March 10, 2012

Bear Brooch - Free Crochet Pattern


Hello! I'm here today to share a free crochet pattern with you! This is a super simple pattern for a cute little bear brooch. To make this you will need to know how to crochet into a ring and how to make a single crochet stitch. That's it! Super simple. To get started you will need a few supplies....
Supplies:

-Brown fingering weight yarn - I used a locally made 100% alpaca yarn
-3.75 mm crochet hook
-Small amount of black yarn or embroidery thread - I used wool yarn
-1 small bow - I buy the ready made kind, you can find these in the ribbon section at most craft stores or could can make your own
-1 1inch brooch back
-2 eyes - I used small black beads but you can use safety eyes, beads or black felt
-Tapestry needle
-Needle and thread
-Stitch markers
-A small amount of fluff - poly fill, yarn scraps, cotton balls...
-A piece of cardboard at least 2"x2" - I cut mine from a cereal box
Instructions

Head (make 2 - a front and a back)
CH 6 into a ring (magic  ring technique)
Rnd 1 - 2SC in each SC around (12sts)
Rnd 2 - *2SC in first SC, SC in next st. Repeat from * around (18sts)
Rnd 3 - *2SC in first SC, SC in next 2 sts. Repeat from * around (24sts)
Rnd 4 - *2SC in first SC, SC in next 3 sts. Repeat from * around (30sts)
Rnd 5 - *2SC in first SC, SC in next 4 sts. Repeat from * around (36sts)
Rnd 6 - *2SC in first SC, SC in next 5 sts. Repeat from * around (42sts)
Slip Stitch to finish off, leave a 12 inch tail and cut yarn.
You only need to leave a 12 inch tail on one of your 2 circles, for the second one just leave a short tail.

Ears (make 2)
CH 6 into a ring (magic ring technique)
Rnd 1 - 2SC in each SC around (12sts)
Rnd 2 - *2SC in first SC, SC in next st. Repeat from * around (18sts)
Slip Stitch to finish off, leave a 12 inch tail and cut yarn.
Fold the circle in half and whip stitch it together. Do not cut left over yarn tail.

Muzzle
CH 6 into a ring (magic ring technique)
Rnd 1 - SC in each SC around (6sts)
Rnd 2 - SC in each SC around (6sts)
Slip Stitch to finish off, leave a 12 inch tail and cut yarn.
Use the black yarn/embroidery thread to stitch on a small black nose, tie a knot to secure it and trim excess.

Assembly
(you can click the photo above to make it larger if you need to)

1. Hold the 2 head circles together, right sides out. Using the 12" tail, whip stitch them together until you have about half stitched up and half open. Then stop whip stitching but do not cut yarn.
2. Now that the head is stitched half way together you can attach the ears. Using the long tail you left on the ear, sew in the seam you created when you stitched the 2 head pieces together. You can position them anywhere you like just leave a 1" space between the ears. Secure them with a knot and trim excess yarn.
3.Next sew on the muzzle, make sure while sewing this part that you only stitch through the front circle.  I didn't stuff mine but you can if you want to. Stitch the muzzle on where ever you think looks best but be sure to keep it centered between the ears. I positioned mine directly in the center of the face. Secure the muzzle with a knot and trim excess yarn.
4. Attach the eyes and sew on the bow.
5. Sew on the brooch back being careful to stitch through the back circle only. Tie a few knots to make sure the brooch back is nice and secure!
6. Now cut a circle from the cardboard just a little smaller than your bear head. The purpose of the cardboard is to help the brooch lie flat on your cardigan (or where ever) when you wear it. Put the cardboard in the bear head, make sure that it is small enough that you can still stitch the head closed if not cut it a little smaller until you get it just right. Now add just a bit of fluff. Make sure to put the fluff in front of the cardboard. Don't over stuff, just add a very small amount to help give the bear a little shape.
Finish whip stitching the head closed until there is no opening. Tie a knot, trim and work away the yarn end.
Yay! Now you're done!


I hoped you enjoyed making this little bear brooch! If you have any questions about it or notice any confusing bits or typos just leave them in the comments section below and I will respond with any help I can offer!

(This is a free pattern and is for personal use only, this pattern is NOT for commercial use. Meaning you are free to make as many as you like, display or share the pattern or finished item as long as you credit me or link back to this post. You may not sell this pattern or finished product made from it)

12 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous bear and very clear instructions , thanks so much !

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  2. Lovely!
    Thank you for sharing this pattern!

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  3. OMGad!!! this is the cutest! I am completely and totally making this. thanks for sharing the pattern!

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  4. I like this little bear! Thank you! Paola

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  5. Awww, just saw this via craftgawker, its so cute, makes me want to attempt to crochet again!

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    1. Thanks!! You totally should give crochet another try :)

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    2. its lovely, I am totally going to make it :)

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  6. Thank you so much, he is lovely

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  7. Very cute! I definitely want to make one for myself ^___^

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