 100% wool. This is going to be two pairs of socks for a guy that used to be my teacher and his wife. We’ll see how it goes.

I also was browsing around and reading other people’s blogs, and I found an entry with an idea that intriqued me.

http://fortheknitofit.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/wips-socks-shawls-and-sweaters-oh-my/

This lady has certain days set that she works on certain projects, and I thought that I might accomplish more if I did the same.

Monday: Miscellaneous projects (this means I can work on anything I have going on, or something else entirely)

Tuesday: Commission project # 1 (at the moment this is the sweater).

Wednesday: Project for my kiddos…whatever I happen to be making for them at the time.

Thursday: Commission project # 2 (the socks I plan on making)

Friday: Something for myself

Saturday: Commission project # 1

Sunday: Commission project # 2

I guess I’ll see how this plan goes and tweak it later if it doesn’t work…I may end up abandoning it completely if I don’t like it. So now I’m off to hopefully finish that mushroom tonight and maybe start on another Easter project.

Easter Dilemma

I’m attempting to plan ahead somewhat for Easter. Of course I’m going to dye eggs with the kids and put together a basket for them. My son, Gary, is four and it’s not hard to find things to fill his basket with. Give him some candy, some cars, a game, and anything to do with Buzz and Woody and he is good to go. My 5 month old daughter, Calliope, on the other hand…..not so easy. She can’t have candy, and I can’t even put in Easter grass in her basket. She can’t have the little plastic eggs either. My solution is to knit something….

I went to www.ravelry.com (one of my favorite places for getting free patterns), and the first thing I found was this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toadstool-baby-rattle

I am currently in the process of making one, so I will post pics when I am finished. The cool thing is that you use a cat toy with a bell as the rattle portion and it’s completely inclosed within the mushroom so it’s safe for babies.

 

The second thing I found was this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gevlochten-bal—braided-ball

I’m debating whether or not to make this a rattle too using the same method, or making it just a squishy ball for her to play with.

Next I went on a search of things that were more Easterly. I found this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bunny-blanket-buddy—knit

I knitted one of these bunnies for practice, but I was less than pleased with the results. I searched again and saw this: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lapin-2

I like this one much better…but the pattern won’t work for the yarn that I want to use and I would like it to be a little bigger. I’m going to attempt to make my own pattern up similar to the second bunny. Wish me luck! If it turns out well, I may post it here for others to discover. I have to write down the pattern anyway because if I like it, I’m going to make one for my son as well. He’s older, but he still likes to hold soft things when he naps or goes to sleep at night and I think that he would also enjoy one.

I’m also making her a headband for spring. She doesn’t have much hair yet, and soon it will be too warm for a hat. I’m in the process of designing a flower to place on it, pics will follow. Other than these knitted items, I’m at a loss as to what to put in her basket. She has plenty of pacifiers and teethers. Tons of other toys that I received at the baby shower and even hand-me-downs from her brother.

The idea just hit me that I could make a quiet book for them both. There are plenty of links on pinterest for ideas…..I guess this will depend on how much time I have and the amount of funds I have to buy the materials.

I’m eager for Easter…I love to watch the kids have fun and enjoy the holiday….however, I wish there was more time to prepare. Seems like it takes forever to get anything done when you have two kids….especially when you have to work on stuff when they are sleeping so that they will be surprised when they get their gift. Stay tuned….I’ll write more about this when I have some finished items, and I might possibly have a free pattern for a bunny blankie coming up depending on my results.