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Bun-Bun the Rabbit, Knitting Pattern and Tutorial


I have another little pattern to share with you today, his name is Bun-Bun the Rabbit. I am knitting these little critters as part of a series ie the cat, owl and now the rabbit. They are really easy and simple knits and I enjoy making them and sending them out into the world… If you have any suggestions for other patterns, do let me know.

Here’s the pattern:)

Oddments of variegated dk wool
4mm circular needle or dpns or 4mm straight needles
Sewing up needle
Fleece for stuffing

If you would rather knit this pattern flat, then just use straight needles and knit in stocking stitch and sew up the back of your bunny.

kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch to increase
dpns: double pointed needles
knit 2 tog: knit 2 stitches together

Bun-Bun the Rabbit Pattern: Copyright Linda Dawkins
Cast on 10 stitches and join for knitting in the round with the magic loop or on dpns
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: kfb into each stitch (20 stitches)
Round 3: kfb into each stitch (40 stitches)
Rounds 4-15: Knit
Round 16: (Knit 1, knit 2 tog) across the round knit 2 stitches on the end (26 stitches)
Rounds 17-25: Knit

Round 26: Knit 2 stitches together across the round (13 stitches)

Round 27: Knit.


Break the thread and thread the yarn onto a sewing needle. Thread the needle through the stitches and pull tight, sew in the end.

Stuff Bun-Bun with fleece and when full, sew the opening at the base closed.


Knit 2 ears in garter stitch.

Cast on 5 stitches.

Knit 10 rows.

Row 11: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 2

Row 12: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 1

Row 13: Knit 1, knit 2 together

Row 14: Knit 2 together

Bind off

In the above photo I have shown how you sew the base of the ears together to make them bend and look rabbit-like:)

Sew the ears onto the top of the head.


I have given Bun-Bun arms by sewing into the knitting. Hold up the knitting and sew in and out in a downward and forward direction. This will give you arms.


Tail: Pompom

Wind your wool around a piece of card about an inch and a quarter thick. Wind the wool generously around, the more you wind, the bushier the tail will be!

Gently remove the wound wool and tie a piece of yarn around the middle of the wool, (rounded ends to be on the sides). Tie very tight!

Cut the rounded ends and you wull have a bushy tail. Trim to neaten it.

Sew the tail onto the back of your bunny.

Eyes and Nose:

Needle felt the eyes and nose on with fleece and a felting needle or use buttons.

And there you go, 1 Bun-Bun:)

Have a great day everyone!




Spirit the White Wolf Pattern and Giveaway

Today I have been designing and knitting Spirit, he is a white wolf. I have always wanted to add a wolf to my menagerie of animal knitting patterns and now here he is!

He is knitted both flat and in the round, if you prefer knitting flat, there are additional instructions added in the pattern for flat knitting. I have knitted him in a brushed Mohair yarn which is pliable and gives him a furry wolf appearance.

His pattern is available in my Etsy shop Mamma4earth.

I am giving away 1 wolf pattern to 1 blog reader, if you would like to win just leave a comment below in this post. If you are reading this from an email in Google reader, please click on the post to leave a comment in the comment section so the random generator can count your comment. I will announce a winner on Tuesday here in this post:)

Congratulations to:

He’s wonderful!!!! as are all your patterns!!! Thanks for the chance to win.
If you could send your email address to me at I will email the pattern off to you:)

Have a wonderful weekend.


Creative Friday

Knitted Daisy Flower

I am almost finished knitting flower patterns for my ‘Knitting Flowers’ e-book, this is the daisy pattern I worked on yesterday. I love Daisy flowers, they are happy little blooms. I am so excited to share this e-book with you, I can’t wait in fact! I am just kitting up a rose bud pattern and then the book will be complete and sent off to the publishers next week. For now I am checking spelling and grammar, making sure I have the correct font, line spacing and picture size.
PS Let me know if there is a specific flower you would like included and perhaps I can add just one more:) I know, I can’t help it, knitting flowers is addictive!

If you would like to read my updates for the release of the e-book, you can follow them on my Mamma4earth Facebook page.

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Thank you so much to everyone who visits this space!

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Have a wonderful weekend dear friends,



A New Pattern for a Dolphin called Sifiso and a Giveaway

I had some time this morning to take out my knitting needles and knit a new pattern I’ve been thinking about. Richard took the boys to visit their sisters at a scout camp that they are attending for the weekend. It’s called Kon-tiki, there are over 800 scouts attending this camp and they are building water rafts, it is amazing to see!

So, I poured a cup of tea, took out my trusty iPad and started knitting and typing.

Some dolphin facts:
Dolphins aren’t fish, they are mammals, warm blooded, give birth to live young and feed their calves milk. They breathe air through a blow hole on the top of their body unlike fish who have gills on the sides of their neck area. Dolphins are very social and swim together in large groups called pods. They are very intelligent creatures.

I have named this dolphin Sifiso, translated from the Zulu language, it means ‘Hope’.

His body is knitted in 1 piece and the flippers and fin are knitted separately and sewn on.
The eyes are needle felted on with a felting needle and fleece or you could sew them on with yarn and a needle. He measures 7 inches from his snout to the end of his tail, and he is 4 inches tall.

You can find his pattern in my Etsy shop.

I will be giving away 1 dolphin pattern to 1 blog reader, just leave a comment if you would like to win his pattern. I will announce the winner here on Monday:)

Congratulations to:

Would I like it? Ha! Does a fish like water? Does a dolphin love to jump? He’s beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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