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Stuffed Bunny Toy (Easy Free Knitting Pattern)

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

These little bunnies make great gifts for kids or to give as a baby shower gift.

A good project to make animal softies for Easter. 

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

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An Easy Level Stuffed Bunny 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.

You will also have to shape through simple increases and simple decreases.

You will also need some crochet knowledge if you want to make the crochet overalls/pants the knitted bunny is wearing.

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

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Stuffed bunny toy (Easy Free knitting pattern)

The Yarn I Used To Knit The Bunny

I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran (50g/85m/93yds) for the free bunny pattern in the colors silver grey, nature, and patina for the overalls.

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

This is a medium-weight/ aran weight yarn 04; you could, however, use a worsted weight yarn.

Learn everything about worsted weight yarn here – What Is Worsted Weight Yarn?

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Stuffed Bunny Pattern

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

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

You may also like this bunny baby blankie – knitting pattern and this Easter bunny pattern (floppy ears + cuddly!) which is a similar pattern.

Notes

Skill Level – Easy

The bunny rabbit is knit in separate pieces and then stuffed and assembled when finished.

Each body piece on the little cutie is knitted and then seamed – requiring you to 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.

Copyright Notes

  • 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.
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Size –

  • Height = 11.5′′ (from top of ears to bottom of legs)
  • Width = 4′′ (body not inc arms)

Gauge – 18 sts and 24 rows in 4×4 inches / 10×10 cm

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The Supplies You Need

Yarn

  • 1 x skein of Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m/93yds in Silver Grey (22).
  • 1 x skein of Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m/93yds in Nature (60).
  • 1 x skein of Rico Creative Cotton Aran 50g/85m/93yds in Patina (43) – for the overalls.
  • A small amount of black yarn for the eyes and mouth.
  • A small amount of pink yarn for the nose.
  • Any medium weight yarn 04.
  • Yarn Weight Guide (+ Conversion Chart)

Needles + Hook

Notions

Other Materials

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Abbreviations 

Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • Beg = Begin(ning)
  • Cont = Continue(ing)
  • Dec = Decrease
  • Inc = Increase (KFB)
  • KFB = Knit into the front and back of the stitch.
  • K = Knit
  • K2tog = Knit 2 sts together
  • M1 = Make one st
  • P = Purl
  • Rem = Remaining
  • Rep = Repeat
  • SKPO = slip one st over
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • St St = stocking stitch – knit 1 row, purl 1 row

Crochet Abbreviations >

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Pattern Instructions

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

Legs – Make 2 >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 12 sts.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1, – rep to the end of row. (23 sts)
  • P row.
  • K1, M1, cont to knit row. (24 sts)
  • P1, M1, cont to P row. (25 sts)
  • K1, M1, cont to knit row. (26 sts)
  • P1, M1, cont to P row. (27 sts)
  • K1, M1, cont to knit row. (28 sts)
  • P1, M1, cont to P row. (29 sts)
  • *K7, M1* rep from * to * to end of the row, K1. (33 sts)
  • P row.
  • K row.
  • P row.
  • K13, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K13. (31sts)
  • Purl row.
  • K12, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K12. (29 sts)
  • Purl row.
  • K7, cast off the rem sts until you have 7 sts left to knit on the left needle, K those 7 sts. (You should have 14 sts left with a gap in between).
  • P row.
  • Inc 1 st at each end of the row. (K the row) (16sts)
  • Cont in st, st for 13 rows (Starting with a P row and ending with a P row).
  • K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1, K2tog. (12 sts)
  • Purl row.
  • K2tog, K1, rep to the end of row. (8 sts)
  • P2tog – rep to the end of row.
  • 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 polyfill stuffing and stitch closed.
  • Weave in any loose ends.
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Arms – Make 2 Pieces >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 6 sts.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1 – rep to the end of row. (11 sts)
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1, K4, M1, K1, M1, K4, M1, K1. (15 sts)
  • Work 7 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row)
  • K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1. (11 sts)
  • Work 3 rows, inc 1 st at each end of next row. (13 sts) (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row).
  • Work 10 rows in st st – ending on a P row.
  • K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1. (9 sts)
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, K2tog – rep to end of row. (6 sts)
  • 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 polyfill stuffing and stitch closed.
  • Weave in any loose ends.

Body – Make 1 >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 15 sts.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1 – rep to the end of the row. (29 sts)
  • Beg with a P row, work 5 rows in st st.
  • *K7, M1* – rep from * to * to the end of the row, K1. (33 sts)
  • Work 3 rows in st st.
  • K15, M1, K1, M1, K15. (35 sts)
  • Work 5 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row).
  • K14, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K14. (33 sts)
  • Work 3 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row).
  • K13, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K13. (31 sts)
  • Work 3 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row).
  • K1, K2tog – rep to the end of the row, K2. (21 sts)
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, K2tog – rep to the end of the row, K2. (14 sts)
  • 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 polyfill stuffing and stitch it closed.
  • Weave in any loose ends.
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Head – Make 1 >

  • With Yarn A – Cast on 7 sts.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, M1 – rep to the end of the row. (13 sts)
  • Rep the last two rows once more. (25 sts)
  • Work 3 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row)
  • *K1, M1, K3* Rep from * to * till the end of the row. (31 sts)
  • Work 13 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row)
  • Change to Yarn B.
  • K1, K2tog – rep to the end of the row. (21 sts)
  • Work 5 rows in st st. (Starting with a P row and ending on a P row)
  • K1, K2tog, rep to the end of the row. (14 sts)
  • Purl 1 row.

You need to seam from both ends and leave a small gap in the middle to stuff the head. 

The nose is the pointy end, and the back of the head is the more rounded curved end.  

I would seam the nose first, then add the facial features – eyes/mouth, etc. 

Then, seam it from the back, leaving a hole in the middle to stuff.  

Once stuffed – seam that hole closed. 

Once the head is stitched onto the body, you won’t be able to see that hole seaming on the head at all. 

Weave in any loose ends.

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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 to the end of the row.
  • Repeat the 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 Your Finished Bunny

  • 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 floppy ears should be folded in half and then stitched onto either side of the head.
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Making The Crochet Overalls Make 2 pieces >

Notes

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, depending on how much you stuff it, so it’s good to make all the clothes to fit the toy you are making.

  • 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.
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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 an X at each point so you see the X stitch on the outside.
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Happy Knitting!

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 easier projects, check out this pattern category; there, you will find a range of knitting patterns for beginner knitters.

And if you need more video tutorials to help you practice your basic knitting skills, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube. 

Knitting Stuffed Animals

What is the easiest stuffed animal to knit?  

A stuffed animal is a thoughtful gift and you can make one, even as a beginner with basic knitting stitches knowledge. 

The perfect project for beginners looking to knit their first stuffed animal is often a basic teddy bear. 

Teddy bears typically have a straightforward construction with minimal shaping and require only basic knitting techniques such as knit and purl stitches, increases, and decreases. 

Choose a pattern with clear instructions and minimal embellishments to keep it beginner-friendly.  

If this is still a large project for you, you can try smaller-sized cute animals, like a tiny bunny or a pocket-sized kitten, which can be easier for beginners to handle as they involve less time and yarn commitment.  

There are many creative ideas online; you can find a great pattern to make cute toys.

These small projects allow beginners to practice shaping, assembling, and stuffing without feeling overwhelmed, providing a delightful introduction to the world of knitted stuffed animals. 

A cute teddy bear is a great gift for small children.  

What is the best yarn for knitted stuffed plush animals? 

The best yarn weight for knitted stuffed animals depends on the desired size and appearance of the finished project. 

For smaller and more detailed stuffed animals, using a lighter yarn weight like fingering or sport weight yarn may be appropriate. 

These yarn weights allow for finer stitch definition and intricate details, making them suitable for creating smaller features on the stuffed animals.

On the other hand, worsted weight yarn is a versatile choice for a wide range of stuffed animals. 

It works up more quickly than finer yarns, making it ideal for larger or more cuddly creatures. 

Worsted weight also provides a good balance between stitch definition and softness, ensuring a cozy and huggable finished product.

What are the best knitting needles for stuffed animals?

The best knitting needles for stuffed animals depend on the size, pattern, and personal preference of the knitter. 

For small, intricate pieces like limbs and ears, double-pointed needles (DPNs) are commonly used, offering precise control over stitches. 

Circular needles are versatile and ideal for larger stuffed animals, especially when knitting in the round. 

Interchangeable needle sets provide flexibility, offering various needle sizes and cable lengths, making them convenient for knitters who enjoy a variety of projects. 

The choice of material, whether metal, wood, bamboo, or plastic, is subjective and depends on the knitter’s preference for warmth, comfort, or smoothness. 

Consider the pattern’s recommended gauge and needle size to ensure the stuffed animal’s size and proportions are accurate. 

Ultimately, the best knitting needles for stuffed animals are those that suit the project at hand and make the knitting process enjoyable and efficient.

Why should you knit a stuffed animal?

Knitting a stuffed animal, like a bunny, a teddy bear, or a toy dog, can be a rewarding and enjoyable creative endeavor for several reasons.

Firstly, it allows for the expression of individuality and personal style, as knitters can choose patterns, colors, and yarn textures that align with their preferences. 

The process of creating a stuffed animal through knitting also provides a sense of accomplishment, allowing for the development of new skills and techniques.  

Plus, you can play around with the color combination. 

A hand-knit stuffed animal also often carries sentimental value, making it a perfect gift for loved ones, particularly children. 

The act of crafting a stuffed animal can also be a therapeutic and relaxing activity, offering a mindful and meditative escape from daily stressors. 

Ultimately, knitting stuffed animals combines the joy of crafting with the satisfaction of producing a tangible, huggable creation that brings comfort and delight to both the maker and the recipient.

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5 Comments

  1. I’m trying to make your bunny but I don’t understand how you went from casting on 12 stitches, purl row, then K1M1-rep to end of row (23sts)??
    I end up with 18…

    1. Hello Dulce,
      You cast on 12 stitches, then K1, M1 (repeating that to the end of the row) and you will have 23 sts.
      So to break it down – K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1, M1, K1.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  2. Thank you so much for your reply. Can you help with another part?
    K7, cast off the rem sts until u have 7 left on left needle & knit those(14 stitches with gap in between). Then P row…how do u purl the row having the gap?? I thought I could figure this out but I guess I’m not as good as I thought I was!! 🙁

    1. Hello Dulce,
      You purl across those stitches and it closes the gap.
      This helps to shape the top of the foot going into making the leg.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise