March 19, 2013

Little Knitted Bears

My Great Aunt wrote the pattern for these little knitted bears many decades ago and I figured it was about time I gave them a go. I still have the original piece of paper she wrote the pattern on, including her tiny bear illustration, I’ve pictured it below for you to see. It’s a super easy pattern, perfect for beginners or as a quick project. I think the finished bears are adorable!

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Here’s the pattern, as written by my Great Aunt Doll.

1st Leg – Cast on three sts and knit 10 rows. Break off wool.

2nd Leg – Cast on 3 sts and knit 11 rows, then on to same needle knit the 3 sts of 1st leg.

The Body – Next row all knit (6 sts). Next row knit 2, inc 2, knit 2 (8 sts). On 8 sts knit 10 rows.

The Arms – Cast on 4 sts at beginning of next 2 rows and cast off 4 sts at beginning of following 2 rows.  On 8 sts knit 1 row. Dec 1 st at each end of next row. Knit 2 rows then inc 1 stitch at each end of the next row.

The Head – On 8 sts knit 9 row and cast off.

Make another piece exactly the same. Sew the two pieces together leaving the top of the head open. Fill with wadding and close top down. Embroider features.

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I used different yarn for both my bears which resulted in them differing quite a lot in size. I like the look of the larger one most who was knitted with Rowan Felted Aran Tweed. I might try and find some thin ribbon to tie around his neck!

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They’re quite addictive so I think I’m going to make more and send them to lots of people, I’m sure my young cousins would love one each. I think Great Aunt Doll would love that her pattern is still being used, hopefully one day far off in the future my great nieces and nephews will still be using it!

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I hope they make you smile as much as me.

R.

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7 Comments

Gjeometry

These are adorable! My gramma made bears like these as well as similar style dolls, before she passed on. They would be a staple gift for any newborn. :)

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thenewcraftsociety

Ah thank you! It’s nice to think there are probably similar style bears all over the world, like a little knitted bear army. And yes, I’m waiting for someone I know to have a baby – I’d go knit-crazy.

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Michelle

I have one that was given to me when I was born in 76′ in Texas. I loved it so much that it’s been falling apart for years! I looove that it’s still out there!

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Jess Mullins

Hey R!

I wanted to make one of these as my friend’s sister is having a baby – whast size knitting needles did you use?

Jess xx

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