Sunday, 30 October 2016


crochet bag


I saw this lovely pin on Pinterest for a really cute little teddy and thought this was such a cute motif.  I had a client who liked the motif a lot, so I made a few of these motifs in different colour combinations.  However, we went a different way with the blanket, and I was left with these motifs.  Catch me wasting anything, when there’s always a way to ‘use everything’ (right? J)
So I have decided to use these motifs to jazz up the little bags I’ve been working on.  This will make a cute little pencil case for a little kid.

In this blog I’ve given instructions on making the little teddy bear motif, with an idea on how to make this into a blanket or use the motif to jazz up a bag (which is what I’ve done).  As usual, lots of choices and decisions for you.. and loads of fun too.

Here is the photograph that inspired me

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman millennium DK /4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4.5 mm crochet hook
(This pattern can be made in any yarn, including cottons. For similar thickness, I'd suggest Indian Laura knitting cotton yarn with a 3.5 or 4 mm crochet hook)

Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

How to join granny square motifs :

How to interchange colours : There are several ways to interchange colours when crocheting, and here are a two lovely self-explanatory links.

How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour :

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                             sp : Space                                 
sl-st : Slip stitch                                              hdc : Half Double Crochet
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                              ch : Chain
sk : skip                                                            trc : Treble/Triple crochet

Instructions for a teddy bear motif (Using U.S terminology)

 We will start with our first motif.  I suggest that you use at least two colours – one for the little teddy bear face and one for going all around, so that the face shows through.  We also need a little black yarn for the face features. 

Right, get your three yarns, two hands, one hook and let’s start.

Part 1 : Teddy Bear Motif

We will start our teddy bear motif from the nose and work out to the ears.  We will embroider in the eyes and mouth later.

Start Round 1 : (Using black) : with a magic circle and 8 sc in that circle.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Pull lightly together to completely close the circle.

Depending on the size of square you want, use a sc, hdc or dc from the following round.  I have used a hdc.
Round 2 : (Using face colour) : 2 hdc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (16 sts)

Round 3 : (Using face colour) : hdc in the 1st hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (24 sts)

Round 4 : (Using face colour) : hdc in the 1st 2 hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 2 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (32 sts)

Round 5 : (Using face colour) : hdc in the 1st 3 hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 3 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (40 sts)

Round 6 : (Using face colour) : hdc in the 1st 4 hdc ;
*2 hdc in the next hdc ; hdc in the next 4 hdc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (48 sts)

crochet bag

crochet bag

Our cute little teddy bear face is finished.  In our following round, we’ll add in the ears and at the same time start on the outlining shells for the face.
So we will be attaching the next colour that you are going to use for the round that goes around the face.  Keep that ready now.

*We will be using the face colour only for two shells that will make the ears of the teddy bear.  May I suggest that after you complete the 2nd ear, you fasten off your face colour yarn, and weave in that end while working the next colour. That said, you may decide to do all of this after you complete the round as well, and this does not affect the pattern at all.

Round 7 : (Using face colour) : sc in the 1st hdc ;
[ (sk next 2 hdc, 7 dc in the next hdc) , sk next 2 hdc, sc in the next hdc] ;
(Using next colour) : rep [to] once ;
(Using face colour) : rep [to] once ; *Fasten off face colour and weave in
(Using next colour) : rep [to] all around ;
join with a sl-st to the 1st hdc.  (8 shells)

OH MY GOD ! Doesn’t this look like a super cute little flower? Ah well, that’s another idea for you then J

Round 8 : (Using next colour) : hdc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 4, sk next 3 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 4, sk next 3 dc, hdc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st. (16 ch-4 sps)

You should have ended in the sc to the right of your teddy bear’s right ear
Round 9 : (Using next colour) : sc in the 1st sc ;
(hdc ; 2 dc ; 2 trc) all in the 1st ch-4 sp ; ch 2, [2 trc ; 2 dc ; 1 hdc] all in the next ch-4 sp ;
*{sc in the next sc ; 4 sc in the next ch-4 sp} ;
rep {to} once ; sc in the next sc ;
rep (to) once ; ch 2, rep [to] once* ; 
rep *to* 2 times ; rep {to} 2 times ;
join with a sl-st to the 1st st.  (square formed)

Last Round 10 : (Using next colour) : dc in the 1st 5 sts ;
*(2 trc ; ch 2, 2 trc) in the corner ch-2 sp ; dc in the next 5 sts ; [sk sc, dc in the next 4 sc] ; re[ [to] once ; sk next sc, dc in the next 5 dc* ;
rep *to* all round and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

We’ve completed the basic square for the cute little teddy bear.

Part 2 : Teddy Bear Eyes and mouth
The little black circle that we’d started with has made the nose of the teddy bear.  Using a French knot embroidery stitch work two little knots for the eyes.

From the centre point of the nose, working down, embroider a small rounded mouth for the teddy bear.

Neatly fasten off and glue down all loose ends of yarn.

Now what are you going to do with these motifs?  Make a blanket for a little kiddo?  Then read on

Part 3 : Joining the motifs
At the top of this blog, I’ve given several joining methods for motifs.  Please check through them and use the one that suits you best. 

Part 3 Optional : Jazzing up a bag
As you know, I’ve been working on jazzing up bags and have several blogs for this. For this, you’re actually getting a plastic bag that will then be covered by the motif.  So depending on how large your bag is and the size of your motif, you will work extra rows on either side of the motif to get it to the size of the bag.

Check out the other bags I’ve worked similarly with a motif in the centre – and have lots of fun creating.

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