This holiday bear is easy enough even for beginning knitters. The pieces are knitted back and forth on straight needles and sewn together. With the furry yarn, you don’t even have to worry about being good at finishing, because the seams don’t show at all. I used a simple whip stitch on my bear and the stitches disappeared into the fur. Childproof eyes and nose make this an appropriate gift for children of any age.
For a holiday accent, I’ve also included a pattern for an easy sweater. It’s knitted flat in once piece and joined at the sides and underarms after the knitting is complete. For Christmas, make the sweater in red and green. Use blue and white for Hannukah, red, green and black for Kwanza, or red, green and white for Winter Solstice. The choice is yours!
I used 5 balls of Stars from Adriafil (50% viscose, 50% polyamide), 65 meters per 5 gram ball
Child proof eyes and nose (available at most craft and fabric stores)
Size 9 US needles
Small bag of fiberfill stuffing
12 inch dowel (optional)
Approx 2 1/4 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch using a double strand of yarn
Don’t worry too much about the gauge. If your fabric is dense enough so the stuffing won’t peek out between the stitches, it’s fine.
Approx 19 inches tall
Tip: tie a contrasting string onto the right side of the work because it’s very difficult to see which is the knit side and which is the purl side with the furry yarn.
Use a double strand of yarn for all pieces.
Legs (make 2)
Cast on 10 sts.
Work in stockinette stitch (knit RS rows and purl WS rows). Knit in the front and back of the first and last stitch of every RS row until you have 14 sts.
Work even until leg measures approx 6 inches long.
Leave the first leg on the needle and work the second on the same needles. When you are finished with the second, line them up next to each other on one needle.
Knit across the stitches of both legs (28 sts).
Work even until body measures approx 8 1/2 inches from the legs.
Bind off. Set body aside.
Arms (make 2)
Cast on 6 sts.
Work in stockinette stitch (knit RS rows and purl WS rows). Knit in the front and back of the first and last stitch of every RS row until you have 12 sts.
Work even until arm measures approx 7 inches long.
Bind off. Set arms aside.
Head (make 2 identical pieces)
Cast on 8 stitches.
Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.
Knit in the front and back of the first and last stitch of every row until you have 16 sts.
Work even until head measures approx 4 inches.
Cast on 2 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows for the ears (20 sts).
Work 6 rows in stockinette stitch on all 20 sts.
Work 4 rows back and forth on the first 8 sts.
K2tog across. Bind off the rem 4 sts. 12 sts remain.
Re-attach the yarn to the head just next to the completed ear. Bind off 4 sts. 8 sts remain.
Work 4 rows back and forth on the remaining 8 sts.
K2tog across. Bind off the rem 4 sts.
Weave in the ends or tie them in knots and just hide them inside the bear.
Use a single strand of yarn for sewing.
Sew the center back seam of the body and the inside seams of the legs.
Stuff the legs lightly. Stuff the body. Manipulate the stuffing from the outside so the legs can bend and the bear can sit down. If desired, sew a few stitches between the legs and the body for a joint.
Stuff the arms lightly and sew them closed at the top. Sew the arms to the body.
Sew the two head pieces together. Stuff the ears lightly. Stuff the head. Manipulate the stuffing in the ears to there is an indentation in the center of each ear. Sew a few stitches going through both pieces of the ear and the stuffing to keep the indentation secure.
Squish the front of the bear’s face in your hand to form a snout. Manipulate the stuffing to form slight indentations where the eyes will go. Attach the child proof eyes and nose to the bear’s head. Squeeze the snout into shape gently, and sew a piece of yarn in and out around the snout to secure the shape. Tie the ends of the piece of yarn together and bury them inside the head.
If desired, insert the dowel into the body so it extends up into the head. This will make the head less floppy.
Sew the head to the body.
Bury all ends inside the bear.
Assorted colors of worsted weight yarn. Appoximately 100 yards total will be more than enough.
I used Galway Worsted from Plymouth (100% wool), 210 yards per 100 gram ball
4 sts = 1 inch in stockinette stitch
7 inches long and 7 inches wide at the chest
Cast on 30 sts. Work in stockinette stitch, making up a stripe pattern in your chosen colors as you go. The edge will roll up, just let this happen.
When the piece measures 3 inches from the bottom of the rolled edge, cast on 18 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows for the sleeves (66 sts).
Work even until the sweater measures approx 6 3/4 inches long. End after working a WS row.
Neck row 1 (RS): Purl 24 sts, bind off 18 sts, purl 24 sts.
Neck row 2 (WS): Knit 24 sts, cast on 18 sts, knit 24 sts.
Return to stockinette stitch and work the back of the sweater in a solid color or continue to make up a stripe pattern. Work even until the sweater measures approx 4 inches from the neck. Bind off 18 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
Continue working the body until the back is the same length as the front.
Sew the side seams and underarm seams.
Weave in the ends and put the sweater on the bear.