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Bunny Dog Costume
Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice®
Pattern Number: L30273 Just in time for Easter! Knit this adorable dog sweater for a beloved pet. Knit the matching sweater for your child so they can both "hop around" in the park. Designed by Amanda Nervig.

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)
SIZE: Small, Medium
To fit dogs about 10-18 (18-29) lbs. Finished Neck Circumference About 12 1/2 (14 1/2) in. (32 (37) cm) Finished Chest About 18 1/2 (22 1/2) in. (47 (57) cm) Finished Length of Body About 15 (18 1/2) in. (38 (47) cm)
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied May 4, 2014)
HOOD From RS, with larger circular needle and B A, cast on 48 (52) sts.The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)

MATERIALS

860-103 Vannas Choice Yarn: Soft Pink

Lightest pink


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Note: (A)

860-112 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Raspberry

Magenta pink


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Note: (B)

The Pom (Single): Bunny
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GAUGE:
16 sts + 22 rnds = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st – 1 st increased.

M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal strand lying between needles and placing it onto the left needle.

Knit this new stitch through the back loop – 1 st increased.

ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2 sts and knit them tog – 1 st decreased.



PATTERN STITCHES K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds (over even number of sts) Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 for K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds.



K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds (multiple of 4 sts) Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds.



K2, p2 Rib worked in rows (multiple of 4 sts) Row 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of row.

Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.

Rep Row 2 for K2, p2 Rib.

NOTES:
1.

Body is worked in one piece beg at neck.

2.

Body is worked in the round to leg openings then back and underbody are worked separately back and forth in rows.

When leg openings are complete, underbody and back are rejoined and worked in the round to the back flap.

Back flap is worked back and forth in rows.

3.

When knitting in the round on double pointed needles (dpns), your sts need to be divided fairly evenly onto 4 needles.

The total number of sts will not always be evenly divisible by the number of dpns that you are using - this is not a problem! Simply divide your sts as evenly as possible, you will still create a symmetrical 'tube' of knitting.

4.

Hood is worked separately, back and forth in rows, and sewn to Costume.

Short rows are used to shape Hood.

Short rows are rows that are worked over a portion of the sts in a row, leaving the remaining sts unworked.

To work short rows, the pattern instructions will tell you to 'turn' before you reach the end of the row.


INSTRUCTIONS
COSTUME Body With larger double pointed needles and A, cast on 50 (58) sts.

Divide sts onto 4 needles.

Place marker for beg of rnd.

Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.

Increase Rnd: K1, M1, k to last st, M1, k1 – 52 (60) sts.

Rep Increase Rnd 3 (6) more times – 58 (72) sts.

Knit 1 rnd.

Rep Increase Rnd – 60 (74) sts.

Note: If the sts no longer fit comfortably on double pointed needles as you work the following reps, change to larger circular needle.

Rep last 2 rnds 7 (8) more times – 74 (90) sts.

Knit 1 rnd.

Divide for Leg Openings Next Rnd: K6 (9) sts, bind off 5 (8) sts for leg opening, k52 (56) sts and place these 52 (56) sts on a holder for back, bind off 5 (8) sts for leg opening, k to end of rnd, remove marker and k next 6 (9) sts – 12 (18) sts rem for underbody.

Underbody Note: The underbody and back are now worked separately, back and forth in rows on circular needle as if working on with straight needles.

Work in St st worked in rows (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 1 1/2 (2) in.

(4 (5) cm) from bound-off sts for legs, end with a WS row.

Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should be a WS row.

Place sts on a holder.

Back Place the 52 (56) back sts on larger circular needle, ready to work a WS row.

Work in St st worked in rows until back measures same length as underbody, end with a WS row.

Join Back and Underbody Next Rnd (RS): K52 (56) back sts, cast on 5 (8) sts for leg opening, k6 (9) underbody sts from holder, place marker for beg of rnd, k rem 6 (9) underbody sts from holder, cast on 5 (8) sts for second leg opening – 74 (90) sts.

Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.

K to beg of rnd marker.

Work in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) until piece measures 2 in.

(5 cm) from leg opening cast-on.

Shape Back Flap Next Rnd (RS): K to 9 (10) sts before beg of rnd marker, bind off 18 (20) sts removing beg of rnd marker, k to end – 56 (70) sts rem.

Note: Back flap is now worked back and forth in rows.

Next Row: K1, k2tog, k to end of row – 55 (69) sts.

Next Row: P1, p2tog, p to end of row – 54 (68) sts.

Rep last 2 rows 12 (15) more times – 30 (38) sts rem.

Work in St st for 2 1/2 (4) in.

(6.5 (10) cm), end with a WS row.

Lower Body Ribbing Change to smaller circular needle.

From RS, k30 (38) rem back flap sts, pick up and k72 (88) sts evenly spaced down side edge of back flap across underbody and up other side of back flap – 102 (126) sts.

Work in K1, p1 Rib worked in rnds for 5 rnds.

Bind off in rib.
HOOD From RS, with larger circular needle and A, cast on 48 (52) sts.

Work back and forth in rows as if working on straight needles.

Row 1: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 46 (50) sts.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 3 times – 40 (44) sts.

Next Row: K13 (15), pm (place marker), k14, pm, k13 (15).

Increase Row: Purl to 1 st before marker, M1, p1, sm (slip marker), purl to next marker, sm, p1, M1, p to end of row – 42 (46) sts.

Next Row: Knit.

Rep last 2 rows 7 times – 56 (60) sts.

Next Row: Purl.

Short Row Shaping Row 1: K to 2nd marker, remove marker, ssk, k1, TURN, leaving rem sts unworked.

Row 2: Sl 1, p to marker, remove marker, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 3: Sl 1, k16, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 4: Sl 1, p17, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 5: Sl 1, k18, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 6: Sl 1, p19, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 7: Sl 1, k20, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 8: Sl 1, p21, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 9: Sl 1, k22, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 10: Sl 1, p23, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 11: Sl 1, k24, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 12: Sl 1, p25, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 13: Sl 1, k26, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 14: Sl 1, p27, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 15: Sl 1, k28, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 16: Sl 1, p29, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 17: Sl 1, k30, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 18: Sl 1, p31, p2tog, p1, TURN.

Row 19: Sl 1, k32, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 20: Sl 1, p33, p2tog, p1, TURN – 36 sts.



Size S ONLY Bind off.

Proceed to Hood Edging instructions.



Size M ONLY Row 21: Sl 1, k34, ssk, k1, TURN.

Row 22: Sl 1, p35, p2tog, p1, TURN – 38 sts.

Bind off.

Proceed to Hood Edging instructions.



Hood Edging From RS with smaller circular needle and B, pick up and k56 (68) sts evenly spaced across front edge of Hood.

Work back and forth in rows as if working on straight needles.

Work in K2, p2 Rib worked in rows for 5 rows.

Bind off.



OUTER EAR (make 2) With larger circular needle and A, cast on 8 sts.

Work back and forth in rows as if working on straight needles.

Beg with a RS row, work in St st for 4 rows.

Increase Row (RS): Kfb, k to last st, kfb – 10 sts.

Work in St st for 5 rows.

Rep Increase Row – 12 sts.

Work in St st for 9 rows.

Decrease Row: Ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 10 sts.

Next Row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 4 more times – 2 sts rem.

Bind off.



INNER EAR (make 2) With larger circular needle and B, cast on 5 sts.

Beg with a RS row, work in St st for 4 rows.

Increase Row (RS): Kfb, k to last st, kfb – 7 sts.

Work in St st for 5 rows.

Rep Increase Row – 9 sts.

Work in St st for 9 rows.

Decrease Row: Ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog – 7 sts.

Next Row: Purl.

Rep last 2 rows 3 more times – 1 st rem.

Bind off.

FINISHING Sew lower edge of Hood to neck opening of Body.

Sew an Inner Ear to each Outer Ear.

Sew Ears to Hood.

Leg Ribbing From RS with smaller double pointed needles and B, pick up and k20 (28) sts evenly spaced around one leg opening.

Place marker for beg of rnd.

Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.

Work in K2, p2 Rib worked in rnds for 5 rnds.

Bind off in rib.

Rep around 2nd leg opening.

Tie The Pom to Costume for tail.

Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
beg = begin(s)(ning)
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together
p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side


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