Meet Star Night the Teddy Bear. She is such a fun teddy bear to knit. I haven’t knit very many toys and found the instructions for the teddy bear easy to follow. The finished bear is approximately 40 cm tall.
This is the Schachenmayr Regia Design 6369 Teddy free pattern. I used 2 balls of Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos in Star Night Colour 3653 and a little leftover hand dyed sock yarn in Violet for knitting the snout.
For a child friendly toy, the eyes and nose should be embroidered using satin stitch. As this bear is not for a child, I used two dark blue buttons for the eyes. I embroidered the nose using satin stitch and used long straight stitches for the mouth.
The only change I made to the pattern was to use SSK for the first k2 together, in the decreasing rounds of the pattern. For example: Upper Body, Round 3 instead of knitting it as written “Rnd 3: *k1, k2tog, k28 sts, k2tog, k1, repeat from * 3 more times = 128 sts” I knit the round as Rnd 3: *k1, ssk, k28 sts, k2tog, k1, repeat from * 3 more times = 128 sts. I preferred the look of the shaping by doing this.
The original teddy had a much more autumnal look knit in the lovely Fall Night Colour 3655. But I wanted a more girlie looking teddy bear. I knit a very simple garter stitch and cable scarf for the bear. In the same dark blue 4 ply sock yarn that I used for embroidering her nose and mouth.
One thing to note is that it took one 50 g ball of sock yarn to knit the legs, arms, body and half of the head. Then I joined the second ball of sock yarn to finish the head and knit the two ears. This of course, left me with a conundrum. I still had most of a ball of Star Night leftover. So I used another ball of Star Night and cast on a pair of socks.
I’m not going to try to make a matching pair of socks as the pattern repeat on this yarn is very long, so rather than being wasteful and possibly not having enough yarn for the socks, I have cast on at the start of the ball and am knitting a fraternal pair of socks. They are looking really beautiful and it won’t be long until they are finished and ready to wear.
Tuesday was a lovely sunny day, the first that has actually felt warm this spring, so I took the opportunity of taking the photos outside. Of course, direct sun is a bit draining of the colours in a photo, so I set up the table in the dappled shade from our wild fuchsia in the corner of the garden near the gate. It was great spending time outside without wet rain and cold winds.
I’m sure you’ll love knitting your beautiful bears as well.