Knit a cute baby sweater with toy bunny

This cosy sweater will be a hit with the parents -- and the bunny in the pocket will be baby's new best friend.

By Barbara Albright, designed by Sheila Meyer

How to make a cute baby sweater pattern and bunny toy to knit
Sheila, a leading sweater designer and owner of One World Button Supply Co., cites her inspiration for this sweater: "It just seemed natural to me that the soft and fuzzy angora/lambswool blend felt like a bunny rabbit, and what baby wouldn't want one?"

Skill level
Easy

Sizes
Instructions are for infant size 3-6 months. Changes for 9 and 18 months are in parentheses. Shown in size 9 months.

Finished measurements
Chest: 21 (22-1/2, 24)"/53.5 (57, 61) cm
Length: 11-1/2 (12-1/2, 14)"/29 (31.5, 35.5) cm

Take a look at a larger image of the finished bunny sweater and toy

Yarn
Angel by Lorna's Laces Hand-Dye Yarns, 1/2 oz/14.25 g skeins, each approx 50 yd/46 m (70% angora/30% lambswool) or a medium weight yarn

Sweater:
• 6 (6, 7) skeins in 43NS Sage (MC)

Bunny:
• 1 skein in 0NS Natural (CC)

Needles and notions
Sweater:
• One pair each sizes 5 and 7 (3.75 and 4.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
• Size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16"/40 cm long
• Tapestry needle

Bunny:
• One set (4) size 4 (3.5 mm) double-pointed needles (dpns) for bunny (Note: Short wooden ones work best with the small number of stitches.)
• Two large safety pins for stitch holders
• Stitch marker
• Washable stuffing
• Tapestry needle

Gauge
• 22 sts and 28 rows = 4"/10 cm over St st using larger needles.

Adjust the needle size as necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Construction notes
Sweater:
1. This sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up.
2. The neckband is worked in the round after the pieces are assembled.

Bunny:
1. The bunny is worked in small pieces on double pointed needles (dpns).
2. The legs are worked first. They are joined to create the body, which is decreased for the neck, then increased for the head.
3. The arms and ears are worked last, then sewn to the body after all pieces are stuffed.

Glossary
SK2P: Slip one st k-wise, k2tog, pass the slipped st over -- 2 sts decreased.

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