Monday, 26 July 2010

Buttercup Bear

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Very easy to make - but she looks so cute. Who could resist her?


To make Buttercup Bear I used:
Yellow double knitting yarn – about 55g
3mm crochet hook
Notions – toy stuffing, oddments of black yarn, pink ribbon.

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

Finished size – approximately 28 cm (11 inches) tall from top to toes.

Body

With yellow 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 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 7 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 7 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (54 dc)

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

12th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 8 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 8 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (60 dc)

13th – 18th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

19th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 8 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (54 dc)

20th – 21st rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

22nd round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 7 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (48 dc)

23rd – 24th rounds: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

25th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 6 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (42 dc)

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

27th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 5 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (36 dc)

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

29th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (30 dc)

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

31st round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (24 dc)

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

33rd round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (18 dc)

34th 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 yellow 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 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)

4th 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] 2 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (18 dc)

5th 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] 2 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (21 dc)

6th 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] 2 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (24 dc)

7th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

8th 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)

9th 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)

10th 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)

11th 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)

12th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

13th round: 1 ch, 2 dc into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next 7 dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next 7 dc] 5 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (54 dc)

14th – 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 7 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (48 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 6 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (42 dc)

20th round: 1 ch, 1 dc into each stitch to end, sl st into first dc.

21st round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 5 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (36 dc)

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

25th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (24 dc)

26th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (18 dc)

27th round: 1 ch, [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 1 dc] 6 times. Sl st into 1st dc. (12 dc)

Stuff head at this point.

28th 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 yellow 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 round; 1ch, 2 ch into same stitch as chain, 1 dc into next dc, [2 dc into next dc, 1 dc into next dc] 4 times, sl st into next 2 dc, sl st into 1st dc.

Fasten off.
Sew on to side of head.

Legs

With yellow 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 – 13th rounds: Without joining at the end of each round, work in a spiral for 8 rounds.

14th round: 1 dc into next 4 dc, dc2tog, 1 dc into next 9 dc, dc2tog, 1 dc into next 5 dc. (20dc)

15th – 18th rounds: work 4 rounds without shaping.

19th round: [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 4 times. (16 dc)

20th – 23rd rounds: work 4 rounds without shaping.

24th round: [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 2 dc] 4 times. (12 dc)

25th round: work I round without shaping.

Fasten off and stuff.

Sew across the opening to close and attach legs to the base of the body.

Arms

With yellow 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 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 – 18th rounds: Without joining at the end of each round, work in a spiral for 15 rounds.

19th round: [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 4 dc] 3 times. (15 sts)
20th – 25th rounds: work 6 rounds without shaping.

26th round: [dc2tog, 1 dc into next 3 dc] 3 times. (12 sts)

27th – 28th rounds: work 2 rounds without shaping.

Fasten off and stuff.

Attach to body.

Sew across the opening to close and attach arms to the sides of the body.

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

Tie a generous pink ribbon around her neck and then give her a cuddle – she’s so cute.

48 comments:

  1. Thank you for the darling pattern, I look forward to making her:)

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  2. I love the sweet look on your bear. I sure hope I can duplicate it. Thanks for posting!

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  3. Love ALL the sweet creatures you make. Last year I got totally addicted to Amigurumi. I made a Momma turtle & the back end of her shell has an opening for her eggs to be stuffed into. Then there's her adorable baby turtles...too stinking cute.

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  4. Would really like to make this for my grandson and my other grandson on the way.....would you be able to put the patteren in american?
    If you are able to you can send the patteren to my e-mail.
    Thanks, sherri
    lhs41065@hotmail.com

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    1. Anonymous just substitute sc for dc - and you have it!

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  5. Just a note to say thanks for the free pattern… I like to do that when I come across such things from a real person. Of course a part of me knows every pattern has a creator, but names and contact info aren’t always at hand. In the interest of truth I suppose I should say I am rather compelled to send these notes, my Dear Old Sainted Mother was rather a stickler for thank you notes, and promised me a good old fashion haunting should I fail. I’m inclined to believe her, to my knowledge she only lied to me once, and that at about the age of three; she told me, strait faced, the fried green tomatoes she set before me was meat with seeds. I didn’t fall for the ploy; I was three, not stupid. John

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  6. Thank you John for your kind comments. You mother would be very proud of you.

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  7. Just have to tell you.... I made a little yellow bear just like this one 32 yrs ago for my firstborn son. He carried that bear with him for years... Once, we were traveling and he lost it...in a casino of all places! We had all the security guards searching. We never did find it and that little boy clung to my hair (of all things) until I managed to get another one made. Lots of memories in one little yellow bear. : )

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  8. Smitha Azariah30 March 2011 14:02

    Thank you so very much for posting these free patterns. I'm new to crocheting and am really having fun with these cute characters. I also made Arthur the polar bear :). Would love to try the bunny with the cute sweater... Could you please give me a pattern? Or help me find one online? Thank you again..

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  9. Hi Smitha,
    I'm glad you like the patterns.
    I'm not sure which rabbit pattern you mean. The World cup rabbit with the sweater is a knitting pattern by Debbie Bliss from her book Toy Knits. The Miffy bunny is a crochet pattern by Zoria which is available free. It can be accessed at http://zoriami.blogspot.com/2008/07/first-free-pattern.html
    Hope this helps,
    January

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  10. Smitha Azariah1 April 2011 13:00

    Thank you, I did find a few patterns online. Just finishing my buttercup bear :)

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  11. Hello, i have just started this little bear and am on round 17, but im having trouble understanding dc2tog , i know that a dc in british is an sc in american but what is dc2tog is it a decrease or is it 2 double crochets together???? can anyone please explain this to me.... im so lost, thank you Martha....

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  12. loving this pattern, i just cant seem to put down the crocheting to go to bed... figured out row 17.... the problem was that i was still on the body and not the head lololol!!!!!

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  13. Terri Stevens17 June 2011 21:46

    Looking SO forward to making this bear. "Translated" the crochet instructions to American by copy and pasting it to WORD and then using find/replace option. Typed in FIND dc and REPLACE it with sc. 323 changes FYI. I'm giving all of the youngsters one of these in Brown with the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" for Christmas this year if all goes according to plan. Each will have a different bow on his neck. Wish me luck!!

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  14. Hi Terri,
    Good luck with the bears. This sounds like a wonderful gift idea.

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  15. Hi! Thank you for this pattern :D
    I was just wondering if it's okay to work in a spiral without joining rounds? I'm still working at joining rounds, and it looks really sloppy when I do that >_<

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  16. Hi,
    There's no problem working in a spiral. As you say it gets rid of the joining ridge. I usually work in joining rounds as I find it easier to keep a track of each round - but it is entirely down to personal prefernce which method is used.

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  17. Hi, and thank you for including us all in your crafty adventures! I love following your blog from America. I am attempting the Buttercup Bear (so very adorable) but am having trouble on round 2 of the head. It says I should have 12 stitches, but the stitches only add up to 9. The only way it comes out as 12 stitches is to work 2 stitches into each of the 6 stitches in round 1. I must be missing something...can you help? Thanks!

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  18. Hi Margarita, Thanks for your lovely comment. You are quite right, there is an error in the pattern for the 2nd round for the head - thank you for spotting it and pointing it out. I have corrected the pattern - it should be 2 dc in each dc, to make 12 sts. Hope you enjoy making Buttercup Bear.
    Best wishes.

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  19. Hi, just wanted to say thanks for the free pattern. I've just finished making Buttercup Bear and he looks beautiful with a purple ribbon around his neck. Think I may have to make another for my DGD as I've grown rather attached to this one! :)

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  20. Thank you so much for this great pattern! I used it to make "Brown Bear". He was crocheted for my first grandbaby, Colby, born July 16th. I used Paton's Pure 100% Organic Cotton yarn in Taupe with an aqua satin ribbon. I would love to send you a photo from Mississippi in the USA.

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  21. Hi ColbysMimi, congratulations on your first grandbaby. Your "Brown Bear" sounds wonderful. I'd love to see a picture, so that I can post it on this blog for everyone to admire. If you'd like to send a picture, my email is jm5476@my.open.ac.uk.
    Best wishes.

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  22. Shes so cute! Such a sweet little face:)
    xx

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  23. So I am JUST finishing this sweet bear. I am a NEW crocheter and had no idea DC meant SC in American do my bear is twice as BIG!!! Ha. But still cute and sweet:)

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  24. Hello. I am in the US, and unsure what you mean by dc2tog? In American instructions, DC is a yarn over, and with your instructions it is a single crochet, I began making a little bear for my daughter doing double crochet and he was getting huge, so I took it out and started over. I wish there were step by step picture, as the bear I am making is not small, I think I am doing something wrong, please help.

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  25. Hi Arizona Mom,
    You are correct in saying that the dc in the pattern are the same as single crochet. I use British terms, so it can get a bit confusing I'm afraid.
    dc2tog is the same as sc2tog - single crochet two together. This is a simple decrease where two stitches are worked together to make only one stitch.
    The finished bear is approximately 11 inches from top to toes - so she is on the large size - but this makes her more cuddly!
    I hope this helps.

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  26. Hello. I've just discovered your blog and patterns. I must say you are a very talented woman! Thank you so much for posting these lovely patterns. I will be following you now... something new for me. Have a blessed and creative New Year!

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  27. Hi yterp,
    Thnak you for your lovely comments.
    Best wishes to you.

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  28. this so s lovely. thanks for sharing and the head up about uk to us conversion.

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  29. hi, im doing this for a homeschool project and im on the body row 20-21 and after reading all the comments, i realize that dc for all of the rows was accually sc is that true? thanx <3

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    1. Hi, Yes this is correct - dc is the British term for sc. All my patterns are written using British crocheting terms. There is a note at the beginning of the pattern about this.

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  30. Hi! Thank you for this post, such a cute teddy. I dont sew much, and am worried about him falling apart on me. Any tips you could give on making sure hes sturdily attached would be much appreciated. Thanks again for this post!

    Sabrina.n.stephens@gmail.com

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  31. Thank you for allowing us to use this pattern. I have completed one of your bears and following the pattern was so easy. I have made it using a blue yarn with a mustard ribbon,, I love it,,, I have put it on my facebook page if you want to see the finished result.

    https://www.facebook.com/Ruth.Mosettig.McLaren67

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Ruth. I'm so glad you enjoyed the pattern, it's a pleasure to be able to share my ideas with so many people.

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  32. Hi, Just wanted to thank you for the free crochet pattern, this is the first time I have ever crocheted and I think it's a wonderful project. I'm making it for my secret sister and it's turning out perfectly.

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  33. Hi! Thank you for sharing this lovely bear pattern. It reminds me of the "vintage" Teddies, my brother and I had as kids. Is there a site/link/e-mail service that we can subscribe to? I got this link from a Facebook site (the Fair isle mice was shown with this link), but I would love to get regular updates of your lovely ideas! I live in South Africa. Kind regards Anna van Biljon af@vodamail.co.za

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  34. Hi

    This is a lovely free pattern, thanks for sharing. How big is the finished bear? I know it depends on hooks and wool, but what would be the average size would you say?

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    1. The bear is approximately 11 inches from head to toe. This measurement is using double knitting weight yarn and a 3mm hook.

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  35. Hi Janet,

    just finished making this bear , and its wonderful thank you for sharing this pattern

    Bev xx

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  36. I just found your site and I want to make one of these bears for myself. I have one question though....when you say double knitting weight yarn is that translated into worsted weight in amereican terms? Thank you for sharing this free pattern.
    Blessed Be,
    Maggie

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    1. HI Maggie,
      Thank you for your comment. I'm so glad you like the bears.
      Double knitting weight yarn is in between a worsted and a sports weight.
      If you used a worsted weight yarn the only difference would be that the bear would be slightly bigger than mine and you may need to use a slightly bigger crochet hook. Otherwise no problem.
      Best wishes,
      Janet

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  37. Hello Maggie
    Thank you soo much for sharing the patern for making this cute and beautiful bear , i hope i can make it in the following weeks and post a picture on my blog http://emma.blogspot.com , i'm just beginning of making crochet items
    With love Emma

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  38. I just finished this pattern with two yarns worked together. I had some knobbly yarn that I mixed with Simply Soft. I had to use a larger hook (since the two yarns together was thicker). The bear turned out wonderful - and quite large! Right now he is sitting in the rocker in my living room...and he takes up most of the rocker!

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  39. Hi, thank you so much for the free pattern. It's the first 3D thing I have ever attempted! My daughter goes to buttercups preschool and so I'm making him for her!
    I'm a bit stuck on the legs and I wondered if you could tell me where I'm going wrong! I'm such a novice! I'm making the 10 chains and then working the first part of the 1st round but a) I'm not making it round - it's coming our in rows and then b) I don't understand the bit about working the other side of the foundation chain! I end up with rows instead of a round that is very much short of 22dcs in total! Does that make sense?! Hope you can help or I'm going to have a legless bear!!
    Thank you again x

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    1. Hi Emily,
      I've replied by email to your query. Let me know how you are getting on.

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  40. I can translate to American, but Buttercup seems to be a very small Teddy Bear. How do I make The Darling larger for my grand niece?

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  41. I absolutely love, love, love this bear! Everytime I make a baby blanket for someone I always make this bear to match. Thanks so much for this easy and beautiful bear pattern.

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    1. I'm so glad you like the pattern. It's a pleasure to share the pattern with everyone.

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