My first completed project post!
Mr. Bunny loves everyone. But he's busy watching TV right now.http://www.epeevirago.com/Mr_Bunny_4.jpg
Edit on April 8, 2006, 1:42 PM:
Mr Bunny says: Of course you may look into my dazzling blue eyes . . .http://www.epeevirago.com/Mr_Bunny_5.JPG
LATEST edit: April 17, 2006
Pattern: WARNING! I made Mr. Bunny up as I knitted him. I'm editing as I go, but you'll need to make things up as you knit, too.
Finished size: Mr Bunny is 1'1" and has a 12" waist. He enjoys moonlight walks on the beach and snuggling.
Yarn: 1 skein (120 yards) Jo-Ann's Sensations Angel Hair in beige
Needles: US #7 dpns
Other tools and materials: yarn needle for sewing; buttons/colored thread for eyes; stuffing; pom-pom for tailBody:
Cast on 16 sts. Join and K 1 round
Round 1: inc 16 sts evenly spaced (inc 1, K 1)
Rounds 2 and 3: K.
Round 4: inc 16 sts evenly spaced (inc 1, k 2)
Rounds 5 and 6: K
Round 7: Inc 16 sts evenly spaced (inc 1, k 3). You should have 64 sts on your needles at this point.
Knit to desired length for body (mine is approx. 24 rounds, or about 4 1/2 inches).
Decrease for shoulders/neck:
Round 1: Dec 16 sts evenly spaced (k2tog, k3)
Rounds 2 and 3: K
round 4: Dec 16 sts evenly spaced (k2tog, k2)
Rounds 5 and 6: k
Round 7: Dec 16 sts evenly spaced (k2tog, k1). You ought to have 16 sts on your needles now.Head:
Mr Bunny's head is essentially a sock. If you HAVEN'T knit a sock before, you might want to look at a good tute/pattern beforehand or have someone who's done socks before look over your shoulder while you're trying to do this part.
K half of sts onto one needle. Ignore the other half for now.
R1: Sl 1, p to end of row.
R2: Sl 1, k to end of row.
Repeat until you have knit the same number of rows (16) as sts on all needles. What you have now is a flap of knitted fabric sticking up from the rest of your round.
Now use Round Heel shaping to get the back of Mr Bunny's head:
P 5, p2tog, p1, turn work
Sl 1, k 3, k2tog, k1, turn work
Sl 1, p 4, p2tog
Now, you'll need to pick up stitches along the side of the flap we knit for the back of Mr. Bunny's head (these are the stitches you slipped at the beginning of each row).
Pick up and knit 8 sts with the needle holding the sts you just shaped. This is needle 1.
K across the held stitches with a new needle. This is needle 2.
Pick up 8 sts along the other side of the flap with a new needle, then knit 2 of the stitches from needle 1 onto it. This is needle 3.
Now you're going to do a slightly modified sock decrease to form Mr Bunny's face. This is where you will need to exercise some judgement of your own.
I decreased several stitches on needle 2 as I went along, which contributed to the way his face turns upward rather than coming out at right angles to his body, like a sock would. If you want the same effect, you'll need to sprinkle in some decreases every few rounds (I have not written them in because I can't remember exactly when I did them).
Round 1: Needle 1: K to the last three sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: K. Needle 3: K1, sl 1, k 1, PSSO (pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one), k to end of needle.
Round 2: K.
Repeat until face is desired length (Mr Bunny's is an inch and a half, give or take a quarter inch).
Decrease for nose: k2tog around, until 8 sts remain. Cut yarn, thread through sts, and pull together.Legs, arms, ears, and finishing:
Arms: CO 12 sts and work in stockinette for about 3 inches. Decrease by k2tog for two rounds, then drawing yarn through sts and drawing closed.
Legs: CO 16 sts and work in stockinette for about 4 1/2 inches. Decrease as above, or k2, k2tog, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2tog, k2, then Kitchener Stitch closed. (OR use TheShoppingSherpa's big feet pattern on page 4 of this thread! Be sure to check out Trudy on page 3 first!)
Ears: CO 8 sts. Work in stockinette, slipping the first stitch of each row for a "finished" look on the edge of the ears. Work about 3 inches, then decrease for tips of ears.
Stuff body and sew bottom closed. Stuff arms and legs and sew to body. Sew ears to top of head. Embroider eyes with thread, or sew on buttons. (Embroider eyes if giving to small child, buttons can rip off and cause choking hazard.) Sew on pom-pom for tail. Hug incessantly.Thank TheShoppingSherpa, Knit core, and jane feebles for helping me correct (some of) the confusing spots in the pattern so everyone else has less of a headache making him!
PM or post with more pattern corrections, suggestions, or your completed Mr Bunnies!