If you haven’t started your Easter knitting, here is a cute and quick knitting pattern for bunny ears you’ll easily have done in time for your egg hunt.
This is a great knitting pattern for beginners and children to try. The trickiest part is probably sewing all the bits together. A young knitter could easily knit the headband alone.
You’ll note I am using smaller needles than recommended for my type of wool – this is because I want the ears to be slightly stiffer, which gives them a nice shape and helps them stand up.
I’ve also added in some instructions if you want to knit bunny ears for a toy to wear!
See below for the full pattern or click here to download as a .pdf (530kb) to save to your device
SKILL LEVEL = EASY (SUITABLE FOR KIDS!)
- A pair of 4mm knitting needles*
- Wool needle
- 50g white or off-white wool (approx 70 metres. I use Robin FX Chunky in “Dolly Mix” which has a cute tweed effect)
- 2x sewing pins (optional)
- Casting on
- Knit stitch
- Purl stitch
- Casting off
- Decreasing stitches (k2 tog and s1k1psso)
- Sewing (to sew the band together and to sew the ears onto the band)
- Weaving method to hide the loose wool ends
**Click on the hyperlinked skills to watch the my how to video if you need help
KNITTING THE HEADBAND
Cast on 5 sts (3 sts if you are making for a toy).
Work in garter stitch (knit stitch every row) until the piece measures 36.5cm for child size, 38.5 for medium adult size, 40cm for large adult size, or 18cm for a toy with a 25cm head circumference.
NOTE I have based toy sizings on my toys in Cute Knitted Toys and Little Land of Knitting. If you are knitting for your own special toy the best thing to do is measure the knitting as you go around the toy’s head until you think the band fits!
KNITTING THE BUNNY EARS
Cast on 12 sts with the white wool (8 sts if you are making for a toy).
Repeat * to ** until there are 4 sts left.
K2 tog, k2 tog, now there are 2 sts left.
Slip one stitch over the other, now there is 1 st left.
Cut the wool leaving around 30cm.
Pull this loose wool through the one remaining st.
Repeat this entire process to make a second ear.
Fold the headband in half and then sew the two ends together. Folding in half prevents a twist in the headband when you sew together.
Weave to hide the loose ends at the top of each ear.
Sew the ears on flat to the front of the band with the “curl” (purl side) facing outwards (see photo below).
The easiest way to do this is to have someone try the band on and then gently pin the ears to where you would like them to go.
Don’t sew entirely over the curl, sew middle securely just up to the curl on either side, this helps the ears keep their nice shape.
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
- Make a big pompom for a tail that you can pin to the bottom of your shirt!
- If you want to make a headband that can fit many people, make the largest recommended size, don’t sew the ends together and instead sew on two small buttons: one around 2.5cm from one end and the second one 2.5cm from the first.
For more easter knitting fun try my cute toy bunny pattern in “Cool Knitting”/”Cute Knitted Toys”!