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Stocking Bunny

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The perfect Christmas scene: hot chocolate, a big cozy blanket to cuddle under, and a stocking bunny hanging by the fireplace. This may not be your conventional stocking, but it comes already stuffed with a cuddly little friend! What more could you want for Christmas?

This pattern includes the option of making your bunny removable from the stocking, or attaching him to use as an ornament! 

Difficulty: Medium

U.S. Terminology

Stitches

Materials

Hook: 3.5 mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 175 yards- Red, White, Fur colour (I used Impeccable by Loops in Threads)

10 mm Safety Eyes or Embroidered Eyes

Polyfill

Needle

Optional: Stitch Markers and pins, decorative buttons, embroidery thread for eyelashes

 

Other Notes: *Please read before beginning! *

Magic Ring alternative- if you do not feel comfortable doing a magic ring, you can also chain 2 and work the indicated number of stitches into the first chain 

Continuous Rounds– The bunny body and toe of the stocking is completed in continuous rounds

Rows– The base of the stocking, heel and cuff are completed in rows. Each row of the base of the stocking is connected with a SL ST. All rows begin with either a CH 1 or CH 2. These do NOT count as a stitch.

Front Post Double Crochet– To complete this stitch, you work around the post of the stitch below instead of under the two loops. In this stitch, yarn over, insert your hook from in front of the post, around the back of the post, and out the other side. Yarn over, pull your yarn through to the front, yarn over, and pull through the first two loops, then yarn over again and pull through the final 2 hooks on your hook.

Cabling– This pattern includes both cables with 2 and 4 stitches. In 2 stitch cables, you skip the first stitch and FPDC into the next stitch. You then return to the skipped stitch and complete a FPDC into this stitch. In 4 stitch cables, you skip 2 stitches, complete a FPDC in the next 2 stitches. You then return to the first then second missed stitch, completing a FPDC in both. When completed correctly, this will create a twisting effect, making a cable. It can be easy to skip/add stitches when cabling, so I highly recommend using stitch markers to help keep track of where the different types of stitches will go.

Tension– A loose tension when completing cables will make these stitches much easier to complete!

 

Pattern:

Stocking:

(The example stocking is made in one colour, except for the cuff. If you wish to incorporate colour changes into the toe and/or heel, a note has been added when to change to a new colour of yarn) Photos have been included to help you complete the cables.

Toe:

In red colour yarn, working in continuous rounds:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x6 (36 st)

R7-8: SC around (36 st)

Stocking Body:

The following rows are worked in ROWS, connected with a SL ST. The CH 2 does not count as a stitch.

SL ST to first stitch of the previous row

(Change to new colour yarn here)

R9: CH 2, HDC around, SL ST to first stitch of the beginning of the row (36 st)

R10-17: CH 2. (3 HDC, skip next stitch. FPDC. FPDC in skipped stitch. 3 HDC, skip next 2 stitches. 2 FPDC. 2 FPDC in skipped stitches) x3. SL ST to first stitch of the beginning of the row (36 st)

See below photos to help complete these rows.

2 Stitch Cable Steps

4 stitch cables

Heel:

The heel is worked back and forth in rows. The CH 1 does not count as a stitch.

(Change to new colour yarn here)

R18: CH 1, 18 SC (18 st)

R19-24: CH 1, turn. 18 SC (18 st)

R25: CH 1, turn. 7 SC, 2 SC2TOG, 7 SC (16 st)

R26: CH 1, turn. 6 SC, 2 SC2TOG, 6 SC (14 st)

To form the heel, join the 1st and last stitches of the last row with a SL ST and turn your stocking inside out. Pinch in half so the SC of the back of the heel are lined up. 7 SC through both loops of the lined up SC from the top to bottom of the heel and FO. Weave in ends and turn stocking back right side out.

Heel Closure

Body of Stocking Continued:

Continue working in Rows. The CH 2 does not count as a stitch.

(Change to body of stocking colour yarn here) 

R27: See photos. Reattach your yarn directly next to where you finished Row 17 in the top of the heel. CH 2, and evenly place 18 HDC across top of heel. You will now work into the remaining stitches from row 17, resuming the cabling pattern. 2 HDC, skip next 2 stitches. 2 FPDC. 2 FPDC in skipped stitches. 3 HDC, skip next stitch. FPDC. FPDC in skipped stitch. SL ST to first stitch of the beginning of the row (36 st)

R28-37:  CH 2. (3 HDC, skip next stitch. FPDC. FPDC in skipped stitch. 3 HDC, skip next 2 stitches. 2 FPDC. 2 FPDC in skipped stitches) x3, SL ST to first stitch of the beginning of the row (36 st)

If you would like your stocking to be longer, continue adding rows until you are happy with the length.

R38: CH 1. SC around, SL ST to first stitch of the beginning of the row (36 st)

FO and weave in ends.

Cuff:

In white colour yarn:

R1: Loosely CH 36, connect with SL ST.

R2: CH 1, 36 SC. SL ST to first st of row (36 st)

R3: CH 1, (SC, skip stitch, {HDC, 3 DC, HDC}, skip stitch) x9 (54 st)

Join to first ST of row.  FO, weaving ends. Flip the cuff over so the unworked side of the chain is facing up. Reconnect your yarn so that it lines up with where a SC was placed on the opposite side of the cuff and repeat R3.

FO, leaving a tail few sewing. Wrap the cuff around the outside of the stocking with the middle of the cuff lining up with the last row of the stocking and sew in place. Weave in ends.

Loop:

In red colour yarn:

R1: CH 18, SL ST to first stitch (18 st)

FO, leaving a tail for sewing. Attach loop to the back top of your stocking and weave in ends.

Stocking

Head:

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x6 (36 st)

R7-R13: SC around (36 st)

R14: (4 SC, INV DEC) x6 (30 st)

 

Place 10 mm eyes between R10 &11, 5 st apart. If you wish to sew on eyelashes, do not add washers to the back of the safety eyes yet! Remove the eyes once you like their placement, using embroidery thread, sew on two or three eyelashes for each eye, starting where the safety eyes will go and out on an angle. Make sure they are long enough otherwise they will be hidden by the eyes.

Bunny Head

Reinsert the eyes and add washers to the back.

Using red yarn, stitch a nose, running the needle through several times horizontally, in line with the eyes, and one time vertically, 2 rows down.

R15: (3 SC, INV DEC) x6 (24 st)

Start stuffing, making sure to stuff VERY firmly

R16: (2 SC, INV DEC) x6 (18 st)

R17: (SC, INV DEC) x6 (12 st)

FO, and finish stuffing. Leave a long piece of yarn for sewing on later.

 

Tummy:

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x6 (36 st)

R7-R13: SC around (36 st)

R14: (4 SC, INV DEC) x6 (30 st)

R15: (3 SC, INV DEC) x6 (24 st)

Start stuffing. While you want the stomach to be full, if it is too firm, it may not fit nicely in your stocking. As you continue stuff, check periodically to make sure that your bunny still fits .

R16: (2 SC, INV DEC) x6 (18 st)

R17: (SC, INV DEC) x6 (12 st)

FO, and finish stuffing. Weave in ends.

Sew head and tummy of bunny together and weave in ends.

 

Ears: (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC into MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC around (10 st)

R3: (4 SC, INC SC) x2 (12 st)

R4-R6: SC around (12 st)

R7: (4 SC, INV DEC) x2 (10 st)

R8-R11: SC around (10 st)

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Flatten ears and pinch base in half, sewing back and forth a few times. Pin ears to the head and sew in place, two to three rows down from the top of the head on either side. Weave in ends.

 

Arms: (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC in MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC (10 st)

R3-R4: SC around (10 st)

R5: (3 SC, INV DEC) x2 (8 st)

Stuff tip of hand lightly

R6- R9: SC around (8 st)

To close, pinch sides closed and 4 SC across through top of stitches of both sides. Finish off, leaving length of yarn. Pin arms to either side of body, 2-3 rows down from where the body meets the neck pointing slightly forward so they hang over the front of the stocking and sew on. Weave in ends.

 

Bow:

R1: CH 15, SC in 2nd CH from how and SC across (14 st)

R2-R3: CH 1, turn. SC across (14 st)

If you prefer a thicker bow, add another row of SC

FO, leaving a long tail of yarn and sew the two ends together. Pinch together the bow in the centre and wrap the yarn tightly around several times. Run your needle through the back and around the wrapped yarn a few times to hold it in place. To use as a bowtie, sew to the top of the body of your bunny and weave in ends. To use as a bow, sew either to the base of one ear or between both ears and weave in ends.

**At this point you have two options for your bunny!

  • Option A: add legs and a tail before placing in the top of the stocking. This will let you use the stocking with or without the bunny!
  • Option B: Skip the legs and tail and sew your bunny body into your stocking. This will turn it into a cute decoration for the tree.

 

Optional Legs: (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC in MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC (12 st)

R3-5: SC around (12 st)

R6: (4 SC, INV DEC) x2 (10 st)

Stuff at base of foot, and continue to lightly stuff up to halfway up the leg

R7: (3 SC, INV DEC) x2 (8 st)

R8-R11: SC around (8 st)

To close, pinch sides closed and 4 SC across through top of stitches of both sides. Finish off, leaving length of yarn.

Pin the legs to the base of the body and sew on. Weave in ends.

 

Tail:

In fur colour:

R1: 4 SC in MR (4 st)

R2: INC SC x4 (8 st)

R3: (3 SC, INC SC) x2 (10 st)

R4: SC around (10 st)

SL ST to first stitch of row

FO, leaving long tail for sewing. Pin to the back of body so it is positioned in a way that supports it sitting up (a few rows up from the base) and sew to body. Weave in ends.

Place your bunny in your stocking, and add any additional accents of your liking, such as ribbons or buttons!

 

Thank you so much for making this pattern! If you run into any problems or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through Facebook or Instagram! Please remember to tag me @thecozychipmunk #thecozychipmunk so I can see your completed creation! You can also add this to your projects on Ravelry!

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