There Goes Peter Cotton Tail
Pattern by Cornelia’s Granddaughter
• 110 yards of Cascade 220 yarn (worsted)
• Stuffing (poly fill)Spring
• 10 yards fingering yarn for pompom tail, eyes and mouth
• Stitch marker
• 1 set of 5 DPNS: Size 6
• Tapestry Needle
• Row Counter (opt)
CO 6 sts. Divide these sts evenly and place on 3 DPN’s. Join to work in round. Carefully (do not twist!)
2. Kfb all sts (12)
7. K1, k2 tog, k1 around each needle. (9)
Place these stitches on holder empty DPN. Break yarn, leaving a 6” tail. (This is the first of two legs and will be worked later.)
Repeat these 20 rounds for second leg. But DO NOT BREAK YARN, INSTEAD
Knit 5 sts (move remaining 4sts to 2nd DPN)
Knit across 4 sts from holder (9 sts will now be on front DPN)
Knit the remaining 9 sts (on 2nd DPN)
Distribute stitches on 3 DPN’s as follows: (18 sts)
Needle 1: Knit 6 sts
Needle 2: Knit 6 sts
Needle 3: Knit 6 sts
Round 1: kfb, k2 around each needle [You will now have 8 sts on each DPN] (24 sts)
Rounds 2-8: Knit all stitches
Next you will re-arrange stitches on two DPN’s so that you have 12 stitches on each needle. The stitches on the 2nd DPN will be worked later.
Stitches will now be worked flat (no longer joined to work in round). You will be creating an opening for arms.
1. K12 on first DPN.
2. Turn work. (purl side will be facing you)
3. Slip 1 stitch purlwise, purl all stitches
4. Slip 1 stitch, knit all stitches
5. Slip 1 stitch, purl all stitches
6. Decrease: K2 tog, K1 around (8 sts)
7. Slip 1 stitch, purl all stitches
8. Decrease: K2 tog around (4 sts)
Break yarn, leaving a 4” tail.
~Repeat these 8 rows on the 2nd DPN.
HOWEVER, DO NOT break yarn after this decrease row. (It would be advisable to lightly stuff the body of the bunny at this time) *Note that for this pattern only the body and head will be stuffed. Legs and arms will look best without stuffing.
Knit across 4 sts, PM and join to work all 8 sts in round:
1. Kfb, k1 around each needle. (total sts, 12)
(Divide 12 sts on 3 DPN’s) Work the following rounds:
3. Kfb, k1 around each needle (total sts, 18)
5. Kfb, k2 around each needle (total sts, 24)
7. Kfb, k3 around each needle (total sts, 30)
14. K2 tog, k3 around each needle (24)
16. K2 tog, k2 around each needle (18)
17. K2 tog, k1 around each needle (12) ~stuff the head of bunny here~
19. K2 tog, all sts (6)
Cut yarn, thread through remaining sts and pull tightly, weave ends.
Note: Ears will be knitted and then stitched to head. Stitches will be picked up and knitted for arms. Pompom tail will be stitched to back side of bunny.
Ears (make two)
Cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl (and ALL EVEN ROWS)
Row 3: K1, kfb, k6, kfb, k1 (12 sts)
Row 5: Knit
Row 7: Knit
Row 9: K4, (k2tog 2X), k4 (10)
Row 11: K3, (k2tog 2X), k3 (8)
Row 13: K2, (k2tog 2X), k2 (6)
Row 15: K2 tog 3X
To end: Slip I stitch as if to purl, p2tog, PSSO. Weave in tail.
Arms: (make two)
Beginning at the top of Armhole Opening:
With DPN pick up and knit 8 sts. BOR is at the top of armhole.
You will be knitting these stitches in the round.
2. K3, kfb, k1, k3 (9sts)
3-14 Knit all stitches. Bind off, cut yarn and weave ends.
With fingering weight yarn:
Tail: Create tail making a small pompom and sew to body.
Finish by sewing up the leg opening an adding facial features.
~Enjoy your masterpiece and Hoppy Knitting! ~
CO cast on stitches DPN’s double pointed needles
Kfb knit into the front and back of stitch
PM place marker BOR beginning of round BOR
P2 tog purl 2 stitches together K2 tog knit two stitches together
PSSO pass slipped stitch over
Cathi is a knitting instructor, retired yarn shop owner, and currently manages social media for della Q. She is also a wife, mom of two adult kids, nana to 5 busy grandkids and Cornelia’s granddaughter. When she isn’t teaching classes or chasing grandkids, Cathi likes to use yarn creatively and dream up new patterns. Cathi lives in Columbus, IN, a wonderful Midwest community even though it is much too far from the beach.