Hand Puppet Knitting Pattern

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This knitted bunny rabbit hand puppet is made in a number of pieces and then sewn together.

Materials

1 x 100G chunky yarn (I used Hayfield Bonus Chunky) in a light brown

1 x 100G chunky yarn (Hayfield Bonus Chunky) in flesh tone / light pink

1 x 50G chunky yarn in green for the jacket

1 x 50G double knit yarn in brown – or small amount for eyes and nose

1 x 50G Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn in white

1 x Double knit yarn in pink (small amount for tongue)

1 x 6.5 mm (10.5 US) knitting needles

1 x 4mm (6 US) knitting needles

1 x 4 mm (G/6 US) crochet hook

Darning needle

Scissors

Body and Head – Make 2 pieces

With chunky yarn in light brown and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 20

Knit all rows until piece measures 8 inches (This can be longer or shorter depending on how long your arm is and how long you want the body to be).

Shape head – Front piece

1. Skpo knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

2. Knit

Repeat those two rows until row 13 – Change yarn to sirdar snuggly snowflake in white and knit (this is the white and fluffy nose)

14. Knit

15. Knit

16. Skpo knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

17. Knit

18. Cast off.

Shape head - for the back piece –

1. Skpo knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

2. Knit

Repeat those two rows until you have 4 stitches left and cast off.

**Fluffy white nose on front piece only.**

Mouth Insert

With chunky yarn in flesh tone or light pink and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 4

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Knit 3 rows

Row 4: Increase row – K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 9: Knit

Row 10:  K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 15: Knit

Row 16: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 17: Knit

Row 18: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: K1, M1, Knit to last stitch M1, K1

Row 21: Knit

Row 22: Knit 6 rows

Row 23: – Decrease – SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 24: Knit

Row 25: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 26: Knit

Row 27: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 28: Knit

Row 29: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 30: Knit

Row 31: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 32: Knit

Row 33: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 34: Knit

Row 35: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 36: Knit

Row 37: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 38: Knit

Row 39: SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Row 40: Knit

Row 41: 4 Stitches left Knit

Row 42: knit

Row 43: Cast off.

Tongue

With pink double knit yarn and 4mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on 3 stitches

1.    K1, M1, K1, M1, K1

2.    Purl

3.    K2, M1, K1, M1, K2

4.    Purl

5.    K3, M1, K1, M1, K3

6.    Purl

7.    K4, M1, K1, M1, K4

8.    Purl

9.    K5, M1, K1, M1, K5

10.  Purl

11. K6, M1, K1, M1, K6

12. Purl

13. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K8, K2TOG

14. Purl

15. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K5, K2TOG

16. Purl

17. K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K2, K2TOG

18. Purl

19. K2TOG, K2, K2TOG

20. Purl

21. K2TOG, K2TOG

22. P2TOG

23. Fasten off.

Arms – Make 2

With chunky yarn in light brown and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 6

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: K1, M1 to end

Row 3: Purl

Row 4: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K4, M1, K1

Row 5: Purl

Row 6: Knit

Row 7: Purl

Row 8: Knit

Row 9: Purl

Row 10: Knit

Row 11: Purl

Row 12: Knit - (change to Sirdar snuggly snowflake yarn)

Row 13: Purl

Row 14: K1, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG, K1, K2TOG

Row 15: Purl

Row 16: K1, K2TOG to end.

Ears - Make 2

With chunky yarn in light brown and 6.5mm (10.5 US) knitting needles cast on 7

Knit 10 rows

SKPO knit to last 2 stitches K2TOG

Knit

Repeat last two rows until you have 2 stitches left.

Cast off.

Eyes – Make 2

With double knit yarn in brown and 4mm (US 6) Knitting needles cast on 4

1.    Purl

2.    Purl

3.    Knit

4.    Purl

5.    Knit

6.    Purl

7.    Purl

8.    K2TOG to end

Thread yarn though all edges then pull tight into a ball. Stitch through bottom of ball to secure. Leave a tail of at least 7 inches for sewing onto the puppet head.

Nose – Make 1

With double knit yarn in brown and 4mm (US 6) Knitting needles cast on 6

1.    Purl

2.    Purl

3.    Knit

4.    Purl

5.    Knit

6.    Purl

7.    Knit

8.    Purl

9.    Knit

10. Purl

11. Purl

12. K2TOG to end.

Thread yarn though all edges then pull tight into a ball. Stitch through bottom of ball to secure. Leave a tail of at least 7 inches for sewing onto the puppet head.

Making up.

1.    Stitch the eyes into place on the front headpiece.

2.    Stitch the brown nose into place on the white fluffy yarn.

3.    With brown yarn stitch a line from the nose and on the bottom jaw piece stitch a smile so when you close the mouth he looks like his nose and mouth connect.

4.    If you want your puppet to have whiskers, thread brown yarn onto your darning needle and knot at one end, thread through near the nose and leave hanging free. Do three on each side.

5.    Stitch the tongue into place in the middle of the mouth insert piece.

6.    Sew the mouth insert piece to the front head/body piece (inside out) leaving a gap for where the hand will go inside

7.    Sew the mouth insert piece to the underside of the head/body piece (inside out) leaving a gap so you can fit your hand in to move the mouth.

8.    The arms should be sewn next leaving them open so you can place your thumb/fingers inside to make the bunny clap. Sew around catching the edge of the body as you go.

9.    Stitch the length of the body closed on either side with the light brown yarn.

10. Attach the ears to the top of the head (curl the edges together to touch) and stitch around the bottom edge catching the yarn to the head as you go.

Crochet Jacket

The jacket is made up of 3 separate pieces that are stitched together.

Back Piece

With a 4 mm (G/6 US) crochet hook and green chunky yarn chain 30

Single crochet until piece measures 3.5 inches.

Front Piece 1

With a 4 mm (G/6 US) crochet hook and green chunky yarn chain 12

Single crochet until piece measures 3.5 inches.

Front Piece 2

With a 4 mm (G/6 US) crochet hook and green chunky yarn chain 18

Single crochet until piece measures 3.5 inches.

Trim

Add another colour along the top of the jacket edge. Stitch the back collar into place so it doesn’t go over the ears.

Button Fastening

Add a button to one of the front pieces to close the jacket.

Making up

Stitch the front pieces inside out to the back piece. Leave holes either side for the arms to fit through.

When the button is in place fasten the jacket onto the body.

Abbreviations

K – knit

P – purl

P2tog – purl 2 stitches together

Sts – stitches

Garter stitch – every row knit

Stocking stitch – knit 1 row (front), Purl one row (back)

K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together

SKPO – slip one stitch; knit one stitch, and pass slipped stitch over knit stitch.

M1 – make one stitch