Really easy knitted bear.
This is really simple knitted bear. It's just two knitted sides of the bear (front and back, obviously), stuffed and sewn together. heaps easy.
I didn't take any pictures while making this bear. Sorry! just message me if you want something clarified.
*note* i just kinda made this up as I went along, so you know, you can do the same if you want to change anything to make your bear shorter, fatter, taller, more in proportion, whatever.
Start by knitting the legs. This is done by casting on about 9 stitches. Knit enough rows for a teddy bear leg. (i am so sorry at the lack of accuracy. just bear with me. geddit, bear? ok never mind. seriously though, any specifications can be changed. easily)
Cut off the wool, leaving about 7 cms. On the same needle, repeat the step above.
knit both legs together, so that they are now connected. by this i mean, have both legs on the same needle then knit across the entire lot. Knit enough rows for the tummy of the bear. not the entire torso, just the tummy.
Cast on about 15 stitches. this will make an arm. I don't know if that is clear, so what i mean is that you've got you legs and tummy of the bear, and once you finish the row cast on stitches to form the arms.
Do this on the other side of the body as well. unless you want a one-armed bear.
the head is the most difficult part. increase too many stitches, you'll have a fat-headed bear. increase not enough, narrow-faced bear. but you want to have more rather than less - that way you can convert the extra head bit into large adorable ears.
so you want to knit one or two rows either the same width or a bit smaller than the body. this will make the neck. now slowly increase the stitches on both sides. what i did was knit two or three rows, then increase the number of stitches by one on each side. once you get the middle of you head, just knit - don't increase. i suppose you could keep increasing, it's just that i didnt.
once you get past the middle part of your head, keep increasing because this part will be the ears.
so you've now got two pieces of bear. they should be more or less exactly the same shape. on one piece, add the googly eyes, button nose and wool mouth to make the face. obviously. feel free to add things like, oh i dont know, badges or something.
and now to sew the two pieces together. you can either use the wool you used to knit the bear (to be inconspicuous) or just plain sewing thread if you've run out of wool. as i did. leave an area of bear unsewn so that you can stuff it
stuff the bear. dont stuff it too full or it might show through, and dont stuff it too empty or it will be floppy and anorexic.
i stuffed it full, and then took out a little so that it was nice and squashy.
i found that a chopstick was quite helpful in maneuvering the stuffing around in places like the arms.
nearly done! as you can tell, i've given up using capitals.
use you wool or some sewing thread to sew the ears. this is done by sewing through both pieces of bear and stuffing to define the ear. what you want to do is make the shape like a triangle. or maybe not, depends on what you want your ears to be like.
this step is to just define the ears.
you can do the same to define arms and legs, but i didnt.
you can keep adding little things to your bear, like a mohawk or clothes or a little watch.
i like to finish my bears with a simple ribbon fastened around their neck.
thanks for sticking with me until now! feedback is appreciated - this is my first how-to.