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Knit bunny beanie – free patternĀ 

Hello peeps,

As I was typing the title of this post, I couldn’t help but gleam in satisfaction, for a number of reasons. One, I finally came up with a pattern for a knit beanie, although my contribution is little. Two, I finally had time to put up a blog post and a pattern that I love, with a baby girl who just discovered crawling and is teething at the same time. Three, I promised myself I would get it out before Easter and there it is.

Alright, all the chit chatter aside let’s get on to the pattern with the disclaimer. I’m no expert at pattern writing or at knitting, I taught myself to do both and I love sharing how its done for those who are interested.
I made a basic beanie following the pattern for a 12 month old basic baby beanie from Mamas stitchery projects. I’m so thankful for the wonderfully written free pattern on that blog. However since I used a bigger sized needles, my gauge was way off and I ended up with a slightly bigger circumference. Although it somehow fit my baby girl so all is well. Now getting on to the rabbits ears, I wish I had double pointed needles so I didn’t have to sew the two bits, but I only had circular needles at hand.

Supplies Used:

  • 4.5mm circular needles
  • Acrylic 8 ply yarn
  • tapestry needles

Gauge:

20 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches stockinette

Pattern:

I followed the pattern on the fore mentioned blog to tee for the beanie. Now heading on to ears make two of the white parts for the outer ear and two pink bits for the inner ear. The white part is slightly bigger than the pink part so that it is still visible in the front as well.

Using white colored yarn, cast on 16 stitches. I used the long tail knit cast on, and then stockinette stitch for 11 cms.
i.e., 26 rows of knit 16 and purl 16

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To make the decreases

k1, ssk, knit 10, k2tog, k1.
p14.
k1, ssk, knit 8, k2tog, k1.
p12.
k1, ssk, knit 6, k2tog, k1.
p10.
k1, ssk, knit 4, k2tog, k1.
p8.
k1, ssk, knit 2, k2tog, k1.
p6.
k1, ssk, k2tog, k1.
p4.
Cast off and make two of these

For the bunny’s inner ear
Using pink color yarn cast on 14 stitches and make 26 rows of stockinette stitch i.e., k14,p14
The make the decreases

k1, ssk, knit 8, k2tog, k1
p12
k1, ssk, knit 6, k2tog, k1
p10
k1, ssk, knit 4, k2tog, k1
p8
k1, ssk, knit 2, k2tog, k1
p6
k1, ssk, k2tog, k1
p4
Cast off and make two of these

Place the white part and pink part with the right side facing one another and sew around. These pictures should give you an idea as to how its done.

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Ta da! now that you have the two ears, fold it and sew it to the beanie.

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Embroidered vegetable storage bag

Hello there! I’m back with another embroidery venture of mine, and not to forget even hand sewn. With an active baby girl who mostly catnaps through the day I barely have time for anything other than chores, but that wouldnt stop me from getting this done. Ideally, it should have been done in a day but it took me two whole weeks to get it done. I folded a piece of fabric 25×30 cms and sewed the sides of the bag. Folded the top part to make space for the drawstring and sewed it in place. Now getting on to the embroidery since the thread count of this muslin was very less I used another backing fabric to do the wool embroidery. Then free handed the carrot pattern, I wanted the carrots to appear as a bunch when the bag is pulled close, hence spaced them accordingly. Im so proud of this idea, that I’m claiming royalty rights to anyone who wants to do this šŸ˜€

Actually I love the way it turned out, exactly the way I want it to be. My carrots have stayed fresh for over a week and I couldnt be any more happier with this pretty bag.

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Knit baby boots

Hello! I fell in love with these cookie style boots the moment I saw them and made one for my little bubby. At that time I only had four ply yarn in hand and the pattern called for a chunkier wool. So I made up my own counts and here they are. I wouldn’t say they were perfect looking but still looked cute enough.

KNITTING CAST-ON & STITCHES
Small Patch: Cast On 12 Stitches, Knit 46 Rows
Long Patch: Cast On 54 Stitches, Knit 20 Rows

There’s a video on YouTube which should help you with attaching these two patches together to make these boots.

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Crochet in less than an hour purse

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Hello! This is one quick crochet project, and if you have a sewing machine and if you know how to use it you’ve got yourself a purse in less than an hour. Poor me, I don’t have a sewing machine and I had to sew it all by hand(That explains the not so even edges). And it still was a quick enough project and I love how well it has turned out. This is the pattern for the flower motif that I’ve used and I hope I’m not infringing anybody’s rights to the pattern.

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I made three of these and stitched it to the purse. I mostly free handed the measurements of the purse and cut out the length of fabric which housed all three in a horizontal line across. I’ve used a stretchy cottony fabric(up cycled T-shirt) hence to make it sturdier used a backing and a lining fabric. Hope you have fun making this as much as I did.

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Bananas in pajamas amigurumiĀ – Free pattern

Hello there, don’t you worry I’m not getting ahead of myself making toys from ABC shows for the baby already. This one’s a gift for a cute little girl who loves bananas in pajamas. For the first time, I’ve used knitting in amigurumi and I’m pretty pleased with myself with the way it has turned out. The pattern may not be ideally how a knit pattern is written, please bear with me and let me know if there are ways to improve it while I’m still teaching myself to knit.

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Starting with the brown colored yarn,

Round 1: Magic circle, 8 sc
Round 2: [sc in the next 2 sc, dec ] * 2 times. (6)
Changing to yellow colored yarn,
Round 3: sc around. (6)
Round 4: 2sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 5: sc in each sc around.
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Round 7:
Round 8: 2sc in the first sc, sc in the next 5sc. Repeat. (14)
Round 9: sc in each sc around. (14)
Round 10: 2sc in the first sc, sc in the next 6sc. Repeat. (16)
Round 11: sc in each sc around. (16)
Round 12: sc in each sc around. (16)

The pajamas are knitted as I’m unsure how to make neat vertical striped ones in crochet

Note: Each row is two knit rows in the same colour making a garter stitch
Note: In order to seamlessly change colors, I’ve followed the method clearly explained in the video.
Row 1. Cast on 15 stitches in blue, knit 15 stitches using blue
Row 2-6. Knit 5 rows of garter stitch alternating between white and blue yarn
In the last row, Cast off 9 stitches, knit remaining 6 stitches in white
Row 7. Knit 6, cast on 9 stitches in blue, knit 15 stiches
Row 8-18. Knit 10 rows of garter stitch alternating between white and blue yarnĀ In the last row, Cast off 9 stitches, knit remaining 6 stitches in white
Row 19.Ā Knit 6, cast on 9 stitches in blue, knit 15 stiches
Row 20-25. Knit 5 rows of garter stitch alternating between white and blue yarn
In the last row, Cast off all the stitches in white and finish.

Pajama shirt:

Note: Each row is two knit rows in the same colour making a garter stitch
Row 1. Cast on 12 stitches in blue, knit 15 stitches using blue
Row 2-6. Knit 5 rows of garter stitch alternating between white and blue yarn
In the last row, Knit 8, cast off 3 stitches, knit remaining 1 stitch in white
Row 7. Knit 1, cast on 3 stitches in blue, knit 8 stitches, knit 12
Row 8-20. Knit 12 rows of garter stitch alternating between white and blue yarnĀ In the last row, Knit 8, cast off 3 stitches, knit remaining 1 stitch in white
Row 21. Knit 1, cast on 3 stitches in blue, knit 8 stitches, knit 12
Row 22-27. Knit 5 rows of garter stitch alternating between white and blue yarn
In the last row, Cast off all the stitches in white and finish.

Sleeves:
6 rows of alternating white and blue in garter stitch with 10 stitches. Attach the sleeves to the shirt, hope the picture gives you a better idea as to how its done. I’ve used a piece of stretchy white fabric and sewed it to make crisp collar thereby hiding the crooked edges.

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Arms

Round 1: Magic circle, 6 sc in it.
Round 2: [sc, sc, 2sc] * 2 times. (8)

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Amigurumi palm-sized house key chain

Hello there, let’s just say lazing around in the house might have inspired me to make this palm sized house key chain. The pattern’s a no big fuss and might only take you a day to complete this entire project.

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Crochet Hook : 2.5mm
Yarn : Medium weight off-white, brown, green colored yarn. Ultimately it all depends on how you want to decorate the house.

Note:
If thereā€™s a semi colon in between rounds it means those rounds are sc around without and increase or decrease.

Walls of the house,
Make two of each of these types of walls
Chain 16
Turn, (skipping the first chain, sc 14, chain 1, turn) * 10 rows
Approx. 6 x 5 cms

Chain 13
Turn, (skipping the first chain, sc 11, chain 1, turn) * 10 rows
Approx. 5 x 5 cms
Row 11: chain 1, skip the first sc, sl st in the next, sc 8, sl st, sl st
Row 12: chain 1, skip the first sl st, skip the next sl st, sl st, sc 6, sl st, sl st
Row 13: chain 1, skip the first sl st, skip sl st, sl st, sc 4, sl st, sl st
Row 14: chain 1, skip the first sl st, skip sl st, sl st, sc 2, sl st, sl st

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Base of the house,
Chain 16
Turn, (skipping the first chain, sc 14, chain 1, turn) * 12 rows

Door
Make two of these as well
Chain 7
Turn, (skipping the first chain, sc 5, chain 1, turn) * 6 rows
Row 7: Chain 1, skip the first sc, sl st in the next, sc 2, sl st, sl st
Row 8: Chain 1, skip the first sl st, skip the next sl st as well, sc, sl st, sl st

Join all the walls of the house using sc so that you have a nice edge for every wall.
For the roof,
Make two of these and sew it to the walls of the house
Chain 16
Turn, (skipping the first chain, sc 14, chain 1, turn) * 8 rows

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For the effect of tiles, I’ve used crocodile stitch. Just follow this video, including the stitch count and you should be able to achieve it. Instead of 5 dc at each side of the scallop I’ve used only four since it’s a tiny little project.

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Or if you are interested in buying it, you can get it from our Etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/Hellostitchesxo?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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Amigurumi Rabbit

Hello peeps!
Let’s say I wanted to get this pattern out by Easter and it has taken me this long to write it down. Hope you don’t mind, I know you wouldn’t. šŸ™‚

Rabbit amigurumi_free pattern

Crochet Hook : 2.5mm
Yarn : Medium weight gray colored yarn

Note: Worked in continuous rounds without joining each time.
If there’s a semi colon in between rounds it means those rounds are sc around without an increase or decrease.

Head

Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [sc in the next 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [sc in the next 4sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (36)
Round 7: sc around. (36)
Round 8: sc around. (36)
Round 9: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (42)
Round 10: sc around. (42)
Round 11: [sc in the next 6sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (48)
Round 12: sc around. (48)
Round 13: sc around. (48)
Round 14: [sc in the next 7sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (54)
Round 15: [sc in the next 8sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (60)
Round 16: sc 20, [sc in the next 8sc, dec in the next] * 4 times. (56)
Round 17: [sc in the next 8sc, dec in the next] * 2 times, [sc in the next 7sc, dec in the next] * 4 times. (50)
Round 18: [sc in the next 7sc, dec in the next] * 2 times, [sc in the next 4sc, dec, dec] * 4 times. (40)
Round 19: [sc in the next 4sc, dec, dec] * 2 times, [sc in the next 2sc, dec, dec] * 4 times. (30)
Round 20: [sc in the next 2sc, dec, dec] * 2 times, [dec, dec] * 4 times. (16)

Rabbit’s body:

We’re working from the bottom upwards to its neck where it can be joined to the head. Starting with a white coloured yarn,
Round 1: 8 sc in a magic circle. (8)
Round 2: 2sc in each. (16)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 8 times. (24)
Round 4: [sc in the 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 8 times. (32)
Round 5: [sc in the 3sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 8 times. (40)
Round 6: sc around. (40)
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Round 9: sc around. (40)
Join in with the pink coloured yarn,
Round 10: sc around. (40)
Round 11: [sc in the next 3sc, dec in the next] * 8 times. (32)
Round 12: sc around. (32)
Round 13: sc around. (32)
Round 14: [sc in the next 2sc, dec in the next] * 8 times. (24)
Join in with the gray coloured yarn,
Round 15: sc around. (24)
Round 16: sc around. (24)
Round 17: [sc in the next sc, dec in the next] * 8 times. (16)
Finish and leave a long tail to sew the body to the head

Rabbit’s eyes:

I’m not sure if I did full justice to her eyes, I wanted some naive looking ones and my husband says it makes her look like an owl.
Using black coloured yarn,
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2 sl st in each sc around. (12)
Adding the white coloured yarn,
Make 8 sc in a semi circle.

Rabbit’s ears:

Using pink coloured yarn, the ears are worked in single crochet through and I hope it makes sense to just put down the number of stitches in each row if it is 1sc in each sc
Row 1: Chain 7 (6)
Row 2: (6)
Row 3: (6)
Row 4: 2sc(inc),1sc in each sc(4), 2sc(inc). (8)
Row 5: (8)
Row 6: (8)
Row 7: 2sc(inc),1sc in each sc(6), 2sc(inc). (10)
Row 8: (10)
Row 9: (10)
Row 10: 2sc(inc),1sc in each sc(8), 2sc(inc). (12)
Row 11: (12)
Row 12: (12)
Row 13: 2sc(inc),1sc in each sc(10), 2sc(inc). (14)
Row 14: (14)
Row 15: (14)
Row 16: (14)
Row 17: 1sc(dec),1sc in each sc(10), 1sc(dec). (12)
Row 18: 1sc(dec),1sc in each sc(8), 1sc(dec). (10)
Row 19: 1sc(dec),1sc in each sc(6), 1sc(dec). (8)
Row 20: 1sc(dec),1sc in each sc(4), 1sc(dec). (6)
Using gray coloured yarn single crochet around the ears. I have a feeeling it would look better with a furry yarn.

Rabbit’s legs:

Using gray colored yarn and working in rounds,
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [sc in the next 2sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (24)
Round 5: sc around. (24)
Round 6: sc around. (24)
Round 7: [sc in the next 2sc, dec in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 8: sc around. (18)
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Round 11: sc around. (18)

Rabbit’s arms:

Using gray colored yarn and working in rounds,
Round 1: Magic Circle, 6sc into the circle & then pull it close. (6)
Round 2: 2sc in each sc around. (12)
Round 3: [sc in the sc, 2sc in the next sc] * 6 times. (18)
Round 4: sc around. (18)
Round 5: sc around. (18)
Round 6: sc around. (18)
Round 7: [sc in the sc, dec in the next sc] * 6 times. (12)
Round 8: sc around. (12)
Round 9: 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc, inc, 1sc till the end(6). (15)
Round 10: 1sc, dec, 1sc, dec, 1sc, dec, 1sc till the end(6). (12)
Finish, stuff and sew all the parts to its body.

Rabbit’s skirt:

Using pink colored yarn, join in at the region where the top of the dress meets the undergarments of the bunny.
Round 1: sl st around. (40)
Round 2: [sc in the next 4 sl st, 2sc in the next sl st]* 8 times (48).
Round 3: [sc in the next 5sc, 2sc in the next] * 8 times. (56).
Round 4: [sc in the next 6sc, 2sc in the next] * 8 times. (64).
Round 5: [sc in the next 7sc, 2sc in the next] * 8 times. (72).
Round 6: [sc in the next 8sc, 2sc in the next] * 8 times. (80).
Now for the scalloped trim at the end,
[sc, chain 2, skip 1] repeat around the skirt.
For the collar I have joined in the pink colored yarn in a similar manner at the neck, and worked in rounds till it looked like one.