Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Buddy Bear Pattern

Here is a sweet crocheted bear pattern for sharing. Skills needed are single crochet, crocheting in the rouad, increases and decreases. It's fairly easy and you can pretty much use any yarn that you like. I used a light worsted/sport on the pink and yellow bears and worsted weight on the brown bear which came out slightly larger. The pattern is written for a striped bear but feel free to use two colors to achieve a more traditional looking Buddy Bear. Enjoy and let me know if you make one!! I've posted this on Ravelry so welcome new friends!

Buddy Bears*



Materials:
1 - 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn or 2 - 3 skeins of acrylic/cotton blend yarn (sport weight)
size H hook (for worsted weight yarn) or size G (for sport weight yarn)
stitch marker or safety pin
Buttons
stuffing (Polyfil)
yarn needle

Gauge:
gauge is not essential to this pattern. Just be sure to match the correct hook size to the
weight of yarn that you choose.

Abbreviations:
sc - single crochet
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together (decrease)
m/r - magic ring

Notes:
If you are unsure how to start off with a magic ring just chain two and create the appropriate
number of stitches in the first chain instead.

Remember to use your stitch marker to keep your count correct.
You will not be joining at the end of the rows, you will be crocheting in a spiral.

The number at the end of the row instructions are the number of stitches you should have after each
completed row.

Stuff your bear fully so he's not too floppy. If you think it's not enough stuffing it probably
isn't :P

The color changes listed in the pattern below are for a bear wearing a t-shirt, socks and
mittens. The colors are just an example and you can use whatever color combos you like
and can add stripes on the body, arms and legs as you wish. You can also do everything in
one color as well.

COLOR A - Pink
COLOR B - White
COLOR C - Light Brown
Color D - Yellow

Head & Body:

With color A -
6 sc into m/r (see note) - place marker in last stitch and move with each round so as not to
lose count - DO NOT JOIN
2 sc into each stitch (12)
(1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (18)
(1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (24)
(1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (30)
(1 sc in first 4 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (36)
(1 sc in first 5 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (42)
(1 sc in first 6 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (48)
(1 sc in first 7 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (54)
(1 sc in first 8 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (60)
1 sc in each stitch around for 12 rounds (60)
(1 sc in first 8 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (54)
(1 sc in first 7 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (48)
(1 sc in first 6 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (42)
(1 sc in first 5 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (36)
(1 sc in first 4 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (30)
(1 sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (24)
Change to color B -
1 sc in each stitch around for 3 rounds (24)

STUFF HEAD

Change to color C -
1 sc in each stitch around for 1 round (24)
(1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (30)
(1 sc in first 4 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (36)
1 sc in each stitch around for 5 rows (36)
(1 sc in first 5 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (42)
1 sc in each stitch around for 2 rows (42)
Change to color B -
1 sc in each stitch around for 2 rows (42)
Change to color A -
1 sc in each stitch around for 4 rows (42)
(1 sc in first 6 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (48)
1 sc in each stitch around for 6 rows (48)
(1 sc in first 6 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (42)
(1 sc in first 5 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (36)
(1 sc in first 4 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (30)
(1 sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (24)
(1 sc in first 2 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (18)

STUFF BODY

(1 sc in first 1 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (12)
(sc2tog) repeat around (6)
finish off leaving a long tail (about 10 inches), Thread yarn needle onto tail and weave in and
out of remaining 6 stitches and pull tight to close up the circle. secure the thread with a knot
and bury inside of body.

Ears (make 2):

With Color A -
6 sc into m/r (see note) - place marker in last stitch and move with each round so as not to
lose count - DO NOT JOIN
2 sc into each stitch (12)
(1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (18)
(1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (24)
(1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (30)
1 sc in each stitch around for 4 rows (30)
finish off leaving a long yarn tail (about 12 inches). Thread yarn needle onto tail and fold ears
in half to sew them to the head. I find it easier to place the ears if I pin them to the head
before sewing down and only locking in the yarn tail (after sewing) once both ears are on.
That way it is easier to pull out your stitches if you need to reposition the ear.

Nose:

With Color B -
same as ear instructions though do not fold in half. Place on face and stitch down, leaving a
space to stuff the nose and then closing up and locking in yarn tail.

Tail:

With Color A -
6 sc into m/r (see note) - place marker in last stitch and move with each round so as not to
lose count - DO NOT JOIN
2 sc into each stitch (12)
1 sc in each stitch around for 1 row (12)
finish off leaving a long yarn tail (about 6 inches). Thread yarn needle onto tail and sew tail
to the behind.

Legs (make 2):

With color B -
6 sc into m/r (see note) - place marker in last stitch and move with each round so as not to
lose count - DO NOT JOIN
2 sc into each stitch (12)
(1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (18)
(1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (24)
1 sc in each stitch around for 4 rows (24)
(sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2 stitches) 4 times, 1 sc in next 8 stitches (20)
1 sc in each stitch around for 5 rows (20)
TURN (you will start working back and forth in rows to create the heel)
sc2tog, sc 1 in next 8 stitches, sc2tog TURN
sc2tog, sc 1 in next 7 stitches, sc2tog (this will connect the first decrease you made in the
last row and the stitch below it) TURN
sc2tog, sc 1 in next 6 stitches, sc2tog (this will connect the first decrease you made in the
last row and the stitch below it) TURN
sc2tog, sc 1 in next 5 stitches, sc2tog (this will connect the first decrease you made in the
last row and the stitch below it)
DO NOT TURN  (you will return to crocheting in spirals)
sc 1 in next 7 stitches, sc2tog (this will connect the last stitch before the heel ridge and the
first stitch on top of the heel ridge), sc 1 in next 6 stitches (place marker) (14)
1 sc in each stitch around for 1 row (14)
Change to color D -
1 sc in each stitch around for 10 rows (14)
Change to color C -
1 sc in each stitch around for 2 rows (14)
Change to color A -
1 sc in each stitch around for 10 rows (14)
finish off leaving a long yarn tail (about 12 inches). Stuff legs. Thread yarn needle onto yarn
tail and attach legs to bottom of body

Arms (make 2):

With color B -
6 sc into m/r (see note) - place marker in last stitch and move with each round so as not to
lose count - DO NOT JOIN
2 sc into each stitch (12)
(1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc into next stitch) repeat around (18)
1 sc in each stitch around for 4 rows (18)
(1 sc in first 1 stitches, sc2tog) repeat around (12)
1 sc in each stitch around for 1 row (12)
Change to color D -
1 sc in each stitch around for 6 rows (12)
Change to color A -
1 sc in each stitch around for 6 rows (12)
Change to color B -
1 sc in each stitch around for 2 rows (12)
Change to color C -
1 sc in each stitch around for 5 rows (12)
finish off leaving a long yarn tail (about 12 inches). Stuff arms. Thread yarn needle onto yarn
tail and attach arms to the side of the body

Sew on buttons for eyes, nose and belly button. Stitch on upside down "Y" for mouth.



Buddy Bears make great friends. Mine are currently hanging out in the craft room.



Try mixing up all sorts of colors.



The orange one was made with 100% cotton and is a little rougher than the others but could certainly take a bit more of a beating. :) I need to give him a face! You can see here how the worsted weight yarn gives you a bigger bear.


* Buddy Bears are my personal pattern. Please feel free to use this pattern to make fun friends of your own but please give me credit for the pattern! Thanks!

3 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Buddy bear is adorable Rebecca!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Cute bears! My mom used to crochet, she could do it with her eyes closed. Me? I've never attempted it!
gail

EmmaLemmon47 said...

I made the Buddy Bear Pattern out of leftover yarn for my 14 year old grandson. I named him "Vinnie the Poop." He came out um er ah... interesting and he bought a mile to my grandson. I wrote a note with him. If you would like to check out the photo it is at Facebook under Linda Monk Graimm photos in the "things I made" album. It was fun. Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas and Thrifty Goodness to you.

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