Have you ever realized how many rabbits are in children’s literature? You’ve probably read such stories as “The Velveteen Rabbit”, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, and “Winnie the Pooh”, and although they’re quite different, the rabbits in these stories have most likely stuck with you. You may have even read these aloud to your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or the kids at your local library. It’s one thing to read about them, but quite another to have your own snuggly bunny to hold whilst hearing about Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh or the conversation between the Horse and the Velveteen Rabbit about what it’s like to be real.
If you or someone else in your life adores rabbits, this knitting pattern and its results would make a fantastic gift, whether for birthday, holiday, or other special occasion. These rabbits are small, knit up rather quickly, and would be a great place to start for those wanting to make a foray into the world of knitted toys.
Want to make your own rabbit? You’ll need to gather the following materials:
- Yarn (worsted is recommended, though of course you can use specialty yarn if you want that ‘fur’ look)
- DPN – double pointed needles, size dependent on the yarn you’re using
- Tapestry needle
- Extras – whatever you prefer to embellish your bunny with – thread, buttons, ribbon, etc.
You’ll be knitting with four needles, switching between them as you go. This makes the project work up much more quickly and produces lovely results with ease. Depending on the pattern you use, the size of your rabbit will vary. You may want to try out different patterns for a variety of bunnies, or you may want to alter the same pattern to produce alternate results – you could create an entire rabbit family this way. Either way you go, you’ll be glad to add one of these adorable creatures to your collection.