Yes I know, bit late with the new year wishes and a bit quiet on the old blog updates too. Well the thing is, you see, I went for a Christmas vacation aboard my dirigible, the Pinnochio, with the intention of fetching up on a little tropical island somewhere, but dash it all if I didn’t end up on the Moon! Bit of a navigational mix-up on the part of my co-pilot there. Still, all’s well that ends well – the Moon people made me feel right at home and I spent a few days on the old deckchair in one of their underground tropical gardens.
Of course I wasn’t JUST lazing about enjoying the moonlight and drinking Rocket Fuel cocktails – I was working hard on some new finger puppet patterns too. And here’s the first one for 2011! I’m told that in the Chinese zodiac this is the Year of the Rabbit, so what better way to kick things off than with a
KILLER BUNNY FINGER PUPPET
You will need:
a small amount of white yarn (a DK weight acrylic was used here)
a 3mm or 3.5mm crochet hook
Small beads or buttons for eyes
A scrap of red felt, with matching sewing thread
White paint and a small brush, or white embroidery cotton
A sewing needle
American terms used, so a sc here is a dc in UK/NZ/Australian terminology
sc = single crochet, ch= chain
Row 1: Make a magic loop and sc 6 into the loop. Magic loop tutorial here: http://www.allfreecrafts.com/crochet/magic-circle.shtml
Row 2: 2 sc into each stitch around (12sc)
Row 3 onwards: 1 sc into each sc around. Just keep doing this and the body of your rabbit will grow. Try it on to make sure that it will fit an average finger. When you are happy with the length fasten off, and weave in the yarn ends.
EARS: (make 2)
Ch 4, and sc into the 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across. (3sc). Ch1 and turn.
Keep making your 3sc rows until the ear is close to the length that you want. Then in the next row decrease 1, sc 1 (2sc).
In the next row, decrease and fasten off. Weave in the yarn end that is at the top of the ear. Use the other yarn end to whip-stitch the ear to the head in the desired position. Repeat for the 2nd ear.
Attach your eyes – here I used some extra-tiny pink buttons, but you could also use beads, or even embroider the eyes depending on the look you want.
Cut out a mouth from your scrap of red felt. Use any shape for the mouth that takes your fancy! Use matching sewing thread to sew on the mouth. Then use white acrylic or fabric paint and a fine brush to add some fangs, or embroider them with white cotton.
There’s a lot that can be done with the rabbit – you might like to use sewing thread to make whiskers, or attach a fluffy tail to his rear end. If you prefer you could also embroider a tiny pink nose and traditional mouth for a friendlier look. But personally I shall be spending the next little while pondering the age-old question: Who would win in a fight between a Killer Bunny and a ninja?