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Classic Crochet Bunny: An Easter Favorite

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns, Kids & Toys, My Favorites, Spring

Whether it’s for Easter, a baby shower, or a birthday, there’s never a bad time for an soft and huggable floppy ear bunny. This free crochet bunny pattern can be made in a variety of yarns for different sized stuffed animals, from little babies that fit in the palm or your hand, to large furry friends perfect for bedtime snuggling.

Floppy ear stuffed bunny crochet pattern

Back in December, I made my daughter a Kira the Kangaroo stuffed toy for Christmas. I was rather proud of it, and Kira is beautiful, as is her little baby. But guess what? M doesn’t sleep with her, or her unicorn, or Bernard the shark. Instead, she drags around this floppy, squishy puppy dog stuffed toy that my husband actually bought for me way back when we were dating. Cue the lightbulb.

child holding crochet easter bunny

I wanted to create a vision of a child dragging a beloved and bedraggled stuffed bunny as she wanders around the house.  Just a simply classic and timeless stuffed bunny.

Different Yarns for Different Crochet Stuffed Animals

The large bunny shown in the picture below is made with Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick. The small bunny is made in Lion Brand Vanna’s Colors, which is discontinued. Because the Homespun can be difficult to work with, especially if you’re new to crochet, I do recommend working with a normal, twisted, worsted weight yarn first to get the hang of crocheting stuffed animals. Once you’re comfortable feeling your crochet stitches, you can make your crochet bunny in any kind of yarn for different effects. Homespun Quick and Thick has a wonderful curly cue feel, or try Lion Brand Go For Faux for something more furry!

two sizes of stuffed animals made from one crochet pattern

Check out the video below to see how I worked up Stanley Duck with Lion Brand Baby Soft Boucle*, another fuzzy, squishy yarn that’s hard to see stitches with, but makes oh so perfect stuffed animals!

Working with Hard to See Yarn

Tools needed when working with Lion Brand Homespun yarn

When working with yarn like Homespun Thick and Quick, make sure you’re using the right size crochet hook. You may need to play around with crochet hook sizes to ensure your stitches are loose enough to recognize by touch, and tight enough to prevent the stuffing from falling out. For the large, Homespun Thick and Quick bunny, I used an 8mm (size L) Clover USA crochet hook.

To help with navigating these hard-to-see stitches, I also used a lot of stitch markers, like Clover’s flexible quick locking stitch markers. My smaller, worsted weight crochet bunny was worked in joined rounds, which makes it easier to frog rounds while designing, but the Homespun bunny was worked in a continuous spiral, with the exception of the head, which was worked in joined rounds to maintain symmetry.

How to work with Lion Brand Homespun yarn

On the starting magic circle, lock a stitch marker on the first sc and the 6th sc, so that when you pull the magic circle in, you know where to work the first stitch of the 2nd round, as well as the last stitch of the 2nd round. Use the stitch marker as a guide to feel for exactly where to insert your hook, because you won’t be able to tell just from looking at it.

Use stitch markers when crocheting with difficult yarn

If you’re making the head and working in joined rounds, make the slip stitch join into the stitch indicated by your first stitch marker. Work a chain stitch, and an sc into the same stitch. Lock a stitch marker on this first sc. Continue working around and lock a stitch marker on the last stitch. Now use the first stitch marker to guide you on where to make the next slip stitch join.  When working continuous rounds, it’s less important to have stitch markers on both the first and last stitch, but it’s still useful to help you keep track of your rounds. I actually started color coding with my stitch markers to keep track of how many rounds of 18 or 15 or 12 stitches I had worked, but that’s up to you. Just pull out all the stitch markers when you’re done with the piece.

close-up of a floppy ear bunny

One great thing about using a hard-to-see yarn is that it’s usually very forgiving when it comes time to assemble your bunny. You can pretty much split the yarn and sew wherever you’d like, but to be super secure, make sure you’ve sewn through a full stitch, and not just the fuzz. The only issue to watch out for is when you’re installing the eyes. Safety eyes work well with tightly crocheted amigurumi, but because these stitches are so loose, the eyes can pop out easily, even when it’s “locked”. When you’re adding the eyes, make sure to insert the eye through an actual stitch itself, splitting the yarn in that stitch. Do not attach it in the space between rows or stitches, as those gaps are too big. Make sure it can’t pop out on its own before locking the backing in place.

Completing Your Crochet Bunny

As for stuffing the bunny, just keep it light. Use a regular polyfill stuffing, not the loose anti-clumping type. You definitely want a bit of clumping here so that no tidbits of fluff come out between the stitches. You can stuff the head a bit tighter than the rest of the pieces in order to give it more definition, but still keep it light and squishy. All the pieces are supposed to be soft, bouncy and floppy, so don’t worry about getting everything perfectly in place or symmetrical – this is meant to be a love toy, not a display toy.

all the pieces of a cuddly crochet stuffed bunny

Lastly, make a pom pom and sew it to the bunny bottom. This helps her sit up (kind of). Plus, it’s a pom pom, and who ever says no to a pom pom?  I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick wrapped around a Clover Pom Pom Maker to create a thick and fluffy pom pom. Here, you can also use any yarn you’d like, but I preferred a different texture to emphasize the tail.

pom pom bunny tail made with Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick

If you’re gifting your stuffed bunny, you may want to add a maker’s tag to the ear. You can find beautiful maker tags from Angie and Britt, or All This Wood.

Personalize your crochet bunny with a custom tag

This classic crochet floppy ear bunny is simple, plain and perfect. Feel free to dress her up, but I like my stuffed animals unadorned and easy to hug.

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Related: Baby Humpback Crochet Whale Stuffed Animal

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Squishy crochet Easter bunny rabbits are easy to hug

Where to Find the Classic Stuffed Bunny Pattern

Keep scrolling down to get the free Classic Stuffed Bunny pattern. Or, if you prefer a printable and downloadable version, you can purchase an inexpensive, ad-free and comment-free PDF from Etsy or Ravelry. The PDF file is full of easy to read text and instructional photos, and is available for download immediately after payment.

Add the Classic Stuffed Bunny to your Ravelry queue.

floppy ear bunny with pom pom tail

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Related: Classic Crochet Bunny in Spanish, translated by Maria @KnittingIsCool.

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Supplies

Abbreviations

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet decrease: Insert hook into front loop of next st. Without yarning over, insert hook into front loop of next st. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining loop on hook.
  • sc3tog – Insert hook into front loop of next st. Without yarning over, insert hook into front loop of next 2 st. Yarn over. Pull through 3 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining loop on hook.
  • hdc2tog – half double crochet decrease

Pattern Notes

  • The bunny head is worked in joined rounds, with the first sc worked into same st as join.
  • The other pieces are worked in continuous rounds.
  • If working with Homespun Thick and Quick, make sure to attach the eyes through (splitting) the yarn, and check that the eyes are secure before locking it in.
  • The ear is unstuffed.

Floppy-Eared Stuffed Bunny Crochet Pattern

HEAD

Round 1: Work 6 sc in a magic circle. Join to first sc with sl st. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (12)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st. Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st. Work 2 sc in each of next 4 st. Work 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st. Work 1 sc in each of next 2 st. Join to first sc with sl st. (18)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc into first st. Work 2 sc into next st, 1 sc in each of next 5 st. Work 2 sc in each of next 4 st, 1 sc in each of next 5 st. Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st. Join to first sc with sl st. (24)

Round 6-9: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (24)

Stop here to embroider on the nose right on Round 1, and attach the eyes approximately between Rounds 3 and 4, centered around the nose.

Round 10: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 2 st, and 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join to first sc with sl st. (18)

Round 11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (18)

Round 12: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in next st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join to first sc with sl st. (12)

Stop here to stuff the head before the hole gets too small. Stuff the head a little more full, but not tightly.

Round 13: Ch 1. Work 6 sc2tog. Join to first sc with sl st. (6)

Cut yarn, leaving a yarn tail. Pull yarn through last st. Sew yarn tail through front loops of each of 6 st. Pull tight, fasten off, weave in ends.

BODY

Round 1: Work 6 sc in magic circle. (6)

Round 2: Work 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 3: Work [1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (18)

Round 4: Work 1 sc in each st around.(18)

Round 5: Work [1 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 6 times. (24)

Round 6-9: Work 1 sc in each st around. (24)

Round 10:  Work [1 sc in each of next 2 st, and 1 sc2tog] 6 times. (18)

Round 11-12: Work 1 sc in each st around. (18)

Round 13: Work [1 sc in next st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. (12)

Round 14: Work 1 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 13: Work 6 sc2tog. (6)

Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff lightly.

EARS

Round 1: Work 6 sc in magic circle. (6)

Round 2: Work 1 sc in each st around. (6)

Round 3: Work [1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 3 times. (9)

Round 4: Work [1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 3 times. (12)

Round 5: Work [1 sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 3 times. (15)

Round 6-8: Work 1 sc in each st around. (15)

Round 9: Work [1 sc in next 3 st, sc2tog] 3 times. (12)

Round 10-11: Work 1 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 12: Work [1 sc in next 2 st, sc2tog] 3 times. (9)

Round 13-14: Work 1 sc in each st around. (9)

Round 15: Work [1 sc in next st, sc2tog] 3 times. (6)

Round 16-17: Work 1 sc in each st around. (6)

Ch 1. Squeezing the last round together, and working through all 4 loops, work 2 sc across. Cut yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off.

ARMS

Round 1: Work 6 sc in magic circle. (6)

Round 2: Work [1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 3 times. (9)

Round 3-4: Work 1 sc in each st around. (9)

Round 5: Work 1 sc2tog. Work 1 sc in each st around. (8)

Round 6-7: Work 1 sc in each st around. (8)

Round 8: Work 1 sc2tog. Work 1 sc in each st around. (7)

Round 9-10: Work 1 sc in each st around. (7)

Stop here to stuff the arm lightly.

Round 11: Work 1 sc2tog. Work 1 sc in each st around. (6)

Ch 1. Squeezing the last round together, and working through all 4 loops, work 2 sc across. Cut yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off.

FEET & LEGS

Round 1: Work 6 sc in magic circle. (6)

Round 2: Work 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 sc in each of next 2 st. (12)

Round 3: Work 2 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in each of next 3 st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in next st. (18)

Round 4-5: Work 1 sc in each st around. (18)

Round 6: Work 1 sc in each of next 5 st, sc2tog, hdc2tog 2 times, sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 5 st. (14)

Round 7: Work 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, sc2tog 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog. (9)

Round 8: Work 1 sc in each of next 3 st, 1 sc3tog, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc2tog. (6)

Stop here to stuff the feet lightly.

Round 9-10: Work 1 sc in each st around. (6)

Ch 1. Squeezing the last round together, and working through all 4 loops, work 2 sc across. Cut yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off.

ASSEMBLY

  • Ears are attached approximately between Rounds 7-8 on either side of the head.
  • Body is attached to head in line with the ears and with the nose pointing directly forwards.
  • Arms are attached to the body in line with the ears, approximately 1 row down from where the body attaches to the head.
  • Legs are attached to the bottom of the body bisecting the center point
  • Pom pom tail is optional and attached at your discretion.

Checking out her stuffed Easter bunny

I had shared on Instagram that M just seemed to know what I was making, even though I was barely through making the head of a single bunny. So after all was said and done, I let her have at it to see how she’d react to these new stuffed animals. I think she likes them!

a small floppy ear stuffed bunny.

Free stuffed crochet bunny pattern for Easter.

How to crochet a soft, squishy, floppy ear, stuffed bunny rabbit using Lion Brand Homespun yarn. Perfect for Easter or a DIY baby shower gift!

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181 Comments

  1. Kelly

    This is one of my favorite crocheted animals ever! You are so right about traditional amigurumi being not so cuddly. It was genius to create this! Thank you for your generosity in sharing the pattern!

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  2. Renae Brooks

    Adorable! And the bunnies are cute, too. 😀

    I have never used the safety eyes but maybe you could place a piece of fabric or felt on the inside of the head to add a little backing to the eyes and help keep them from pulling through?

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    • Debby

      Wonderful Suggestion .. im making two of these for my neighbors toddler’s , all finished except sewing him together …

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    • Jeanette Via

      That is a great idea. I am going to try thst

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  3. kim

    I love this bunny! That you so much for sharing!

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  4. Pamela

    Oh my goodness that yarn looks SO hard to work with. You deserve a medal!!

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  5. Ewa Pyman

    This is a great pattern! Thank you so much for sharing. I didn’t have any Homespun in my stash, but really wanted to make one right away, so I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick and it worked up really well. The Wool ease isn’t as floppy and soft as I imagine the Homespun will be, but I think it still turned out great. I ALMOST had enough yarn using 1 skein, except for half of an ear. So I made the rest of that ear using a contrasting color with the main color at the tip of the ear. It looks pretty cute and I’ll use the 2nd color to make the pom pom tail to match, so it’ll all tie in together. Thanks again. I will be making these on repeat. So easy and quick and makes a great gift.

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    • Karen

      is this pattern for the large bunny?

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      • Cheis

        I know. The bunny ears per this pattern is very small. I think there has been an error

      • PKay

        No, it’s a small bunny.

      • Carol Layne

        help! I am in the midst of the bunny. I have made the head which turned out pretty large (hopefully i did it right). I have an easy time getting that technique down but when i have switched to the body and am doing the continuous rounds, i keep losing my place and the numbers are never right. It remains to be seen if this part is going to turn out.

        My question is, if i end up needing to rip it out, can i complete the remaining body parts in joined rounds instead or will the bunny not turn out.? Thanks for your help.

        I have tried watching youtube videos already. Still struggling.

      • Karen

        I’ve just bought your bunny patten and am getting the Homespun thick and quick sent to me. Just want to confirm if I use this wool will if make the large bunny?? Regards Karcn

  6. Abigail

    I’ve been thinking about what to make with Homespun Thick and Quick! This is perfect, especially since my baby will be born next month! Thank you so much! If I change the ears, can I possibly use the same pattern to make a teddy bear?

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    • Suzanne

      Yes it will work. You could also google for a stuffed bear pattern. I know there are plenty out there.

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    • Rachel

      I’m thinking of doing different ears and making it a dog. Glad I’m not the only one looking to adjust the animal! I’m just wondering if I want to do anything different around the nose/mouth area.

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  7. RenCapalby

    Oh Wow! I have been seeking a soft rabbit pattern for a month now and happened to bump into your pattern online today. This is perfect for my 3 little Grt-GD’s for Easter and a smaller version for my Grt-GS. Now all I need to do is buy some yarn. Oh happy day and thank you!
    Ren in Az

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    • ChiWei

      You’re welcome!

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  8. Laura S

    Do you have a tutorial on making this bunny

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  9. Penny Draves

    Love this bunny and have all the parts completed, but I am looking for placement of nose. What rows?

    Thank you,

    Penny

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    • ChiWei

      Hi Penny, the nose is stitched right onto round 1 of the head 🙂

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    • Lotan

      Same question lol
      I don’t get how to make the nose and eyes

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  10. Anita

    I made this bunny today out of regular Lion Brand Homespun. All the pieces are done, I just have to put him together in the morning. With this yarn he’s about the size of your original one. I used the “Barley” color and he’s going to be so cute!! Thank you so much for a fabulous pattern!

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    • ChiWei

      I’m so glad you like it!

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      • Zezettetricotte

        I would like to know the finished size. I started one and it seems smaller then the one the little girl is holding on. Thanks.

      • Michelle Snow

        Yes, mine is smaller too. I’d like to make a bigger one, but do t want to use a bigger hook.

      • Rosemary

        What color Homespun yarn to make one exactly like yours????

      • Linda Case

        Can you tell me the finished size of this bunny?

    • Karen

      Where the stitches easier yo see with yhis yarn.

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    • Diana

      I love this pattern but the Homespun looks intimidating. I want to start with regular worsted, like you did. Did you use two strands of Vanna?

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  11. Johanna Egerton

    Thank you for your very clear pattern instructions. First ever bunny almost ready and had no problems following your pattern.

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    • ChiWei

      Yay! Glad to hear it!

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  12. Susan

    Just finished this for my youngest granddaughter for Easter. Thank you very much for the super easy pattern. And I agree, that Homespun Thick and Quick yarn is not the most enjoyable to work with, but very forgiving. It made such a sweet, squishy and soft stuffed bunny, she’s going to love it. Thanks again!!

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    • ChiWei

      It’s sooo forgiving, isn’t it? The mess is built in, lol!

      Reply
  13. Reyna

    This Bunny is so cute! Is there a video tutorial for it? I’m a beginner and would love to make it but would definitely need to follow along with the video.

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    • ChiWei

      Hi Reyna, I’m sorry, I don’t have a video for this bunny.

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    • Karen

      Me too

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  14. Janora

    Ek wil graag weet..hoe lank is die “Bunny” wanneer voltooi is.?Lengte?

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  15. Caro

    Thank you so much for yet another wonderful creation and for your generosity in sharing your design process with us! I’m so glad & grateful to finally, after years of hoarding it, have the perfect project for the soft, shiny & extremely curly yarn in my stash, & it’s even the right colour for my 3 grandchildren’s new bunnies this Easter – if I am quick & studious enough! Thanks again xxxx

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    • ChiWei

      I love it when our hoarding pays off! So, is it time to go get new yarn to replace the ones you used? lol!

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  16. Debbie

    Need to stuff something. Don’t crochet tight or pull out the sewing machine. Grab a knee hi panty hose, get it as close to color. Then fill and tie off. Works great for adding beads too.
    Enjoy

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    • ChiWei

      Ooh, the panty hose idea is great! I want to add beads to my next stuffie for sure!

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  17. David

    Thank you for sharing this pattern! The instructions were well laid out and easy to follow. Grumpa crocheted this as an Easter gift for his 18 month old granddaughter. After looking at all the other bunny designs online my wife picked yours for me to make and this little guy turned out perfect. Again, thank you for shaing.

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    • ChiWei

      You’re so welcome! And I’m glad it turned out great!

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    • Stacy McCullum

      I have two new grandbabies and another due September. I hope I can learn to make this by next Easter. If so, I’ll let you know. So excited because it looks beautiful and cuddly!

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  18. David

    Footnote to my previous comment. Since this is for my 18 month old granddaughter I used soft black yarn for crocheted eyes instead of purchased ones. They turned out beautifully.

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    • Stacy McCullum

      That’s what I planned to do. I plan to just come back and stitch over the top of the basic stitch. Is that what you did? Trying to avoid All Choking Hazards. Thanks for any advise you can give me.

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    • ChiWei

      Thank you for the share!

      Reply
  19. Linda Smith

    I’m hoping that someone can help me with this; my OCD is getting the better of me! I’m trying to figure out eye placement. On rounds 4 & 5 of the head it says to “Work 2 sc in each of next 4 st.” This will make the head wider on opposite sides. Are these wider sides the top & bottom or are they the sides of the face? Help will be greatly appreciated!

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    • ChiWei

      Hi Linda, the seam is on the bottom of the head, so the 2sc in each of the next 4 st is the top of the head, to give it the differentiation of the head and the snout. Hope that helps!

      Reply

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