‘Lily’ Bear

This cuddly ‘Lily’ Bear uses an assortment of different coloured and textured double knit yarn and not only gives you an opportunity to use up some of your stash, it is also a great project for donating to hospitals, childrens homes and other great causes.

‘Lily’ Bear was designed as a mascot for ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn  a charity started in memory of my granddaughter Lily Iris Gibson born sleeping 18th July 2010.
While I am willing to share this pattern with you without any charge I have added a donate button should you feel inclined to make a small donation to  Love In the Language of Yarn and help bring Love and a smile to all children in need. Please check our facebook page and give us a Like. https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn

I used oddments of double knit yarn fro my stash.
You will need approx 100grms in total any colours plus small amount of brown or black for face. (Any double knit yarn will be suitable)
Size 4mm needles
Safety toy stuffing

Finished bear approx 30cm tall.

Using 4mm needles, cast on 40 sts
Knit  four rows
Next row: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog
  Knit two rows
Rep last three rows until four sts rem
Next row: k2tog twice
Next row: k2tog
Fasten off

Using 4mm needles, cast on ten sts
Row 1 : knit
Row23:kfb,ktolast st.kfb
Rows 4-5: cast on two sts at beg of row knit to end
Rows 6-11: knit
Rows 12-13: cast off two  sts at beg of row, k to end
Rows 14 -16: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Rows 17-18: knit
Cast off

Body(back and front alike)

Using 4mm needles, cast on eight sts, join in a second
shade, cast on eight sts
knit 4 rows in garter st
twisting strands when changing yarns
Inc one st at each end of next and foll alt rows until 24sts
Knit 18 rows in garter st
Cut firsttwoshadesand rejoin second shade at beg of row, join in third shade ( use photo as guide).
Work a further 18 rows in garterst,twistingyarnswhen changingcolours,
Dec 1 st at each end of nextandfollaltrowsuntil14 stsrem.
Cast off.

Note : This is the neck edge.


Note: if working striped pattern change yarns every 2rows.
Using 4mm needles cast on 8sts
Next row: kfb in every stitch. 16 sts
Knit 2 rows
Inc one st at each end of next and foil alt rows until there are 20 sts.
Knit 20 rows.
Next row: k2tog at each end of row
Next row: knit
Cast off



Using 4mm needles,cast on 16 sts
Knit one row
Next row: kfb in every stitch
Work 12 rows in garter st
Next row: k 10, (k2tog) six times, k10
Next row: k2tog at each end of row
Knit 26 rows
Next row: k2tog at each end of row
Next row: knit
Next row: k2tog across row
Make a second Leg using another shade

Ears(make two)

Using 4mm needles cast on eight sts
Knit one row
Inc one st each end of next five rows
Knit 4 rows
Next row: k2tog across row
Cast off


For small heart use needle size 4mm and single thickness of yarn. For larger heart use 6mm needles and double thickness of yarn. Both sizes worked the same.
Using 2 double-pointed needles as straight needles, cast on 3 sts

(RS) Row 1: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1 = 5 sts
(WS) Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl
Row 3: k1, m1, k3, m1, k1 = 7 sts
Row 5: k1, m1, k5, m1, k1 = 9 sts
Row 6: Purl
cut yarn and leave on needle.

Using 2 other double-pointed needles, repeat the above so that you now have two pieces for the top of the heart.   
Join the two pieces together by on row 7 of the current piece you are working on: k1, m1, k7, k2tog (do this by knitting the last stitch from the current piece together with the first stitch from the first piece), k7, m1, k1 = 19 sts total
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: Purl
Row 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, and 23: k, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts will be decreased in each row. When completed row 23 you will have a total of 5 st.
Row 25: k1, sl, k2tog, psso, k1 = 3 sts
Row 27: sl, k2tog, psso = 1 st – cut yarn and thread through yarn needle and pull end through loop.
Weave in ends

 circle (smiley face)

Using 4mm needles, cast on three sts

Next row : inc one st at eachendofrow

Next row: knit
Rep last two rows until there are nine sts
Knit five rows without shaping
Dec one st at each end of row on next and foll alt rows until three sts rem
Knit one row
Cast off.

Weave in all ends. Using diagram for bear’s head,fold edge AB in half and stitch, then sew edge AC. Stuff to get a nice shape and close gap. Attach one ear either side of head, curling then slightly when stitching to give nice shape. Stitch muzzle on face, stuffing lightly. Embroidereyes, nose andmouthwithbrownor blackyarnusingphotograph asaguide.Sewbody sectionstogether,leaving neckedgeopenforstuffing.
Stufffirmly,shape,thenclose opening. Sew arms and legs with seams at centre back, leaving topopen forstuffing, shapeasyoustuff,thenclose seam.Attachfirmlytothe bodysobearsitsupright.
Add hearts and smiley face where desired.

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