Jun 4, 2011

Knitting Pattern for Bears in PJ

Bears in PJ
by Stana D.S.
Finished Toy Size: 10" tall
Yarn: Less than a ball of each in two or three colors, ideal for leftover yarn. I like to use cotton yarn for my teddies.
Recommended Needle size: DPN US #3/3.25mm (set of 5)
Notions: Yarn needles, crochet hook, stitch holders, scissors, stitch marker, polyester fiberfill (1 small bag), small amount of black embroidery yarn.
Abbreviations: KFB= Knit in front and back of the same sts, this creates 2sts from 1st.
SSK= slip st, slip st and knit the 2 sts together. This decrease 2sts to 1st.
I-cord= the sts are knitted from one needle to second needle, do not turn the needle with sts around, just push the sts to the beginning of the needle and knit again. This technique makes tube.
INSTRUCTION:
First Leg: With yarn in PJ color and three double pointed needles cast on 8sts. (3 or 2 sts. per needle). Place a stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Row 1: Knit around (8sts total)
Row 2: KFB all around, 6 or 4 sts per needle (16sts total)
Row 3 - 20: Knit around (16sts total), transfer the sts to 2 needles (or use the stitch holders), 8sts per needle. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail.
Second Leg: With yarn in PJ color and three double pointed needles cast on 8sts. (3 or 2 sts. per needle). Place a stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Row 1: Knit around (8sts total)
Row 2: KFB all around, 6 or 4 sts per needle (16sts total)
Row 3 - 20: Knit around (16sts total), transfer the sts to 2 needles, 8sts per needle.
Continue with Body:
Row 21: Knit 8sts from the first needle for second leg, knit 8sts from the first needle for the first leg, continue with the next 8sts from the first leg and finish the row with 8sts from the second leg (32sts total).
Thread the tail of yarn from the cast on stitches on a yarn needle. Stitch through all of the cast on stitches, pull up tight to close the hole, and stitch to secure. Begin to stuff the legs with fiberfill.
Row 22 - 42: Knit around, 8sts per needle (32sts total). Continue stuffing the bear with fiberfill. Row 43: Change yarn to face color, continue knitting in the rounds, 8sts per needle (32sts total)
Row 44 - 57: Knit around, 8sts per needle (32 sts total)
Continue with Hat:
Row 58: Change yarn to PJ color. Knit around, 8sts per needle (32sts total)
Row 59: Purl around, 8sts per needle (32sts total)
Row 60: Knit around, 8sts per needle (32sts total)
Row 61: *SSK, knit 6; repeat from * around, 7sts per needle (28sts total)
Row 62: *SSK, knit 5; repeat from * around, 6sts per needle (24sts total)
Row 63: *SSK, knit 4; repeat from * around, 5sts per needle (20sts total)
Row 64: *SSK, knit 3; repeat from* around, 4sts per needle (16sts total)
Row 65: *SSK, knit 2; repeat from * around, 3sts per needle (12sts total)
Row 66: *SSK, knit 1; repeat from* around, 2sts per needle (8sts total) Finish stuffing.
Row 67: SSK all around (4sts total). Continue I-cord till the lenght of I-crod is approximately 4" long. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail. and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needle, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure. Make a knot with the I-cord.
Thread the tail of yarn from top of the first leg on a yarn needle. Stitch through the stitches in between the two legs to close the hole, and stitch to secure.
Arms: With yarn in PJ color and crochet hook pull through 6sts per needle (12sts total) through the side of upper body of the teddy, start 6 rows down from the beginning of face color, and continue down the other side. This will save you sewing on the arm.
If this direction is not completely clear, begin with yarn in PJ color and 3DPN and cast on 12sts (4sts per needle). Place a stitch marker on the first sts, and begin working int he round.
Row 1 - 12: Knit around, 4sts per needle (12sts total). Begin to stuff the arm with fiberfill.
Row 13: Change yarn to face color, continue knitting in the rounds, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Row 14 - 16: Knit around (12sts total)
Row 17: SSK all around (6sts total) Finish stuffing. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure.
Repeat on the other side of teddy for the second arm. If the arms were knitted separately, sew them on the side of teddy, using the picture as a guide.
Finishing: Cut a long piece of face color yarn and thread it on a yarn needle. Begin by one arm and weave the yarn in and out around the teddy's neck, tie the two ends of the yarn together to shape the neck. Embroider the face of teddy, using the picture as a guide.
It is possible to use two colors for the body and hat. Switch in between the colors while knitting, always on the same side, the pattern for color switch could be every two rows, or every four rows, or which ever mathematical combination pleases you, as long as the numbers add to the total number of knitted rows to keep the proportion of teddy.

Copyright: This pattern was design and written by Stana D.S.
The pattern is for personal use only. The finished items may not be sold for profit, except fro charity purposes.
Please acknowledge the author. Thank you.

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