When daffodils begin to peer…

When daffodils begin to peer,
With heigh! The doxy over the dale,
Why, then comes in the sweet o’ the year;
For the red blood reigns in the winter’s pale.
(Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale IV,11)

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Alas, the ‘sweet of the year’ is yet (but hopefully soon) to come and, despite the daffodils blooming everywhere, it is still knitting weather so I have been knitting in daffodil colours.

I originally thought I would post Eggbert and his flower at Easter but then I thought if I shared the pattern here someone else might like to make one as an Easter decoration.

You can find the Daffodil pattern at ODDknit. The Rabbit pattern I used is a copy of a vintage toy knitting pattern, which I bought on ebay.

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The knitting was straightforward enough but, as with many vintage patterns, the various pieces are knitted as if they are a sewing pattern and I found the overall effect of the increases clunky and the sewing together – especially the head gusset – a bit of a nightmare. I will certainly look at modifying it if I make it again. This time, I just made the ears a bit smaller (and put a piece of soft and stable inside using the knitted ear as a template) and I knitted a tail instead of making a pom pom. If you can’t find this actual pattern, I’ve seen many similar ones which, might well be better.

He doesn’t bear close scrutiny but I’m quite pleased with the general effect and he is a touch vain and insisted I take lots of photos!

I am going on a short holiday so I will be away over the weekend and I hope when I get back Jack Frost will have gone back to Siberia, taking his ‘beast from the east’ with him and Spring will have started springing :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare