DAO Bunny Pig Knitting Pattern

My January pattern, which is the first pattern I have designed specifically for you guys, is a trio of adorable little Bunny Nugs, named after the food source/occasional pet Nugs from Dragon Age: Origins.

Oh those adorable little subterranean bunny pigs. Leliana, one of the party rogues who happens to be absolutely loony, names hers Schmooples.

Oh Schmooples.

This pattern underwent an evolution along to road to completion. It began as a trio of little knitted bunny/pig Nug Christmas ornaments – one in red, one in white, and one in green. But then I thought, there is no need to encourage more of this:

Look closely. What does not belong?

Wiggum, you are such an a-hole.

She chewed through the Christmas lights, ran laps in the tree, choked on tinsel and broke a bunch of ornaments. I call her Wiggum, Destroyer of Worlds, but when the kitty opium producers stop firing in her brain, she’s very sweet, and she’s always more tolerant of a 3-year-old than most animals I’ve ever seen.

The idea for the pattern itself was inspired by Rebecca Danger and her Bunny Nuggets. She’s such a badass, and the story behind the nuggets is almost better than the nuggets themselves. It got me thinking of how many little projects there were that could use up the copious amounts of scrap yarn I have accumulated.

Rebecca Danger’s Bunny Nuggets

Knitted toys are just the ticket. You can make things like plush kids’ toys if you have a partial skein, or items like cat toys and ornaments if you have just a little. Tiny scraps that we hoarders can’t seem to toss can be accents.

Knitted toys are also quite nice for beginner knitters, because you can try out some fancier needlework without flushing hours or days of your time if you make a bigger mistake and have to frog your project.

These little Nugs are going to be “keep the kitten distracted” toys, but they could easily be turned into ornaments, keychains, whatever strikes your fancy.

Subterranean Bunny Pig Pattern

Use whatever yarn you like, whatever color you like, and whatever needle size is recommended for that particular yarn. You don’t have to worry about gauge either, because these little guys can be made in a variety of sizes.

You will also need a small amount of embroidery floss, a yarn needle, a tapestry needle, and some stuffing. For cat toys, you can also enclose as a small packet of catnip sewn into fabric, although our animals seem like they couldn’t care less about the stuff.

Body

With straight or two double-pointed needles, CO 3

Row 1: K1FB into each st – 6 sts

Row 2 and all even rows: P

Row 3: (K1FB) twice, K2, (K1FB) twice

Row 5: K2 (M1, K2) 4 times – 14 sts

Row 7: (K3, M1) twice, K2, (M1, K3) twice – 18 sts

Row 9: (K4, M1) twice, K2, (M1, K4) twice – 22 sts

Rows 10-24: Work in stockinette

Row 25: (K3, K2tog) twice, K2, (K2tog, K3) twice – 18 sts

Row 27: *K1, K2tog, rep from * to end – 12 sts

Row 29: *K2tog, rep from * to end

Break yarn, leaving a 12” tail. Using a yarn needle, weave through remaining sts.

Left Ear

CO 4 sts

Row 1: K1, P2, K1

Row 2: P1, K2, P1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times, for a total of 6 rows

Row 7: K1, M1, P2, M1, K1 – 6 sts

Row 8: P2, K2, P2

Row 9: K2, P2tog, K2 – 5 sts

Row 10: P2, K1, P2

Row 11: SSK, P1, K2tog – 3 sts

Row 12: P3

Row 13: SSK, K1 – 2 sts

Row 14: P2tog – 1 st

Break yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail.

Using a yarn needle, draw tail through remaining st, then weave through RS purl bumps, pulling slightly to bend ear to desired angle.

Right Ear

CO 4 sts

Row 1: K1, P2, K1

Row 2: P1, K2, P1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times, for a total of 6 rows

Row 7: K1, M1, P2, M1, K1 – 6 sts

Row 8: P2, K2, P2

Row 9: K2, P2tog, K2 – 5 sts

Row 10: P2, K1, P2

Row 11: K2tog, P1, SSK – 3 sts

Row 12: P3

Row 13: K1, SSK – 2 sts

Row 14: P2tog – 1 st.

Finish as with left ear.

Tail

With two dpn’s, CO3

Knit I-cord for 20 rows.

Break yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail.

Using a yarn needle, weave tail through remaining sts and pull through center of I-cord.

Knot loosely to make curly piggy tail.

Assembly

With the body piece, pull the tail of the cast off side tightly. Using mattress stitch, seam the first 6 stitches.

Using the yarn tail of the I-cord from the cast on edge, pull through the center of the butt end of the body where the cast off stitches meet. Bring the needle back through just to the side of the tail, through the tail itself, and back to the interior of the toy just on the other side. Repeat 90 degrees to the side, so the tail is secured with an X stitch.

Continue to use mattress stitch to seam body, leaving a 1″ opening. Fill with stuffing, and, if desired, catnip packet, with the packet surrounded by stuffing. Seam to end.

Attach ears to top of the head using ladder stitch, approximately 1/3 of the way back from the head, about 1/2 inch apart.

Using tapestry needle, embroider an X for each eye about 1/2 inch in front of each ear, aligned with the outer edge of the ear. Embroider a small dot for the nostrils about 1/2 inch in front of each eye.

I hope you have as much fun with the Nugs as Monty, Wiggum, Baby Bear and I have. I’m always here for questions, just leave them in the comments section below! Now I’m off to start working on next month’s pattern, because I have no idea what it’s going to be!

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