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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Ballerina Bunny - Free Crochet / Amigurumi Pattern


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Ballerina Bunny just loves to dance! Due to the popularity of my Ballerina Mouse pattern I thought I'd design a little bunny dancer too! The mouse was the first pattern I ever designed and I have come a long way since then.  This ballerina pattern is totally different to the mouse. The tutu is better, the feet have more shape and she has a little, white pom pom tail! On the whole this pattern is a lot cleaner. I may redesign my mouse with the new improved body, what do you think?

Ballerina Bunny stands at just over 6 inches tall (7 and a half inches including ears) and would make the perfect pocket pal to accompany any little aspiring ballerinas you may know!

As always if you do make your own Ballerina Bunny please post your pictures on my Facebook page! I would love to see.

Peace, love & lots of yarn,
Julie x


Copyright 2017 Julie Erskine, All Rights Reserved © 

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Difficulty: Moderate difficulty - Beginners may struggle with crocheting the legs together.

Must know how to work in the round, increase, invisible decrease, chain & change colours.

This pattern uses the following U.S stitches & abbreviations:
  • st = stitch
  • sc = single crochet (double crochet for UK)
  • dc = double crochet (treble crochet for UK)
  • ch = chain
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • 2tog = 2 stitches together (decrease) 


Do not join rounds, work in a continuous spiral unless stated otherwise. It is a good idea to use a stitch marker to mark the end of each round (You can use a bent paper clip or hair grip!) My notes, tips and further instructions are in purple italics.

Our Bunny's legs and body are worked as one piece, there are no seams. To do this we will crochet both legs separately and then crochet them together. Once they are joined together we will continue crocheting around both legs to form the body.


First Leg:


Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (18)
Round 4-5) 1sc in each st, for 2 rounds total (18)

For this next round you should be making a total of 6 decreases.

Round 6) 2tog 6 times then 1sc in each of the last 6 sts (12)
Round 7) 2sc then 2tog twice, 1sc in each of the last 6 sts (10)
Round 8-13) 1sc in each st, for 6 rounds total (10)

Fasten off (do NOT slip stitch as usual before fastening off) leaving a yarn tail. Stuff feet and legs, but do not over stuff the feet. Lay aside and start crocheting the second leg.


Second Leg:


Make second leg the exact same way as first leg, but do not fasten off at the end. Make sure you leave the stitch marker that marks the end of the round in. Then:

Round 14) 1sc in the next 6 sts (This is to help us get over to the correct part for attaching legs together)

After your 6th sc add a second st marker in the next st. This will insure we work into the correct stitch when we crochet back into this leg.

Now we will crochet the 2 legs together by crocheting directly into the next leg. Hold your 2 legs together, feet pointing towards you with your unfastened leg with your hook in on the right.

Round 14 (continued): 1sc in the st directly next to fastened off knot on first leg, then 9sc. 9th sc should be in the st with the fastened off knot.

Now we crochet back into the other leg. Our first sc should be in the st with the stitch marker we added after the first 6sc at the start of the round. You can remove this stitch marker completely now.

Round 14) Continued: 1sc in the next 4 stitches of the other leg.

Our last stitch should be in the stitch marker that marked the end of our second leg. This is still the end of the round for our body. Well done, you have successfully crocheted the legs together! Now we can start the body.


Body:

We should think of the previous round where we crocheted the legs together as round 1 of the body.

Round 2) 1sc in each st (20)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (30)
Round 4-6) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (30)

Change to pink yarn:

Round 7) 1sc in each st (30)
Round 8) Back loop only: 1sc in each st (30) This is where we will attach the tutu later.
Round 9-12) 1sc in each st, for 4 rounds total (30)
Round 13) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (24)
Round 14) 1sc in each st (24)
Round 15) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (18)
Round 16-18) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (18)
Round 19) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (12)
Round 20) 1sc in each st (12)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a yarn tail. Do not close body - the bunny head will be sewn on over the open hole of the body to cover it. Stuff body.


Skirt: 


The skirt is attached to the visible front loops on Round 20 of the body as follows: 

In pink yarn:

Lay your bunny face down, upside down so the legs are pointing upwards. Insert hook into one of the loops on the back of the body, draw pink yarn through loop and chain 3. 

As you crochet make sure to crochet over the loose yarn tail or "straggler" until it is completely hidden and secured inside your work.

Working left in an anti-clockwise manner:

Round 1) 3dc in each st, join end of round to start of round with sl st 
Round 2) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round

Join the end of round 2 to the start of round 2 using a slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in yarn tail.



Head:


Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc in each st (12)
Round 4) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (18)
Round 5) 1sc in each st (18)
Round 6) 2sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (24)

For beginners who might get stuck on round 6: This round means, 1sc in the next 2 stitches then 2sc in the next st (increase).

Round 7) 1sc in each st (24)
Round 8) 3sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (30)
Round 9-14) 1sc in each st, for 6 rounds total (30)
Round 15) 3sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (24)

Attach 6mm safety eyes to the face. Mine are placed between rounds 8 and 9 and spaced roughly 6 stitches apart for your reference. Start stuffing the head. 

Round 16) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (18)
Round 17) 1sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (12)
Round 18) 2tog all the way around (6)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long yarn tail. Add in any more stuffing you might need. Weave yarn tail in and out the front loops of the remaining 6 sts and pull tight to close. Knot yarn and hide yarn tail inside the head.


Embroider the Face:


1. Take a long length of black embroidery floss on your needle and take it in somewhere that will be hidden (such as the bottom of the head that will be covered by the body) Make sure you leave a long length of embroidery floss sticking out the bunny, don't let all the floss disappear into the head.


2. Bring floss out at A and back in at B.

3. Bring floss out at C and back in at B again.

4. Bring floss out at E and back in at B again.

5. Finally, bring floss out at F and back in at G.

6. Bring floss down and out through the bottom of the head right beside your starting floss tail. Tie both floss tails together tighter to secure your embroidery. Hide both floss tails inside the head and cut any excess.



Ears (Make 2):


Round 1) Magic circle with 4 sts (4)
Round 2) 1sc in each st (4)
Round 3) 2sc in each st (8)
Round 4) 1sc in each st (8)
Round 5) 1sc, 2sc in next st (12)
Round 6) 1sc in next st (12)
Round 7) 2sc, 2sc in next st (16)

For beginners who might get stuck on round 7: This round means, 1sc in the next 2 stitches then 2sc in the next st (increase).

Round 8-12) 1sc in each st, for 5 rounds total (16)
Round 13) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (12)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Do not stuff ears. Fold the open bottom of the ear in half to create a realistic bunny ear. It will be sewn to the head in this position, so if it helps you can sew along the bottom to keep your ear folded.






Arm (Make 2):


Round 1) Magic circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3-5) 1sc in each st, for 3 rounds total (12)
Round 6) 2sc then 2tog, repeat until end of round (9)
Round 7-15) 1sc in st, for 9 rounds total (9)

Slip stitch into the next st and fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff hand firmly, stuff arm very lightly. I only have a little bit of stuffing in the arm part of my bunny. If you over stuff the arm part you will have sausage arms instead of a little, defined paw!


Slippers (Make 2)


In pink yarn:
Round 1) Magic Circle with 6sc (6)
Round 2) 2sc in each st (12)
Round 3) 1sc, 2sc in next st, repeat until end of round (18)
Round 4-5) 1sc in each st; for 2 rounds total (18)

Change to working in rows:

Row 1) ch 1, 1 sc in the next 10 sts (10)
Row 2-3) ch 1, turn work, 1 sc in the next 10 sts; for 2 rows total (10)

Slip the slippers onto the feet. If you like you can glue or sew them onto the feet at this point. Mine are glued on with Fabri-Tac.

Attaching the ribbons: Take 1 strand of ribbon. Using Fabric-Tac, glue one end of  the ribbon onto the inside corner of the slipper where the rows end. Leave for a few minutes to dry. Wrap ribbon around the leg. Glue the other end of the strand onto the other corner and leave aside to dry.  



Tail:


The tail is simply a little pom pom glued onto the back of our bunny! You can buy these at any craft store or you can make your own. Check out this tutorial for making tiny pom poms with a fork! I would wrap the yarn around the fork about 50 times, and then trim down until you are happy with the size.



Assemble your bunny in the following order:

1. Sew the arms to the body. They are sewn on the last round of the body directly at either side.
2. Sew the ears to the head.
3. Sew the head to the body. The head should completely cover the open hole at the neck.
4. Sew or glue the slippers to the feet (if you haven't already)
5. Sew or glue a pink craft bow to the head.
6. Glue the pom pom tail to the back of your bunny, directly under the tutu.




And there you have it! Now you have your own little ballerina bunny to dance with!

 Julie xxx 

12 comments:

  1. She's georgeous <3 I love the Ballerina Mouse and I think that Ballerina Bunny will be the second pattern I love... or maybe the third... because the Happy Hippo is lovely too ;)
    Thank U very much :*

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  2. Thank you, she's lovely! Out of interest why do you use USA terminology? Can't wait to start her!

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  3. She is so gorgeous. Thank you for this pattern.

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  4. I LOVE this sweet bunny... but I can't copy the pattern to make it??

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  5. I love your bunny but it printed out everything including advertisements and comments from others. Is there another way of just getting the pattern? I understand why you don't want it copied and pasted but maybe a simpler copy system. I do appreciate your giving us this fabulous bunny pattern for free and will observe all of your rights. Thank you again!!!!

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  6. Just finished the bunny loved making it thank you

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  7. Please help me...I am trying to print this patern but it just wont print at all. It starts...bur prints like a half of the page and then it stops.


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  8. Thankyou for for this gorgeous bunny patter. You can also check beautiful crafts at online craft store

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  9. I am trying to print this patern but it just wont print at all ///


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  10. Hallo, ik heb een vraagje aan u. Kan ik op Facebook ook de Patroontjes om laten zetten in het Nederlands?

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  11. Hallo, ik heb een vraagje aan u. Kan ik op Facebook ook de Patroontjes om laten zetten in het Dutch?

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