Crochet Bear

crochet bear

Crochet Bear

Crochet Pattern by B. Hooked Crochet, Copyright 2015.

Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern. If you wish to share this pattern, link to this page only. You may sell items produced using this pattern. Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.

This pattern is written in US crochet terms

03-intermediate web

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Gather your supplies

  • 1 skein Lion Brand Heartland (Mount Rainier shown) or approx 165 yds worsted weight (4) yarn
  • Approx 3 yds worsted weight (4) black yarn
  • 1 sheet white felt
  • 1 sheet colored felt (optional)
  • 2 buttons (1/2 – 3/4″)
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Shank back eyes (12 mm)
  • Blush (optional)
  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Large & small darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

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Gauge & Sizing

4 stitches x 5 rows = 1″ worked in single crochet

Your finished crochet teddy bear should measure approximately 12″ tall when standing and 9″ tall when sitting. Please note that sizing may vary slightly depending on your crocheting style and if you substitute yarn.

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Sc2tog – Single Crochet Two Together **see stitch description
  • Slst – Slip Stitch
  • Sts – Stitches

To print a list of all crochet abbreviations to keep in your crochet notebook, check out my quick guide here:

Crochet Abbreviations Quick Guide

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Pattern Notes

This pattern is rated an intermediate level not because it uses complex stitches but because we will be crocheting small pieces in a spiral fashion which can sometimes be difficult for beginners. Determined advanced beginners should be able to successfully complete this project using the video tutorial.

The crochet teddy bear  pattern is made up of 10 different components, 9 of which are worked in a spiral fashion (where you do not join at the end of each round). The video tutorials are very description and cover how to crochet each component and demonstrate assembly and detailing of the face. See video description below for more details. The magic ring is used in 9 of the components. The video tutorial slow down and explain the magic ring for less experienced crocheters. If you struggle making the magic ring, use this alternative magic ring method.


Stitch Description:

Sc2tog –  Insert hook into first designated stitch, YO and pull up a loop (leave that loop on your hook). Insert your hook into the next designated stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through all three loops.

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Crochet Bear Video Tutorial : Head, Snout and Ears

  • Crochet head – @ 2 minute mark
  • Crochet snout – @ 33 minute mark
  • Crochet ears – @55 minute mark

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.

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Written Instructions

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Head

Round 1: Make a magic ring with 6 sc. Do not join, continue to work in spiral.

Round 2: Make 2 sc in every stitch. (12 sts)

Round 3: Sc once into the first stitch and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next stitch, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Round 4: Sc once into the first 2 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 2 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Round 5: Sc once into the first 3 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 3 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

Round 6: Sc once into the first 4 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 4 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

Rounds 7-10: Sc once into every stitch. (36 sts)

Round 11: Sc once into the first 5 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 5 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (42 sts)

Round 12: Sc once into the first 6 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 6 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (48 sts)

Rounds 13-19: Sc once into every stitch. (48 sts)

Round 20: Sc once into the first 6 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 6 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (42 sts)

Round 21: Sc once into the first 5 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 5 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

Round 22: Sc once into the first 4 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 4 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

Round 23: Sc once into the first 3 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 3 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Round 24: Sc once into the first 2 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 2 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Bind off leaving a tail that is approximately 12″ in length.

Cut two circles from a piece of white felt slightly larger than the eyes. Make a slit in the middle of each circle for the shank back to fit through. Place the eyes in between rounds 10 and 11 approximately 4 stitches apart.

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Snout

Round 1: Ch 5. Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Sc in the next 2 chains. Sc 5 into last chain. Rotate your work and Sc in the next 2 stitches. Sc 3 into the last stitch. Do not join, continue to work in spiral. (13 sts)

Round 2: Sc 2 in the first stitch. Sc in the next 3 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc in the next stitch. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc into the next 4 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc in the next stitch. (17 sts)

Round 3: Sc 2 into the first stitch. Sc in the next 5 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc in the next 2 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc into the next 5 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc into the last stitch. (21 sts)

Round 4: Sc in the first stitch. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc into the next 6 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc into the next 2 stitches. Sc 2 into the next stitch. Sc in the next 7 stitches. Sc 2 in the next stitch. Sc into the last stitch. (25 sts)

Round 5: Sc into every stitch. (25 sts)

Round 6: Sc into the first 23 stitches, slst into the last 2 stitches. (25 sts)

Bind off leaving a tail that is approximately 12″ in length. Using your black yarn applique the nose using the images and video as a reference.

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Ears {make 2}

Round 1: Make a magic ring with 6 sc. Do not join, continue to work in spiral.

Round 2: Make 2 sc in every stitch. (12 sts)

Rounds 3-5: Sc once into every stitch. (12 sts)

Bind off leaving a tail that is approximately 8″ in length.

Cut two half circles from a piece of colored felt slightly smaller than the ears. Using a hot glue gun attach the half circles to each ear.

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 Crochet Bear Video Tutorial : Body, Limbs and Tail

  • Body
  • Limbs (@ 24 minute mark)
  • Tail (@33 minute mark)

This video is also available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left handed tutorial on YouTube.
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Written Instructions

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Body

Round 1: Make a magic ring with 6 sc. Do not join, continue to work in spiral.

Round 2: Make 2 sc in every stitch. (12 sts)

Round 3: Sc once into the first stitch and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next stitch, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Round 4: Sc once into the first 2 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 2 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Round 5: Sc once into the first 3 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 3 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

Round 6: Sc once into the first 4 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 4 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

Round 7: Sc once into the first 5 stitches and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next 5 stitches, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (42 sts)

Rounds 8-19: Sc once into every stitch. (42 sts)

Round 20: Sc once into the first 5 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 5 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

Round 21: Sc once into every stitch. (36 sts)

Round 22: Sc once into the first 4 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 4 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

Round 23: Sc once into every stitch. (30 sts)

Round 24: Sc once into the first 3 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 3 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

Rounds 25-26: Sc once into every stitch. (24 sts)

Round 27: Sc once into the first 2 stitches and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 2 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Rounds 28-29: Sc once into every stitch. (18 sts)

Bind off leaving a tail that is approximately 12″ in length.

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Limbs {make 4}

Round 1: Make a magic ring with 6 sc. Do not join, continue to work in spiral.

Round 2: Make 2 sc in every stitch. (12 sts)

Round 3: Sc once into the first stitch and 2 sc into the next stitch. *Sc into the next stitch, 2 sc into the next. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Rounds 4-8: Sc once into every stitch. (18 stitches)

Round 9: Sc once into the first stitch and scdec over the next 2 stitches. *Sc into the next 2 stitches, scdec over the next 2. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Rounds 10-23: Sc once into every stitch. (12 sts)

Bind off leaving a tail that is approximately 12″ in length.

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Tail Intro Image web

Tail

Round 1: Make a magic ring with 6 sc. Do not join, continue to work in spiral.

Round 2: Make 2 sc in every stitch. (12 sts)

Rounds 3-4: Sc once into every stitch. (12 sts)

Bind off leaving a tail that is approximately 8″ in length.

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Crochet Bear Video Tutorial : Assembly

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Assembly

Refer to the video for a more detailed instruction

To begin the assembly of your bear, start by filling the bottom of the body and each limb with weighted craft beads or dry, uncooked rice works in a pinch. The extra weight helps the bear to sit up properly and to allow the legs to move from the standing and seated position easier.

Stuff each component of your bear and begin sewing each arm to the body first. Sew the tops of the legs closed and add a button to each leg at the top. Using a large darning needle and some scrap yarn, run the darning needle through one leg, into the body and out the other side, and finally into the other leg. Run the needle back through in the opposite direction. Tighten and tie a knot to hold the legs firmly in place. Weave in your ends.

Sew the snout to the head using the photographs on this page for reference. Sew the ears in place. Sew the head to the body. Weave in all your ends.

Take two scrap pieces of yarn and with a large darning needle, feed the scrap from the back of the head out right next to the eye. Run the yarn back through to the back side. Pull to draw in the eye a bit and tie a knot. Weave in your ends and repeat for the other eye.


Eyelids: Take two pieces of scrap yarn and ch 4. Bind off.  Sew each eyelid in place using the photographs and video for reference.

Scarf: If you would like to crochet the same scarf as you see in the pictures, you will need approximately 15 yards of light weight (3) yarn and a 4mm crochet hook. Chain 5 and Tunisian Simple stitch until your scarf is long enough to wrap around your bear.

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