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Bellamy Bunny Part 4

Bellamy Bunny Part 4

BODY

Make one. Using colour (PRINCESS BLUE GREY) yarn.

Helpful hint: we are working in rounds.
Place the legs next to each other with the “toes” facing you.  There are 20 stitches in each leg.  Insert a stitch marker into either side of each leg 9 stitches apart.

Helpful hint: 1st stitch has stitch marker inserted into it, then 9 stitches, then next stitch will have a stitch marker inserted into it, then 9 stitches.

Round 1

With the heels (back of doll) facing you join colour (PRINCESS BLUE GREY) yarn into the stitch with the stitch marker on the outside of the dolls left leg.

Helpful hint: you can remove the stitch markers each time you work into the stitch the stitch marker is placed and work your starting tail in whilst working this round.

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc into same sp, sc into next 9 sts (across the front of the left leg), ch 5, then sc into the st with the stitch marker and sc into next 19 sts (across front and back of the right leg), ch 5, sc into st with the stitch marker, sc into remaining 9 sts of 1st left leg (10 ch, 40 sc).

Helpful hint: place a stitch or running marker in the last stitch to keep track of your rounds.

Round 2

Sc into next 10 sts (front of left leg), sc into next 5 ch, sc into next 20 sts (all around the right leg), sc into next 5 ch, sc into next 10 sts (back of left leg) (50 sc).

Rounds 3 – 17

Sc into next 50 sts (50 sc).

Helpful hint: before we continue to make the body, we need to stitch the opening between the legs closed.  Using colour (PRINCESS BLUE GREY) yarn cut a 20 cm piece and using a needle sew the opening closed.  Weave in ends. 

Helpful hint: stuff the top of the legs and the bottom of the body until firm, be careful not to overstuff.

Helpful hint: count 12 stitches backwards from the last stitch of round 17 and place a stitch marker into the 12 stitch, this is where we will place the tail when we attach it to the body in Part 6.

Round 18

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts*, rep *.* 4 more times (45 sc).

Round 19

Sc into next 45 sts (45 sc).

Round 20

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 4 more times (40 sc).

Rounds 21 – 23

Sc into next 40 sts (40 sc).

Round 24

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 4 more times (35 sc).

Rounds 25 – 30

Sc into next 35 sts (35 sc).

Round 31

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 4 more times (30 sc).

Helpful hint: stuff the top of body until firm, be careful not to overstuff.

Rounds 32 – 34

Sc into next 30 sts (30 sc).

Helpful hint: if your last stitch after round 34 is not on the side of the body, then add a few extra single crochet stitches, this will not affect your stitch count, but will ensure that your arms are added at the side of the body.  I did two extra stitches to get to the side of the body.

Round 35 – attaching the arms

Place the body with the back facing you and the paws facing downwards.  Place one arm on the left side of the body, with the “paw” facing upwards, sc into next 12 sts (around left arm). The front of the body is now facing upwards.

Sc into next 15 sts (across front of body).

The front of the body is now facing you.  Place the right arm on the right side of the body, with the paw facing upwards and sc into next 12 sts (right arm).

The back side of the body is now facing upwards, sc into next 15 sts (across back of body) (54 sc).

Round 36

Sc into next 54 sts (54 sc).

Helpful hint: you can continue to stuff the body and top of the arms as we go along – you want it nice and firm, but not overstuffed – if the filling is visible between your stitches, you have added too much.  If you struggle to get the stuffing into the arms, use the back of your hook – works like a charm 😊

Round 37

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (48 sc).

Round 38

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (42 sc).

Round 39

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (36 sc).

Round 40

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (30 sc).

Round 41

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (24 sc).

Rounds 42 – 43

Sc into next 24 sts (24 sc).  At the end of round 43 cut yarn leaving a 70 cm tail and use the needle join technique to finish off the round.

Helpful hint: how to make a needle join.  When you have finished your last stitch, do not join, instead cut the yarn and pull it through the last stitch. Using a needle, insert into both loops of the first stitch of the same round/row. Go back into the back loop only of the last stitch of the round/row, and gently tighten the join, and it will form a “loop” on top of the stitch and look just like a regular stitch.

Helpful hint: we will add a bit more stuffing before we attach the body to the head in Part 6.

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