Crochet Teddy Bears
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Times are hard right now and human contact is something we are all missing, it’s a collective experience worldwide. Regular readers of my blog will know that my little nieces are my world so not being able to see them or give them cuddles has been and is just unbearable! Therefore, I wanted to make something to give them a hug from me, something that they could cuddle into whenever they need a snuggle or a cuddle and this is where my search for a Teddy Bear pattern began!
Pinterest would, of course, be where I happened accross the pattern I fell in love with and my journey into my first ever teddy bear (or indeed cuddly or any sort) making experience started.
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The crochet teddy bear pattern I chose is from Leami – Leamigurumi on etsy and is available in English and German. It is in US crochet terms however.
Yarn Choice & Accessories
I wanted to make my crochet teddy bears personal to my nieces so I chose wool in their favourite colours!
- 5 x Cygnet Chenille Chunky – Cranberry – 100g
- 5 x Cygnet Chenille Chunky – Petrol – 100g
- James C Brett Top Value DK – Black – 100g
- Safety Eyes
- Scarf buttons are ones I already had.
- 5mm Crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Teddy Stuffing (I used just under 1kg for two teddy bears!)
From the pattern I first worked out I needed 4 balls of 100g yarn (comparing the yarn the designer used) however when it came to it I required an extra ball and used nearly all of it so it’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re thinking of using the Cygnet also.
The Cranberry shade was a lot easier to work with, the Petrol was a bit of a pain and kept breaking at times especially when it came to sewing the bears head on! However, I have to admit, the finished look is stunning!
I used James C Brett DK in Black for the nose detail, to create depth to the eyes and to crochet the teddy bear’s scarfs.
In order to complete the teddy bears the stitches involved are chain, double crochet, increase and decrease so worth taking note when choosing this pattern. It is the placement and the numbering of the increase/decrease which gives the teddy’s body parts it’s wonderful shape.
I decided to make little scarfs for the teddy bears using James C Brett DK. I made a simple pattern:
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, dc each chain.
Row 2: ch3, htr each stitch across.
Row 3: ch3. htr in first stitches, skip a stitch, ch 2, htr each stitch across. (the skip stitch & ch 2 will make your button whole so adjust chain no. to fit your button size.)
Row 4: ch2, dc each stitch.
At the end I chose to boarder the entire scarf with dc stitches to finish it off nicely.
Are You There Bear?
Now there’s going to be no misplacing these little, sorry big bears because well, they are rather huge!! They measure 50cm in height so really are perfect for a big hug! Here’s a picture of me with the beauties for size reference (also I wanted my nieces to see me sending hugs to them via the bears 😉 )
The pattern shows if you work the bears up in DK wool the bears should shape up to be approx 30cm, perhaps this will be a future project? I just loved the thought of the soft chenille and found it difficult to find a pattern for ‘normal’ sized bears with chenille! If anyone would like to share, please do…!
So, the question is, what’s next…?
And as my youngest niece Iona said “I wish this stupid Coronavirus would go away”, you, me and the whole world are in agreement sweetie. Until then girls, here’s a giant cuddle each from your Aunty Amy xx
If you enjoyed this you might like my Rainbow Hexy Blanket post which you can check out here!