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Free Knitting Pattern: Bunny Balloon Animal

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® Baby
Pattern #: L0014
Rating: ****3.9 (based on 9 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

About 10 in. (25.5) cm tall

CORRECTIONS: (applied Apr 8, 2014)
SIZE: One Size
About 10 in. (40 25.5) cm tall
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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Vanna's Choice® Baby

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Angel White Bluebell Cheery Cherry Pink Poodle Berrylicious Mint Sweet Pea
*Vanna's Choice® Baby (Article #840). 100% Premium Acrylic; package size: 3.50oz/100.00 gr. (170yds/156m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
Small amounts of pink and white yarn
Fiberfill stuffing
2 plastic safety eyes, 9 mm diameter

Bunny Balloon Animal

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice® Baby


Exact gauge is not essential to this project.


Kfb (knit in front and then back) Knit into front and then back of same st - 1 st increased.


Bunny is worked by knitting a long strip. The strip is seamed to make a tube, then stuffed. The stuffed tube is tied off with yarn at various points to shape the Bunny – a construction inspired by twisting balloons to make animals.

Beg at nose, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 3 (Increase Row): Kfb in each st across - 12 sts at the end of Row 3.
Row 5: Rep Row 3 - 24 sts.
Continue in St st (k on RS, p on WS) as established until piece measures about 31 in. (79 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row (Decrease Row): *K2tog; rep from * across - 12 sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: Rep Decrease Row - 6 sts.
Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, pull tightly to gather together, and knot.

Measure 1 1/2 in. (3.5 cm) from cast on edge and, following package directions, attach safety eyes.
Beginning at bound off end, and adding stuffing as you go, seam long sides of strip to make a tube.

1. Refer to diagram for placement of ties.
2. If desired, after wrapping and tying, you can sew a few stitches to secure the shaping.

Cut 12 in. (30.5 cm) lengths of A for ties. Wrap each length around stuffed tube and knot securely, placing lengths as follows:

1. Wrap and tie first length about 3 in. (7.5 cm) from cast on edge to make head.
2. Wrap and tie 4 in. (10 cm) from first tie for first ear.
3. Wrap and tie 4 in. (10 cm) from first ear tie for second ear.
4. Wrap and tie 1 in. (2.5 cm) from second ear tie for neck.
5. Wrap and tie 3 in. (7.5 cm) from neck tie for first arm.
6. Wrap and tie 3 in. (7.5 cm) from first arm tie for second arm.
7. Wrap and tie 3 in. (7.5 cm) from second arm tie for body.
8. Wrap and tie 4 in. (10 cm) from body tie for first leg.
9. Wrap and tie 4 in. (10 cm) from first leg tie for second leg.
Remaining 2 in. (5 cm) of tube is the tail.
10. Tie ears together over head, skip the neck section, then tie the arms together at the top of the neck.
11. Bend legs together to front of Bunny, then wrap and tie legs together under tail.

With pink yarn, embroider a straight st smile onto head.
With white yarn, embroider straight st whiskers.
Weave in ends.

Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.9 (based on 9 reviews)
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Bunny Balloon Animal Reviewed by Barbara Kapitan on 2014-04-07 *****
I just love this! I am going to try to knit it on my addi-professional knitting machine. I am hoping the length will be somewhat correct so I can get the desired effect. If it works out, I will definitely be back to post pictures!

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