Knit a Giant Peep-Style Easter Bunny

I recently posted about a couple of my older Easter knitting patterns, and I was thinking out loud how it would be fun to make a giant Peep-style bunny out of blanket yarn, following the trend of giant amigurumi.

I happened to have most of a ball of Bernat Blanket yarn left over from another project, so I decided to give it a go.

The result is this Peep bunny knitting pattern that I shared over on Our Daily Craft.

It’s actually a pretty quick and easy project, worked in one piece from the bottom up. You increase to form the base, then do a round of purl stitches to mark the edge of the base. The body is worked straight in stockinette stitch as long as you want, with a little shaping for the head. Then each ear is worked in turn from some of the stitches used on the head. If you need to “seam” anything, it’s that tiny space between the ears.

My absolute favorite part, though, is that I wanted this bunny to stand up on its own, so I wanted to stuff it with things heavier than standard stuffing (though I did use regular stuffing in the ears). So I gathered all this random stuff (so much random stuff) like the tops of old T0shirts I’d used to make yarn, the edges of old cloth napkins I had cut off so I could reuse the rest of the fabric, yarn ends and fabric scraps and just so much stuff.

It was really quite satisfying. Bunny is firm but still huggable, and weighs a whopping 3.5 pounds. It also stands 25 inches tall and is nearly 30 inches around the belly. This would be so fun to make for a little one for Easter, or just to have hanging around your living room during the spring.

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We’re getting pretty close to Easter but there’s still time to add a handmade touch to your festivities. Easter baskets are pretty easy projects to stitch up and they add an extra level of cuteness to your egg hunt or your table decor. Here are a handful of great, cute and quick to knit free Easter basket knitting patterns for you to try.

Gina Michele made a little basket that looks like a chick. Worked flat in Garter Stitch in bulky yarn, this is a super quick project that would be great to hold candy inside a larger basket or as table decor.

Kaity Frakerhas a cute, simple basket worked in DK weight yarn that you can grab from Ravelry. It’s worked in the round from the base up, with an I-cord handle that’s sewn on after knitting. There’s also a pattern for an Easter egg with the basket pattern.

If you’re looking for a teensy Easter basket knitting pattern, check out this one from Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days. This one is worked flat from the top down with the handle stitched separately. It’s perfect for holding a handful of candy eggs.

Making a felted basket is a great way to get a good sized basket quickly because they tend to be worked at a loose gauge. This one from Ann Lim is worked in bulky yarn and uses size 10.5 US knitting needles, and the handle is integrated into the bag so there’s no finishing other than the felting. This patter is a free download on Ravelry.

These last ones aren’t strictly Easter baskets, but they could be if you made them a little deeper and added a handle, or they can be used to display eggs, fruit or other holiday decor on the table. This one from DROPS Design is worked in Garter Stitch with two strands of yarn held together, then felted for extra strength. And this one by Clare Doornbos (a free Ravelry download) is worked in bulky yarn, also in garter stitch, and is the perfect introduction to short rows for people who haven’t stitched them before.