Today I’m challenging myself to knit up the tiniest possible Amigurumi Bunny. I love going back to old favorites to see how I can make it new again. I learned a lot while figuring out how to knit as tiny as can be. This Bunny came out so cute!
Those of you who are long-time Studio Knitters probably remember my Bunny from a Square pattern from a few Spring seasons ago. Over the years, these little bunnies have proven to be quick knit Easter favorites for beginning knitters. Check out how you can knit these bunnies today. They are sure to be the cutest new addition to your collection of Easter basket treasures.
MATERIALS to Knit an Amigurumi Bunny from a Square
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• Yarn in any weight, fiber, & color of your choice (I used acrylic 2-ply weight)
• Knitting Needles sized appropriately for your yarn (I actually used toothpicks)
• Tapestry Needle
• Scrap Yarn
KNITTING TECHNIQUES for an Amigurumi Bunny from a Square
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WATCH VIDEO TUTORIAL to Knit an Amigurumi Bunny from a Square
MY AMIGURUMI CHALLENGE
I get so many great comments from Studio Knitters making my original Bunny from a Square. Most are really excited at how cool it is that such a sweet 3-dimensional softie can be knitted with such easy techniques.
Many subscribers wonder how we can get even more creative with this Bunny pattern, especially in size. I’ve received dozens of questions asking if it can be knitted bigger or smaller than my example shown. Absolutely it can be any size! This time, I am putting it to the test by knitting one as small as possible.
ATTEMPT #1: I began by pulling out my smallest knitting needles which are size 3 US along with my fine #2 yarn weight. I started by knitting up a square by casting on 10 stitches and knitting in the garter stitch. However, I realized that the garter stitch made the swatch too thick and difficult to fold and shape into a bunny.
ATTEMPT #2: On my next try, I decided to knit in the Stockinette Stitch. Bingo! This simple knit stitch pattern knitted up a much thinner swatch.
ATTEMPT #3: But I wanted to get even smaller. Now all I needed were smaller knitting needles and yarn. Not wanting to go out in the stormy weather for more knitting materials, I decided to “make it work” with what I already had in my knitting studio.
WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS to Knit an Amigurumi Bunny from a Square
To begin, let’s split some 4-ply worsted weighted yarn to make 2-ply yarn. And for smaller knitting needles? Toothpicks!
STEP 1: CAST ON
Begin knitting by Casting On 10 Stitches onto your little toothpicks. Fun! That works so far.
STEP 2: KNIT A SQUARE IN STOCKINETTE STITCH
We will knit our piece in the Stockinette Knit Stitch Pattern until your piece is a perfect square. The Stockinette Stitch is simply knitting the right side of your work, then purling the wrong side. Knitting with such tiny materials is definitely a challenge! I feel like a giant. And these toothpicks have really sharp points and feel really breakable. While creating my swatch, I’m finding myself needing to remember to breathe. This is stressful! But, it doesn’t take too long, so the finish line is in my sights.
STEP 3: FINISH YOUR SQUARE BY BINDING OFF
The easiest way to determine when you have knitted an equally sided square is to match up your corners. Then, it’s time to Bind Off.
STEP 4: CINCHING TO SHAPE YOUR BUNNY
Using a little bit of scrap yarn in the same or different color as your swatch, loosely stitch a triangle shape as shown. For the normal sized Bunny, I used yarn and a tapestry needle for this step. But, our swatch is so small, let’s use the thread and a sewing needle. Stitch all the way across our piece in the middle. Then, form a triangle.
STEP 5: STUFF AND FINISH YOUR BUNNY SOFTIE
Rather than using stuffing, I’m going to just ball up a small bit of our scrap yarn to help shape the head. Then cinch up your piece. Your bunny’s head and ears are immediately formed! So wee tiny, I love it! Then, just stitch up the back and add a bit more scrap yarn to give it some shape. Since this little guy is so small, I’m deciding to skip adding a pompom tail. And the face is way too small to add eyes, nose, and whisker, so I’m happily skipping that, too. So, cute! I did it! I think this just might need to be entered into the World Record for smallest knitted Bunny.
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I hope you’re inspired to knit creatively and make some cute little Amigurumi Bunnies, too! Make sure to hop on over to my original Bunny from a Square tutorial, as well as this year’s new variations of Bunny Knit Stitch Patterns with 6 Textured Softies.
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