blue rabbits again

This little jacket of mine has been published in the latest Knitter magazine, Issue 26, and is for babies and toddlers 6 months to 4 years. I made it using the same blue rabbit motif that’s on my hat pattern. [photos of little poppet in jacket © The Knitter]

Memories of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit and his jacket, which ended up on a scarecrow in Mr McGregor’s garden, inspired me to make the rabbits blue. Pink, white, or even red rabbits would also be lovely.

The hoodie is knit in one piece to the armholes, sleeves on DPNs, and the yoke entirely in one piece. For the magazine I made it in Sublime DK, but I think Cascade 220 would also work well.

The hood is finished with a pom pom…..

While writing this I decided to delve back into the World of Beatrix Potter and re-read The Tale of Peter Rabbit. My first thought was how could Mrs Rabbit leave her children alone! Of course they’d get into mischief! But then, she is a single mother with no help in sight. Rabbits don’t, I suspect, have the luxury of grand parents available for baby sitting. From the first page you know Peter will be in mortal danger as you’re reminded that their father was “put in a pie” by Mrs McGregor.  I still remember that horrifying line from my childhood, and the fact that Peter gets sick from eating too many vegetables! It was the first time I’d ever heard of chamomile tea. I think I’ll now read the rest of the tiny box set that sits on our bookshelf to see what other cautionary tales and herb remedies lie therein. I wonder if Mrs Rabbit knits? The Royal Doulton Bunnykins do. Here they are, having a yarn riot

helped along by a mischievous mouse.

10 Responses to “blue rabbits again”

  1. Laura Says:

    This is so sweet! I love the little bunny tails.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Mel that is the cutest thing! It makes me wish I had a little girl to knit that for. So clever!

  3. KarenJ Says:

    The first thing that pops into my head is my one yearold, 24 mos. size grandaughter. Next is I’ve got to laugh, the the Royal Doulto is a delight. I wonder if I can find it for my knitter daughter. Then, “Oh yeah, need to but Beatrix Potter for same child. Thank you. : )

  4. Debbie Says:

    Your pattern is just lovely and brings back such fond memories for me. In 1965 my grandmother made my little sister and me beautiful sweaters from a pattern very simular to yours (pompom tails and all). They were made from a wonderful, bright, red wool and I still remember how I loved wearing mine. I still have it, it looks just like new even though both me, and then when I out grew it, my sister wore it. I hope other granddaughters get o experience the same joy due to your pattern.

  5. Diana Says:

    How long before this issue hits the NZ shops, Mel? I got issue 24 today – are we 2 months behind? I am very interested in the construction, as I have been altering my patterns for kids so as not to bother with small pieces & seams.

  6. Mel Says:

    Diana,

    I don’t know how long it takes for The Knitter to arrive in the shops in NZ. If you subscribe, you receive it a couple of weeks after publication in the UK. Perhaps you could ask at the news stand or book shop where you buy it?

  7. Polly Says:

    What a cutie! I love the combination of taupe and pastel shades, the pom pom on the hood is super too!

  8. Monica Says:

    What an adorable little hoodie! I must see if I can find that particular issue .. probably not though since it is a UK publication. I will check with the publisher to see if I can order one copy. :-)

  9. Sheila Says:

    What a sweet pattern. I am about to cast on your bunny hat and would love to make this sweater. I live in Canada and am not sure that I will be able to find the magazine. Is there another way to purchase the pattern?

  10. Mel Says:

    You can buy single, digital issues of The Knitter at this address:
    http://nz.zinio.com/browse/publications/single-issues.jsp?productId=500257041

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