Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Edie Crochet Bunny Lovey

In an attempt to rid myself of the ever surmounting amount of scrap-wool and abandoned yarns with projects still attached, I decided to try my first ever pattern.



Here she is! This little bunny, nicknamed "Edie", was so much fun to make and a real treasure to watch my daughter play with when it was finished! The pattern is so versatile, allowing for different sizes, colours, weights of yarn and animal heads to finish it off!

Don't forget to "Hook It" on Ravelry, or add it to your queue!
http://www.ravelry.com/designers/alisha-finnegan

Materials:

  • Any two yarns of your choice in the same or similar weights. In this project I have used a mixture of Aran and DK wool - it really added to the texture and stopped the blankie from becoming too stiff. Any amount is sufficient - you keep going until you decide it's big enough!
  • Size 4mm and 5mm crochet hook.
  • Darning needle.
  • Stuffing of your choice for animal head.

Abbreviations:

Ch - chain
Dc - double crochet
Sc - single crochet
St(s) - stitch(es)
Sc2tog - single crochet 2 together (decrease)

Instructions:

For the Lovey: 
I could type it out word for word, but Tamara Kelly over at Moogly has a splendid pattern for her Leaping Stripes blanket and has photos and videos showing you how it's done! 
I casted on 42 for my blankie and worked the pattern as normal, but feel free to follow Tamara's sizing guidelines to make a larger/smaller blankie!



I kept going until the blankie could be folded corner to corner with no excess - an exact square! 

For the bunny head, I made a simple stuffed ball shape using the following pattern:
(Worked in a spiral with no turns)
Row 1: Ch 2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (starting ch)
Row 2: Sc 2 in each sc around. (12 sts)
Row 3: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * x6 (18 sts)
Row 4: *Sc 2, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * x6 (24 sts)
Row 5: *Sc 3, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * x6 (30 sts)
Row 6: *Sc 4, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * x6 (36 sts)
Row 7: *Sc 5, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * x6 (42 sts)
Row 8: *Sc 6, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat * x6 (48 sts)
Row 9-13: Sc around (48 sts)
Row 14: *Sc 6, sc2tog*, repeat * x6 (42 sts)
Row 15: *Sc 5, sc2tog*, repeat * x6 (36 sts)
Row 16: *Sc 4, sc2tog*, repeat * x6 (30 sts)
Row 17: *Sc 3, sc2tog*, repeat * x6 (24 sts)
Row 18: *Sc 2, sc2tog*, repeat * x6 (18 sts)
Row 19: *Sc 1, sc2tog*, repeat * x6 (12sts)
Row 20: Sc2tog x6, fasten off and weave in ends.

As the head opening gets smaller, be sure to add in your stuffing, keeping the spherical shape of the head as you go!

For the ears (make four):
Row 1: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch after, turn (4 sts)
Row 2-4: Ch 1, sc all sts, turn (4)
Row 6: Ch 1, 2sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last, turn (6 sts)
Row 7-8: Ch 1, sc all sts, turn (6 sts)
Row 9: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, turn (4 sts)
Row 10-12: Ch 1, sc all sts, turn (4 sts)
Row 13: Sc2tog x2, turn (2 sts)
Row 14: Sc2tog, fasten off and weave in ends.

Pair up your ears (two for each ear) and using the same wool and a darning needle, stitch them together without adding stuffing. This makes for a nice, erect ear that is easy to shape.

For the inner ear (make two):
Row 1: Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in remaining sts (3 sts)
Row 2-4: Sc in all sts
Row 5: Sc3tog, fasten off and weave in ends. 

Using the wool and your darning needle, add the inner ears to your ears and fasten them to the head wherever you would like! I find adding the nose and eyes first much easier so that the ears are positioned neatly!



Thank you to Stephanie over at allaboutami for her bunny pattern, from which I modelled the head only (http://www.allaboutami.com/post/80169231280/springbunniespattern)

To fasten the bunny head to the blankie, simply position him/her in the centre, and use the wool and darning needle to fix the head in place at 5 points for safety. I find one in the centre of the bunny, one to the front and back and one to the left and right of the head make a solid foundation. If you are clever, place these 5 points so that they match up with the same colour wool used in the blanket to disguise your stitches!

And there you have it! One finished Bunny Lovey! I had real fun putting together my first pattern (with the help of some inspirational ladies!). Hopefully you enjoyed it as much as I did and you've made a new teeny crocheted friend for yourself or someone special!




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