When designing this project I knew I wanted to make something for Easter, but since northern Utah keeps getting a LOT of snow it is more winter than spring right now. The Caron Chunky Cake I chose created a warm and cozy sweater for my little bunny…yes, yes I DID manipulate the self-striping yarn so it would “land” where I wanted it.
One of the things I love most about crochet is being able to make special gifts and unique decorations, just like this cozy bunny.
When I first started designing, my youngest son was 3 and would request special hats. Now he is 16 (yikes, can you believe Hayden is that old and over 5’10”?) and he still comes up with different suggestions for things I should make. Since I started, our family has grown a lot and we have grandkids I can make things for too, Just last night my granddaughter (age 5) had her mom send me a picture of a purse that was on tv and said I should make one. Of course, I will be figuring out how to create one for her.
Bunny Bins Crochet Pattern
The crochet pattern is available for free below. A downloadable, ad-free pattern is available to purchase from my Ravelry Shop.
Materials & Details
- Yarn: 175-200 yards super bulky weight yarn; Sample yarn: Caron Chunky Cake in Blue Moon
- Miscellaneous: Yarn needle, measuring tape, 2 small black buttons for eyes (6-9mm), sewing needle, black thread
- Crochet Hook: K (6.5mm)
- Measurement: 6” tall x 4.5” across the base
- Gauge: not necessary for this project
- First stitch of each row is worked into the same stitch as the turning chain unless noted.
- Numbers at the beginning of each line may refer to steps and not indicate number of rows.
This project starts at the bottom of the bag.
For the sample, I used parts of a Caron Chunky Cakes, cutting it to control color placement. I started with grey for the base and first round of the sides to represent the bunny’s body, plus changed to grey for the top section. The color changes in the skein were really long so I cut them to allow more colors to show in the bunny’s sweater section.
1. With a K hook and super bulky weight yarn, start with a magic loop of 8 sc sts (or preferred method for starting a circle of 8 sc sts. Pull closed and sl st to join. (8sts)
2. Ch 1, 2sc in each st to end of round, sl st to join. (16sts)
3. Ch 1, *sc, 2sc in next st*, repeat to end of round, sl st to join. (24sts)
4. Ch 1, *sc 2, 2sc in next st*, repeat to end of round, sl st to join. (32sts)
5. Ch 1, *sc 3, 2sc in next st*, repeat to end of round, sl st to join. (40sts)
6. Ch 1, sc in each st to end of round, sl st to join.
7. Work in BLO for this round. Ch 1, sc in each st to end of round, sl st to join.
8. Suggestion: Change yarn color starting this round for the “sweater” section. Ch 1, sc in each st to end of round, sl st to join.
9. Repeat the previous round for an additional 8 rounds.
10. Loosely sl st in each st to end of round. Finish off and weave in ends.
11. This step starts the top/bunny section and is worked from the inside/wrong side of the piece. This is so the bumpier texture will be on the outside/right side of the piece.
This round is worked into the sts from the last sc round, NOT the sl sts.
With a K hook and super bulky yarn (Gray in sample), pull up a loop in any st. See photo at right. Ch 1, sc in the same st, hdc in the next st, *sc in the next st, hdc in the next st*, repeat to end of round. Do not join. Place a marker for working in the round. (40sts)
12. Sc2tog (pull this a little snug to close any gap since we are not joining at the end of the round. *hdc in the next st, sc in the next st*, keep repeating until there are 5 rounds in the gray section.
Notes: There should be 39 sts at the end of each round. Because there is an odd number of sts the hdc and sc sts will not line up on each round.
13. After 5 rounds of gray have been completed, sl st in the next st. Ch 1, turn to work from the outside/right side of the piece. Sc in the same st and in each st until 1 st remains, 2sc in the last st, sl st to join. (40sts)
14. This step creates the handles/ears. *Ch 40, sl st in the next 2 sts on the top round of the bin.
Ch 1, turn, working across the chain, sc 8, hdc 8, dc 8, hdc 8, sc 8, sl st in the same st on the top round of the bin, sl st in the next st.
Ch 1, turn, sc2tog, sl st in each st across the handle/ear.* Sl st 18 (in the sts on the top round of the bin).
Repeat the section from * to *, sl st to end of round. Finish off and weave in ends.
Nose: With a yarn needle and long piece of yarn (brown in sample) create a triangle shape by taking several sts in the middle of the face section (centered between the handles/ears). Stitch a line down from the nose.
Eyes: With a sewing needle and black thread, stitch 2 buttons centered above the nose.
Pompom: Create a large pompom out of the same yarn and sew it to the back, center of the bin, near the bottom. Pull the yarn pieces apart to fill in the pom.