With Easter just around the corner, you might be thinking of enhancing your home decor with some Easter-themed items. Or maybe you’re thinking about brightening up someone’s Easter basket with a special toy for next year. Fortunately, there are lots of great options for knitted Easter-themed gifts.
Rabbit, by Susan B. Anderson
One of the first things I think of related to Easter is bunnies. And when I think of toy knitting, I immediately think of Susan B. Anderson. Susan has designed a lot of bunny patterns. Not only are her patterns fun to knit, they produce wonderful finished objects. One of my favorite bunny patterns is called “Rabbit.” This cute bunny is knitted in worsted weight yarn, and has the unique property of having a body that is stuffed with a tennis ball! The tennis ball provides a perfect solid body for the toy, and actually gives the bunny a little bounce when it is dropped. I knitted this for my now 5-year-old daughter when she was a baby, and she still loves playing it.
Mini Bunny Loves, by Susan B. Anderson
Another great bunny pattern from Susan is “Mini-Bunny Loves.” This is a pattern for fingering weight yarn (grab your leftover sock yarn!) and is knit seamlessly from the bottom to the ears, and then the feet are picked up and knitted separately. Stuffed with Poly-Fil, you finish the pattern off with a cute pompom and a sweet embroidered face, and the bunny is ready for some snuggles.
Mini Sock Yarn Bunny, by Susan B. Anderson
The other bunny toy I’ve knitted is Susan’s “Mini Sock Yarn Bunny.” It’s also knitted with fingering yarn and is bit more detailed than the Mini-Bunny Loves: an embroidered face and safety eyes gives it a lot of character. The bunny is knit seamlessly – all of the appendages are picked up directly on the body and knitted in place. This bunny is a perfect Easter basket companion. If you want to knit a larger version, be sure to check out its older sibling: the “Opal Sock Yarn Bunny.”
While my experience with bunny knitting is limited to Susan’s patterns, there are over 1,000 bunny patterns in the “toys and hobbies” category on Ravelry, so you can browse through all the options and find the perfect bunny for your Easter knitting.
Primrose Lamb, by Alan Dart
If I’m not thinking about Susan B. Anderson when I think of knitted toys, I’m thinking of Alan Dart. I was looking through Alan’s patterns and found his really cute “Chick & Egg” pattern – it’s two half eggshells, with a chick that fits inside of it. Alan also includes a great tip for using hair spray to help everything hold its shape after you finish knitting. Alan’s “Primrose Lamb” and “Little Bo Sheep” patterns would also fit right at home in an Easter basket.
Easter Eggs, by Emily Kintigh
Finally, let’s talk about Easter eggs. A search for “Easter Egg” in the “Toys and Hobbies” category on Ravelry returns almost 100 results. I was particularly stuck by the “Easter Eggs” pattern by Emily Kintigh. This free pattern uses worsted weight yarn and includes instructions for either solid or striped eggs. It would also be a great pattern to customize with simple fair isle motifs. A pattern like this offers endless opportunities. Since it will knit up quickly, you can easily make a basket full of eggs. They would also be perfect for indoor egg hunts. Another fun – and quick – egg pattern is “Easter Eggs” by Cheryl Beckerich. These lacy eggs are knitted in DK or worsted weight yarn, and “stuffed” with a 3.5 inch plastic Easter egg. It’s a great way to add some character to your plastic egg collection, and they also knit up very quickly.
With thousands of bunny, chick, lamb, and egg patterns out there, I’ve barely scratched the surface on great knitted toys for Easter gifts, but I’ve definitely given you a good starting point. Have you done any special Easter knitting in the past? Are you planning to cast on something this year? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to see what you put on your needles for Easter.
Keep on knitting for the ones you love!
Greg Cohoon has been knitting since 2012, when his daughter, who was born prematurely, received a few preemie hats while she was in the NICU. He is KnittingDaddy on Ravelry, Instagram, and Twitter and is the host of the Unraveling Podcast. Greg lives in Greensboro, North Carolina and has a special fondness for baseball, bacon, and blueberries.