I slip stitched the first row on the handle to give it some body with the blue mint before tying off and then I did a decorative whip stitch with a needle with a double strand of white yarn to give it even more body and highlight it. If I ever use this same yarn again, I’ll use crochet with two strands at the same time for the handle.
I also slip stitched the basket opening of the gray bunny in the same color to make it sturdier, but it could certainly be done in a contrasting color or with a decorative needle stitch instead. I love the way it looks.
I added just a bit of loose quilting batting to the base of the ears of the blue bunny to help his ears stand up, keeping it low so that the ears could still be turned down. The eyes were done with a doubled strand of pink (Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights) which I did in place three times to build up the depth of them. The whiskers were sewn in white as well.
After seeing my first attempt, my mother requested I make on for her. Hers was made with leftover Simply Soft Caron yarn in Gray Heather from my last granny square afghan project. That yarn has a lot more body even though it’s the same brand and weight as the blue mint so the handle stands up nicely. I chose to whip stitch it in white anyway as well to mimic Easter Baskets from my childhood in the 1960’s. I left the ears floppy on this one – it just looked cuter as a floppy eared bunny.
Both bunnies are finished with Pom Pom yarn tails made with a Clover Large Pom Pom Maker. The gray has a gray and white tail that looks pretty adorable while the blue mint’s tail is solid.
Crochet How To: Row Markers
I used a lot of row markers on my first try. It was much easier than I thought it’d be!
This was my first attempt at a 3D animal so I used row markers…lots of them on the first ear. My crochet how to hadn’t previously included Amigurumi (the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small animals) and now I’m hooked. By the time I did the second I felt comfortable enough to use a piece of contrasting yarn to mark the rows instead. That would have been great, but I accidently pulled it out. Now I anchor the yarn with a Clover Large Pom Pom Maker so there’s no worry about losing it.
I finished the body with a crab stitch (reverse single crochet) as well as both sides of the handle. I did the face in the same pink (Lion Brand Yarn 601-610 Bonbons Yarn, Brights) and finished with some leftover white. I toyed with adding some additional detail to the handle in a coordinating color and tried two different embroidery stitches, but in the end I liked the look of the crab stitch on its own.
Personalized Easter Baskets
These crocheted bunny baskets could easily be personalized by cross-stitching or needlepointing a name. But what if you’re not ready to craft one yourself? You can purchase personalized Easter gifts, including Easter Baskets, online. Check for a coupon codefor a discount before ordering.
Dritz Crafters Comfort Glove-Large (I’m 5’10” and these are perfectly sized for me) – for people with arthritis or sore joints. A HUGE help with keeping away the pain. I wear them inside-out because the seams are unfinished which is annoying plus there are too many scratchy tags.
I’m going to make this with a bigger hook and with bulky yarn later this week. These are too small for Easter Egg hunts and I’d love a bigger one that can actually hold eggs. Then it’s back to making hats for charity. I have 7 ready to donate plus I’m almost finished with my Project Linus blanket.
A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, going green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's an animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA.
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