ALSAP Rabbit (As Little Sewing As Possible) by Anna Travis

ALSAP Rabbit (As Little Sewing As Possible)

Knitting
December 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
6 stitches = 1 inch
in tight stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
small
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Rabbits nibble. Rabbits snuggle. They have big ears and they don’t talk much, so they are very good listeners. And what kid wouldn’t want someone that hangs on their every word?

The ALSAP Rabbit is worked in the round, using the magic loop technique, adding tails and limbs as you go to make your rabbit stronger and to make your life easier. You will have to do a bit of sewing: two French knots for the eyes, a bit for the nose, stitching down two ears and then attaching the head and tail to the body. Not bad, for a whole rabbit, eh?

Pattern Note:
The stitch count is correct when adding the arms. The last stitch or two carries you onto the back half of the rabbit, so that his arms are on his sides, not his belly.

Gauge: 6 stiches = 1 inch
(This doesn’t have to be exact, as long as your knitting is nice and tight so the stuffing doesn’t come through. Tighter is better. At gauge, my rabbits are about 7 inches tall, but their ears are four inches long.)

Recommended Materials:

  • Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn
  • US #4 circular needles or size needed to get gauge. Save your sanity and get a nice long one with a flexible cable. I like the ones at knitpicks.com. I used to avoid circular needles at all costs, until I found these things. (No, I do not work for KnitPicks. Ha, ha.)
  • One US #4 dpn needle. If you don’t have #4’s, don’t sweat it. You just need one in a reasonably close size.
  • Stitch holder.
  • Stitch marker
  • Embroidery needle (use a doll maker’s needle if you have one)
  • Darning needle
  • Stuffing. You can use the poly-fil stuff, but I highly recommend Eco Wool, I get mine from DreamPixie.com. Carmen is great to work with.

Now includes directions for Garter Stitch ears! (last page)

French Knots:
If yours are falling apart, you have probably done them backwards:
this is a really, really, really common mistake with french knots. You can google a good youtube video or use buttons instead!