Hello friends! Let’s talk amigurumi. It’s a beloved category, an art in its true form. Crocheters all around the world are absolutely loving it, and I exactly know why! The capacity for creativity is limitless here. I’m definitely far from being an expert in this technique, but I’ve always wanted to learn it. I’ve decided that I wanted to make something uncomplicated and cute at the same time, and that’s how Rose Bunny was born. While I was playing with sketches for this toy, I came up with this adorable short-legs-long-arms combination, which, in my opinion, makes this guy a true ball of cuteness!
This toy is made in parts, and it’s easy enough for upper beginners to get started with basic amigurumi techniques. This project covers most simple shapes – a ball, a tube, narrowing and widening the shapes. It also gives a lot of room for altering and experimentation! The way you sew on the ears, for example, will change a lot – they can point up or down, floppy. This bunny can be a lovely gift. My niece just loved it and immediately requested another one for a friend. After showing it to friends, well… Let’s just say that a bunny factory could be opened and it would have a lot of clients!
Rose Bunny is circa 14 cm (5,5″) tall without ears and 19 cm (7,5″) with ears pointing up. It’s made with seven elements: head, body, 2 ears, 2 arms and a collar. Embroidery on the face was made using the same yarn as for the collar, but I divided the strands of the yarn to make it thinner.
Remember that the size of the toy depends on your choice of yarn and crochet hook. The size can vary tremendously, depending on the thickness of materials and tools. The same amount of stitches can produce a much bigger or smaller effect, so keep it in mind when choosing yarn. The thicker the yarn, the bigger the hook, and the bigger the toy. The same goes another way 🙂
LEVEL – upper beginner
TERMS – standard US
- magic ring
- chain (ch)
- single crochet (sc)
- double crochet (dc)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- increase (2 sc in same st = 1 inc)
- decrease (sc2tog = 1 dec)
- crab stitch
MATERIALS AND TOOLS
- yarn: Gazzal Baby Cotton (Sport: 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic) in 2 colors: pink and dark grey
- crochet hook 2,5 mm
- wool needle for sewing parts of the toy together
- regular needle for embroidery
- stitch marker
before you start
- the body of the bunny is made with single crochet stitches only, except for the collar, in which we use double crochet.
- I recommend you first making all the elements, and then assembling the toy.
- numbers in the brackets indicate the overall number of single crochets in each row.
Made with single crochet stitches, spirally.
START: make a magic ring
ROUND 1: 8 sc in the middle of the magic ring, close with a sl st. (8)
ROUND 2: 1 inc in each stitch (16)
ROUND 3: *1 inc, 1 sc* x8 (24)
ROUND 4 *1 inc, 2 sc* x8 (32)
ROUND 5: *1 inc, 3 sc* x8 (40)
ROUNDS 6-9: 1 sc in each st (40)
ROUND 10: *8 sc, 1 dec* x4 (36)
ROUND 11: 1 sc in each st (36)
ROUND 12: *6 sc, 1 dec* x4 (32)
ROUND 13: *5 sc, 1 dec* x4 (28)
ROUND 14: 1 sc in each st (28)
At this stage it is good to fill the head with filler.
ROUND 15 and further: *3 sc, 1 dec* – repeat spirally until you close the hole. Fasten off.
Great! You have the head ready. It’s a simple ball, so you can as well use it in your other projects 🙂 Be sure to fill it well, so it will keep its shape.
Let’s make the body of our Rose Bunny!
Made with single crochet stitches, spirally.
START: make a magic ring
ROUND 1: 6 sc in the middle of the magic ring, close with a sl st. (6)
ROUND 2: 1 inc in each stitch (12)
Mark the start of the row with stitch marker, it will be easier to count stitches this way.
ROUND 3: *1 inc, 1 sc* x6 (18)
ROUND 4 *1 inc, 2 sc* x6 (24)
ROUND 5-11: 1 sc in each stitch (24)
ROUND 12: 1 inc, 11 sc, 1 inc, 11 sc (26)
ROUND 13: 1 inc, 13 sc, 1 inc, 13 sc (30)
ROUNDS 14-16: 1 sc in each stitch (30)
At this point you can partly put in filling. Now we have to close the body at the bottom, leaving two openings (each with 12 stitches), which will become legs.
ROUND 17: 6 sc, 3 sc together with 3 stitches from the other side (bottom right photo)
making the body, filling it and closing at the bottom to create two holes for legs.
We have closed the bottom of the body now and can start to work on the first leg. We have 12 stitches now on each side, which are worked separately to create legs. Let’s make the first leg! Work next rounds around one of the holes of 12 stitches.
ROUNDS 18-20: 1 sc in each stitch (12)
Add more filling through the leg.
ROUNDS 21 and further: *1 dec, 1sc* until we close the leg. Fasten off, cut the yarn.
SECOND LEG: to make the second leg, you need to attach the yarn once more near the second hole and repeat rows 18-22.
making and filling legs.
Well done! You now have the head and the body. Your bunny starts to come together! Let’s make these long spaghetti arms now.
Make 2 identical elements, still using only single crochets and working spirally.
START: make a magic loop
ROUND 1: 8 sc in the loop, close with a slip stitch
ROUND 2: 1 inc, 3 sc, 1 inc, 2 sc, 1 inc (11)
ROUNDS 3-12: 1 sc in each stitch (11)
we should add a little bit of filling at this stage.
ROUND 14: 1 dec, 10 sc (10)
ROUNDS 15-20: 1 sc in each stitch (10)
ROUND 21: 1 dec, 9 sc (9)
ROUND 22-23: 1 sc in each stitch (9)
ROUND 24: 1 dec, 8 sc (8)
The arm should have flat end and should be filled only in the bottom part. This way it will have nice visual “weight” to it, and it will be easy to sew to the body.
Don’t forget to make another one!
Make 2 identical elements, still working with single crochets only, sprially, with pink yarn. You do not fill the ears with filling!
START: make 5 chain stitches
ROUND 1: 5 sc in each stitch, then turn the piece around and make another 5 sc in the same stitches, but from the other side (10)
Note: now we will continue to add and subtract the stitches from the sides only.
ROUND 2: 1 inc, 4 sc, 1 inc, 4 sc (12)
ROUND 3: 2 inc, 5 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc (16)
ROUNDS 4-5: 1 sc in each stitch (16)
ROUND 6: 1 dec, 6 sc, 1 dec, 6 sc (14)
ROUNDS 7-9: 1 sc in each stitch (14)
ROUND 10: 1 dec, 5 sc, 1 dec, 5 sc (12)
ROUND 11: 1 dec, 4 sc, 1 dec, 4 sc (10)
ROUNDS 12-14: 1 sc in each stitch (10)
start of the ear – row of chains is worked from both sides, then continued spirally.
ears in the making and ready.
Great! Ears are ready. Of course, if you are feeling playful, you can try making the ears longer, shorter or more pointy – however you like it!
Now to the last part – the collar.
Start with dark grey yarn.
START: make 12 chain stitches
ROW 1: 1 sc in each stitch
ROW 2: turn the work around, 3 chain, 2 dc in each stitch (24)
Secure the stitch and cut the yarn. Now add pink yarn and finish the edge using crab stitch. You can learn how to make it here -> CRAB STITCH.
dark grey collar with pink crab stitch edging.
Sew the ears to the head in whatever position you like! I like when they are pointing up, but play with it to give your bunny unique character. They look cute and keep their shape when you bend them slightly at the base, so try that! Attach head and arms to the body, quite closely together. The arms should have nice shape – filled at the bottom and flat near the top.
To hide the loose threads, simply “sew” them through the toy, and let the end of the yarn stay inside. Put on the collar and close it at the back. You can attach it to the toy so it stays flat and nice. Collar is a simple but effective way to hide the place of joining the parts, but hey, it also looks very cute! The last step is to add simple embroidery on the head. Try not to use plastic safety eyes, especially if you want to give this toy to a small baby, because they can be pulled off or chewed off.
Great work! Now you have your bunny. He or she may come in all colors, and I honestly recommend you playing with details here. You can add crocheted flowers, make a skirt, or add lovely embroidery. It’s all up to you!
I love to hear my little niece’s suggestions when I design toys, because kids are very direct in what they want. Listen to the kiddos around you and make amazing new characters that they will love!
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