Cute Knitted Animals

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A collection of knitted animals, including a sheep, a penguin and a rabbit.
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There is still a lot of time till next spring but it doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for it, so start planning now! Knitted animals are cute and work up fast.

Thinking of spring you surely think of Easter, and there is an amazing idea for an Easter gift that you can try. You can warm yourself up in front of the fireplace, and meanwhile you can create little knitted rabbits. You have usually more time during winter, while in summer you probably prefer to go out rather than knit things closed at home. This is why you should catch up with the latest knitting ideas for the next season already! Little Easter rabbits are a personal present that will create a nice and heart warming circumstances.  Take a look at examples below to check the current trends and search for links to free patterns under the pictures.

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Knitted Rabbits – Free Patterns

1. Beginner’s Rainbow Rabbit

This adorable knitted bunny is a perfect choice for beginners, because it’s easy to make and will help you use up leftover yarn ends. Quick make like this one can be fun project for the evening or last minute gift ida – it’s all up to you! Try out many color combinations and make your own cute pocket rabbit.

  • DESIGNED by Claire Garland
  • PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
colorful rabbit

PHOTOS by Claire Garland / ravelry.com

Find this free pattern on Ravelry.

2. Miffy and her Balloon

There are many knitted animals, but Miffy is one of the cutest. It’s made in cheerful and energetic colors, but what’s the most important – she carries a balloon, which is yellow like sun! You can always adapt the rabbit’s skirt to the gift receiver’s taste and change the color.

  • DESIGNED by Knitterbees
  • PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate 
miffy in an orange dress

PHOTOS by Knitterbees / knitterbees.blogspot.com

Find this free pattern on knitterbees.blogspot.com, or check out more on its Ravelry page here.

Check out our post about Modern Knitted Baby Blankets for more cool ideas!

3. Rabbit and Bear

These knitted animals are perfect toys for little girls and boys, because the biggest advantage is the fact that you can make them any clothes you want. You can also make several outfits so that the children can change them when they want!

  • DESIGNED by April Cromwell and Lesahx
  • PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
knitted animals in clothes

PHOTOS by April Cromwell and Lesahx / ravelry.com

Free PDF can be downloaded from here on Ravelry.

4. Bunny Mini Cuddly Blankie

You may know an idea of lovey, which is a little blanket with amigurumi head and arms, right? This concept is mostly used in crochet, but you can easily make one if you are a knitter, too. Adorable bunny lovey like this one is a safe and useful toy for a newborn, but remember to always use embroidery instead of plastic safety eyes.

  • DESIGNED by Pat Alinejad
  • PROJECT TYPE baby toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
soft knitted bunny

PHOTOS by Pat Alinejad / ravelry.com

Free PDF can be downloaded from lovecrafts.com or Ravelry.

5. Bunny Softy

Delicate white and grey version of this toy is a good option for those of you, who like rustic designs, or go for Scandinavian style. Knitted animals can be lovely addition to the nursery, but also a beautiful way to welcome new human to the world. Choose your favorite colors, so that you can make it unique.

  • DESIGNED by Pat Alinejad
  • THIS VERSION by RuthDesigns
  • PROJECT TYPE baby toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
white soft toy bunny

PHOTOS by RuthDesigns / ravelry.com

Original free pattern can be downloaded from lovecrafts.com or Ravelry. This version is here on Ravelry.

If you can crochet, you may be interested in Crochet Baby Loveys!

Knitted Animals – Free Patterns

1. Fuzzy Mitten Lamb

Fuzzy yarns, like mohair, are not easy to knit with, but look absolutely fantastic, especially in projects like this one. Soft and cuddly lamb is the cutest handmade toy you can imagine, because it will melt everybody’s hearts. Don’t be afraid of such yarns, but spare a bit of time to learn how to handle it, because it’s definitely worth it!

  • DESIGNED by Barbara Prime
  • PROJECT TYPE baby toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
knitted lamb

photos by Barbara Prime / ravelry.com

Download this free pattern from Ravelry, or see more photos of the bottom version here on Ravelry.

2. Penguin

Claire’s designs always make me drool, because they are fantastically realistic and detailed. This little penguin is an amazing little project, which will be fun both for you and those, who will receive it. Make a whole bunch of them and let your kids or grand kids imagine they are on the Antarctica!

  • DESIGNED by Claire Garland
  • PROJECT TYPE baby toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
penguin knitted

PHOTOS by Claire Garland / ravelry.com

Download this free knitting pattern directly from Ravelry.

3. Bluebird of Happiness

Cute little knitted bird is not only a cute decoration, but also fun pastime for a weekend. These plump characters look the best when presented in a bunch, so consider making a baby mobile or window decor out of them! They can also be a nice thank you gift for weddings or birthday parties for your guests.

  • DESIGNED by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
  • THIS VERSION by DrutynaOkraglo
  • PROJECT TYPE toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
colorful knitted birds

PHOTOS by DrutynaOkraglo / ravelry.com

Download this free pattern from Ravelry, or see more of this version by DrutynaOkraglo here on Ravelry.

4. Beans the Cat

Are you in a mood for a little knitted kitties? Good, because this project is quick and fun. Beginners, who like knitting, but want to make a crochet-like toy, should find it well. Consider using up leftover yarn ends, even multicolored ones, because these kitties look great in all color combinations.

  • DESIGNED by Linda Dawkins
  • THIS VERSION by sarahinparis
  • PROJECT TYPE toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
brown knitted kitty

PHOTOS by sarahinparis / ravelry.com

Download this free pattern from Ravelry, or see more of this version by sarahinparis here on Ravelry.

5. Knit Octopus in Season Alpaca

This giant knitted octopus is the perfect gift idea. It’s soft to the touch and big enough to hug or lay on, but it can also be used as a doorstop or simply as decoration. Plus, it doesn’t require much skill and will be suitable for knitting beginners, the step-by-step knitting pattern is easy to follow.

  • DESIGNED by Purl Soho
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a knitted octopus lying on a sofa

Photos by Purl Soho / purlsoho.com

Find the original free pattern on purlsoho.com.

6. Colorblock Puppy

A cute little knitted dog that will brighten up your home. The fun design makes it an eye-catcher and a nice accent if your home is mostly in muted colors. This project is best suited for intermediate knitters, so make sure you know the necessary techniques before you begin. The free, easy-to-follow pattern is waiting for you.

  • DESIGNED by Premier Yarns
  • PROJECT TYPE toys
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
a woman holding a knitted dog

Photos by Premier Yarns / premieryarns.com

Find the original free pattern on premieryarns.com.

7. Mini Cat

Oh, such sweet knitted cats! It’s sure that occasion when you need to use immediately a free knitting pattern and get an amazingly tiny toy that may bring to children and adults. It could be anything: cute decor, a keychain, a gift, or even an accessory to put on the scrunchies.

  • DESIGNED by A knitter
  • PROJECT TYPE Knitted animals
  • CRAFT Knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL Beginner
three little knitted cat amigurumi

Photos by A knitter / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

8. Elephant Stuffie

We hope you adore elephants as much as we do! They are so funny, and if you still don’t have one in your craft collection, it’s time to start. Using the free elephant knitting pattern by Laura Spargo Anderson, you will easily create an amazing knitted toy and will be happy looking at it forever.

  • DESIGNED by Laura Spargo Anderson
  • PROJECT TYPE Knitted animals
  • CRAFT Knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL Beginner
a knitted elephant stuffie

Photos by Laura Spargo Anderson / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

9. Hedgehog Toy

The sweetest hedgehog ever can be done with a free knitting pattern by Mou Mou Friends. Using different types of yarn you will achieve the such textured effect. Beginner-friendly pattern may bring you joy while creating and your kids will be happy to play with this charming crochet toy.

  • DESIGNED by Mou Mou Friends
  • PROJECT TYPE Knitted toy
  • CRAFT Knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL Adventurous beginner
a knitted hedgehog amigurumi

Photos by Mou Mou Friends / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on moumoufriends.blog, or read more about it on Ravelry.

10. Mini Knit Bee

Imagine this tiniest knitted bee – a versatile creation that can be used as a home or outdoor decor, or even as a cute addition to your clothes or keychains. The intricate details of this bee pattern will not only enhance your knitting skills but also ignite your creativity. So why wait? It’s time to dive into this free pattern and start your knitting journey.

  • DESIGNED by Anne de Silva
  • PROJECT TYPE Knitted toy
  • CRAFT Knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL Beginner 
a small knitted bee

Photos by Anne de Silva / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

Knitted Animals – Premium Patterns

1. Clara the Fawn – Paid Pattern

Every kid would be delighted to have such an adorable knitted fawn to play with, so it’s a great gift idea! Making this cute fawn requires some knitting skills, but if you’re an adventurous beginner, you can give it a try.

  • DESIGNED by Rachel Borello Carroll
  • PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting 
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate 
brown fawn in white sweater

PHOTOS by Rachel Borello Carroll / ravelry.com

You can purchase this cute pattern here on Ravelry.

2. Black Otter Rex – Paid Pattern

This is a bit old fashioned rabbit, so it might revoke the memories of your own childhood. In the same time there are a lot of details taken care of, so that the rabbit looks very natural.

  • DESIGNED by Claire Garland
  • PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting 
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate 
dark rabbit

PHOTOS by Claire Garland / ravelry.com

You can purchase this pattern and see more photos here on Ravelry.

3. Wild Rabbit – Paid Pattern

This rabbit looks like a real wild one that you could accidentally encounter on a walk in the forest. Style it among decorations, so you can make them the autumn style, like leafs and cones, or the Easter style such as eggs. It’s all up to you and the occasion obviously!

  • DESIGNED by Claire Garland
  • PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting 
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
brown dark wild rabbit

PHOTOS by Claire Garland / ravelry.com

You can purchase this pattern and see more photos here on Ravelry.

4. Holland Lop Rabbit – Paid Pattern

This beautiful classic grey rabbit is the sweetest one of all! The only decoration it needs is a pink bow around its neck, because he’s cute already. This soft toy will be as cuddly as real rabbit, so consider making it for an allergic kid who can’t have real pets.

  • DESIGNED by Claire Garland
  •  PROJECT TYPE soft toy
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
grey soft knitted animal rabbit

PHOTOS by Claire Garland / ravelry.com

You can purchase this pattern here.

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  1. I knit for charity so prefer free patterns. I am wanting easy, all in one knitted patterns that do not take a lot of sewing up plus easy facial expressions. My preference is for animals to the height of around 20 to 30 cms (up to 12 inches) with a love for bunnies/bears and cats. Hope you can help me.

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