Easter Crochet Pattern: Simpleton the Rabbit

Simpleton the rabbit is a bunny crochet pattern for Easter or just to create a cute kid's toy.

Easter Crochet Pattern: Simpleton the Rabbit

What you need

3 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in color wheat for body
small amounts of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in color fisherman for tail, Red Heart Soft or other medium-weight yarn in green and deep sea for scarf
1 Pair of 16 MM safety eyes in silver (or color of choice)
size 8 (5 mm) crochet hook for body
size 6 (4 mm) crochet hook for scarf

DMC thread in antique white
scissors
polyfill stuffing
yarn needle
gauge is not needed in project but using the hooks listed measures the doll at approx. 9 inches (sitting)

Stitches used (US)
SL ST-slip stitch
SC-Single Crochet
DC-Double Crochet
INVDEC-Invisible Decrease
DC2TOG-Double Crochet decrease

Special Stitch meaning-
INVDEC-Insert hook into front loops only in the next 2 stitches. YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through final 2 loops on hook. (counts as 1 SC)
DC2TOG-YO, insert hook in FL of the next 2 stitches, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through 3 final loops on hook.

Bunny is worked in rounds, while the scarf is worked flat



Instructions

Stitching the Head

With main color and 5 mm hook, CH2.

Work 6 SC in second CH from hook. SL ST in chain to join in round. 6 sts.

CH1, work 2 SC in each SC. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

CH1, *SC in next st, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of next 2 SC, 2SC in next SC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 24 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of next 3 SC, 2 SC in next SC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 30 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 SC, 2 SC in next SC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 36 sts.

Next 9 rounds, SC around and continue to join rounds as established. Begin to stuff head as you work, and place eyes between rows, 7 or 8 stitches apart, toward beginning of this section.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 SC, 1 INVDEC (see above for instruction). Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 30 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 3 SC, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 24 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 2 SC, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

Fasten off and finish stuffing head.

Use embroidery floss to form nose and mouth and close up bottom of head. Weave in ends.

Stitching the Body

With main color and 5 mm hook, CH2.

Work 6 SC in second CH from hook. SL ST in chain to join in round. 6 sts.

CH1, work 2 SC in each SC. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

CH1, *SC in next st, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of next 2 SC, 2SC in next SC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 24 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of next 3 SC, 2 SC in next SC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 30 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 SC, 2 SC in next SC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 36 sts.

Work 6 rounds even. Begin to stuff body as you go.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 SC, 1 INVDEC (see above for instruction). Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 30 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 3 SC, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 24 sts.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 2 SC, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

Work 4 rounds even. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Finish stuffing body.

Stitch the Ears (make 2)

Using main color, CH 2.

12 DC in 2nd chain from hook. SL ST in last st to join round.

CH2 (counts as 1 DC), work 2 DC in each DC around. SL ST in last st to join round. 24 sts.

CH2, *DC in each of next 2 DC, 2 DC in each of next 2 DC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 36 sts.

Work even for 2 rounds.

CH2, *DC in each of next 4 sts, DC2TOG in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 30 sts.

CH2, *DC in each of next 3 sts, DC2TOG in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 24 sts.

Work even for 3 rounds.

CH2, *DC in each of next 2 sts, DC2TOG in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

Work even for 2 rounds.

If you want to add stuffing to the ears, do it here.

CH1, *SC in next st, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

Work INVDEC around and fasten off to close ear.

Sew ears to head about 4 rounds up from the eyes.

Stitching the Arms (make 2)

With main color and 5 mm hook, CH2.

Work 6 SC in second CH from hook. SL ST in chain to join in round. 6 sts.

CH1, work 2 SC in each SC. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

CH1, *SC in next st, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

Work 10 rounds even. Begin to stuff at this point.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 sts, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 15 sts.

CH1, SC in each stitch. SL ST in last st to join round.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 3 sts, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

CH1, SC in each stitch. SL ST in last st to join round.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 sts, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 9 sts.

CH1, SC in each stitch. SL ST in last st to join round.

Work INVDEC around. Finish stuffing and fasten off.

Stitching the Legs (make 2)

With main color and 5 mm hook, CH2.

Work 6 SC in second CH from hook. SL ST in chain to join in round. 6 sts.

CH1, work 2 SC in each SC. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

CH1, *SC in next st, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 18 sts.

Work 10 rounds even. Begin to stuff at this point.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 4 sts, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 15 sts.

CH1, SC in each stitch. SL ST in last st to join round.

CH1, *SC in each of the next 3 sts, 1 INVDEC. Repeat from * around. SL ST in last st to join round. 12 sts.

CH1, SC in each stitch. SL ST in last st to join round.

Work INVDEC around. Finish stuffing and fasten off.

Finishing the Bunny

Sew the head to the top of the body. Sew arms starting close to the neck and sew legs along sides toward back so that bunny can sit up.

Using the Fisherman yarn (or more of same yarn used for body) make a pom pom to use for the tail. Sew onto the back of the bunny so that it can sit without sitting on the tail.

Stitching the Scarf

Using green yarn and 4 mm hook, CH 70.

Turn, CH1, SC in 2nd SC from hook and in each SC.

Repeat this row 3 times.

Fasten off.

With contrasting color, and starting at a corner, SC around. SL ST into first stitch, fasten off.

Weave in ends.

 

REVISION OF EARS

EARS (2x)

Row1- CH 2, 12 DC in 2nd Ch from hook (12)

Row2- 2 DC in ea DC around (24)

Row3- DC in next ST, 2 DC in next St Repeat 6x (36)

Row4-5 DC in ea ST around, SLST after row 5

Row6- DC in next 6 STS, 1 DC2TOG in next ST repeat (3x) (30)

Row7- DC in next 3STS, 1 DC2TOG in next ST rep. (6x) (24)

Row8-10- DC in ea ST around (24)

Row11- DC in next 2 ST, 1 DC2TOG in next ST. Rep (6x) (18)

Row 12-13, DC in ea ST around (18)

***if you wish to stuff the ears slightly start to do so at this point***

Row14- SC in next ST, 1INVDEC in next ST rep (6x) (12)

Row 15-INVDEC 6x to close

******attach ears onto head about 4 rows up from the eyes*****

Reprinted with permission from Gina @ The Rainy Apple Shoppe


Comments

  1. I’ve just made this rabbit. He looks lovely. Now to prise him off my mum as he’s already gone walkies.

    My alterations were:

    Head: The head stopped at 18 sts. I carried on & closed the ball so I didn’t have holes with stuffing coming out while I made the other body parts. I put my eyes between rows 9-10. Then stitched the nose from inbetween rows 11-12 to inbetween rows 13-14.

    Body: 13 rounds instead of 6 in the middle otherwise he would look out of proportion. Then when decreasing adding a round inbetween to give a slight teardrop shape.

    Ears: I used the pattern someone’s put in the comments. I thought they looked a bit odd & like the body but you have to push one side inside the other I found to get the ear shape. Simple but I didn’t figure it out straight away a I’m new to crocheting & reading patterns.

    Arms: Again someone in the comments said 6 rows instead of 10 & 15 sts around instead of the 18 sts said. It helps make the arms look smaller & more in proportion with the legs.

    Legs: I did as pattern.

    Scarf: I did this in a tweed so instead of doing 3 rows & 2 contrast I did 5 but instead of going back on the row, I went around the last stitch & along the other side. I added 2 stitches in each of the 3 end stitches so it could go around the end flat & not be tight & pull up. It went around in a long, flat sausage. I feel it gave a nicer look to the ends of the scarf rather than square. But personal choice.

    Putting together: The head attachment to the body I personal choice in how big a neck you want as to where you stitch. I put the top of the ears 4 rows down from the top of the head as someone in the comments has mentioned. Legs I put on rows 7-9 up from the base. Then the arms I did 11-13 sts above the legs. This left room of the scarf to lie flat & looked right on my rabbit. I did tack the end of each scarf down as it was irritating me keep sticking up.

    Finishing: Again personal choice. I added little wooden buttons to his arm & leg joints to give it more detail & a bit of an old fashioned look. And don’t forget the Pom Pom tail like I nearly did. He does look better with a tail.

  2. What about the eyes?? What row should they be put on??

  3. i think the head and body are swapped? the head says to do 9 rounds, but the body is only 6

  4. On the head I couldn’t get count to come out correctly by slip stitching into next so Instead of slip stich chain one can I just work in continuous rounds

  5. The pattern for the arms and legs are the same. In the picture the arms look smaller and when making the arms they are too big in proportion for the body. I wouldn’t do any more than 15 st around and I wouldn’t do as many as 10 rounds for the sl st section….it makes the arms too long. I would do 6 rounds.

    Also, why doesn’t the pattern use a magic circle to begin each piece? It’s a much neater way of creating each piece so there’s no hole.

  6. What rows should the eyes be sewn on?? Between rows 17 & 18 seems way out of place to me!

  7. Barbara Frisan says:

    So….Cute! Can I please have the pattern with all the corrections. And I printed this out today 3-3-15, the pattern cuts off off and I get all the advertisement stuff. Not what I want. I am not good at all of this. I am a basic, simple computer user. Thank You. P.s. Even if you have to mail me the instructions I would appreciate it.
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  8. does anyone have the corrections for the arms and legs please?

  9. When you say wool ease thick, do you mean the thick and quick yarn? I got a comparable size but it just will not work with a 5.00mm hook.

  10. Putting the eyes in rows 16/17 makes no sense at all. That’s virtually at the bottom of the head. Don’t undersrtand.

  11. Is this pattern correct now? I would like to make some for my kids for Easter.

  12. Adorable – I love Floppy-Eared Bunny! 😀

  13. What row can i sew the ears to the head

  14. The ears are written really wrong. Count is out

    • I thought it was me. I have torn out the ears 2 times!

      • Hi ladies….this is the first pattern I have ever written out and I did this as I went…I am going to check this tonight and revise it for you and post the right instructions. Sorry guys be patient with me. 🙁

        • OK REVISED EARS…WOW ! I don’t know where I was when I wrote them out before! LOL Sorry every one…this is correct and tested…

          EARS (2x)

          Row1- CH 2, 12 DC in 2nd Ch from hook (12)

          Row2- 2 DC in ea DC around (24)

          Row3- DC in next ST, 2 DC in next St Repeat 6x (36)

          Row4-5 DC in ea ST around, SLST after row 5

          Row6- DC in next 6 STS, 1 DC2TOG in next ST repeat (3x) (30)

          Row7- DC in next 3STS, 1 DC2TOG in next ST rep. (6x) (24)

          Row8-10- DC in ea ST around (24)

          Row11- DC in next 2 ST, 1 DC2TOG in next ST. Rep (6x) (18)

          Row 12-13, DC in ea ST around (18)

          ***if you wish to stuff the ears slightly start to do so at this point***

          Row14- SC in next ST, 1INVDEC in next ST rep (6x) (12)

          Row 15-INVDEC 6x to close

          ******attach ears onto head about 4 rows up from the eyes*****

          • Where can i sew the ears to the head?

          • This pattern is really incorrect. The ears are wrong (including the revised pattern in comments & the pattern for the arms AND legs are both wrong. Disappointing.

          • Hi Everyone!

            The pattern is indeed still a little out in the revised version. I have since made the ears myself and made a couple of adjustments to the pattern in order to do so. Here is my version of the ears that works perfectly and looks just like the original rabbit! I will work on the arms and legs if they are also wrong tonight.

            EARS (2x) (GUEST REVISION)

            Row1- CH 2, 12 DC in 2nd Ch from hook (12) (I personally made a magic circle)
            Row2- 2 DC in ea DC around (24)
            Row3- DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in next ST Repeat 6x (36)
            Row4-5 DC in ea ST around, SLST after row 5
            Row6- DC in next 4 STS, 1 DC2TOG in next ST repeat (6x) (30)
            Row7- DC in next 3STS, 1 DC2TOG in next ST rep. (6x) (24)
            Row8-10- DC in ea ST around (24)
            Row11- DC in next 2 ST, 1 DC2TOG in next ST. Rep (6x) (18)
            Row 12-13, DC in ea ST around (18)
            ***if you wish to stuff the ears slightly start to do so at this point***
            Row14- SC in next ST, 1INVDEC in next ST rep (6x) (12)
            Row 15-INVDEC 6x to close
            ******attach ears onto head about 4 rows up from the eyes*****

            Hope this helps!

          • REGARDING THE ABOVE:

            I wrote row 3 wrong (sorry). Here is the correct row 3:

            Row3- DC in next 2 STS, 2 DC in next 2 ST Repeat 6x (36)

  15. These instructions don’t give you the proper way to sew this bunny together

    • Hi June. So Sorry about this. The bunny is sewn piece by piece using a large doll needle. The pic as shown should provide you with an idea of how the bunny should look when done. Also you just tie the scarf around the bunny as well. You will also need a pom pom maker to make his tail, sewing it on the his bottom but, high enough so he can still sit on his own. 🙂

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