Small Stuffed Knitted Bear

Christina and one of her first knitted bears

For those who’d like to knit some bears for Operation Christmas Child, here is the pattern. These bears are adorable and the pattern really is quite simple! Just about any yarn can be used. Just make sure the needles are not larger than a size 9 or the bear may not fit easily in a shoe box!

Materials:
· About 100 yards of yarn in a worsted weight.
· Needles in the recommended size for your yarn (look on the label for the US size, not mm. A sample bear was made with size 8 needles.)
· Small amount of contrasting yarns for the eyes and necktie.
· Darning needle.

Bear body (make 2):
· CO 8 stitches.
· Knit 19 rows. This is one bear leg. Cut yarn, leaving about a 4” tail. Loop this through the last stitch to secure. Slide the leg to the back of the needle.
· CO 8 stitches onto the EMPTY needle. Knit 19 rows. This is the other bear leg.
· On the 20th row, join to the first leg and knit across.
· Knit 16 rows. This is the bear body.
· At the end of the 16th row, CO 10 additional stitches. This is one arm.
· Knit across (26 st), CO 10 additional stitches to the other side (the other arm.)
· Knit 12 rows. BO 13 stitches, knit across.
· BO 13 stitches, knit across. There should be 10 stitches left on the needle.
· Knit 1 row (neck).
· 1st head row: Knit 1, inc in next stitch. Knit across to last 2 stitches. Inc in next to last stitch, knit last stitch.
· 2nd and 3rd head rows: Repeat inc pattern of 1st head row.
· You now have 16 stitches. Knit 8 rows.
· 1st dec row: Knit 1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, knit last stitch. Repeat dec row pattern until 4 stitches remain. BO.

Ears (make 2):
· CO 8. Knit 2 rows. Bind off 1st stitch of next 4 rows. BO remaining 4 stitches.

Anna's first knitted bear



Snout:

· CO 3 or 4. Knit 30 or 40 rows. BO, leaving an 8” tail.
· Thread this tail through the needle. Draw it through the long edge of the snout.
· Pull tight, secure, sew short edges together. (Makes ½ sphere.)
· Stuff with small amount of stuffing. Place on bear’s face just above the neck.
· Stitch around the edge
· Sew the 2 sides together leaving a 2” to 3” opening for stuffing. Stuff softly with small handfuls. Close opening.
· Sew ears to upper sides of head.
· Cut a 12” piece of contrasting yarn. Thread the needle and weave this through the stitches of the neck. Pull snugly; tie in a bow and double knot.
· With contrasting yarn, embroider the eyes to the face.

Key:
CO= cast on
BO= bind off
Inc= increase = knit into the stitch from the front and the back before slipping it off the left needle.
Dec= decrease
k2tog= knit 2 stitches together as one
ssk= slip 2 stitches, one at a time, onto the right needle as to knit. Insert left needle through them, knit.

Optional:
Make a Gingerbread man/woman or a doll by not adding the ears or snout and embroidering more facial features.

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One Response to “Small Stuffed Knitted Bear”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Gosh, that’s so easy even I could do it. Unfortunately, knitting makes me want to jab my eyes out with the needles from boredom. I’m rooting for anybody who does like to knit, though! Those bears are precious.

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