Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern

Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern

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Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern

Benedict the Bear completes a set of three free amigurumi patterns inspired by The Wizard of Oz – Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The other two patterns include Laurence the Lion and Thomas the Tiger. Check out the last photo in the album below to see these three amigos together!

I dragged my feet creating a bear pattern because there are tons of free teddy bear amigurumi patterns out there already and I thought I would be underwhelmed by the result. Boy, was I wrong! Benedict turned out so stinking cute and makes a great addition to my amigurumi pattern collection. 🙂

  • Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern
  • Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern
  • Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern
  • Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern
  • Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern
Benedict the Bear Free Amigurumi Pattern
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Benedict the Bear

Height: 13.5" standing
Skill Level: Intermediate
Ravelry: Benedict the Bear

If you can bear the cuteness, Benedict would love to be your friend. Pop by to say hello next time you're in his neck of the woods!

Supplies

Yarn (acrylic, weight 4)

Notes

Abbreviations
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: 2sc increase
dec: invisible decrease
BLO: back loop only

Attaching with thread vs. yarn tail
For a cleaner look on the snout, I opted to cut a short tail, weave it in, and attach it to the head with matching thread. However, you can also attach the snout using a yarn needle and the yarn tail. It's up to you!

Optional: Skip arm & leg pads
Instead of attaching separate arm and leg pads, you can simply start with cream yarn for rounds 1 - 3 on the arms, and rounds 1 - 4 on the legs, then switch to medium brown yarn for the remaining rounds. I prefer the look of the separate pads, but skipping them is definitely easier. 🙂

Regarding stitch markers
Note: The photos above show a fox, but the technique is the same for all of my patterns.
The pattern indicates to insert 4 different stitch markers in various places besides the one you use to track the beginning/end of each round.
I recommend using strands of yarn in 3 different colors as your stitch markers: Two strands in color 1 (blue) to mark where you will place each eye, Two strands color 2 (pink) to mark where you will start attaching each ear, and one long strand in color 3 (green) to track the beginning/end of each round.
The photos above demonstrate how to mark a stitch while crocheting a round: lay your strand of yarn acting as a marker over your working yarn and the stitch you'll be working into, then complete the stitch as normal.
You'll essentially be weaving the long strand in color 3 through your work with each round. On odd rounds you'll be laying the strand back-to-front, and on even rounds you'll be laying the strand front-to-back.
The advantage of using this technique is you'll have the beginning of every single round marked, which makes it much easier to find your place if you make a mistake. That said, It's perfectly fine to use a regular ol' safety pin-like marker to keep track of your rounds instead. 🙂

How to indent the eyes
Note: The video above shows a unicorn, but the technique is the same for all of my patterns.
Step 1 – Cut a strand of yarn approximately 18" long. Tie a large, secure knot in one end and thread the other end through your yarn needle.
Step 2 – Insert your needle through the back opening of the head and sew between the two spots where you'll be placing your safety eyes (marked with your color 1 stitch markers).
Step 3 – Pull your strand of yarn taut, which will create indents.
Step 4 – Fasten off with a knot and hide your yarn tail inside the head.

Instructions

  • Be sure to read the "notes" section before proceeding.

Snout

  • With cream yarn:
    01. Chain 5 start: ch5, inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 2, 5sc in the last ch. Continue on the other side of the chain base, sc 2, 3sc in the last ch [14]
    02. inc, sc 4, *inc* 3 times, sc 4, *inc* 2 times [20]
    03. inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc, inc, sc 6, *inc* 2 times, sc [26]
    04. inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times, inc, sc 8, *inc, sc* 2 times [32]
    05. inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 2, inc, sc [38]
    06 - 07. sc in each st around [38]
    08. sc in each st around, dec last 3 st together [36]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Nose

  • With dark brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. *sc, inc* [9]
    03. *sc 2, inc* [12]
    04. *sc 3, inc* [15]
    05. *sc 4, inc* [18]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

Head

  • With medium brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
    05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
    06. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 5 times, sc 2 [36]
    07. *sc 5, inc* [42]
    08. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 5 times, sc 3 [48]
    09. *sc 7, inc* 4 times, sc 5, insert marker color 1 into next sc (42nd st from start of round), sc 1, inc, sc 7, inc [54]
    10. sc 4, inc, sc 7, insert marker color 1 into next sc (14th st from start of round), inc, *sc 8, inc* 4 times, sc 4 [60]
    11 - 16. sc in each st around [60]
    17. sc 50, insert marker color 2 into the next sc, sc 9 [60]
    18. sc 9, insert marker color 2 into the next sc, sc 50 [60]
    19 - 20. sc in each st around [60]
    21. sc 4, dec, *sc 8, dec* 5 times, sc 4 [54]
    22. *sc 7, dec* [48]
    23. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
    24. *sc 5, dec* [36]
    25. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]

    The starting magic ring will be in the middle of the bear’s face, and the markers in rounds 9 and 10 are where you will place the eyes in a later step.

    Attach the snout to the head. Stuff the snout when attached ¾ around, then finish attaching. Attach the nose over the snout.

    Stuff head ¾ full. Next, create the indents for the eyes (see instructions at the bottom of the pattern). Insert eyes and secure backings.

    26. *sc 3, dec* [24]
    27. sc, dec, *sc 2, dec* 5 times, sc [18]
    28. *sc, dec* [12]

    Finish stuffing.

    29. *dec* [6]

    Cut working yarn and close with an ultimate finish.

Ears (make 2)

  • With medium brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
    05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
    06. sc in each st around [30]
    07. *sc 3, dec* [24]
    08. sc, dec, *sc 2, dec* 5 times, sc [18]
    09. *sc, dec* [12]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed. Attach each ear starting in your marked stitches, and each of the next 4 stitches on both sides.

Body

  • With medium brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
    05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
    06. sc 2, inc, *sc 4, inc* 5 times, sc 2 [36]
    07. *sc 5, inc* [42]
    08. sc 3, inc, *sc 6, inc* 5 times, sc 3 [48]
    09. *sc 7, inc* [54]
    10. sc 4, inc, *sc 8, inc* 5 times, sc 4 [60]
    11 - 17. sc in each st around [60]
    18. sc 4, dec, *sc 8, dec* 5 times, sc 4 [54]
    19. sc in each st around [54]
    20. *sc 7, dec* [48]
    21. sc in each st around [48]
    22. sc 3, dec, *sc 6, dec* 5 times, sc 3 [42]
    23 - 24. sc in each st around [42]
    25. *sc 5, dec* [36]
    26 - 27. sc in each st around [36]
    28. sc 2, dec, *sc 4, dec* 5 times, sc 2 [30]
    29 - 30. sc in each st around [30]
    31. *sc 3, dec* [24]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill.

Arms (make 2)

  • With medium brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
    05. BLO: sc in each st around [24]
    06 - 08. sc in each st around [24]
    09. sc 11, dec, sc 11 [23]
    10. sc in each st around [23]
    11. sc 21, dec [22]
    12. sc in each st around [22]
    13. sc 10, dec, sc 10 [21]
    14. sc in each st around [21]
    15. sc 19, dec [20]
    16. sc in each st around [20]
    17. sc 9, dec, sc 9 [19]
    18. sc in each st around [19]
    19. sc 17, dec [18]
    20. sc in each st around [18]
    21. sc 8, dec, sc 8 [17]
    22. sc in each st around [17]
    23. sc 15, dec [16]
    24 - 25. sc in each st around [16]
    26. *sc 2, dec* [12]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

Arm Pads (make 2)

  • With cream yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Legs (make 2)

  • With medium brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. sc, inc, *sc 2, inc* 5 times, sc [24]
    05. *sc 3, inc* [30]
    06. BLO: sc in each st around [30]
    07 - 09. sc in each st around [30]
    10. sc 14, dec, sc 14 [29]
    11. sc 27, dec [28]
    12. sc 13, dec, sc 13 [27]
    13. sc 25, dec [26]
    14. sc 12, dec, sc 12 [25]
    15. sc 23, dec [24]
    16. sc 11, dec, sc 11 [23]
    17. sc 21, dec [22]
    18. sc 10, dec, sc 10 [21]
    19. sc 19, dec [20]
    20. sc 9, dec, sc 9 [19]
    21. sc 17, dec [18]
    22. *sc 7, dec* [16]
    23. *sc 2, dec* [12]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly with fiber fill. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

Leg Pads (make 2)

  • With cream yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. *sc 2, inc* [24]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Tail

  • With medium brown yarn:
    01. start 6 sc into a magic ring [6]
    02. inc in each st around [12]
    03. *sc, inc* [18]
    04. *sc 2, inc* [24]
    05. *sc 2, dec* [18]
    06. *sc, dec* [12]
    07. *sc 2, dec* [9]

    Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Fold the top opening in half and slip stitch closed.

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