Sunday, April 6, 2014

Knit Square Bunny

Easter is only a few weeks away, now, so Silkworm and I decided it was about time to start getting crafty. We found this tutorial for a granny square bunny on Pinterest a while back, but we only got to trying it out today. Luckily, Madre was 20 or so rows into a knitting project with one of her latest handspun yarns, coincidentally made of angora rabbit fiber, and she let us take it over to make our bunny.





Try it out for yourself! If you don't know how to knit, fear not; you'll find a link to a few instructional videos in the tutorial written below--but if you have any further questions, please feel free to ask us in the comments!

Ingredients
Yarn (1 color for body, 1 color for tail)
Knitting needle
Embroidery needle
Embroidery thread
Stuffing
Scissors



Step One: Knit a simple square. If you don't know how to wield such sorcery, simply pop on over to Youtube where Silkworm and I put together a playlist of three videos: how to cast on, how to make a knit stitch, and how to cast off--which is all you need to know!

Step Two: Once you've got a square, thread your needle and sew a triangle at the top half of your square. The bottom will be a line across the center of the square and the point will be at the top of the square. Don't fasten off your thread yet!

Step Three: Pull the thread tight and push down a wad of stuffing into the middle of the triangle. The stuffed triangle will make the head, the ears will be the two now-crinkled edges, and the body will be the other half of the square that's been untouched. Now you can fasten off your thread.

Step Four: Sew the bunny's body shut at the top where the two edges of the square meet, then stuff the body, and finally sew the butt closed.

Step Five: Make a pom pom. Take the color of yarn you'd like to use for your bunny's tail and wrap it around your two fingers about 30-50 times, depending on how plump you want the tail to be. Gently take the yarn off your fingers without messing up the shape, then cut another piece of yarn to tie around the 30-50 loops you just made. Tie it a little tight, but not too tight, and don't cut off the loose tails. Cut all of the loops to make your pom pom, and use the loose tails to tie it onto your bunny's butt. Cut off any extra thread left once the pom pom tail is secure.



Hippity hop hop, Easter's on it's way! Remember to let us see your bunnies!

4 comments:

  1. Aww he is adorable! I love the yarn color scheme and he looks super soft! I'm sure he'll be a good buddy for Silkworm
    Since you made him with pinterest inspiration you can enter him in a contest a blogger I know is doing, your project will be shown on her blog and you have a chance to win a gift card, heres the link!
    http://www.sohosonnet.com/crafts-and-diy/april-pinterest-challenge-win-a-target-giftcard/
    I'm going to participate later this month.

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    1. Thank you so much, and thank you for letting me know about that contest! I'm on my way over to the link to check it out!

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  2. Hi. How many stitches did you cast on and how many rows? It is so cute! Xxx

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    1. Ohh, I'm not so sure! I picked up where my mom left off and didn't count because it was the perfect size, but to make a square, you just cast on a certain amount of stitches and then make the same amount of rows (i.e. 30 stitches, 30 rows). It doesn't have to be perfect, though; you could do a few extra or less rows.

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