Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Arthur the Polar Bear

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Polar bears are my favourite animal. Here’s one I made for fun.

I used:
White double knitting yarn – about 50g
A small amount of random dyed DK yarn for the scarf.
3mm crochet hook
Notions – toy stuffing, black embroidery floss.

PATTERN
(English terms used)
dc (English) = sc (American)

Finished size – approximately 20 cm (8 inches) tall in seated position.

Body

With white and 3 mm hook make 2 chain.

1st round: 6 dc (US = sc) into 2nd chain from hook. Join with a slip st into 1st dc.

2nd round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, [2 dc into next dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (12 dc)

3rd round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (18 dc)

4th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 2 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (24 dc)

5th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 3 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (30 dc)

6th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 4 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (36 dc)

7th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 5 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 5 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (42 dc)

8th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 6 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 6 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (48 dc)

9th – 16th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

17th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 6 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (42 dc)

18th and 19th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

20th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 5 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (36 dc)

21st and 22nd rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

23rd round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (30 dc)

24th - 26th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

27th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (24 dc)

28th – 30th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

31st round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (18 dc)

32nd round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

Fasten off and stuff body. Do not close neck opening.



Head

With white and 3 mm hook make 2 chain.

1st round: 6 dc into 2nd chain from hook. Join with a slip st into 1st dc.

2nd round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc] 2 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (9 dc)

3rd round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 2 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1dc into next 2 dc] 2 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (12 dc)

4th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

5th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 3 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1dc into next 3 dc] 2 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (15 dc)

6th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 2 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 4 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (20 dc)

7th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 3 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 4 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (25 dc)

8th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 4 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 4 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (30 dc)

9th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

10th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 4 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (36 dc)

11th – 13th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

14th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (30 dc)

15th and 16th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

17th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (24 dc)

18th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

19th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (18 dc)

20th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 1 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (12 dc)

Stuff head at this point.

21st round: 1 ch, [dc2tog,] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. Fasten off and close hole in back of head.

Attach to top of body.

Ears

With white and 3 mm hook make 2 chain.

1st round: 6 dc into 2nd chain from hook. Join with a slip st into 1st dc.

2nd round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, [2 dc into next dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (12 dc)

Fasten off.
Sew on to side of head.


Legs

With white double knitting and 3mm hook, chain 10.

1st round: 1dc into 2nd chain from hook. 1 dc into next 7 ch, 2dc into last chain. Working other side of foundation chain, work 2 dc into same place as last dcs. 1 dc into next 7 dc, 3 dc into the same chain as 1st dc worked. Sl st into 1st dc. (22dc)

2nd round: 1ch, 1 dc into same stitch as chain, 1dc into next 8 dc, 2 dc into next 2 dc, 1 dc into next 9 dc, 2 dc into 2 dc. Sl st into 1st dc. (26dc)

3rd and 4th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

5th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into next 7 dc, [dc2tog] 4 times, 1 dc into next 11 dc. Sl st into 1st dc. (22dc)

6th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into next 7 dc, [dc2tog] 2 times, 1 dc into next 11 dc. Sl st into 1st dc. (20dc)

7th – 9th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.
Fasten off and stuff.

Attach legs to body so that the polar bear is in a sitting position


Arms

With white and 3 mm hook make 2 chain.

1st round: 6 dc into 2nd chain from hook. Join with a slip st into 1st dc.

2nd round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, [2 dc into next dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (12 dc)

3rd – 10th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

11th and 12th rounds: sl st into first 3 dc, 1 dc into next 6 dc, sl st into next 3 dc.

Fasten off and stuff. Do not close opening at top of arm.

Attach to body.

Using black embroidery floss, embroider a cute little nose and some eyes.


Scarf.

Using random dyed DK and 3mm hook, make 7 chain.

1st row: 1 dc into 2nd dc from hook, 1 dc into next 5 ch, turn. (6 dc)

2nd row: 1 ch, 1 dc into each dc to end, turn.

Repeat the 2nd row until the scarf measures 46cm / 18 inches, or whatever length your polar bear desires.
Polar bears may be the largest land carnivores, but this one just wants a cuddle.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I'll do in the future. Your white bear is very cute... very sweet!

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  2. this is such a cute pattern!
    making some for my grandsons for Christmas 2010!

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  3. Thank you for this oh so cute pattern. I will be working on this next. God Bles you.

    Vanessa

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  4. So very cute .

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  5. so sweet thankyou so much you will make my best friend very happy at this sad time bless x

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  6. Thank you very much for sharing your pattern. I've just finished Parky the Polar Bear and thoroughly enjoyed making him. I posted a pic of him here on my blog http://linda-kennedy.blogspot.com/

    Linda xx

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  7. i wish this was on video as i have trouble reading paterns he is lovely

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  8. hello i have spent the last 4 days trying to make this lovely bear and i dont know what i am doing wrong the head looks like it is a swans head it is not round at all can you suggest what i am doing wrong. your help would be greatly appreciated.
    sue

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    1. Hi Susan,
      Sorry you are having problems with Arthur. Are you using the right stitch? The pattern is written using UK crochet terms, if you are in the US different terms are used. The dc in the pattern would be sc. If this isn't the case then I can't think why you are having difficulties. Perhaps you could email me a picture of what you have done so that I can see better what the problem is. My email is in the right-hand banner.

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  9. I'm very glad to see some pattern that don't have a price on them, Thank you so much.

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  10. Very cute thank you for sharing...! ;-)

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  11. Can't wait to make him, he's just lovely. Thank you!

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