Bunny Knitting Pattern

Knit bunny toy pattern

Make your little one a bunny toy they will cherish with this free bunny knitting pattern.

The pattern uses basic knitting stitches, including garter stitch and stocking stitch.

It will also introduce you to shaping, through increases and decreases.

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toy bunny

Bunny Knitting Pattern

It will also require you to crochet, for the overalls, you could perhaps knit these if you so wish, but I normally crochet the clothes as they are easy to shape!

I used three lovely kinds of cotton from Rico design for the pattern, in the colours silver grey, nature and patina, however, any baby cotton will knit up well.

This written pattern for beginners is quite lengthy, as there are many body parts to make up.

Bunny toy free knitting pattern

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Baby bunny toy pattern

Stuffed Bunny Knitting Pattern

The bunny toy is knit in separate pieces and then stuffed and assembled when finished. Each piece is made using basic knitting stitches – knit and purl with a lot of shaping required through increasing and decreasing.

I find it easier to stitch each part when I am finished leaving a gap for the stuffing, then when I have all of the parts I sit and stuff them.

Bunny free knitting pattern

Bunny Soft Toy Pattern

With the head, I stitch the mouthpiece closed until the middle section, then stitch the eyes and nose, before stuffing and closing the back end of the head.

When you make the crochet overalls – just measure the waist of your toy before making the overalls tailored to fit the bunny toy.

Each toy may be a little different in the waist than others, so it’s good to make all clothes to fit the toy you are making.

The Crochet Overalls

Yield: Bunny Toy

Toy Bunny Knitting Pattern

Make your little one a bunny toy they will cherish with this free knitting pattern. The pattern uses basic knitting stitches, including garter stitch and stocking stitch.
Active Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner

Materials

  • 1 x ball of Rico Creative Cotton Aran in Silver Grey (22).
  • 1 x ball of Rico Creative Cotton Aran in Nature (60).
  • A small amount of black yarn for the eyes and mouth.
  • A small amount of pink yarn for the nose.
  • Any medium weight yarn.

Tools

  • 4mm (US 6) straight knitting needles
  • 4mm (US G6) crochet hook
  • Toy stuffing/Fiberfill
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle

Instructions

Yarn A – Silver Grey (22) / Yarn B – Nature (60).

Legs – Make 2 >

  1. With Yarn A – Cast on 12 sts
  2. Purl 1 row
  3. K1, M1, Knit to the end of row (23sts)
  4. P row
  5. K1, *M1, K3* rep from * to * to end, K1 (30sts)
  6. P row
  7. *K7, M1* to end of row, K2 (34sts)
  8. Work 5 rows in st st.
  9. K14, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K14, K1 (32sts)
  10. Purl row.
  11. K13, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K13, K1 (30sts)
  12. Purl row.
  13. K8, cast off 14, K8 (16sts)
  14. Work 15 rows in st st inc 1 st at each end of the second row. (18sts)
  15. K3, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2. (14sts)
  16. Purl row
  17. K2tog, K1, to end of row
  18. P2tog to end, P1
  • Cut a length of yarn around 8″ and thread through the rem sts, stitch the leg seam and leave an opening at the bottom of the foot for stuffing.
  • Stuff the leg with toy stuffing and stitch closed. Weave in any loose ends.

Arms – Make 2 Pieces >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 6 sts
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1 to end.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K4, M1, K1.
  • Work 7 rows in st st.
  • K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1.
  • Work 3 rows, inc 1 st at each end of next row.
  • Work 10 rows in st st.
  • K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, K2tog to end.
  • Cut a length of yarn around 8″ and thread through the rem sts, stitch the arm seam and leave an opening at the top of the arm for stuffing.
  • Stuff the arm with toy stuffing and stitch closed. Weave in any loose ends.

Body – Make 1 >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 15 sts
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1 to end.
  • Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • *K7, M1* – rep from * to * to the end of the row.
  • Work 3 rows in st st.
  • K16, M1, K1, M1, K16.
  • Work 5 rows in st st.
  • K15, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K15.
  • Work 3 rows in st st.
  • K1, K2tog to end.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • Cut a length of yarn around 8″ and thread through the rem sts, stitch the body seam and leave an opening at the top of the body for stuffing.
  • Stuff the body with toy stuffing and stitch closed. Weave in any loose ends.

Head – Make 1 >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 7 sts.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1 to the end of the row.
  • Rep the last two rows once more.
  • Work 3 rows in st st.
  • *K1, M1, K3* Rep from * to * till the end of the row.
  • Work 13 rows in st st.
  • Change to Yarn B
  • K1, K2tog to end.
  • Work 5 rows in st st.
  • K1, K2tog, to end.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • Cut a length of yarn around 8″ and thread through the rem sts, stitch the head seam to the end of yarn B.
  • Stitch the eyes into place and the mouth/nose. 
  • Leave an opening underneath the head for stuffing.
  • Stuff the head with toy stuffing and stitch closed.
  • Weave in any loose ends.

Ears – Make 2 >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 14 sts.
  • Knit 30 rows in garter stitch.
  • Change to Yarn B
  • Skpo, K to last 2 sts – K2tog.
  • Knit.
  • Repeat last two rows until 2 sts rem, K2tog and fasten off.
  • Fold the ear and stitch to the head, catching the sts from the head to secure.
  • Do the same on the other side of the head. Weave in any loose ends.

Making Up >

To make up – Stitch the legs to the lower half of the body and the arms to the upper half.

Thread the darning needle and push through one leg, then through again and into the body, then through the other leg and back through. keep going until the legs are securely fastened.

Do the same for the arms.

Stitch the head into place – thread the needle through the body/neck first, then stitch through the head, keep doing this until the head is secure.

The ears should be stitched on to either side of the head. (See the photos).

Making The Crochet Overalls

Make 2 pieces >

  • With a 4mm (US G6) crochet hook and Rico cotton aran Patina (43) make a slipknot and chain 20.
  • Single crochet into every row until the piece measures 2″.
  • Continue to sc into half of the sts (10) to create the first pant leg.
  • Continue working on these sts until the pant leg measures 1.5″. Cut yarn and knot.
  • Pick up and sc into every st for the other pant leg until it measures 1.5″. Cut yarn and knot.

The Bib >

  • Select one pant side piece and at the top of the piece, pick up and sc 10 sts in the middle. This is for the bib part of the overalls.
  • Sc into every st until the bib piece measures 1″.

Straps – Make 2 >

  • Chain 28 and sc into every stitch.

Making Up > 

  • Stitch up the side seams and the inner leg seams of the shorts/overalls.
  • Attach the straps with a X at each point, so you see the X stitch on the outside.

Notes

Gauge >

6 sts in 1″

Size >

Height = 11.5″ (from top of ears to bottom of legs)

Width = 4″ (body not inc arms)

Abbreviations >

Knitting >


  • Approx = Approximately
  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • Dec = Decrease
  • Garter Stitch – every row knit
  • Inc = Increase
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit 2 sts together
  • M1 – Make one st
  • P = Purl
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • RIB = K1, P1
  • SKPO – slip one st over
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • St St = stocking stitch – knit 1 row, purl 1 row

Crochet >


  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet

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Happy Knitting! xoxo

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