Crochet · Plush Crochet Toys

A teddy bear is born

As you may know, I purchased some lovely Plushtweed from Sirdar, when I saw it reduced by half.  With me being away this weekend for the Bank Holiday, I thought to pack two balls of the yarn and my case of hooks.  I knew Sunday would be a washout, so it would be something to do.

I found a pattern on Ravelry, by Drops which uses some of their yarn.  It is a cute bear and seemed fairly simple.

Needless to say, I have completed the bear already, starting late on Friday and it’s only Sunday morning.  By Saturday morning I had a head, body, one leg a snout and a tail completed.  My first challenge that I had was seeing where the stitches were in the row before.  The yarn is really plushy and the stitches just disappear, so it’s all by feel.  I had to use a stitch marker and count every stitch to keep on track.

My thoughts turned to eyes and nose and of course stuffing.  The pattern called for stitching eyes and nose in black thread, but I really wanted proper eyes and nose.  So a trip to the LYS was called for.  I took the head with me and tested some eyes and noses and settled on some brown eyes and a little nose.

With Saturday being the only really nice day of the weekend, we head out for a walk around the along the South Devon coast at Bolt Head.  A lovely diversion with some gorgeous views, but was soon back to crocheting arms and another leg and two ears when we got back.

Now I had the stuffing, I could start filling out his various parts.  Getting the right ‘squishiness’ was a challenge at first but we got there.  My next challenge was assembly.  The pattern gave no real guide on position of arms etc.  So, I did the best I could and I think it turned out ok.  See what you think.

I didn’t add the tail in the end.  It was too chunky and should have been smaller.  Besides, I think he is fine without.  His head is a bit floppy, so I may stitch around again and pull it closer to the body.  But as it goes, for my first attempt at a plush toy, it’s maybe a 7 out of 10.

He is cuddly.  Lovely and soft.  And at least looks teddy bear like.  Let me know what you think, or if you are expert at toys, any top tips for me for the future.

Jamie

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