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Here's a cute hat for Easter. I made this Peek-A-Boo Bunny Hat for my granddaughter Harper. It's a basic beanie with a ribbed edge, floppy bunny ears and face. It's a great project for beginners who want to learn how a couple of new techniques!

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

You can make the beanie using the included pattern or use your favorite hat pattern. The instructions are for a toddler size and will fit a head circumference between 18″ – 20″. You can also make the bunny ears longer if you want them to be more floppy. If you want the ears to stand up you will need to stiffen them up by slipping a piece of plastic canvas or cardboard in between the front and back ears.

I made my bunny pink, but you can make it any color you want. I used Red Heart Soft Baby Steps yarn to make the hat softer, but you can use any type of #4 worsted yarn.

I used a J hook (6.00 mm) but you can use any size hook to obtain the gauge. Gauge is pretty important so that the hat fits correctly.

You can begin the hat using a magic ring or Ch 2, whichever method you are comfortable with.

I made the hat body in rounds so that it doesn't have a seam, but if you're not comfortable working in rounds you can join at the end of each round and chain 2 at the beginning of the next round, the Ch2 will count as your first DC. If joining, Sl St the last stitch of the round to the top of the beginning Ch 2.

The hat rim is worked in rows that are Sl St to the last round of the hat body. You will work in the back loops of the sts of the previous rows. I prefer this method for ribbing instead of working front and back post stitches on the last round of the had body.

I have written down the pattern here or if you prefer you can download and print it out by clicking here!

Gauge:

10 DC = 4″

6 rows of DC = 4″

Stiches:

St(s) = Stitch or stitches

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

SC = Single Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Dec = Decrease

Sk St = Skip Stitch

Supplies:

Hook size J 6.00mm

#4 worsted yarn in main color, white, gray, dark pink

Yarn needle

2 Buttons

Hat Body: using main color

Rd. 1: Magic Ring – 7 HDC in ring OR Ch 2, 7 HDC in 2nd. Ch from hook (7 HDC)

Rd. 2: 2DC in each st around (14 DC)

Rd. 3: 2DC in first st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st*, repeat ** around (21 DC)

Rd. 4: 2DC in first st, DC in next 2 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts*, repeat ** around (28 DC)

Rd. 5: : 2DC in first st, DC in next 3 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts*, repeat ** around (35 DC)

Rd. 6: : 2DC in first st, DC in next 4 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 4 sts*, repeat ** around (42 DC)

Rd. 7: : 2DC in first st, DC in next 13 sts, *2DC in next st, DC in next 13 sts*, repeat ** one time (45 DC)

Rd. 8 – 12: DC in each st around (45 DC) Do not fasten off

You will now start the ribbed rim which will be worked in rows. If you worked the main hat in rounds sl st into the next st, if you worked it by joining the rounds sl st into the top of the beginning Ch 2. Ch 1 at the end of each row DOES NOT count as a st, it is a turning st.

Peel-a-boo bunny hatRow 1: Ch 6 – hold this perpendicular from the hat edge

peek-a-boo bunny hatRow 2: HDC in the 2nd. Ch from hook and in each st across (5 HDC). You will be working back towards the main hat edge.

peek-a-boo bunny hatSkip the next st and Sl St into the next st. Ch 1, turn.

peek-a-boo bunny hatRow 3: HDC in the Back Loops only of each st across, Ch 1, turn. (5 HDC)

Attach to hat edge like you did Row 2.

Row 4: HDC in Back Loops only of each st across, Ch 1, turn. (5 HDC)

Repeat rows 3 & 4 around the hat. When you reach the beginning of the rim SL ST to the first row worked. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Ears – Front side make 2 in white

Row 1: Ch 3, HDC in 2nd. Ch from hook, HDC in next st, Ch 1, turn (2 HDC)

Row 2: 2HDC in each st, Ch 1, turn. (4 HDC)

Row 3: HDC in each st, Ch 1, turn. (4 HDC)

Row 4: 2HDC in first st, HDC in next 2 sts, 2HDC in last st, Ch 1, turn ( 6 HDC)

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Row 5: HDC in each st, Ch 1, turn. (6 HDC)

Row 6 – 9: Repeat row 5 (if you want longer ears, make more rows before you start Row 10 which is a decrease row)

Row 10: HDC decrease over first 2 sts, HDC in next 2 sts, HDC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, turn. (4 HDC)

Row 11: HDC in each st, Ch 1, turn. (4 HDC)

Row 12: HDC decrease 2 times, Ch 1, turn. (2 HDC)

Row 13: HDC decrease, fasten off, weave in ends.

Attach contrasting color to one of the bottom corners of the ear. Work 3 SC in same st, 3 SC in next st, SC evenly around ear edge until you get to the tip, (SC, HDC, SC) at the stitch on the tip, SC evenly around the rest of the ear edge, Sl St to the first st, fasten off, weave in ends.

Ears – Back side make 2 in main color

Work the same as the front side of the ears above, but do not fasten off at the end of row 13. Instead continue on to the SC around the ear edge. When you are done do not fasten off, you will now assemble the front and back of the ear together.

If you are going to use plastic canvas or cardboard pieces to stiffen the ears, cut out 2 pieces the size of the ears.

Ear Assembly:

Place front and back sides of ears on top of each other and SC both pieces together. Slip in canvas or cardboard before you close off the bottom of the ears then SC the bottom to hold the canvas in place.

Eyes – Make 2 in white

Ch 5

Row 1: SC in 2nd. St from hook, SC in next 3 sts, Ch 1, turn (4 SC)

Row 2 & 3: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn (4SC)

Row 4: SC Decrease 2 times, fasten off, weave in ends.

Cheeks – Make 1 in white

Ch 14 (foundation chain)

Row 1: SC in 2nd. St from hook, SC in next 5 Ch, Sl St in next Ch, SC in next 6 Ch, Ch 1, turn (12 SC)

Row 2: SC decrease over first 2 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC decrease in next 2 sts, Sl St in foundation Ch where you made the Sl St in row 1, SC decrease over next 2 sts, SC in next 2 sts, SC decrease over the last 2 sts, Ch 1, turn (8 SC)

Row 3: Sk first st, SC in next 2 sts, sk next st, Sl St in foundation Ch where you made the Sl St in row 1, Sk next st, SC in next 2 sts, Sl St in last st, Ch 1, turn (4 SC)

Row 4: SC decrease over the first 2 sts , Sl St in foundation Ch where you made the Sl St in row 1, SC decrease in next 2 sts, fasten off, weave in ends.

Hands – Make 2 in white

Ch 6

Row 1: SC in 2nd. Ch from hook, SC in each st to end, Ch 1, turn (5SC)

Row 2 & 3: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn (5SC)

Row 4: (SC, HDC, SC) in first st, Sl St in next St, *(SC, HDC, SC) in next St, Sl St in next St*, repeat ** one more time, fasten off and weave in ends.

Nose – Make 1 in dark pink

Ch 2

Row 1: SC in 2nd. St from hook. Ch 1, turn (1SC)

Row 2: 2SC in st, Ch 1, turn (2SC)

Row 3: 2SC in each st, Ch 1, turn (4SC)

Row 4: SC in each st across, Ch 1, turn (4SC)

Row 5: SC decrease over first 2 sts, SC decrease over last 2 sts, Ch 1, turn (2SC)

Peek-a-boo bunny hatRow 6: SC decrease, fasten off, leave 6″ tail (1SC)

Peek-a-boo bunny hatThread end of yarn into yarn needle, roll bottom of nose towards the yarn, stitch together.

Peek-a-boo bunny hatFold ends over towards the middle and stitch together. Keep stitching to form a ball. Don't fasten off, you will use the same length of yarn to stitch to the cheeks later.

Assemble Hat:

Using dark pink yarn stitch the cheeks to the 3 row of the main hat, be sure it will be just above the rim when you fold the rim over. Check picture for placement.

Peek-a-boo bunny hatStitch the bottom (straight edge) of the hands on either side of the cheeks. The “fingers” of the hand should be towards the top of the hat when you stitch so that when you fold the rim over the main hat you can fold the hands over the rim to look like they are holding the rim.

Peek-a-boo bunny hatFold the hat rim up and stitch the fingers over the rim. The bottom edge of the cheeks should be just under the hat rim.

Stitch the eyes in place, check photo for placement. Then stitch ears in place.

Peek-a-boo bunny hatSew on buttons in the middle of the eyes. Stitch nose to middle of the cheeks.

With Gray yarn straight stitch whiskers to the cheeks and eyelashes above the eyes.

If you want you can stitch a bow, flower, or other decoration by the ears.

For free pattern for bow or flower visit Savvynana!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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