Peter Rabbit Pillow + Blanket Set

This unisex blanket and pillow set features an array of bunny silhouettes that make it the perfect addition to any baby’s nursery. Knitted from the bottom up, the blanket’s bunnies are added using the intarsia technique, and the entire piece is finished off using a moss stitch border. The Bunny Pillow is a much smaller project, featuring a single bunny at its center. Add a touch of woodland whimsy to any room using this charming set.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Blanket: 41¼” × 39½”; Pillow: 14¾” square, designed to fit a 16” square pillow inner

Gauge: 14 sts and 19.5 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st.

Materials

Blanket

Yarn:

Bulky weight yarn Hayfield Baby Chunky (70% Acrylic, 30% Nylon; 169 yards [155 meters]/100 grams): 408 Pinky (MC), 5 balls; 402 Tufty (CC1), 3 balls.
Bulky weight yarn Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky (100% Polyester; 68 yards [62 meters]/25 grams): 630 Milky (CC2), 1 ball.
Needles: US size 10 (6 mm): 32” circular
Notions: Markers (8); yarn bobbins; chart row marker; tapestry needle

Pillow

Yarn:

Bulky weight yarn Hayfield Baby Chunky (70% Acrylic, 30% Nylon; 169 yards [155 meters]/100 grams): 408 Pinky (MC), 2 balls; 402 Tufty (CC1), 1 balls.
Bulky weight yarn Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky (100% polyester; 68 yards [62 meters]/25 grams): 630 Milky (CC2), 1 ball.
Needles: US size 10 (6 mm): straight
Notions: Markers (2); removable markers (4); yarn bobbins; chart row marker; tapestry needle; four 1-1/3” (34 mm) buttons

Special Stitches

Moss Stitch

Row 1 (RS): Sl1 pwise wyib, *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: Sl1 pwise wyif, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
2×2 Rib
Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 2 (WS): P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end.
Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

4-st buttonhole

Sl1 kwise wyib, (sl1 kwise wyif, pass the first slipped stitch over the second) 4 times, return the last st from the RH needle to the LH needle. Turn. CO 5 sts using the Cable Cast-On method. Turn. Sl the first st from the LH needle to the RH needle pwise, pass the last cast on st over the slipped st.

Cable Cast-On

*Place the tip of the RH needle between the first 2 sts on the LH needle, pull the yarn through to make a st. Place the new st on the LH needle; rep from * until the required number of sts have been cast on.

Pattern Notes

The blanket is worked from the bottom up with the bunnies incorporated using the intarsia technique. The Bunny Blanket features nine bunny rabbits arranged across a square in three rows. The first and last rows face left, while the central row faces right. The blanket is worked from the bottom up with the bunnies added using the intarsia technique. A Moss Stitch border is worked at the same time as the main body of the blanket, thus minimal finishing is required.

The pillow cover is worked flat in one piece, starting in the middle of the back with a 2×2 Rib buttonband, then the first half of the back, the front and the second half of the back are worked in stockinette stitch, and finally the 2×2 Rib buttonhole band is worked. The pillow cover is seamed down the side edges using mattress stitch.

Both items are worked in chunky weight yarn making them quick to complete and the large blocks of colour make it a good project for someone who is new to colourwork.

If you wish to knit both items, you will need 7 balls in MC, 4 balls in CC1, and 1 ball in CC2.

Blanket Pattern

Blanket

With MC, CO 144 sts.

Border

Starting with a RS row, work 6 rows in Moss Stitch.

Main Body

Row 1 (RS): Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, pm, k to last 5 sts, pm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.
Rows 2, 4 and 6 (WS): Sl1 pwise wyif, (p1, k1)] twice, sm, p to last 5 sts, sm, (p1, k1) twice, p1.
Rows 3 and 5: Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, sm, k to last 5 sts, sm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.

Left Facing Bunnies (set one)

Row 1: Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, sm, (k5, pm, work 38 sts from Left Facing Bunny chart, pm) 3 times, k5, sm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.
Rows 2-52: Maint border as est, work the central portion of the blanket in St st, working the Left Facing Bunny chart across the 38-st sections indicated by the markers, slipping markers as you go.
Rows 53, 55 and 57: Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, sm, k to last 5 sts, slipping markers as you go, sm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.
Rows 54, 56 and 58: Sl1 pwise wyif, (p1, k1) twice, sm, p to last 5 sts, slipping markers as you go, sm, (p1, k1) twice, p1.

Right Facing Bunnies

Row 1: Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, sm, (k5, sm, work 38 sts from Right Facing Bunny chart, sm) 3 times, k5, sm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.
Rows 2-52: Maint border as est, work the central portion of the blanket in St st, working the Right Facing Bunny chart across the 38-st sections indicated by the markers, slipping markers as you go.
Rows 53, 55 and 57: Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, sm, k to last 5 sts, slipping markers as you go, sm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.
Rows 54, 56 and 58: Sl1 pwise wyif, (p1, k1) twice, sm, p to last 5 sts, slipping markers as you go, sm, (p1, k1) twice, p1.

Left Facing Bunnies (set two)

Row 1: Sl1 pwise wyib, (k1, p1) twice, sm, (k5, sm, work 38 sts from Left Facing Bunny chart, sm) 3 times, k5, sm, (k1, p1) twice, k1.
Rows 2-58: Work as for Left Facing Bunnies (set one).
Remove all markers.

Border

Starting with a RS row, work 6 rows in Moss Stitch.
BO all sts loosely in patt.

Pillow Cover

With MC, CO 54 sts.

Back

Work 8 rows in 2×2 Rib.
Beg with a knit row, work 32 rows in St st.
Place removable markers at each end of the row just worked to mark the end of the back of the pillow cover.

Front

Beg with a knit row, work 10 rows in St st.

Chart Placement

Row 1: K8, pm, work 38 sts from Left Facing Bunny chart, pm, k8.
Rows 2–52: Work in St st to m, work Left Facing Bunny chart between markers, sm, work in St st to end.

Beg with a knit row, work 10 rows in St st.
Place removable markers at each end of the row just worked to mark the end of the front of the pillow cover.

Back

Beg with a knit row, work 32 rows in St st.
Work 4 rows in 2×2 Rib.
Buttonhole Row (RS): Work 8 sts in patt as est, (work a 4-st buttonhole, work 6 sts in patt as est) 3 times, work a 4-st buttonhole, work the last 8 sts in patt as est.
Work 3 rows in Moss Stitch.

BO in patt.

Finishing

Weave in all ends.

Blanket

Wash the blanket according to the instructions on the ball band. Lay the blanket out to the last measurements and pin in place. Allow the blanket to dry flat.

Pillow Cover

Fold the pillow cover along the rows marked by the stitch markers with RS together. Use mattress stitch to sew the side seams, making sure the buttonhole band lies on top of the button band. Stitch the buttons in place making sure their positions correspond to the buttonholes.

Wash the pillow cover according to the instructions on the ball band. Squeeze out all excess water, then lay out the pillow cover to the dimensions given and leave it to dry flat.

Once the pillow cover is dry, put the pillow form inside and button in place. yarn ball

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