Sunday, 30 December 2007

Knitting The Christmas Bunny

Knitting the Christmas Bunny is not a good idea if you wait until the middle of December to start it! Bunny is based on the pattern for Elijah, and pictures of Pink Rabbit by Ysolda on Ravelry, with a few changes to the original pattern, but knitted up in the same way. I had to knit the head three times before I managed to work out the double central decrease for the face. This knitting malarky has a very steep learning curve!

Bunny is a Christmas Bunny because she was knitted for Mum as a present (and took a lot longer than the mug cosy for dad!), and hence the stress trying to get her finished in time. She was finished, in the (very) end, and Mum was delighted, and has since named her Lopsy, which I am not convinced about.

The pattern is not diffcult, and is very clearly described in the original Elephant pattern. The tricky bits for me were knitting the first few rounds of the arms close to the body when the already-stuffed bits got in the way, and some of the K2togs where my tension was too tight. The needles suffered a critical casualty with only an ear and a half to go, and so she was finished with one needle smaller than the others - because this is rotated, I don't think you'd ever tell - it was either that or wait unitl after Christmas when I could buy a new set!

The finished article:

The changes I made in the pattern were:
  • To omit the trunk, and use three central decreases every other row to form the face.
  • To knit the legs longer and thinner, and to omit the purl row that gave the Elephant flat feet.
  • To add some short rows in the arms so that they curve slightly forwards and downwards from the shoulders, and to omit the purl row for the paws.
  • To make the ears much longer and wider and rabbity, and pick up the stitches on four needles in a 'V' shape to give them some shaping as in The Pink Rabbit pictures. The ears get 2 stitches wider every 10 rows, and are finshed by symmetrical decreases on every row until 6 stitches remain, which are finally grafted together.
And I was very pleased with the result:

And Bunny got on very well with Elephant of course; they are made of the same stuff!

Oh, and Dad like his cosy too!

I hope everyone had a brilliant Christmas too, and a very Happy New Year.