How To Knit A Bunny For Beginners (Free Pattern)


In this blog post, you will see how to knit a bunny for beginners (free pattern).

Make your little one a little bunny cuddly toy with this bunny softie pattern.

Please scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the ad-free printable PDF pattern in my shop here.

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An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are at the advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off, knitting, and purling stitches.

It’s knit flat (back and forth on straight needles) with 4 mm knitting needles using worsted yarn.

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

You will also need to know how to seam, as the bunny is made in different pieces that are sewn together.

If you are learning how to knit, modern baby knitting patterns are great to start with before you move on to more complicated patterns, including cables and other advanced techniques.

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How To Knit A Bunny For Beginners (Free Pattern)

Make A Bunny For A Gift

This plush bunny is a great gift for the little guys for Easter.

Moreover, this little cutie is an amazing gift for baby showers. 

Its soft and plush material makes it safe for the baby to play with and easy to clean. 

Plus, you can knit this baby bunny in any color yarn you prefer, making it a versatile gift that can match any baby’s nursery.

The Yarn I Used To Knit The Bunny

To make this bunny knitting pattern, I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran (50g/85m/93yds) for the bunny in two colors: Nature (60) and Sand (59).

It does, on occasion, split when you knit, like most cotton, but you can fix it and make it look neat with a little patience.

This is a medium-weight yarn 04. 

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Knitting Lessons

If you are a new knitter and need help with the knitting basics, check out the knitting lessons here – Knitting Lessons (With Video Tutorials).

There, you will find step-by-step tutorials for all the different knitting techniques a newbie needs to know. 

Including how to cast on, how to knit the basic knit stitches, how to knit the knit stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib stitch, the garter stitch, the mattress stitch, short rows, and a list of knitting abbreviations, and more. 

For more easy knitting patterns, check out this pattern category, there you will find a range of knitting patterns – Beginner Knitters.

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

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Bunny Softie Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive, ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

You can also find this pattern in this Ebook here – 10 Baby Knitting Patterns Ebook.


Skill Level – Easy

The bunny is made in separate pieces, then sewn together and stuffed.

Great to give as an Easter gift or to place inside an Easter basket, this bunny rabbit has a modern look.

The bunny toy can be given accessories like a ribbon tied around the neck in a favorite color or a bow tie added.

Copyright Info

  • Please do not copy, sell, redistribute, or republish this pattern. 
  • If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
  • You may sell items produced using this pattern.
  • Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
  • For the copyright T&C, please read my Terms of Use.
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Size Information

  • Height = 10′′ (from top of ears to bottom of legs)
  • Width = 4.5′′ (body not inc arms).

Gauge – 14 sts and 28 rows in 4×4 inches / 10×10 cm in stocking stitch.

The Supplies You Need




Other Materials


Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit 2 sts together
  • P = Purl
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • St St = stocking stitch – knit 1 row, purl 1 row
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Pattern Instructions

You will need two yarn colors as follows…

  • Yarn A – Sand (Mustard)
  • Yarn B – Nature (White)

Body – Make 2 Pieces

  • With yarn A, cast on 20 sts and work in stocking stitch until the piece measures 3′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Change to yarn B and continue to work in st st until the piece measures 6′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Cast off.

Arms – Make 2 Pieces

  • With yarn B cast on 6sts.
  • Work in st st until the piece measures 2.5′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Next row: K1, K2tog – rep to the end of the row.
  • Next row: Purl.
  • Next row: K2tog twice.
  • Thread the remaining length of yarn through the last 2 st and sew up the seam – try to catch some toy stuffing in as you stitch.

Legs – Make 2 Pieces

  • With yarn B cast on 10 sts and work in st st until the piece measures 2.5′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Next row: K1, K2tog – rep to the end of the row.
  • Next row: Purl.
  • Next row: K1, K2tog.
  • Cut yarn and thread through the rem sts.
  • Sew up the side seam and stuff with toy stuffing as you go.
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Ears – Make 2 Pieces

  • With yarn B cast on 10 sts.
  • Knit all sts until the piece measures 1.5′′ from the cast on edge.
  • Next row: K2tog, knit till last 2 sts, K2tog.
  • Next row: Knit.
  • Repeat the previous 2 rows until there are 2 sts left.
  • Next row: K2tog.
  • Cast off.
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Making Up

  • Sew in any loose ends.
  • Sew the eyes and mouth onto the front body piece.
  • Sew the body pieces together (the front piece and the back piece) with the right sides facing you (I used the mattress stitch); sew in the arms, legs, and ears (fold into the head seam, as you can see in the photo above) where you want them to go, and leave a gap near the bottom, and stuff with toy stuffing when you are just about done.
  • Then, stitch the gap closed.
  • It was simple to make, but the assembly was a little bit fiddly at times, trying to get the limbs – arms and legs to stitch in the right places and be equal; I think I pulled them out a few times before I was happy.
  • Use the photograph for reference – for where to place the arms and legs.
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Could you share your work with us?

I love seeing your finished projects on social media.

If you enjoyed making the bunny softie, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, be sure to tag me @handylittleme.

If you are on Facebook, stop over to the Handylittleme Facebook Group and share a photo.

You can also find us on Pinterest and Ravelry.

I’d love to see your work.

Happy Knitting!

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