Brrr Bear

Brr Bear

This is the middle-sized bear in Spud & Chloe’s new pattern – the pattern also has sizes for smaller and larger bears. The larger bear must be REALLY big, because this guy is good-sized himself – about 15 inches tall, and at least as wide. He’s knit on US 6 needles with three skeins of Spud & Chloe sweater yarn (a nice combination of wool and cotton) in color Ice Cream.

I used scrap black Cascade yarn for the eyes and nose – the pattern calls for a spider stitch for the eyes, but I’m lousy at that, so I just knit little circles, along the same lines as what the pattern calls for on the nose. I added a scarf, knit from leftover Ozark Handspun in color Twisted C Candy on US 17s.

I used poly pellets in the bottoms of all four paws and the bottom of the bear’s body – I sewed little cloth bags for each place I used poly pellets, because I’ve learned from bitter experience that the little pellets tend to leak out of the stuffed animal, no matter how tightly knitted it is.

This bear is very huggable and cuddly – I hope he holds up to a lot of use (especially his head – I prefer patterns where the head is knit as an extension of the body, it’s always hard to sew the head onto the body and make it stable enough). I think the arms and legs are all sewed on securely, but we’ll see if his head starts to wobble . . .

When I started I thought I’d knit all three bears, but I’m not sure if I have the patience to knit the small one on size US 2 (!) needles, and I’m not sure I have the endurance to knit the large one – he takes 11 skeins of bulky yarn!

striped snakeI also finished a quick knit from Itty Bitty Toys – I knit this snake out of leftover Koigu Kersti yarn on US 6 (the grey color is Koigu KPM, knit doubled). I liked how the colors came out, but he didn’t twist up the way the book said he would, so overall I wasn’t very satisfied with the final product.

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