I really love knitting toys, and this knit bear is a lot of fun. With his huge body and small head, he looks sort of like a cartoon character, and he's really irresistible and squishy.
If you like to knit for kids, this is a great project. The body and head are knit in one piece, and then the arms and legs, which are also knit in the round, are attached. Simple and super cute!
- About 90 yards of medium weight yarn, 100 percent wool, superwashwool, acrylic or whatever you like (I used not quite half a skein of Lion Wool in cocoa)
- a small amount of a similar yarn in black
- one set of four size 7 US double-pointed needles
- yarn needle
- a small amount of fiber fill for stuffing
20 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round. Gauge is not critical, but stitches need to be tight enough to hold filling.
Finished bear is 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide with arms outstretched.
Instructions for Knit Bear:
Legs (make 2):
- Cast on 15 stitches. Spread onto 3 needles and join in round, being careful not to twist stitches.
- Knit every row for 4 inches.
- Bind off.
Arms (make 2):
- Cast on 15 stitches. Spread onto 3 needles and join in round.
- Knit every row for 3 inches.
- Bind off.
- Cast on 50 stitches. Spread onto 3 needles and join in round.
- Knit 4 rows.
- Increase one stitch at beginning and end of each needle every other row 3 times (62 stitches total).
- Knit straight until 4 inches from cast on edge.
- On the next row, *knit 5, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to last 6 stitches, knit 4, knit 2 together (53 stitches).
- Knit the next row, then *knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches, knit 3, knit 2 together.
- On the next round, knit 3, knit 2 together across to last 4 stitches, knit 2, knit 2 together.
- *Knit 2, knit 2 together. Repeat from * to last 3 stitches, knit 1, knit 2 together.
- Knit 2 together, knit 10, knit 2 together twice, knit 8, knit 2 together. You should have 22 stitches.
- Arrange the stitches so you have 11 stitches each on 2 needles, and knit 2 rows straight.
Knitting the Head:
- Increase at the beginning and end of each needle every other row 3 times (34 stitches, 17 on each needle).
- Knit straight for 2.5 inches.
- On each needle on the next row, knit 1, then knit 2 together across (18 stitches, 9 per needle).
- Knit one row, then knit 1, knit 2 together across on each needle again (10 stitches, 5 per needle).
- Bind off using the three-needle bind off.
Ears (make 2):
Pick up three stitches where you want the ear to be. Work in Stockinette Stitch, decreasing one stitch every other row until 1 stitch remains. Cut yarn, slip end through last stitch. Use yarn needle to tack ear down, folded in half.
- Put a length of black yarn on the needle and sew on any facial features you want using the duplicate stitch.
- Decide which end of the arms and legs you want to be the outside and stitch them closed. Fill lightly with stuffing.
- Fill the head and body with stuffing and sew the bottom of the body closed. Stitch on the arms and legs.