Sunday, 10 June 2012

Free Knitting Pattern for Rabbit Trousers

I've finally got this typed up as a free pattern for you !
It is just the instructions for the dungarees, hat and rucksack. To purchase the pattern for the rabbit go here or here

Edit: The dungarees pattern is now also available in Dutch, thanks to one of my readers Jeanette Kemp. If you would like the Dutch version the link here

As everyone stuffs their rabbit differently, the waistline for the trousers is quite generous. Test your knitting alongside your finished rabbit as you work – you may want to reduce the number of stitches in the trousers slightly.
The same goes for the hat – depending on how well you stuffed the head and where you placed the ears, you may have to adjust the number of stitches you cast on and the position of the ear slots.

The accessories are not suitable for a rabbit that is to be given to a very young child as the small parts could present a choking hazard.

Dungarees for Robert and Rosie Rabbit
Suggested yarns:
The pattern uses (US - light worsted weight) (UK - double knit) (Australia - 8ply) yarn

Materials needed
20 grams [65 yards] light worsted/double knit/8ply yarn for dungarees
Oddments of same weight yarn for contrast pockets, hat and rucksack. (As all makes of yarn vary, this is an estimate only)
Pair of 4mm (US size 6) knitting needles
Stitch holder
Three 1cm or 1½ cm (1/2”) buttons
Shirring elastic for the waist of the trousers
cast off  = bind off in US
garter stitch = every row knit
K = knit
K1,P1 rib = knit the 1st stitch, purl the 2nd, repeat these two stitches to the end of the row
K2tog = knit two stitches together 
P2tog = purl two stitches together
st(s) = stitch(es)
stocking  st =  1 row knit, 1 row purl (this is stockinette in US)
yfwd = yarn forward (bring yarn to the front between your two needles, then take the yarn over the top of the needles so that a new stitch is formed)
[   ] = work the instructions in the brackets by the number of times indicated
Gauge (Tension)
Tension is not important for these items, but if you like to know, it should be about 22sts and 44 rows to 10x10cm (4x4”) square in stocking stitch on 4mm (US Size 6) needles
Starting at the right leg, cast on 28sts
Work 2 rows garter stitch
Work 14 rows stocking stitch*
Break yarn and leave these stitches on a spare needle/stitch holder
Repeat the above instructions to * for the left leg, but leave the stitches on your needle.
Next Row: K 28sts from the left leg, then continue across the 28sts from the right leg  56sts                                                                  
Starting with a purl row, continue in stocking stitch for 15 rows.
Work 2 rows in K1, P1 rib
Next Row: Cast off 22sts, K11sts (you will have 12sts on the needle), cast off 22sts
With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to remaining 12sts
Next Row: K2, P8, K2
Next Row: Knit
Repeat the last two rows 3 times
Work 3 rows garter stitch
Cast off

Dungaree Straps (make 2)
Cast on 4 sts
Garter stitch 2 rows
Next row: K2, yfwd, K2tog
Garter stitch 40 rows
Cast off

Left Pocket
Using contrast yarn, cast on 8sts
Work 2 rows stocking stitch
Next Row: Cast off 2sts, K to end              6sts
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K2tog, knit to end                     5sts
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: K2tog, knit to end                     4sts
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit
Cast off
Right Pocket
Using contrast yarn, cast on 8sts
Work 3 rows stocking stitch
Cast off 2sts, purl to end                             6sts
Next Row: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2tog   5sts
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit to last 2 stitches, K2tog   4sts
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit
Cast off

Cast on 12sts
Work 2 rows in garter st
Next Row: K6,yfwd,K2tog,K to end
Work 3 rows garter st
Work 16 rows stocking st
Work 4 rows garter st
Work 10 rows stocking st
Work 4 rows garter st
Cast off

Backpack Straps (make 2)
Cast on 40 sts
Cast off

Cast on 45sts
Knit 2 rows garter stitch
Next Row: K19, turn, purl to end
Working on just these 19sts work 4 rows stocking st.
Place stitches on a stitch holder and cut yarn
Rejoin yarn to remaining 26sts
Next Row: K7, turn, purl to end
Working on just these 7sts knit 4 rows stocking st.
Place stitches on a stitch holder and cut yarn
Rejoin yarn to remaining 19sts and knit to end. Turn, purl to end
Work 4 rows stocking st. Cut yarn.
Place  these stitches and the ones from the holder back onto one needle.
Rejoin yarn and knit across all 45sts.

Starting with a purl row, work 3 rows stocking stitch
Next Row: K1,[K2tog] to end 23sts
Purl 1 row
Next Row: K1,[K2tog] to end 12sts

Next Row: [P2tog] to end 6sts
Break yarn, thread through remaining stitches, draw up and secure.

To Make Up
With right side uppermost, fold the left and right hand sides in so that they meet in the middle

Sew together from the waist to the crotch. Next sew the inside leg seams, working from the base of one leg through the crotch, to the base of the other leg.
Turn right way out. Sew the straps to the back.
Run a row of shirring elastic through the ribbing at the waist and draw up a little. (Make sure they can still be taken on and off easily!)
Attach the two pockets to the front and two buttons to the top of the bib.
With right sides together, sew the side seams.
Sew the two ends of each strap together to make two loops. Secure both loops to the back of the backpack.
Attach a button to the front.
Sew the back seam. Sew in loose ends. Make a pom-pom and attach.
To make such a small pom-pom, first cut the piece of yarn that secures all the strands and tape it to a marker pen. Wind yarn round and round the pen.
When you have wound enough yarn, un-tape the horizontal piece of yarn and tie in a tight knot around the wound on yarn.
Cut through the wound yarn, fluff up the pom-pom and trim to a nice shape.
I hope your rabbit loves his new clothes!
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If you prefer to have this pattern as a PDF download, it is available here


  1. This really is the cutest pattern I have ever seen...I can't wait to make it and will buy the rabbit pattern...thank you


    Sue key

  2. This really is the cutest pattern...I can't wait to make it. Thank you.


    Sue Key

  3. This is a sweet pattern.... Where can I get the pattern for the rabbit?

    1. You can buy it here:

  4. This is so awesome!! Can't wait to get going on this project..Thank You so much!!!

  5. Thank you. Adorable.

  6. What a lovely pattern . I will certainly be knitting a rabbit and dressing him in these dungarees. Thanks for the pattern


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