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Teddy Bear

Size: about 15 inches tall (head to toe) with chunky yarn.

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa) I used about three 50g balls for the blue bear
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • 15 mm size craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do (1/2 inch I would say)
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

This is my first pattern that I am sharing.  I have tested it, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be mistakes, so if you find one please let me know so I can correct. 🙂

Head

1.  Ch 2.  10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2.  2 sc in each sc around (20)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30)

4-5.  sc in each st around

6. *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

7-8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (50)

10.11.  sc in each st around

12.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

13-14.  sc in each st around

15.  *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (30)

16-17.  sc in each st around

18.  *1sc in next sts, sc2tog^ repeat around (20)

19.  *sc2tog* repeat around (10) I attach the muzzle here and then put the eyes on and then stuff.

20. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off, leaving a long tail.  There will still be an opening so I just weave the yarn through each stitch around and pull closed.

Body

1. Ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2.  2sc in each sc around (16)

3. *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4.  *1sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (32)

5-6.    sc in each st around

7.  *1sc in next 3sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (48)

10-15.  sc in each st around

16.  *1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

17-19.  sc in each st around

20.  *1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

21-22.  sc in each st around

23.  *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

24. *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

25.  *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (11)  I stuff here

26. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail.  Weave through remaining stitches and draw closed.

Arms make 2

1.  ch 2.  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2sc in each st around (12)

3.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 9 sts.  (15)

4.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 12 sts (18)

5-7. sc in each st around

8.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 12  sts (15)

9.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 9 sts (12)

10-17.  sc in each st around Stuff

18.  *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail for sewing to body.  Do not close

Legs make 2

Bottom of foot: This is where I used the different coloured yarn.

   1.  ch 7.  1sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in next 4 ch, 4 sc in last ch.  Turn and work on other side of beginning chain.  1sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in last ch.  place marker  (15)

2.  2 sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, [2sc] 8 times, 1sc in next 4 sts. (24)

3.  sc in each st around  If you are using a different colour for the bottom of foot, join original(body) colour in same st as last sc and sc.

4-9.  sc in each st around

10.  1sc in next 12 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 6 sts. (21)

11.  1sc in next 11 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 4 sts (18)

12.  1sc in next 12 sts, sc2tog, 1sc in next 4 sts  (17)

13.  sc in each st around Stuff foot

14- 28.  sc in each st around

29.  [sc2tog] 8 times, 1 sc in last st (9)  End off, leaving long tail and weave through remaining stitches then draw closed.

Ears make 2

1.  Ch2. 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn (7)

2.  1 sc in each st across

For bigger ears:  3.  Ch1 turn.  2 sc in each st across (14)

You could even make 2 small ears in one colour and make 2 bigger ears and then sew the smaller ears onto the bigger ones.

Muzzle

1.  Ch2.  6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2 sc in each st around (12)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (19)

4.  1sc in each st around.  End off leaving long tail to sew to head.  Embroider nose and mouth.

Assembly

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body.

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities.


77 comments April 21, 2011

Totally stoked…

I had my appointment with the eye surgen this morning.  I was nervous as I usually am when I need to go to the doctors .  Anyways he put the numbing drops in and looked at my eyes then told me the haze is getting worse.. which I know because my vision has gotten worse over the past year.  The he put the drops in that make your pupils go really wide so they can see into the back.. and even the front of the brain..  I don’t mind the drops, but man are they weird!  I was ok at first and then as I continued to sit and wait to be called back in I could feel the numbing drops wear off and my pupils were getting bigger.. So not only were my eyes sensitive to light, but they were kinda tingly, watery and I looked like I was hopped up on drugs.   So anyways I go back in and he suggests I go ahead and get the laser surgery.  He has assured me it was pain free.. which I was glad to hear because I have been nervous about having to have it done and I’ll be honest.. I am a total wimp when it comes to pain lol.  I got the surgery booked for May 5th.. just the one eye.. I’m excited but still a little nervous.  Guess we will see what happens.

I got finished testing the pattern for the teddy bear on Tuesday night.

This guy is for my Grandmother, who has liver cancer.  Originally I was going to make it for her birthday but considering the situation she is going to get it on Sunday.

I really like how he turned out.. though his muzzle got sewn on slightly crooked (he looks like he is saying “hmm” to me lol)  The yarn is Patons Diana, which may or may not be discontinued, I am not sure.  As soon as I type it out I will post the pattern.

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Dollies

I was digging through a box that had some yarn in it and I found a couple dolls I made.  I absolutely LOVE dolls.  Yes, I am 25 and still love dolls.  I love making them as well.  It’s tedious to do the hair, as I make mine either full head of hair or mostly (I just leave the center empty)

Anna is the first doll I ever made.  I looked around and couldn’t find a pattern I really liked so she is, as usual, from my own pattern.

She is made using WW yarn and I believe a 5mm hook.  Don’t mind her slightly scary mouth lol, I had never embroidered lips before and have been too lazy to redo them.  Anna doesn’t have a full head of hair.  Again, this was my first doll and I wasn’t sure how to do the hair, so I just laid strips of yarn across and then sewed down the center (her part).

Lily I made using the same pattern as Anna, only I used a 4mm hook so she turned out a bit smaller.

She has a full head of hair… and it took forever to do lol

Mina is an elf.  I originally was going to make a faery for my mother but I couldn’t find a pattern for wings, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to make them the way I had envisioned them in my mind.. so Mina the faery turned into Mina the elf.

I had made myself a pair of mary jane slippers right before I made Mina so I thought I would do her feet the same way.. only more foot like and then i sc around the ankle to make the leg.  She has mostly a full head of hair, just the center isnt done.. that would have take ALOT of yarn lol.  I can’t bring myself to cut her long locks… she’s supposed to be an elf and they have long hair, don’t they?

Susie is my favorite.  Actually she is probably my favorite thing I have ever made.  I made her one night while I was watching Wuthering Heights.. LOVE that movie.

She is tiny, maybe the height of a pop can?  She also has a full head of hair.. and bangs.

A pixie needs ears… and wings but again I couldn’t think of how to make them.. so she is wingless.  She also has thumbs, a noes and cute little toes 🙂  I am really proud of her feet..Which took me FOREVER to figure out how to do and look right.

We moved and I had just found the pattern before we moved.. now I think I lost it for good =/ Sooo I will probably try and remake the pattern.. at sometime.. soon..I hope.


4 comments April 18, 2011

A change…

So I need to move.  I’ve been putting it off for awhile now, but really I can’t stay living with Mike.  It’s not healthy.  One of the reasons I have been putting it off is because until I can start working.. or go to school.. I can’t afford a place on my own.  My best friend and her boy friend have a really nice place they rent and they have an extra room downstairs and the rent would be cheap enough… but he is alot like Mike and I am trying to get away from a controlling situation, I am not about to put myself into another one.

Another reason is fear.  I have never lived alone.  I went from my grandparents house to Mike’s.  Sure I’ve paid part of the rent, bills and bought groceries, but I have never been soley responsible for everything.  And that terrifies me… and yet excites me at the same time.  I mean I’d be able to do whatever I wanted, go out whenever I wanted…..without fear of getting in trouble, yelled at and accused of doing things I haven’t done.  I could clean the house and it would stay clean.  I could put stuff where I wanted.

So I’m torn.  The idea of being able to have freedom gets me excited for life.  Makes me want to sing and dance with happiness…. But the idea of being alone stops me dead.  And what if I fail?  What if I suddenly find myself unable to afford the rent?  Since I was 18 I have lived with and been with Mike.. but now it is time to move on.. time to get my life together.. time to be independent.. and more importantly, time to be happy.

About a month ago my mother called me.. She lives in North Carolina now and we haven’t really talked for years, but slowly we are getting back into contact.. Anyways, she called me and asked if I wanted to rent the apartment she still has up here.  I’d pay half the rent.. which is the same amount I pay here.. and everything but laundry and phone is included.. even furniture.  This was just too good to pass up.  It would be perfect for me, so I told her I’d take it.

Well the landlord said I could move in, but he lost the key so my mother had to mail him the key she has.  It took 2 weeks but he finally got it!  So now my grandmother and I can go take a look at it sometime this week.. I am hoping to move in June.

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Lavender Bear

This teddy has been sitting, in parts, on my dresser for about 3 months now.  I’d been waiting for the hand painted craft eyes I ordered, and then, I’m not going to lie, I have just been too lazy.  The worst part about making a teddy is putting it all together.  I am really good at getting the face perfect, but I have a real hard time putting the head on and the thought of doing so makes me want to put down the bear… or not pick it up.

Finally the crochet bug bit me again and I decided I had to finish it.  I plan on sending her to my mother sometime soon.  I used Bernat chunky… actually the same ball that I used to make the FANtastically soft scarf… and my own pattern.  I am testing the pattern out right now and will post as soon as I am done.

Add a comment April 17, 2011

Chocolate Old Fashioned Teddy Bear

I made this guy for Mike’s daughter 2 Christmas’ ago.  I used my own pattern, which I will post as soon as I re-write and test it out once.

1 comment April 17, 2011

Christmas projects

I made this scarf for my really good friend, Candice.  I used the Kite stitch scarf pattern by Caron, Bernat Chunky yarn and a 9mm crochet hook.

This pattern was a little mundane but it turned out really nice, and was very simple.  A great project for sitting in front of the T.V.  I definately plan on making more of these.

This scarf I made for my step mom.  I Used Bernat Harmony and I believe a 9mm hook.

I did simple hdc lengthwise until it was as long as I wanted it then continued until it was as wide as I wanted it.  I also did a spike stitch in the center so it wasn’t so plain.

I used the FANtastically Soft Scarf pattern for this scarf.  My step mothers partner recieved it, and loved it.. which I am glad because I wasn’t quite sure if she was into scarves.

I used the same Bernat chunky yarn and 9mm sized hook.  Easy pattern, and again this is a good one to make while you are watching a movie or t.v.. “auto-crochet mode” as I call it lol.  The finished scarf had a really nice texture to it and was also nice and warm.  I will definately be making this one again.

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Hello… yet again..

Wow, it’s been a long time. Alot has happened, alot has changed….

I had my second surgery. It went fine, a little different than the first one, but still okay. Apparently in like 10% of people in my age group, the cataract begins to come back.. though not fully. They call it a haze. So I will need laser surgery. I go back to the opthomologist on Thursday and hopefully we can set up the surgery so I can get my life back fully.

Not long after my second surgery, I ended it with Mike. Though for the last year and a bit we have remained living with each other… Only because neither of us can afford to live alone at the moment. I finally found a place though that is cheap enough so I will be moving in June hopefully.. I can’t wait! Living with ones ex truly is a disaster!

I haven’t really done much crocheting, just a bit at Christmas time, but suddenly the crochet-bug has bitten me again and I can’t seem to put my hook down. I’ve even been thinking about making myself a sweater.. a KNIT sweater. I know, I am ambitious. We will just have to wait and see if the sweater happens, but the teddy bears I plan on making definately will. I also plan on rewriting all my patterns, testing and posting them.. Which is why I have re-kindled my blog. Speaking of testing my pattern, I need to get back to it.. I only have until Tuesday. TTFN 🙂

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