Sunday, 18 January 2015

Free Knitting Pattern: Sleepy Bunny Softie

Freebie time! I thought you deserved a free knitting pattern for reading along, so I designed this little Sleepy Bunny. He (or she) is the perfect toy for little ones, but I am not going to judge you if you keep one for yourself.

Bunny is about 25 cm (just under 10 inches) tall when measured without the ears, so that is a pretty decent size. Go on, knit your own bunny now!


3.5 mm straight needles
50g DK yarn of your choice (I used acrylic, but cotton would look great)
Scrap yarn for facial features
Toy stuffing
Tapestry needle


CO: cast on
BO: bind off
sts: stitches
k: knit
p: purl
k2tog: knit two stitches together
p2tog: purl two stitches together
ssk: slip two stitches as if to knit and knit them together
ssp: slip two stitches as if to knit and purl them together
R: round

Body (make 2):

CO 18 sts
The body is knitted for 34 rows in moss stitch as follows:
R1: *k1, p1*
R2: *p1, k1*

Knit the face  in stocking stitch for 10 rows, ending on a wrong side, then start decreasing:
*R1: ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
R2: p all*
Repeat from * to * until only 2 sts are left. K2tog, cut yarn and pull through to fasten.

Ears (make 2):

CO 8 sts
*R1: p2, k to last 2 sts, p2
R2: p all*
Repeat from * to * for 2 inches. End on wrong side.
R1: p2tog, k to last 2 sts, ssp
R2: p2, p to last 2 sts, p2
R3: p2, k to last 2 sts, p2
R4: p2tog, p2, ssp
R5: p4
R6: p2tog, ssp
R7: p2
R8: p2tog
Cut yarn and pull through to fasten.

Assembling and finishing:

Embroider the face with scrap yarn, making a Y shape for the nose and half-circles for the eyes.
Sew in the threads of the body and ears.
Sew the two pieces of the body together, leaving the bottom open. Stuff the bunny with toy stuffing and sew closed the bottom seam.
Attach the ears to the top of the head.

Now you have your very own sleepy bunny!


  1. What a cutie!! I have a couple of expecting friends, this would be a perfect gift, I can knit it in blue or pink and there are no pesky buttons to swallow! Thank you :-)

    1. My pleasure! I wanted to make sure there is nothing that children could swallow, just in case. This bunny is just soft all over.

  2. Your bunny is so sweet. My next project is a blanket for my daughter's baby due in April, I think the bunny would go so well with it, made with the left-overs. I shall book mark this page! Thank you too for visiting my blog today

    1. Thank you, too!

      I am picturing many little newborns with my sleepy bunny now. It's lovely!

  3. What a cute little bunny. It would make the perfect shower or baptism gift!

  4. Such a sweet bunny! I didn't know you blogged, Nadia. Am enjoying having a read and finding out about your shop :) x (Becca from knit club)

    1. Hi Becca! It is good to see you here. Yes, I have had this blog since 2008 and now design a few knitting patterns and sell stitch markers. It's all gone a bit mad! I must make time for knit club again, but it is at an inconvenient time right now. I've not been to the new venue yet.