We’ve officially hit the point where everything within Darcy’s reach goes straight into her mouth—her hands, toys, unvacuumed carpet fuzz—and every item within a 2 foot radius of her body is covered in goopy baby slobber. I loved the little hedgehog teething ring pattern that ChiWei of One Dog Woof posted recently, and she inspired me to take a crack at a teething ring of my own. I figured a little bunny ring would be appropriate for this time of year, and hopefully I’m giving you juuuuuust enough time in posting this tutorial that you’ll be able to pull one together to stick in your little slobbermouth’s Easter basket! Because a 6-month old baby will absolutely realize, care, and remember what was in her first Easter basket.
I used 100% cotton yarn to make my little bunnies, and although it typically isn’t my favorite yarn to work with, I thought it would be an appropriate choice for a project that will spend a good amount of time being chewed and sucked and drooled on. Any cotton worsted weight yarn—like Lion Brand Cotton or Peaches and Creme—should work great!
Darcy’s little bunny pal is getting a lot of love so far. The ring makes it easy for her to grab and hang onto, and the little ears are the perfect size to chomp on!
I’ll walk you through the pattern a step at a time, so hopefully this should be easy enough to complete, no matter what your crochet experience level is! If you hit any roadblocks, feel free to ask questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Plush Bunny Teething Ring
- use any worsted weight crochet yarn. You’ll also need a small amount of stuffing.
- gauge is unimportant in this pattern
- as with almost any amigurumi project, use the smallest hook size you can comfortably work with for your yarn . . . I used an F (3.75) hook . . . and crochet as tightly as you can!
- this project is worked in continuous spirals—instead of joining the beginning and end of each row, you’ll simply keep working around and around in, well, a continuous spiral.
Chain 8 and slip stitch into the first chain to form a ring.
Working in continuous rounds, single crochet evenly around, forming a narrow tube.
As your tube lengthens, stuff it firmly as you go (I like to use the blunt end of a larger crochet hook to jam the stuffing in nice and tight).
When your ring measures roughly 9” in length (or whatever length you need for the size ring you’d like!), slip stitch into the next stitch after your last single crochet and fasten off your yarn, leaving a long yarn tail.
Bring the two ends together to form a ring, and use your ending yarn tail to stitch the two open ends together.
Sew in the remaining yarn tails.
That’s it for the ring—easy enough, huh? On to the bunny head.
Start with a magic ring. Work 5 single crochets into the ring.
Pull the yarn tail tight to cinch the ring closed. Working in continuous spirals, work 2 single crochets into each stitch around for the first row (you should have 10 stitches total at the end of this round).
For the next round, work 2 single crochets into the first stitch, then 1 single crochet into the next. Repeat this sequence of 2 single crochets followed by 1 single crochet around (at the end of this row, you should have 15 stitches total).
For the next round, work 2 single crochets into the next stitch, then 1 single crochet into each of the next 2 stitches and repeat around. (So this row’s sequence will have 2 stitches, 1 stitch, 1 stitch, 2 stitches, 1 stitch, 1 stitch, etc.) At the end of this row, you should have 20 stitches total.
For the next SIX rows, you will single crochet evenly around—1 single crochet into each stitch of the previous row.
At this point, use yarn to embroider the eyes and nose to give your bunny a face.
Now we’ll start decreasing to bring the bunny’s head closed. For this next row, work a single crochet decrease (sc2tog) over the first two stitches, then work 1 single crochet into each of the next 2 stitches. Repeat this sequence around. (At the end of this row, you’ll have 15 stitches total.)
For the next round, single crochet evenly around.
For the next round, work a single crochet decrease (sc2tog) over the first two stitches, then work 1 single crochet in the next stitch. Repeat around. (At the end of this row, you’ll have 10 stitches total.)
Stuff the head firmly.
For the next round, work a single crochet decrease over the first two stitches, single crochet in the next 3 stitches, work a single crochet decrease over the next two stitches, then single crochet in the next two stitches. Slip stitch to the next stitch, and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.
Use the yarn tail to sew the head onto the ring over the ring’s joining seam.
Just the ears left now! Start out with a magic ring and work 5 single crochets into the ring (the same way you started the head). Pull the yarn tail to close the ring.
Work 2 single crochets into each stitch around (you’ll have 10 stitches at the end of this row).
Continue working single crochets evenly around in a continuous spiral until the ear measures 2” long.
Work a slip stitch after your final single crochet, then fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail.
Fold the ear in half along the open end, and use the yarn tail to stitch back and forth a few times to secure the fold.
Use the yarn tail to sew the ear securely onto the bunny’s head. Repeat the process for the second ear.
Please leave any questions in the comments on this post, and if you make one, I’d LOVE to see a picture!
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