Friday, 23 March 2012

Bunny Tutorial and Giveaway

So ladies with Easter just around the corner, I had a mind to make a pretty spring bunny garland to hang in the kitchen on the mantle shelf.  Way back I made some of these tiny little bunnies as card toppers and brooches but decided that I needed something bigger for a garland.  I had a play and this is what I came up with.  Nothing too taxing and they can be made in a matter of minutes..honest they work up really quickly.  So would you like to have a go yourself...if so, then here we go....

 I would just like to say before we get started that I have never written up a tutorial before and it is quite strange to write down something that you do almost without thinking.  I used a 4.5 crochet hook and DK wool, mostly Stylecraft.  They use very little wool so are ideal for all your little scrap balls.

I start by making a slip ring/ magic ring, there are examples of how to do this in most crochet books and I expect there is a Youtube video out there as well.  Into the circle chain 3, this counts as your first treble.   

Make another 11 trebles and then close with a slip stitch in the third chain of the first treble.  You now have 12 trebles altogether.

Then pull the circle tight to close the hole in the centre.

Make 3 chains, this counts as your first treble, and then make another treble into the stitch directly below.  

You now have 2 trebles in one stitch

Repeat all the way round the circle and then join with a slip stitch in third chain of first treble. as on previous round.

Make 3 chains, this counts as your first treble, then make another treble into the stitch directly below

Make 2 trebles in each of the next 2 stitches.  You now have 3 clumps of 2 trebles.

Now turn the work to the back and make a chain of 12 stitches.  


Insert the hook into the middle of the next treble...wind wool around the hook and pull through with a slip stitch.

Make a further chain of 12 stitches and repeat again between the next set of trebles, pull through with a slip stitch.

You now have 2 ears.  Cut wool leaving a bit of a tail.  Secure and then using a darning needle weave in the end pulling the head together ever so slightly to make it appear more rounded.  Also secure middle to keep hole tight closed.

Turn work back to the front.  You now have the body of one cute little bunny.

As for the bobtail, (isn't that a brilliant word)!!  Using a 3.5 crochet hook this time with an alternative colour wool, make another slip ring/ magic ring.

Do 12 single crochets into the circle.

Join together with a slip stitch into the first stitch.

Draw the circle together as before and secure.  You can then glue or sew into position.  I embellished my little bobs with a pearl bead and another pink one for it's eye.  You can also use buttons or whatever you have to hand.

I then used the 4.5 crochet hook to make a chain to the required length and then threaded the bunnies on through their ears.  Space evenly and stand back and admire.

I hope all of this makes sense, if not drop me a line and I will try and help.

I am offering a garland as a GIVEAWAY if any one would like one.  All you have to do is leave me a comment.  Simples..... I will choose a winner on Thurs 29 in time for posting on Friday morning.  Good luck.



Country Rabbit said...

you really are clever dev x
i still cant get my crafty fingers in the swing of crochet! it frustrates me the fact im useless at it- with so many beautiful crochet talented peps in blogland!- like yourself!
how wonderful those bunnykins x

enjoy the sunshine x

Karen said...

Please count me in I can still only crochet up and down! It's nice to have you back as I missed your lovely posts. So sorry about your job hope something good comes your way soon. Karen X

...Tabiboo... said...

Just perfect for Easter Dev - here's wishing you a wonderful one,

Nina xxx

B'ham said...

Bunnies... There are going to be bunnies everywhere !!
Such a fast cute idea... Thank you !!

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Devina,

You are so talented, my friend! I wonder how a 4.5 crochet hook would translate into our American letters? I'll have to look it up, and teach the girls how to make these.

I'm going to have to get out my Easter decorations, after seeing your sweet bunnies.



p.s. Audrey just posted her letter to Isabel, and apologizes for forgetting!

Romi and Bob said...

Lovely! I am thinking of actually trying this as they are so utterly cute and your instructions are really good. I would also like to enter the giveaway as I am now in love with them.
Hope all is well with you dearie. I have just been working on our vineyard and am a bit tired so will be relaxing with some

Jewel said...

Wow, thank you so much for a beautiful tutorial! I would love to be included in the giveaway and if I don't win I will have to try and make one of these gorgeous bunnies, although I'm not sure my crochet skills are up to the job! xxx

Romi and Bob said...

Woo hoo!!! Thankyou, you should have heard my squeal! Will email my address. xxx

bibbitybob said...

That is so cute! I've just found your blog and thought I'd stop by and say hello :) x

melanie said...

Your bunnies are so cute, I have added to them to my crochet to do list :) xxx

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Hello Just found your blog it is so lovely, and I love your bunnies,
I have to learn how to crochet soon!

Take care