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Old-Fashioned Teddy Bear

Click here for larger image.If you haven't made a teddy bear before, this pattern by talented designer Michele Wilcox is a fabulous place to start. The process of crocheting this bear is an education in itself. You will learn a lot about crochet while making this beginner project, and the delightfully huggable bear will put a smile on your face. No children? No grandchildren? No worries! Think about making this bear as an investment in kindness. You will have a fine example of your crochet skills and a wonderful gift tucked away and ready when the occasion arises. The love you put into this bear will comfort someone in need.

So gather your yarn, curl up with a cup of hot tea or cocoa, and find a relaxing moment for yourself while making this cuddly and cozy bear!

If you know a child who needs a hug, you'll want to crochet this delightfully huggable bear! The bear's arms and legs move too!

Design by Michele Wilcox

Skill Level

Beginner

Size

16 inches tall

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn: 7 ounces antique gold
  • Size H/8/5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 yards black #3 pearl cotton
  • 30 inches 1 1/4-inch-wide wire-edged off-white ribbon
  • Fiberfill
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge

7 sc = 1 inch; 7 sc rnds = 1 inch
Check gauge to save time.

Pattern Notes

Weave in loose ends as work progresses.
Do not join rnds unless otherwise indicated; use a scrap of CC yarn to mark rnds.

Head

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 4: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (18 sc)

Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 6: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (24 sc)

Rnds 7-9: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 4. (36 sc)

Rnds 11-13: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 14: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times, sc in each of next 12 sc. (42 sc)

Rnds 15-21: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 22: [Sc in each of next 5 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (36 sc)

Rnd 23: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (30 sc)

Rnd 24: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (24 sc)

Rnd 25: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (18 sc)

Stuff head with fiberfill and continue to stuff as work progresses.

Rnd 26: [Sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (12 sc)

Rnd 27: [Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. (6 sc)

Weave rem length through sts, pull to close opening, secure.

Ear (make 2)

Rnds 1-4: Rep Rnds 1-4 of head. (18 sc)

Rnds 5 & 6: Sc in each sc around.

Rnd 7: [Sc in each of next 7 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] twice, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. (16 sc)

Do not stuff ears.

Fold Rnd 7 flat across, sew across gathering slightly; leaving a 2-inch sp between ears, sew to Rnd 17 of head.

Facial features

Embroider facial features with black pearl cotton. Embroider satin stitch nose over Rnd 1 of head, embroider a straight stitch directly below nose between Rnds 2 and 3 and mouth between Rnds 2 and 3 out 2 sts to each side of straight stitch. Embroider eyes with straight stitches over Rnd 13 of head.

Body

Rnd 1: Beg at bottom of body, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Rnd 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (18 sc)

Rnd 4: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (24 sc)

Rnd 5: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (30 sc)

Rnd 6: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (36 sc)

Rnd 7: [Sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around. (42 sc)

Rnd 8: Sc in each sc around.

Rnds 9-14: Rep Rnd 8.

Rnd 15: [Sc in each of next 5 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (36 sc)

Rnds 16-28: Rep Rnd 8.

Rnd 29: [Sc in each of next 4 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (30 sc)

Rnds 30 & 31: Rep Rnd 8.

Rnd 32: [Sc in each of next 3 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (24 sc)

Rnd 33: [Sc in each of next 2 sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. (18 sc)

Stuff body with fiberfill; sew head to top of body.

Arm (make 2)

Rnds 1-4: Rep Rnds 1-4 of head. (18 sc)

Rnds 5-26: Sc in each sc around. Stuff arm with fiberfill.

Rnd 27: [Sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (12 sc)

Rnd 28: [Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, sl st in next st, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. (6 sc)

Weave rem length through rem sts, pull to close opening, secure.

With tapestry needle and length of antique gold, [insert needle through center of arm between Rnds 23 and 24, and then pass needle around 1 st at side of body on Rnd 30, pass needle back out through arm between Rnds 23 and 24] 7 times to secure arm; do not pull sts tightly, allow arm to move freely in up-and-down motion, knot ends tog, weave into arm, fasten off rem length.

Leg (make 2)

Rnd 1: Ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each of next 9 chs, 3 sc in next ch (toe), working on opposite side of foundation ch, sc in each of next 9 chs, 2 sc in last ch. (24 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in first sc, sc in each of next 9 sc, [2 sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in each of next 9 sc, [2 sc in next sc] twice. (30 sc)

Rnd 3: Sc in each sc around.

Rnds 4-7: Rep Rnd 3.

Rnd 8: Sc in each of next 9 sc, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] 6 times, sc in each of next 9 sc. (24 sc)

Rnd 9: Sc in each of next 5 sc, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] 6 times, sc in each of next 7 sc. (18 sc)

Rnds 10-26: Rep Rnd 3. At the end of Rnd 26, stuff leg with fiberfill.

Rnd 27: [Sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around. (12 sc)

Rnd 28: [Dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, sl st in next sc, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. (6 sc)

Weave rem length through rem sts, pull to close opening, secure.

With tapestry needle and length of antique gold, [insert needle through center of leg between Rnds 23 and 24, then pass needle around 1 st at side of body on Rnd 12, pass needle back out through leg between Rnds 23 and 24] 7 times to secure leg; do not pull sts tightly, allow leg to move freely to be placed in sitting position, knot ends tog, weave into leg, fasten off rem length.

Finishing

Place ribbon around neckline, tie ends in a bow. Trim ends at a slight angle.

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