I recently went on a kick of knitting some softies, AKA stuffed animals. I have some unassigned acrylic aran weight yarn in my stash, and that’s prime fodder for this type of project.
This one is the All-in-One Bear by Kate Turton. This guy is knit, as you might guess from the pattern name, all in one piece. It’s a pretty easy pattern to follow and knit up really quickly. It’s got an old-school feel and I like the proportions of the limbs to body and so forth. If I make it again, I might do the ears slightly differently so that they’re less triangle-y, but overall I’m quite pleased with this bear.
Here we have a Grey Teddy Bear, pattern by Lucy Sinkler and Chrissy Gardiner. This guy is a little larger than the first bear, and he has more shaping in his arms and legs. In theory, this is a good thing, but in practice I feel like the limbs just ended up looking a little lumpy. I do, however, like the ears on this bear.
And, finally, the Little Lion, pattern by Lion Brand. I think that this little guy turned out very well. I happened to have the right yarn colors on hand (look familiar?) and he knit up quite quickly. The pattern called for sewing on felt eyes and nose, but I prefer the look of yarn, so I just did it my way.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with how these all turned out. All of these are from free patterns I found on Rav, but I have a few books of softies patterns on hold at the library, so I’m hoping to make a few more. This is part of a renewed de-stashing effort as well as an attempt to knit different types of projects that I haven’t done much before. The lion will be a gift, but I’m looking for homes for the two bears. Any takers?