Festive Sweater Bunny

The countdown to Christmas is getting shorter every day, and holiday parties are in full swing. This bunny has his favourite festive Christmas sweater on and is putting the final touches on his tree before his guests arrive!

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Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

U.S. Terminology

Size: 6.5 inches seated from the top of the ears down

Materials

  • Hook: 3.5 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 100 yards- Fur Colour of your choice, 2 colours for the sweater and scarf, and a small amount of yarn for the nose (I used Impeccable by Loops and Threads)
  • 10 mm Safety Eyes, Buttons or Embroidered Eyes
  • Polyfill
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Thread
  • Optional: Stitch Markers and Pins, Embroidery Thread for eyelashes, decorative button

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 continuously unless otherwise indicated.

Invisible Decrease– An invisible decrease is a great alternative to SC2TOG for amigurumi as it is less likely to leave holes that the stuffing can show through. If you don’t feel comfortable doing an invisible decrease, feel free to SC2TOG instead. To do an invisible decrease, take your hook and stick it through the FRONT LOOPS of the next 2 stitches, YO and pull through those same front loops. YO and pull through remaining loops. For row 14 of the body, it says to do SC2TOG instead of INV DEC because an INV DEC only utilizes the front loops, whereas this row needs to be worked in the BLO.

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.

Festive Buttons– To make this a true ‘festive sweater’, you can attach a holiday themed button to the front of your bunny’s sweater. You can find buttons like the ones below at dollar stores or crafting stores during the holiday season! Alternatively, you could use embroidery thread to make a snowflake on the front of the sweater.

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 a colour of your 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 VERY firmly (be aware though that overstuffing can cause the stuffing to show through the stitches).

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 onto the body later.

Ears:

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 top of head, starting 2-3 rows from the top, sewing in place. Weave in ends.

Body:

For Row 14, instead of INV DEC it says SC2TOG. This is because by definition you cannot create an invisible decrease working in the BLO.

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)

Switch to sweater colour yarn:

R6: SC around (30 st)

R7: In BLO, SC around (30 st)

R8-10: SC around

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

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

Start stuffing, and stuff subsequent rounds.

R13: SC around (18 st)

R 14: In the BLO, (SC, SC2TOG) x6 (12 st)

R14: SC around (12 st)

FO. Reattach sweater coloured yarn yarn to the unworked front loops of R14 with the bottom of the bunny facing towards you and HDC in each stitch around. SL ST to the first stitch and FO, weaving in the ends.

Turn your bunny’s body so the bottom faces away from you. Reattach sweater coloured yarn to the unworked front loops of R7 and HDC in each stitch around. SL ST to the first stitch and FO, weaving in the ends.

If you are more comfortable sewing on the decorative button before attaching the head, do so now. If you have opted to sew on snowflakes or another decoration this would be a good time to do that as well.

Sew the body to the 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)

Switch to sweater colour 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 sweater 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.

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 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 in a position that will help the bunny sit up (around 2-3 rounds up from the base of the body).

Scarf:

To make a longer or shorter scarf, add or take away from the starting chain accordingly.

This is worked in ROWS.

In scarf colour:

R1: CH 37, HDC in 3rd st from hook and each st across (35 st)

FO and weave in ends. Tie on short pieces of yarn to the ends of the scarf for a fringe, or leave it as is!

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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