Wednesday, July 16, 2008

No Vegetable is Safe...from Bunnicula!

He isn’t actually Bunnicula (who happens to be a black and white rabbit), but he is a vampire bunny, so those vegetables better be careful. Anyone else remember the Bunnicula books by James Howe? I used to love them when I was a kid. I picked up a couple at the library the other day and was pleased to discover they are quite clever and well written. Often when I try to reread a book from my childhood the writing falls flat, but not in this case. So if you need some light, goofy summer reading, or you have children between the ages of 8-12, I highly recommend the Bunnicula books.

Anyways, I seem to be going through a scary bunny phase right now. I just rewatched Donnie Darko last week and saw a very cool zombie bunny created by Craftster DeadGirl and those two things got me thinking about creating a vampire bunny.

This little guy was made using the basic head and body shape from Christen Haden’s Creep Cute Crochet. Since, that’s copyrighted I’m not going to post the instructions, but I will share what I did for the ears and cape. You can either use the head and body from the book or develop your own head and body shapes.

Consider these general instructions for crochet bunny ears and a cape. You can easily adjust their size by changing the number of chains in your base chain or working for more rows/rounds than I’ve suggested.

Bunny Ears

ch= chain
hdc = half double crochet
dc = doube crochet

using size E (3.5mm) hook

ch 10, hdc in third chain from hook. Hdc one in each chain space up to last ch space. 3 hdc in last chain space. Now crochet on the bottom side of the chain, putting one hdc in the base of each chain space, and two hdc in the last ch space. Sl st into first stitch and fasten off.


Using size F (3.75mm) hook

ch 18, dc in fourth chain from hook, then dc in each chain space across. Turn.
Row 1: ch 3, and in back loop only 2 dc in first stitch, one dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st. Turn.
Row 2: (crocheting normally again through both loops) ch 3, 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across to last st. 2 dc in last st. Turn.
Repeat Row 2 until cape reaches desired length, then fasten off.

This is the Zombie Bunny that was created by Craftster user DeadGirl.


Anonymous said...

How cute! Atleast he's a vegetarian! :-)
I've never heard of those books before. I think I'll go searching for them.

jessi said...

I LOVED Bunnicula books as a kid! I can't wait to make one of these. :)

Anonymous said...

You did a great job! He is so CUTE. Can not wait till "No Vegetable is Safe...from Bunnicula!" at my home (LOL)