Friday, May 01, 2009

Edward...

Edward was one of my attempts at bear making. The fur I used feels like a cheap carpet sample, his eyebrows are tilting off centre and his nose is taking over his face, but he's a much loved teddy...


Edward was going on a holiday so I knit him this pullover from the free Beanie Baby Sweater pattern with lots of changes for a bigger bear...


I had help with the measuring and fitting….

The sweater used almost one full skein of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Sage Green (80 yards / 73 metres). I added a roll collar to cover the messy cast on/cast off neckline…


Edward Sweater Details (for a 10" teddy with an 8" tummy and 5" arms:

Cast on 28 sts. to a 4mm (US6) needle.
Knit 4 rows, purl 1 row.
Stockinette stitch for 12 rows (knit 1 row, purl 1 row).
Cast on 10 sts. at the beginning of next two rows (total 48 sts.).
Garter stitch 14 rows.

Neck Opening:
Next Row: Knit 16 sts. Cast off 16 sts. Knit 16 sts.
Next Row: Knit 16 sts. Cast on 16 sts. Knit 16 sts.

Garter stitch 14 rows.
Cast off 10 sts. at the beginning of next two rows (total 28 sts.).
Stockinette stitch for 12 rows (knit 1 row, purl 1 row). Knit 4 rows and cast off.

Roll Collar: (I used dpns and knit in the round but you could also knit half the number of stitches each side and then sew the side seams of the collar together).

Pick up 42 sts. on 3 dpns (14 sts. each needle) and Knit 3, Purl 3 for 14 rows. Bind off in ribbing. Sew the under sleeve seams and side seams. Give to your favourite teddy.

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Once the sweater was finished, Edward was ready to join K on a trip to Gabriola Island and had a grand time exploring the island…


hanging out in the trailer…


and admiring the view…


My little bear is resting up for his next big adventure…



and I’m going to rest now too so I’ll wish you a peaceful week, dear reader, and hope to see you next Friday.



“Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear!”
~Winnie the Pooh