Sunday, March 13, 2016

Easter Egg Bunny Surprise With or Without Egg


Easter Egg Bunny Surprise!

UPDATE: There's now instructions to make the body without the egg, see below
Okay, now I know this isn't the usual way I present a pattern, the cover photo is terrible! But I did this very quickly just to get the pattern up in time for you to make it before Easter. This is a quick pattern, I actually just borrowed the same body pattern from my Stacking Totoro set, the large egg body is the exact same. I did this bunny in under 2 hours, give or take a few minutes, as I worked out the size of the ears. I crochet fairly quickly though so please don't think you should have it made in the same amount of time. Once you're done, fill it up with treats and put it in the basket for Easter morning! A fun surprise for the little ones. (size of egg is given further below with a photo)

As always, I hope you enjoy the pattern!

I do have more of the Easter Egg amigurumis. Each one listed below also has instructions to make them without the egg inside. Scroll down this page for the Bunny pattern.
  1. Frog Catches Flies
  2. Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
  3. Fly
  4. Rosey The Monkey
  5. Browning The Bear
  6. Stacking Totoro
  7. Rocket
  8. Alien Slug
  9. Astronaut
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Thank you so much and enjoy!

Read me ~> How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  Add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row. I just use a short length of yarn and pull it through the last stitch I put in at the end of every row. Work in continuous rounds, do not join. Have any questions or if you come across a mistake in the pattern please leave a message in the comment section below.

Supplies:
Red Heart Comfort yarn in White (feel free to use any color)

4.0mm hook *use a smaller hook if you crochet fairly loose, if you crochet tight like me then use a 4.5mm
blunt end yarn needle for sewing
scissors

1 plastic Easter egg similar in color to the yarn used to make the body (C = 9" or see size pictured below)
emery board or sand paper
fabric fusion or tacky glue

Abbreviations:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
f/o = finish off
*IMPORTANT - The tail, ears, eyes and nose need to be sewn in before the egg is glued in place. See the assembly instructions at the bottom of the page. Using the emery board or sand paper rough up the entire egg, making sure you rough up all around the edges.
click on photos to enlarge them

Large Easter Egg Bunny:

Ears:

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each st (12)
3) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)

4) 1sc in each st for 1 row
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (12)

6) 1sc in each st for 1 row
7) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (10)
8-10) 1sc in each st for 3 rows

sl st next st and f/o leaving a tail for sewing. Do not stuff ears


Tail:
make a pom pom

there's different ways to make pom poms. I just wrap yarn around my fingers, in this case I wrapped yarn around 3 fingers and wrapped about 80 times. You can view a video on how I wrap and trim. I also add some fabric glue under the pom pom before sewing it. For this bunny there's no way to sew it into the body so just pull both yarn strands through the yarn, going through different stitch holes, pull the pom pom back a little so you can add in your glue,  then pull the yarn tails tight, pulling the pom pom tight to the body then knot off. Cut the yarn tails up a bit shorter. Here is the video tutorial if you need it.


Bottom Half of Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
6) 1sc in next 14st then 2sc in next st (32)
7-11) 1sc in each st for 5 rows

sl st next st and f/o. Weave in the yarn tail

Note: For a slightly lighter weight yarn you might need to add more rows after row 11. Place the the egg inside the body when you have finished row 11. If the bottom edge of row 11 reaches the line as pictured in assembly photos below then you can stop. you might have to stretch it a bit for it to reach
 

Top Half of Body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc  then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in each st for 1 row
6) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)
7) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (32)
 

8-11) 1sc in each st for 4 rows 
sl st next st and f/o. Weave in the yarn tail
Note: For a slightly lighter weight yarn you might need to add more rows after row 11. Place the the egg inside the body when you have finished row 11. If the bottom edge of row 11 reaches the edge of the egg then you can stop. you might have to stretch it a bit for it to reach.

Solid Bunny body with no egg inside: starting at the nose and working down to the bottom of body
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc  then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in each st for 1 row
6) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (28)

7
) 1sc in each st for 1 row

8
) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (32)
 

9-11) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
12
) 1sc in next 7st then 2sc in next st (36)
 

13-14) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
15) 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (32) 
16) 1sc in each st for 1 row
17
) 1sc in next 6st then 2tog (28)
 

18) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (24)
19) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18) *stuff body
20
) 1sc  then 2tog (12)
*stuff some more
21
) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (9)
 

f/o leaving a tail for closing up the gap. Weave in and out of the remaining stitches then put more stuffing in, use your finger or stuffing stick to get the stuffing all around the bottom edge. Stuff and shape so that you have a good egg shape. Once you are done, pull the yarn tail and knot off. Hide the yarn tail inside the body.
 

ASSEMBLY: 

1) sew the ears onto the top half of the body over rows 9 and 10 with about 4 visible stitch holes between them.



2) add in the face. I kept mine simple by wrapping black yarn, horizontally twice around a post in between the 5th and 6th row with about 4 visible stitch holes between the eyes. Knot the yarn tails together and then cut up the yarn tails shorter. The nose is done the same way but I wrapped the yarn vertically about 5 times and finished with a short straight line going down a about 1/4 inch from the nose. Feel free to play around with the face, there's no law that requires you to do as I have done. I just wanted quick and simple.

3) sew the pom pom on over the 8th and 9th row.


Now glue the egg in place:

I borrowed a photo  from one of my other tutorials as the egg is glued in the same way. Today I tried hot glue instead of what I used on my other pattern pictured below and it works like a charm. If you use hot glue there is no need to rough up the egg first. The only thing I would say to you is that you could possibly ruin your bunny if you mess up with the hot glue! It's a bit stressful because once hot glue touches yarn, that's it, there's no going back and doing it over again. So be confident before you decide you will use  hot glue instead of fabric glue. You have to squeeze the hot glue  into the bunny first, getting it all around but not putting in excessive amount or it will seep through the yarn, yikes! Then very carefully put in the egg, but again, be very careful. View the photos below, each half has a different edge that you glue up to.

If you want to glue it in with no stress then follow my instructions below with fabric glue :)

4) Using the emery board or sand paper rough up the entire egg, making sure you rough up all around the edges. Glue the top half of egg in. Do not have any glue puddles or the glue will seep through the yarn and be visible. Instead spread the glue around evenly, making sure to also get the glue right around the edge but not over the edge. The top half should go all the way inside the body. You might have to stretch the body a bit to ensure that the bottom edge is completely in line with the top edge of the egg. 



9) Glue the bottom half of the egg in. The bottom half of the egg has a ridge, make sure this ridge is completely visible as pictured above and the crochet edge is below that ridge line or the egg will not close properly. Test the egg first to see how it opens and closes.
Leave the egg halves apart and check on them after 10 minutes to see if the all the edges are still as they should be and haven't drifted up or down. Let the glue completely dry before putting the halves together.


And now you're done. I hope you enjoyed the pattern Post pictures on my facebook page Amigurumi Freely. Or post them on instagram with the hashtag Sharon_Ojala.

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Many Blessings to you!


Copyright 2015 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved 
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9 comments:

  1. I must LOVE your pattern , so original and cute!!

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  2. Hi Sharon!
    I don't have plastic egg . Could I just sew the top and bottom together or would it be preferable to work them continuously like your other amigurimi -which are alle amazing- then stuff?

    thanks so much for sharing . ;)

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    1. Hi Gaelle,

      yes, you could sew them together for sure. I do have a similar bunny that I designed 2yrs ago though, it's much smaller but is the same shape. If you scroll all the way down that pattern, towards the bottom I show you how to make that bunny larger by holding 2 strands of yarn. For that one I used one strand of fuzzy yarn but you don't have to do that, you can hold 2 strands of any yarn of your choice. You'll find the pattern here

      Hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks for your kind help. I'll try this this afternoon.

      Thanks again for sharing and please do continue designing your wonderful patterns.
      Much love 💜

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  3. Sharon, This is just Adorable! Thank You for sharing this cute Easter Egg Bunny Surprise!
    Blessing to you and your loved ones <3

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  4. I love this! My 3 and 2 yr olds are obsessed with surprised eggs and I'm obsessed with crocheting! It's a match made in heaven! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. I love the pattern and made some of these for my niece and nephews. I could not find a 9 in egg here in Indiana, so I deleted row 6 out of the bottom half and row 7 out of the top half and added some more rows of single crochet until they fit on the egg. Worked like a charm. I thought I would share in case anyone else is having the same problem. Thanks Sharon for sharing all of your wonderful patterns.

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    1. Thank you so much Kimberly! That was kind of you. I actually just designed an egg shape body for a Space set that I released a few days ago so I added that solid body pattern to this bunny in case people can't find that egg size. The size of egg is hard to find.

      I'm glad you got that figured out, I wish I had updated this page sooner for you! Anyway, if you're interested scroll up and you'll find not only the new solid body but scroll to the top and I've added the links to the new patterns.

      Happy crocheting!

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  6. Lovely, easy pattern. Thank you for all you do for the world of crochet! Off to make the nesting Totoros.... For the bottom half of the egg, 10 rows was sufficient. Top half required 14 rows. Perfect fit as written from pattern otherwise! I purchased a pack of 88¢ "6 Bright Eggs" (of a slightly larger size) from Walmart. Measured 7" around & about 3" tall. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable thread from Michael's.

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