Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Toy for Baby

What was I thinking???


That's what I said to myself when I got to this point of the project.


But a spritz of water, a lot of steam, and a few pins later and all pieces were blocked into submission. What was once a mess was now manageable. And though the sewing up takes time, the result sure is cute.


Teddy Bear
Source: Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool
Color: 126 Nature's Brown
Needles: US 3
Size: About 8" tall from ear to toe

The challenge of this project is not to become impatient with the amount of time it takes to sew up something so small. Start out knowing you won't just "whip it up" and you'll be fine.

The pattern isn't exactly clear about what method to use for sewing until you get to the arms. Use backstitch for the entire body for a neat and sturdy seam.

I hesitated momentarily before I cast on my next project. I almost talked myself out of it...but here I go again.


This time in a different color.

17 comments:

  1. What a cute Teddy bear! It looks so soft and comforting. I'm sure the blessed recipient will adore it! Nice work.

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  2. Adorable! I never could have dealt with all of those pieces! Hats off to you! I also love these bear patterns:
    http://blueskyalpacas.com/pattern_detail.php?patterns_ID=2
    http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/patterns/bitsy_bear.php
    http://www.bearbrain.com/pages/bbe03pic.html
    (can you tell that I like to make toys, and that my munchkins like them too!)

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  3. You are brave, but the results of hard work are worth it. So cute!!

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  4. Oh wow! I was thinking of "whipping this up" for niece of mine. Maybe I'll change that to a Christmas goal. :)
    It is adorable though.

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  5. So cute!! You definately have patience to sew it up though!

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  6. Darling! And shows your skill and patience. I would have cheated and found a way to knit it in the round. Of course sometimes you need those seems but I would have cheated anyway.

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  7. Anonymous3:31 PM

    Vivian Hoxbro has a free teddy bear pattern on her website www.viv.dk that I have made several times. Very easy and cute. Almost no sewing.
    Kim

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  8. It's adorable but way too fiddly for me!

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  9. I love those English patterns for toys and the designers for that matter, but all of their designs are in little pieces. I do it anyway because I love the end result just like you. I always think that I should have knit that in the round when I finish.

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  10. It's very sweet. I hope you think it was worth the trouble, I certainly think so.

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  11. What an adorable teddy bear.....and your soakers were adorable as well. I have a friend having a baby soon...those soakers may be a great gift idea.
    I recently found your blog and just love visiting. Thanks for sharing....
    Deb
    Maine

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  12. Seeing all those pieces to be seamed reminds me of those gnomes I make. It can be kind of a pain, but the result is worth it for such a cute litte bear!

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  13. That is so cute! I wish I had the patience for doing that.

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  14. Of course, I love your little teddy bear. It is so daunting to have all of those little pieces, especially before they are blocked. He is darling

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  15. Lovely. It is a nice pattern. It brings a smile to my face. Can't wait to see the next project. :)

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  16. Very cute! I have crocheted some amigurumi animals, but not tried my hand at knitting any yet. Thanks for showing the process photos and not just the finished product.

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  17. Very cute! I haven't tried this yet, but it looks like fun.

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~Tracy