For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb
Psalm 139:13

Sunday 8 April 2012

bunny love

Happy Easter!  
I hope you're having a really lovely break.  I'm off to the seaside to see the family.  Just wanted to hop in (sorry!) and wish you a super weekend.  A little Easter something from me - a free bunny egg cosy pattern.  
Feeling grateful and listening to this.  
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"
John 15v13

Picture the scene: you’ve boiled an egg that would make Delia proud. The toast soldiers are standing by, ready for dipping, there’s a steaming mug of sweet tea at your side.  You are about to enjoy the best breakfast known to mankind when disaster strikes, the unthinkable happens.  That’s right folks, the doorbell rings.  Just how will you keep your egg warm?  Well, why not put your bank holiday weekend to good use and prepare for such an eventuality? Knit yourself a little bunny egg cosy!

You’ll need your trusty scissors, a pair of 4 or 4.5mm knitting needles, a big-eyed sewing needle and a DK yarn of your choice. Pastel colours are fairly Easter-y. 

The Cosy
Cast on 28 stitches.
Row 1 Knit.
Row 2 Knit.
Row 3 Purl.
Starting with a knit row, work 16 rows in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row). 
Next Row  K2tog, repeat to end of row. (14 sts)
Next Row Purl.
Next Row K2tog, repeat to end of row. (7 sts)
Next Row Purl. 
Next Row K2tog, repeat to last st, k1. (4sts)
Next Row Purl. 

Leaving a long length to stitch with, snip the yarn. With the sewing needle, thread the remaining yarn through the last 4 stitches.  Pull them together and tie off. Turn your cosy inside out so the smooth side is on the inside.  Now with the length of yarn stitch together the back seam. Turn your cosy round the right way.  Ta da!  It should look like a little egg-sized hat. 

The Ears (make 2)
Cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1 Knit.
Row 2 Knit.
Row 3 Purl
Continue in stocking stitch for 16 rows.
Next Row  K2tog, k2, ssk. (4 sts)
Next Row Purl.
Next Row K2tog, ssk.
Next Row Purl.
Snip the yarn, thread it through the last 2 stitches and tie off.

To assemble
Cut a length of yarn to stitch with and thread it through your needle.  Fold the ears a little at the bottom and sew them into place on top of your cosy. Using some scrap yarn, stitch eyes and a nose on your bunny. Your bunny cosy is complete! If you’re feeling keen as mustard, you could give your bunny a pom-pom tail. 

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