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Karenne
September 28th, 2007, 08:43 PM
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Felted wool-and-angora bunny




</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Materials:

Zitron Loft Classic (100% wool): 2 balls main color (#2010) and 1 ball contrast (#2011)
Shulana (100% angora): 6 balls cream (#71)

(Note: As a substitute for the cream angora, 2 skeins of La Gran [74% mohair, 13% wool, 13% nylon] from Classic Elite may be used.)
U.S. size 11 (8 mm) 24" circular needles
1 spare needle in a smaller size
1 package wool roving for stuffing
felting needle, size 38 or 40
tapestry needle and a sharp, large-eyed needle
fiberfill for temporary stuffing
poly-pellets (about 2/3 cup)
6"x 9" piece Lycra&reG; fabric
1 pair animal eyes
pompon maker
small amount (1 yd. or less) of fine crochet cotton in cream

Size: about 9" long and 7" high to top of head, excluding ears (size will vary with the amount of felting).

Unfelted Gauge: approximately 12 sts = 4" (10 cm) with 1 strand of each yarn held together.

Pattern Notes

Bunny is knit with 1 strand of wool held with 1 strand of either angora or mohair, except for feet and inner ears, which are knit in a single strand of wool in a contrast color.
If using different yarns or even different colors than those shown, it is very important to test-felt a sample before beginning.
Bunny is worked back and forth in stockinette stitch. A circular needle is needed to keep from stretching the stitches while working the shaping.Stitches and Abbreviations Used
RS or WS = Right side or wrong side
x = times
stockinette stitch in rows = knit on RS and purl on WS
slip 1 = insert right needle into a st purlwise and move it from the left to right needle without working it
psso = Pass slipped st over st just worked
k2tog = knit two sts together as one
inc 1 = knit into the front, then into the back of the same st to make two sts from one
W&T = wrap & turn, as follows:

On a knit row, slip next st ([purlwise) onto right needle, bring yarn forward between the needles, return slipped st to left needle, move yarn to back between the needles, turn to work in the other direction.
On a purl row, move yarn to back between needles, slip next st (purlwise) onto right needle, bring yarn forward between the needles, return slipped st to left needle, turn to work in the other direction.<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=165 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top align=left><TD width=15></TD><TD align=left width=150><TABLE cellSpacing=5 cellPadding=0 align=left border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=phototext>http://img.diynetwork.com/DIY/2005/12/15/dkng311_1cb_d.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:popup()
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Upper back




</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Upper Back Begin with upper back:
With size 11 needle and 1 strand each of wool and angora, cast on 2 sts.
Row 1 and all WS rows unless otherwise noted: Purl.
Row 2: (RS) Inc in each st. (4 sts).
Row 4: k1, inc in each of next 2 sts, k1. (6 sts)
Row 6: k1, inc in each of next 4 sts, k1. (10 sts)
Row 8: k1, inc 1, k6, inc 1, k1. (12 sts)
Row 10: k1, inc 1, k7, W&T, p6, W&T, k1, inc 1, [k2, inc 1] 2x, k1. (16 sts)
Row 12: k1, inc 1, k4, inc 1, k2, inc 1, k1, W&T, p8, W&T, [k2, inc 1] 2x, k5, inc 1, k1. (22 sts)
Row 14: k1, inc 1, k7, inc 1, k2, inc 1, k7, inc 1, k1. (26 sts)
Row 15: (WS) Purl.
Cut yarn and slip sts to a spare needle.



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Tummy section, showing openings for legs and stuffing




</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Tummy
Begin at back:
Cast on 2 sts using 1 strand of each yarn held together.
Row 1 and all WS rows unless otherwise noted: Purl.
Rows 2, 4 & 6: (RS) Knit.
Row 8: Inc in each stitch. (4 sts)
Row 10: k1, inc in each of next 2 sts, k1. (6 sts)
Row 12: k1, inc 1, k2, inc 1, k1. (8 sts)
Row 14: k1, inc 1, knit to last 2 sts, inc 1, k1. (10 sts)
Row 15: (WS) Purl.
Cut yarn.

Body

Note: Before starting the body, the work is divided at the center of tummy to leave an opening for stuffing.
With RS facing, slip the first 5 tummy sts from left to right needle. Join yarn at this point and work across remaining
5 sts as follows: k1, [inc 1, k1] 2x, cast on 2 sts.
With RS facing, pick up the needle holding the back sts and knit across these 26 sts, then cast on 2 sts and work across the last half of tummy as follows: k1, [inc 1, k1] 2x. (44 sts)
*Beginning with a purl row, work 7 rows in stockinette stitch. End ready to begin a RS row.

Divide for Front Legs

Note: After casting off sts, the st remaining on the right needle counts as the first st of the next section.
Next row: (RS) k7, cast off next 2 sts, k26, cast off 2, k7.
Work each half of tummy separately, beginning where yarn is attached. Slip remaining sts onto a spare needle.

1st half
Rows 1, 3 & 5: Purl.
Row 2: k1, k2tog, k4. (6 sts)
Row 4: k1, k2tog, k3. (5 sts)
Row 6: Knit. Cut yarn.

2nd half
Slip the 2nd half of tummy sts back onto the working needle. With WS facing join yarn at leg edge.
Rows 1, 3 & 5: Purl.
Row 2: k4, k2tog, k1. (6 sts)
Row 4: k3, k2tog, k1. (5 sts)
Row 6: Knit. Do not cut yarn.

Joining Tummy Sections
Next row: (WS) p4, slip last st to right needle. With WS facing, pick up the needle holding the other half of tummy sts. Slip the unworked st onto this needle and p2tog (1 st from each half), then purl the remaining 4 sts. (9 sts)

Chest and Chin Continue on the 9 tummy stitches.
Rows 1 & 3: Knit.
Rows 2 & 4: Purl.
Row 5: (RS) k4, inc 1, k4. (10 sts)
Row 6: Purl.
Mark each end of row 6 for front leg placement.
Rows 7-16: Work 10 rows even in stockinette stitch.
Row 17: [k2tog] 5x. (5 sts)
Mark each end of row 17 with a pin.
Rows 18-28: Beginning with a purl row, work 11 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 29: (RS) k2tog, k1, k2tog. (3 sts)
Rows 30-32: Work 3 rows even in stockinette stitch.
Row 33: Slip 1, k2tog, psso. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Back Neck and Shoulders Slip bunny's back sts onto working needle.
With WS facing, join yarn at right leg edge of back.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: k1, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1, cast off the next 4 sts, k1, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k1.
Work each side separately, beginning where yarn is attached.

First Side
Row 1: and all WS rows unless otherwise noted: Purl.
Row 2: (RS) k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. (7 sts)
Row 4: [k1, k2tog] 2x, k1. (5 sts)
Row 6: k1, inc 1, k3. (6 sts)
Row 8: k1, inc 1, k4. (7 sts)
Row 10: k1, inc 1, k3, inc 1, k1. (9 sts)
Row 11: Cast off these 9 sts. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Mark the first cast off st of this row for beginning of left front leg.

Second Side
With WS facing, join yarn at neck edge of remaining side of back.
Row 1 and all WS rows unless otherwise noted: Purl.
Row 2: (RS) k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. (7 sts)
Row 4: [k1, k2tog] 2x, k1. (5 sts)
Row 6: k3, inc 1, k1. (6 sts)
Row 8: k4, inc 1, k1. (7 sts)
Row 10: k1, inc 1, k3, inc 1, k1. (9 sts)
Row 11: Cast off these 9 sts. Cut yarn and fasten off. Mark the first cast off st for beginning of head.

Head
With RS facing, join yarn at marked edge of neck opening.
Pick up and knit a total of 16 sts around neck opening.
Row 1 and all WS rows unless otherwise noted: Purl.
Row 2: k1, inc 1, k4, inc in each of the next 4 sts, k2, W&T, p12, W&T, k14, inc 1, k1. (22 sts)
Row 4: k1, inc 1, k6, inc 1, k4, inc 1, k6, inc 1, k1. (26 sts)
Row 6: k1, inc 1, k22, inc 1, k1. (28 sts)
Row 8: k1, inc 1, k24, inc 1, k1. (30 sts)
Row 10: k1, inc 1, k24, W&T, p22, W&T, k20, W&T, p18, W&T, k16, W&T, p14, W&T, k12, W&T, p10, W&T, k18, inc 1, k1. (32 sts)
Row 11: Purl.

Top of Head Shaping
Row 1: k19, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 2: slip 1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 3: slip 1, k8, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 4: slip 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 5: slip 1, [k2, k2tog] 3x, k1, turn.
Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times. (Last repeat of row 5 will end at the left edge of head.)
Row 12: (WS) p10, p2tog, p1. (12 sts)
Row 13: [k1, k2tog] 2x, [k2tog, k1] 2x. (8 sts)
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: [k2tog] 4x.
Row 16: [p2tog] 2x.
Pass first st over second, cut yarn and fasten off.

Right Front Leg
With RS facing, join yarn to leg edge of tummy piece at the marker (end of row 6 on chest).
Pick up and knit 18 sts around leg opening, ending at the front edge of shoulder.
Row 1: (WS) p11, W&T, k4, W&T, p5, W&T, k6, W&T, p7, W&T, k8, W&T, p9, W&T, k10, W&T, p11, W&T, k12, W&T, purl to end of row.
Row 2: (RS) k1, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k1. (16 sts)
Rows 3-5: Beginning with a purl row, work 3 rows in stockinette stitch. Cut yarn.
Rows 6-15: Join a single strand of contrast yarn and, beginning with a knit row, work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 16: k1, [k2tog, k2] 3x, k2tog, k1. (12 sts)
Rows 17-19: Beginning with a purl row, work 3 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 20: k1, [k2tog] 5x, k1. (7 sts)
Cut yarn. With a tapestry needle thread yarn through remaining 7 sts, pull together tightly and fasten off.

Left Front Leg With RS facing, join yarn to marked edge of left shoulder.
Pick up and knit 18 sts around leg opening, ending at the marked row on tummy. Work as for right front leg.


Right Back Leg With RS facing, join yarn to end of the cast-on for back piece. Pick up and knit 22 sts around leg opening, ending at the edge of the tummy cast-on.



Note: The following sets of short rows are worked all on one edge of the leg first, then repeated on the other edge. This shapes the leg so it bends forward.
Row 1: p2, W&T, k2.
Row 2: p3, W&T, k3.
Row 3: p4, W&T, k4.
Row 4: p5, W&T, k5.
Row 5: p6, W&T, k6.
Row 6: p7, W&T, k7.
Row 7: p8, W&T, k8.
Row 8: p9, W&T, k9.
Row 9: Purl across all 22 sts.
Row 10: k2, W&T, p2.
Row 11: k3, W&T, p3.
Row 12: k4, W&T, p4.
Row 13: k5, W&T, p5.
Row 14: k6, W&T, p6.
Row 15: k7, W&T, p7.
Row 16: k8, W&T, p8.
Row 17: k9, W&T, p9.
Row 18: k9, k2tog, k2tog, k9. (20 sts)
Row 19: Purl. Cut yarn.
Rows 20-33: Join a single strand of contrast yarn and, beginning with a knit row, work 14 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 34: k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. (16 sts)
Rows 35-37: Beginning with a purl row, work 3 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 38: [k1, k2tog] 5x, k1. (11 sts) Cut yarn.
With a tapestry needle thread yarn through remaining 11 sts, pull together tightly and fasten off.

Left Back Leg
With RS facing, join yarn to the end of the narrow strip of tummy. Pick up and knit 22 sts around left leg opening. Work as for right back leg.


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Ear placement




</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Ears (make 2)
With 1 strand of each yarn, cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: (WS) Purl.
Rows 2-5: Beginning with a knit row, work 4 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 6: k4, k2tog, k4. (9 sts)
Rows 7-11: Beginning with a purl row, work 5 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 12: k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. (7 sts)
Rows 13-17: Beginning with a purl row, work 5 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 18: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1. (5 sts)
Rows 19-21: Beginning with a purl row, work 3 rows in stockinette stitch.
Row 22: k1, slip 1, k2tog, psso, k1. (3 sts)
Row 23: Slip 1, p2tog, psso.
Cut yarn and fasten off.

Inner Ears (make 2)
With a single strand of contrast color, cast on 10 sts and work the same as outer ear.

Prepare for Felting
Note about seams: All seams should be sewn with a single strand of the wool yarn used in the bunny, changing color at join if a contrast was used. Sew flat seams, just catching the edges together and keep tension loose. The seams will not be visible after felting.

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Leg seaming




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Face and Leg Seams

Match the point of the nose with the point of the chin piece. Sew down each side. Easing the cast-on edge of shoulders to fit between markers on chest, continue the seam down the inside of the front legs. Repeat on other side.

Match the 2 cast-on sts of the back piece with the 2 cast-on sts of the tummy section. Sew from the center out down each back leg, ending by sewing the cast-off sts together for paw.

Assemble and Attach Ears
Lay out one outer ear with purl side up. Place an inner ear on top of the outer ear with purl side up and a full st of outer ear showing around the outer edge. Sew ears together with a slipstitch, using yarn to match the inner ear. Lay bunny face up on a flat surface and mark position with pins, taking care to keep them even and slightly cupping the lower edges. The ears on our bunny were placed about 1/2" apart. When you are happy with the position, sew the cast-on edge to the head with an overcast stitch on both the front and back of the ears.


Design by Bev Galeskas, 2004 Fiber Trends, Inc.

Linda L Lattimer
October 6th, 2007, 02:01 PM
Karenne, did you knit the bunny in the corner??? Looks good

Linda