Spring has sprung and apparently I can’t think about anything other than sweet little bunny rabbits while knitting! I simply meant to do an interesting new technique for May’s Stitchology, and guess what? It came out with bunnies prancing across the square in neat and orderly rows. I’m definitely not one to deny my love for those furry creatures, so bunny rabbits it is! 🙂 The neat thing about this stitch is that the backside is really pretty too, and looks like an entirely different stitch altogether. Because of this, Bunnies on Parade would be a terrific stitch for making items that can be reversible such as blankets, hats, scarves…you name it!
In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure. My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square. As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you? You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. 😉 To find all the previous stitches in this column, simply click here.
Bunnies on Parade Square
Loom: Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom: 2 rounded pieces + 3 peg connectors, with pegs in all holes for a 3/8” gauge. The Sock Loom 2 or the All-n-One Loom could also be used.
Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage in banane)
Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors. (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter & blocking pins/pad)
This versatile stitch pattern would apply itself very nicely to pretty much any type of project. To work this pattern in the round for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 2—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.
For flat pieces of a greater size, begin with the Set Up Rows (increasing as necessary), then simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch border for the length and width required. Complete by adding the same number of extra Finishing Rows at the end that were added at the beginning.
When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.
The abbreviation “rep” stands for “repeat”.
The abbreviation “wy” stands for “working yarn”.
*There are two types of Slip Stitches in this stitch pattern. They are worked in the following ways:
s1: Slip one stitch with working yarn in back (worked over one peg)
How to do it: *Simply carry the working yarn behind the peg, without working the loop on the peg.
s2wyif/p2: Slip two stitches with working yarn in front, then purl the same two stitches (worked over 2 pegs, from right to left)
How to do it:
*Lift the loop from peg #1 and carry the working yarn in the space in front of the work and behind the peg, then replace held loop. Repeat for peg #2.
*Bring the working yarn around to the back of peg #2, and carry behind both pegs #2 and #1, finally bringing around to the front of peg #1 again.
*Purl pegs #1 and #2.
**Note: See the tutorial video at the bottom of this post for a more visual instruction tool.
Repeating Pattern Rows
Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:
Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart. Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing! For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!
But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. 😉
Step by Step Instructions:
Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 40 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)
Set Up Rows
Row 1: P40
Row 2: K40
Row 3: P40
Row 4: K40
Main Pattern Rows
Row 5: P3, *s2wyif/p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Row 6: K3, *p1, s1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 7: P3, *s1, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Row 8: K40
Rows 9-68: Rep Rows 5-8.
Row 69: P40
Row 70: K40
Row 71: P40
Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off) Weave in ends and trim close to work.
Block to an 8” x 8” measurement.
If you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares. We will be sharing at least 12 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket. Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as necessary:
- Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
- Children: 42″ x 48″
- Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
- Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
- Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a note for Bethany Dailey below in the comments! 🙂