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Typical Teddy Part 2

This took a bit but I promise it was worth the wait – here is the second half (and the bigger half) of the teddy bear instructions! It was slightly delayed due to life – that stinking life sure likes to get in the way at the worst possible times, doesn’t it?

Here’s also a little reminder of the items I used to create this teddy and an updated list of the stitches used in this pattern. I do hope you enjoy making a lovable teddy for yourself or someone else! If you have any questions or problems with the pattern, please do not hesitate to ask!

Items needed:
Bernat blanket yarn – 2 colors: Mink (Main Color/MC) and Almond (Coordinating Color/CC)
Scrap yarn for embroidering nose and mouth (I used Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate.)
2 safety eyes (14mm)
Size I-9 hook (5.5mm)
Stuffing fiber
Stitch markers
Yarn needle
Scissors

Stitches – US terminology:
St – stitch
Slst – slip stitch
Yo – yarn over
FO – finish off
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
BLO – back loop only
Inc – increase: 2sc in one stitch
Dec – decrease stitch/invisible decrease: insert hook into front loops only of next 2 stitches, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through final 2 loops on hook. Counts as 1 sc.
Sctog – single crochet 2 together: Insert hook in first stitch (st). Yarn over (YO), draw up a loop (lp), 2 lps on hook. Insert hook in next st, YO, draw up a lp. 3 lps on hook. YO, draw yarn through all three lps on hook.
LDCtog – linked double crochet together (all in the same stitch hole): THIS is a really good explanation on how to do this!
*directions*_x – follow the stitch directions within the asterisks by the number of times (_x)

Head (using MC):
1. Magic ring with 8 sc; pull tight.head base
2. Inc around. (16 sc)
3. *sc; inc* around. (24 sc)
4. *2 sc; inc* around. (32 sc)
5. Sc; *inc; 3 sc* 7x; inc; 2 sc. (40 sc)
6. *4 sc; inc* around. (48 sc)
7. 2 sc; *inc; 5 sc* 7x; inc; 3 sc. (56 sc)
8. -10. Sc around. (56 sc)
11. *5 sc; dec* around. (48 sc)
12. Sc; *dec; 4 sc* 7x; dec; 3 sc. (40 sc)
13. *3 sc; dec* around. (32 sc)
14. Sc; *dec; 2 sc* 7x; dec; sc. (24 sc)
Stuff head. Continue adding bits of stuffing after next rounds if needed to keep the head shape.
15. *sc; dec* around. (16 sc)
16. Dec around. (8 sc)
FO leaving a long tail. Use tail to catch up loops from last round and pull tight to close the hole. Secure firmly and tuck tail inside the head to remove it from view. Your head should appear like a slightly flattened ball shape.

Face (using CC):teddy face
1. Magic ring with 8 sc. Pull tight.
2. Inc around. (16 sc)
3. *sc; inc* around. (24 sc)
4. Sc; *inc; 2 sc* 7x; inc; sc. (32 sc)
5. *3 sc; inc* around. (40 sc)
6. *4 sc; inc* 3x; 2 sc; 2 hdc; 3 LDCtog; hdc; 6 sc; hdc; 3 LDCtog; 2 hdc; 2 sc; inc; 4 sc; inc; sc.
Slst and FO leaving a really long tail to attach the face to the head.
Place safety eyes at the base of each 3LDCtog. Embroider on a nose and any other facial details. You can even do eyelashes for a girly teddy! Give your teddy character!

teddy head parts

Now it’s time to make your teddy’s head by sewing together the components of ears, face and head base. Simply place the face on the flatter side of the head base and then stitch into place going all the way around the face and securing it well to the head base. Next, hold the ears up to the head in different areas until you find where you like the placement. I placed mine so the center of the ear was diagonally aligned to the eye on each respective side.

teddy head

Body (using MC):
Continuing from the Legs instructions:
17. Sctog connecting the legs with this st by using the first half of the stitch on one leg and the second half of the stitch on the other leg so that upon completion of the stitch the two legs are joined together at this point. This will now be the starting point for each round.
18. Starting in next st, 22 sc; sctog; 22sc
19. *inc; 22sc* repreat. (48 sc)
20. 11 sc; inc; 3 sc; inc; 14 sc; inc; 3 sc; inc; 11 sc.teddy tail
21. *inc; 24sc* repeat.
22. *12 sc; inc; 6sc; inc* repeat; 12 sc. (56 sc)
23. Inc; 9sc; inc; *17 sc; inc* repeat; 9sc. (60 sc)
24. -25. Sc around. (60 sc)
26. *dec; 8sc* 6x. (54 sc)
27. Sc around. (54 sc)
28. *dec; 7sc* 6x. (48 sc)
29. 3sc *dec; 6sc* 5x; dec; 3sc. (42 sc)
30. *dec; 5sc* 6x. (36 sc)
31. Sc around. (36 sc)
Stitch tail into place and then begin to stuff body. Make sure stuffing is firm but not bulging the feet and the belly area is as firm or squishable as you want it. I usually go for a squishable belly. Continue adding stuffing as you crochet more making sure there’s a good amount in the neck area to help eliminate making the head too floppy.
32. *dec; 4sc* 6x. (30 sc)
33. Sc; dec *3sc; dec* 5x; 2sc. (24 sc)
34. Sc around. (24 sc)
35. *dec; 2sc* 6x. (18 sc)
FO leaving a very long tail. Attach arms to the body then sew head onto the body using the long tail you just created from round 35.

Ta-da! Teddy complete!

teddy completed

Typical Teddy Part 1

I enjoy crocheting. To be able to create something with a hook and some string is quite amazing to me. It is also relaxing and can be meditative if there’s a repetitive pattern I am following. It can be something practical or something fun or something warm or something beautiful. In my mind, there’s not a lot that cannot be done – it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it. One of the more fun things to do is to create stuffed toys AKA amigurumi. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed yarn creatures. Much like these little octopuses pictured:

tiny octo
      Tiny Octo in the palm of my little hand!

We also call them stuffies in this house. I don’t always make tiny stuffies. Sometimes I make really big stuffies much like this really big octopus I made for my niece one Xmas. She could use it as a beanbag for her little toddler self! I promise I don’t have a “thing” for tentacles. These just happen to be really good demonstrations of things I have made.

giant octo
Giant octopus doesn’t fit under the Xmas tree!

What can be a fun challenge is to create a stuffie (or hat or anything) that doesn’t currently exist in pattern form by creating my own pattern. Most of the time, I don’t write down what I did so the item is truly a one-of-a-kind item never to be exactly duplicated. However, even if I create something from another creator’s pattern, I still find a way to make the item unique by adding my own tweaks to whatever I may be creating.

Just recently, I was given the challenge to create a teddy similar to one from this customer’s childhood. Not only to create one but TWO so they could gift one to each of their children. Now I truly had to write down what I was doing as I experimented getting yarn and hook to cooperate and recreate something previously made from faux fur. Somehow, I was able to make something the customer loves. This also means I have an original written pattern! This also means something for you, dear reader. It means that not only have I created something worthy but I am also going to share this pattern with you. Lucky for you if you crochet. If you don’t, and you want a teddy made using the materials listed (colors can be changed) I will make you one for $35 plus USPS shipping. If you want one made from different materials (maybe you want a different yarn altogether) then we would discuss those options. For instance, if you wanted a teddy made from chunky alpaca yarn instead of Bernat Blanket, the cost would differ due to the difference in cost of the materials used.

It will be released in parts as I recreate the prototype teddy using the colors requested by my customer. This also means I will be testing the written pattern as I go and taking those all-important photos of the different parts. However, it also means you won’t get an image of the completed teddy until it is *cough* complete. Below, you’re going to get the list of items needed, stitches used (US terminology), and the directions to create the tail, ears, and arms. Why do I specify US terminology? Well, for those who do not crochet or are fairly new to this hobby, there are two main sets of terminology used within crochet: US and UK terminology. The names of the stitches are the same or very similar as to be easily confused when reading a pattern. However, the actual stitches themselves differ and that can cause great confusion if you typically follow one set of rules only to find your pattern isn’t working out right because you were assuming it was written under a different terminology. Here is where you can find a handy-dandy little crochet conversion chart.

This pattern (like most amigurumi)utilizes the magic ring/circle and is worked in the round except for the ears that are worked in rows. If you do not know how to crochet a magic ring/circle, here is a great video to help teach you. Any of the pictures below can be enlarged by clicking on them if you need to view anything up close. Please, do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Items
The pile of things I am using to make the teddy (fiberfill not pictured).

Items needed:
Bernat blanket yarn – 2 colors: Mink (Main Color/MC) and Almond (Coordinating Color/CC)
Scrap yarn for embroidering nose and mouth (I used Caron Simply Soft in Chocolate.)
2 safety eyes (14mm – or whatever size you want)
Size I-9 hook (5.5mm)
Stuffing fiber
Helpful to have: Stitch markers, Yarn needle, Scissors, Row Counter

Stitches – US terminology:
St – stitch
Slst – slip stitch
Yo – yarn over
FO – finish off
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
BLO – back loop only
Inc – increase: 2sc in one stitch
Dec – decrease stitch/invisible decrease: insert hook into front loops only of next 2 stitches, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through final 2 loops on hook. Counts as 1 sc.
Sc3tog – single crochet 3 together/triple invisible decrease: Insert the hook under the front loop only of the next three stitches. This gives you four loops on the hook. Yo and draw it through the first three loops on your hook. Yo again and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook. Counts as 1 sc.

ears
Pictured: 2 ears. The ‘extra’ center tail is from the magic ring. I use it to help attach the ear to the head more securely.

Instructions:
Ears – Make 2 (using MC):
1. Magic ring with 6 sc; pull tight until it looks like a half circle.
2. Ch1; turn; *2 sc; inc* repeat once. (8sc)
3. FO leaving long tail for sewing onto the head.

 

Tail (using MC):

tails
Pictured: 2 tails front & back

1. Magic ring with 8 sc; pull tight.
2. Inc in each st. (16 sc)
3. scBLO in each st. (16 sc)
4. *sc; dec* 5x; sc. (11 sc)
5. FO leaving long tail for sewing onto the body.

 

Arms – Make 2 (using MC):
1. Magic ring with 6sc; pull tight.
2. Inc in each st. (12 sc)

Making thumb
Making thumb

3. Sc in each st. (12 sc)
4. *sc; inc* 6x. (18 sc)
5. 4 dc in first st; 17 sc. (21 st) You will begin forming the thumb – don’t miss the hidden st just after the dcs!
6. Sc; sc3tog; ch1; 17 sc. (20 st)
7. Sc; dec; 17 sc. (19 st)
8. Dec; 17 sc. (18 st)
9. Sc around. (18 sc)
10. Dec; 16 sc. (17 st)
11. Dec; 15 sc. (16 sc)
12. – 16. Sc around. (16 sc for 5 rounds)
17. Dec; 14 sc. (15 sc)
18. – 19. Sc across (15 sc)
Fill hand with stuffing firmly and a bit loosely through remaining half or so of the arm but not to the top. You do not want the entire arm stuffed tightly or the bear’s arms will not hang at his sides.
20. Press both sides of the top arm opening together so they lie flat making sure thumb is pointing forward. Sew or sc both sides together then FO with a long tail for sewing to body.

arms
Two completed arms!

That should get you started while I get to work perfecting the head, face, feet, and body. Until next time – enjoy this little Friday Freebie and have a fantastic weekend!