How to Crochet a Teddy Bear

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Every child loves a teddy bear--as do many adults. If you crochet a teddy bear, you'll have a cherished family heirloom as well as a thoughtful gift for someone special. If you can make single crochets, you can make a teddy bear.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 oz. of Worsted Weight yarn
  • Size K crochet needle
  • Stuffing

Make the Body

  • Start by chaining two, and then make 8 single crochets (sc) into the second loop from your needle.

  • Increase your stitches from 8 stitches to 54 stitches in the next 9 rounds. Do this by increasing by 8 for the next 5 rows. There should be no increase on row 6. Then increase by 2 for the last three rows.

  • Single crochet through each stitch for the next 6 rows. This will neither increase nor decrease your number of stitches.

  • Decrease from 54 stitches per row to 48 stitches per row. Do this by alternating one row of decreasing by 2 stitches and one row of no decreases, for the next 6 rows.

  • Add another row of no decreases at 48 stitches.

  • Continue decreasing by decreasing by 8 stitches and adding a row with no decreases. Repeat this twice, bringing your stitches per row down from 48 to 32.

  • Reduce your row by 6 stitches, from 32 to 26, and follow that with four rows of no decreases. Begin stuffing your teddy bear.

  • Complete the last two rows in the same way: Single crochet every two stitches together. The first time you do this, you will go from 26 stitches to 13. Then finish stuffing you teddy bear. The second row will only have 7 stitches.

  • Tie off, but leave a long tail of string for sewing on the head of your teddy bear later.

Create the Head

  • Repeat Step 1 in Section 1.

  • Work up your teddy bear head by increasing by 8 stitches for the next 5 rows. Your stitches will increase from 8 stitches to 40 stitches.

  • Avoid increases or decreases for the next 9 rounds. Single crochet each stitch.

  • Begin decreases. For one round work in the following pattern, single crochet 4 and then crochet two together twice. The next two rows will have no decreases.

  • Use decreases in the next round. Single crochet 2 and then crochet two together twice. As you finish this row, begin stuffing your teddy bear head.

  • Finish the head by alternating single crochet and single crochet two together for one more round. When finished, stuff the rest of the head, and use the loose string on the body to sew the head to the body of your teddy bear.

Crochet the Arms and Legs

  • Chain 2, and then add 6 single crochet in the second chain from the hook.

  • Go from 6 stitches to 12 stitches by adding 2 single crochets into each loop during this second row.

  • Continue increasing during this next row. Single crochet 1, and then single crochet twice in the next loop. This will give you 18 stitches by the end of the row.

  • Add 3 rows without any increase or decrease.

  • Begin decreasing the number of stitches in your rows. Single crochet 2 stitches together. Repeat this 3 more times. Then single crochet to the end of the row so you are left with 14 stitches.

  • Complete the appendage by single crocheting for the next 11 rows. Tie it off, stuff it and sew it on to the body of your teddy bear.

  • Make 4 of these appendages: 2 for arms and 2 for legs.

Make the Ears

  • Start the ears by chaining 2 stitches, and adding 3 single crochets into the second loop from your needle.

  • Expand the ear. Chain one and single crochet 2 into each loop. You will have 6 stitches in the end.

  • Increase to 9 stitches. Single crochet 1 and then 2 single crochet in the next loop.

  • Finish your ear. Single crochet twice; then add two single crochets in the next loop. Repeat across, and then sew the ear into place.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can decorate your teddy bear. Use teddy bear eyes or buttons. You may even want to embroider a mouth.

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