Valentine Bear – free pattern

Hello there, how are you? If you’re anything like me you’re probably a bit fed up but we have crack on don’t we! I’ve had a productive week for the most part, I’ve been sorting though my Craft Room and I have a box of things to donate when I’m able to. I have also sorted through my yarn and made some lists of projects I want to make to use some of it up, anytime I’m making lists I feel super productive 🙂

Speaking of lists, at the beginning of January I made a list of goals for 2021. One of the first things on that list was free patterns I want to design and upload here, the first one being something for Valentines Day. The first thing that came to mind is a simple and cute bear, I didn’t realise until I had almost finished that he looks very similar to the first bear a boy ever gave me on Valentines! The poor bear was hidden under my bed for years as I didn’t want my siblings spotting it and trying to figure out who gave it to me lol. You’ll find the pattern below or if you would prefer a pdf copy you will find it in the files on our Facebook Group.

Valentine Bear – pattern is written in UK terms

Materials required:

4mm crochet hook

Aran weight yarn in White & Red (I have used Stylecraft Special Aran in White and Lipstick)

10mm safety eyes

12.5mm oval safety nose

Stuffing

Stitch marker

Abbreviations:

Dc – double crochet

Inc – increase – 2dc in one stitch

Inv dec – invisible decrease – insert hook into front loop of the first stitch then straight into the front loop of the second stitch (three loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through two loops (two loops on hook),yarn over, pull through two loops

If using suggested yarn your Valentine Bear should measure around 8 inches tall. Any weight yarn can be used, adjust your hook accordingly

Pattern notes:

This pattern is worked in a spiral, do not join your rounds

Place a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round (move the marker up each round to keep track of your progress)

Legs – make two

Using White

Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Round 3: dc, inc. Repeat around (18)

Rounds 4-9: dc around (18)

Fasten off leg one – weave in the end but do not cut off yarn tail (you will need this later). Repeat rounds 1-9 for leg two but do not fasten off

Joining legs

Round 10: dc in each stitch of leg one – this is the first leg you made/the leg the yarn is not attached to – 18 stitches. Dc in each stitch of leg two – 18 stitches (36)

Body

Rounds 11-12: dc around (36)

Using the yarn tail leftover from leg one, sew together any gaps left over from joining the legs. Weave in the end and cut off

Round 13: dc x5, inc. Repeat around (42)

Rounds 14-23: dc around (42)

Round 24: dc x5, inv dec. Repeat around (36)

Round 25: dc around (36)

Begin stuffing, adding more as you go on

Round 26: dc x4, inv dec. Repeat around (30)

Round 27: dc around (30)

Round 28: dc x3, inv dec. Repeat around (24)

Round 29: dc around (24)

Round 30: dc x2, inv dec. Repeat around (18)

Fasten off yarn, leaving a long tail to sew the head to the body

Head

Using White

Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Round 3: dc, inc. Repeat around (18)

Round 4: dc x2, inc. Repeat around (24)

Round 5: dc x3, inc. Repeat around (30)

Round 6: dc x4, inc. Repeat around (36)

round 7: dc x5, inc. Repeat around (42)

Rounds 8-16: dc around (42)

Round 17: dc x5, inv dec. Repeat around (36)

Round 18: dc x4, inv dec. Repeat around (30)

Round 19: dc x3, inv dec. Repeat around (24)

Round 20: dc x2, inv dec. repeat around (18)

Fasten off yarn and sew in tail

Muzzle

Using White

Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Round 3: dc, inc. Repeat around (18)

Round 4: dc around (18)

Fasten off yarn, leaving a long tail to sew the muzzle to the head

Insert safety eyes on Round 12 of the head, 6 stitches apart (make sure the muzzle will fit between the eyes before you place the backs on). Stuff the head.

Insert the safety nose between Rounds 1 and 2 of the muzzle, sew to the head between Rounds 12-18, lightly stuff before sewing closed

Sew the head and body together

Ears – make two

Using White

Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Rounds 3-5: dc around (12)

Round 6: dc, inv dec. Repeat around (8)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew ears to the head between rounds 9 -11

Heart

Using Red

Round 1; 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Round 3: dc, inc. Repeat around (18)

Rounds 4-5: dc around (18)

Fasten off – weave in the end but do not cut off yarn tail (you will need this later). Repeat rounds 1-5 for but do not fasten off

Joining heart ‘bumps’

Round 6: dc in each stitch of bump one – this is the first bump you made/the bump the yarn is not attached to – 18 stitches. Dc in each stitch of bump two – 18 stitches (36)

Round 7: dc around (36)

Using the yarn tail leftover from bump one, sew together any gaps left over from joining the bumps. Weave in the end and cut off

Round 8: dc x4, inv dec. Repeat around (30)

Round 9: dc around (30)

Round 10: dc x3, inv dec. Repeat around (24)

Round 11: dc around (24)

Round 12: dc x2, inv dec. Repeat around (18)

Round 13: dc around (18)

Begin stuffing, adding more as you go on

Round 14: dc, inv dec. Repeat around (12)

Round 15: dc around (12)

Round 16: inv dec around (6)

Finish stuffing and sew closed, fasten off yarn

Sew the heart to the bears stomach

Arms – make two

Using White

Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Rounds 3-17: dc around (12)

Fasten off yarn

Stuff the lower part of the arms, sew the end of each arm closed and sew to the body below the neck on an angle. Use thread to sew the arms to the heart as if the bear is holding on to it.

Tail

Using White

Round 1: 6dc in a magic ring (6)

Round 2: inc x6 (12)

Round 3: dc around (12)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the tail to the back of the body

And done! I’d love to see your Valentine bear so please tag me if you post on Instagram or post in our Facebook group (linked above). You can also email me at lyndascraftroom@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose

Happy 2021

Hello! This feels like an all too familiar January blog post where I say how I’m going to make an effort with my blog in the coming year (I then fail within a week). This time I am hoping it will be different as both myself and my bestie Lisa from The Wee House of Crochet (don’t tell her I said that) have promised that this year we are going to make a better effort with everything from designing, hosting workshops along side The Sanctuary, controlling our yarn stashes as well as being the all round good eggs we try to be lol. So for me this includes using my blog for what I intended when I set it up – posting free patterns, reviewing new yarns (a blatant excuse to buy the yarn obviously), posting my craft hauls and anything I make. Doesn’t sound too difficult does it!

I don’t feel like 2020 was that productive from a craft perspective, being in lockdown for a good portion of it means my head tells me that I had a lot of extra time that I could have used for making things, designing etc. That being said I did design three CAL blankets with Lisa (Pandemonium – a stash buster designed during lockdown, Baby Pandemonium – a smaller version of Pandemonium and The Christmas CAL). It’s a strange thing to design blankets together when we can’t see each other to discuss etc, it never occurred to us to plan zoom discussions lol. Once restrictions lifted we also started The Crochet Sanctuary Podcast (the most unprofessional thing you’ll ever listen to but you’ll love it!), our schedule for it is all over the place at the moment for obvious reasons but hopefully once things settle down we will get on track.

I think I’m probably being a little harsh on myself in regards to my productivity, I wouldn’t judge anyone else for how they managed to get themselves through 2020 so I should give myself a break. I’m currently trying to get myself back in to the habit of posting on my social media (I’ve spent months avoiding it as it was messing with my anxiety but now I’m in the headspace to work on it) so I’ve made myself some lists, hand written on beautiful stationery to keep me on track.

Fingers crossed for a productive 2021, hopefully it will be filled with blog posts, Crochet Sanctuaries, yarny road trips, podcasts and all the crafts!

You’ll Float Too

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Hello!

It’s been an awful long time since I’ve posted hasn’t it! I’m trying to be much more organised but I’m not making any promises lol. My first official finish of 2020 was inspired by this awesome IT balloon lamp I received for Christmas, I was so excited by it that I started doodling the pattern in my notebook that evening and I started stitching on boxing day! If you fancy making your own here’s what you need (including the free downloadable pattern)

  • 14 count aida measuring 15x20cm (I use Siesta bar frames to hold my fabric, not a hoop. If you choose to use a hoop you will need a larger piece of fabric.
  • DMC thread in blanc, 310 and 666
  • Double sided tape
  • White card
  • 10×15 black Fiskbo frame from Ikea
  • You’ll Float Too cross stitch pattern

Once you have finished stitching cut a piece of card to fit inside your frame, trim the stitching until the size matches your piece of card (with the image in the middle) Use the double sided tape to stick the fabric to the piece of card and insert into the frame. (This stitch is also a perfect size to make into a card)

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I would love to see your stitches so tag me on Instagram, use #lyndascraftroom or drop me an email lyndascraftroom@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx

 

 

Friday round up 18/01/2019

Happy Friday! I’m finally crawling out from the cloud of flu I’ve been under for this past week or so, I’m so glad because I had to miss crochet group last week and I was gutted. I’ll be there tomorrow so back to normal.

I’ve actually had 2 finishes this week! The first one is this adorable Gumball Machine from Super Cute Design. For a change I actually used the recommended yarn (Scheepjes Catona)  though I did make all of the gumballs turquoise to give it a Crochet Sanctuary vibe!

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My second completed project is Mabel bunny from Wool Couture, this was a project from one of our Crochet Sanctuary weekends and I decided it was time to get it finished so I could gift it. I haven’t taken any pictures of it yet as I’m hoping to take some outside and today isn’t a good day for it (we have some weird snow and rain mix happening).

I always have a good clean up in my craft room during January, I go through my stash and take anything out I’m not going to use and go through all my WIPS from the previous year. I then decide what I am going to keep and finish, then what I will frog or bin. So far I have binned one, frogged two and brought one downstairs to work on in spare minutes (a c2c bunny cushion) I’m also working on something for the February Sanctuary so I obviously can’t share until after the fact! Both Lisa and I are really excited about Feb, it’s our Birthday month and we have some fantastic things planned for our guests.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose

Happy New Year!

Well it’s January 1st! I really hope I do a better job of blogging this year as 2018 wasn’t exactly full of posts. I haven’t even managed to post about our first one day Crochet Sanctuary or our workshop at Amanda Blooms Grand Sale! (this was largely down to an ME flair up from overdoing it that weekend, I’m only just getting over it really. I’ll gather my photos and post about them soon though).

Today I went for a long walk with my lovely other half to Wigg Island nature reserve in Runcorn, I’ve wanted to take photos of my latest amigurumi finish for a while but the weather has been shocking whenever I’ve had the time. Inside photos would have been no good for Luna the Fox!

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Pattern is: Fibi the Fox by Lalylala

Yarn is: Womens Institute soft and smooth aran (though two of the colours I have used are discontinued)

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To make her huge I decided to hold the yarn double stranded, boy did it hurt my hands after a while but I love her! I decided not to make her a scarf seen as it would take an age so I browsed through my scarf box to find her something suitable.

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I often walk around the local nature reserves with a bag of amigurumis to take photos of but today was certainly an experience for me (she is way to big to put in a bag and I had several children pointing at me and staring as I carried her lol). I managed not to drop her in any mud so today was a win.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynda-Rose xx