Hot Cross Easter Buns

Hot Cross Easter Buns

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than by knitting your own hot cross buns? These knitted buns are not only adorable but also a fun and easy craft project for knitters of all skill levels. With this free knitting pattern, you can make your own hot cross buns in any color you choose, and they make great decorations for your home or office. Plus, these knitted buns are a cute and unique gift idea for your loved ones. So, grab your knitting needles, some yarn, and let's get started on this fun Easter craft project!

What you need

3.75mm needles or size 9
8ply wool in Light Brown & Fawn
Black embroidery Thread for Currants
Toy Filling for Stuffing.





Easter is a time of joy, celebration, and indulgence. One of the most beloved treats of the season is hot cross buns. These spiced, fruity buns are a classic Easter tradition and a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee. But what if you could knit your own hot cross buns?

This free Easter craft project will show you how to do just that with a free knitting pattern. Not only is it a fun and unique way to celebrate the holiday, but it also makes for a delightful decoration or gift. So, grab your knitting needles and let’s get started on this deliciously cute project!

Size: 4 inch each

Tension: Cast on 24st stst 32 rows equals a 4 inch square

Bun Base –

Using Fawn cast on 8st & k 1 row.
Inc 1st at each end of next 4 rows then following 3 alt rows. 22st.
Work 8 rows straight.
Dec 1st at each end of next & following 4 alt rows.

Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows. Purl 1 row, Cast off.

Bun Top –

Using L/Brown cast on 8st & k 1 row.
Inc 1 st at each end of next row. 10st.

Using a separate length of yarn for each colour change and twisting yarns together at back of work when changing colour to avoid making a hole, continue as follows:


Using L/Brown inc in 1st stitch, k2, using Fawn k4, using L/Brown k2, inc in last st. 12st.

Keeping the centre 4st in Fawn, inc 1st at each end of next 2 rows then following 3 alt rows. 22st. Work 2 rows straight.

NEXT ROW: P 2 L/Brown, 18 Fawn, 2 L/Brown .

NEXT ROW: Knit 2 L/Brown, 18 Fawn, 2 L/Brown . Rep last 2 rows once more.

NEXT ROW: P 9 L/Brown, 4 Fawn, 9 L/Brown,

NEXT ROW: K 9 L/Brown, 4 Fawn, 9 L/Brown.

Keeping to centre 4st in Fawn dec 1st at each end of next & following 4 alt rows. Dec 1st at each end of next 2 rows.
Using L/Brown only dec 1st at each end of next row. P 1 row. Cast off remaining 8st.


Sew 2 circles together leaving an opening for the stuffing. Stuff firmly and sew close the opening.

Embroider black currants using knots on top of the buns.

Note: This is a Vintage Pattern that has not been tested by our members if you find an error or have successfully knit this pattern then please let us know so we can note it down.




  1. lol, I Made these for me little cousin.
    Age 13.

  2. i don’t like this one its too hard

  3. crafty cat says

    Instead of twisting the yarn at the transitions I tied a knot at the end 9(for the transition), finished the row, then I cut off the knots and tied the 2 strands together, it really helped a lot.

  4. Love it – very good indeed.

  5. I recently made these for my daughter for her play kitchen. I used worsted weight yarn. A correction to the pattern is at the decreasing, when you decrease on the next and following 3 not 4 alternate rows. This goes for the bun top and bottom.

  6. outstanding

  7. How about a crocheted or knitted, stuffed toy Lamb? Or a recipe for a batch of He is Risen! breakfast rolls?

  8. Yay! ONE project NOT having to do with bunnies (secular)!

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