You can never have enough cute, cuddly stuffed animals—especially if you make them yourself! By learning the Japanese craft of amigurumi, you can crochet nearly any kind of animal.
If you’ve already made some simple amigurumi creatures, like a bee or jellyfish, try taking on a more advanced project: an amigurumi bunny. A bunny is more complex than other animals because it requires several separate pieces (arms, legs, ears, torso, and head) that you stitch together. But the cute critter you create in the end is well worth the effort—and the skills you learn will allow you to transition to even more complex amigurumi creatures.
Ready to get started? See the entire step-by-step process in this tutorial.
Tools and Supplies
Before you begin, gather your supplies. If you’ve crocheted before, you likely have most of these things at home already!
Amigurumi Bunny Patterns
The art of amigurumi is intricate and detailed, so following a pattern is essential. Fortunately, you can find a range of different amigurumi bunny patterns online—even some for dapper rabbits that are fully dressed! If you’re a more visual learner, you can also find online classes that guide you through the crochet process step by step.
Choosing a crochet hook size depends on the type of yarn you’re using and how tight you want the stitches to be. Amigurumi typically requires a fairly tight weave, so the stuffing doesn’t show through the gaps between the stitches. So for this project, choose a hook on the smaller end of the scale, around 3mm to 5mm.
You will need one color of worsted weight yarn for this project—unless you want to add some fun details, like a bow or stitched facial features. The majority of the body, however, requires just one color. Your skein should be labeled “worsted,” which falls right in the middle of the yarn weight scale.
To sew the multiple pieces of the bunny together, you will need a tapestry needle. This type of needle is large and blunt, with a big eye made specifically for thicker yarn.
Filling your amigurumi bunny with stuffing allows it to keep its shape. You can use any kind of fiberfill stuffing, although a cluster-style stuffing will withstand multiple machine washes without clumping.
Safety eyes are an easy way to add some life to your amigurumi bunny. They simply snap on the fabric, with the eye on the front and a safety washer in the back.
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How to Crochet a Bunny
Step 1: Create the Head and Ears
To begin the head, create a magic ring by crocheting your first row of stitches onto an adjustable loop. Then, pull the tail of the yarn tightly to close it, and begin crocheting the next row from there. Follow your pattern, working in a series of increases and then decreases to create a straightforward sphere. Before you finish the head completely, add facial features—like safety eyes and a stitched nose and smile. Then, stuff the head with fiberfill, but leave a small circular opening, where you will attach the body.
Each of the ears also begins with a magic ring. From there, work in a series of increases and decreases to create the oblong shape of bunny ears. However, you won’t stuff them; instead, you’ll flatten them out so they stand up straight.
Once the two ears are complete, stitch them to the bunny’s head using a tapestry needle. Pro tip: It can be helpful to hold the ears in place with a few straight pins while you sew.
Step 2: Crochet the Body and Arms
Starting at the feet, create the rest of the bunny’s body. For each leg, start with a magic circle, and follow the pattern until you have a half-sphere shape. Then, connect the two legs together using two crochet stitches. Once connected, crochet around the perimeter of both legs, and continue working in a series of increases to create the bunny’s torso. Fill it with fiberfill stuffing, but leave a small circular opening, where you will attach the head.
For each arm, start with a magic circle, and then stitch eight rows of 10 single crochets. You will end up with two tubular arms.
Step 3: Stitch Everything Together
Now that you have all the foundational pieces—the head, torso, and arms—it’s time to stitch it all together. First, connect the head to the body. At this point, both pieces have small, circular openings. Align the two holes, and hold the pieces together with a few straight pins. Then, use your tapestry needle and yarn to stitch around the perimeter until the two pieces are secured together.
Use the same technique to sew each of the bunny’s arms to the sides of the body. Add any finishing touches—like a cute crochet bow!—and your amigurumi bunny is complete.
Hop to It
Learning how to crochet a bunny may be more challenging than other amigurumi creatures, but it will provide a solid foundation for lots of other advanced projects, like flamingos, unicorns, dogs, and more. So try it out, and add an adorable bunny to your stuffed animal menagerie.
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