This project has been on the needles awhile so allow me to ruminate on the details.
Pattern: Sweet Rabbit, by Lucinda Grey
Magazine: The Knitter (issue 30)
Yarn: Cashmere, Angora
Needles: Laurel Hill Triangles size 3mm
Laurel Hill DPNs size 3mm
Let me tell you what's good about this pattern. The bunny is made up of a few pieces, which allows for bite sized goals and the ability to take an ear or an arm on the bus without dragging the whole project around. The incorporation of the backwards purl stitch (P1 tbl) is a must have feature for the sweater and I encourage you to incorporate this simple but delightful stitch in your day to day lives. Overall, the pattern could be completed by an advanced beginner with shaping know-how and an understanding of intarsia for the pink in the ears (or under the tutelage of a really cool knitting instructor). On a personal note, I do love this bunny going by the name of Vuppe, however despite the measurements that were clearly laid out in the pattern (38 cm/15" tall) , am still surprised by his large size.
The pattern consists of rib knit, stockinette, intarsia, backwards purl stitch, shaping (increase and decrease stitches), chart reading (written instructions available), knitting in the round, joining and embroidery for finishing techniques.
Extra bits you should know before casting on: In order to complete my bunny, I had to improvise with what yarn I had left when I got to the feet. I strayed from the original pattern by using the blue yarn to make a boot. This was simply because I ran out of the cream colour and thought he might look sharp with some laces. Adaptability is an important aspect of knitting as often you will find the yarn store sold the last 28 balls of the colour you need to another knitter "just yesterday!"