Use sewing, knitting and crochet to create the prettiest heirloom bear – Doriana Draghici shows you how
From her floral fabric ears right down to her little tippy toes, this heirloom bear makes for the most beautiful handmade gift.
As well as turning your hand to sewing, you’ll knit the top section of her cosy dress, then crochet her pretty pom pom shawl to create an autumnal outfit combo we’d love to have in our wardrobe.
Use scraps of your loveliest fabrics and yarns, make with love, then gift as a lifetime companion any little girl will treasure forever.
You’ll knit the top of the dress first, then crochet the shawl. Next, follow the steps to sew the bear, and finish her outfit and accessories.
Knitted straight so turn at the end of each row Using 2.25mm needles and Yarn A, cast on 30 sts Rows 1-3 k
Row 4 k5, kfbf, k3, kfbf, k10, kfbf, k3, kfbf, k5 [38sts] Row 5 p Row 6 k6, m2b, k5, m2b, k2, m2b, k5, m2b, k6 [46sts] Row 7 p Row 8 k7, m2b, k7, m2b, k14, m2b, k7, m2b, k7 [54sts] Row 9 p Row 10 k8, m2b, k9, m2b, k16, m2b, k9, m2b, k8 [62sts] Row 11 p Row 12 k9, m2b, k11, m2b, k18, m2b, k11, m2b, k9 [70sts] Row 13 p Row 14 k10, m2b, k13, m2b, k20, m2b, k13, m2b, k10 [78sts] Row 15 p Row 16 k12, move next 15sts onto stitch marker, k24, move next 15sts onto stitch markers, k12 [48sts] Row 17 p11, p2tog, p22, p2tog, p11 [46sts] Row 18 k Row 19 *p2tog, slip st from right needle onto left needle; repeat from * to end. Break yarn and fasten off. Dress top sleeves With RS facing, place sts from first stitch marker onto needle to start knitting Row 1 k1, m1k, k13, m1k, k1 [17sts] Row 2 p Row 3 k1, m1k, k15, m1k, k1 [19sts] Row 4 p Row 5 k Repeat Rows 4 and 5 twice and then Row 4 once again. Rows 11-13 k Row 14 *p2tog, slip st from right needle onto left needle; repeat from * to end. Break yarn and fasten off. Repeat for second sleeve. Turn the sleeves through to the RS, then sew up the sleeve seam using mattress stitch.
Using 3mm crochet hook and Yarn B, ch32 leaving a long yarn tail Row 1 1tr in 3rd ch from hook (2ch missed counts as 1tr), 1tr in each ch to end, turn [31sts] Row 2 ch2 (counts as 1tr), 1tr in each st to end, turn Row 3 repeat Row 2 Row 4 7tr in 4th st along, miss 2 sts, ss in next st, *miss 2 sts, 7tr in next st, miss 2 sts, ss in next st; repeat from * to end of row. Break yarn and fasten off. Using the long tail from the start, ch7 and ss in 1st ch to make a button loop.
Fold the main fabric in half with right sides (RS) together, then use the templates on page 99 to trace on the main body, two legs and two arms. Pin the fabric together, then sew along the traced outline, leaving the straight edge at the base of each piece open.
Cut out the shapes. On the main body, make several cuts in the seam allowance along the curves at both sides of the head and neck. Turn all the pieces RS out and stuff.
Fold the raw edges at the base of the main body to the wrong side