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Cuddle Teddy Bear Knitting Pattern

Jocelyn Simard

These bears are suitable for use by patients with dementia or alzheimer's. Patients with advanced dementia enjoy cuddling soft toys. These bears are safe and washable. They are also suitable for use by children. Please donate finished bears to long term care facilities for use by residents with dementia, or to children's charities such as children's hospitals, shelters, etc.

This teddy bear is knit on 2 needles in stockinette stitch in one piece. It's knit from the feet to the head. The legs are knit first with the body separating into front and back sections. The top of the arms and the head may be placed on holders and grafted together, or bound off and stitched together for finishing. This bear has a large head and short arms and legs. To increase the length of the legs simply add more rows. To increase the length of the arms, cast on more stitches between Rows 20 and 21 (for example, 16 sts not 14 as directed).

Materials
Worsted weight yarn - 1 main color for bear and 1 contrasting colour for sweater (optional)
Size 7 US (4.5 mm) needles
stitch markers
stitch holders
Polyfill stuffing

Gauge
Not vital. About 5 sts=1 inch in St st

Stuffed Cuddle Teddy Bear Knitting Pattern

Knit by Carina Wilson

Instructions
Leg 1:
With MC:
Row 1: CO 6 sts, pm, CO 6 sts -12 sts
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, inc, k2, inc, k1, pm, k1, inc, k2, inc, k1-16 sts
Row 5: k1, inc, k4, inc, k1, pm, k1, inc, k4, inc, k1-20 sts
Row 7: k1, inc, k6, inc, k1, pm, k1, inc, k6, inc, k1-24 sts
Row 9: k1, inc, k8, inc, k1, pm, k1, inc, k8, inc, k1-28 sts
Rows 10-30: Work even in St st.

Leg 2:
As for Leg 1.

Back Body:
Place 14 sts from right of Leg 1 and 14 sts from left of Leg 2 on needle. Place the remaining left sts of Leg 1 and the remaining right sts of Leg 2 on one holder.
Row 1: k6, dec, k1, dec, k1, dec, CO 2 sts, dec, k1, dec, k1, dec, k6-24 sts
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k
Row 5: k1, inc, k6, inc, k6, inc, k6, inc, k1-28 sts
Row 7: k1, inc, k24, inc, k1-30 sts

Bum:
Row 9: k1, inc, k25, turn, p24, turn, k22, turn, p20, turn, k18, turn, p16, turn, k14, turn, p12, turn, k10, turn, p8, turn, k6, turn, p4, turn, k15, inc, k1-32 sts
Row 10 and all even rows: purl
Row 11: k18, turn, p4, turn, k6, turn, p8, turn, k10, turn, p12, turn, k14, turn, p16, turn, k18, turn, p20, turn, k22, turn, p24, turn, k28-32 sts
Rows 12-20: Rep Rows 9-11.
Break yarn, add CC and continue in St st.

Sleeves:
CO 14 sts at the end of Row 20-46 sts
Row 21: k 14, pm, k 32, pm, CO 14 sts-60 sts
Row 23: k
Row 25: k14, pm, k1, dec, k30, dec, k1, pm, k14-58 sts
Row 27: k14, pm, k1, dec, k28, dec, k1, pm, k14-56 sts
Row 29: k14, pm, k1, dec, k26, dec, k1, pm, k14-54 sts
Row 31: k14, pm, k1, dec, k24, dec, k1, pm, k14-52 sts
Row 33: k14, pm, k1, dec, k22, dec, k1, pm, k14-50 sts
Row 35: k14, pm, k1, dec, k20, dec, k1, pm, k14-48 sts
Row 37: k14, pm, k1, dec, k18, dec, k1, pm, k14-46 sts
Row 39: k14, pm, k1, dec, k16, dec, k1, pm, k14-44 sts
Row 41: place on holder or BO 14 sts, remove marker, k1, dec, k12, dec, k1, remove marker, place on holder or BO 14 sts. Break yarn.

Back Head:
Starting with MC on the 14 st from body, purl one row:
Row 1: k
Row 3: k1, inc, k1, inc, k6, inc, k1, inc, k1-18 sts
Row 5: k1, inc, k4, inc, k4, inc, k4, inc, k1-22 sts
Row 7: k1, inc, k3, inc, k3, inc, k2, inc, k3, inc, k3, inc, k1-28 sts
Row 9: k1, inc, k24, inc, k1-30 sts
Rows 10-14: Work even in St st
Row 15: k1, inc, k26, inc, k1-32 sts
Rows 16-22: Work even in St st
Row 23: k1, dec, k26, dec, k1-30 sts
Rows 24-26: Work even in St st
Row 27: k1, dec, k 24, dec, k1-28 sts
Rows 28-30: Work even in St st
Row 31: k8, dec, k8, dec, k8-26 sts
Rows 32-34: Work even in St st
Row 35: k8, dec, k6, dec, k8-24 sts
Row 36: Bind off in purl or place sts on holder. Break yarn.

Front Body: Pick up rem Leg sts-28 sts
Rows 1-8: work same as Back Body-30 sts
Row 9: k1, inc, k26, inc, k1-32 sts
Rows 10-20: Work even in St st

Sleeves:
Work as for back.

Front Head:
Row 1: k
Row 2 and all even rows: purl
Row 3: k1, inc, k1, inc, k6, inc, k1, inc, k1-18 sts
Row 5: k1, inc, k4, inc, k4, inc, k4, inc, k1-22 sts
Row 7: k1, inc, k3, inc, k3, inc, k2, inc, k3, inc, k3, inc, k1

Snout:
Row 9: k1, inc, k20, turn, p16, turn, k14, turn, p12, turn, k 10, turn, p8, turn, k6, turn, p4, turn, k14, inc, k1-30 sts
Row 10 and all even rows: purl
Row 11: k 17, turn, p4, turn, k6, turn, p8, turn, k10, turn, p12, turn, k14, turn, p16, turn, k23-30 sts
Row 13: k1, inc, k9, dec, k4, dec, k9, inc, k1-30 sts
Row 15: k2, inc, k9, dec, k2, dec, k9, inc, k2-30 sts
Row 17: k3, inc, k9, dec, dec, k9, inc, k3-30 sts
Rows 18-22: Work even in St st
Row 23: k1, dc, k24, dec, k1-28 sts
Rows 24-28: Work even in St st
Row 29: k1, dec, k22, dec, k1-26 sts
Rows 30-34: Work even in St st
Row 35: k8, dec, k6, dec, k8-24 sts
Row 36: Bind off in purl or place sts on holder

Finishing
Paws:
Sew sleeve tops. Pick up 24 sts at end of sleeves with MC.
Rows 1-4: Work even in St st
Row 5: k1, dec, k6, dec, k2, dec, k6, dec, k1-20 sts
Rows 6 and 8: purl
Row 7: k1, dec, k4, dec, k2, dec, k4, dec, k1-16 sts
Row 9: k1, dec, k2, dec, k2, dec, k2, dec, k1-12 sts
BO.

Sew or graft remaining bear, leaving one body side open for stuffing. Stuff and sew up side. Sew a triangle at top corners of head for ears. Embroider eyes, nose and mouth. Do not use buttons, glass eyes, etc.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.