Life Is Just Better With A Teddy Bear In It.

There are little bits of teddy bears everywhere….Arms and legs, bodies and heads lay scattered atop alpaca skeins…..

If Santa were a scrawny man, I’d have the job. I feel like the ultimate toymaker this time of year. My hands move in quick fashion, as my double pointed needles whirl through my fingers. I can’t tell you how much having one of my teddy bears under a Christmas tree does for my spirit. I’ll wake Christmas morning knowing that some adorable little one is squishing one of my teddy bears with all the strong love they can give.

257849577_412953950499462_1453703904866873108_nI will agree that the times we are living in are strange. I hate to say it, but there seems to be an unshakable moroseness that none of us seems to be able to shake. Financially, there is an uncertainty that hangs over many of us. Spiritually, some are struggling to find their faith. Emotionally, many are left feeling alone.

So, that is why it is more critical than ever that we truly focus only on the positive moments this holiday season. Remember, “Fear not! For, I bring you good tidings of great joy!” Good things are on the horizon! Beautiful things await all of us, if we just remember to stay patient and persistent in our positive outlook.

My teddy bears always represent hope in the darkest of times. Don’t forget, I was homeless when I first started knitting them, hoping that one would sell so that I could eat…..then after selling enough of them, I got my little studio garage apartment….then a career. The hope in my teddy bears has always been the true essence of why they are so adored. Life just feels like it’s going to be alright when you have a teddy bear in your life.

Now, I know not everyone can afford one of my teddy bears, so I thought I’d just give you the pattern, for free. Feel free to fill the world with as many teddy bears as you can…send hope to all corners of the world. 🙂 With about $10 and a free weekend, you can knit up one of my teddy bears easily. Gift them, give them….but, be sure to greedily keep one for yourself!

If you do use the pattern, and only if you are fortunate enough to, please toss a little something in my tip jar….That would mean a lot to me.

Now! Let’s go knit some teddy bears!

241434156_1132137397314136_5048963449264906032_nTHE KNIT TEDDY BEAR

Materials
Yarn Bee’s “Alpaca Twist” in any colors you desire.
Size 8 double pointed knitting needles.
Size 8 straight needles
Small amount of black yarn (about a yard) for embroidering the face.
Poly-fill

HEAD
Beginning at the muzzle and with double pointed needles cast on 9 stitches.
Divide evenly onto three needles. Join, careful not to twist, and knit each stitch.
Place marker to denote beginning of round.
First round: k1, k1fb, k1 on each needle. (12 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch
Next round: k1fb in each stitch around. (24 stitches)
Knit three rounds.
Next round: (k3, k1fb) around. (30 stitches)
Knit three rounds.
Next round: (k4, k1fb) around. (36 stitches)
Knit two rounds.
Next round: (k5, k1fb) around. (42 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Knit 7 rounds.
Next round: (k5, k2tog) around. (36 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k4, k2tog) around. (30 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k3, k2tog) around. (24 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k2, k2tog) around. (18 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round. k2tog around. (9 stitches)

Cut yarn, leaving a long strand (about 18″) and thread through live stitches and pull off needle, but do
NOT draw through yet! Sew up muzzle with cast on strand from the inside. Stuff firmly with fiberfill,
then draw long strand tightly, closing up hole at the back of the head. Sew up hole with 2 or 3 stitches
to securely close. Leave long strand, set aside for assembly later.

EARS (make 2)
With 2 double pointed needles, cast on 6 stitches.
First row: k1fb in each stitch.
Next row: purl each stitch.
Next row: (k1, k1fb) across.
Next row: purl each stitch.
Next row: (k2, k1fb) across.
Work stockinet stitch for 3 rows.
Next row: (k2, k2tog) across.
Next row: purl each stitch.
Next row: (k1, k2tog) across.
Next row: purl each stitch.
Next row: k2tog across.

Cut yarn leaving long strand, thread through remaining stitches on needle and pull tightly.

BODY
Beginning at the bottom of the body and with double pointed needles cast on 9 stitches. Divide evenly
onto three needles. Join, careful not to twist, and knit each stitch.
Place marker to denote beginning of round.
First round: k1, k1fb, k1 on each needle. (12 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch Next round: k1fb in each stitch around. (24 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k3, k1fb) around. (30 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k4, k1fb) around. (36 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k5, k1fb) around. (42 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Knit 17 rounds.
Next round: (k5, k2tog) around. (36 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k4, k2tog) around. (30 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k3, k2tog) around. (24 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round: (k2, k2tog) around. (18 stitches)
Next round: knit each stitch.
Next round. k2tog around. (9 stitches)

Cut yarn, leaving a long strand (about 18″) and thread the through live stitches and pull off needle, but
do NOT draw through yet! Sew up cast on hole with cast on strand from the inside. Stuff firmly with
fiberfill, then draw long strand tightly, closing up hole. Sew up hole with 2 or 3 stitches to securely
close the body. Leave long strand to use to attach to head, set aside later for assembly.

LEGS (make 2)
Using 2 double pointed needles cast on 10 stitches, leaving about a 3 inch strand from your slip knot
(This will come in handy later).
Beginning at the sole, purl the first row.
Next Row: (right side) k1fb, k1,m1 (7 times) k1, k1fb (19 stitches)
Next Row: purl all stitches
Next Row: k4, m1, [k3, m1] 4 times, k3 (24 stitches)
Work in stockinet stitch for 7 rows
Next Row: k8, [k2tgther 4 times] k8 (20 stitches)
Next Row: purl all stitches Next Row: k6, [k2tgthr 4 times,] k6 (16 stitches)
Next Row: purl all stitches Next Row: k7, k2tgthr, k7 (15 stitches)
Work in stockinet stitch for 3 rows.
Next Row: k2, m1, k11, m1, k2 (17 stitches)
Work in stockinet stitch for 13 rows.
Next Row: k1 [k2tgthr 8 times]

Cut yarn leaving a long (about 18″) strand, thread through remaining stitches and draw tightly. With
rights sides facing, sew up leg seam with long strand, and the sole using the original cast on strand,
leaving a small hole at the ankle. Turn inside out, stuff with fiberfill and sew up ankle using the long
strand. Set aside for assembly later.

ARMS (make 2)
Using 2 double pointed needles cast on 6 stitches, leaving about a 2 inch strand from your slip not for
use later.
Beginning at the shoulder, purl the first row.
Next Row: k1fb, [k1, m1 3 times] k1, k1fb (11 stitches)
Next Row: purl all stitches.
Next Row: k2, m1, k2, m1, k3, m1, k2, m1, k2 (15 stitches)
Work in stockinet for 25 rows.
Next Row: k1, [k2tgthr 7 times].

Cut yarn leaving a long (about 18″) strand, thread through remaining stitches and draw tightly. With
right sides facing, sew up arm seam using long strand and using the 2 inch original cast on thread, sew
up shoulder, leaving a small opening (about half an inch) near the top of the arm seam near the
shoulder. Turn inside out, stuff with fiberfill and sew up small opening using the long strand.
Set aside for assembly later.

1If you have any problems with my pattern, please by all means, let me know. The best way to show you how to do all of the stuffing, sewing, and embroidering of the eyes, mouth and nose, is if you watch this video from a teddy bear knit a long we did recently on my youtube channel. Everything you need to know, all of the little tricks and things that I do to make my teddy bear are all there for you to enjoy. 🙂

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One comment

  1. Trust me–the knit-along video is helpful, esp if one has no experience knitting a stuffed creature. I laugh to see my first Gregory Patrick pattern teddy bear, pre-video, and second, post-video. Neither are comparable to Gregory’s masterful creations, but … !

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