Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Bunny Blanket Buddies

If you like seamless knitting projects that doesn't require sewing of any parts, then this is the project for you. This free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn is worked all in one piece and is very cleverly constructed. I kid you not, even the ears are knitted along with the whole project. And it doesn't require picking up of any stitches either.

For my baby, the purple one above is made with Lion Brand Velvet Spun, which is what the pattern called for. I hated knitting with that yarn. There is no stretch to it and made the knitting very difficult. You have to knit the head with smaller needles and I had to wrench the yarn along when I switched needles. Even though the result is a very plush blanket toy, I would have chosen a different yarn if I knew how horrible it was to work with.This green one (Adrial Jumping Yarn) was the first one I knit and it was a breeze. I bought the Velvet Spun after I found out the gender of my baby, so this green one will be given as a gift to a friend who is pregnant. I currently have 3 other friends who are pregnant.They are both bulky yarns, but look at the size difference! I prefer the size of the green one for a baby. (There is also a crocheted version offered by Lion Brand, but I haven't looked at the pattern.)

Pattern: Bunny Blanket Buddy, free pattern by Lion Brand Yarn
Yarn: 2 skeins of Lion Brand "Velvet Spun" in color Lavender #144 and 1 skein of Adrial Jumping in color Green #08
Needles: US 10.5/6.5mm and US 8/5.0mm (for both bunnies)
Size: Green Bunny is 13" long, Purple Bunny is 18" long, measured from top of the head to the bottom.
For Ravelry Users: Link to Pattern

18 comments:

Angela said...

Very cute! So how's the new mommy to be holding up???

one wining wench said...

very sweet! Think the lavender one is nice for the baby but really like the look of the other one. nostaligic of the toys my ouma (grandmother) used to knit.

Rebekah said...

so adorable! I'm definitely bookmarking this pattern as that would be a great baby gift and no seaming = I'm happy. Thanks for the heads up about the lion brand yarn that you used.

LaBean said...

Ohh how adorable!! I think I'll make a few for some small kids.. :)

Thanx for the pattern link!

*karen said...

*squee* I wish I knew more folks who had babies...

flanthrower said...

Adorable! I agree with Karen. I wish I knew more people with babies on the way!

Lynn said...

So cute! I'm going to have to save all these patterns for when people I know start having babies!

Micki said...

Egad, the super cute baby knitting continues full force! Very nice.

Octopus Knits said...

They're both very cute - what a neat project!

*karen said...

I also wanted to add that I think Crystal Palace's cotton chenille yarn might be an appropriate substitution.

JL said...

Oh so cute. I will try knitting with Super 10, and see how.

Jennie said...

Very cute, I think I'll have a look at the crochet pattern.

Jennie said...

They are so cute! Ithink Ihave to make one for my babygirl...

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Danielle said...

They both are cute, but I do know what you're saying about bulky yarns like the lion brand. I'm not that crazy about lion brand yarn myself, some of it is okay. It's not always that pleasant to work with. It's lots of fun knitting for babies :)

amandajean said...

those are adorable!

it's fun to see your baby knits...you've do a lot!

Hannah said...

Aw, so cute and cuddly...!

Randi said...

These are so cute!

diana said...

Adorable! I'll have to remember this pattern for the next baby shower.