Little Bear – Free Amigurumi Pattern

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Little Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

This Little Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern is easy for anyone to make, whether you’re a beginner or have been crocheting for years. He’s soft, measures about 10.5 inches tall, and there are no small parts to worry about, so he’s perfect for a child of any age! My little bear is always ready for playtime, and loves cuddles during naps and at bedtime.

 

If you’ve never heard of amigurumi, no worries…it’s just a fancy Japanese word for knitted or crocheted stuffed animals. A complicated-sounding word for an adorable toy that you can make at home!

 

This Little Bear free amigurumi crochet pattern uses the magic circle/ring and single crochet, including increases (inc) and decreases (dec). Easy peasy! And if you need a reminder for how to make a half-double crochet, or increase/decrease, check the “Notes” section for links to my video tutorials. We will also crochet in the round, as is the case in most amigurumi projects.

 

Note about this pattern’s tutorials

The head and body will be crocheted together as one piece. Then, the arms, legs, and ears will be crocheted separately. At the end of the pattern, you’ll use a yarn needle to sew the arms, legs, and ears onto the body (there is no tutorial for this part…it’s just a simple running stitch, like with regular sewing). Likewise, as you may want different eye, nose, and mouth shapes than I have done, there is no tutorial for the face. Using a yarn needle and black yarn, create some back-and-forth stitches to build up the yarn thicker, in any design you like. 🙂

 

Little Bear Materials

  • Approximately 1 skein of #4/worsted weight yarn (any color you like, as well as black yarn for facial features)
  • D-3/3.25-mm hook
  • FiberFil stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

 

Finished size

Little Bear measures approximately 10.5″ tall in a seated position.

 

Notes

  • All instructions, abbreviations, and materials in this pattern are given in US terminology.
  • For this project, we will work “in-the-round,” meaning that you will not slip stitch at the end of each row, but will continue working continuously around.
  • For a reminder of how to do a decrease (dec), watch my Crochet Pumpkin Video, starting at 7:35, for instruction.

 

Crochet Abbreviations for this Pattern

  • st – stitch
  • ch – chain
  • ch st – chain stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • (inc) – increase; perform two stitches in the same space/stitch
  • (dec) – decrease; see “notes” above
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together; this is a decrease
Little Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Little Bear Pattern

Head & Body

– Magic Circle/Ring: 6 sc

Row 1:  2 sc in each st around (12)

Row 2: *Sc in first stitch, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (18)

Row 3: *Sc in first two stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (24)

Row 4: *Sc in first three stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (30)

Row 5: *Sc in first four stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (36)

Row 6: *Sc in first five stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (42)

Row 7: *Sc in first five stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (49)

Row 8: *Sc in first five stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (56)

Rows 9-20:  Sc in each st around x 12 rows (56)

Row 21: *Sc in first five stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (48)

Row 22: *Sc in first five stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (42)

Row 23: *Sc in first five stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (36)

Row 24: *Sc in first three stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (28)

Row 25: *Sc in first three stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (23)

Row 26: Sc in each st around (23) – (this will be the neck)

Note: At this point, add stuffing to the “head”

Row 27: *Sc in first three stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (35)

Row 28: *Sc in first three stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (48)

Row 29: *Sc in first three stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (64)

Rows 30-51: Sc in each st around (64)

Row 52: *Sc in first five stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (54)

Row 53: *Sc in first four stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (45)

Note: At this point, add stuffing to the “body”

Row 54: *Sc in first three stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (36)

Row 55: *Sc in first two stitches, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (27)

Row 56: *Sc in first stitch, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (18)

Row 57: *Sc in first stitch, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (9)

Row 58: *Sc in first stitch, sc2tog (dec)*; continue from * to * all the way around (6)

Stitch closed with yarn needle.

Arms (make 2)

– Magic Circle/Ring: 6 sc

Row 1: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Row 2: *Sc in first stitch, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (18)

Row 3: *Sc in first two stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (24)

Row 4: Sc in each st around, in the back loop only (24)

Rows 5-14: Sc in each st around x 10 rows (24)

– Stuff and stitch two sides together with single crochet. Leave a long yarn tail at the end of each, which you’ll use to stitch the arms to the body.

Legs (make 2)

– Magic Circle/Ring: 6 sc

Row 1: 2 sc in each st around (12)

Row 2: *Sc in first stitch, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (18)

Row 3: *Sc in first two stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (24)

Row 4: *Sc in first three stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (30)

Row 5: Sc in each st around, in the back loop only (30)

Rows 6-17: Sc in each st around x 12 rows (30)

– Stuff and stitch two sides together with single crochet. Leave a long yarn tail at the end of each, which you’ll use to stitch the legs to the body.

Ears (make 2)

– Magic Circle/Ring: 6 sc

Row 1: 2 sc in each st around (inc) – (12)

Row 2: *Sc in first stitch, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (18)

Row 3: *Sc in first two stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (24)

Row 4: *Sc in first three stitches, 2 sc (inc) in next stitch*; continue from * to * all the way around (30)

– Fold in half and stitch two sides together with single crochet. Leave a long yarn tail at the end of each, which you’ll use to stitch the ears to the head.

 

Putting Little Bear Together and Finishing Touches

  • Using a yarn needle, sew ears onto top of head in appropriate position
  • Using a yarn needle, sew arms and legs onto body
  • Using a yarn needle, on front of face, embroider black yarn in shape of eyes, nose, and mouth
Little Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

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