Free Crochet Pattern: Bear

Cold weather means staying indoors, which makes free crochet patterns perfect for this time of year! I don’t know why, but I always think of teddy bears during the Christmas season, so if you also think of teddy bears at this time of year, then this pattern is perfect!

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Truth be told, when I set out to write this pattern I was trying to make a reindeer. Clearly, that’s not what happened. But, it was a good lesson in turning mistakes into something new and now I’m very happy with this pattern.

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Materials

For this pattern you will need:

Terms

Before starting this pattern, be familiar with these terms:

  • Sc – single crochet
  • MR – magic ring
  • Inc – increase (single crochet two in one stitch)
  • Dec – decrease (single crochet two together)
  • Slst – slip stitch
  • St – stitch
  • (X) – the number of stitches in the round
  • (X) – when in a heading, the number of pieces needed for the finished piece
  • * – special instructions

Now let’s get into the pattern!

Pattern

Head (1)

  1. 6 in MR (6)
  2. Inc in all (12)
  3. Sc 1, inc (18)
  4. Sc 2, inc (24)
  5. Sc 3, inc (30)
  6. Sc 4, inc (36)
  7. Sc all
  8. Sc all
  9. Sc all
  10. Sc 4, dec (30)
  11. Sc 3, dec (24)
  12. Sc 2, dec, (18) *insert safety eyes*
  13. Sc all
  14. Sc all
  15. Sc all
  16. Sc 1, dec (12) *stuff*
  17. Dec all (6) *Insert safety nose in the upper part of this row. Carefully tuck the inside of the safety nose into the head. Work to close the nose in the remaining rows.*
    *If you are not using a safety nose, embroider after closing off the nose. Hide the tail of the embroidery floss under the nose itself or by weaving the tail through to the bottom of the head.*
  18. Fasten off, weave in tail.

Body (1)

  1. 6 in MR (6)
  2. Inc in each st (12)
  3. Sc 1, inc (18)
  4. Sc 2, inc (24)
  5. Sc 3, inc (30)
  6. Sc 4, inc (36) 
  7. Sc all
  8. Sc all
  9. Sc all
  10. Sc all
  11. Sc all
  12. Sc all
  13. Sc all
  14. Sc all
  15. Sc all
  16. Sc 4, dec (30)
  17. Sc 3, dec (24) *begin stuffing*
  18. Sc 2, dec (18)
  19. Sc 1, dec (12)
  20. Dec all st (6)
  21. Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the head to the body.

Legs (2)

  1. 6 in MR (6)
  2. Inc in all (12)
  3. Inc in next 4 st, sc remaining (16)
  4. Sc all
  5. Sc all
  6. Dec in the first 4 stitches, sc remaining (12)
  7. Sc all
  8. Sc all
  9. Fasten off, stuff, leave tail for sewing.

Arms Option 1 (2)

  1. 6 in MR (6)
  2. Inc in all (12)
  3. Sc all st for 5 rows, fasten off, stuff, leave tail for sewing.

Arms Option 2

  1. For slimmer arms, start with 5 in MR. Continue the same but know that you will have a total of 10 stitches instead of 12.

Ears (2)

  1. 7 in MR. DO NOT slst to the beginning, leave open.
  2. Ch 1, turn sc in same st. Inc in next 5 st, sc in last st. Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Tail (1)

  1. 6 in MR. DO NOT slst to the beginning. Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.

Assembly

  1. Sew the head to the body, being sure each piece is stuffed. Stuff all arms and legs and sew to body. Sew ears to head and tail to body.

I had the opportunity to work with some awesome testers on this pattern and I am so thankful for their time and work! Here are their photos, be sure to follow them on Instagram!

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2 thoughts on “Free Crochet Pattern: Bear

  1. I love that bear! My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was a child, but I haven’t done it in years. This makes me want to pick it back up!

    1. That is so awesome that your grandmother taught you! I’d love to see it if you try this pattern! ❤️

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