Small Crochet Teddy Bear for Charity

Teddy Bear

Copyright 2006 Gail W. Mayes - All Rights Reserved.

I designed this small teddy bear to be used for charity purposes. It's size varies depending on what type on yarn is used. It can be made from any type of yarn - the brighter, the better! It's made in one piece - well, two, actually - the front and the back, which are both the same, crocheted in one piece each and then crocheted together around the edges. I don't like a lot of finishing work, like sewing on the arms and legs, so I was trying to avoid that part. Only the head is stuffed, and the arms and legs curl slightly, but that shouldn't matter. I can make one of these in about an hour.

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There is a small doll based on this same pattern here:

Any type/weight yarn, several yards for bear, optional vest, small amounts black and red for face
Small amount of fiberfill
Crochet hook, appropriate size for yarn used

Note: Ch-3 stitches count as the first double crochet on all rounds.

Head and Body (Make 2):
With main teddy bear color yarn, Ch 4, join to form ring.
Rd 1 - Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join to top of ch 3 (12 dc).
Rd 2 - Ch 2, hdc in same st, 2 hdc in ea st around, join to top of ch 2 (24 hdc).
First Arm - Ch 10, dc in 4th ch from hook and in ea rem ch, sl st in same st on head (8 dc).
First Leg - Ch 15, dc in 4th ch from hook and in ea rem ch, sl st in next st on head (13 dc).
Repeat for another leg and another arm, in that order.

On first side, end off yarn. On second side, ch 1 but don't end yarn since it will be used to crochet the two sides together.

You can embroider the face now, or wait until after the teddy bear is finished. I think that it's easiest to do it now, before the two halves are sewn together.

Crocheting Sides Together:
Holding both sides together, with face facing up, sl st in ea st around, starting with right arm. Join right leg, left leg, and left arm. Sl st in first 7 sts of head. In next st, work (sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc) - first ear made. Sl st in next 6 st. In next st, work (sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc) - second ear made. Stuff the head lightly with fiberfill. Sl st in last 7 sts on the head. Fasten off yarn, leaving a 12" tail.

Thread yarn needle with this tail, and weave yarn to the top of where the legs join. Sew the legs together, starting at the top, for several sts. This forms a bit of a body for the bear. Weave in all yarn ends.

If you haven't already done so, embroider the eyes, nose and mouth.

Rd 1 - With vest color yarn and leaving 8" tail to start, ch 14, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea st across, ch 3, turn (13 sc).
Rd 2 - Dc in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next 5 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch 3, turn (9 dc and 2 ch-2 sps).
Rd 3 - Dc in ea st and ch across (13 dc).
Fasten off yarn.
Thread yarn needle with starting tail and tack yarn to last sc on opposite side of vest. Weave in all yarn ends.
Depending on the yarn you used, you may need to make the vest a little larger - just increase the starting chain and sts used on sides and back of round 2.

Optional Sleeping Bag/Pillow:
Rd 1 - Ch 18, dc in 4th st from hook and in ea st across, ch 3, turn (16 dc).
Rd 2 - Dc in ea st across, ch 3, turn (16 dc).
Repeat Rd 2 until length of sleeping bag is enough to wrap around doll, from head to feet, twice. This will vary, based on how tightly you crochet and the yarn used. I used a total of 26 rows.

Finishing Sleeping Bag/Pillow:
Fold the top three rows down and sew the top row to the bottom of the bag to form a pillow. Stuff lightly. Sew the edges of both sides of the bag. Weave in ends.

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Last modified: June 30, 2006.