Valentine Bear

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This bear is a perfect gift for your Valentine. Made with Red Heart Hygge yarn, this finished doll measures approximately 7½ inches tall, perfect size for little hands to play with.

If you haven’t checked out the Red Heart Hygge yarn yet, you definitely should. I am absolutely in love with this yarn. It’s so soft and fuzzy, but unlike most fuzzy yarn, you can actually see your stitches as you work. It’s perfect for making soft, cuddly stuffed animals. 

If you want a pattern that you can save on your computer and easily print, this pattern is available in my Ravelry shop. I love printing patterns and saving them in a binder to keep track of the ones I’ve done and the ones I still plan to do.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed:

Red Heart Hygge yarn for the bear. Red Heart Super Saver for the heart.

G (4mm) crochet hook

Poly-fil

Yarn needle

18mm safety eyes

20mm safety nose

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Snout:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Tie off. Insert safety nose and set aside.

Head and Body:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 10: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 11-18: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 23: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 24: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 25: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 26: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 27: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 28: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 29: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Stuff head tight with poly-fil. Insert safety eyes between rows 15 and 16 with 8 stitches between them. Before you put the backs on the safety eyes, position the snout and sew it on.

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Rows 30-37: Sc in each stitch around. (40 stitches)

Row 38: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 39: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Stuff body tight with poly-fil. Continue to stuff as you work.

Row 40: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 41: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 42: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 43: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 44: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Sew end shut and tie off.

Ears:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 5-6: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 7: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Make two. Flatten, then position and sew onto head.

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Legs:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: Ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 6-7: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 9-13: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving top 3-4 rows unstuffed. Make two. Position on sides of body and sew on.

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Arms:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: Ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 5: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 6: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Rows 7-10: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff tight with poly-fil, leaving top 2-3 rows unstuffed. Make two. Position on sides of body above legs and sew on.

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Tail:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Rows 3-4: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff lightly with poly-fil. Position and sew onto back of body.

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I only used 1 skein of the Hygge yarn to make this bear, and I still had a bit left over.

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Heart:

Ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 5 sc inside of circle. (5 stitches)

Row 2: Inc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 4-5: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Make two. Tie off first one. Don’t tie off second one. Continue on with heart.

Row 6: With yarn still attached to second one, attach to first one and sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 7: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 9: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 10: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 11: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Stop at this point and stuff tight with poly-fil. Continue stuffing as you work.

Row 12: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 13: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 15: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 16: Dec around. (5 stitches)

Sew end shut and tie off. There will be a hole in between the two humps on top. Use your yarn needle and yarn to sew this closed.

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You can attach the heart to his hands, or leave it loose like I did.

img_1413img_1416img_1419img_1470Try making him in other colors.

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You can also make this bear using regular worsted weight yarn if you don’t have the Hygge yarn. It still comes out really cute, but it’s just a bit smaller.

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I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to message me on Facebook.

 

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