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The Stuffed Bear Kids Toy is an adorable and friendly free knitting pattern your child is sure to love. His smiling face and precious outfit will ensure this little friend will quickly become a well-loved favorite. If you've never worked with a loom before, this easy knitting pattern is a great way to practice your skills and become comfortable with this particular technique. The bear is knit in separate pieces and then assembled to create the lovely finished product. Follow the thorough instructions provided below and you will have a fun and friendly stuffed bear in no time.
Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)
Knitting Loom TypeOval Knitting Loom
GaugeIn Stockinette Stitch (knit each row), 10 stitches and 14 rows = 2" (5 cm)
In Garter Stitch (knit one row, purl one row), 10 stitches and 20 rows = 2" (5 cm)
Finished Size11" (28 cm) tall
- Yarn (Light Weight) [3.5 ounces, 254 yards (100 grams, 232 meters) per skein]: Brown - 1 skein, Blue - 1 skein, Gold - 1 skein (we used Lion Brand® Vanna's Style #124 camel, #107 sky, and #159 mustard)
- Oval, regular gauge loom - 54 pegs
- Knitting loom tool
- Tapestry needle
- Polyester fiberfill
- Black embroidery floss
∙ E-wrap cast on
∙ Knit stitch
∙ Purl stitch
∙ Skip next peg
∙ Gathered removal
With Brown and working from left to right, e-wrap cast on 17 pegs; work as flat knitting.
Knit 8 rows.
Cut Brown leaving a long end for sewing.
With Blue and beginning with a knit row, work in Garter Stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 30 rows.
Cut Blue leaving a long end for sewing.
With Brown and beginning at next peg to the right of the First Leg, e-wrap cast on 17 pegs; work as flat knitting.
Work same as First Leg; do not cut Blue.
Continue to work in Garter Stitch across all 34 pegs for 18 rows; do not cut Blue.
When instructed to skip next peg, bring the yarn to the inside of the
loom across the peg to be skipped and back to the outside ready to knit the next peg.
Row 1: With Gold, e-wrap empty peg, knit across: 35 pegs.
Row 2: Knit across.
Rows 3 and 4: With Blue and working tightly, knit 2, (skip next peg, knit 2) across.
Rows 5 and 6: With Gold, knit across.
Rows 7-22: Repeat Rows 3-6, 4 times.
Cut Gold; cut Blue leaving a long end for sewing.
With Brown, knit 22 rows.
Cut Brown leaving a long end for sewing. Work gathered removal; pull end tightly and secure yarn, do not cut yarn.
Sew Head seam; secure yarn, do not cut yarn. Weave needle through stitches on the first row of the Head. Stuff Head with polyester fiberfill. Pull yarn end to form neck and secure yarn, hide end inside Head.
Using Blue, sew seam across Shirt and 18 rows of Body.
Stuff Body lightly with polyester fiberfill.
Sew First Leg seam to last 8 rows, stuffing lightly with polyester fiberfill as you go; cut Blue. Using Brown, finish sewing seam. Weave needle through stitches on first row; adding stuffing as needed, pull end tightly pushing cast on edge to the inside and secure yarn. Hide ends inside Leg.
Using Blue, and starting at top of Second Leg, sew seam same as for First Leg.
Arm (Make 2)
With Brown, leaving a long end for sewing, and working from left to right, e-wrap cast on 11 pegs; work as flat knitting.
Knit 6 rows; cut Brown.
With Gold and leaving a long end for sewing, knit 2 rows.
Repeat Rows 3-22 of Shirt.
Cut Blue; cut Gold leaving a long end for sewing. Work gathered removal; pull end tightly and secure yarn.
Using long end at cast on edge, weave needle through stitches on first row; pull end tightly pushing cast on edge to the inside and secure yarn. Sew seam across first 6 rows. Using Gold, finish sewing seam, stuffing lightly with polyester fiberfill as you go. Sew Arm to Row 18 of Shirt with seam at underarm. Hide ends inside Arm.
Ear (Make 2)
With Brown and working from left to right, e-wrap cast on 8 pegs; work as flat knitting.
Knit 10 rows.
Cut Brown. Work gathered bind off. Weave needle through stitches on the first row of the Ear, then insert needle through first stitch on bound off edge to join sides; gather tightly pushing edges to the inside and secure yarn.
Sew to top of Head, curving bottom edge. Hide ends inside Head.
With Brown and working from left to right, e-wrap cast on 10 pegs; work as flat knitting.
Knit 10 rows.
Cut Brown leaving a long end for sewing. Work gathered bind off. Weave needle through end of rows, insert needle through cast on stitches, weave needle through end of rows; gather tightly to form a ball, stuffing lightly with polyester fiberfill; secure yarn, do not cut yarn.
Using photo as a guide for placement and black embroidery floss, embroider mouth using straight stitch (Fig. A) and nose using satin stitch (Figs. B & C).
Sew Snout to Head. Hide ends inside Head.
Using black embroidery floss, embroider eyes using satin stitch.
- Straight stitch
- Straight Stitch is just what the name implies, a single, straight stitch. Come up at 1 and go down at 2 (Fig. A).
- Satin stitch
- Satin Stitch is a series of straight stitches worked side by side so they touch but do not overlap (Fig. B) or come out of and go into the same stitch (Fig. C). Come up at odd numbers and go down at even numbers.
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