TEDDY BEAR IN A DRESS

Stitches used are chain (ch), slip stitch (sl), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), and Puff Stitch (PS). Puff Stitch (PS): stitch is worked similarly to a hdc. Yo, insert in stitch, draw-up a loop, yo, insert in stitch and draw-up another loop, then pull this last loop through all loops on hook.

SIZE: 11 inches GAUGE: 3 sc per inch and 7 rows of sc are 2 inches. Work in rounds unless otherwise indicated.

MATERIALS

BODY

Rnd1: With MC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 9 sc in loop pulling the loop tight with the last sc and wrapping the excess yarn from the loop around the yarn coming from the skein to secure it before starting the next round. (ch 1, 9 sc)

Rnd2: Skip ch 1 then 2 sc in each sc around. (18 sc)

Rnd3: Starting in first stitch of second round, [sc then 2 sc in next sc] around--9 times. (27 sc)

Rnd4: [Sc in each of next 2 sc then 2 sc in next sc] around--9 times. (36 sc)

Rnds5-11: Sc in each sc around. (36 sc in each round)

End off MC by joining last sc of rnd11 with a slst to the first sc of the round.

Rnd12: Join V with ch then [hdc in each of next 8 sc, 2 hdc in next sc] around--4 times--then join last hdc of round to first hdc with a slst. (40 hdc)

Rnd13: Working in back loops only of hdc, ch 1 then sc in same hdc and each back loop around. (1 ch, 40 sc)

Rnd14: Working in both loops, sc in ch then each sc around. (41 sc)

Rnds15-20: Sc in each sc around. (41 sc)

Rnd21: [Dec then sc in next 5 sc] 5 times then dec and sc in last 4 sc (35 st)

Rnds22-23: Sc in each st around. (35 sc)

Rnd24: [Dec then sc in next 4 sc] 6 times (29 st)

Rnds25-26: Sc in each st around. (29 sc)

Rnd27: [Dec then sc in next 2 sc] 7 times then sc in last sc(22 st)

Rnd28: Sc in each st around. (22 sc)

Rnd29: [Dec then sc in next sc] 7 times then sc (15 sc). Slip stitch to first dec of round

Rnd30: Ch 2 then make a PS stitch in each st around.

End off V by joining last PS of rnd with a slst to the ch2 at the beginning of the round.

DRESS SKIRT

Rnd1: Join V with ch 3 in free loop of hdc in Rnd12 of body then 2 dc in each loop around. Join last dc to ch 3 at beginning of round using a slst.

Rnd2: Ch 1 then sc and ch 3 in same st and each dc around. Join last ch 3 to first sc and end off.

Stuff body with fiberfill.

HEAD

Rnd1: Join MC with ch in PS at back of neck. Sc in same stitch then 2sc in each PS around. (32 st)

Rnd2: Sc in ch then each of next 5 sc, [sc in next sc then 2 sc in following sc] 10 times, sc in next 6 sc. (42 sc)

Rnds3-7: Sc around. (42 sc)

Rnd8: Sc in next 12 sc, dec, sc in next 14 sc, dec, sc in next 12 sc. (40 st)

Rnds9-12: Sc around. (40 sc)

Rnd13: [Dec then sc in next 6 sc] around--5 times. (35 st)

Rnds14-16: Sc around. (35 sc)

Rnd17: [Sc in next 3 sc then dec] around--7 times. (28 st)

Rnd18: [Sc in next 2 sc then dec] around--7 times. (21 st)

Rnd19: [Dec then sc in next sc] around--7 times. (14 st) Stuff head.

Rnd20: Dec around--7 times (7 dec)

Rnd21-22: Dec around then join with slst. End off MC.

MUZZLE

Rnd1: With CC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 12 sc in loop pulling the loop tight with the last sc and wrapping the excess yarn from the loop around the yarn coming from the skein to secure it before starting the next round. (ch 1, 12 sc)

Rnd2: Skip ch 1 then 2 sc in each sc around. (24 sc)

Rnd3: Starting in first stitch of second round, [sc then 2 sc in next sc] around--12 times. (36 sc) End off leaving about 15 inches of yarn for sewing the muzzle to the face.

EARS (MAKE 2)

Rnd1: With CC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1 and 8 sc in loop. (ch 1, 8 sc)

Rnd2: Skip ch 1 then 2 sc in each sc around. (16 sc)

Rnd3: Starting in first stitch of second round, [2 sc then sc in next sc] 7 times. End off leaving the rest of the rnd unworked so one side is fairly flat. Leave about 8 inches of yarn for sewing the ears to the head.

ARMS (MAKE 2)

Rnd1: With CC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 10 sc in loop pulling the loop tight with the last sc and wrapping the excess yarn from the loop around the yarn coming from the skein to secure it before starting the next round. (ch 1, 10 sc) End off CC.

Rnd2: Join MC then [2 sc then sc in next sc] 5 times around (15 sc)

Rnds3-5: Sc around. (15 sc) End off MC.

Rnd6: Join V with ch then PS in each sc around then join last PS of round to first PS with a slst.(ch1, 15 PS)

Rnd7: Working in back loops only of PS, ch 1 then sc in each back loop around. (1 ch, 15 sc)

Rnd8-14: Working in both loops, sc in each sc around. (15 sc)

Rnd15: Sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 5 st, sc in next 2 sc then end off leaving a foot of yarn for sewing the arm to the body.

LEGS (MAKE 2)

Rnd1: With CC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 12 sc in loop pulling the loop tight with the last sc and wrapping the excess yarn from the loop around the yarn coming from the skein to secure it before starting the next round. (ch 1, 12 sc)

Rnd2: 2 sc in each sc twice then 3 sc in next one. 2 sc in 4th sc of rnd 1 then sc. End off CC leaving the rest of rnd 2 unworked..

Rnd3: Join MC then sc in next 4 sc, [2 sc then sc in next sc] 5 times, sc in last 3 sc. Slst to ch1. (22 sc)

Rnd4: Ch 1 then sc in next 3 sc, [2 sc then sc in each of next 2 scs] 6 times, sc in last 3 sc. (30 sc)

Rnd5: Sc around (30 sc)

Rnd6: Sc in next 3 sc, [dec then sc in next sc] 8 times, sc in last 3 sc. (22 st)

Rnd7: Sc in next 7 st, [dec then sc in next sc] 5 times, sc in last 5 st. (17 st)

Rnd8: Sc in next 4 sc, dec, sc in next 6 sc, dec, sc in last 4 sc. (15 st)

Rnds9-14: Sc around (15 sc)

End off leaving about a foot of yarn for sewing the leg to the body.

FINISHING

Stuff arms and legs with fiberfill. Sew the arms to the body with their tops about 2 rows below the collar and 7 sc apart and angled in a friendly pose. Sew the legs with their tops about 1 row below the waistband for the skirt and 8 sc apart and angled out.

Face: Using the black yarn, sew a nose using satin stitches over 3 sc at the top of the first rnd of the muzzle. Come up through the center of the muzzle then do the first side of the mouth using one long stitch and tacking it in place for the curve of the smile. Repeat the process for the other side of the smile. Sew the muzzle to the lower front portion of the head, stuffing it as you go.

Sew the eyes about 1 rnd above the muzzle and 6 sc apart. outer upper corners of each eye for eyelashes.

Sew the ears about 5 rnds out from the center top of the head and angled slightly.

TEDDY BEAR IN A SWEATER

Follow the directions above but instead of using a row of hdc for the first body row after changing to the variegated color, use PS for the row and don't add the skirt.

DESIGN ALTERNATIVES

Instead of using a variegated yarn for the dress or sweater, use one or more solid colors. If you use multiple colors, you can switch colors as desired to make stripes. If you want just one stripe across the chest, start the second color around round 19 then switch back to the main sweater or dress color at round 27 or 28. You can then embroider designs on the stripe or leave it as it is.

For some of the bears I used a single color for the dress or sweater then embroidered flowers and vines on the front using french knots, lazy daisy stitches, and straight stitches which I tack down where I want them to curve. I like to put a large flower in the middle then surround it with buds on vines.

You can also use more elaborate stitches than sc for the sweater rounds but make sure that they give sufficient coverage that the stuffing isn't easily visible and take the pattern into consideration on increasing and decreasing rounds.

Alternate Sizes

Since these bears are crocheted to personal taste, the directions aren't written in stone and can easily be adapted to make the bears smaller or larger and thinner or fatter. To make a smaller bear, start with fewer sc in the first round of the body but follow the same shaping methods for the first several rounds. For example, starting with 7sc instead of 8 will result in round 4 being only 28sc instead of 36sc around. You should then switch from the MC to V one or two rounds earlier and start the shaping with round 17 or 18 instead of round 21 and finish the body at about round 23 or 24 instead of round 30. Since you started with a smaller body circumference, the neck and head will also be smaller around so the only real adjustment for the head will be in the number of rounds if you use the same pattern of increasing and decreasing. You'll probably want to decrease the number of rounds by 3 or so, depending on what sort of head to body proportions you prefer. You should also make the arms and legs a bit shorter by using fewer rounds and starting with one or two less scs in the first round of each. You can also use a smaller size of crochet hook to make the bear smaller.

To make bigger bears, you can use a larger size hook and/or start with more scs in the first round of the body, arms, and legs then adjust the number of rounds in much the same way as above but adding rounds instead of deleting them.

BUNNY IN DRESS OR SWEATER

Stitches used are chain (ch), slip stitch (sl), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), and Puff Stitch (PS). Puff Stitch (PS): stitch is worked similarly to a hdc. Yo, insert in stitch, draw-up a loop, yo, insert in stitch and draw-up another loop, then pull this last loop through all loops on hook.

SIZE: 11 inches GAUGE: 3 sc per inch and 7 rows of sc are 2 inches Work in rounds unless otherwise indicated.

MATERIALS

BODY

Do the body in basically the same manner as for the teddy bear, adding a skirt if you like or doing the sweater variation. The head is shaped slightly differently so that it's less round and longer:

HEAD

Rnd1: Join MC with ch in PS at back of neck. Sc in same stitch and each of next 4 PS then 2sc in each of next 5 PS and sc in last 5 PS. (20 st)

Rnd2: Sc in ch then each of next 5 sc, [2 sc in next sc then sc in following sc] 8 times, sc in next 6 sc. (28 sc)

Rnds3: Sc in each of next 4 sc, [2 sc in next sc then sc in each of next 2 sc] 7 times, sc in next 3 sc. (35 sc)

Rnds4-6: Sc around. (35 sc)

Rnds7: Sc in each of next 5 sc, [2 sc in next sc then sc in each of next 5 sc] 5 times. (40 sc)

Rnds8-12: Sc around. (40 sc)

Rnd13: [Dec then sc in next 6 sc] around--5 times. (35 st)

Rnds14-16: Sc around. (35 sc)

Rnd17: [Sc in next 3 sc then dec] around--7 times. (28 st)

Rnd18: [Sc in next 2 sc then dec] around--7 times. (21 st)

Rnd19: [Dec then sc in next sc] around--7 times. (14 st) Stuff head.

Rnd20: Dec around--7 times (7 dec)

Rnd21-22: Dec around then join with slst. End off MC.

NOSE

Rnd1: With CC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 8 sc in loop pulling the loop tight with the last sc securing the excess yarn before starting the next round. (ch 1, 8 sc)

Rnd2: Skip ch 1 then 2 sc in each sc around. (16 sc)

Rnd3: Sc around. (16 sc)

Rnd4: [2 sc in next sc then sc in following sc] 5 times then sc in last sc. (21 sc) End off leaving enough yarn for sewing.

EARS (MAKE 2)

Row1: With MC, leaving an 8" tail of yarn for sewing, ch 6 then turn and make a foundation row of 5 sc. (5 sc)

Row2: Ch 1 and turn then sc in each sc across. (5 sc)

Row3: Ch 1 turn, inc then sc in next 4 sc, inc. (7 sc)

Row4-8: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (7 sc)

Row9: Ch 1 turn, inc then sc in next 5 sc, inc. (9 sc)

Row10-15: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (9 sc)

Row16: Ch 1 turn, inc then sc in next 7 sc, inc. (11 sc)

Row17-20: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (11 sc)

Row21: Ch 1 turn, dec then sc in next 5 sc, dec. (9 st)

Row22-25: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (9 sc)

Row26: Ch 1 turn, dec then sc in next 3 sc, dec. (7 st)

Row27-28: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across. (7 sc)

Row29: Ch 1 turn, dec, sc, dec. (3 st)

Row30: Ch 1 turn, dec, slst to end off, weaving in yarn end.

ARMS (MAKE 2)

Rnd1: With MC (or CC), make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 9 sc in loop pulling the loop tight with the last sc and securing the excess before starting the next round. (ch 1, 9 sc)

Rnd2: With MC sc in ch [2 sc then sc in next sc] 4 times, 2 sc (15 sc)

Rnds3-5: Sc around. (15 sc). End of MC.

Rnd6: In V, hdc around (15 hdc).

Rnd7: Working in back loops only, sc around (15 sc).

Rnds8-11: Working in both loops, sc in next 4 sc, hdc in next 7 st, sc in next 4 sc.

Rnd12: [Dec, sc] around. End off leaving a foot of yarn for sewing the arm to the body.

LEGS (MAKE 2)

Rnd1: With MC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 9 sc in loop pulling the loop tight, etc. (ch 1, 9 sc)

Rnd2: Sc in ch [2 sc then sc in next sc] 4 times, 2 sc (15 sc)

Rnds3-5: Sc around. (15 sc)

Rnd6: Sc in next 5 sc, [2 sc then sc in next sc] 3 times, sc in last 4 sc. (18 sc)

Rnds7-8: Sc around. (18 sc)

Rnd9: Sc in next 4 sc, [2 sc then sc in next sc] 5 times, sc in last 4 sc. (23 sc)

Rnd10: Sc in next 5 sc, [2 sc then sc in next sc] 7 times, sc in last 4 sc. (30 sc)

Rnds11-14: Sc around (30 sc)

Rnd15: Sc in next 5 sc, [dec then sc in next sc] 7 times, sc in last 4 sc. (23 st)

Rnd16: Sc in next 4 st, [dec then sc in next st] 5 times, sc in last 4 st. (18 st)

Rnd17: Sc in next 3 st, [dec then sc in next st] 4 times, sc in last 3 st. (12 st)

Stuff legs with fiberfill, adding a bit more as you proceed to close them off.

Rnd18: Dec around (6 dec)

Rnd19: Dec around (3 dec)

Rnd20: Dec, sc, join with slst. End off leaving about a foot of yarn for sewing the leg to the body.

TAIL

Rnd1: With CC, make a loop around your finger then ch 1. 10 sc in loop pulling the loop tight, etc. (ch 1, 10 sc)

Rnd2: 2 sc in each sc around (20 sc).

Rnd3: [2 sc then sc in next sc] 10 times (30 sc).

Rnd4: Sc in each sc around (30 sc).

Rnd5: [Sc then dec] 10 times (20 st).

Rnd6: Dec 10 times (10 dec). Start stuffing tail and continue as complete last round.

Rnd7: Dec 5 times (5 dec). End off leaving enough yarn to sew tail to body.
 

FINISHING

Stuff arms with fiberfill. Sew the arms to the body with their tops about 2 rows below the collar and 7 sc apart and angled in a friendly pose. Sew the legs to the sides of the body and tail in back so that the bunny sits flat.

Face: Using the pink yarn, sew a nose using satin stitches over 3 sc at the top of the first rnd of the nose. Using black, come up through the center of the nose then do the first side of the mouth using one long stitch and tacking it in place for the curve of the smile. Repeat the process for the other side of the smile. Sew the nose to the lower front portion of the head, stuffing it as you go.

Sew the eyes about 1 rnd above the muzzle and 6 sc apart. Using black yarn (or other dark color), satin stitch each eye over 3 rnds and across 3 sc. If you want eyelashes, use 3 straight stitches across 2 sc at the outer upper corners of each eye.

Sew the ears about 5 rnds out from the center top of the head so that they droop down to the shoulders.

Produced by:

Rebecca K. Glass

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