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Santa Bunny

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Santa Bunny, slip a carrot under the tree, for me! Santa Bunny and his bunny elves have worked the whole year through in preparation for Christmas, and the big day is finally almost here. All he asks is that you leave a crunchy snack out for him when he comes to deliver your gifts on Christmas Eve. Just like the real Santa, this bunny gets very, very hungry. Maybe he’ll even share with his Reindeer (Bunny)!

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

U.S. Terminology

Stitches

Materials

Hook: 3.5 mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 100 yards- Fur colour, Red, Black, White, small amount of Brown for the nose (I used Impeccable by Loops and Threads)

10 mm Safety Eyes or Embroidered Eyes

Polyfill

Needle

Thread

Optional: Stitch Markers and pins, gold embroidery thread for the buckle

 

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– All components other than the beard and moustache are worked in continuous rounds

Colour Change– When changing from one colour to another, in your final SC stitch after you have 2 loops on your hook, pull through with your new colour. In the next stitch of the next row, a SL ST is worked as it creates a more seamless colour change that is not as obvious.

colour change

2DC BOB– *YO, insert hook into next stitch, YO, pull through stitch. YO, pull through 2 loops on hook.* repeat once more, YO, pull through all three loops on hook

3DC BOB– *YO, insert hook into next stitch, YO, pull through stitch. YO, pull through 2 loops on hook.* repeat twice more, YO, pull through all four loops on hook

5DC BOB– *YO, insert hook into next stitch, YO, pull through stitch. YO, pull through 2 loops on hook.* repeat four times more, YO, pull through all six loops on hook

 

Pattern:

Santa Hat:

In red colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC in MR (5 st)

R2: 4 SC, INC SC (6 st)

R3: SC around (6 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x2 (8 st)

R5: SC around (8 st)

R6: (SC, INC SC) X4 (12 st)

R7: SC around (12 st)

R8: (2 SC, INC SC) x4 (16 st)

R9: SC around (16 st)

410: (3 SC, INC SC) x4 (20 st)

R11-12: SC around (20 st)

R13: (4 SC, INC SC) x4 (24 st)

R14: SC around (24 st)

R15: SC, CH6, skip 4 st, 8 SC, CH 6, skip 4 st, 7 SC (18 SC, 12 CH)

R16: SC, 7 SC around CH, 6 SC, INC SC, SC, 7 SC around CH, 6 SC, INC SC (32 st)

R17: (7 SC, INC SC) x4 (36 st)

R18-19: SC around (36 st)

Switch to white colour yarn

R20: SL ST, 35 2DC BOB (36 st)

Complete one more 2 DC BOB in next stitch. You can choose to SL ST to the next st and FO, or, if you are concerned about the hat being loose at the bottom, SL ST into each 2DC BOB, which will tighten up the bottom and help accentuate the bobble stitches. FO and weave in ends.

Pom:

In white colour yarn:

Wrap your yarn around two fingers, 25-30 times and tie tightly together with a long piece of yarn. Using scissors (the sharper the better!) trim your pom to a size that you like. Attach to a needle and sew through the top of the hat, weaving in the ends.

Santa Hat

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. Add washers to the back.

Using brown, stitch a nose, running the needle through several times horizontally, in line with the eyes.

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

Start stuffing, making sure to stuff firmly, checking to make sure it fits in the hat.

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

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

FO, and finish stuffing. Weave in ends.

 

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. Temporarily place the Santa Hat on the bunny head in a position you like, pinning one ear at a time in place through the earhole of the hat. Remove the hat and sew the ear in place. Repeat with the second ear. Weave in ends

 

Moustache: (make 2)

The moustache is worked in ROWS.

In white colour yarn:

R1: CH 6, SL ST into 2nd CH from hook, and working across remaining CH stitches, SC, HDC SC, SL ST (5 st)

FO, leaving tail for sewing.

Beard:

The beard is worked in ROWS. The CH 2 counts as a HDC. CH 1 does not count as a stitch.

R1: CH 12, SC in 2nd CH from hook and remaining CH across (11 st)

R2: CH 2 (counts as HDC), (in next stitch, 5DC BOB, in following stitch, HDC) x5 (11 st)

R3: CH 1, SL ST, 9 SC, SL ST (11 st)

R4: CH 1, 2 SL ST, (HDC, 5DC BOB) x3, HDC, 2 SL ST (11 st)

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew up through the beard so your yarn is at a top corner. Pin beard in place so that it is centred, 1-2 rows down from the bottom of the eyes. Sew along the top of the beard to the head and weave in ends.

Pin each moustache piece in place, with ends closest to the centre of the face, sewing a few stitches to hold it in place below the nose and weave in ends.

Santa Beard

Body:

In red 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)

Switch to white yarn

R7: SL ST, (3 DC BOB, SC) x17, 3 DC BOB (36 st)

R8: SC, switch to red yarn, SL ST, 34 SC (36 st)

R9: SC around (36 st)

R10: 2 SC.switch to black yarn. SL ST, 33 SC (36 st

R11: 3 SC, switch to red yarn, SL ST, 32 SC (36 st)

R12-13: SC around (36 st)

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

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

Make sure bobble stitches are pushed out, and begin to stuff. Stuff firmly. Using gold or yellow embroidery thread and a needle, sew on a belt buckle around row 10, on the side of the body opposite to where the colour changes are.

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

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

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the body to the head, making sure that the belt buckle is in line with the nose of your bunny.

 

Arms: (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC in MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC (10 st)

Switch to white yarn

R3: SL ST, 2DC BOB, (SC, 2DC BOB) x4 (10 st)

R4: SC, switch to red yarn, SL ST, 8 SC (10 st)

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

Stuff tip of hand lightly, making sure the bobbly stitches are pushed out

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. Pin to sides of body and sew in place.

 

Legs: (make 2)

In black colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC in MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC (12 st)

R3-4: SC around (12 st)

Switch to white colour yarn

R5: SL ST, 2DC BOB, (SC, 2DC BOB) x5 (12 st)

R6: SC, switch to red yarn, SL ST, 2 SC, INV DEC, 4 SC, INV DEC (10 st)

Stuff at base of foot, and continue to lightly stuff up to halfway up the leg. Make sure the bobble stitches are pushed out

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. Sew in place and weave in ends.

Santa Tail

 

 

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 your project on Ravelry here!

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