A joy to knit - a pleasure to gift. Enjoy the little things!
Make a pair of little knitted rabbits. A boy and girl just made for one another.
These rabbits are tiny, so they are a great way to use up spare/bargain buy wool.
Have fun creating different outfits for them from oddments of wool that would otherwise go to waste.
They make great gifts. Knit them for someone special to you or – have a heart and donate them for sale to raise much needed funds for charity.
Sometimes - you hit donation gold!
I was given some lovely wool by a neighbour that was just perfect for making a pair of knitted rabbits. Sometimes, you just hit donation gold!
A couple of balls of fine cotton yarn for their clothes was all I needed to buy complete the project. Two balls will knit lots of dresses, jumpers and shorts. I have knitted 3 of each so far and still have plenty of yarn left over for future projects.
Why knit just one when you can knit a pair – life is so much more fun with a chum?!
What You Will Need
The lovely wool I used for these rabbits was donated by a neighbour. It’s not often you are lucky enough to hit donation gold, but I was very grateful for this kind donation.
My stuffing was up-cycled from discarded toys. Thanks again Mollie – keep up the good work!
The tiny button on the back of the little dress was attached to the back of a jumper a friend gave to me. I wonder what I will do with the rest of it? Keep reading to find out …
The black wool for embroidering the face was unpicked from a jumper that had seen better days.
A rabbit is not complete without a tail. I knitted mine from a ball of leftover white Angora wool that had been sitting in my yarn stash for many years. A little goes a very long way. I wonder how many rabbits tails I can knit from just this one ball?
How to knit a pair of little rabbits
Time needed: 10 and a half hours.
I know EXACTLY how long it takes to knit one of these cute rabbits. I am a slow knitter and I like to knit when I am on a long car journey. I travel to France by car fairly regularly and I know that I can knit one rabbit and an outfit for him/her in the time it takes to complete that journey – that is 9 and a half hours. Add another hour for the stuffing and sewing up.
- First of all, you need a really good pattern. Julie Williams writes excellent patterns with precise instructions. The link to her website is included below.
- The head, ears, body and arms are all knitted individually. I like to knit them all and close up most of the seams using mattress stitch before I stuff. Mattress stitch gives a really neat finish – a link to a really useful video on how to do this (with no ads!) is included below.
- Stuff the head first then attach the ears and embroider the face BEFORE you close the bottom seam of the head.
- Stuff the legs next and attach them to the body, following Julie’s precise instructions.
- Stuff the body, giving your rabbit as fat a tummy as you wish.
- Attach the head to the body.
- Attach the arms.
- Last – but very definitely not least (!) – attach the little fluffy tail.
- Complete your little rabbit with a cute dress or jumper and shorts and then you are all done!
- The dress uses intarsia knitting. A link to a really good tutorial on how to do this is included below.
Tips and Tricks
It took me quite a while to master this pattern. It is extremely detailed and you need to follow every instruction to the letter to get a perfect result. I knitted three rabbits before I was happy that I had finally mastered all the complexities of the pattern.
A row counter is indispensable.
I find I need to count the number of stitches on every row to make sure that I am knitting the pattern exactly correctly. If you are a stitch short at any point (OK – we are all human right?!), you will need to unpick that row and start again. Do not be tempted to add an extra stitch at the end of your row – the increasing and decreasing needs to be done in exactly the right way to achieve a good result!
With a project like this, it is all about the quality of the finish. There are a lot of tips in the pattern for how to do this really well and they are well worth persevering with.
Keeping a tight tension at the sides of your knitting is also really important. Loose stitches at the side spoil the seams and make your rabbits look untidy.
My donated yarn came on a long skein. I wound this into a round ball before I started to improve my tension and to stop the yarn from getting tangled up as I worked. A must when you are knitting on the move in a car as I do!
The large eyed plastic needles are really useful tool for sewing up as they thread easily and have blunt ends, so don’t catch on your yarn.
A small pair of sharp scissors is a must have too for neatening up all the loose ends you get left with.
Last, but definitely not least, don’t forget to leave a gap in the boy rabbit’s shorts so his tail can poke through!
How to Knit Mattress Stitch
How to do Intarsia Knitting
Sources of Inspiration
I am indebted to Julie Williams of Little Cotton Rabbits for her beautiful patterns. Checkout her website – it is a good read. You can buy all her patterns – via the link opposite.
There is also a support group on Ravelry (where you can buy all the wonderful wool you could ever dream of!) which you can turn to if you need help with completing your project.
Love the Rabbits but don’t have time to knit them yourself?
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These patterns are complicated – typically 20+ pages long. Come and join me in a free workshop and have fun creating rabbits in the company of like minded people. It’s great to have someone to ask if you are stuck – or just to enjoy a natter while you knit. Keep what you make or donate it for sale. Subscribe for details of upcoming workshops.