Little Teddy Bear

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and I just had to give it a try. This cutie is the Little Teddy Bear from the book Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Amigurumi by Tomoko Takamori.

There were a couple of aspects with the book worth noting (I didn't buy it, I borrowed it from my library). The patterns are written using an interesting mix of words and symbols that I hadn't seen before but they were explained well in the book and I found this method easy to read and follow. The biggest problem was missing instructions. Both the arms and legs were incomplete -- an additional 8 rows had to be added for each. A search on the internet for the answer found that other patterns in the book had errors too and for many people it was a frustrating aspect of the book. The assembly instructions were VERY clear and precise and I appreciated that because it's not my favorite part of making stuffed animals.

  • I used scraps of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. Other people report successfully using Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Caron Simply Soft.
  • Because Super Saver is stiff, I threw all the parts into a laundry bag and washed them before assembly.
  • I used a H hook and it turned out fine but a G hook would work too (producing a slightly smaller bear)
  • The eyes are 9mm solid black eyes with a washer back from Darice.
  • He measure 8" (stretched out) from the tip of his ears to the bottom of his feet and 6" high when sitting.

    I think he's just the cutest and he joins "the boys" who sit on the bookshelf overlooking my desk!

    My Ravelry project page for Little Teddy Bear.


    Heather said...

    Aww, so cute! I want to pick up my hooks again and try amigurami!

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