Knitted Bunny

I learned to knit when I was about 8 years old and that was 54 years ago so – I have done a whole lotta knitting, you might say. And I have made everything: sweaters, afghans, dishcloths, mitten, hats, scarves. Purses, bags, and socks and slippers. You might remember this sheep from a little while ago:

A whole lotta knitting over those years!

When I started out in my art career I was making quilts and other crafts. Since I could knit, I added some knitted items to my booth. One of them was a small bunny. I made about a million of them. OK, maybe not a million, but many many knitted bunnies. They sold well and I just kept on going until I turned more to making appliqued fabric wall hangings and gave up selling knitted items.

Recently I made one more knitted bunny, for my little granddaughter. It arrived at her house last night in the mail. I didn’t intend it to be an Easter bunny, as I have to admit I didn’t even know Easter was this weekend until maybe about last Thursday. It’s just a bunny from Granny.

It’s a bit larger than the ones I made in the past, since I used bulky weight yarn rather than worsted weight as the pattern calls for. A nice huggable size, I think this bunny is.

Here he is:

And here he is with some friends, before he left to go to my granddaughter’s house.

21 thoughts on “Knitted Bunny

  1. galeriaredelius

    They are so cute, both the sheep and the bunny! What a lovely not-Easter present to your granddaughter! And here’s me going on on my own blog as if crochet is the most common for making figures, you prove that there is no difference between crochet and knitting in that respect.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. I bought the yarn not knowing what I might do with it, something I never do, but I loved the look of it, and then I was thinking about those darn bunnies of the past, and I had a brainwave…

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    I am an easy mark for any kind of variegated yarn and I loved the colors in this skein, even though when I bought it I had no idea what I might do with it, but…it was on sale, why not?

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you, I liked making something that is not a same old scarf or sweater or etc. As for crochet, I think it seems it is much easier to make figures and “soft sculptures” with it than with knitting, because it seems so easy to work in the round. Doing the equivalent in knitting takes those darn double point needles at times, and I just can’t stand using them, so I have to figure out ways to knit flat and combine parts. I have learned to crochet twice and I feel there is a third time still in my future, maybe!

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. Yes, I love this yarn too, and though it is only semi-suitable for the project (it is washable but I am not sure how it will handle a lot of washing, and then I realized, all that will happen is the bunny will shrink and that will actually make him stronger) I had to work with it. In fact, I bought this yarn on spec, with no project in mind, because I liked it so much and it was on sale, so…I love working with variegated yarns. Oh yes.

  6. Claudia McGill Post author

    Some wools are treated so that they are washable and they would be ok, or any acrylic or even cotton, pure or blend. But there are some wools, the kind that have little processing, wow, they will shrink like crazy. Not so good when it is your sweater but good for making sturdy bags or even hats (I mafe a nice fedora once by felting the knitted item on purpose). I forgot to do a check on this bunny but my memory was the wool was washable but – a feltier bunny would be good too and safe for the baby which is what I really worry about when making toys.

  7. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. The bunny, last I saw of it in a video my son sent my of my granddaughter, is lying on the floor in their family room. So, he has been making new friends since this photo!

  8. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you. Since I used bulky yarn this time he was bigger (the pattern calls for worsted weight) and he got such a nice smushy tummy this way.

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