The bunny is progressing nicely. For those who have asked questions, I will answer them here:
- What yarn am I using? I’m using Cascade 220 for the rabbit. On the needles recommended, it creates a very thick fabric which is good because the stuffing doesn’t show through. There are many yarns that would work. Ravelry is such a good resource for anything knitting. It’s free to join! Any time I want to make any kind of pattern, I find it on Ravelry and see what yarns others have used and then I can check out the yarn and see what others have said about that yarn — how it knits, how it holds up, how it washes, etc.
- How long does it take to make the bunny? I rarely sit and knit without getting up to check dinner or take the dog out or go check for eggs, so I can’t say how long it takes to do much of anything. Monday evening about 6 p.m. I started the bunny and by bedtime, around 10 p.m., I had the head made and stuffed, the ears made and attached. I’m going to guess that had I sat and knitted without interruptions, I could have done the head and ears within 2 hours.
- What yarn did I use for the clothes? The pattern recommends 4 ply, which I think is fingering weight yarn. I used Loopy Cakes because the dress and stockings don’t take a lot of yarn and with the Loopy Cakes, you get a good variety of color with the smaller skeins. I could use leftover sock yarn . . if I could find it. I hid it from Boots and haven’t been able to find it.
Everything is knitted except the legs/shoes. I struggled with what color to make the shoes. I had planned to make them black but the bunny is so brown that I decided it would look better with brown shoes but I didn’t have brown yarn in Loopy Cakes. I dug through my sock yarn and found this variegated (kind of) brown sock yarn so I’m going to use that I think.
The pattern is Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress by Little Cotton Rabbits. The pattern is so well written with lots of diagrams and explanations. Yes, a beginning knitter should be able to do this without problems. I had to google several stitches (KLL and Mattress Stitch) and found great videos for both. There’s not a single stitch that can’t be found online. There are several other patterns by Little Cotton Rabbits . . a boy bunny, a girl and boy fox to name a few. Such cute patterns!
I can’t wait to finish this one and make more dresses and more bunnies. They are fun and maybe just a bit addicting.