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Polar Bear knitted toy pattern

Polar Bear knitted toy pattern

Knit for keeps: this gorgeous polar bear will make a wonderful keepsake for young and old alike. Brighten up someone’s day with this cute polar bear knit, filled with characterful detail.

Polar Bear knitted toy pattern
Polar Bear knitted toy pattern

YOU WILL NEED
1. Deramores Studio Anti-Pilling DK (100% acrylic, 100g/250m)
1 ball of each: Yarn A Frost (70001) Yarn B Ebony (70027) Yarn C Storm Cloud (70065) Yarn D Mustard (70058)
2. A pair of 3mm needles
4. A pair of 3.5mm needles
5. Toy filling
6.Two 10mm domed black buttons for eyes
7.Locking stitch markers or waste yarn

TENSION
28 sts and 34 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3mm needles

MEASUREMENTS
18cm (7in) tall

POLAR BEAR
Note Unless otherwise specified, use the cable cast-on for all pieces. This pattern uses a mixture of rev st st and st st; check the photographs if you aren’t sure which stitch is worked where.

HEAD
Start at the back of the Head.
Cast on 10 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Row 1 (WS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 K1, (kfb) 8 times, K1. [18 sts] Row 4 Purl.
Row 5 K1, (kfb, K1) 8 times, K1. [26 sts] Row 6 Purl.
Row 7 K1, (kfb, K2) 8 times, K1. [34 sts] Row 8 Purl.
Row 9 K1, (kfb, K3) 8 times, K1. [42 sts] Rows 10 to 22 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 23 K8, (k2tog, K2) 3 times, K2, (K2, ssk) 3 times, K8. [36 sts] Row 24 Purl.
Row 25 K7, (k2tog, K1) 3 times, K4, (K1, ssk) 3 times, K7. [30 sts] Work the muzzle in st st.
Row 26 Knit.
Row 27 Purl.
Row 28 K2, ssk, K6, k2tog, K6, ssk, K6, k2tog, K2. [26 sts] Rows 29 to 31 Starting on a WS purl row work in st st.
Row 32 K2, ssk, K4, k2tog, K6, ssk, K4, k2tog, K2. [22 sts] Rows 33 to 35 Starting on a WS purl row work in st st.
Row 36 K2, ssk, K2, k2tog, K6, ssk, K2, k2tog, K2. [18 sts] Rows 37 to 39 Starting on a WS purl row work in st st.
Row 40 K2, ssk, k2tog, K6, ssk, k2tog, K2. [14 sts] Row 41 Purl.
Row 42 (K2tog) 7 times. [7 sts] Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.


EAR (MAKE 2)
Starting at the outer edge.
Cast on 14 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Rows 1 to 5 Starting on a WS knit row work in rev st st.
Row 6 (P2tog) 7 times. [7 sts] Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.
BODY
Start at the bottom of the Body.
Cast on 11 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Row 1 (WS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 K1, (kfb) 9 times, K1. [20 sts] Row 4 Purl.
Row 5 K1, (kfb, K1) 9 times, K1. [29 sts] Row 6 Purl.

Row 7 K1, (kfb, K2) 9 times, K1. [38 sts] Row 8 Purl.
Row 9 K1, (kfb, K3) 9 times, K1. [47 sts] Rows 10 to 12 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 13 K1, (kfb, K8) 5 times, K1. [52 sts] Rows 14 to 26 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 27 K9, (k2tog, K6) 5 times, K3. [47 sts] Rows 28 to 32 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 33 K9, (k2tog, K5) 5 times, K3. [42 sts] Rows 34 to 38 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 39 K8, (k2tog, K4) 5 times, K4. [37 sts] Rows 40 to 44 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 45 K8, (k2tog, K3) 5 times, K4. [32 sts] Rows 46 to 48 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 49 K1, (k2tog, K1) 10 times, K1. [22 sts] Row 50 Purl.
Cast off.
FRONT LEGS (MAKE 2)
Starting at the top of the Leg.
Cast on 8 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Row 1 (WS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 K1, kfb, K to last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [2 sts inc’d] Rows 4 to 11 Rep Rows 2 and 3 four more times. [18 sts] Row 12 Purl.
Place a locking stitch marker in each end of Row 12 for top of Leg seam.
Rows 13 and 14 Starting on a WS knit row work in rev st st.
Row 15 K1, kfb, K to last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [20 sts] Rows 16 to 20 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 21 K1, kfb, K to last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [22 sts] Rows 22 to 28 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 29 K7, (kfb) 8 times, K7. [30 sts] Row 30 Purl.
Row 31 K7, (K1, kfb) 8 times, K7. [38 sts] Rows 32 to 38 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Cast off.
SOLES (MAKE 4)
Starting at the heel.
Cast on 8 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Row 1 (RS) Knit.
Row 2 Purl.
Row 3 K1, kfb, K to last 2 sts, kfb, K1. [2 sts inc’d] Rows 4 and 5 Rep Rows 2 and 3. [12 sts] Rows 6 to 14 Starting on a WS purl row work in st st.
Row 15 K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1. [2 sts dec’d] Row 16 Purl.
Rows 17 and 18 Rep Rows 15 and 16. [8 sts] Cast off.
BACK LEGS (MAKE 2)
Starting at the top of the Leg.
Cast on 8 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Rows 1 to 12 Work as given for Front Legs. [18 sts] Place a locking stitch marker in each end of Row 12 for top of Leg
seam.
Rows 13 and 14 Starting on a WS knit row work in rev st st.
LEFT LEG ONLY
Row 15 K4, (kfb) twice, K12. [20 sts] Rows 16 to 20 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 21 K5, (kfb) twice, K13. [22 sts]

Rows 22 to 28 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 29 K11, (kfb) 8 times, K3. [30 sts] Row 30 Purl.
Row 31 K11, (K1, kfb) 8 times, K3. [38 sts] Rows 32 to 38 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Cast off.
RIGHT LEG ONLY
Row 15 K12, (kfb) twice, K4. [20 sts] Rows 16 to 20 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 21 K13, (kfb) twice, K5. [22 sts] Rows 22 to 28 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Row 29 K3, (kfb) 8 times, K11. [30 sts] Row 30 Purl.
Row 31 K3, (K1, kfb) 8 times, K11. [38 sts] Rows 32 to 38 Starting on a RS purl row work in rev st st.
Cast off.
TAIL


Starting at the bottom edge.
Cast on 16 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.
Rows 1 to 7 Starting on a WS knit row work in rev st st.
Row 8 (P2tog) 8 times. [8 sts] Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.

SCARF

Designer’s TIP: Consider swapping the scarf colours for school colours or Harry Potter house colours if you know someone who’s a fan”

Cast on 12 sts using 3.5mm needles and Yarn C.
Rows 1 to 20 Knit.
Break Yarn C and join Yarn D.
Rows 21 to 40 Knit.
Break Yarn D and join Yarn C.
Rows 41 to 50 Knit.
Break Yarn C and join Yarn D.
Rows 51 to 110 Rep Rows 21 to 50 twice, finishing ready to start knitting with Yarn D.
Rows 111 to 130 Knit.
Break Yarn D and join Yarn C.
Rows 131 to 151 Knit.
Cast off.

MAKING UP
To seam rev st st pieces, insert the tapestry needle under one of the bumps on one side, then insert the needle under one of the corresponding bumps on the other side, pull yarn through, repeat.
HEAD
Sew the row edges tog; this seam runs down centre underside. Stuff the head through the cast-on end and gather cast-on sts tog. With Yarn B, embroider a triangle shaped nose on top of muzzle with several layers. Sew on the buttons for eyes over the last rows of rev st st using photograph as a guide.
EARS
Shape the piece so that the cast-on edge curls over with the rev st st side at the back, and sew the side edge onto the top back of the Head.
BODY
Sew the row edges tog; this seam runs down the centre back. Add stuffing. Gather the cast-on sts tog at bottom end. Sew the Head onto the Body, catching a stitch on the cast-off edge of the Body to the underside of the rev st st Head all the way round.

FRONT LEGS
Sew the side edges tog starting at the cast-off end and finishing at the marked sts on Row 12 and remove the markers. Add stuffing. Sew cast-on end and open side edges of each Leg onto the front of the Body, catching a stitch on the Leg to a stitch on the Body all the way round. Pin sole to cast-off end of Leg with the cast-on edge at the bottom and cast-off end at the top. Sew the sole onto the cast-off edge of the Leg. With Yarn B, embroider 3 long stitches on each foot for claws.
BACK LEGS
Make up as for the Front Legs, but attach each Leg to the side of the Body.
TAIL
Sew the row edges tog, add a little stuffing, and sew onto the bottom back of the Body.
SCARF
Weave in yarn tails and tie around bear’s neck, securing with a few stitches if desired

By Amanda Berry

     

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