The bears celebrate Christmas

little polar bear 1

I used leftover Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn in colors Ice Cream, Grass and Barn to knit my polar bear a new Christmas scarf, and a little brother . . . the pattern is Otto Bear from Ysolda Teague.  I knit on US 5s (this yarn is recommended for US 8s or 9s) and I’m glad I went down so many sizes, because it made for a really sturdy-feeling, tightly knit finished surface.

The cool thing is that the entire bear is knit without seaming, by picking up stitches on the finished body for the arms and head.  Problem is, this is also a bad thing because I must not have followed the pattern exactly or misconduct, since when I was finished, my bear’s head was sideways!  I had to cut it off the body (horrors!) and then pull the body and head stitches together again (so that they wouldn’t unravel) and stitch the head on the body all over again.  It worked out in the end, but I’m not sure that I would trust myself to get it right if I knitted this pattern again.

Also, the bear’s muzzle is awfully pointy – I think that I like Susan B. Anderson’s polar bear better, even thought it required sewing on the limbs and head.  No poly pellets in the little brother – I liked him just fine with stuffing alone.

little polar bear 2

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