Easter Peep Bunny Knitting Pattern- Hop into Easter with this adorable Peep Bunny. Knit your very own fluffy friend with this easy-to-follow pattern. Perfect for Easter baskets and springtime decor.
The colorful and iconic marshmallow peep bunny gets a knit makeover! This bunny is knit on straight needles in two pieces (front and back). The pieces are sewn together and stuffed with fiber fill. The eyes and nose are created using the duplicate stitch.
What is the duplicate stitch in knitting?
Duplicate stitch knitting, also known as Swiss darning, is a technique used in knitting to add decorative details or repair a knitted fabric.
To perform duplicate stitch knitting, you need to use a tapestry needle and yarn of the same weight and color as the knitted fabric. First, you thread the needle with the yarn and insert it into the base of the stitch you want to duplicate. Then, you bring the needle up through the center of the stitch above, creating a new stitch that covers the original one. Continue working in this way, following the pattern of the knitted fabric, until you have duplicated all the stitches you want to.
Duplicate stitch knitting can be used to add colorwork, such as letters or geometric designs, to a plain knitted fabric.
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Easter Peep Bunny Knitting Pattern
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Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in Tranquil, small amount of brown yarn for the eyes and nose
Needles: Size US 7 single point knitting needles
Also needed: fiber fill, yarn needle
Gauge: not necessary for this project
Size: 7 1/2 inches tall
(Make 2 for each bunny)
Starting from the bottom cast on 8 sts.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1, kf&b, knit to the last 2 sts, kf&b, K1 (10 sts.)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: K1, kf&b, knit to the last 2 sts, kf&b, K1 (12 sts.)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: K1, kf&b, knit to the last 2 sts, kf&b, K1 (14 sts.)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: K1, kf&b, knit to the last 2 sts, kf&b, K1 (16 sts.)
Starting on a Purl row, work in stockinette stitch for 9 rows.
Row 18: K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1 (14 sts)
Row 19: Purl
Row 20: K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1 (12 sts)
Row 21: Purl
Row 22: K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1 (10 sts)
Row 23: Purl
Row 24: K1, kf&b, knit to the last 2 sts, kf&b, K1 (12 sts)
Row 25: Purl
Row 26: K1, kf&b, knit to the last 2 sts, kf&b, K1 (14 sts)
Starting on a Purl row, work in stockinette stitch for 7 rows.
Row 34: K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1 (12 sts)
Row 35: Purl
Row 36: K1, k2tog, knit to the last 3 sts, k2tog, K1 (10 sts)
Row 37: Purl
For the ears:
Row 38: K4, Bind off 2 sts, K4 (8 sts)
Row 39: Purl 4
(Continue working on these 4 sts. while leaving the other 4 on the needle unworked)
Row 40: K1, kf&b, kf&b, K1 (6 sts.)
Row 41: Purl
Row 42: Knit
Row 43: Purl
Row 44: Knit
Row 45: Purl
Row 46: K1, k2tog, k2tog, K1 (4 sts)
Row 47: Purl
Row 48: K2tog, k2tog (2 sts)
Bind off purlwise.
Place the front and back sides of the bunny on top of each other. Sew around, leaving a small opening to stuff the bunny. Stuff with polyfill and sew then opening closed. Duplicate stitch the eyes and nose. Weave in ends.
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