How to Crochet a Teddy Bear for Beginners

Updated July 20, 2017

Teddy bears are a longtime childhood favourite. Making your own teddy bear, to keep or give as a gift, adds to its sentimental value and meaning. There are numerous ways to carry out a teddy bear craft. If you know the basics of crocheting, you can make a crocheted teddy bear. These bears can be stuffed, dressed and decorated just like teddy bears made from other fabric materials.

Chain two crochets, then use the second chain from your needle to make eight single crochets.

Increase your next five rows by eight stitches. Do not increase the sixth row by any, and increase the next three rows by two.

Use a single crochet in each stitch for the next six rows.

Decrease your stitches by two on every other row for the next six rows, then add one more row of 48 stitches. The alternating rows will remain constant.

Decrease by eight stitches and add rows two times. Your final count for stitches will be 32.

Create five rows of 26 stitches. This is an appropriate time to begin stuffing the body of the bear.

Add two more rows and single crochet each pair of stitches together. The first row of 26 will become 13 stitches when pairs are combined. The second row will reduce to 7 stitches.

Tie off your work for the body and leave a long enough string to begin the head of the bear.

Chain two single crochets and then make eight more from the second loop from the needle as you did beginning the body of the bear.

Increase your stitches by eight on the next five rows. Your will be beginning at the base of the head and working up toward the ears.

Single crochet with a constant number of stitches for the next nine rows.

Make a round of doing four single crochets and two sets of pairs crocheted together. Then do two constant stitch number rows.

Create a row of crocheting two singles and then two sets of stitched together pairs. Begin the stuffing in the head after this round. Do one more row by completing a single stitch and then a pair stitched together. Sew the head and body together suing the string left from the body.

Create a chain of two and then six singles. Create another row and add two single stitches to each loop. Your will have a total of 12 stitches.

Alternate the next row by doing a single stitch and then two single stitches in the next loop. Your stitches will increase to 18. Add three more rows with this stitch count.

Reduce the stitch number by stitching four pairs together to create a total of 14 stitches.

Single crochet 11 rows, tie off and sew up the arm or leg and attach it to the body. Create three more to complete the arms and legs.

Chain together two rows and add three singles.

Create six stitches to widen the ear by making one chain and two single crochets into each loop.

Increase to nine stitches by doing one single crochet in a loop and then two single crochet the next loop.

Complete two single crochets then add two singles in the following loop. Repeat one more time and then your ear is ready to be stitched to the head.

Create another ear for the other side of the head.

Things You'll Need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Crochet needle
  • Stuffing
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Candy Moore has written for various websites since 2004, specializing in educational and recreational topics such as crafts, pets and cooking. She holds a master's degree in business from Georgia State University.