Monday, January 14, 2013

Opal Sock Bunny and Bunny Hat Set Now Available!


Hi, Knitters,
The Opal Sock Bunny and Bunny Hat Set are now available in my Ravelry Pattern Store. I designed the bunny and bunny hat early last summer for Unicorn Books and Crafts to premiere at TNNA in Columbus. Unicorn is the distributor for Opal yarns and they asked me to come up with a couple of non-sock designs for their beloved Opal sock yarn line. Opal really is one of my favorite sock yarns but you could knit either the bunny and/or the hat with any sock or fingering weight yarn you have in your stash. You could even combine leftovers to make a patchwork bunny. That would be so cute.

These are two great little stash busting projects for all of that sock yarn sitting on your shelves.


The Opal bunny is adorable and kind of old-fashioned looking. The best part is that the bunny is knit entirely in one-piece from the top-down. Once you are done knitting that last bunny toe you are done with the entire thing except for making a pom-pom for the tail if you like.

I pretty much love this bunny as it reminds me of an old and well-loved handcrafted toy from years gone by.

The exact yarn for both the bunny and hat is one ball of Opal Pullover & Sockenwolle Vincent van Gogh #5437. The bunny is knit on size US 1 double-pointed needles and the  hat is knit on size US 2 sixteen inch circular needles and double-pointed needles.


He is just as cute from the back view. The bunny would be cute in a solid or tonal sock yarn as well.  I used safety eyes but you could embroider eyes just as easily if you prefer.


The hat along with the bunny or on its own makes for an adorable baby gift. The hat sizes are from 0-6 months to 6-12 months. The hat and the bunny can be made out of less than 400 yards of sock yarn.


The ears are knit right in as you work the hat from the bottom up. It's a fun and fast little knit!


So I have the patterns each listed separately or you can purchase as a set for a discounted price.

The Opal Sock Yarn Bunny pattern available for $5.00. 



The Opal Sock Yarn Bunny Hat pattern is available for $5.00.



The Opal Sock Yarn Bunny and Bunny Hat Set patterns are available together for $7.00! 


Please note that the format for the pdfs were designed by Unicorn Books so they are a little different than my usual pattern format.

Enjoy the bunny knits! It's perfect timing with spring coming right around the corner.

One last thing and I'll write more about this later, my classes are up and available for registration for Vogue Knitting Live in Seattle this coming April 5-7th! I'm so excited to go to Seattle for the first time. I'm offering some new classes, too, including a class on this same Opal Sock Bunny project! I am thinking about including and coming up with a tinier sock yarn bunny version to get more done in the 3 hour class time. It should be really fun.


I'll be back soon with more.
best, susie

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are either of these patterns made using DPN's? Love both patterns but can not use DPN''s due to hand issues. Would love to make these...Thanks

Susan B. Anderson said...

Both the hat and bunny patterns use dpns.

Anonymous said...

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Susan B. Anderson said...

You could always try a different method for knitting in the round on a small number of stitches like magic loop or using 2 circular needles. I don't use these techniques so I'm not much help but I know others have done my patterns using these techniques and have done just fine.

JillShoke said...

Pattern purchased (for me!) and gifted to one of my best knitterly buds. I've been waiting for this to be available on Ravelry!

Oh, and count me among those that will knit this using magic loop or 2 circs. I have detested dpns since the very first (Susan B. Anderson) baby hat I ever knit!!! My very next circular knitting project I swore I would learn a different method! *grin*

Dawn Sparks said...

That is so cute!!!! I am in awe of your talent!

Suzanne said...

What a great combo!

As a side note, I listed to Jaala and Amy today talking about how fast you knit. I think they were referring to your actual speed and not necessarily your prolific output but no matter what their meaning was, I would love to be able to sit across from you and knit some day. :-)

Laura Blinn said...

These are both so cute. I'm going to have to keep these in mind next time a friend gets pregnant!

Lucy Chen said...

So cute so cute! Susan, how much yarn does the hat require? I have perhaps just less than 2/3 of a hank of Noro sock, would this be enough?

Dawn said...

Hi,
Love the bunny. Can you tell me please the name /number of the shade you used in the Opal Vincent Van Gogh yarn. I would like to knit him the same.
many Thanks
Dawn

Susan B. Anderson said...

The Opal sock yarn is Opal Pullover & Sockenwolle Vincent van Gogh #5437.

Susan B. Anderson said...

Lucy- yes, i think 2/3 of a ball of Noro sock would work out fine for the hat!