Sunday, 1 April 2012

*FREE* Crochet Easter Bunny Pattern

There's just enough time left before Easter to grab your crochet hook and some oddments of wool and whiz up a bundle of these easy-peasy, slightly bonkers looking Easter bunnies. There are two types to make, the fat bottom bunny and the long tall bunny and the instructions for both are found below. Please note that the instructions are given in UK crochet terms but to help out all my lovely American friends, here's a quick translation guide..

dc (double crochet) = sc (single crochet) in US
htr (half treble) = hdc (half double crochet) in US
tr (treble) = dc (double crochet) in US

For this project you will need:

oddments of yarn that is 100% wool content (this is so that it will felt)
toy stuffing
small buttons
embroidery thread for face details

Fat Bottom Bunny

ch12 into a magic ring (as above)
Round 1. ch1 and dc into same space, 2dc in each st, slst to first ch = 24
Round 2. ch1, dc in next 2sts, 2dc in next st, *dc in next 3sts, 2dc in next st. Repeat from * to end of round, slst to first ch = 30
Round 3. ch1, dc into back loops only of all sts, slst to first ch
Round 4-6. as round 3
Round 7. ch1, dc in next 2 sts, dec 2sts, *dc in next 3sts, dec 2sts. Repeat from * to end of round, slst into first ch = 24
Round 8-10. ch1, dc into each st, slst to first ch
Round 11. ch1, dc, dec 2sts, *dc in next 2sts, dec 2sts. Repeat from * to end of round, slst into first ch = 18
Round 12-14. ch1, dc into each st, slst to first ch
Round 15. ch1, dec 2sts, *dc, dec 2sts. Repeat from * to end of round, slst to first ch = 12
Fasten off leaving approx 30cm tail to use for stitching ears on later

Long Tall Bunny
ch10 into a magic ring
Round 1. ch1, 2dc into next st, *dc, 2dc into next st. Repeat from * to end of round, slst to first ch = 15

Round 2. ch1, dc into back loops only of each st (as above), slst to first ch
Round 3-15. ch1, dc into each st, slst to first ch
Round 16. ch1, dc into next 2sts, dec 2sts, *dc into next 3sts, dec 2sts. Repeat to end of round, slst to first ch
Round 17. as round 3. Fasten off leaving approx 30cm tail to use for stitching ears on later

Ears - make 2 per bunny!
ch15 for the foundation row, turn

Working into back loops only, continue as follows: dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1htr into next 5sts, 1tr into next 4sts, 1htr, dc2, 3dc in last st then continue back along the remaining loops of the foundation row. (tip: crochet over the loose end so you don't have to darn it in later!)  dc2, 1htr, 1tr into next 4sts, 1htr into next 5sts, dc into last st then slst to first dc, fasten off leaving a 10cm tail for sewing to body later

To make up your bunny:
1. Stuff the body of your bunny with some toy stuffing and position the ears in the slot at the top. Using the yarn tail, sew the ears in place with a simple running st

2. Pop your bunny into the washing machine (it's ok to go in with your clothes as long as the colours are similar!) and run through a 60+ degree wash to felt the wool. Alternatively you can do this step by hand if you dampen the bunny with some hot water and rub some liquid soap into it, rolling and shaping as you go. It is the combination of hot water, soap and friction which creates the felting process

3. Dry the bunny thoroughly either on a radiator, tumble dryer or in the sun!
4. For the fluffy tail, make a small pompom with some white yarn and stitch it to the back of the bunny (tip: wrap the yarn around a fork or a piece of card, then slide it off and tie a length of same yarn around the middle to secure it. Cut the loop ends and fluff it all up!)

5. Using embroidery thread, stitch on two buttons for eyes and a little cross (Miffy style!) for the mouth

Have fun giving your bunnies character by adding extra details such as a ribbon bow or some lace flowers, or even some stripes as you crochet. You can also play around with the height of the bunnies by either adding or subtracting the amount of rounds that don't have any increase or decrease stitches. Get creative and have fun... but watch out, they are addictive!!

Wishing you a wonderful, chocolatey, bunny filled Easter!

Lisa x

{all photos by Lisa Pocklington for Get Smitten using Instagram}

Credit: this project was inspired by the knitted bunnies by Claire Garland of Dot Pebbles which appeared on the fab Mollie Makes blog recently - hop on over there for her free pattern if you are more of a knitting fan. I created my version of the simple bunnies as I can't knit for toffee!


  1. Ohhh sooo cute!! I'm going to give them a try! Hope they turn out better than my easter egg attempt last year! - do you remember? I ending up using it as Elmo's nose. Will they still work if I don't felt? as I don't have any wool yarn in easter colours and I just came back from Sallanches, 5 mins before reading this!!!
    Please open a yarn shop/coffee bar/W.I.P hangout soon!
    Thanks for the mini pompom tip.

    1. ha, yes I do remember your monster size egg - but it was perfect as Elmo's nose! You'll these ones Emma and so will your boys I reckon! Don't worry too much about wool content if you don't have any... just use a hook size smaller so that the stitches are nice & tight
      I'm thinking of turning the camper van into a WIP/tea & cake hangout!

  2. So cute! I wish I had some wool in my stash. :)

    1. Hi Mycenia - it's quite hard to find pure wool these days as everyone wants it to not shrink & felt! You can still make bunnies with other wool and just miss out the step for felting. I would recommend using a hook size smaller so that the stitches are nice & tight. Have fun!

  3. Lisa, these are adorable! I wish I could crochet. I have 1 bunny egg cozy that I've had since childhood that I adore, looks very much like these.

  4. I love these bunnies. I need to get busy and make some for my girls' Easter baskets!

  5. So cute, they are on my list for tonigh! Thanks much for sharing! :)

  6. I'm going to make up a bunch (or at least 3) of these for my little girls. They are so cute! Thanks for the pattern!

  7. Wow! Love these guys--they're perfect in all their funkiness :) Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  8. Thanks for sharing, I made one of each today! Happy Easter :)

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  10. Oh thank you for this pattern - I tried the knitted MM bunnies and got stuck at the cast on!!! Like you I MUCH prefer crochet!

  11. You are very welcome Ann! I'd love to see your finished bunnies - feel free to come over to the facebook page and share!


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