Thursday, March 29, 2007

Little Yellow Rabbit

Many years ago, when I was in high school, I knitted a sweet rabbit with a lavender dress. I have been hunting for the pattern and also asked my mum to be on the look out for it, as I would love to knit it again. Up to this point, no luck. A couple of weeks ago I decided to take the needles by the yarn (so to speak) and try to come up with a pattern of my own. I looked at toy patterns, knitted bear patterns, and a few knitted rabbits and came up with this pattern. I used Rowan Cash Soft Baby in soft lemon, as I thought it might be a nice baby gift to go with the organic bath set.

All the body pieces.

The embroidered face.

The finished rabbit.
(sorry it's fuzzy)
What I learned:
1. Knit smaller ears, and perhaps double stranded for more stability.
2. Sew legs onto body before the arms.
3. Pin head securely to body before stitching
4. Don't treat the body as if it were a teddy bear and pull arms and legs to tightly
5. Keep tweaking the pattern, until I am satisfied with size and shape.
I think I may also try knitting it in cotton, as I have some really nice natural organic cotton and it might be a little more durable for play.


Arianwen said...

That is soo lovely! What a wonderful idea for a present. Are you going to make it a lavender dress?

Susan @ Damn, Knit & Blast It said...

Too Cute!

I love the disembodied head shot!

Are you going to publish the pattern here for us when you've finished tweaking?

I'd love one of my own :-)

CurliSu said...

Bunny is adorable! Love the ears. And the face.
If you're wondering, I wandered in here through the Harlot's site.
Thanks for explaining the Canadian test. She did that when she found a Canadian here in Oklahoma, and I didn't understand what they were saying.