How to Knit a Teddy Bear

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Knit a Teddy Bear
Knit a Teddy Bear (Image: Adrian Yee ~ sxc)

Hand made toys are not only beautiful, they can become treasured heirlooms and fond memories for children as they grow. If you knit, making a teddy bear is one of the easier children's toys you can make. This simple pattern allows you to knit on straight needles and sew up your bear easily. The quality of the finished project depends on the materials used. Use baby yarn in bright colors, add some stripes, or use fancier specialty yarns for something really unique. You can also make this pattern in felting yarn, and felt the bear before sewing it up. Once you get the hang of this pattern, you'll want to develop your own flair with it, and make cats, dogs or other animals as well. Your imaginations is your only limitation, so knit it up once plain, and then put your own special spin on the classic knit teddy bear.

Things You'll Need

  • 4mm needles
  • Baby double knitting yarn
  • Flame resistant stuffing material
  • Embroidery yarn
  • Needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Cast on 8 stitches and knit 16 rows. The whole bear is done in garter stitch.

Cut yarn, leaving a tail and cast on an additional 8 stitches. Remember, you are not casting off the first 16 rows. Work 16 rows on the new 8 stitches all in a regular knit stitch. This will form the 2 legs.

Knit across all 16 stitches to connect. Knit 8 rows.

Add 4 stitches onto both ends of the row and knit 10 rows.

Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next row and cast off 4 stitches at the end of the row.

You should now have 16 stitches on your needles. Knit 38 rows.

Cast on another 8 stitches (4 at the beginning and 4 at the end) and knit 10 rows.

Cast off 4 stitches at the beginning of the next row and at the end. Knit 8 rows.

Now, using only the first 8 stitches, knit 16 rows and bind off.

Now you have 8 stitches left. Knit 16 rows here and bind off. Weave in any loose ends.

Sew a seam around the teddy bear body using matching yarn. Leave a gap between the legs for stuffing. Turn right side out. You want the bear body to be the smooth side. If you want to felt the bear, felt it before sewing it up.

Stuff the top of the head and create ears by backstitching a diagonal line across the top of the head.

Stuff and stitch the bear closed.

Embroider on a face.

To create a neck, simply take some yarn and sew around the neck going in every few stitches. Pull on the thread to gather the neck area and tie off. You can also knit up a little scarf to tie around teddy's neck to help define the body.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use some variated yarn for a more interesting bear.
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