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Sunday
Mar202011

Colorful Crafting with Jen: Bunny Hop Bunnies from Knitting at KNoon

When I saw these adorable bunnies from Knitting at KNoon's Bunny Hop Pattern in January I knew I would be soon be making them for Easter on The Purl Bee.  Like the Knitting at KNoon SnoBuddy family I made 2 winters ago, I think these bunnies are among the cutest knit toys I've ever seen! 

The bunnies have lots of parts: bodies, ears, arms, feet and charming accessories, but still I managed to make the four of them pictured here over just three evenings after my daughter's bedtime.  

Like the snowmen, it was the accessories for each bunny that made them come to life.  I especially loved knitting the sweet tiny carrot that the little boy bunny is holding.

If you'd like to make your own Bunny Hop Family to look like mine, here is what you'll need:

Bunny Hop Pattern from Knitting at KNoon

For the bodies, feet, arms, ears and pom pom tail:

For the accessories, eyes and noses, 1 skein each Gumnuts Blossoms Needlepoint Yarn as follows:

  • Flower stems and carrot top:  color 608
  • Flowers: color 709
  • Carrot: color 787
  • Apron: color 843 for the apron, plus small bits of 785 and 706 for the bows
  • Kerchief: colors 909, 961 and 859

For the accessories I used US size 4 double pointed needles

Happy Easter! -- Jen

Reader Comments (21)

What a beautiful family! They are so cute! Kisses, Karina.
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarina
Oh my goodness, those bunnies are the cutest thing I've seen! I adore them! Wish I had the patience (and time) to make one or two.
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerriaw
These bunnies are just too cute. Now I have to figure out how to knit with double point needles lol.
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuisa
Super super cute!
March 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLucy
I see them, i said -- Oooohhhhhh - tho sweet Your bunnies!! Congratulation
Happy Eastern, from matta ;-)))
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatta
With the surname 'Hare' and a new nephew in the family these are awfully appealing....like Luisa says, need to get to grips with DPNs first ;o(
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhelen
Cute! Can you give us crochet directions for something similar? took a bit to learn how to crochet, don't have time to learn to knit before easter!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEva
My heart is melting. Thank you so much for sharing this link and where to find the pattern!!!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFlowermouse
Oh, are these cute!!? However, since we have to buy the pattern and can't see the instructions up front, can you tell us if these bunnies are knit in the round, like socks, or knit straight with the double-pointed needles? For those of us who are technically challenged by knitting with 4-5 DP needles at once, this is a critical question! Thanks, Karen
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren
These bunnies are so cute ! I never made stuffed toys out of wool. How do you stuff these ? I guess the Suri Merino and Gumnuts Blossom yarn is not enough, rght ?
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurence
Hi Karen!

The bunny pattern is written in such a way that they can be knit on double pointed needles or on circular using magic loop. I personally used magic loop on a US 6, 40"

Hope that helps!

Jen
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Hi Laurence-

Stuffing knitted toys is the same as stuffing a pillow or a sewn toy. It's very simple (and fun!)

Thank you for pointing out that the supply list didn't include stuffing. It's been fixed now.

Happy Knitting!-- Molly
March 21, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Karen-

Just to add to what Jen said, here is a link to our double pointed needle tutorial:

http://purlbee.squarespace.com/double-pointed-needles-tutoria/2008/7/25/double-pointed-needles-tutorial.html

And here is a video explaining the Magic Loop:

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-do-magic-loop-knitting-with-large-cable-needle-4601/

Good Luck!
March 21, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
OH MY GOSH! I had to run and purchase the pattern IMMEDIATELY. I am not one to make things for "decoration" and not for function, but I NEED THIS BUNNY FAMILY in my house :)
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJJ
Wow! They look so cute. I'm not yet good at making such small dolls, so I'm gonna try this in crochet.
March 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchandramouli
Jen--Thanks for the knitting info. Just took a class in knitting socks toe up using Magic Loop so I think I could do this! Thanks for links to the tutorials, just in case--Karen
March 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren
Those are so sweet. I would accept one of these in my easter basket over a chocolate bunny any day.
March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflaky
FOR JEN--

All my materials just arrived . RE: The Blossoms Needlepoint Yarn-when you unwind it it seems to come out double stranded but I assume you would use a single strand when making the various trimmings for these bunnies??

Also, is there any organic filling available for stuffing these toys and how did you strip the kerchief in terms of what color went first and how many rows of each?

Thanks, Ann-Marie Joyce
March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn-Marie
Jen, I am making the small bunnies and I am to the point now where I am starting on the head and the directions say K3 turn (back of neck is worked flat , beginning with 6 sts at center back) what does that mean????? I am using the double pointed needles and I am not sure what to do?

Thanks,
Brenda

also didn't you use #4 needles to do the carrot ?
March 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda
Hi Brenda,

For the back of the neck you knit three stitches and then do exactly what it says, turn the knitting around to go back over what you just knit. Does that help? I think that Knitting at Knoon also has helpful videos on her website for this pattern and what they call SOS - you can find that here: http://www.KnittingAtKNoon.com/notes.html She will happily answer any questions you have about any of her patterns.

I did use the US 4 needles for the carrot and accessories with the Gumnuts Blossoms.

Let me know if you have more questions!

Jen
April 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjen
Lovely pattern!! I'm just now making my first bunny (large one) and I believe I may found a mistake in the pattern....or I am making a mistake (which is very well possible :) On round 19 of the Feet, you should have 15 sts (which I do) and *K2tog, K1, K2tog*, ending with 9 sts. I have tried and tried, but I end the round with 10 sts. So I just continued the pattern, Round 20 should end with 6 sts (I have 7). I just went ahead and K2tog with the last and first st. and it looks just fine, but just wanted to ask if it's me or the pattern????
Thanks for any help and for all you wonderfully fun and beautiful crafts!!!
April 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrook

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