Monday, 12 March 2012

The Easter Bunny and the Googy-eggs




Let me introduce you to the Easter Bunny and the Googy-eggs. They’re a suspicious looking lot, aren’t they?





I was originally only going to post the Bunny but felt he needed to be surrounded with a bit of colour so I added the eggs. I quite like the little dudes. They don’t necessarily have to be Easter eggs. You could just make them as a fun little gift. And the number of different eggy characters you could make is endless.

I’ve specified white yarn for the bunny in the pattern but I think he would look good in a brown or even a light grey. Cream would work well, too.

Easter is four weeks away – plenty of time to crochet up some of these guys . Let me know if you have any problems or if I've made any mistakes. Enjoy!

 Edit: Added note under Terminology section that the pattern is written using US terminology.

The Bunny

Size

12cm/4 ½in tall (including the ears), 9cm/3 ½in wide

Skill Level
Easy. The muzzle is a little fiddly but overall this is a pretty straightforward pattern.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
White
Pink (small amount)
Black (tiny amount)

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets or dried beans and stocking (optional)
Tapestry needle
White felt
Black felt
Black thread
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern is written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
sc – Single crochet
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, dc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together
Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that rounds instructions.

Instructions

Body (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (18)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (24)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (30)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (36)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (42)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (48)
Rnd 9-10: sc in each sc  around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog*  around (36)
Rnd 13-14: sc in each sc  around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog*  around (30)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 17: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (28)
Can start lightly stuffing now. Plastic pellets or dried beans tied in a stocking can be placed at the bottom of the body to give it a bit of weight.
Rnd 18: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (32)
Rnd 19: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (36)
Rnd 20: sc in each sc around
Rnd 21: *sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog*  around (32)
Rnd 22: *sc in next 6 sc, sc2tog*  around (28)
Rnd 23: *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog*  around (21)
Rnd 24: *sc in next sc, sc2tog*  around (14)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 25: sc2tog  around (7)
Close up hole, fasten off and weave in ends.

Muzzle (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc  around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in each sc around
Rnd 4: sc2tog around (6)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 5: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc  around
Rnd 7: sc2tog around (6)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Close up hole, fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body.

Ears (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3-4: sc in each sc around
Rnd 5: *sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog*  around (10)
Rnd 6-8: sc in each sc around
Rnd 9: *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog*  around (8)
Rnd 10-11: sc in each sc around
Rnd 12: *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog* (6)
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Arms (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2-6: sc in each sc around
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Feet (in White)
First 9 rows of Ears.
Fasten off, leaving tail for joining to the body. Leave unstuffed. Make two.

Eyes (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, sc2tog*  around (8)
Fasten off. Leave a tail for joining to the body. Stuff firmly. Make two.

Tail (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 5: sc2tog around (6)
Fasten off. Leave a tail to join to body. Leave unstuffed.

Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Join the arms to the body. Attach them just below the dip in the body.

Join the feet to the body. Attach them to the bottom of the body, a little less than a finger-width apart.



Add features to the muzzle and join to the body. The muzzle is shaped a little like a peanut with two bulbous ends and a slight dip in the middle. Using pink yarn stitch in a nose across the dip. Attach the muzzle to the body so that the bottom is aligned with the top of the arms. Using black yarn stitch in a mouth – a line goes from the bottom of the nose to about 2/3 down the muzzle with two smaller lines branching from the end (a little like an upside down y). Cut a small rectangle of white felt. Using black thread, stitch a line down the middle of the rectangle, length-wise. Attach to the muzzle in between the two smaller lines of black yarn.




Join the eyes to the body.  The eyes sit close together just above the muzzle. Cut out two small circles of black felt. Attach to the eyes with glue or needle and thread.

Join the ears to the body. Attach the ears slightly apart from each other on the top of the head.

Join the Tail to the body. Use the ears and the feet as guides to centre the tail on the lower back of the bunny.



And you’re done. Now for the Googy-eggs.


The Googy-eggs

Size
6cm/2 ¼in tall, 5cm/2in wide

Skill Level
Easy. There is nothing to these little guys. Decorate them any way you like – the crazier the better.

Materials
Yarn
Your favourite colours
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Instructions

Body (in Favourite Colour)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18)
Rnd 4: sc in each sc around
Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24)
Rnd 6-7: sc in each sc around
Rnd 8: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc  in next sc* around (30)
Rnd 9-10: sc in each sc around
Rnd 11: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36)
Rnd 12: sc in each sc around
Rnd 13: *sc in next 4 sc, sc2tog* around (30)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog* around (24)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 15: sc in each sc around
Rnd 16: sc in each sc around
Rnd 17: *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog* around(18)
Rnd 18: sc in each sc around
Rnd 19: *sc in next sc, sc2tog* around (12)
Finish stuffing firmly.
Rnd 20: sc2tog around (6)
Close up hole, fasten off and weave in ends.

Big Eye ( in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12)
Sl st in next sc and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

Small Eye (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Sl st in next sc and pull through yarn. Leave a tail for joining to the body.

Assembly
Join eyes to the body. Cut out two small circles of black felt and attach to the eyes.

Add other features. Cut out different shapes from black felt to use as eyebrows and attach above the eyes. If you wanted you could add a mouth – stitch one in using yarn or cut out some lips from red felt and attach. If you want a bad egg, add a crack using black yarn (like the angry green one pictured above).

These guys don’t stand up by themselves but if you like you can crochet a little ring to sit them on (Chain 12, sl st in first chain, continue crocheting around, putting a sc in each chain. Fasten off, weave in ends).




Hope you like the pattern. Happy crocheting.


Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

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