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Knitted Rabbit and Sweater
Source: Debbie Bliss' Toy Knits

Materials

  • Rabbit
    • One 50g ball of Rowan Designer DK Wool
    • Oddment of black for embroidery
    • Stuffing
    • Pair of US size 3 knitting needles
  • Sweater
    • One 100g hank of Rowan Magpie Tweed or DK yarn used double
    • Pair of US size 10 knitting needles
Measurements:
  • Rabbit: approximately 18cm/7in high
  • Sweater: (actual chest measurement) 19cm/7.5in (length) 7cm/2.75in (sleeve seam) 3cm/1.25in
Tension:
  • 28 sts and 36 rows to 10cm/4in square over st st using DK yarn
  • 15 sts and 23 rows to 10cm/4in over st st using chunky yarn
-----Rabbit

Legs (make 2)
Cast on 12 sts. P 1 row.
Next row - K1, [m1, k1] to end. P 1 row.
Next row - K1, m1, k8, [m1, k1] 6 times, k7, m1, k1. 31 sts.
Work 3 rows in st st.
Next row - K13, k2 tog, k1, skpo, k13. P 1 row.
Next row - K12, k2 tog, k1, skpo, k12. 27 sts. P 1 row.
Next row - K7, cast off next 13 sts, k to end.
Work 9 rows in st st across all sts, inc one st at each end of 2nd row. 16 sts.
Next row - K1, k2 tog, k1, skpo, k3, k2 tog, k1, skpo, k2. P 1 row.
Next row - K2 tog, k1, skpo, k1, k2 tog, k1, skpo, k1.
Next row - [P2 tog] to end.
Break off yarn, thread end through rem sts, pull up and secure. Join instep, sole and back leg seams leaving an opening. Stuff and close opening.

Body
Begin at neck edge.
Cast on 15 sts. P 1 row.
Next row - K1, [m1, k1] to end. 29 sts.
Beg with a p row, work 5 rows in st st.
Next row - [K7, m1] twice, k1, [m1, k7] twice.
Work 3 rows.
Next row - K16, m1, k1, m1, k16. 35 sts.
Work 5 rows.
Next row - K15, skpo, k1, k2 tog, k15.
Work 3 rows.
Next row - K14, skpo, k1, k2 tog, k14.
Work 3 rows.
Next row - K1, [k2 tog] to end. 16 sts.
P 1 row. Cast off.

Arms (make 2)
Cast on 6 sts. P 1 row.
Next row - K1, [m1, k1] to end. P 1 row.
Next row - K1, [m1, k4, m1, k1] twice. 15 sts. Work 7 rows.
Next row - K1, [skpo, k2, k2 tog, k1] twice.
Work 3 rows. Inc one st at each end of next row. 13 sts. Work 9 rows.
Next row - K1, [skpo, k1, k2 tog, k1] twice. P 1 row.
Next row - K1, [k2 tog] to end.
Break off yarn, thread end through rem sts, pull up and secure. Join underarm seam, leaving an opening. Stuff firmly and close opening.

Head
Begin at back.
Cast on 7 sts. P1 row.
Next row - K1, [m1, k1] to end.
Rep last 2 rows once more. 25 sts.
Work 3 rows in st st.
Next row - K1, [m1, k3] to end. 33 sts.
Work 13 rows.
Next row - K1, [k2 tog] to end.
Work 5 rows.
Next row - K1, [k2 tog] to end. 9 sts.
P 1 row.
Break off yarn, thread end through rem sts, pull up and secure. Join seam, leaving an opening. Stuff firmly and close opening.

Ears (make 2)
Cast on 14 sts. K 30 rows.
Next row - skpo, k to last 2 sts, k2 tog.
K 1 row.
Rep last 2 rows until 2 sts rem. K2 tog and fasten off.

To make up
Fold sides of body to center, then join cast off edge. Gather neck edge of body, pull up and secure. Join back seam, leaving an opening. Stuff firmly and close opening. Sew head in position. Fold cast on edge of ears, making top folds smalller, sew them in place. With bblack, embroider nose, mouth and eyes. Attach yarn at seam about 1 cm/.25in below top of one arm, thread yarn through body at shoulder position, then attach other arm, pull yarn tightly and thread through body again in same place, then attach yarn to first arm again and fasten off. Attach legs at lower edge of body in same way as arms.

-----Sweater

Back and Front alike
Cast on 14 sts. Work 2 rows in k1, p1 rib.
Beg with a k row, work 5 rows in st st.
Mark each end of last row. Work a further 7 rows.
Shape shoulders - Cast off 3 sts (1 st on needle), p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, cast off rem 3 sts.
With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to rem 8 sts, work twice in first st, rib to last st, work twice in last st. Rib 3 rows more, inc one st at each end of first row. 12 sts.
Cast off in rib.

Sleeves
Join shoulder and neckband seams. With right side facing, pick up and k14 sts between markers. Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st st. Work 2 rows in k1, p1 rib.
Cast off in rib.
Join side and sleeve seams.