Elf Bunny

After a year of hard work, the elves at Santa’s Workshop are putting the final touches on the toys and preparing to load them into the sleigh for delivery on Christmas Eve night! Then it’s time for some rest and relaxation, but not for long! This little Elf Bunny will be hopping to it again in a couple of days to prepare for next Christmas.

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

U.S. Terminology

Size: 6.5 inches seated, from the tips of the ears down

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Materials

  • Hook: 3.5 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 100 yards-fur colour of your choosing, Green, Red (I used Caron Simply Soft Party)
  • 10 mm Safety Eyes or Embroidered Eyes
  • Polyfill
  • Needle
  • Optional: Stitch Markers and Pins, bells, embroidery thread for eyelashes

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 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.  Leave the green yarn attached when you switch to the red on the belt so you can more easily switch back to green without reattaching. When sewing the head and body together, you might consider sewing so that the colour change is on the back-this way you can sew the bunny tail where the change occurs to make it less obvious.

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.

Skirt-Free Option– If you would like to make a boy or skirt-free version of the bunny, in R7 of the body, work the stitches in both loops instead of the BLO and skip the skirt instructions.

Want to make more festive bunnies? Find links to other patterns from The 12 Bunnies of Christmas here!

Pattern

Elf Hat:

In green 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 red 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. The bunny pictured in this pattern uses the second option. FO and weave in ends.

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 a colour yarn of choice, 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, weaving in the 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 Elf 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.

Body:

In green 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: SC around (30 st)

R7: In BLO, SC around (30 st)

Switch to red colour yarn

R8-R9: SC around (30 st)

Switch to green yarn

R10: SC around (30 st)

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

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

Start stuffing, and stuff subsequent rounds

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

R 14: SC around (12 st)

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew the body to the head, making sure that the colour change is at the back.

To complete the skirt:

R1: Start by turning the body to the bottom is facing you. With green yarn, reattach the yarn into the unworked front loops left over from R7 starting at the back of the bunny and HDC around, connecting to the first st with a SL ST (30 st)

R2: CH 2, (INC DC, 2 DC) x 10, connecting to the first st with a SL ST 40 st)

FO, and weave in ends.

R3: With red yarn, attach the yarn at the back and SL ST around, connecting to the first st with a SL ST (40 st)

FO, and weave in ends.

Legs: (make 2)

In red 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 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.

Arms: (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC in MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC (10 st)

Switch to green yarn

R3: SC around (10 st)

R4: In BLO, 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.

Reattach green colour yarn to unworked front loops of R4 and SC around. SL ST to the first SC and FO, weaving in the ends.

Pin the arms to each side of the body (2-3 rows down from the head) and sew in place. Weave in the 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 at the colour change on the back. Sew in place and weave in the ends.

Embellishments:

Add bells to the front of your bunny, or other fun embellishments and accents to dress her up! You could also add bells or beads to the top of her hat, add embroidery thread to the hat, tummy etc.!

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!

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