Once you have mastered the Basic Bear, take a look at our book Knitted Bears (Search Press, available to buy from our website) to knit 20 bears all dressed up in a wonderful range of knitted outfits!
Work entirely in Garter Stitch, unless otherwise stated.
Through the delightful and charming patterns featured in this guide, teddy bear aficionados can create their own loveable stuffed animal. In addition to providing instructions for the basic eight-inch high bear, this handbook features directions for 20 unique characters, each attired in a specially themed outfit complete with accessories. From a baby bear and a pretty pink ballet dancer to a hiking bear with boots and backpack and a beach-loving bikini bear, these knitted figures are suitable for both children and adults and easy enough for novice knitters to make. More advanced or adventurous knitters can mix and match outfits and accessories to create truly personalized designs.© 2013 Val Pierce / Search Press · Reproduced with permission.
Cast on 30 sts.
Rows 1â€“4: GS.
Row 5: K2, skpo, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Rows 6â€“7: GS.
Continue to dec in this way on every third row until 8 sts rem.
Next row: K2, skpo, K2tog, K2.
Next row: K2, skpo, K2.
Next row: K1, sl1, K2tog, â€¨psso, K1.
Next row: K3tog.
Body and legs (make two pieces the same)
Cast on 12 sts.
Rows 1â€“2: GS.
Rows 3â€“8: inc 1 st at each end of rows 3, 5 and 7 [18 sts].
Rows 8â€“33: knit.
Row 34: divide for legs. K8, cast-off 2, knit to end [8 sts].
Proceed on these 8 sts for first leg.
Rows 35â€“52: knit.
Row 53: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, K2tog.
Row 54: cast off.
Return to stitches left on needle, rejoin yarn and complete to match first leg.
Arms (make two)
Cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: knit.
Row 2: knit twice into each st to end [12 sts].
Rows 3â€“6: knit.
Row 7: inc 1 st at each end of row [14 sts].
Rows 8â€“27: knit.
Rows 28â€“30: dec 1 st at each end of rows 28 and 30 [10 sts].
Row 31: K2, (K2tog) 3 times, K2 [7 sts].
Row 32: knit.
Cast off (this is the top of â€¨the arm).
1. Make up the head by folding the three corners of the triangle into the centre; the fold lines are shown in the top diagram opposite. Sew the two side seams either side of the nose, and across the corner lines to form the ears, as shown in the lower diagram.
2. Sew a little way along the neck seam, just down from the nose. Stuff the head firmly to give it a good shape. Stitch on the nose and mouth with black thread, and sew on â€¨the eyes.
3. Stitch the back and front body pieces together using a flat seam on the right side of the work. Leave the neck edge open for stuffing. Stuff firmly and then close the neck opening. Attach the head to the body.