Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE

Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE! Today I’m offering you a free pattern and tutorial for this beautiful, classic, velveteen-rabbit style knitted bunny. This photo-intensive tutorial is sure to give you success in this precious new addition to your home.

grey and white knit rabbit on brown wooden chair in flower garden

Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE!

This rabbit knitting pattern is easy to knit up and FREE. It makes a great late-beginner pattern.

Please note that this is the page for the knitting pattern only. FOR THE FREE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE!

Due to the high amount of images and details, to include both the knitting pattern and assembly instructions would have made much too long of a post!

Now, onto this rabbit knitting pattern (free!)

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Supplies Needed:

Stitches Used

Here’s a list of stitches and their abbreviations that will be used in this pattern:

  • Knit — a simple knit stitch
  • Purl — a simple purl stitch
  • KLL — Knit Left Loop, an increase stitch
  • PLL — Purl Left Loop, an increase stitch
  • K2TOG — Knit Two Together, a decrease stitch
  • P2TOG — Purl Two Together, a decrease stitch

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Step 1: knit the back and head of the rabbit

knit back of rabbit with yellow pins in it Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE

First, I will show you how to knit the pattern piece pictured above.

This is the back of the rabbit.

The first part knitted will be the bottom legs, then up the back, the arms, and lastly the head will be shaped.

Let’s begin!

With 3.75 mm knitting needles, cast on 50 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl 1, PLL, Purl to last 2 stitches, PLL, Purl 1 (52 stitches total on your needles)

Row 3: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1 (54 stitches total on your needles)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG (52 stitches total on your needles)

Row 10: P2TOG, Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG (50 stitches total on your needles)

Row 11: Cast off 12 stitches, knit to end

Row 12: Cast off 12 stitches, purl to end (26 stitches total on your needles)

Work in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next) for the next 25 rows.

Next, we will work on the front arms.

Row 38: Cast on 10 stitches, purl to end

Row 39: Cast on 10 stitches, knit to end (46 stitches total on your needles)

Row 40: Purl 1, PLL, Purl to last 2 stitches, PLL, Purl 1 (48 stitches total on your needles)

Row 41: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1 (50 stitches total on your needles)

Row 42: Purl

Row 43: Knit

Row 44: Purl

Row 45: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG (48 stitches total on your needles)

Row 46: P2TOG, Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG (46 stitches total on your needles)

Row 47: Cast off 12 stitches, Knit to end.

Row 48: Cast off 12 stitches, Purl to end (22 stitches total on your needles)

Row 49: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG (20 stitches total on your needles)

Now we will begin to shape the head! We will work on 10 stitches at a time. this “splits” the head into two pieces.

Row 50: Purl 10, turn your work. Work on these 10 stitches ONLY! Leave those other stitches alone for now!

Row 51: Knit (knit the same 10 stitches you just purled)

Row 52: Purl

Row 53: Knit

Row 54: Purl

Row 55: Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 56: Cast on 1 stitch, Purl to end

Row 57: Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 58: Cast on 1, Purl to end (14 stitches total on your needles)

Row 59: Knit

Row 60: Purl

Row 61: Knit

Row 62: Purl

Row 63: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 64: P2TOG, Purl to end

Row 65: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 66: P2TOG, Purl to end

Row 67: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 68: P2TOG, Purl to end (8 stitches total on your needles)

Row 69: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 70: P2TOG, Purl to end (6 stitches total on your needles)

Row 71: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 72: P2TOG, Purl to end (4 stitches total on your needles)

Row 73: Knit 2 stitches, K2TOG (3 stitches total on your needles)

Row 74: Knit last 3 stitches together, break yarn, and reattach to remaining 10 stitches.

Onto the other side of the head…

Row 75: reattach yarn and purl across

Row 76: Knit

Row 77: Purl

Row 78: Knit

Row 79: Purl

Row 80: Knit 1, KLL, Knit remaining stitches

Row 81: Purl to last 2 stitches, PLL, Purl 1

Row 82: Cast on 1, knit to end

Row 83: Purl to last 2 stitches, PLL, Purl 1 (14 stitches total on your needles)

Row 84: Knit

Row 85: Purl

Row 86: Knit

Row 87: Purl

Row 88: K2TOG, Knit to end

Row 89: Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG

Row 90: K2TOG, Knit to end

Row 91: Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG

Row 92: K2TOG, Knit to end

Row 93: Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG

Row 94: K2TOG, Knit to end

Row 95: Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG

Row 96: K2TOG, Knit to end

Row 97: Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG

Row 98: K2TOG, Knit to end

Row 99: Knit last 3 stitches together, break yarn and tie off.

This completes the body piece!

Step 2: complete the bottom of the rabbit

grey knit seat of on a white background with yellow pins Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE

The next piece to knit is the bottom of the rabbit.

This piece includes the bottom parts of the bottom legs, as well as the seat of the rabbit.

This is also the piece you will be leaving slightly open to add wool to your rabbit once the other pieces are completed!

With 3.75 mm straight needles and the same color yarn you used for the body, cast on 25 stitches.

Row 1: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: Cast off 12 stitches, Knit to end

Row 10: Purl

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: Purl

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: Purl

Row 15: Knit

Row 16: Purl

Row 17: Knit

Row 18: Purl

Row 19: Knit

Row 20: Purl

Row 21: Cast on 12 stitches, Knit to end

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: Knit

Row 24: Purl

Row 25: Knit

Row 26: Purl

Row 27: Knit

Row 28: Purl

Row 29: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Cast off stitches, break yarn.

Step 3: The Rabbit Ears

four knit ears, two grey and two white held flat by yellow pins on a white background Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE

Next, we will be knitting the ears.

There will be 4 pieces total knit: 2 outer ears and 2 inner ears.

Of course, use the color you want for the outer ear, and the color you want for the inner ear.

With 3.75 mm needles and the same worsted/weight 4 yarn you’ve been using all along….

cast on 12 stitches

Row 1-28: Starting with a K row, straight stitch for 28 rows (knit one row, purl the next)

Row 29: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG (10 stitches total on your needles)

Row 30: Purl

Row 31: Knit

Row 32: Purl

Row 33: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG (8 stitches total on your needles)

Row 34: Purl

Row 35: Knit

Row 36: Purl

Row 37: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG (6 stitches total on your needles)

Row 38: Purl

Row 39: Knit

Row 40: Purl

Row 41: K2TOG, Knit 2 stitches, K2TOG (4 stitches total on your needles)

Row 42: Purl

Row 43: Knit

Row 44: Purl

Row 45: K2TOG, K2TOG.

Row 46: P2TOG

Cast off, break yarn

Make 4 total ear pieces!!!

Step 4: Knit the rabbit’s front body

white front of knit rabbit body held down by yellow pins on a white background Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE

Now we will be moving on to the front of the rabbit’s body.

Use the inner body color for the rabbit’s front body. I used white.

Use a weight 4 (worsted) weight yarn.

Using the same weight yarn for both colors (and the same sized needles) will ensure that all the pieces come out the proper size. This way, the rabbit will fit together properly when sewn together.

With worsted yarn and 3.75mm straight needles, cast on 38 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl 1, PLL, Purl to last 2 stitches, PLL, Purl 1 (40 stitches total on your needles)

Row 3: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1 (42 stitches total on your needles)

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 10: P2TOG, Purl to last 2 sttiches, P2TOG

Row 11: Cast off 12 stitches, Knit to end

Row 12: Cast off 12 stitches, Purl to end (14 stitches total on your needles.)

Stockinette stitch for 25 rows!

Row 38: Cast on 10 stitches, Purl to end

Row 39: Cast on 10 stitches, Knit to end

Row 40: Purl 1, PLL, Purl to last 2 stitches, PLL, P1

Row 41: Knit 1, KLL< Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1 (38 stitches total on your needles)

Row 42: Purl

Row 43: Knit

Row 44: Purl

Row 45: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 46: P2TOG, Purl to last 2 stitches, P2TOG

Row 47: Cast off 12 stitches, Knit to end

Row 48: Cast off 12 stitches, Purl to end

Row 49: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 50: Purl

Row 51: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 52: Purl

Row 53: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 54: Purl

Row 55: K2TOG, K2TOG

Row 56: Purl these 2 stitches

Row 57: K2TOG, break yarn

Step 5: make a little “cottontail” for the rabbit

knit diamond shape with white yarn on white background with yellow pins Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE

Lastly, we will be knitting a tail for “Mr. Cottontail Rabbit.”

With 3.75 mm knitting needles and worsted weight yarn, cast on 5 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: Knit 1, KLL, Knit to last 2 stitches, KLL, Knit 1

Row 10: Purl

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: Purl

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: Purl

Row 15: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 16: Purl

Row 17: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 18: Purl

Row 19: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 20: Purl

Row 21: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: K2TOG, Knit to last 2 stitches, K2TOG

Row 24: Purl

Cast off remaining stitches, break a long strand of yarn for assembly later.

Next Step: Rabbit Assembly! Found here!

grey and white knit rabbit in a fir tree
grey and white knit rabbit facing left on brown wooden chair in flower garden
closeup of grey and white knit rabbit on brown wooden chair in flower garden

Hooray!

You’ve finished knitting all the pieces for your very own rabbit!

But… he doesn’t look very much like a rabbit, does he?

Of course not. He needs to be assembled before he can be brought to life!

To find your assembly instructions, please follow this link HERE!

Or, simply use the Quiet Life Farm’s search bar.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this post: Rabbit Knitting Pattern FREE!

Happy Knitting!

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