Sleepy Bunny Sweater

Get baby ready for the Easter Bunny with this soft raglan sweater featuring contrasting color ribbing and a sleepy bunny applique. This cozy pattern is so adorable, we’re tempted to make a larger version for ourselves!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Chest Size 18.5 (20, 21.5, 23)” to fit baby sizes 6 (12, 18, 24) month

Shown in size 6 month

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st with larger needles

Materials

Medium weight yarn

Yarn: Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (100% Polyester; 218 yards [199 meters]/100 grams): #150 Charcoal (MC) 1 (1, 2, 2) balls, #101 Pink (CC1) 1 ball

Peter Pan Precious Chunky (80% Nylon, 20% Polyester; 82 yards [75 meters]/50 grams): #3430 Angel (CC2) 1 ball

Needles: US Size 8 (5.0 mm) straight, US Size 6 (4.0 mm) straight

Notions: Tapestry needle, scrap black yarn or black embroidery floss

Special Stitches

K2 P2 Ribbing

Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2: *P2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

Pattern

Back

With CC1 and smaller needles, CO 44 (48, 52, 56) sts.

Work in K2 P2 Rib for 8 (8, 12, 12) rows.

Increase 2 sts evenly across. (46 (50, 54, 58) sts)

Change to larger needles and MC, beg working in St st.

Work even in St st for 32 (36, 40, 44) rows.

Armhole Shaping

BO 2 (2, 2, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (42 (46, 50, 52) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end every 3rd row 8 times. (26 (30, 34, 36) sts)

Work even 0 (1, 1, 1) row.

Neckline Shaping

Work next 6 (6, 8, 8) sts as est, slip next 14 (18, 18, 20) sts to holder, join new end of yarn and work rem 6 (6, 8, 8) sts as est. (6 (6, 8, 8) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end. (4 (4, 6, 6) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge. (3 (3, 5, 5) sts)

Work even 0 (1, 1, 1) row.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (2 (2, 4, 4) sts)

Sizes 6 (12, -, -) month only

BO all sts.

Sizes – (-, 18, 24) month only

Work – (-, 1, 3) rows even.

Dec 1 st at each end – – (-, 2, 2) sts.

BO all sts.

Front

Work same as Back to armhole shaping.

Armhole Shaping

BO 2 (2, 2, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (42 (46, 50, 52) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end every 3rd row 5 times. (32 (36, 40, 42) sts)

Work even 0 (1, 1, 1) row.

Neckline Shaping

Work across 13 (13, 15, 15) sts, slip next 6 (10, 10, 12) sts to holder, join new end and work across 13 (13, 15, 15) sts. (13 (13, 15, 15) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end. (11 (11, 13, 13) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 2 rows. (9 (9, 11, 11) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end. (7 (7, 9, 9) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 2 rows. (5 (5, 7, 7) sts)

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (4 (4, 6, 6) sts)

Work even 2 rows.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (3 (3, 5, 5) sts)

Work even 1 (2, 2, 2) rows.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (2 (2, 4, 4) sts)

Sizes 6 (12, -, -) month only

BO all sts.

Sizes – (-, 18, 24) month only

Work – (-, 1, 3) rows even.

Dec 1 st at each end. (- (-, 2, 2) sts)

BO all sts.

Sleeve (make 2)

With CC1 and smaller needles, CO 24 (24, 28, 28) sts.

Work in K2 P2 Rib for 8 rows.

Inc 1 (3, 1, 3) sts evenly across. (25 (27, 29, 31) sts)

Change to larger needles and MC, beg working in St st.

Inc 1 st at each end every 10 (10, 12, 14)th row 3 times. (31 (33, 35, 37) sts)

Work even 6 (9, 11, 12) rows.

Shape Cap

BO 2 (2, 2, 3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (27 (29, 31, 31) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end every 3rd row 2 (2, 2, 4) times. (23 (25, 27, 23) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end every 2nd row 11 (12, 13, 11) times. (1 st)

BO rem st.

Finishing

Sew left sleeve to front and back, and right sleeve to front only along raglan armhole seams.

Collar

With RS facing, smaller needles and CC1, pick up and knit 2 sts from right back neck edge, 14 (18, 18, 20) sts from back neck holder, 2 sts from left back neck edge, 10 (10, 12, 12) sts from left front neck edge, 6 (10, 10, 12) sts from front neck holder, 10 (10, 12, 12) sts from right front neck edge. (44 (52, 56, 60) sts)

Work 4 (4, 6, 6) rows in K2 P2 Rib.

BO loosely in rib.

Sew remaining sleeve to armhole. Sew side and sleeve seams.

Weave in ends.

Bunny

With larger needles and CC2, CO 24 sts.

Rows 1-10: Knit.

Row 11: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (22 sts)

Row 12: Knit.

Row 13: Rep Row 11. (20 sts)

Row 14: Knit.

Divide for Ears

Row 1: K6, join other end of yarn, BO 8 sts, k6. (6 sts)

Rows 2-21: Knit.

Row 22: K1, ssk, k2tog, k1. (4 sts)

Row 23: Ssk, k2tog. (2 sts)

BO rem 2 sts.

Sew bunny to sweater with CC2 using photo as a guide.

Embroider eyes with scrap black yarn or black embroidery floss.

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