Knitted Long Legged Easter Bunny

This is a cute knitted Easter bunny. Not only does he have a basket full of chocolates, it also has really long legs! There are lots of pieces involved, but they all knit up pretty quickly.

Knitted Long Legged Easter Bunny

What you need

Brown and white 8ply/medium/worsted weight yarn
pair of size 6 US (4mm) knitting needles, plus a spare DPN or stitch holder
2 tan pompoms (or knit them as described in pattern)
scrap yarn or embroidery thread in black and white
stuffing for the bunny
ribbon (optional)
small piece of card stock for stabilizing the basket



Instructions

Here is a pattern to help you make this bunny:

Easter Bunny With Basket Pattern

Right Leg

Cast on 17 stitches.

Knit each stitch through the back loop.

Purl 1 row.

Knit in the front and back of each stitch. 34 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 6 rows.

K4, k2tog 9 times, k to end. 25 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K4, k2tog 5 times, k to end. 20 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K4, k2tog 3 times, k to end. 17 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch until leg measures 10 inches (25 cm).

Place stitches on a stitch holder or spare knitting needle.

Left Leg

Cast on 17 stitches.

Knit each stitch through the back loop.

Purl 1 row.

Knit in the front and back of each stitch. 34 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 6 rows.

K12, k2tog 9 times, k4. 25 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K11, k2tog 5 times, k4. 20 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K10, k2tog 3 times, k4. 17 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch until leg measures 10 inches (25 cm).

Body & Head

K these 17 stitches then pick up and k the 17 stitches from the right leg. 34 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K16, kfb next 2 stitches, k16. 36 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K17, kfb next 2 stitches, K17. 38 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K18, kfb next 2 stitches, K18. 40 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Continue in this manner until you have 50 stitches.

Continue to purl on wrong side rows, but work 2 k2tog in the middle instead of kfbs until you are back to 40 stitches.

Next right side row, k6, k2tog 5 times, k8, k2tog 5 times, k6. 30 stitches.

Work straight in Stockinette Stitch for 8 rows.

*K1, kfb. Repeat from * around. 45 stitches.

Work straight in Stockinette Stitch for 25 rows.

K3, *k2tog, k4. Repeat from * across. 38 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K2, *k2tog, k1. Repeat from * across. 26 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K2tog across. 13 stitches.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle, slip stitches onto yarn and pull tight.

Ears (Make 2)

Cast on 24 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 16 rows.

K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog. 12 stitches.

Continue in Stockinette Stitch, decreasing on each side of each right side row, until 2 stitches remain.

Bind off.

Inner Ear (Make 2)

Using pink, cast on 2 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb.

Continue in Stockinette Stitch, increasing on each end of right side rows, until you have 24 stitches.

Next right side row, k2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

Continue in Stockinette Stitch, decreasing on each end of each right side row, until 10 stitches remain.

Bind off.

Arms (Make 2)

Cast on 10 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Knit in the front and back of every stitch. 20 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 9 rows.

K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2 tog. 18 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Repeat the last 2 rows. 16 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch until piece measures 7 inches/17 cm.

Continue in Stockinette, decreasing at each end of each right side row as above, until 8 stitches remain.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle, slip stitches onto yarn and pull tight.

Cheeks

With tan yarn, cast on 2 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Knit in the front and back of both stitches. 4 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Kfb, k to last stitch, kfb. 6 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog. 4 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

K2tog across. 2 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and slip stitches onto yarn. Gather the edge to make a circle, fill with a little batting and sew closed.

Front Overlay

With white, cast on 2 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Knit in the front and back of both stitches. 4 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Kfb, k to last stitch, kfb. 6 stitches.

Purl 1 row.

Continue in Stockinette Stitch, increasing one stitch each end of each right side row, until you have 38 stitches.

Next right side row, K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

Continue in Stockinette Stitch, decreasing one stitch each end of each right side row until 16 stitches remain.

Bind off.

Begin to assemble the rabbit as shown in the diagram above, sewing the front panel to the front of the bunny.

Teeth

With white, cat on 6 stitches.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for 12 rows.

Bind off.

Fold in half longways so the cast on and bind off are touching. Stitch up the sides and down the middle to make it look like two teeth. Stitch onto face.

Basket

Using brown or color of your choice, cast on 10 stitches.

Knit 2 rows.

Kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb. 12 stitches.

Knit 1 row.

Kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb. 14 stitches.

Knit 8 rows.

K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog. 12 stitches.

Knit 1 row.

K2tog, k to last 2 stitches, k2tog. 10 stitches.

Knit 1 row.

Bind off.

For the side, cast on 50 stitches. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 14 rows. Bind off.

For handle, cast on 30 stitches. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 4 rows. Bind off.

Place a piece of card stock in the bottom of the basket. Stitch side panel to the bottom and stitch into a loop. Sew handle to top of basket.


Comments

  1. Vikram Goyal says:

    This pattern has been completely rewritten and tested. Please let us know if you still find any issues.

  2. 3 march 2015
    started this pattern last night knitted legs ok. continued with body/ head.
    head turned out ok, body did not checked pattern body instructions is not correct you don’t give instructions on how to sew together or what kwise is for beginners. I have been knitting for years. so picture is good instruction bad.
    regards kay

  3. Be nice if all the instructions were in the pattern. You don’t say how to sew it up or even to sew it up. To bad you don’t answer questions for people who want to make this pattern. You don’t explain the terms you use like other patterns do. This pattern is very new knitter friendly at all. Love the rabbit. Hate the bad instructions. Off to the trash with this pattern.

  4. How do I pick up the stitches on the spare needle to start making the body?

  5. New knitter question: What does “Kwise” mean?
    Rating is before making this. Thanks

  6. I made an Animaniacs Wakko with this pattern! He turned out PERFECT!!!!!!

  7. puccalove1999 says:

    its fun to do

  8. hi,
    Love the bunny!
    Just wanted to ask… Where is the overlay you mentioned in the diagram?

    Regards,
    Alene

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