This is the time of year when I am madly knitting teddies for a couple of charities I support.
Have you knitted a teddy? If you know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off you are ready to start...
If you don't know how to knit, there are many books and Youtube video clips that can help you learn.
The first pattern I will share with you uses 8 ply yarn and 4mm knitting needles.
The teddy is made in stocking stitch - one row knit, the next row purl.
You will cast on at the feet and cast off at the top of the head.
I vary the colours for the different parts, but you could do it in one colour too.
1. Feet: Cast on 32 stitches, using skin colour. Complete 4 rows in stocking stitch (1 row knit, next row purl)
2. Trousers: Change colour. Complete 16 rows stocking stitch.
3. Belt: Change colour and knit 2 rows.
4. Top: Change colour. Complete 13 rows stocking stitch.
Note: I have knitted top in stripes but one colour works well too.
Next row decrease for neck – Purl 3, P2 tog, P6, P2 tog, P6, P2 tog, P6, P2 tog, P3.
5. Head: Change colour. Complete 14 rows in stocking stitch.
Now that your teddy is knitted, I'll give you some help turning it into a loveable toy.
|Join the side edges together at the centre back. I do this on the wrong side and use a running stitch. If you have used different colours, you may need to stitch each section with the correct colour.|
|You should now have a tube.|
|Make sure that the seam you have just sewn is running down the centre. |
Then stitch the head closed across the top.
|Turn your teddy so that the right side is on the outside. |
The right side is the smooth side of your knitting.
|Stuff with NEW polyester filling. I buy the hobby filling (from Spotlight, Lincraft, Big W or Daiso), but I know other people use new pillows (Twin pillow packs are sometimes cheaper)|
|Making sure the seam at the back is still in the centre, close the feet. |
I usually do this from the centre out to each side.
|Give your bear 2 arms the same way. Start at the waist and finish 3 rows before head starts. |
I usually place the arms 3 stitches in from each side and keep the needle going straight through to the back.
|To define the neck a bit more, run a row of yarn through the first row of knitting for the head. |
Pull it in slightly and knot the ends to prevent it coming loose. Thread ends into body.
|Now for some ears. Pinch the top corner of the head and stitch across the it to make an ear. |
Repeat on the other side for the second ear.
|Bring your yarn up between the 2 eyes for the nose.|
|Your teddy is now ready to be loved. |
Depending on where it will be used, you may want to trim it with a ribbon bow at the neck.
However, as this one is going to babies it can't have any ribbon ties.
Well I hope this inspires you to try knitting a teddy.
When you tire of the plain ones, try doing stripes or varying the stitches - I've done some with moss stitch tops. (K1, P1 across row, then start the next row with the stitch you finished the last row on - for this bear the second row is P1, K1)