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Bitsy Bear

Designed by Yvonne Boucher

Bitsy is knit using stockinette (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) and garter stitch (knit every row). Clothes are finished with simple crochet stitches: single crochet, double crochet and chain. Pieces are joined using mattress stitch or, if you prefer, backstitch one stitch in from edge. Finished doll is about 9" tall.

Gauge: 26 stitches= 4 inches

Materials:
      Knitting worsted:
      Bear-3 oz brown
      1 snap for back of pinafore
      1 bag polyester fiberfil
      Panties-1/2 oz white
      Pinafore/Headband- 1 oz pink
      Knitting needles size 3 or size needed to knit to gauge
      Crochet hook size D (Note: Use whatever size hook that will allow you to crochet around edges without drawing them up or creating ripples.)

Abbreviations:
      K = knit
      P = purl
      tog = together
      inc = increase ( knit in the front and back of the same stitch)
      st = stitch
      YO = yarn over (yarn forward)
      sc = single crochet
      dc = double crochet
      Ch = chain

Bear

Leg: *With brown cast on 15 sts. First row: Increase in every st. (30 sts)
Starting with a purl row, stockinette 7 rows. **
      Next row: K 6, K 2 tog 4 times, K to end of row. Next row: Purl
      Next row: K6, K 2 tog 2 times, K to end of row. Starting with a purl row, stockinette 15 rows. Put stitches on a spare needle.

Second leg: Repeat instructions from * to **
      Next row: K 16, K 2 tog 4 times, K 6. Next row: Purl.
      Next row: K 16, K 2 tog 2 times, K 6. Starting with a purl row, stockinette 15 rows.
      Next row: Knit across stitches on needle, knit across stitches on spare needle. You should now have both legs on the same needle and 48 stitches. Mark each end of this row with a piece of colored yarn.

Body: Starting with a purl row, stockinette 23 rows.

Decrease for neck: K 2 tog across row. (24 sts) Starting with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows.

Increase for head: Inc in every stitch. (48 sts)

Head: Starting with a purl row, stockinette 23 rows.

Shape top of head:
      *K 4, K 2 tog*. Repeat from * to * across row.
      Next row: Purl
      *K 3, K 2 tog*. Repeat from * to * across row.
      Next row: Purl.
      *K 2, K 2 tog*. Repeat from * to * across row.
      Next row: Purl.
      *K 1, K 2 tog*. Repeat from * to * across row.
      Next row: Purl
      Next row: K 2 tog across row
      Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through stitches remaining on needle. Pull up tight and fasten off. Match yarn markers and sew back seam to markers leaving a gap for stuffing. Sew inside leg seams.
      Fold foot so toes point forward and over sew cast on stitches together. Stuff firmly. Before closing gap in back seam make sure tummy is firm and rounded.
      Finish back seam.
      Cut a length of brown yarn about 20" long. Starting at back, weave through the stitches of the second row of neck. Pull up tightly to shape neck. Wrap one end of yarn around neck to cover gathering stitches. Again, pull up tightly. Tie yarn ends in knot, trim and bury ends in body.

Ear:
      With brown cast on 8 stitches.
      First row: K 1, inc in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1.
      Next row: Purl.
      Next row: K 1, inc in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1. (12 sts)
      Starting with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows.
      Nexr row: K 1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K 1.
      Next row: Purl.
      Next row: K 1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K 1.
      Next row: Purl. (8 sts)
      Next row: K 1, inc in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1.
      Next row: Purl.
      Next row: K 1, inc in next st, K to last 2 sts, inc in next st, K 1. (12 sts)
      Starting with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows.
      Next row: K 1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K 1.
      Next row: Purl.
      Next row: K 1, K 2 tog, K to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K 1. (8sts) Bind off.
      Fold ear in half with wrong side together. Over sew row ends. Oversew cast on and bound off stitches together. Sew ear to top of bear's head. Repeat for second ear.

Muzzle:
      With brown cast on 12 stitches. First row: Purl
      Next row: Inc in first st, K to last st, inc in last st.
      Next row: Purl
      Next row: Inc in first st, K to last st, inc in last st. (16 sts) Starting with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows.
      Next row: K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog. Next row: Purl
      Next row: K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog. (12 sts)
      Next row: Purl. Bind off.
      Center between ears with bottom about 2 rows above increases for head. Sew in place leaving a small gap for stuffing. Stuff firmly and close gap.

Face: Thread a long darning needle with black yarn. Mark position of eyes with pins. Bring yarn out at one eye position. Put needle through head up 2 rows in a direct line with first position. Bring needle out at first position and pull thread through. You have completed one stitch. Make 2 more in the same way. Move to second eye and finish in the same way.. Satin stitch nose to form a V. Nose is made at the top, center of muzzle. Make mouth with one 1ong stitch coming down from bottom of nose and 2 long stitches at the bottom of the first, one on each side. (See Picture)

Arm:
      With brown cast on 9 sts. First row: Inc in every st. (18 sts)
      Beginning with a purl row, stockinette 17 rows. Bind off. Make second arm in the same way. Stuff arms firmly. Sew to sides of bear at shoulder.

Panties
      With white cast on 28 stitches. Stockinette 6 rows.
      Next row: K 2 tog, K to last 2 sts, K 2 tog.
      Next row: P 2 tog, P to last 2 sts, P 2 tog.
      Repeat these 2 rows until you have 2 sts on needle. Starting with a purl row, stockinette 3 rows.
      Next row: Inc in first st, K to last st, inc in last st.
      Next row: Inc in first st, P to last st, inc in last st.
      Repeat these 2 rows until you have 28 sts on needle. Stockinette 6 rows. Bind off. Sew side seams. Put on Bitsy pulling up to waist.<.p>

Pinafore
      With pink cast on 100. Stockinette 4 rows.
      Next row: K 1, (K 2 tog, YO) across row, end YO, K 1.
      Starting with a purl row, stockinette 15 rows.
      Next row: K 2 tog across row. (50 sts)
      Next row: Bind off 20 stitches purlwise. Purl across remaining stitches.
      Next row: Bind off 20 sts knitwise. K across remaining 10 sts. These sts are the pinafore bib.
      Starting with a purl row, stockinette 7 rows. Bind off.

Finishing: Sew back seam leaving 1& 1/4" open at top. Turn up hem along picots and sew in place. With crochet hook, attach pink yarn to the top left corner of back opening with a slip stitch. Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each bound off stitch of pinafore waistband until you get to bib. Sc in row ends of bib to top corner stitch. Ch 51. Turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch. Sc in each bound off st of bib to corner st. Leave comer st unworked. Ch 51, turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch. Sc in comer st. Sc in in the unworked sts of bib and waistband. Sc down one side of back opening and up the other. End with slip stitch in top of first sc. Fasten off. Sew snap to top of back opening. Put on Bitsy and tie ties in a bow behind neck.

Headband With pink cast on 60 sts. K1, P 1 rib for 3 rows. Bind off in rib. Oversew ends together.

Bow: With pink cast on 6 sts. Stockinette for 12 rows. Bind off. Gather and tie center of piece to make a bow shape. Attach to headband.

© Copyright 2002 Yvonne Boucher