Crochet Baby Bear Cuddler

This Crochet Baby Bear Cuddler is a free pattern here on my blog. A woodland-themed lovey, this beginner friendly project makes a great crochet gift idea. Below you'll find the free pattern.

Pattern Design + Construction

The inspiration for this baby black bear design stems from our many family vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains. We always have several black bear sightings on these trips and the memories together are so special to me. This little crochet lovey is a perfect handmade baby shower gift for anyone creating a 'woodland critters' theme in their nursery.


The basic stitches used make this pattern fun for beginners. This sweet crochet baby bear cuddler is comprised of the front and back panels, which are crocheted in flat rows. We'll crochet the ears, eyes and snout separately and attach them to the panels using a tapestry needle. The front and back are then stuffed and joined together using a round of single crochet. The finished crochet baby bear measures approximately 8 inches tall. You could easily create a larger bear by increasing the size of your crochet hook and yarn.

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Yarn:

We'll be using medium Worsted Weight (4) Yarn for this crochet baby bear cuddler pattern. This is my favorite yarn weight to work with for crochet rag dolls and it has a great price point. It's versatile and wears well while also being soft and cozy which is perfect for a stuffed animal or lovey pattern! You could easily substitute brands of worsted weight yarn as long as the ounces per gram are similar.


For this tutorial, I used the following yarn:

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Café Latte

  • Red Heart Super Saver, Medium 4, 7 oz / 198 g, in the color Black


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Stitches:

This pattern is written in US crochet terminology.

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • INC - Single Crochet Increase

  • DEC - Single Crochet Decrease

  • HDC - Half Double Crochet

  • Magic Circle (buttons only)

  • Slip Stitch

  • * - Repeat sequence until the end of the round


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Crochet Baby Bear Cuddler - Free Pattern

My sweet baby niece with her bear!

Front & Back Panels:

With black yarn, chain 15


Row 1: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (14 stitches)


Row 2: INC, SC in the next 12 stitches, INC, chain 1 (16 stitches)


Row 3: INC, SC in the next 14 stitches, INC, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Rows 4-18: SC in each stitch, chain 1 (18 stitches)


Rows 19-23: SC 7, chain 1, turn (7 stitches)

We are creating the first leg


Row 24: DEC, SC in the next three stitches, DEC, chain 1 (5 stitches)


Row 25: DEC, SC in the next stitch, DEC, chain 1 (3 stitches)


Tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the end.


Join on the other side and repeat Rows 19-25 to create the second leg.




Ears (Make 4):

With black yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12 stitches)


Round 3: INC, SC in the next stitch* (18 stitches)


Chain 1, tie off with a long enough tail to weave in the ends.


Ear Assembly:

Line up two ear circles with the correct sides facing out and join with a round of SC.


Add a small amount of stuffing before completing.


Chain 1 and tie off with a long tail.



Eyes (Make 2):

With brown yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC, SC in the next* (9 stitches)


Slip stitch to into the first stitch of the next round to join.


Tie off with a long tail


Using a tapestry needle, stitch on a little black semi-circle (happy little eyes!)



Muzzle/Nose:

With brown yarn,


Round 1: In a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)


Round 2: INC, SC in the next* (9 stitches)


Round 3: INC, SC in the next 2 stitches* (12 stitches)


Round 4: [SC], [2 HDC], [2 DC], [2 HDC], SC in the next 3 stitches, [2 HDC], [2 DC], [2 HDC], SC in the last two stitches (18 stitches) The brackets indicate within the same stitch.


Slip stitch into the first stitch of the next round; tie off with a long tail


Using a tapestry needle, stitch on a little black nose and mouth

(the muzzle should be slightly 3D; we will put a little stuffing behind it)



Assembly:

  • Using a tapestry needle and the long tails, attach the muzzle onto the front panel (adding a little stuffing behind it).

  • Attach the eyes above the muzzle using the long tails and a tapestry needle.

  • Line up the front and back panels and join with a round of SC all the way around. I recommend starting with the top left corner and working down the left side so you join both legs before adding stuffing and finishing the join.

  • Using a tapestry needle and the long tails, attach the ears.

  • Weave in and trim any excess yarn.

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MORE FREE CUDDLER PATTERNS:

Ghost Cuddler / Cow Cuddler Set / Christmas Tree Cuddler


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