Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Catnip Bunnies




These are the bunnies I've been knitting for Cats Protection. They're small, quick to knit, ever-so-simple 2 needle affairs with only the tinsiest bit of seaming required on the ears. Perfect for using up scrappy bits of yarn, and spreading kitty happiness :) I thought I'd offer my pattern for anyone who'd also like to give them a whirl. This is the first pattern I've written up, so apologies for it being so waffly. I've included lots of photos to help you decipher what I'm talking about!




Pattern is available as a free pdf download on ravelry right here.

This pattern can be printed for your personal use, but please don't sell or copy it. Finished pieces may be sold for charity fundraising.



57 comments:

  1. So nice, so beautiful !
    I will knit them too :-))) thanks to share it !

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  2. SO cool! I just saw this on Ralvery..gonna have to try it out!

    ~ Kathy (Oregon)

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  3. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this great little pattern with us. :)

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  4. Wonderful. I'll have to knit one up for my "girls". Thanks for sharing your pattern.

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  5. These are so completely adorable! Makes me want to get a kitty cat just so I can make a zillion of them for her!

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

    Oh and you should send this over to Rachel at One Pretty Thing... I bet she would feature it!

    HUGS!
    Lolly

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  6. Super cute! Thanks so much for sharing how to make these.

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  7. I LOVE THIS!!!! So cute! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. I'm confused over bunny body. You say:

    Work 32 rows as follows - k1,slip 1 repeat to end. Make sure the first knit stitch of each row is quite tight so you don't end up with a ladder at each side.
    This method creates an inside-out pouch - no seaming, woo!
    Is there no purl row after the k1,sl? How does this make a pouch with no seaming. Thanks a lot I volunteer with a Feral Cat Spay and Neuter org. This would be perfect to sell.

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  9. i like the idea of a wreath of bunnies for easter! (without the catnip of course!) this is adorable! or even a bunny mobile! such a great idea. and i have 4 kitties! they would love this!

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  10. Jane . . make the wreath with catnip and then after Easter, donate the "toys" to a local animal shelter. That way, you and the cats will all get enjoyment.

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  11. To moldwarrior - there is no purl row in the body - just the k1, s1. In effect ,you're knitting "in the round" on two needles. I promise it works, even if it sounds rather strange!

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  12. To Moldwarrior: it really does work! I have just tried it because I couldn't see how it could possibly work. Just trust in Coffee and Cream's great instructions - and see what comes out!
    Thank you Coffee and Cream - this is a great 'on-the'go' project and I just love making them!

    MedusaHair

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  13. I ended up with a very thick piece of knitting!!!!!!
    how do you slip 1 where does wool go ?
    do i slip into back or as thouth i was to knit this stitch ?
    do you put wool in front when slipping?

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  14. Hi! I love the patterns and projects you share with us! I periodically pass your information on to others and was wondering if you would mind if I included your photos as well. I just came from your flikr album, and you have beautiful pics posted! Seems you have the gift of two talents, thank you for sharing them both

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  15. Gillie54, I've just found a brilliant video showing the slipstitch method which can explain it far better than I can - http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com/2008/06/flower-pacifier-clip.html
    (Incidently, that's a great flower pattern and where I first learnt the double-knitting technique)

    To Kyla Quinn - thank you, and feel free to use the photos as long as they're linked back to me :)

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  16. Hi!

    Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

    I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.

    Thanks,

    Nancy Ward
    http://paperfriendly.blogspot.com

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  17. Beautifull!!!
    respects from chile

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  18. They are so cute!!! Lovely work and thanks for the tutorial. I have to make a least one!!
    Meli

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  19. Que lindos !!!imaginate tendre q hacer 4 !! Pase a desearte Feliz Pascua !!!y decirte q pases por mi blog el domingo para llevarte el Mimo de Pascua ,Te quiere Mel ♥

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  20. I'm a new knitter, and I'm pretty confused by the k1, s1 method. Do I do that one one row or do I slip the fully knitted row onto a new needle? If I do that, I end up with my yarn at the back end of the needle. Help!

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  21. Nicole - don't panic, it can seem confusing at first! You knit one stitch, slip the next stitch, knit the next stitch, slip the next...on each row. There's a great video tutorial showing what to do - http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com/2008/06/flower-pacifier-clip.html Obviously that's a different pattern, but it's exactly the same thing and will help you get the hang of it :)

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  22. Thank you! This is such a cute pattern I just HAVE to knit it. My mom's cat will love it. Maybe he'll stop trying to attack/play with her legs if he has such cute toys. We didn't name him Chaos for nothing. Thanks again for the help! I can't wait to knit this!

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  23. These are SO cute! My kitties would just love it! By adding a little jingle bell to this I think this bunny would be the best kitty toy out there! THANKS! Off to give it a go!

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  24. I did it! thank you... I don't know if the rabbit ears are well done but they look similar to yours... jajaja... I will send you a photo if you want.

    Greeting from Argentina!
    Silvina

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  25. These are so cute & I just love the rainbow colours.

    I'm going to try and knit some for the charity PAWS here in Mauritius.

    Thanx 4 sharing

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  26. Stimpy, I love seeing everyone's bunnies, so do please send a photo :)

    Eraina, I'm so pleased you like them! Wishing you all the best for helping out PAWS. Global kitty happiness!

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  27. Hola.... me gustaron mucho los gatitos... y ya entendí como hacer la bolsita (el cuerpito) pero ahora estoy trancada con las orejas... no entiendo q es k1 y p1... solo se al derecho y al revés... :S agregar y quitar puntos.. pero no entiendo q es k y p ni p3tog

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  28. hola...ya lo hice... me quedó muy cute... =) es complicado traducir esto... jajajajaja

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  29. Hı!from Turkey.I loved the rabbits.They are so cute.I want to share this on my blog and give the link if you have permission.Let me know please.

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  30. Thank you SO much for this pattern, I spent the whole day making these for the cats at the animal shelter that I'm attending to tomorrow (hopefully to get a kitty of my own!). For an extra touch, I knitted the little pouch for the tail and slipped a bell inside - it works wonderfully.

    I hope the cats and kitties enjoy these :) ♥ Can't wait to try out your other creations.

    - Diana

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  31. no crochet version? sorry i don't know your name. diane :)

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  32. um... I am confused. as I was knitting the 32 rows, It didn't turn out like you said. You said it would create an inside-out pouch, but for me, it turned out like some kind of triangle-thing. What did I di wrong?

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  33. @ Animefangirl1 - I'm not sure what you've done wrong I'm afraid!

    There is a good video tutorial for the double knitting technique here - http://susanbanderson.blogspot.com/2008/06/flower-pacifier-clip.html. Obviously it's not for the same pattern, but it will guide you through the process so you can have another go at the bunny :)

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  34. I can't believe it. It works and I can't figure out why. I have never seen anything like this. I'm making bunnies for friends with cats and for charity. Great way to use up extra yarn.
    Still amazed....:)

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  35. Thanks a lot for this nice idea and method I didn't know.

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  36. I just knitted one of these for my three cats and they love it. I need to knit more so that they stop fighting over it!

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  37. Thank you for the link to the video on how to do this technique and I wanted to let you know that I will be making a bunch for our local shelters in the Ottawa County Michigan area

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  39. I will definitely have to knit at least 6 of them up for my 3 babies. They are so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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  40. I cannot find this patter on this web site.

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  41. In all honesty anyone can freely sell the finished piece for any reason. Even for personal profit, you can't control that and actually have no protection by stating that. You have all rights to the pattern and not letting others distribute it, but definitely no rights for what people do with the finished piece.

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  42. Thank u for sharing! I will make for our cats and for our local shelter :)

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  43. Doing the same as most people, giving to an animal shelter

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  44. I expected the pattern to be on this site and not for me to have to join yet another site to get this pattern. I am not joining numerous sites to have my email addresses spammed by other sites.

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  45. Thanks for that pattern - I do home visiting for Farnham Cats Protection and am now doing them some stuff for the Christmas fair, these will be wonderful and hopefully make money for our branch.

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  46. Im a little behind
    just found this pattern
    At first I was using the smaller needles but wasn't sure I was doing it right
    I actually switched up to a bigger needle and yarn left overs from making tea towels and dishcloths
    and right away I saw the pouch forming
    Thank you so much for the pattern
    I have cat rescue and am making 5o for me to give away to other fosters
    and plan on making at least 100 for the Humane Society here
    Thanks again

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  47. I'm sooo in love with these bunnies!

    I am putting together a sort of Easter arts and crafts compilation blog post, with pictures of creative projects for spring. Would you mind if I shared one of your pictures? I will of course credit it with a link to your Ravelry pattern. I did the same thing last year if you would like a reference on how it might look: http://aliciasivert.blogspot.se/2015/03/paskpeppen-2015.html

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Sincerely,
    Alicia

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  48. Hi I'm problems putting it together can someone help me thank you.

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  49. I adapted the bunny and made a wreath

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  50. Oh. My. Mouses. I am SO gonna get the peep to make these for me and fill 'em with the nip. These are WAY BETTER than what she's knitting right now on account of what she's knitting now contains no nip. THANK YOU!!! Purrs, Seville.

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  51. Oh. My. Mouses. I am SO gonna get the peep to make these for me and fill 'em with the nip. These are WAY BETTER than what she's knitting right now on account of what she's knitting now contains no nip. THANK YOU!!! Purrs, Seville.

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  52. I want to make this for my cat loving daughter. Can't find the pattern. What did I miss?

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  53. where can I find the pattern ?

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