Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bunny Knitting Season

(photo by Liz Banfield)
Hi Knitters,
I've been known to knit a bunny or two in my day. I thought I would pull together a bunny laden post to celebrate the coming of spring this year. I'm not sure why I have the knit bunny love but I am sure that I will knit many more in the future.

Above is the Chubby Bunny from Itty-Bitty Nursery. This was the first toy I ever designed and I have been smitten with toy knitting ever since. (photo by Liz Banfield)
Yarn ~ Rowan Handknit Cotton
Here is a Bunny Tail made by a young and new knitter friend of ours, Miss Molly. This one is made in Blue Sky Worsted Cotton and it is beautiful.
Rabbit ~ free pattern on Spud & Chloë's Spud says! (my other blog)
The surprise inside? A tennis ball.
Pattern feature: These two toys are made entirely out of garter stitch squares. It's the perfect beginner project.
Oh, Bunny! Washcloth ~ available in my online pattern shop and my Ravelry pattern shop
Bunny Hat and Blankie ~ Spud & Chloë printed pattern line, available in local yarn shops and online yarn shops. Check here for the pattern.
Yarn ~ Spud & Chloë Outer
This entire set is crochet and can literally be whipped up in a day or two. I had so much fun making this in the super bulky machine washable Outer and with a big crochet hook. It is simple and fast. It's a winner for any baby shower or baby gift, I guarantee it.
The tail is optional but always a cute touch.
At the same time I made the bunny hat and blankie I was working on the Woodland Bunny for the Holiday Issue of Knit Simple 2010.
Woodland Bunny ~ pattern in Knit Simple 2010 (#39 bunny in the magazine)
Yarn ~ Spud & Chloë SweaterThis is one of the sweetest bunnies I have ever made.
He sits so quietly in your hands, too. What a good bunny.
I made this awesome tall bunny for Blue Sky Alpacas printed pattern line a little while ago. I just love this long legged bunny in a carrot sweater. The yarn (handspun cotton) is no longer available but Blue Sky Skinny Cotton would be a great substitute.

Hop ~ pattern in Blue Sky Alpacas printed pattern line sold in local yarn shops and online yarn shops. Click here to purchase and see the pattern.

Pattern feature ~ Hop is worked in one piece from the tip of the paws all the way to the tips of the ears. If you don't like seaming this one is for you.
Hop is a gentleman and a scholar (at least in my mind).
Bunny ~ pattern in Itty-Bitty Toys
This Bunny is the first toy I knit for Itty-Bitty Toys.
I love the Bunny's paunch. I stuffed the tummy so it is all round and chubby.
He's just as cute from the back. Pom pom bunny tails are the best.

I have two more bunny patterns, click here and here.

Each of these bunnies hold memories for me. I can remember all kinds of events going on in my life as I knit every one of them. Knitting is funny like that. Every project tells a story.

"Hoppy" bunny knitting to you all this spring.
best, susie
p.s. I have three upcoming giveaways. One on Spud says! for a fantastic Spud & Chloë at the Farm giveaway you won't want to miss, another right here on this blog for a surprise featured designer's patterns and some luxury yarns and finally, another book giveaway for some cookie goodness. Stay tuned.....


GynnaB said...

Love Bunny Season!!!!! When I was a kid we had bunnies, they were the best pets!!!!

Stefanie said...

OMGoodness. Just a whole lot of cuteness. Amazing how a bunny can be created/knitted in so many ways. Super cool.

Unknown said...

I love your bunnies, Susan. The woodland bunny is my favorite though. With that smile on the face, he's simply too sweet.

BTW, do you know it's the Year of the Rabbit here in China?

And one of my cousins is going to have a baby in June. As this baby will be born in the Year of the Rabbit, I'm going to knit him a bunny. I have some Blue Sky Cotton...

Creative Design said...

The best bunnies ever! Love them all! I'm partial to the giant bunny...reminds me of Harvey!


Elizabeth said...

I love knitting bunnies too. I'm getting ready to knit the bunny from itty bitty toys (the pig too, for my pig-loving daughter). But my favorite bunny of all time is Hop. I love his long legs, his cute ears, his sweater! I knit him for one of my daughters for easter last year and I have been known to steal him from their room and keep him on my bedside table. I can't resist him. ...maybe I need to knit another one for myself...

And I just bought Spud and Chloe at the Farm. My younger daughter found the book and told me all about the story she found in its pages. A winner!

Thanks for all the lovely patterns.

Sarah said...

I love these! My favorite one is the mini-reversible duck to bunny. They are all so cute.

Greengirl said...

Hi All - Happy Saint Patrick's Day to ya all. I am currently making the chubby bunny, the free bunny from Spud and Chole and rabbit from Itty Bitty Toys for little niece and my two great-nephews. I'm changing the colors to pastels for their Easter baskets. I think they will quickly become much beloved by the children. Thanks for such great designs.

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

THAT is a lot of bunnies! Thanks for sharing!

paws said...

I'm so impressed that you've been able to come up with so many different bunnies. I forgot about Hop. Love him!

Ninna said...

Congratulations on your book! It is lovely and fun. I received my copy of Spud and Chloe at the farm in yesterday's mail along with my package from Web that contains the yarn I need to knit the hen and her chicks for my grandchildren for Easter. (I looked at the photo from your blog and guessed on the yarn colors needed from looking at your list you sent.) I'm so excited. My husband said I was like a little kid opening the packages.
This is my first time knitting toys. Wish me luck.
I hope you are still thinking of doing a knit along of all the characters in the book. I'm ready whenever you are.

PS I absolutely love every one of your bunnies!

Tisha said...

Love the bunnies!!!! I think I need to make some of those cute bunnies to go with the buttercream frosted cupcakes with green sprinkles and peeps on top. What a perfect combination. Nothing says love like a bunny in one hand and a cupcake in the other hand!!!

mountain girl said...

What lovely things you create.I don't know how you do it...but I love them all! Loving your Itty Bitty books right now, too...