Easter is a time of families and new beginnings – maybe it’s time for you and you loved ones to learn a new skill together! There are many enthusiastic people that pop into my shop wanting to learn to knit and the easiest thing to start with is a scarf.
But I was thinking ‘what’s an easy simple pattern to do over a weekend that creates a fun item?’….and after lots and lots of swatching and playing around with different ideas…..these baby rabbits were born!
They are great to add to the top of your hard boiled egg:
or, when felted, they can be added to a chocolate egg to make the gift of giving even more personal:
Or you can stuff them and make them into a small cuddly toy. They can be your lucky rabbit too!
If you have little ones in your family that want to learn to knit, this project is perfect for the Easter weekend. You can start the rabbits together, casting on the stitches, then they are free to knit up until they reach the ears, and then you can work together on the next bit. You can finish them off with a very cute pom pom tail! It’s such fun adding its tail!
Not only are they perfect for children, they are also great fun for adults. They are brilliant for beginners as by the end of the long Easter weekend you will have a finished item and have had lots of fun making it too!
And, for experienced knitters, why not make some bunnies as gifts? I am going to knit some up for my nieces and nephews to make their chocolate eggs more fun! And if I don’t felt them, then they can be used for eggs at breakfast too! One of my nephews has been wanting to learn to knit for a while so I’m going to teach him this weekend with a baby rabbit in his favourite colour.
I recommend Mirasol Api to make your rabbits.
It is a slub yarn, which means it goes thick and thin so great for hiding uneven stitches. I like the way the rabbits are uneven, it makes them quirky. Api is also great for felting too – just pop your bunny into the washing machine and it shrinks as the yarn felts together.
And to share the Easter joy, the Mirasol Api is 20% off at Purl&Jane and my pattern will be £2.95 instead of £3.95 for the Easter Holidays only.