CROCHET: Bear Cuddle Buddy

Hello, hi & welcome back! I am so excited to share my Bear Cuddle Buddy Crochet Pattern with you! Our family always has several black bear sightings when we visit the Smoky Mountains. Those fun trips are the inspiration for this adorable little bear. This little lovey would be the perfect handmade baby shower gift for anyone creating a 'woodland critters' theme in their nursery.


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Stitches:

  • Chain

  • SC - Single Crochet

  • HDC - Half Double Crochet

  • SC dec - Single Crochet Decrease

  • Slip Stitch

  • Magic Circle

* indicates repeat until the end of the round.




Bear Cuddle Buddy Crochet Pattern (Make 2):

With black, chain 15

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

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

Row 3: 2 SC, SC in the next 14 stitches, 2 SC, chain 1 (18 stitches)

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

Rows 19-23: SC 7, chain 1, turn (7 stitches) (We are creating the first leg)

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

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

Tie off with a short tail, pulling through that chain 1 to secure.

Now we have the body and one leg.

Join on the other end in the last stitch and repeat rows 19-25 in order to create the second leg.





Ears (Make 4):

Round 1: With black, in a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)

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

Round 3: 2 SC in the first stitch, SC in the next* (18 stitches)

Chain 1 and tie off, pulling through that chain stitch to secure


Ear Assembly:

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

Add a small amount of stuffing before completing.

Chain 1, tie off with a long tail and pull through that chain 1 to secure.



Eyes (Make 2):

Round 1: With brown, in a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)

Round 2: 2 SC in the first stitch, 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 your tapestry needle, sew a black semi circle (happy little eyes!)



Muzzle/Nose:

Round 1: With brown, in a magic circle, SC 6, pull tight (6 stitches)

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

Round 3: 2 SC in the first stitch, 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)

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


Using your tapestry needle, stitch on a black nose and mouth (the muzzle should be slightly 3D as we will put a little stuffing behind it)



Assembly:

  • Using your tapestry needle and the long tails, attach the muzzle onto the bottom center of one body piece (add a little stuffing behind it).

  • Attach the eyes above the nose.

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

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

  • Trim any excess yarn


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