Instructions for How to Crochet Teddy Bears

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Instructions for How to Crochet Teddy Bears
Consider using a fuzzy yarn for an older child's teddy bear. (Teddy Bear image by Alexandra Stukkey from Fotolia.com)

Few items from childhood are as loved as teddy bears. Those made by someone special are even more cherished. Crochet a teddy bear and create your own heirloom to be given to a special child. While toys look complicated to create, they can be successfully accomplished by those with beginning crochet skills. Bears are created in various pieces, such as the body, head and limbs, which are stuffed and then sewn together with yarn to create the final shape.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

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Instructions

    Head / Body Piece (Make 2)

  1. 1

    Begin by making 2 chain stitches. Make 6 single crochets (sc) in the first chain stitch. This will turn it into a circle. Mark the beginning of the round with your stitch marker.

  2. 2

    First round: 2 sc in each stitch repeat to the end of the round; 12 stitches made.

  3. 3

    Second round: 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch repeat to the end of the round; 18 stitches made.

  4. 4

    Third round: 2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches repeat to end of round; 24 stitches made.

  5. 5

    Rounds 4 to 8: 1 sc in each stitch repeat to end of round; 24 stitches made. Your crochet will begin to turn into a tube.

  6. 6

    Round 9: decrease (dec) next 2 stitches to 1 stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches repeat to end of round; 18 stitches made.

  7. 7

    Start stuffing the filling into your crochet piece.

  8. 8

    Round 10: double crochet (dc) next 2 stitches into 1 stitch, 1 sc in next stitch repeat to end of round; 12 stitches made.

  9. 9

    Round 11: dc next 2 stitches into 1 stitch repeat to end of round; 6 stitches made.

  10. 10

    Cut working yarn, leaving about a 5-inch tail, and thread it into your yarn needle. Stitch the needle through each of the remaining 6 stitches in order, and pull tight. This will tighten up the hole in the top. Tie a knot and weave the end into the middle of the ball. Trim ends.

    Arm / Leg Piece (Make 4)

  1. 1

    Chain 2. Make 6 single crochets (sc) in the 1st chain stitch. This will turn it into a circle. Mark the beginning of the round.

  2. 2

    First round: 2 sc in each stitch repeat to the end of the round; 12 stitches made.

  3. 3

    Rounds 2-6: 1 sc in each stitch repeat to end of round; 12 stitches made. Your crochet will begin to turn into a tube.

  4. 4

    Round 7: decrease (dec) next 2 stitches to 1 stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches repeat to end of round; 6 stitches made.

  5. 5

    Start stuffing the filling into your crochet piece. Cut working yarn, leaving about a 5 inch tail, and thread it into your yarn needle. Stitch the needle through each of the remaining 6 stitches in order, and pull tight. This will tighten up the hole in the top. Leave the tail out so that you can use it to sew the arms and legs onto the body.

    Ear Piece (Make 2)

  1. 1

    Chain 2. Make 6 single crochets (sc) in the 1st chain stitch. This will turn it into a circle. Mark the beginning of the round.

  2. 2

    First round: 2 sc in each stitch repeat to the end of the round; 12 stitches made.

  3. 3

    Cut working yarn, leaving about a 5-inch tail, and thread it into your yarn needle. Stitch the needle through the last stitch and pull tight. This will tighten up the hole in the top. Tie a knot and leave the tail out so that you can use it to sew the ears onto the head.

    Finishing Your Bear

  1. 1

    Sew the head and body pieces together, being sure to secure the beginning and ending stitches so that the bear does not fall apart with play.

  2. 2

    Sew the arms and legs to the body, and the ears to the head. The ears should stand up on their own once sewn.

  3. 3

    Embroider facial features on the bear, using straight hand-sewn stitches. Tie off the thread securely when completed.

Tips and warnings

  • Any stitches located between the * marks should be treated as one step. For example, if a pattern states: "*2 dc, 3 sc*, repeat to the end of round," you will repeat the 2 dc, 3 sc pattern as a whole around the entire round.
  • While most crochet patterns dictate that you shouldn't use knots to join pieces together, you may want to knot the sewing yarn when attaching the finished pieces to each other to help the bear hold together. Hide the knots to the inside of the seam.
  • Avoid using buttons or plastic eyes on teddy bears that will be given to small children. These pieces can come off and pose a choking hazard to the child.

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