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Bunny Bobbles

Undecorated Bunny Bobbles Decorated Bunny Bobbles

Left: Undecorated Bunny Bobbles
Right: Decorated Bunny Bobbles

When I saw the stitch called 'rabbit ears' in Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting Designs, I immediately wondered what happened to the rest of the bunny? So I designed this little fellow for a bit of fun. You can leave him plain, add a small pompom for a tail or decorate with a ribbon and a little embroidery for the front of the rabbit

Abbreviations

K = Knit

P = Purl

st-st = stocking st

SSK = Slip Slip Knit, Slip 1 st knitways, slip another, return both sts to the LH needle in their new twisted position, then knit the 2 stitches together

K2tog = Knit 2 together

LT = Left Twist: Purl into the back of the 2nd st on the left hand needle then knit the first st, slipping both sts off the needle

RT = Right Twist: K into the front of the 2nd st on the LH needle, purl the first st, slipping both off the needle.

P3tog = Purl 3 together

Technique

Cast on a number of stitches divisible by 8

Work 8 rows reverse st-st

*1st row: P3 [(K1, P1, K1) into next st] twice, turn

P6, turn

K2 [(K1, P1) into next st] twice, turn

P4, turn

SSK, K2tog, K2, turn

P6, turn

SSK, K2, K2tog, turn

P4, turn

SSK, K2tog, P3,

Repeat from * across row. This forms the bunny's body, turn

Next row: Knit

Next row: **(bunny's head) P3, [(K1, P1) into next st] twice, turn

P4, turn

SSK, K2tog, P3

Repeat from ** to end of row

Next row: K3, P2, K3, repeat to end of row

Next row: (ears) P2, RT, LT, P2, repeat to end of row

Next row: K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, repeat to end of row

Next row: P2, (K1, P1, K1) into next st, P2, (K1, P1, K1) into next st, P2, repeat to end of row

Next row: K2, P3tog, K2, P3tog, K2, repeat to end of row

Next row: P1, RT, P2, LT, P1, repeat to end of row

Next row: K1, P1, K4, P1, K1, repeat to end of row

Work 2 rows reverse st-st

Decorate the bunnies with ribbon around the necks and embroider the faces as shown if you wish, or sew a small pompom on for the tail if you prefer bunny bottoms :) You can also leave them plain if you prefer.


Copyright © 1997 Sarah Bradberry