Cro-Shayley makes a Bear Sweater

Bear SweaterLast year, a friend who works on the yearbook team for a local elementary school asked me to make a sweater for a bear that would appear in many upcoming yearbook pictures. She asked for a blue and gray striped sweater with a red “B” in the center. As I was searching Red Heart’s free patterns for a baby sweater, I came across the Little Prince Crown Sweater and thought I could definitely tweak this pattern to fit the bear. The bear sweater turned out great and the children loved him and they named him Brownie. How sweet?!?! She sent some pictures they used in the yearbook that I thought I would share. :)

 

 

Brownie the Bear
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Brownie the Bear
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Little Prince Crown SweaterThis year, my friend asked for a “girly” bear sweater, keeping the same color scheme as last year but adding polka dots instead of stripes. Since I was already familiar with it, I decided to use the same Little Prince Crown Sweater free pattern as before, tweaking the pattern as I go to fit the bear. I used a different amount of chains and smaller length of front and back.

First you begin making the “Back” and shaping the armholes.
back

Then make the front, shaping the armholes, shoulders and neck.
front

Then on to making the sleeves.

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sleeves

Then sewing the shoulder seams. Instead of “sewing”, I grabbed both ends and sl st together.
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This image below shows how I used different amounts of chains for the front and back to fit the bear.
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Lookin’ good so far…
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Then sew in sleeves…again instead of “sewing” I sl st to attach the sleeves.
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Then sew side and sleeve seams then the neck sleeve and lower edging.
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All finished with making the sweater. Now onto the appliques.

Royal Heir Wall HangingRed Heart’s Royal Heir Wall Hanging pattern gives you directions on how to crochet each letter in the alphabet. This is where I got the directions on how to make the letter B.

Letter B
Ch 8.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across – 7 sc.
Row 2: Ch 5, turn, skip 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 6, skip next 2 sc, slip st in last sc.
Row 3: Turn, skip slip st, sc in next 6 ch, slip st in sc, sc in last 5 ch, slip st in edge of Row 1.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

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Then sew the “B” onto the center of the sweater.
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Almost finished. Now onto the polka dots. I made several and sewed them on.

Polka dot
Ch. 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with a sl st in first sc. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

I decided to add a bow to the bear’s ear.

Bow
Ch. 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across. Turn, ch. 1 sc in each sc across. Fasten off.
Lay rectangular piece flat. Then with a separate piece of yarn, tie a knot around the center of the rectangle.  The sides will then curl inward making a cute little bow.  How fun!!!

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Bow for Bear

Bear Sweater

And there you have it, a Bear Sweater! I can’t wait to see what the children name this bear and pictures in this year’s yearbook. ;)