I LOVE anything bunny. To me, there isn’t anything sweeter than a little one tugging around a sweet bunny toy or blanket. So naturally, when I think bunny–right away my mind translates that to CROCHET!
I’ve done crochet amigurumi bunnies before and they’ve taken a loooooong time going round and round in circles–so this time I thought I would simplify things by chopping out the bunny body (and all that work) and just keep the cutest part–the head and ears!
I had an idea about what I wanted the finished project to look like but I needed something visual to go off of–so to Amazon I went and after a very short search I came up with this:
A cute chunky handle for baby to grasp and long ears for baby to nibble make mommy a happy lady!
I quickly snatched up my hook and what came out is something I’m totally in love with!
Let’s get started!!
Baby’s First Bunny
- Red Heart Super Saver in any color suitable for a bunny.
- Small lengths of black and pink yarn to embroider with.
- Size G (4.00mm) hook
- Cotton stuffing
- Approximately 20-25 inches of ribbon
Note: The ribbon will be tied around the toy for PRESENTATION ONLY. Remove ribbon decoration before giving to baby.
- Ch: Chain
- Sl st: Slip stitch
- Hdc: Half double crochet
- Sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together. [Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop] twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
**Note: Make sure you keep an eye on your tension while crocheting to ensure a durable and tightly woven finished project. You DO NOT want the stuffing to pull through your stitch work and pose a hazard to baby!**
Finished project measures approximately 9 inches (from tip of ears to bottom of handle) and is approximately 4.5 inches wide.
Ch 18. Join with sl st in first ch to for a ring. (Be careful not to twist your chain when creating your ring!)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 1 hdc in each sc around, join with a sl st in first sc. (18 hdc)
Rnd 2: For the rest of the handle you will be working in a continuous round—meaning you will not be joining with a sl st and chaining 1. 1 hdc in back loops only each st around, Continue until handle measures 1o”. To end the tube, 1 sc in back loops of next st, sl st in back loops of next st. Fasten off leaving a long length of yarn for sewing later.
Note: To make a tighter crocheted finished handle, go through BOTH back loops of each stitch instead on just one.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in an adjustable ring. Join with a sl st in the 1st sc. Pull tightly to secure and use your tail as a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the next round.
Rnd 2: For the rest of the head you will be working in a continuous round—meaning you will not be joining with a sl st and chaining 1. Work 2 sc in each st around. Move your tail marker up after each round to mark where your rounds begin. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 6 times (18 sc)
Rnd 4: [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc] 6 times (24 sc)
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in the next 3 sc] 6 times (30 sc)
Rnd 6: [2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in the next 4 sc] 6 times (36 sc)
Rnd 7-10: Sc in each sc around. (36 sc)
Rnd 11: [sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 4 sc] (30 sc)
Rnd 12: [sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 3 sc] (24 sc)
Before you finish your head, now would be a good time to embroider the face. I like to embroider my face at the magic ring. Turn your head on its side and, using the magic ring as a guide, stitch on the eyes using a french knot and the nose using a satin stitch. Embroider the mouth using a straight stitch.
Rnd 13: [sc2tog, 1 sc in the next 2 sc] (18 sc)
Stuff the head with cotton stuffing.
Rnd 14: [sc2tog, sc in next sc] (12 sc)
Rnd 15: [sc2tog] (6 sc)
Rnd 16: [sc2tog] (3 sc) Fasten off.
Ears (Make 2)
Rnd 1: 3 sc in an adjustable ring. Join with a sl st in the 1st sc, ch 1
Rnd 2: 1 sc in same space as join, 2 sc in each sc around (8 sc)
Rnd 3: For the rest of the ear you will be working in a continuous round—meaning you will not be joining with a sl st and chaining 1. [1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] (12 sc)
Rnd 4: Sc in each sc around until the ear measures 2.5 inches. Do not stuff. Fasten off.
When you are finished your unassembled parts should look like this:
1. Stuff handle firmly and bend into a circle. Using your tapestry needle, sew ends together to create a round shape.
2. Sew head to top of handle.
3. Pinch ears into shape and sew to top of head.
4. Tie ribbon around neck and your bunny is complete!
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