Sunday, 5 December 2010

Free teddy bear sweater pattern from Soggibottom

Bears love Christmas.
For anyone who has time, you might like to knit your bear a new sweater.
The instructions are easy, even for a beginner, nothing too taxing and hard.
If you don't knit then I am sure you can find someone who can.
The sweater pattern is for a plain sweater, as your such an inventive lot out there I'm sure you can pattern your own much better than the one I have made for the Soggibottom Bear.

Here goes :-)

This is knitted in Double Knitting wool 50 grams is more than enough to give you a sweater for your bear.
It will fit a ted height approximately 38 (48, 58) cm. Or if you don't do cms. 15, 19, 23 inches high.
You need a pair of 3 1/4mm (U.S.A. 3) and a pair of 4mm (U.S.A. 6) needles. 2 press studs.
Tension. on 4 mm needles, 22 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm (stocking st).

Ready ?

With 3 1/4 needles cast on 39 (49,61) sts.
Rib six rows, K1,P1.
Next row is a increase row :- rib 2(2,3), *M1, rib 7(9,11) repeat from * to the last 2 (2,3) sts. M1 rib to end.
You should have 45(55,67) stitches .

Change to 4mm needles and work in stocking st, (starting with a knit row) knit until the back measure 6 (9,10) cm ending with a right side facing row. Knit two more rows.

Cast off 2(2,3) sts at beginning of the next 2 rows.
Work 2 more rows.
K1,sl1K,K1, psso, knit to last 3 sts, K2 together, K1.
Next row Purl. *
Repeat the last two rows until 19(23,27) sts remain ending with the right side facing for the next row.
K1,sl1K, K2together, psso,knit to the last 4 sts, K3 together, K1.
Next row, purl.
Slip remaining 15(19,23) sts onto a spare needle or holder.

The front is worked exactley the same as the back of the sweater until you come to *
Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 25(31,37) sts remaining ending with a decrease row.

To shape the neck :- P9(10,13), turn and complete this side first.
Continue to decrease 1 st at raglan edge on the next and every alt row as before, at the same time dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3(3,5) rows.
4(5,5) sts remain.
Keeping neck edge straight continue decreaseing at arm edge only until 3 sts remain. Dec 1 st at neck edge only on following alternate row. Cast off.
With right facing slip centre 7(11,11) sts onto a spare needle, rejoin yarn to neck edge of remaining 9(10,13) sts and purl to end.
Complete as for the first side from ** to end.

Sleeves. With 3 1/4 needles cast on 29(35,41) sts and work 3(5,5) rows in rib as for the back of the sweater.
Increase row :- Rib 1(2,1), *M1, rib 2; repeat from * to last 2(3,2) sts, M1, rib to end. 43(51,61) sts.
Change to 4mm needles and work in stocking st, starting with a knit row, until sleeves measure 4,(6,8) cm ending with a right side facing for the next row.
Shape raglan top. Cast off 2(2,3) sts at begining of next 2 rows.
Next row:- K1,sL1K, K1 psso, knit to last 3 sts, K2 together, K1.
Next row:- Purl.
Repeat the last 2 rows 3(3,4) times more. Slip remaining 5(7,7) sts onto a spare needle or holder.

To make up, press lightly, then with right side facing, using 3 1/14 needles knit across sts at the back of neck, decreasing 1 st at the centre, knit across sts at left sleeve top.
Knit up 7(9,11) sts down left front slope, knit across sts at centre front, kit up 7(9,11) sts up right front slope and knit across sts at right sleeve top. 45(,61,69) sts.
Work 3(4,5) rows in rib as for back.
Cast off in rib.

Join lower 3 cms of right back raglan seam. Join side and sleeve seams.

Back edging.
With right side facing and 3 1/4 mm needles starting at the top of the neckband knit up 19(,23,27) sts evenly along raglan edge of sleeve.
Work 3 rows in rib .
Cast off in rib.
Sew press studs evenly spaced along raglan opening.

Easy stuff .......

There is still time to enter the Soggibottom Birthday Giveaway... It ends at 6 p.m. G.M.T. December 7th 2010 . Drawn at 8 p.m.

Amie will be there, I promise.


Old Kitty said...

Wow!! What a lovely sweater for your teddy!! Yay!!! Thank you for the pattern!!! I haven't a clue how to knit but it looks good!!!
:-) Take care

Sue said...

What a sweet little sweater. I have several bare bears that could use a warm sweater. I think after the holidays, I'll knit one up. Thanks. We're waiting for the drawing with our fingers and paws crossed.

Myra said...

Cute sweater! Thanks for sharing the pattern!!!
What a fantastic photo of Amie! Love it! 8-)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

knitting or crocheting is all foreign to us,,, but we can see that it makes beautiful sweaters for the teddys.. How sweet. We bet you can do one in an hour!
oh yess,, its getting close....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY. we say it again!

Dolores said...

Bear looks splendid in his new sweater. Very Christmassy.

Allie said...

You're making me very sorry I can't knit, Midge- that sweater is gorgeous!

WendyCarole said...

a very nice jumper know several bears that would love one.

Thank you

Goodness me my word verication is bearking

Diana said...

I got into a muddle last night with the instructions for the sleeves. I had 61 stitches, decreased 2 x 3 stitches for the raglan top, then 5 x 2 stitches over the next 10 rows. This definitely does not leave me with 7stitches remaining. Nelson my one armed bear is getting worried that he might not have a jumper this winter - please can you advise?