Earlier today, in the first part of this series, I posted 25 free patterns for lovable rabbits and baby sheep to knit.
Knitting is dandy, but what if you prefer a hook to a handful of needles? You're not alone: I've also come to love crochet just as much as I love knitting. Also, the knit-able patterns were heavy on bunnies, with very few lambs; crochet designers have balanced that with some absurdly cute lamb amigurumi patterns.
Between Part I and Part II, there are more than 50 patterns. However, all the commentary you'll need on yarn choices, eyes, noses, knit and crochet tips, and so on is back in the first post with the knitting patterns. For the crochet patterns, read on after the break!
Bunny toys, dolls, and amigurumi
Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny (requires Lion Brand registration). This funny, lovable little guy can be made in any worsted-weight yarn, in just about any color; you might try a smaller hook than the pattern recommends. Sticking to the recommended yarn and color will result in an entertaining visual joke.
Another Ami Bunny by Craftster user BertaBerta (scroll most of the way down the page for instructions). This one is not so much a pattern as a tutorial that describes how the bunny was made, so it's probably not the best variation for a newer crocheter. When finished, it looks like a semi-realistic lop-eared rabbit. It would look better in a snuggly yarn with at least some halo than it would look in a smooth yarn.
Best Bunny (requires Lion Brand registration, though the pattern itself is by Roxycraft). This little bunny is an American amigurumi classic. Quick and easy to make in any colors you like. Use a single neutral color for all the parts if you want a slightly more realistic rabbit; use a pastel or two if you want something Easter-perfect.
Bring Spring! Bunnies by Neatly Tangled. Perky little rabbit heads in bright, happy colors. Most crocheters will be able to turn out several of these in one night. A nice pet toy, or a soft ball for a child.
Chenille Rabbit by Jennifer Down Under. As the designer's name suggests, this pattern hails from Australia; it's a 29" tall rabbit that looks very huggable. The design is a mix of styles: a realistic head on a long-limbed humanoid body. If you're looking for a bunny doll to crochet, this could be your pattern.
Chenille Stuffed Easter Bunny by Kim Guzman. This is a great, large-ish bunny doll, not very realistic. However, the designer (who is currently overhauling some of her patterns) used a pink and white variegated yarn, pink eyes, and a pink nose, so when you look at the photo, it may initially be difficult to make out the details. I wouldn't make it with the same yarn, but I think it would be wonderful in white or tan with black safety eyes and a stitched-on nose.
Crochet Teddies and Bunnies by Magenta Lizard. Although this list is all about hare-kind, in this case, you also get a teddy bear pattern. The base instructions for the two kinds of dolls are the same, but their faces and ears are different; both are humanoid, standing on two legs.
Easter Bunny by Jennifer Down Under. Another Australian bunny doll from a lady who has written a lot of great free patterns; this one is a friendly anthropomorphic rabbit wearing a matching hat and themed dress.
Egg Bunny Kids by Christal's Crochet. Not an egg cover: these are exceptionally sweet and detailed humanoid bunnies whose bodies are built around a plastic Easter egg, which shows through a crochet-lattice section for contrast. Even that probably doesn't tell you much, so why not take a look at them? I love their faces and their little accessories.
Evil Minion Bunnis by Gnathalie. Very stylized figures that are sort of like cylinders with ears and domed tops. These would be perfect for someone who collects designer vinyl art toys; they have that vibe. Also, check out the Cute Kitten Bonus (suggesting that these might make fun cat toys).
Fluffy Bunny by Roman Sock. Realistic little fellow made with brushed-out angora. I love everything this designer creates. However, as with a few other items in this list, this is more of a tutorial than a round-by-round pattern.
Funky Bunny (requires Lion Brand registration). The little dress-wearing bunny from Mr. Funky's Super Crochet Wonderful by Narumi Ogawa. She's stylized and a bit cartoonish.
A Little Rabbit by Ana Paula Rimoli. A bunny with a big head, smaller body, and appealing expression, all in Ana Paula's signature sweet style. Instructions are also included for his carrot. You should be able to make him in an evening or two.
Miffy: There are at least two patterns out there that resemble Miffy the rabbit. Many people think Dick Bruna's beloved creation was designed in Japan, but Bruna is actually Dutch. The confusion is understandable: Miffy's look has become the common one for depicting cartoon rabbits in Japan, and Miffy herself looks a bit like Hello Kitty.
Mint Bunny by Gnathalie. This is a more stereotypical amigurumi bunny, named for the yarn choices (which give it the look of mint chip ice-cream). You can make it as shown, or use a plain yarn and non-movable eyes for a completely different appearance.
Snuggle Bunny by Stormy'z Crochet. Another cute little semi-realistic bunny in a "natural" position. If you know how to crochet, you should be able to make this in an evening... you may even be able to finish more than one.
Other bunny items
Bunny Candy Pouch by Lisa Hamblin. Simple, cute bunny head that you can fill with treats; it wears a "bow tie" that's actually the pouch's drawstrings. It can easily be crocheted in a few hours or less.
Bunny Flowers by Donna's Crochet Designs. Exactly what it sounds like: little bunny heads nestled in five-petaled flowers. You can use this as an all-purpose decorative motif: pins, decorations for baskets or packages, refrigerator magnets, plant stakes, entire bouquets, etc. I like the way Donna chose to create the bunnies' faces: fuzzy pompoms form the nose and mouth.
Bunny Towel Ring by Priscilla Hewitt. In this unusual pattern, a bunny is created in such a way that a towel hung from the ring appears to form its body.
Easter Bunny Egg Cover by Mary J. Saunders. A pattern in the egg-cover style that comes out looking like an entire bunny: the body is formed by the egg, with a pompom for the tail, and a little stuffed head that sits on top of the egg.
Easter Bunny Fridgie by Cylinda Mathews. There are a lot of bunny "fridgie" patterns out there (crocheted motifs glued to magnets, to you and me). This is probably my favorite, because it's a realistic rabbit silhouette. Many of the others are crocheted rings with a few extra stitches.
Easter Egg Dress-Ups by Priscilla Hewitt. Three patterns in one: a basic egg cup, a modification that will turn the cup into a little basket with a handle, and a third modification that makes the cup look like a bunny's collar, adding a crocheted bunny-head egg-cover. (My description is not doing it justice.) The designer says that all the cups are self-standing and require no extra reinforcement.
Rabbit Chart for Filet Crochet (1911 design). A lacy panel depicts a rabbit: create a mesh grid, then fill in the appropriate "spaces" on the grid to make the "picture."
Lamb dolls, toys, and amigurumi
Baby Lamb by Craftster user MarjorieCrochets. Before I saw this pattern, this list was going to be all about bunnies and baby birds (chicks and ducklings). Don't you want to see the lamb that was cute enough to sway me? This simple pattern could also be adapted to create a puppy: just move the ears.
Sleeping Baby Sheep by Harugurumi. Tiny, sleepy, precious, and vulnerable. This doll-style design features a white fuzzy body and smoother contrasting limbs, ears, and face. This should be relatively quick and easy to make: the body is the largest piece, and it's 19 rounds, with the largest rounds near the center being 35 stitches. And the face is a separate piece that's stitched on the head sort of like a mask, which will make it really easy to sew on the features.
Crochet a Lamb by Meg Grossman. This semi-realistic sheep, originally published in the magazine Piecework in 2003, was a re-envisioning of a pattern that appeared in a volume of Weldon's Practical Needlework in the late 1800s (the first volume was published around 1888). It's larger than most of the other lambs here, and it's made with much finer yarns.
Little Lamb (requires Lion Brand registration). This baby sheep is stylized in a quirky way, with a body represented by a nearly-flat rectangle. It's made in Homespun and Wool-Ease (good choices for a lamb), and should be fast and easy to crochet.
A Sheep for Ewe by Crochetville user KristieMN. A tiny sheep, shaped more like a real animal than like a humanoid doll. This one is a good choice if you want to make the lamb sitting with the Blythe doll in the photo at the top of this post.
Stuffed Lamb Crochet Pattern (Vintage). A semi-realistic doll with cartoonish features and an overall retro-fabulous vibe. Some guesswork is involved with this one, but I would try worsted weight yarn and a hook a size or two smaller than recommended for the yarn you choose. A fuzzy yarn might not be amiss. The design is worth the trial and error: it doesn't look like anything else on this list, because the creator went out of their way to make this one really look like a stylized baby animal, all spindly legs and sweet face. Not for beginners.
Stuffed Lamb Toy at Better Homes and Gardens. This lamb, shaped almost like a bolster pillow, gets her "woolly" effect from a bobble stitch. The design chosen for her face, with stitched-on eyelashes, is cute, but you could go for something simpler and more streamlined. This one is 15" long and about 10" tall, so it may take more than a day or two to finish, if you're not a speedy crocheter (I crochet at a moderate speed, and I think this would take me about a week of evenings).
Other lamb items
Li'l Lamb Steel Wool Holder by Cylinda Mathews. The only lamb item I could find! This tremendously kitschy margarine cup cozy is finished with a loop stitch; as the name suggests, you're meant to keep steel wool sponges in it by your sink (it has no drainage holes, so it's not suitable for holding other kinds of sponges). You can replace the interior cup easily if it gets stained with rust. However, this design would be good for temporary, open storage for pretty much any small item.
I hope you have enjoyed this pattern round-up; it was labor-intensive, but enjoyable to create for you. If you make anything you love, please let us know in the comments!