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Bent-eared Bunny – free crochet pattern

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IMG_4918The bent-eared Bunny is the most noble of breeds, born out of a happy accident with a crochet hook and some triple trebles.

If you like your stuffed Easter things quick to make and Amigurumi-style then this Bunny could be for you!

 

Gauge/yarn/tools

Gauge is not important as you can make this from a yarn of your choosing along with a hook that’s appropriate.  In the picture above the small yellow bunny was built using 4 ply/fingering weight yarn and a 2.75 mm hook.  The big bunny is rendered in aran (10 ply?) and I used a 6 mm hook.  Before I stuffed the big bunny she weighed 10 grams, I think the little bunny must weigh less than 5 grams.   If I had to make a guess I think that you might need 20 metres of 4 ply.  As for decoration, I prefer my animals plain as in decorating them I seem to remove all their character.  However, big bunny above was blinged up by the youngest child so I leave you free to do as you choose.  If you’re giving your bunny as a toy to someone with a small oesophagus don’t sew on anything that can be chewed or yanked off and then represent a choking hazard.

A pair of scissors will be useful, because you know none of us ever use our teeth to cut our yarn *conspiratorial wink*.   A tapestry needle can also be employed at some point near the finish.  Oh and something safe to stuff it with, and maybe a stitch marker (a small safety pin suffices).

Difficulty

The ears are perhaps the trickiest part, take your time.  I recommend starting with a magic ring, trying your hand at an invisible decrease and most absolutely, definitely using the ultimate finish.

Pattern

I’m using UK crochet terms, here’s a UK/US conversion chart.  We’re creating our bunny from the top down, all in one piece.  We’re going to spiral around, there will be no slip stitches to join between rounds because I don’t like how it looks.  Feel free to do that if it’s your thing.  Sitting comfortably?  Yarn, hook and hot beverage of your choice at the ready?  Let’s begin:

 

Making the head.

Round 1:  Using a Magic Ring, chain 1, 3 double crochet, 2 chain (first ear), 1 double crochet, 2 chain (second ear), 4 double crochet.  Mark your last stitch, tighten the Magic Ring.  8 stitches.

Round 2:  1 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next stitch, 1 double crochet,

in the 2 chain space -> slip stitch, 5 chain, 1 triple treble , 5 chain, slip stitch (first ear),

put 2 double crochet into the stitch between the two 2 chain spaces,

in the 2 chain space that follows -> slip stitch, 5 chain, 1 triple treble , 5 chain, slip stitch (second ear),

1 double crochet, 2 double crochet in the next stitch, 1 double crochet, 2 double crochet in the last stitch.  Mark your last stitch and keep marking the last stitch of every round that you complete.  12 stitches.  

It might look something like this:

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Round 3:  1 double crochet into each of the next two stitches, 2 double crochet into the third stitch, 1 double crochet, missing the slip stitch we’re going to work on the first ear.

->What I’d like you to do is to look at the picture below.  We’re going to work 3 double crochets into the post of the triple treble and the first 5 chain at the same time, so I want you to put your hook through the post of the triple treble and then under 5 chain.  Once you have that, make a double crochet.  Do that three times.

 

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It’s going to look like this:

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Now I’d like you to put 2 more double crochets into the first 5 chain.  Now find the top of the triple treble, put 1 double crochet, 3 chain and another double crochet in here.

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Lastly, two double crochet in the second 5 chain, three more double crochet into the other side of triple treble and the 5 chain together.

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Phew!  That’s the first ear.

There are two stitches between the ears, 1 double crochet into the first stitch, two double crochet into the second stitch.  Avoiding the slip stitch we’re now going to make the second ear.

-> 3 double crochets into the post of the triple treble and the first 5 chain.  2 double crochet into the 5 chain. Into the top of the triple treble put 1 double crochet, 3 chain, 1 double crochet.  Come back down the other side of the ear doing two double crochet into the 5 chain, 3 double crochet into the 5 chain and the post of the triple treble.  Second ear complete!

(1 double crochet into the next two stitches, two double crochet into the next stitch) x 2.  Mark your last stitch.  16 stitches.

Round 4:  1 double crochet into each of the first five stitches of the round, bending your circle and going around the back of the ear 1 double crochet into each of the 3 stitches between the ears, bending your circle and going around the back of the second ear 1 double crochet into each of the last 8 stitches of the round.  16 stitches.

Rounds 5-7:  spiral around your bunny’s head for three rounds, 1 double crochet into each stitch.  16 stitches each round.  

 

Decreasing for the neck.

Round 8:  (1 double crochet in the next two stitches, two double crochet together, perhaps trying the invisible decrease i.e. using the front loops only) x 4.  12 stitches.

Round 9: 1 double crochet into each stitch.  12 stitches.

 

Making the body.

Round 10: (1 double crochet in each of the next two stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch) x 4.  16 stitches.

Round 11: (1 double crochet in each of the next three stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch) x 4.  20 stitches.

You can partially stuff the head now if you like, or leave it to the end.  You decide what’s best for you.

Round 12: (1 double crochet in each of the next four stitches, 2 double crochet in the next stitch) x 4.  24 stitches.

Rounds 13-14:  More spiralling around, this time we’re making a body.  1 double crochet into each stitch.  24 stitches each round.  

 

Decreases for the body.

Round 15:  (1 double crochet in each of the next four stitches, two double crochet together) x 4.  20 stitches.

 

The tail (scut) round.

Round 16:  (1 double crochet in each of the next three stitches, two double crochet together) x 2, 1 double crochet in the next two stitches.

In the next stitch, make a tail.  ->  Use a popcorn stitch that sits to the front of the work.  Mine was something like this one .  You might want to choose some contrasting yarn for your tail.  You might want to make a really large tail or a small one, if so, vary the number of stitches that you include.  I used 4 trebles for my tail.

Two double crochet together.

1 double crochet in each of the next three stitches, two double crochet together.  16 stitches.

 

Tidying up the bottom of the bunny.

Round 17:  1 double crochet in the next 8 stitches, push the tail forward, 1 double crochet, 1 double crochet directly behind the tail, 1 double crochet in each of the last 6 stitches.  16 stitches. 

Round 18:  (1 double crochet in each of the next two stitches, two double crochet together) x 4.   12 stitches.

Round 19:  (Two double crochet together) x 6.  6 stitches.

Stuff and then finish off using the Ultimate Finish that I mentioned at the beginning.

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Enjoy!

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Here’s the pattern on Ravelry.

This is a free pattern.  Please let me know if you make a version or if you find any mistakes.  This is my intellectual property, don’t use the pattern to your commercial advantage without asking first and then, you know, gaining permission.   I retain the moral right to be identified as the author.

 

 

 

 

 

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