These tiny Love Bears are perfect for a thoughtful small gift that fit into the palm of your hand. Perfect for tucking into a pocket, purse, or a loved one's lunch, they will definitely bring a smile when received. Make them any color you like, I made mine in fun Valentine colors.
By Jennifer Dickerson
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- Worsted weight yarn in two colors for each bear ( I used Red Heart Super Saver in "Cafe" "Cherry Red" and "Perfect Pink" for the two bears in the photos)
- Small scrap of black yarn for embroidered eyes (or you can make button eyes)
- H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Fiber fill or yarn scraps for stuffing the bears
- 3.5 inches tall (from tops of ears to bottom)
- 3 inches tall - body height only (without ears)
- 2.5 inches wide
- ears are .5 inches tall
- 7 inch body circumference
Ears (make 2):
Ch 2, then in the ch furthest from the hook, work 6 sc, then a sl st. Fasten off and leave tails intact for sewing to bear later.
(Bears are worked from the bottom up)
Body base (shown in light brown):
Ch 4 and join in the chain furthest from hook to form a ring. Ch 3, and work 11 dc into the center of the ring. Join with a sl st to close round. Ch 1, work a sc into the first st. Work 2 sc in next st and in each st around. Join with a sl st to close round.
Body sides (note: for this section, bears have two rounds of each color for striping as shown):
Working in the brown yarn still, ch 1 and work a sc in each st around. Join with a sl st to close round. Repeat this round for a total of 10 rounds, do not fasten off.
Body decrease (top of head):
Ch 1, then sc2tog in each st around. Repeat for the next round. Fasten off, leave an 6-8 inch tail, then proceed below to "Finishing & Assembly" section.
Finishing & Assembly:
Before closing up the top, sew ears to top of head using tails. It is ok to leave ends on the inside of bear, they will be hidden when bear is seamed closed. With black yarn and a tapestry needle, work a french knot for each eye. If you need help, a helpful step by step video can be found below. Alternatively, you could sew or glue buttons for the eyes. Now you're ready to stuff...using fiber fill, yarn scraps, etc, carefully stuff bear in the top opening. Take care not to over stuff. Thread a tapestry needle with the tail from body and carefully sew opening closed. I sewed around edges, then pulled tight to close up the hole. Tie a secure knot to fasten and weave in end. Shape bear and ears as needed.
Click below to watch a video on how to create a french knot for the eyes, step by step:
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