The Good Bunny is the second character in my “Good” series. The Good Bunny may be even more charming than the first, the Good Bear pattern. The wardrobes of both the Good Bunny and the Good Bear are interchangeable, all of the clothes and accessories will fit both toys.
Good Bunny is worked seamlessly in the round from the bottom-up starting with the legs. The legs are joined together and the body is worked to the neck. Purl bumps are put in place along the way as a guide to pick up the tail and arms later. The back of the head is then worked back and forth in a heel-flap fashion. The stitches are then picked up along both sides of the flap and combined with the stitches along the front of the body, the face and nose are then completed in the round. The safety eyes are placed along the way with an embroidered option. The ears, and arms are picked up and knit on. Due to the construction, the nose naturally tips up a little toward the sky, which adds a bit of charm and wonder to the toy.
The custom, made-to-fit Good Bunny clothing, including the pants, dress, underskirt, bonnet and shawl are all worked separately. These items are worked in the round other than the bonnet and shawl which are back-and-forth knitting.
The Bunny is 8-inches tall from the toe to the top of the head.
Bunny: US size 4/3.5mm double-pointed needles
Pants: US size 3/3.25mm double-pointed needles for the waistband; US size 5/3.75mm double-pointed needles for the pants
Dress, Underskirt, and Bonnet: US size 5/3.75mm double-pointed needles. The Bonnet could use US size 5/3.75mm as an option.
For the Shawl only: US size 5/3.75mm, 24-inch circular needle to work back and forth.
For all of the suggested needle sizes always check your gauge and use the sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
US size 4/3.5mm - 6.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
US size 5/3.75mm - 6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
For the waistband of the Pants, use needles that are two sizes smaller than the size used for the body of the pants.
Woolens by Barrett Wool Co., 100% American Wool (180 / 50 grams); 1 skein each in the necessary colorways.
Woolens colorways and amounts for the Good Bunny in Snowbound (creamy white):
Bunny Main Color: Snowbound (white) - about 20 grams used.
Dress: Thulian (heathered coral) - about 14 grams used.
Pants: Wells (medium gray) - about 8 grams used.
Underskirt: Fig (eggplant purple) - about 6 grams used.
Bonnet: Fig - about 5 grams used
Shawl: Wells for Main Color, Fig for Contrast Color - about 11 grams in total used.
Woolens colorways and amounts for the Good Bunny in Putty(oatmeal-y gray):
Bunny Main Color: Putty (gray + oatmeal) - about 20 grams used.
Dress: Beck (medium blue) - about 14 grams used.
Pants: Old Fashioned (heathered copper) - about 8 grams used.
Underskirt: Thistle (heathered lilac) - about 6 grams used.
Bonnet: Thistle - about 5 grams used.
Shawl: Old Fashioned for Main Color, Thistle for Contrast Color - about 11 grams in total used.
Extra set of double-pointed needles in US size 4/3.5mm. This is optional as you can use the US 5/3.75mm or US 3/3.25 needles if you don’t have an extra set of US 4/3.5mm needles.
Locking stitch markers and ring stitch markers (used for the shawl)
One set of 5mm safety eyes - Warning: Safety eyes are considered a choking hazard for babies and young children. Use embroidered French knots if this is a concern.
Black embroidery floss or crochet cotton #3 for face embroidery or a cut length of Woolens in Inkwell (charcoal) as seen in the samples.