Nibble nibble, hop hop

Crochet bunny free patternIf you are a regular follower you will immediately notice that these bunnies are very closely related to some particularly cute owls made recently. You see a distant aunt on their mother’s side fell in love with a completely unsuitable (if you are an owl) rabbit… the rest, so they say, is history. Rabbits, as you well know, breed like, well, rabbits and before we knew it there were not one, but four new members to the family. If you are interested in meeting the owl family please be sure to check out the New Zealand branch here and the original English pattern here – over at Bunny Mummy no less!!!

Right, on with the tutorial.  If you would like to make some bunnies of your own for Easter you will need:

  • Various scraps of yarn and a corresponding hook – I used 8ply and a 4mm hook.
  • 2 x 9mm safety eyes (or beads or buttons)
  • A very small amount of black crochet cotton or embroidery floss
  • A needle to sew your creation together with.

Crochet bunny free pattern 1Round 1: Make a Magic Circle and chain 3, then crochet 13 DC into the circle and pull tight, join with a SS to complete the round (14 DC). I’ve had a few questions about the magic circle before, it’s my preferred way to start a round. You can find a video showing how it’s done here. If you prefer chain 4 and DC into the fourth chain from the hook (then your DCs) or chain four, join with a SS to form a ring and then chain 3 and 13 DC into the ring. All techniques work equally well, I think it just comes down to preference.

Crochet bunny free patternRound 2. Join yarn in space between two DCs, chain 3 and DC in between the same space. 2 DC between each stitch around, join with a SS to the top of chain 3 to complete the round. Fasten off.(14 2DC pairs).Crochet bunny free patternRound 3. Join yarn in space between two pairs of DCs, chain 3 and 2 DC in same space. Make 3DCs in each space between two pairs of DCs around, join with a SS to the top of chain 3 to complete the round. Fasten off. (14 3DC pairs).Crochet bunny free pattern 16Round 4. You are now working in the top space between each stitch, not the space beside the stitch. Join your new colour through the top loop of the stitch only:Crochet bunny free patternThe round goes like this: Chain 2, 2DC into next stitch, 1 DC into next, 1 DC into next, 2DC into next stitch, 1 DC into next, 1 DC into next, 2DC into next stitch, 1 HDC into next, Chain 1, SC into each remaining stitch around.  Complete round by joining with a SS into the Chain 2. Do not fasten off.Crochet bunny free patternRound 5. Chain 1, SC into each stitch around. SS into chain 1.Crochet bunny free patternRound 6. Chain 1, HDC in next 11 stitches, chain 1, SS into next stitch. Fasten off leaving a long end to sew your two bunny halves together.Crochet bunny free patternYou need to make two of these (they are the bunny front and back!).

Ears. Make 2:

You can find more detailed instructions for the ears here.

  1. Magic circle (see notes above), CH 1 and 6 SC into the circle, do not join this or any round, continue working in a circle without joining. Use a stitch marker if necessary tp mark your rounds (personally I just count the stitches) (6)
  2. *SC in the next stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (9).
  3. *SC in the next 2 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (12). Change colour.
  4. *SC in the next 3 stitches, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (15).
  5. SC  in each stitch around (15). Change colour.
  6. SC  in each stitch around (15).
  7. SC  in each stitch around (15). Change colour.
  8. *SC in the next 3 stitches, 2 SC together (decrease) in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (12).
  9. SC  in each stitch around (12). Change colour.
  10. SC  in each stitch around (12).
  11. *SC in the next 2 stitches, 2 SC together (decrease) in the next stitch*, repeat between * and * around (9). Change colour… Remember to use the same colour as your outer bunny body colour.
  12. SC  in each stitch around (9).
  13. SC  in each stitch around (9).
  14. SC  in each stitch around (9). Fasten off and leave a long tail to sew to bunny.

Crochet bunny free patternMuzzle. Using White yarn:

Make a magic circle and chain 3, 12 DC into the circle. Pull tight and join with a SS to complete the round.Crochet bunny free patternUsing black embroidery floss or crochet cotton (two strands), sew the nose triangle…Crochet bunny free patternand across the top to neaten, and then the mouth:Crochet bunny free patternTail. Using a fork (yes a fork!), wrap yarn around 40-50 times

Crochet bunny free patternTie between tines 2 and 3 to secure, and cut edges… roll between your palms to puff up a bit and trim as necessary.Crochet bunny free patternThat’s all your bunny parts assembled…. now to put them all together.Crochet bunny free patternSew muzzle in place.Crochet bunny free patternPosition eyes, and secure.Crochet bunny free patternSew tail securely.Crochet bunny free patternThen with wrong sides together sew your two bunny halves together. I like to just catch the inside two edges of the opposite stitches…Crochet bunny free patternLeave a small gap and fill as desired…Crochet bunny free patternThen stitch the last little bit closed, secure your thread and fasten off.Crochet bunny free patternLooking a little weird…Crochet bunny free patternSew on ears. I like to work right through from back to front, first all the way across then back in the other direction. First one….Crochet bunny free pattern…and then the other… hey, he’s pretty cute, huh?Crochet bunny free patternBut don’t stop with just one… make a whole family:Crochet bunny free patternJust in time for Easter…Crochet bunny free patternThey are sure to make a kid you know smile!Crochet bunny free patternAs always, let me know if you notice anything amiss or anything is unclear.  Enjoy, and do send me a pic if you make one or three, I love love love to see what you have made!!!! Janette x x x

301 thoughts on “Nibble nibble, hop hop

    • Shoushig says:

      Thank you so so so much for the idea ,and the pattern .I crocheted 11 bunnies and prepare a basket of them.I arrange them by sewing them together arround a crocheted basket, I crocheted feet for all bunnies .inside the bunnies i put half of an egg, (decorativ egg).I put in the basket small egg choclates.

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  1. Alessandra says:

    I have not the right words to say how much I like these bunnies!!!!! They are beautiful Janette!!!
    Thank you for sharing this amazing pattern with us!!!!
    love, xxxx Ale

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  2. LeAndrea says:

    I love these! The are so cute! Thank you for sharing a wonderful tutorial! All the pictures really help me. I have been crocheting for a few years, but I am new at making animals. I don’t have a blog, but I shared it on my facebook.

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  3. Lori Havert says:

    These are so adorable! I can wait to make up a few of these. One question, should the yarn be the same weight all the way through? or does it really matter if I have some 3 and some 4?

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  4. rachelheap says:

    I just finished a crochet project and I think these will be next on the list! I think each of my nephews and neices need one of these for Easter :)

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  5. Angelique McKee says:

    Hi I really love the bunny,but I cant understand how to make the ears without joining the rows. I am a experienced crocher? but I am still confused anychance you could write it down in another form perhaps

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  6. Cathy says:

    Love your bunny… but I can’t understand the instructions for the ears I have reread them plenty of times and still get nowhere can you please help me
    Cathy.

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  7. Annie says:

    Hi Janette, the bunny is absolutely fab ! Thanks for the photo tutorial, The photo that shows the bunny before attaching the ears looks like a beaver doesn’t it? I’ll start making bunch of them tomorrow.
    Cheers
    Annie.

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  8. craftyghoul says:

    Hehehe! I had a chaotic incident while working on your awesome bunny project here and I had to blog about it, just so ya know! I used your bunny picture so my followers would know what project I’m talking about but I was sure to link it to your blog and tell them where to find it! :) You are so creative! I love these bunnies! I’m gonna make one for my mom, grandma, and great aunt! http://craftyghoul.com/2013/03/11/anarchy/

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  9. craftyghoul says:

    I finished the bunnies for my mama, grandmother, and great-aunt! They are going to be so happy and these are going to make their day, letting them know I think about them and love them! Thank you so much for your tutorial. I blogged about the bunnies and put up pictures and I was sure to blab on and on about how awesome you are and where my crochet pals can find you! :) IF it’s okay with you, I’d like to make three more of these for the kids at my church. They’re going to have a little party-type thing for Easter and are asking everyone to donate candy and little prizes, and I am kinda stuck on what I’m able to do to help out sometimes because of my severe agoraphobia limitations. I say three more because my brain rebels after a few repitions of projects, lolz! Oh, yeah! And here’s the link to the blog and pictures of the ones I made for my loved ones: http://craftyghoul.com/2013/03/12/finished-bunnies/

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  10. monsteryarns says:

    These are adorable. I’m just working on a sock rabbit – well, you know how it is, socks are knitted in Winter, Spring follows Winter, so this is a sort of segue in knitting. : ) I’m not quite up to your beautiful pictures and well planned tutorials but I’ll be showing off the finished item probably end of next week. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Christine says:

    I spent all day making my little bunny and I love it so much! I wish I could make another one tomorrow, but I have things I need to do! I’d like to send you a pic but can’t find your email address.

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  12. Kriszti says:

    Dear Janette!

    These bunnies are soooo cute. The third one is being crocheted for my eldest son (age 7).
    Some of my friends do not speak English well, but in any case they would like to prepare the bunny. With your permission I would like to translate into Hungarian.

    Thank you!!!

    Kriszti (from Hungary)

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  13. Virginia Marcott says:

    These are adorable. I made one and it was so cute I made 6 more for the neighbor children. Thank you for the time you spent on the tutorial as well.

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  14. Lisa says:

    Yay I just finished with my bunny!! Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!! I can’t wait to make more of these cute critters!! I love the expression on your sons face too!! Hugz, Lisa

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  15. Mónica says:

    Jeannette, el turotial está súper bueno ¡Más que bueno!, gracias por compartirlo, trataré de hacer estos conejitos de sorpresa para mis hijitas, y ya quiero ver la misma sonrisa de tu pequeñito en sus caritas.
    Un abrazo.

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  16. Annie says:

    Hi Janette, I have just shared your bunny pattern link with my favourite Facebook crochet group, good stuff that’s worth sharing. Thank you for sharing this super cute bunny pattern :)

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  17. Dane says:

    je suis sous le charme de ces petits lapins c’ est vraiment trop craquant!! je vais essayer de les faire et ne vais pas manquer de te prévenir je posterais sur mon blog i tu veux viens t’ inscrire a ma niews et comme ça tu ne loupera pas mes posts je m’ inscrit chez toi si ce n’ est déjà fait biz

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  18. crochetcricket says:

    I just finished a big project and I am so excited now that I have some time to make these bunnies! I haven’t made any stuffed animals before and I think this is the perfect one for me to start with because you have done such a wonderful photo tutorial. Thank you so much Janette!

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  19. Lucy@Attic24 says:

    This is a FABULOUS design and pattern (spotted it on my ravelry group)…am going to give it a go and will share in the Attic with a link back here. Wonderful stuffxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  20. Paula says:

    These are so cute! As soon as I am finished telling you how great these are, I am grabbing my scraps and a hook and making bunnies! I love these! Is this pattern available in a pdf?

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  21. witloof says:

    I am here from Attic 24 and will stop by often. I should do a bunny for my friend who is coming to spend Easter Sunday with me.

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  22. Carrie P. says:

    I just started crocheting this year. I think the pictures will be a great help to me if I give these a try. I think they are the cutest things. thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  23. angelphilipp says:

    These bunny’s are so cute, last night I followed a link from attic24 and started one pretty much immeditely, very nice instructions. I had to laugh this morning whn I openned an email from wordpress telling me you had liked a post on my blog, followed the link in the email and was back at the bunnies again, I just thought it was a bit funny. Thanks for the pattern.

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  24. Twolittleflowers says:

    Thanks for the pattern….just in time for Easter. I wonder if you are able to help me troubleshoot my problem? In my 3rd ring of the bunny tummy, the 3x dc turns into ripply waves. The circle would never lie flat like yours. Even when I switch to 2x dc in the 3rd ring it is wavy. Any idea what I am doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch, Keri

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    • Janette says:

      Hi, I suspect you are using too small hook for the size yarn. Or maybe you have used a lighter yarn on the first couple of rounds and a heavier yarn on the outer round?

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      • Twolittleflowers says:

        Thanks Janette, that would be what I thought too. Except that it is dk with a 4mm hook, all the same yarn. It still happens even if I up my hook to 5.5mm – not as severe…but, still bad enough not to flatten. Keri

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  25. steph says:

    Hello Janette,
    thanks a lot for that great pattern! I made a whole bunch of them – for my kids, my godchild (and one just for me). That will be Happy Easter for them! I also took some photos to share your link and to show you on my crochet-blog: http://haekeln-im-quadrat.blogspot.de/
    It was so much fun to crochet these sweet bunnies – absolutely great!
    steph

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  27. Linne says:

    Janette, these are so cute, I just HAD to reblog your post. Hope you don’t mind (and if you do, please let me know asap!). These bunnies, and the owls, are fantastic and I will be making some of each in the near future. I’m busy with hand-sewing at the moment. I’ll be showing them to a fanatical crochetting friend, too. She’s going to drool for sure.
    Thanks for such great tutorials! ~ Linne

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  28. Miss Ebz says:

    Thank you so much for these SuperUberCute bunnies! I made 3 of them so far but know there will be more to come :-) I just blogged about it and put a link to your blog.
    Blessings, Esther

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  29. Happysunshine@excite.com says:

    I just finished 2 of these adorable bunnies for my grand kids. They came out so cute my husband even loves them! Will definitely be making more of these. Thanks so much

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  30. Mearla VanDenBerg says:

    Just had to write & tell you how much I enjoyed making the crochet bunny! What a great pattern! I made the first one (you can’t stop at one!) with a gray body & a pink, cranberry & aqua tummy & on the ears. My husband says it has an American Indian look.

    The second one is my chocolate bunny! He is chocolate brown (of course!) with a hot pink, white, light pink (chunky/fuzzy yarn) tummy & a pink nose. No color on his ears. And, I curved one of his ears down & gave him a pom-pom chocolate brown tail.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t know how to post photos to you, but hope the descriptions give you an idea. They were so much fun to make & the pattern was easy to follow! I love the fact that the body is egg-shaped, too – or, at least mine are! Lol! I think these would be great for babies & toddlers!

    Thank you for such a wonderful pattern!

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  31. Angela says:

    I made 3 of these over the weekend, the pattern was easy to follow and easily memorized so i didn’t have to keep looking over every few stitches. I’ll have to send over a picture of the ones i did make, bf wants one now too! Thank you!

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  32. Cathy Shull says:

    How cute! I just found this pattern to you or your link to this pattern (?). In my mind, since I missed Easter use, I will definitely try to get 3 done for baby showers! perfect for little ones to hold and not hurt themselves with either. (will change eyes out though for stitched). Thank you for sharing!!!

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  33. Ha Le Thu says:

    I am Ha. I’m from Vietnam. It is so happy to find your blog. You are so talented. You light up my life. Thank so much.

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  34. Vicki says:

    Thanks so much for this fun pattern! I’m making mine with Everyday self-striping yarn so that I don’t have to change colors – the yarn does all the work! They’re very, very cute, and I love them muchly. Thanks again!

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  35. kate0795 says:

    Oh Janette these are adorable. Having just lost our beloved baby Myrtle French lop bunny yesterday :'(( the children were besides themselves, particularly my youngest boy who is 7, and I’m wondering if I can gather myself together if I could do justice to one of these and make one or two of them for my boys…. I think they’d love that. Not sure if you we’re inspired by having your own rabbits or not? But they are so sweet. Kate xx

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    • Janette says:

      Im sorry you lost your bunny! I love rabbits and would like to get some soon. We have chickens and a cat which keep us busy and entertained- maybe this spring :)

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      • kate0795 says:

        Oh thank you Janette. It was so sad particularly as she was so little but you should get some, they make lovely pets and my children love them. We lost our French lop and the other 3 we have are mini lops….thoroughly recommend them xx

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      • kate0795 says:

        I have (well, had) two pairs, boy and girl in each. Ideally, a boy and girl are best pairs to have as much less chance of fighting. Even same sex pairs who are siblings can start off ok but as they mature can then start fighting, particularly boys! I always have them neutered (boy first before sexual maturity) unless you get a rescue pair that have bonded already and have been neutered/spayed. I had two brothers, both were neutered but one ended up bullying the other non stop so had to separate! Now have little Merlin on his own so will have to look for a companion now! K x

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  36. Amanda says:

    These are adorable! I am looking for easy projects to crochet over the next 9 months for a fundraising campaign (basically, whatever I manage to crochet over the next 9 months will be auctioned off for charity – it’s a Pregnancy related charity hence the 9 months). So before I start making some of these I just wanted to check whether you would mind any I manage to make being sold for charity? I’d credit your pattern, of course!

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  37. Miki Kuwabara Photography says:

    These bunnies are so cute! Your instructions & photos are very clear & easy to understand. I’ll be making some of these for sure.
    Thank you for visiting my photo blog! I’m glad you liked my post about “A Visit to a Flutemaker”. Please visit again soon! :)

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  38. Karen@Mix•Ture43 says:

    Hi there, amazing pattern and gorgeous rabbits. I’m adding them to a mobile I’m making for my soon to arrive nephew along with owls and other little creatures. Will post a pic when I’m done. Thanks for sharing. :o)xx

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  39. Tari says:

    Thank you for the pattern!. Is easy and beautiful. This Christmas we have created an event to give amigurumis to children suffering from leukemia, and we used this pattern to weave some of the amigurumi.Thank you, Janette!

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  40. Gez says:

    WoW! I adore these bunnies! I have just made my first one using your pattern. I am hoping to make more and abandon them outside (in clear bags) for people to find, (as a RAK!) coming up to Easter this year! Many thanks for sharing your beautiful pattern. Gez @littlewrencottage

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      • szyleczko says:

        I think I’ll use the first one then :) I wouldn’t have asked you to let me use it if I had enough time to crochet one myself and take some pictures. What a pity I won’t manage :( Or maybe I will? :) Thanks a lot anyway, both for the permission and the tutorial itself!

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  42. Kathryn says:

    These are just so cute! I’m currently working on the first of a pair I’m making as part of my contribution for an Easter hamper, that our local playcentre will be raffling off, for a fundraiser :)

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  43. Emily Moss says:

    Hello,
    I just made my first one! It is so cute! I can’t wait to make more for all of my friends babies (embroidered eyes rather than using buttons). I was just thinking, as with the owls, there must be lots of animals you could make! I’m going to have a think and will share anything I come up with (and credit you of course) if I do.
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Emily

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  44. Bettaergosum says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Oggi è Pasqua, molte tradizioni si intrecciano…. uova, conigli e pastiere……
    Mi sono imbattuta in questi coniglini pasquali e ho pensato che erano un buon modo per augurare a tutti una pasqua meravigliosa e creativa….. io li vedo azzurri rosa e verdini e voi?

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  45. Lynn says:

    I would like to thank you for being so generous and kind. You are very creative and your pattern is very clear. Being French speaking I can assure you of that! :)
    I have made 2. One for my daughter being in California for a Study session at San Bernardino University as an exchange between Montreal Quebec Canada
    and the United States and th second one for her coloc. There is no age for these kind of sweetness. At 22 they were so very happy! Merci, Merci beaucoup! :)

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  46. literatureandlabcoats says:

    Hi. Just a quick question which’ll probably make sense to a more experienced crocheter, rather than me(since I just started.) but For round 3, when you’re double crocheting: do you crochet into the top stitch, or the one just below the top one?
    If this isn’t clear, I can send images.
    Hope you can help. Love the design and bunnies.
    Thank You!! <3

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  47. Jennifer says:

    I love this pattern and have already made one with buttons for eyes–so cute! Would you consider retyping the pattern at the end in a concise format so that those of us with out a smart phone or portable internet can take your pattern “on the road?” Thanks for a great pattern!

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  48. Amy says:

    Being pretty new to crochet, I get lost in some terms. What would be an example of 8ply yarn? I was thinking maybe the Lily Sugar and Cream yarn would be good? I am currently making a bunny with a bulky #5 yarn and a K hook. But my bunny is getting really big!! Let mw know, thank you!! My almost 3 year old can’t wait for me to get the bunny, the chick and the owl done!! Thank you!!!!

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    • Janette says:

      Hi Amy, I think that yarn is 10 ply or worsted weight. It doesn’t really matter what yarn you use but as you’ve noted it’s going to be bigger with heavier weight yarn. Ravelry is the best place to check yarn weight etc, hope that helps! Janette xx

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  49. Amy says:

    I’m working on the bunny, but the holes between the second and third rows look big enough for stuffing to pop out. I’m using a 4 MM hook and medium weight yarn. Thanks!!!

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  50. Lynne N says:

    Working on my second bunny with two more to go. Love ’em, love ’em, love ’em! Are turning out so well. Thank you for the pattern.

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  51. Cheryl Estok says:

    Thank you so much for the pattern! I finally finished 8 of the little guys today. I want to find children’s books about bunnies to pair them with to give as gifts to my grandchildren and possibly some future grands.

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