White crochet bunny with pink ribbon bow.

LILLY THE CROCHET BUNNY – FREE CROCHET PATTERN

Happy April from my home to yours. Since I do have a little extra time on my hands and considering it’s almost Easter, I wanted to create a bunny for ya!

It’s not your typical bunny but I think that’s what makes Lilly special. She is easy to whip up in a day and the assembly part was also fun because we get to add some blush or any kind of powdered cosmetic grade safe pigment that you have available to her ears and cheeks. 🙂

If you make a Lilly Bunny don’t forget to tag me on social media because I love seeing what you make! @arianaehall

I will start off the pattern with the materials you will need following by some important notes to look before starting the bunny. There is always a little more detailed explanation of some steps if need be. The steps in how to make the pattern will be below that with some photos as well.

Happy Crocheting!

Materials:

Cream Yarn – I used Hobby Lobby I Love this yarn for the body

Pink Yarn –  I used caron simply soft (for the nose)

Superfine Yarn (sock weight) in Navy from premier (for the eyes) – (safety eyes are optional but you can sub for those if you want)

Bow – I used a 1-inch thick ribbon, but you can always crochet the bow as well.

Heart – I used cotton fabric scraps. (optional)

Tail – I used faux fur yarn, you can also make a small pom-pom as well if you don’t have fur yarn.

Yarn needle

Fabric needle for the heart (optional)

Poly-fil to stuff the head, body, arms, and legs

Scissors

Blush & brush – to color the inside of the ears and cheeks.

Notes:

One thing super important here is to use a stitch marker. We will be working in the round which means no joining. You can use any stitch marker you want and even a long piece of contrasting yarn will work too.

The eyes are made using the superfine weight yarn. If you don’t have any you can use small safety eyes prior to closing the head or use worsted weight, just make sure to adjust the number of stitches accordingly to size wanted.

When applying the blush put the most in the bottom of the ear and blend upwards almost causing an ombre like effect.

 

Abbreviations:

CH – chain

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

SC – single crochet

MC – Magic circle (aka – magic ring)

INC – increase SC 2x in the same stitch

DEC – decrease – SC two stitches together

 

Head:

Make 6 SC in the MC

Round 1 – 2 SC in each stitch – (12)

Round 2 – *SC in the first st, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (18)

Round 3 – *SC in the next 2 sts, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (24)

Round 4 – *SC in the next 3 sts, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (30)

Round 5 – *SC in the next 4 sts, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (34)

Start stuffing the head with poly-fil.

Round 6 – SC around

Round 7 – SC around

Round 8 – SC around

Round 9 – SC around

Round 10 – SC in 4, DEC in the next. Repeat to end of round

Round 11 – SC in 3, DEC in the next. Repeat to end of round.

Round 12 – SC in 2, DEC in the next. Repeat to end of round.

Round 13 – SC in 1, DEC in the next. Repeat to end of round.

Sl st on the next st and fasten of weaving in the end.

 

Body:

Make 6 SC in the MC

Round 1 – 2 SC in each stitch – (12)

Round 2 – *SC in the first st, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (18)

Round 3 – *SC in the next 2 sts, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (24)

Round 4 – *SC in the next 3 sts, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (30)

Round 5 – *SC in the next 4 sts, INC in the next. Repeat from * – (34)

Round 6 – SC around

Round 7 – SC around

Round 8 – SC in the next 4 sts, DEC in the next. Repeat from * – (30)

Round 9 – SC around

Round 10 – SC around

Round 11 – *SC in the next 3 sts, DEC in the next. Repeat from * – (24)

Round 12 – SC around

Round 13 – SC around

Round 14 – *SC in the next 2 sts, DEC in the next. Repeat from * – (18)

start to fill in the body here.

Round 15 – SC around

Round 16 – SC around

Round 17 – *SC in the next 1 sts, DEC in the next. Repeat from * – (12)

Round 18 – SC around

Round 19 – SC around

Round 20 – SC DEC around to the end of the round. (6)

Sl st on the next st, leave a long tail to use when sewing the head to the body, fasten off.

 

Arms Make 2:

Make 8 SC in the MC

SC in each st for 20 rows. Making sure to use the stitch marker to keep count of rows. Stuff with poly-fil slightly.

Leave a long tail to use when sewing on the body, then fasten off.

 

Legs Make 2:

Make 8 SC in the MC

SC in each st for 15 rows. Making sure to use the stitch marker to keep count of rows. Stuff with poly-fil slightly.

Leave a long tail to use when sewing on the body, then fasten off.

 

Ears Make 2 :

SuggestionLeave a long tail before the slip knot so you can use it when sewing on the head.

CH 10

Row 1 – SC in the in 8 sts. CH 1, turn.

Row 2 – 5 – SC in each st. CH 1, turn.

Row 6 – DEC, SC in 4 sts, DEC. CH 1, turn. (6)

Row 7 – SC in each st. CH 1,turn.

Row 8 – DEC. SC in 2 sts, DEC. CH 1, turn. (4)

Row 9 – SC in each st. CH 1,turn.

Row 10 – DEC 2x – CH 1, turn. (2)

Row 11 – SC in each st. CH 1, turn.

Row 12 – DEC. (1) – Chain 1 and then sl st evenly around the edge of the ear.

Weave in the end at the top of the ear.

 

Eyes Make 2:

Using the super fine yarn.

Make 8 SC in the MC.

Pull tight to close the circle and fasten off. Leaving a long tail to sew on to the head.

 

Tail:

Using a faux fur yarn.

Make 12-14 SC in the MC.

Pull tight to close and sew on to the back of the bunny body.

You could also use a small pom-pom in place of faux fur.

 

Assemble:

Add the arms to the body, following by the legs.

Follow up with the head on the body.

Ears – Use the blush to apply from the bottom up to the top of the ear. Make it a little darker in the first 5 rows and blend upwards creating an ombre effect.

Then fold one corner from the bottom of the ear towards the center and do the same with the other corner, overlapping a little over the other corner in the center. Use your needle and thread it through the center to secure the two bottom corners to create a pinched look to the ears. Then sew on the top of the head like the photo below.

Nose – Using the center of the face (MC beginning) make 3-4 loops then one row worth for the line in the center going down to create the mouth line.

Eyes – Place the eyes 3 rows above the nose slightly slanted. Eyelashes are optional.

Tail – Using faux fur or a small pom-pom place on the lower back of the bunny’s body.

Blush on cheeks – using the same blush for the ears, place a little bit of flush on the bunny’s face if desired.

Bow and heart – These are optional and they can always be crocheted as well if you’d like. The result I am sure will be beautiful. I just had leftover scraps of fabric and ribbon so decided to use them up.

The heart measured 1.5 inches high and in width. I drew on the back of the fabric and cut it out. I used some pink thread and needle using the running stitch. This cotton fabric does fray so this helped keep it from unraveling completely.

The bow is a 1-inch ribbon cut 4.5 inches long. I then bring both ends together to meet in the middle overlapping a little. Using the needle and thread I use the running stitch then pull tight to cinch the center. I added some mauve yarn and wrapped it in the center and used the long tail of the yarn to sew on the bunny’s head in front of the left ear.

I hope you all enjoy making Lilly as much as I did! It can also be a bow tie for boys!

Don’t forget to tag me on Facebook and Instagram @arianaehall!

Happy Crocheting!

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