I started the year with a huge to do list of good intentions but its bloomin Easter already and I'm lagging behind. I absolutely love being organised and planning but I just can't seem to get my patterns completed at the right time! I'm currently working up two gorgeous bunnies to complement my amigurumi range over in the Esty shop but they are in no way ready to launch... oh, did I mention its Easter this weekend! Doh! Oh well, they will be available at some point during spring at the very least.
Anywho, so not to totally miss out on the Easter making frenzy I thought I would share a pattern a designed a couple of years ago for a workshop. This cute little bunny pattern is a great next step project for beginners as it is super quick to make, using just a couple of increases and decreases.
I have written the pattern out, starting from the top of the head and closing at the bottom to create a flat base which will form a small toy that stands freely (...in theory!) But for the chocolate lovers out there, why not finish at round 19 and pop a cream egg in the middle instead? This makes a great gift idea and come on, who doesn't love a chocolate filled bunny?! I know I do, but I'd fill mine with a caramel egg instead. Don't get me started on the 'cream egg is not a cream egg as I know it' fiasco!
Ooh and lastly - Have you heard? I will be once again heading over to the fabulous Knit Nottingham this June and teaching an Amigurumi Workshop. We'll be working up this pattern as well as other super cute animals. To find out more or to book your place (if there is any left) click here!
For those that just can't wait, here's the pattern... enjoy!
Materials and Equipment
Slst: Slip Stitch
Dc: Double crochet
Dc2tog: Double crochet two together
Approx. 10cm x 4cm
BUNNY | Pattern Starts...
Using your coloured yarn work in rounds as follows:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 6 dc into second ch from the hook. 
Rnd 2: Work 2 dc into each st around. 
Rnd 3: Work dc into each st around. 
Rnd 4: 2 dc into first st, dc into next st, *2 dc in next st, dc into next st, repeat from * around. 
Rnd 5: Work dc into each st around. 
Rnd 6: 2 dc into first st, dc into next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc into next 2 sts, repeat from * around. 
Rnd 7-19: Work dc into each st around. 
Sew up the centre of the ring to close the hole. Add toy stuffing then continue crocheting as follows:
Rnd 20: With right side facing you, work into back loop only as follows: *dc2tog, dc in next 2 sts repeat from * around. 
Rnd 21: *Dc2tog, dc in next st repeat from * around. 
Rnd 22: *Dc2tog, repeat from * around.  Fasten off and sew up to close hole.
Using white yarn make two cheeks as follows:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 6 dc into second ch from the hook. Join with a slst to form a ring.  Fasten off leaving a yarn tail about 15cm long. Repeat for the second cheek.
Sew up centre of each circle and attach cheeks into position onto the front of the body. Using black thread stitch two eyes and a nose to finish the face.
Make two coloured and two white ears as follows:
Rnd 1: Ch 4, dc into second ch from hook and across.  Turn.
Rnd 2-8: Ch 1, dc across.  Fasten off. Repeat for other ear panels.
Place one white ear panel on top of one coloured ear panel (wrong sides facing). Dc around the two long edges and one short edge. Fasten off leaving a yarn tail about 20cm long. Repeat with the other ear. Sew in ends and attach to the top of the head.
Using white yarn make a mini pom pom as follows:
Wrap yarn around the end of two fingers several times, with a separate length of yarn wrap between your fingers, pull tight and knot to bunch yarn together. Remove from your fingers, trim the loop ends and roll between your palms. Trim off any straggly ends and attach your cute little pom pom tail to the bottom back of the body. Voila, your super cute crochet Easter Bunny is complete.
Have a Hoppy Easter my lovelies.
Wow, I made a video!
Ooooh I made a video tutorial!!!! I am hoping this is the first of many video tutorials. I am venturing into new territory here and its been a massive learning curve. I never expected it to be plain sailing but by gum its made my brain hurt.
The tutorial is explained in UK terminology and has been designed as part of my Joining Lines project with children and beginners in mind. I hope you find it clear and enjoy having a go at making one of your own.
This simple daisy chain tutorial uses chain stitches and slip stitches and is a great project for anyone starting out on their crochet journey as well as those looking for a quick spring make.
It can be worked up in any yarn weight and fibre with corresponding crochet hook. I have used Stylecraft Classique DK Cotton in white and a 4mm crochet hook.
I'm all for breaking the mould, so I encourage you to experiment with the amount of chains you use. The video gives you a basic starting point, so go wild!
DAISY CHAIN | Pattern Starts....
Begin by creating a slip knot and attaching your yarn to your hook.
Rnd 1: Chain 10, join with a slip stitch to form a ring.
Rnd 2: *Chain 8, slip stitch into the ring to form a loop (your first petal). Repeat from * 5 more times.
Fasten off and sew in ends.
Chain: To make a chain stitch, simply put your yarn over your hook and pull through loop. Repeat, yarn over, pull through until you have your desired amount of chain stitches.
Slip Stitch: A slip stitch is very similar to a chain stitch, simply put your hook into the required space, in this case it is the centre of the ring, yarn over and pull though the centre of the ring and the loop on your hook.
Its as simple as that! Remember, have fun, enjoy the process and happy crocheting!
If you would like to be a part of the Joining Lines exhibitions this summer (read more), please send your finished white daisy chains and doilies, along with your name, age, gender, who taught you to crochet and why you crochet to:
Chris Tilley Community Champion
C/O April Towriess Crochet
Joining Lines Project
Bulwell Tesco Extra Community Room
If this pattern seems a little easy, then why not check out my Unity Doily pattern, here.
Happy crocheting my lovelies. Ax
Hi, I'm April.
Crochet designer and tutor based in Nottingham.