Knitting Series – Teddy Bear – Part 1

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I know what you asking….how old are you?Only grannies knit hun!!!Right……..Wrong!

My gran taught me how to knit (she tried and I failed dismally and the ball of wool and the needles were put away…far far away)then when I was in the 7th Grade my sweet dear Mrs Tarnow had us make a teddy bear, all brown with a yellow scarf if I recall – this too was a massive two thumbs down.

Sadly I wanted so much to have been the type of mom who had knitted something for her baby before their birth.I visualized massive holes everywhere and just didn’t have the courage to make anything for my babies. 🙁

Fast forward a good 20 years and here I am , working hard at this awesome job we call “MOM” and all the job descriptions it comes with..Well last year this job description also needed the “Knitting” box ticked off.My son was in 1st Grade and there was a request for moms to knit teddies for the Teddy Bear Clinic ,  a comfort for children who have been raped and abused.How could I say no?I accepted my own challenge and went out and bought a few balls of wool along with some knitting needles and I began.I had to read from a pattern , something I hadn’t done in 20 odd years.I mean all I remember was the knitting lingo “knit stitch and pearl” but I tried my hardest.

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This is my 1st attempt – hubby says the poor guy needs a horse now as he looks like he can easily mount a horse no problem with that wide gap between his legs.There was much disappointment from my part and loads of laughter from myself and everyone who say Eastwood the Bear.

I persevered and asked the teacher if I could see one of the teddies the other moms had made.What I got was a perfect example, beautifully made it was just too cute and thanks to that mom it restored my confidence and I went out and bought a few more balls of wool.FYI: I bumped into said knitting mom outside the school one afternoon and asked her a few questions with regards to knitting, this amazing mom knits one of this teddies in 3 days (at the time she had a teen, a 1st grader and a baby at her hip) #amazingmom

To date I’ve made 12 or 13 teddies and I’m very proud.They lots of fun (oddly I have to agree with Julia Roberts and say its pretty relaxing) and they got to a really great cause.

Here how we get started:

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Step 1:

Go shopping – always a great start if you ask me.Any good habby will have what you looking for Chamdor in Edenvale is pretty good as is Habby Hyper in Alberton.

You will need:

x3 Balls of wool – Go crazy see which colours match , get one ball thats multicoloured or has glitter specks etc (this will be for the jersey)chunky wool is best – don’t even think about those thinner balls of wool unless you use smaller needles.

If you haven’t got knitting needles now is the time to get them – I bought both 3.5mm and 4mm

Stuffing – the hypo allergenic kind

A teddy nose and two eyes – the kind that has those button locks so little mouths cant chew them out or swallow them.

x1 Stitch Holder aka as a Knitting Pin (Looks like a giant safety pin)

Step 2:

i selected the yellow for teddy’s body and thats where we start.

Cast on 12 stitches.

I’ve posted links to you tube videos to assist you if need be.

Then you going to start –  15 KNIT stitch rows for the foot.

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Then its onto the leg – I used the grey ball of wool and thats 40 rows

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Once you have done the 40 Rows –  snip – feed it into a Stitch Holder aka Knitting/crochet pin

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You also get ones like this

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Happy knitting guys

 

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