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Blue's Big Hug Bear

For bear:

aran (worsted) yarn, pink
aran (worsted) yarn, beige
6mm (US 10) needles
2 black buttons for eyes
black yarn
stuffing

For scarf:

DK (sport) tweed yarn in brown
4mm (US 6) needles

 

Bear is knitted in one piece from toe to toe, and then folded up and sewn into shape before being stuffed and features added. Use any colour combination for bear, remembering to hold two strands together throughout.

Completed bear will be approx. 12" tall

Legs:

With 6mm (US 10) needles and one strand each of the pink and beige yarns held together, cast on 8 stitches.
Stocking stitch for 16 rows, ending on a purl row. Break yarn and transfer live stitches to a stitch holder.
Repeat for second leg, again ending on a purl row. Do NOT break yarn.
Knit across the leg just worked, and the leg from the stitch holder (16 stitches).

Belly & arms:

Stocking stitch 12 rows.
Cast on 10 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows using backward loop cast on. These form the arms, a total of 36 stitches (16 + 10 +10)
Stocking stitch 6 rows.
Cast off 10 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (16 stitches remaining)

Head:

Stocking stitch 32 rows (creating front and back of head).

Arms & back:

Cast on 10 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows using backward loop cast on. These form the arms, a total of 36 stitches (16 + 10 +10)
Stocking stitch 6 rows.
Cast off 10 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (16 stitches remaining)

Stocking stitch 12 rows.

Legs:

Work first 8 stitches on needle and slip remaining 8 stitches to a stitch holder.
Work 16 rows for leg and cast off.
Place stitches from stitch holder back onto needles, rejoin yarn and work 16 rows for leg. Cast off.

Making Up:

Weave in all ends. Fold bear in half along the head section ensuring legs and arms line up neatly. Pin in place if desired. Starting at an inside leg roughly an inch from the end of the leg, begin seaming the bear, following round the outside to the top of the head. Secure yarn, and seam other side, again starting near the bottom of the leg and continuing to the top of the head, with an opening now left where the legs join the body.

Create ears by running stitches across the corner at each side of the head.

Stuff bear, filling head and arms first, and then legs and stomach.

Make neck by weaving a length of yarn in and out around the bear where the arms join. Pull tight, pushing more stuffing up into the head to firm before securing the yarn and tidying the ends. Finish stuffing the bear, and seam the opening shut.

Sew buttons on for eyes, and embroider a nose and mouth. If giving to a child, embroider eyes rather than using buttons.

Scarf :

Using 4mm (US 6) needles, cast on 10 stitches using brown DK yarn.
Work brioche stitch as described below until scarf reaches desired length, bind off in pattern.

Brioche stitch:
row 1: K
row 2: *(yif, sl 1 purl-wise, k1)*
row 3: *(yif, s1 1 purl-wise, k2tog)*
repeat row 3 for pattern.

You could also use k1 p1 ribbing or other suitable stitch pattern, or substitute length of wide ribbon if not intended for a small child.


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