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How to knit a toy rabbit

This crouching rabbit is soft and tactile, as well as simple to knit. It mixes garter stitch and stocking stitch to good effect

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Knitting instructions


  • 2 x 100g balls of Rowan Tweed Aran in light brown
  • 6.5mm needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stuffing
  • Short length of dark brown wool yarn

Download a PDF of the rabbit project


Nose to tail: 23cm (9in)

Tension swatch

Cast on 30 sts.
Row 1: Knit (k).
Row 2: Purl (p).
Rep rows 1–2 until 40 rows have been worked.
Cast off.

Measure the swatch
There should be 16 sts and 26 rows to 10cm (4in).

Making the rabbit

Body (make 3)
Make a slip knot 10cm (4in) from the end of the yarn and cast on
3 sts (this is the nose end of the rabbit's body).
Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Increase (inc) in first st, knit to last st, inc in last st. (5 sts)

Row 2

Rep rows 1–2 nine times more.(23 sts)
Row 21: Purl.
Row 22: Knit.
Row 23: Purl.
Row 24: Inc in first st, knit to last st, inc in last st.
Rep rows 21–24 three times more.(31 sts)
Row 37: Purl.
Row 38: Knit.
Rep rows 37–38 seven times more.
Row 53: Purl.


Row 54: knit two stitches together (k2tog) , knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. (29 sts)
Rep rows 53–54 four times more. (21 sts)


Row 63: Purl two stitches together (p2tog) , purl to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Row 64: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.


Rep rows 63–64 three times more, then rep row 63 once more. (3 sts)
Cast off .
Repeat twice more for a total of three body pieces.

Ears (make 2)

Make a slip knot 30cm (12in) from the end of the yarn and cast on 20 sts.
Row 1: Slip 1 knitwise (sl1 kwise), knit to end of row.
Rep row 1 until 60 rows have been worked.
Row 61: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Rep row 61 eight times more. (2 sts)
Row 89: K2tog.
Cut the yarn leaving a 80cm (30in) tail. Thread the tail through the last st and pull it up tightly. Make a second ear.


Wind yarn around four fingers about thirty times.

Winding yarn

Take the bundle of yarn off the fingers and tie it firmly in the middle with another length of yarn.
Cut through the ends of the bundle with sharp scissors.

Scissors and yarn

Fluff up the bundle and trim the ends to make a round pom-pom. Trim only one of the tails of the yarn used to bind the bundle; leave the other one long.

Pom pom


Gently block and press the body and ear pieces. Lay two body pieces side by side, with the pointed nose ends together. Using mattress stitch, sew the pieces together.


Lay the third body piece nose-to-nose along the free edge of one of the two joined pieces and sew the edges together. Sew the remaining two edges together, leaving a small gap. Stuff the rabbit's body quite firmly and finish sewing the seam.


Weave the 80cm (30in) tail of yarn left from casting off up the side of the ear through the stitches so that it appears at one of the top corners.

Fold an ear so that it has a pleat in the middle. Using the same tail of yarn, sew the ear to the rabbit's body, positioning it as shown.

Rep the process with the other ear and its tail of yarn on the other side of the body.


Using the long tail of yarn, sew the pom-pom to the rabbit's bottom.


Using the dark brown yarn, embroider eyes and a nose on the rabbit's face. Thread the needle, make a knot in the yarn and trim the end very close to the knot. To secure the end of the yarn, take the needle through a stitch that will be covered by the embroidery and pull it through up to the knot.

Knitted rabbit

The content on this page is taken from First Knits, published by LoveCrafts


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