Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tutorial ~ Easy to Knit Teddy Bear

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share my newest creation with you : An Easy to Knit Tube Teddy Bear!

It was the happy result of knitting a tube that was too small to wear, but perfect for stuffing. :)

It is so fun and easy to make that I documented all the steps so that you can make one too!

*Please treat this tutorial as a jumping off point for your own creations and creativity. There is no right or wrong, just fun! Use your favorite techniques to create your own creatures and please share them with me! I would love to see and learn from you too. :)

Supply List:

All you need is:
  • 4 double pointed knitting needles - (I used) US Size 5
  • a stitch marker
  • a yarn needle
  • US - Size G - crochet hook
  • scissors
  • polyfill (not shown)
  • Your favorite worsted weight yarn of any kind.

For this project, I used two Lion Brand Yarns knit together :

Fishermen's Wool in Oak Tweed and Sock-Ease in Lemon Drop.

Step 1: Cast on a total of 24 stitches (8 on each of your 3 dp needles).

Step 2: Knit around until your tube is approx 4" long.

Step 3: Bind off your knitting leaving a long tail to sew up the seam.

Step 4: Use the long tail to sew up one end of your tube with your yarn needle.

Step 5: Stuff your knit tube with polyfill and sew up the other side to create a small pillow.

* Note: To finish off all of your ends, just poke them through the bear so that it goes through the opposite side and clip the end of the yarn close to the bear so that it will pull into your project and disappear. The polyfill will keep the end safe inside and invisible. :)

Step 6: To form the neck: Use a long strand of yarn to run a gathering stitch about 1/3 down from the top. Pull strands to gather and tie a square knot to secure. Weave in ends.

Step 7: To form the ears: Pinch the top corners of the head and use a strand of yarn and your yarn needle to sew the pinched area into a ear like shape that you like on both corners of the head. Weave in ends.

Ta da! The head and ears are complete! :)

Step 8: To form the legs, do the exact same thing as in step 7 to form the ears, but gather a larger area. Weave in ends.

Step 9: Making the arms: Feel free to make the arms in any way you like to make little tubes about 1 1/8 inches long. I crochet mine and I will explain now how I do that...

(Make 2) - To form the arms: Make a slip knot leaving a 4 or 5" tail and Chain 2.
Using your G hook, Single Crochet 2 stitches into the second chain from hook. Then keep single crocheting in the stitch below the one you just worked in until you have a 1 1/8" long form as seen above.
End and leave a long tail.
You will use the tails on both ends of your arm for sewing into the body and forming the hand.
To form the hand: Thread the tail that you started your slip knot with and sew it in a few times into the top of the stitches to form a ball like shape at the end of the arm to make a hand.
Weave in end.
Attach the arm to the bear at shoulder distance with your remaining tail. Weave in end and repeat on the other side.

How exciting!
Your teddy bear form is complete!
Now we are ready to make his collar and embroider his face.
We are almost done!

Step 10: To make the collar: Grab a ball or scrap of your favorite yarn and finger crochet about 20 loops. The exact length will depend upon the width of the neck you created. Before you end it, just size it around your teddy bear to see if the ends meet. Tie a square knot and snip the ends.

Here is a picture of all the stages your bear will take!

Step 11: Embroider the face: Snip about 18 -20" of a worsted weight black yarn and thread your yarn needle.
I started at the nose and made 3 horizontal stitches. I then made a diagonal stitch from the nose to the mouth area and made one stitch to form the smile.
I then traveled up to the eye area and made one or two stitches on each side to form the eyes.
weave in ends.
You are done! :)

You can see that each little bear and face has its own personality.

Have fun with this project and please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Remember, this is just a jumping off place for your own creations. I cannot wait to see what you make!


Molly the Airedale said...

OMG, they are just adorable! Look at all of those happy smiling teddies!
You are brilliant, Melissa!
Thank you for the pattern!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Cocorue said...

TQ for sharing Melissa, just wish i could knit


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Great job on the tutorial, now if only I could get my fingers to work together and be able to knit.

The WriggleButts said...

Very cute, Melissa!


Nancy at the Farm said...

Cool! Mum may just try this!

Love, Dozer, Dottie and Cooper

Resweater said...

They are SO cute! This makes me really want to learn how to knit!

Laura said...

So cute, Melissa! I've never tried knitting with 4 needles before - you sure make it look easy! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, and of course, hugs to Emmmitt (and hoping he gets a turkey treat too)!

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I love the little knitted quintuplets. How sweet they are!

Mare said...

Oh Melissa, those little guys are so sweet!

Anonymous said...

They are adorable!!

marianne said...

They are cutiepetooties!!!!!
Wish I had more time!
Sometimes I have but then I am tired like last week......
I see you have endless energy!

Have a nice day!

GAIL said...

Thank you for sharing. You have such a generous spirit. xo

Leah said...

I love seeing all the little bears in a group. SO cute!!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

I keep trying to hold the stikhks in my paws...

It isn't working!


Liss said...

Oh he's so cute!

Unknown said...

oh what a fun tutorial Melissa!!!! These bears are so so cute!!! what a wonderful thing to do!!! I have to make more stuff!!!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

What sweet happy little baby bears.
You have happy yarn and everything it makes is HAPPY!

Sketching with Dogs said...

Hi Melissa and Emmitt

Happy turkey day to you two too, although we have to wait until Christmas for ours - boo!
Those little bears are gorgeous although mum struggles to knit on 2 needles, goodness knows what would happen with 4; impaling? decapitation? strangulation by wool?
She would like to have a bash though.
Wags and kisses, Dinah, Bridget and Elliot xx

linda said...

Oh my - thank you soooo much for writing this up! I'm going to try this out and see if I can do it...but whoa, you created a whole bunch so fast! Wowee! Adorable and thank you really for being so open and sharing. Very sweet of you!

Unknown said...

These are absolutely adorable!!! I would love to try this...except I have NO idea how to knit with four needles. Is there a tutorial for that? Great job!!

tubby3pug said...

Mom is going to try this. She is learning to knit-but a beginner. This will be her first time using double pointed needles