Amigurumi - String Bean Bunny
8ply wool (worsted weight) in colour of choice for body
small amount of white wool for tail or little white pom pom
small amount of wool for mouth
small 6-8mm safety eyes or small buttons
small amount of polyfill toy stuffing
ribbon, bells, collar or other decorations
This free crochet pattern shows you how to make a fun little Amigurumi Easter bunny. Instructions use American stitch terms so for Aussies a single crochet (sc) is the same as a double crochet (dc) pattern not suitable for young child's toy - may be a choking hazard.
Starter ring used for all pieces : 3 chain join loop, 2 chain, 5 sc into loop, join to 2nd chain at beginning (6st)pull little tail to make ring snug.
Add marker and start to follow pattern. Make pieces in the correct order EARS starter ring *inc all* (x6)(12st) Sc 4 rounds *10sc, dec* (x1)(11st) Sc 4 rounds *9sc, dec* (x1)(10st) Sc 4 rounds *8sc, dec* (x1)(9st) *7sc, dec* (x1)(8st)
HEAD Starter ring *inc all* (x6)(12st) *1sc, inc* (x6)(18st) *2sc, inc* (x6)(24st) *5sc, inc* (x4)(28st) Sc 1 round *6sc, inc* (x4)(32st) Sc 2 rounds *6sc, dec* (x4)(28st) Sc 2 rounds *5sc, dec* (x4)(24st)
Do not end.
Put in safety eyes a couple of rounds up. Make them about 1.5' apart.
Stitch a little cross for the mouth. When happy put the backs on your eyes and knot off mouth.
Start stuffing the head. Picture string bean bunny *2sc, dec* (x6)(18st) *1sc, dec* (x6)(12st)
Finish and cut end about 2' long. Finish stuffing head.
Put tail back inside hole to hide. ARMS Starter ring *2sc, inc* (x2)(8st) Sc 5 rounds. Finish and cut end about 2' long. Leave unstuffed or put a pea sized amount of stuffing in paw tips.
LEGS starter ring *1 sc, inc* (x3)(9st) sc 5 rounds. End here with a long tail to sew for the short legs.
For long legs sc another 5 rounds *7sc, dec* (x1)(8st) sc 5 rounds and end with a long tail to sew to body.
BODY Starter ring *inc all* (x6)(12st) *inc all* (x12)(24st) Sc 4 rounds *4sc, dec* (x4)(20st) Sc 1 round Loosen wool. Divide the top edge into quarters and mark the sides of the body.
Pin the arms in place
Now continue crocheting. Make sure you go through all the layers of the arm and body. *2sc, dec* (x5)(15st)
Finish leaving a long tail 10 or 25cm - to sew the body to the head later .
When you finish stuffing the body, make sure the bottom is a little flat so you can sew the legs in place later. Alternatively you can just crochet the body and sew the arms to the outside of the body later using a ladder stitch.
FINISHING Pin the ears in place and ladder stitch to head
Pin the body to the head making sure the arms are at the sides.
Pin the legs to the bottom of the body and sew in place
You can use a small white pom pom for a tail or make a tail from a small amount of white yarn - use a starter ring, then sc 2 rounds. End with a long tail and sew to the body. Don't stuff.
By Shellie Wilson. Shellie is the chief creative editor for Craftbits.