FREE Tiny Bear Knitting Pattern

This little knitted bear is quick and easy.

Made with oddments of brown double knitting yarn, a length of blue and black. A short piece of ribbon and a small amount of toy stuffing. 3mm single pointed needles were used.   It is about 9 cm tall when finished.

Abbreviations : k – knit. p – purl. st – stitch. tog-together. st-st – Stocking Stitch (k1row, p1row). 

Body & Head – Make 1

Starting at the feet, with brown, cast on 7 sts
Purl 1 row
Next: increase into every stitch (14 sts)
Starting with a purl row, st-st 5 rows
Place all stitches on a stitch holder and make another leg the same.

Knit along all stitches and the stitches on the stitch holder too (28 sts)

Starting with a purl row, st-st 11 rows
Next: k2tog to end (14 sts)
Starting with a purl row, st-st 3 rows

Next: (inc1, inc1, k1) to last 2 sts, inc1, inc1 (24 sts)
Starting with a purl row, st-st 9 rows
Next: k2tog to end (12 sts)
Purl 1 row
Draw thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Gather the cast on stitches. Sew down the row ends of the head and up the legs. Add stuffing and seal up.

Arms- Make 2

With brown, cast on 6 sts
Purl 1 row
Next: increase into every stitch (12 sts)
Starting with a purl row, st-st 5 rows
Next: k2tog to end (6 sts)
Draw thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight

Sew down the row ends. Add a little toy stuffing and seal up. Attach the arms at either side of the body piece at the shoulders

Ears – Make 2

With brown, cast on 14 sts
Knit 1 row
Next: k2tog to end (7 sts)
Draw thread through the remaining stitches and pull tight.

Attach the ears to the head, one at either side so the bound off stitches are in the centre of the ear. Curl the ear a little as they are sewn.

To finish, sew a triangle in blue to the front of the face to represent the nose. Take a blue thread and go from the bottom of the nose, down and under the chin. Sew two eyes in black just above the nose.

Wrap some blue ribbon round the neck in a bow.

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4 thoughts on “FREE Tiny Bear Knitting Pattern

  1. Editorial Team says:

    Hello Terri,
    You are going from 14 sts on the needle to 24 sts on the worked needle. Or add 10 sts to the worked row.

    An increase is to knit into the front and back of the worked stitch.

    Next: (inc1, inc1, k1) to last 2 sts, inc1, inc1 (24 sts)

    This means that stitch 1 is an increase (knit into the front and back) stitch 2 is an increase and stitch 3 is a knit. The brackets tell you to repeat what is inside until 2 sts remain. For each group of 3 sts you will have 5 worked stitches as you increase by 2 sts.

    As you begin with 14 sts, you have 4 groups of 3 stitches (4×3=12) plus the extra 2 increases at the end of the row. You end up with 4 groups of 5 sts after working plus an extra 4 from the increases outside the brackets (4×5+4=24 sts)

    I hope that this makes sense.

  2. Terri says:

    I have a question on the tiny bear knitting pattern. I am working on the body and head. The instructions say to “inc 1, inc 1, knit”. This is new to me. What does it mean? If I increase twice and then knit, I will have more than 24 stitches.

  3. Carole says:

    Just love this Knitting by Post site and the little free patterns are such a pleasure to make. Just finished making the pink and white Unicorn. So happy how he’s turned out . Thank you.

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