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Reindeer Bunny

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All dressed up and nowhere to go? At least until Christmas Eve that is! This little Reindeer Bunny is ready to step in and help Santa make all of his deliveries this Christmas if a fellow reindeer falls ill. She even has a red nose to help Rudolph light the way! If her services aren’t needed, she’s all dressed up and ready to rock around the Christmas tree with her favourite party dress!

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

U.S. Terminology

Stitches

Materials

Hook: 3.5 mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 100 yards- White, Red, small amount of Brown (I used Caron Simply Soft Party for the bunny and dress, and Impeccable by Loops and Threads for the antlers)

10 mm Safety Eyes or Embroidered Eyes

Polyfill

Needle

Two buttons/beads/pearls

Thread

Optional: Stitch Markers and pins, embroidery thread, decorative buttons, bells

Other Notes:

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– each row is completed in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated

Dress Fitting– Depending on the type of yarn used (stiff vs. loose) and the way in which you complete your SC when making amigurumi (yarn over vs. yarn under), you may find that the dress fits a bit differently than the model. The dress is designed with a bit of extra overlap at the bottom to help with these variances. When sewing on the bottom button, pull the dress across the back until it sits as you like it before fastening. If you find after the first 2 rows that the dress seems to big, consider dropping a hook size.

Stitch Markers– The end stitches for some rows of the dress can be easy to miss, so I recommend marking them with stitch markers. 

Pattern:

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.

Reinsert the eyes and add washers to the back.

Using red, 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 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.

Bunny Head

Ears: (make 2)

Using fur colour yarn:

R1: 5 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 long tail for sewing. Do not stuff. Flatten ears and pinch base in half, sewing back and forth a few times. Pin to the top of the head, about 2-3 round from the top of the head and sew in place. Weave in ends

 

Antler Headband:

The antlers for the reindeer bunny are attached to a headband, but you can forgo the headband and sew them directly to the head if you wish! Each antler has a different pattern so that the stitching of the SL ST is facing forward. If you would like a thicker antler, you can substitute the SL ST for SC.

Headband:

(If you wish to make the headband shorter or longer, CH more or less to the length you wish. Remember that you need 2 extra chains for making the first HDC)

In red colour yarn:

R1: CH 20, HDC in 3rd CH from hook and across each subsequent CH (18 st) (

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Pin the headband in place, in front of the ears in a position and angle that you like. Sew in place and weave in ends

 

Antler 1:

In brown colour yarn:

1: CH 6, SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and following CH (makes 1st point of antler). CH 5, SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and following CH (makes 2nd point of antler). CH 3, SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and following CH (makes 3rd point of antler). SL ST into the previously worked CH from the 2nd point, SL ST into the following 2 unworked CH, SL ST into the previously worked CH from 1st point, SL ST into 3 final unworked CH.

FO, leaving a tail for sewing.

 

Antler 2:

In brown colour yarn:

R1: CH 8, SL ST into 2nd CH from hook and following CH (makes 1st point of antler). CH 3, SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and following CH (makes 2nd point of antler). SL ST into the worked CH from the 1st point and following CH. CH 3, SL ST in 2nd CH from hook and following CH (makes 3rd point of antler). SL ST into the final 4 unworked CH.

FO, leaving a tail for sewing.

Pin the antlers to the headband and sew into place. Weave in ends.

 

Dress:

(The dress is worked in ROWS, where the CH 1 or CH 2 at the beginning of a new row does not count as a stitch. Two button hole loops are made with CH 5, indicated in the pattern below. Depending on the size of buttons you use, you may need to increase/decrease the number of chains to fit around the buttons. When you get to this stage, check to make sure the loop fits around your button before continuing on)

In red colour yarn:

R1: CH 32, CH additional 5 st, SL ST to 5th CH from hook to form loop. Working across the rest of the starting chain: 4 SC, CH 5, skip 7 st, 10 SC, CH 5, skip 7 st, 4 SC (18 SC, 10 CH +5 CH loop)

R2: CH 1, turn. INC SC, 3 SC, 5 SC around 5 CH, 10 SC, 5 SC around 5 CH, 3 SC, INC SC (30 st)

R3: CH 1, turn. IN BLO, INC SC, 28 SC, INC SC (32 st)

R4: CH 1, turn. IN FLO, INC SC, 30 SC, INC SC (34 st)

Now, CH 5, SL ST into 5th CH from hook to make second loop. You do NOT now need to CH 1 before continuing on. If you wish to omit the second button loop and leave the back of the dress open, you will need to CH 1 before moving on to row 5.

R5: (HDC INC, HDC) x 17 (51 st)

R6: CH 1, turn. SC across (51 st)

R7: CH 1, turn. (SL ST, skip st, 2 INC3HDC, skip st) x 10, SL ST to last stitch in row (71 st)

FO and weave in ends.

To make arm ruffles, connect yarn just before the beginning of the arm strap with a SL ST. working around the chain of the arm strap, 3 SC, 4 HDC, 3 SC, SL ST to stitch after the end of the arm strap. FO, and weave in the ends. Repeat on other side.

Dress

Body:

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)

R6-10: (30 st)

R11: (3 SC, INV DEC) x6 (24 st)

R12: (2 SC, INV DEC) x6 (18st)

Start stuffing, and stuff subsequent rounds, checking to make sure that it is stuffed firmly enough that the dress fits!

R13: (SC, INV DEC) x6 (12 st)

R 14: SC around (12 st)

Sew to head and weave in the 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. FO, leaving length of yarn.

Place the dress around the body with the back held together to determine arm placement. Pin the arms in place and remove the dress. Sew arms to the body and weave in the ends.

 

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 previous round and FO. Lightly stuff if necessary and pin to the body in a position that will help the bunny sit up (around 2-3 rounds up from the base of the body).

 

Finishing Touches:

Put the dress on your bunny, noting where the button loops sit, and sew the buttons in place. The back of your dress may overlap near the bottom. Add any other touches, such as embroidery thread, bells, additional beads or buttons!

Reindeer Bunny

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 pattern to your Ravelry projects!

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