Some of you have been very patiently waiting for our Polar Bear Pattern to be ready to share. Today is the day your patience pays off.
This is the full array of polar bears that have been decorating our window this season.
Each one is a bit different.
Once you add the eyes and ears and noses they really come into their own.
The pattern comes with the directions to make a small and larger version of the bear, but you can widen the differential with your yarn and needle choice.
The bears are so easy and fast to make you could have a whole bunch ready for Christmas. Small ones would make great ornaments or present toppers, big ones are good for cuddles.
If you feel like you need a helping hand while making your bear – join a class! This 2.5 hour workshop is available Monday December 9th, 10am-12:30pm, or on Thursday December 12, 6:30-9pm. Call to register 416 533 5648.
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Polar Bear Pattern
by Maurie Todd for The Knit Cafe
This is an easy knit project! The bear is knit in garter stitch (that is knit every row). It is knit flat on regular old straight needles and then seamed up. Ears and eyes and noses are added once stuffed. Gauge is not very important for this bear, just make sure you knit tight so that the stuffing won’t show through. Different sized bears can be made by varying the weight of yarn and the needle size. If your tension is average, then we suggest that you choose a needle size a half size smaller than the recommended needle size on the yarn label.
Size: Small (Large)
We used 100 grams worsted weight yarn and 3.5mm needles for a bear with finished dimensions of approximately 10 (20) cm from nose to tail.
small amount of black embroidery thread for eyes and nose
row counter (optional)
Back Legs: CO 20 (40) sts and knit 10 (20) rows.
Next Row: Bind off the first 5 (10) sts at the beginning of the row, knit across.
Next Row: Bind off the first 5 (10) sts, knit to the end of the row. 10 (20) sts.
Body: Knit 9 (18) rows
Front Legs: Next Row: CO 5 (10) sts at the beginning of the row and knit across
Next Row: CO 5 (10) sts at the beginning of the row and knit across 20 (40) sts
Knit 10 (20) rows
Next Row: bind off the first 5 (10) sts of the row and knit across
Next Row: bind off the first 5 (10) sts of the row and knit across 10 (20) sts
Start of Head: Knit the next 1 (2) rows
Next Row: K2tog at the beginning and the end of the row 8 (18) sts
Next Row: knit
Repeat these 2 rows until 4 stitches remain
Ears: (make 2)
small : CO 4 stitches, bind off
large: CO 7 stitches. Knit one row. Bind off.
Both sizes: Fold ear in half and attach to head.
To Make up: see diagram
Seam legs first
Fold A to A and sew around. Repeat with B to B, C to C, D to D. These 4 wee pockets are the legs, Stuff all 4.
Fold bear in half along fold line and sew together. Stuff as you sew.
French knots work well for eyes. Satin Stitch can be used for the nose.