Lord knows, I’ve made a bear or two in my time, but this bear is special. This bear was a first birthday gift for a friend’s adorable daughter.
It’s Mouse Bear! (So named because of its ridiculous ears. I mean, look at them!)This little guy (or gal) was a really fun project that I zipped through a few months ago as a way to use little bits of as many colors as I could find in my stash. And I have to say, I think it was pretty successful. I wanted a pattern for something cute and squishy, but simple enough that I could add stripes without too much fuss. I settled on this adorable teddy bear from Arne & Carlos (I always love their designs). It’s worked from the bottom up in the round, and the arms and legs are connected in the same way you work a sweater. The muzzle is then picked up and knit from stitches around the face, and the ears are added as the last step. Easy-peasy for someone who likes knitting bottom-up sweaters (and great for someone who’s interested in learning garment construction, but who isn’t feeling up to making a whole sweater).
It was a super fun project, and the end result is too stinking cute. If you used self-striping sock yarn (as the pattern suggests), it would be really easy, too!
If you were a dumb-dumb like me and changed colors every six rows, you will have approximately one gajillion ends to sew in. (But, I think the finished project was worth the trouble of all those ends. Seriously. So many ends.)