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Knitted Teddy Bear
I had forgotten all about this lovely little cuddly teddy bear. I had actually knitted him BEFORE I knitted Santa and Bing Bunny. I borrowed a book - “Easy Teddies to Knit” by Emma King (pictured above) from my local library - loving the FREEBIES! Emma King has written patterns in the book for different size bears with clothes to accompany them. There is a choice for all tastes. I found the patterns very easy to follow, as a beginner and the pictures and text are presently excellently. The book is even small enough to fit in your handbag so you can knit on the go!
I picked the Simple Medium Sized Bear because I rarely like anything that is too small. I made a slight adjust to the pattern on the paws on the arms and legs. I knitted opposite knit and purl rows, for the stockinette stitch, on the end of the arms and legs to make it seem more like paws. In addition to this, I knitted the waistcoat from the “Pirate Bear” in the book, just to see if I could do it and I made it different colours so I could practice colour changing.
The bear would make a great ‘Baby’s First’ teddy bear, or a as gift because you can customise it and personalise it for any occasion or person.
The finished size was 10¾″ (27cm) from feet to top of ears.
The pattern called for working in stockinette/stocking stitch (made up of alternate rows of knit and purl stitch). These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner.
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Patons Diploma Gold DK (shade - Cream 6142).
1 x 50g (1.75oz/131yds/120m) balls.
Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light worsted, DK].
Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.
The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.
I would give the Patons Diploma Gold DK yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It was extremely easy to work with;
- There is a reasonable choice of colours available but this is becoming a bit limited and availability is currently lacking somewhat;
- The feel of it is really soft;
- The amount on the ball is only 50g (1.75oz) but you get a lot out of it;
- The cost, however, is expensive - I paid about £2 per 50g ball and this was on sale, standard price is approx. £3.15;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES.
For the waistcoat eyes and mouth, I used oddments of yarn from balls that I had received free with other products. I also used toy stuffing to fill the bear.
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