5 Little Monsters: Crocheted Bear Ornament

Crocheted Bear Ornament



One last Christmas in July post today. Although I will have a small gift idea, part of the Little Gifts Sew Along, to share tomorrow but it isn't specifically Christmas themed.


A few years ago I made a series of crocheted ornaments that all had the same shape but were different   Christmas characters. There was a Santa, a Snowman, a Penguin, and a Soldier. I have wanted to make a few more to add to the set but over the past couple of years I hadn't gotten around to it. As I was thinking of Christmas projects to share this year both in July and later in the year leading up to Christmas I thought maybe it was time to revisit that ornament collection.


I came up with a few designs that I will be sharing over the next few months but today I have a little Bear Ornament to share. A bear was always on my list of animals to include in the set eventually, I did have a hard time decided whether to make it a brown bear or white like a polar bear. I decided on brown but I still think a polar bear would be really cute, maybe with a blue scarf.


All of the ornaments have the same body shape, the only differences are the color changes. And the bear is super easy as far as that goes because there are none. Then they have pieces added to turn them into whatever character or animal we are making. The bear has arms, ears, a muzzle and a scarf.



One of the great things about ornament is that they take so little yarn that they are great for using up scraps. You can use any shade of brown, black or white to make the bears (or any color if you want a colorful bear) and any color of scrap for the little scarf.


They also work up really quick so that is a bonus too. There is a little bit of sewing to attach the arms, ears, and other parts, but nothing too complicated. Finish it off with a little stitching to make the face and add a hanger to the top.

How to Make a Crocheted Bear Ornament

Finished size about 4" tall

You will need:

Instructions:

Body

with brown yarn, begin with a magic ring

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)
Round 3: [1 sc in first stitch, 2 sc in next] repeat around (18 sc)
Round 4: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, 2 sc in next] repeat around (24 sc)
Round 5: [1 sc in first 3 stitches, 2 sc in next]repeat around (30 sc)
Rounds 6-9: 1 sc in each stitch (30 sc)
Round 10: [1 sc in first 3 stitches, sc2tog] repeat around (24 sc)
Round 11: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, sc2tog] repeat around, change to white yarn at the end of round (18 sc) 
begin stuffing and continue adding stuffing as needed to the end
Round 12: [1 sc in first stitch, sc2tog] repeat around, change to tan yarn at the end of the row (12 sc)
Round 13: 2 sc in each stitch (24 sc)
Round 14-16: 1 sc in each stitch (24 sc)
Round 17: [1 sc in first 2 stitches, sc2tog] repeat around (18 sc)
Round 18:[1 sc in first stitch, sc2tog] repeat around (12 sc)
Round 19: sc2tog, repeat around (6 sc)
Finish off

Arms

Make 2 arms
using brown yarn
Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)
Round 2: sc in each stitch, change to white yarn (6 sc)
Round 3: sc in each stitch, change to red yarn (6 sc)
Round 4-6: sc in each stitch (6 sc)
Finish off leaving long end for sewing


sew one arm to each side of the body along the neckline

Ears

make 2

with brown yarn, start with magic ring

ch 1, ch 5, pull to tighten, finish off leaving tail for sewing

Sew ears to top of head

Muzzle

with brown yarn (or lighter contrasting color)

ch 3

sc in 2nd ch, 4 sc in last ch, turning as you work to work in the opposite side of the ch, 3 sc in same stitch as first sc, slip st to first st to join (8 sc)

Stitch to the front of the head, low down by the neck

Scarf

with red yarn

ch 2

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook (1 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, turn, 1 sc  (1 sc )

Repeat for a total of 38 rows, or until your scarf is long enough to wrap around the bears neck with some hanging in front and behind the bear

Finish off, leaving long tail, weave in starting end, weave finishing about an inch or so up so that it hits where the scarf crosses over the shoulder when wrapped around the bears neck, stitch to secure and weave in

Embroider the Face

Use black embroidery floss (all 6 strands) to stitch eyes just above the muzzle, and a little nose and mouth on the muzzle. 

Add a hanger to the top of the ornament and it is ready to hang on the tree.



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