Free Pattern – Tulip the Bunny Rabbit
Tulip the bunny rabbit has come for a visit, just in time for Easter! With a sweet smile and big floppy ears, this fuzzy bunny is sure to delight. Best of all, she works up quickly with relatively few seams.
Tulip’s name comes from her nose, though the tulip shape was entirely unintentional! I posted a picture of her on the Scrappy Stitchers Facebook group and asked for name suggestions. Elaine W. noticed the shape of the nose and mouth, and suggested the perfect name.
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2019 Softie CAL
Tulip has come to visit for the 2019 Softie CAL at CAL Central. This is our second year for this popular crochet along. There are lots of great patterns already, and more to come through May!
There are some great giveaway prizes too, from Fairfield World, Clover USA, Search Press North America, LeitherCo, and Morgan’s Mane. See all the details, including the giveaway entry information and links to the other patterns, in the main Softie CAL post on Underground Crafter.
Fairfield Poly Fil
Fairfield once again offered all the designers of the Softie CAL with free stuffing for their projects. They’re very generous, and I actually still have loads left of the Poly Fil they sent me for last year’s CAL!
For Tulip, I used some Original Poly Fil brand fiber fill. This is the same bag of stuffing I had used for my Serrana the Mermaid pattern, as well as my Valentine pillow, and I still have enough left for a few more projects.
Red Heart Hygge Yarn
Earlier this year, Red Heart had sent me some of their Hygge yarn for free to make my Hygge Neck Roll Bolster Pillow for the Hygge Home CAL. I used some of the leftovers to make Tulip. I still have more left, so there may be another project down the road!
It’s a chunky, fuzzy yarn that’s a joy to work with. Over 2 projects now, I haven’t noticed any of the splitting or snagging issues that I normally expect with a textured yarn.
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Tulip the Bunny Rabbit
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I received the Hygge yarn for this pattern for free from Red Heart, and the Poly Fil fiberfill free from Fairfield.
- Red Heart Hygge yarn
- 125 yds #8579 Lavender
- 30 yds #8406 Pearl
- Size H / 5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
- Poly Fil Fiberfill
- Tapestry Needle
- Small amounts of worsted weight black yarn and pink crochet thread or embroidery floss (for face).
Intermediate: Working in the round with shaping, some seaming, and some back post stitches.
About 13 inches tall.
13 sc x 13 rows = 4 inches.
Exact gauge isn’t critical. Stitches should be tight enough so that stuffing doesn’t show through.
Use pattern as gauge swatch – first leg should measure approximately 1.5 x 3 (before stuffing).
(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
bpsc = back post single crochet
inc = increase (see special stitches)
dec = decrease (see special stitches)
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
bp sl st = back post slip stitch
rnd = round
- Continuous rounds and running stitch markers
- Why Continuous Rounds Shift
- Front and Back Post Slip Stitches
- Front and Back Post Single Crochet (fpsc & bpsc)
- Invisible Single Crochet Decrease on Nicki’s Homemade Crafts
Invisible increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of indicated st, then sc in both loops of same stitch.
Invisible decrease (dec): Insert hook into front loop only of both of next 2 stitches, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.
This is an alternative to a single crochet 2 together (sc2tog) stitch. If you prefer, you can use the standard sc2tog instead.
Most of the pattern is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join or turn unless specifically indicated. Mark first stitch of each round.
Rnd 1 (bottom): With pearl, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st in first st. (6 sc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, inc in each st around, join with sl st in first st, fasten off. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: Join lavender with bp sl st around post of any st from rnd 2. Bpsc in same st and each st around, do not join. (12 sc)
Rnd 4: (Inc, sc in next 3 sts) 3 times. (15 sc)
Rnds 5-6: Sc in each st around. (15 sc)
Rnd 7: (Dec, sc in next 3 sts) 3 times. (12 sc)
Rnds 8-11: Sc in each st around. (12 sc)
Fasten off, leaving a 10 inch tail for sewing. Weave in all ends except for this long tail.
Repeat rnds 1-11 for 2nd leg, but do not fasten off.
Rnd 12 – joining legs together: (24 sts total)
- Continuing on 2nd leg, sc in each of first 6 sts. (6 sts)
- Working into first leg, sc in each st around. (12 sts)
- Continuing on 2nd leg, sc in each of 6 remaining sts. (6 sts)
Rnd 13: (Inc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times (30 sts)
Rnds 14-22: Sc in each st around (30 sts)
Use long tail from first leg to sew crotch area shut. Weave in all ends (not working yarn). Stuff legs and bottom part of body.
Rnd 23: (Dec, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times (24 sts)
Rnds 24-27: Sc in each st around (24 sts)
Rnd 28: (Dec, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times (18 sts)
Rnds 29-30: Sc in each st around (18 sts)
Rnd 31: (Dec, sc in next st) 6 times, do not fasten off. (12 sts)
Rnd 32: (Inc, sc in next st) 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 33: (Inc, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times (24 sts)
Rnds 34-42: Sc in each st around (24 sts)
Rnd 43: (Dec, sc in next 2 sts) 6 times (18 sts)
Rnd 45: (Dec, sc in next st) 6 times (12 sts)
Stuff head and neck
Rnd 47: Dec 6 times, fasten off. (6 sts).
Weave in all ends.
Arm (Make 2):
Rnds 1-3: Repeat rounds 1-3 of leg (12 sts)
Rnds 4-15: Sc in each st around (12 sts)
Rnd 16: (Dec, sc in next st) 4 times, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. (8 sts)
Stuff arm about halfway.
Ear (Make 2)
Row 1: With cream, ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (3 sc)
Rows 2-3: Ch 1, turn, inc, sc in each st across (5 sc)
Row 4-18: Ch 1, sc in each st across (5 sc)
Row 19: Ch 1, dec, sc in next st, dec (3 sc)
Rows 20-22: Ch 1, sc in each st across (3 sc)
Row 23: Ch 1, dec, sc in next st (2 sts)
Row 24: Ch 1, dec, fasten off.
With lavender, repeat rows 1-24 of inside, but do not fasten off.
Edging round (52 sts total):
Hold inside and outside pieces together. Working through both layers,
- Work 22 sc across side edge to base of ear. (22 sc)
- Working across bottom of row 1, 3 sc in first st, sc in next st, 3 sc in next st (7 sc)
- Work 22 sc across side edge to tip of ear. (22 sc)
- Ch 1, sc in tip of ear, ch 1, join with sl st to beginning of rnd (1 sc)
If you are making this for a child, please skip the last assembly step (the bow around the neck). Loose ties and ribbons can easily wind around little fingers and toes or become a choking hazard.
- Flatten open end of arms and sew to body at neckline
- Sew ears into place on head, with flat side (row 1) at top.
- Make a small pom pom with pearl and sew into place for tail.
- Weave in any remaining ends.
- Using the picture as a guide, embroider face.
- For decorative use only: Wrap a strand of pearl yarn or a piece of ribbon around the neck and tie in a bow. Trim ends as needed.
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