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Mini Standing Bear Pattern

Updated: Feb 4

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Hey everyone! It's Friday again, so you know what that means! It's time for another free pattern! This time I chose a pattern that would be great for some upcoming holidays, namely Valentines Day and Easter! By using pastel colors you can really give off that early spring vibe! Add a heart to it, and bam! You've got yourself an adorable valentines bear!

I think these bears are just the cutest in little easter baskets. They really remind me of my favorite time of year- early spring. The pastel colors make me think of chilly mornings looking for pastel colored eggs in the dewy lawn. My favorite part of easter baskets, isn't the chocolate bunnies or the marshmallow birds, but the pastel plushie that comes in each year's basket. Something about the soft colors is just so comforting to me, and who doesn't love small squishy things??

I think these bears could really be made for any occasion, especially with different color combos, like maybe orange with a black bow for Halloween, or white with a red bow for Christmas! You don’t have to stop there either! You can make different colored ears or limbs (like black and white for a panda!) I just can't wait to see all the cute combinations you all come up with!

If you have a small amount of yarn, this little bear is the perfect project to use that up. Bonus- it works up crazy fast, so break out your leftover yarn balls and let's craft!!



~If you have any questions about the pattern, or you just want to send me a picture of your finished project please contact me at crochet_things@yahoo.com! Feel free to make and sell these, but please do not mass produce! If you would like to share this pattern, please link to this page, but please do not reprint it on your site. Also, please credit me when using this pattern by tagging me @cutiepie_crochet on Instagram. Thanks, and have lots of fun making your new plushie friend!~



Materials:

  • 3.75mm crochet hook

  • Worsted weight yarn in the colors of your choice

  • 10mm safety eyes

  • Fiber fill

  • Stitch markers

  • Yarn needle

  • Scissors

  • Embroidery thread

  • Pins

Abbreviations:

  • mr- magic ring

  • st- stitch

  • sc- single crochet

  • inc- increase

  • dec- decrease

  • hdc- half double crochet

  • ss- slip stitch


Head:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: (sc 2, inc)x6 [24]

Round 5: (sc 3, inc)x6 [30]

Round 6: (sc 4, inc)x6 [36]

Rounds 7-11: sc around [36]

~Place safety eyes between rows 10 and 11, about 7 stitches apart~

Round 12: (sc 4, dec)x6 [30]

Round 13: (sc 3, dec)x6 [24]

Round 14: (sc 2, dec)x6 [18]

Round 15: (sc 1, dec)x6 [12]

Round 16: dec x6 [6]

Stuff firmly. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2):

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 2, inc)x4 [16]

Round 4: sc around [16]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Attach to head.



I find it easiest to pin the ears first, so that they're not crooked when I'm all done attaching them. It takes a couple extra seconds, but in the end it's really worth pinning them in place!



Arms (make 2):

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Rounds 2-6: sc around

Round 7: sc opening in half.

Stuff lightly. Fasten off.


Legs (make 2):

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: (sc 1, inc)x3 [9]

Rounds 3-8: sc around [9]

Fasten off the first leg, but do not fasten off the second leg.

2nd Leg (body):

Round 9: After you finish the second leg, chain 2 and join to the last row of the other leg with a sc and continue to sc all the way around the legs, placing 2 sc on either side of chain 2 [22]

Rounds 10-13: sc around [22]

Round 14: sc 5, dec, sc 8, dec, sc 5 [20]

Round 15: sc 4, dec, sc 8, dec, sc 4 [18]

Round 16: sc 3, dec, sc 8, dec, sc 3 [16]






~Now it’s time to add the arms. You will do so by sc through both the last row of the arm and the row you are currently working.~

Round 17: sc 4, dec, sc 6, sc through next 3 arm and body st, sc 2 [15]

Round 18: sc 3, sc through next 3 arm and body st, sc 5, dec, sc 2 [14]

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing, stuff. Attach to bottom of head.


Bow:

Into a magic ring:

(sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, ss)x2

Pull ring tight, fasten off, and leave a long tail for sewing. Wrap some of yarn tail around center of bow, then attach to “neck” area.


Attaching everything at this point should be pretty easy, since you don’t have to sew on arms or legs. So, after the body is all finished, attach the head to the body, making sure it’s sitting straight.





After that’s done, all you have to do is attach the bow and embroider a nose! I like to sew the bow right on the seam between the head and the neck, but if you find you’re having trouble attaching it there, you might attach it a bit lower! And then you’re all finished!




These bears are my favorite thing to make lately, and with valentines day coming up, I think it's so cute to add a little heart! So, next week look forward to a mini plush heart pattern that suits most of the patterns I have on my blog! See you next Friday! Until then, stay safe and healthy, and I just can't wait to see your creations!



I would LOVE to see your finished projects! Either tag me on Instagram (@cutiepie_crochet) or send me an email (crochet_things@yahoo.com)! And if you loved this pattern, consider pinning it to Pinterest, that'll really help more people to enjoy these patterns! (: