YoP Update #6: Stealth Knitting

This week I finally decided on a suitable yarn for Betty Bunny which will constitute half of the Year of Projects list item "a toy for each of my children". I chose Wendy Norse Chunky (in Drift and Arctic) in the Deramores sale for just over £2 a ball, and have to say that I am delighted with the way it's knitting up - soft, a little fluffy and very smooth to knit on my KnitPro Novas. It's 50% wool/ 50% acrylic and I'm hoping it'll be cuddly but hardy enough to withstand plenty of love as she is going to be quite big - just look at the size of those ears!

The pattern comes from Let's Knit magazine. (If you've missed it in the shops but have an iPad/iPhone it can be downloaded from the iTunes App store.) It is knit flat and the instructions are very simple and easy to follow so far. I think it would make a good project for a beginner, although there are one or two minor stitch count errors (unless I've totally lost the ability to subtract small numbers and/or knit). With chunky yarn and 6mm needles, this is a really quick project and I think it could be done in a day or so (a great last minute gift?)... unless you are stealth knitting it when your children aren't looking. Then you should expect it to take much longer. 
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14 comments

  1. I love bunnies and think Betty is going to be wonderful. The colors are perfect. Do you have a dress fabric in mind yet?

    Your trip to Brighton sounds so fun. Hooray for you and your girl friends for figuring out a way to enjoy time together.

    The beach house for the tikes is so cool. I think every kid dreams of having a playhouse like this!

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    1. I have a couple of fabrics that are contenders but I'll wait until she's made up and decide then. :)

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  2. That bunny is going to be adorable. Stealth knitting for children - now there's ambition. Perhaps it will get easier when school starts again?

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  3. That looks like it will be super cute. Looking forward to the finished item.

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  4. Haha. Stealth knitting ALWAYS takes longer. It looks great so far!

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  5. He he, I thought you were making a knitted bikini top....ears...I see now!

    Looking forward to seeing Betty Bunny all done when youve finished all that secret knitting.

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  6. A great start you've got there! Look at those cute lil' parts.

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  7. "Stealth knitting" LOL..You hit a great sale for the yarn... and I had never heard of those needles before...so I followed your links...and wonder if I can get them in the US... Have a great week..

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  8. Betty is so cute! I'm sure she's going to get a lot of love :)

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  9. Clever to be doing your stealth knitting now :) In my younger days we were on high alert for any stealthiness or hidden packages from end of November on! Can't wait to see it. I looked for the magazine but the shops around here don't seem to carry it so I may need to look for it on iTunes !

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  10. Stealth knitting--I love it! I knit beanie stocking caps for my teenage boys last Christmas, but because I had never knit for them before, they didn't ever put 2 and 2 together. :) I won't get away with that again though! I love your Betty bunny and wish my mom would knit me one!
    *smiles*

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  11. I think those colours are perfect, and the bunny is going to look great!

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  12. I always end up with an epic fail when it comes to stealth knitting LOL Can't wait to see it all together :)

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  13. stealth knitting should totally be a class offering. I'd take it. Cute, cute bunny. i'm always looking for knit toys to make for new babies.

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