Ballerina Bunny — Free Crochet Pattern
Ballerina bunny aka Bella is 10″ tall (including her ears) and 3″ wide (body width). If you know of a little girl who dreams of being a dancer, then Bella Ballerina Bunny would be the perfect gift. Both patterns are free to subscribers for personal use. This post features the crochet pattern for Bella’s ballet costume. For Bella the amigurumi rabbit pattern, click here.
Ballerina Bunny Materials
Lion Brand Yarns
- Vanna’s Glamour® fine (2) weight acrylic yarn (1.75 oz/202 yds/50g per skein): Diamond (861-100)—1 skein
- Vanna’s Choice medium (worsted) weight acrylic yarn (31/2 oz/170 yds/100g per skein): Lilac (860- )—1 skein
- Bonbons® fine (sport) weight yarn (8 x 0.35 oz (2.8 oz), 8 x 28 yd (224 yd)/80g: Nature (601-640)—using purple and cream
National nonwoven felt: Lilac
Cut the following pieces for the headband with bow: ¼” wide X 8” long, ¼” wide X 2 ½” long, and ¼” wide X 1” long
- Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
- Beacon’s Felt Glue
- Tapestry needle
- sc2tog (sc dec) (Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 sc decreased
- For illustrated tutorial, click here.
- dc3tog (dec 2 sts working in dc) Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops ] 3 times (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook —2 stitches decreased.
- For illustrated tutorial, click here.
Instructions for Ballerina Bunny
Bottom of the Tutu—worked in the crocodile stitch
You will create the scales by working into the foundation row. The foundation is comprised of alternating stitches with ch 1 spaces between them. The foundation stitch pattern is as follows: work 2 dc into a st, space, 1 dc, space, 2 dc, space, 1 dc, space, across the entire row.
For a crocodile stitch tutorial, click here.
Create Foundation Row
Row 1: With Diamond, ch 61. Work 2 dc in 6th chain from hook. (This counts as the first set of 1 dc, space, 2 dc.) Ch 1, sk 2 chs, dc into the next ch, ch 1, sk 2 chs, 2 dc in next ch—repeat across the row. You will end up working two double crochets into the last ch. (21 dc—7 chains will have one double crochet worked into it, and seven ch stitches will have two double crochets worked into it.)
Start your first row of crocodile scale stitches
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sk the first dc (which was the last dc of the previous row). Work 5 bpdc around the post of the second double crochet in the row. These are worked from the top down, so that the second bpdc is worked around the same post directly below the first bpdc. This makes the first half of the first crocodile scale. Work 5 dc around the next post. These are worked from bottom to top. If you are right handed, then you will be inserting your hook from the left side to right and double crochet around the post. Slp sts in the next dc to secure the scale to the row. Repeat across the row. You will end with a scale. (This means that you will not do the last slip st at the very end of the row). You should have seven scales.
Row 3: Create another row of alternating dc that will look similar to the first row. Work one dc into the center of each scale and two double into the slp sts. Turn and ch 1. (The back of the scales should be facing you.) Slp st in center of first scale. Ch 4. Work 2 dc in the next slip st. Ch 1, dc in the center of the next scale. Ch 1, dc in center of scale. Ch 1, 2 dc in next slip st. Repeat across the row. Ending with 2 dc into the first dc you skipped to create the scales.
Create three rows of scales.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Follow instructions for row 3 again.
Row 6: Repeat row 2. Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.
Finish Bottom of Tutu
Form ring by sewing the ends together. The width of the back seam is half a scale. Weave in yarn ends and trim.
Top of Tutu
Rnd 1: First, join lilac to a stitch next to the center seam along the top edge. Then ch 1, work 28 evenly space sc sts; join with slp st to first sc. (28 sc)
Rnds 2-8: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slp st to first sc.
Rnd 9: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog; repeat from * join with slp st to first sc. (21 sc)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in each sc around; join with slp st to first sc.
Rnd 11: Ch 1, sc in 7 sc, work sc and hdc in the same sc, dc in sc, work hdc and sc in the same sc, slp st in sc, work sc and hdc in the same sc, dc in sc, work hdc and sc in the same sc sc in 7 sc: join with slp st to first sc. (25 sts) Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.
Finish Top Edge
Join purple to a stitch along the top. Ch 1, sc in each st around; join with slp st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.
Create Strap (make 2)
Join purple to the stitch above a dc in the front. Ch 9. Slp st into a corresponding stitch in the back. Fasten off and weave in yarn ends.
Row 1: With cream yarn, ch 6. Work sc in the second ch from the hook and the remaining ch sts. (5 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in sc, sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in sc. (7 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in sc, sc in 5 sc, 2 sc in sc. (9 sc)
Rows 4-10: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc.
Row 11: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in sc, sc in 7 sc, 2 sc in sc. (11 sc)
Row 12: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc.
Row 13: Ch 1, turn, sc in 2 sc, hdc in sc, dc in sc, tr in 3 sc, dc in sc, hdc in sc, sc in 2 sc. Fasten off.
Sides & Top
You will work the sides and top in the round and joining at the end of each round.
Rnd 1: Join purple yarn to the first st along the side. Ch 1, along the side work 10 evenly spaced sc (fig. A), bottom work sc into the original ch 5 (fig. B) , along the next side work 10 evenly spaced sc, along the top sc in sc, hdc in 2 sts, dc in 2 sts, tr in st, dc in 2 sts, hdc in 2 sts, sc in sc (fig. C); join with slp st to first sc. (35 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in 25 sc, sc2tog, sc in 7 sts, sc2tog; join with slp st to first sc. (33 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in 25 sc, sc in 2 sts, hdc in sts, dc3tog, hdc in sts, sc in 2 sts; join with slp st to first sc. (31 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sk sc, sc in 23 sc, slp st in sc, ch 9. Attach to opposite with a slip st. Fasten off. Create second crossover strap. Attach yarn to corresponding sc in front of shoe. Ch 9. Attach to opposite side with slip st. To make it clearer for you, I created a chart on where to attach the straps. Click on the following to download the PDF chart— Ballerina Bunny Shoes–where to attach straps
Headband with Bow
- Create headband using 8″ piece of wool felt. Place glue on one end and overlap the other end to form a ring.
- Create bow using 2 1/2″ piece of felt. Fold the ends in so that they meet in the middle. Glue into place.
- Attach bow to band. Glue the 1″ piece of felt. Place the bow over the headband’s seam. Wrap the 1″ piece around the bow and band to hold it into place.