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The following is based on the basic bear pattern from Teddies for Tragedies. The main difference is that this bear is worked in stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch, and worked in the round instead of flat. I created this pattern solely to avoid having to seam, and will be the first to admit that the result is far more complicated than the original.
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic or wool in three colors: Bear Color, Pants Color, and Sweater Color. One 200yd skein of each will make two to three bears.
Needles: 2 16" (or longer) circular needles size 7 US (4.5mm)
Gauge: 9 sts x 12 rows = 2"
Extras: Toy or pillow stuffing (no foam, please). Small amounts of yarn or tapestry wool to embroider eyes, nose, and mouth. Tapestry needle for embroidery and weaving.
Note: These instructions are written using the two circular needle method for knitting small circumfrences in the round. Please feel free to use your own preferred method, but keep in mind to modify the instructions when they call for knitting certain needles in order.
Legs and Torso
With Bear Color and scrap yarn, cast on 20 stitches using invisible cast-on. Join, being careful not to twist stitches, and work stockinette stitch (knitting all rounds) in the round for 6 rounds. Change to Pants Color and work 20 more rounds. Break off yarn and place all stitches on holding needle.
Make second leg as for first leg. After round 20 of Pants Color, knit across first 10 stitches of second leg, then knit all 20 stitches of first leg from holding needle, then knit last 10 stitches of second leg. Both legs should now be joined into one 40-stitch tube.
Continue to knit all 40 stitches in Pants Color for 8 rounds. Change to Sweater Color and knit 15 rounds.
At the end of round 15, turn work, leaving front 20 stitches on the first needle. Using the second needle, working the 20 back stitches *only*, work back and forth in stockinette stitch for 8 rows. Break yarn.
Work front as for back, ending with a purl row. You should now be back at the beginning of the round.
Neck and Head
Knit around all 40 stitches, re-joining them into a tube. Knit one round even. Next round: [K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts of needle, K2tog, K1] twice. Repeat this round once (32 stitches). Knit one round even. Change to Bear Color. Knit 15 rounds. Weave top of head together using Kitchener Stitch. Sew diagonal seams at corners of head to make ears.
Sugestion: Stuff head and most of torso at this point, since it will be difficult to get the stuffing in once the sleeves are made. Be careful not to overstuff.
Using first needle, pick up 2 stitches starting from top of armhole. Turn. Purl 2, then, using second needle, pick up 2 more stitches as to purl down other side of armhole. Turn. *Knit across all picked-up stitches on both needles, then pick up 2 more as to knit. Turn. Purl across all picked-up stitches on both needles, pick up 2 more as to purl. Turn. Repeat from * twice. There should be 12 stitches on the needles. Knit across all 12 stitches, then pick up 2 more with first needle as to knit. Continue around, picking up 2 more stitches as to knit at beginning of the second needle for a total of 16 stitches, 8 on each needle. Knit 16 rounds even. Change to Bear Color. Knit 6 rounds. Leave stitches on scrap yarn or holding needle. Make other sleeve the same way.
Stuff bear, being sure not to overstuff, since stuffing can leak through stitches if they're pulled too tight. Weave paws and feet together using Kitchener Stitch, picking up stitches from holding yarn. Weave in remaining loose ends. Using Bear Color, tie off neck, wrists and ankles to shape head and paws. Sew on eyes, nose, and mouth.
With either Sweater Color or Pants Color (or a new color if you like), cast on 72 stitches. Knit 4 rows. Bind off loosely and weave in ends. Sew scarf to the back of bear's neck and tie around his neck.
Visit the Teddies for Tragedies Website to find out where to send your bear.
Pattern Copyright 2005 by Jinjifore. Permission is given for non-profit making and sharing of this pattern.