Free Pattern: Gift Pocket Bear

In honor of Grandparent’s Day, I’m sharing this free pattern for the Gift Pocket Bear. My maternal grandmother taught me to crochet and she used to crochet adorable bears way before amigurumi was popular, so this seems a fitting homage. Of course, you can use this bear to spice up a gift card for anyone, or for any occasion.

This pattern was originally published on the Galler Yarns blog, which is no longer available. Enjoy the pattern!

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Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Gift Pocket Bear Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50 US terms 503-light 50This bear makes a great addition to a gift card or cash gift and serves as gift wrap. 

Finished Size: 10 in (25 cm) length.

Materials

  • Galler Yarns Flore II (1.75 oz/50 g/100 yd/91 m/75% kid mohair, 15% wool, 10% nylon/light weight) – 2 skeins 106 (Main Color), or approximately 200 yd (183 m) of any light weight yarn
  • Galler Yarns Flore II – 1 skein each in 015 (CB), 023 (CC), 077 (CD), and 101 (CE), or approximately 100 yd (91 m) in each of 4 colors in any light weight yarn
  • E-4/3.5 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 safety eyes (10.5 mm)
  • Stitch markers or scrap yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Fiber filling

Gauge: Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show. 

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • BL – back loop only
  • CB – Color B
  • CC – Color C
  • CD – Color D
  • CE – Color E
  • ch – ch
  • ea – each
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has a great tutorial here.
  • MC – Main Color
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Rep instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • Position of increases alternate throughout to keep the project more rounded.
  • Head, neck, ears, muzzle, arms, and neck/body are worked in spirals without joining. Place stitch marker in last st of each Rnd and move up at the end of each Rnd.
  • Legs are crocheted flat in rows.

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Pattern Instructions

Head

  • Beginning at back of head, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring. PlanetJune has a great tutorial for the magic ring here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in ea of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 3 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: *Sc in ea of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *Sc in ea of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 7 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *Sc in ea of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *2 sc in next st, sc in ea of next 9 sts; rep from * around. (66 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Sc in ea st around.
  • Rnds 13 & 14: Rep Rnd 12 twice.
  • Rnd 15: *Sc in ea of next 9 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 16: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 8 sts; rep from * around. (54 sts)
  • Rnd 17: *Sc in ea of next 7 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 18: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 6 sts; rep from * around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 19: *Sc in ea of next 5 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 20: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 4 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 21: *Sc in ea of next 3 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 22: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Fasten off.
Gift Pocket Bear, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter
Here’s a detail of the granny square pocket.

Ears (Make 2)

  • Beginning at center of ear, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *2sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in ea of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Muzzle

  • With CB, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tail tightly to close ring, place marker. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea st around. (12sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 3 once, changing to MC in last yo of final st of Rnd.
  • Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 3 once.
  • Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 3 once.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Arms (Make 2)

  • With MC, repeat instructions for head through Rnd 3, place stitch marker.
  • Sc in each st around until arms measure approximately 1.5” (3.8 cm) from marker.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining.

Neck, Body, and Legs

  • Beginning at the neck, in MC with a long yarn tail for joining, ch 18, join with sl st to first ch, being careful not to twist.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same and in ea st around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Sc in ea st around.
  • Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (27 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 5: *Sc in ea of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 5. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 5. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 2. Place stitch marker.
  • Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 2 until body measures approximately 2” (5 cm) from marker.
  • Rnd 11: *Sc in ea of next 6 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *Invdec, sc in ea of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *Sc in ea of next 4 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 14: Rep Rnd 2.
  • Rnd 15: *Sc in ea of next 8 sts, invdec; rep from * around. (36 sts) Do not fasten off.

Shape first leg

  • Row 1: Sc in ea of next 17 sts. (17 sts)
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in ea st across.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 4: Rep Row 2 until leg measures approximately 2” (5 cm) from marker, ending on the wrong side (inside).
  • Row 5: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * across. (13 sts)
  • Row 6: Rep Row 3.
  • Row 7: Turn, ch 1, *invdec, sc in ea of next 2 sts; rep from * across to last st, sc. (10 sts)
  • Row 8: Rep Row 3.
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail for joining and seaming.

Shape second leg

  • Row 1: With MC, join with sl st to body in third st from first leg, ch 1, sc in ea of next 17 sts. (17 sts)
  • Rows 2-8: Rep Rows 2-8 as for first leg.

Gift Pocket Square

  • With CC, ch 3. Join with sl st to form ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout), (2 dc, ch 2) in ring, *(3 dc, ch 2) in ring; rep from * twice more, join with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off CC.
  • Rnd 2: With CD, join with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-2sp, dcBL in ea of next 3 sts, *7 dc in next ch-2 sp, dcBL in ea of next 3 sts; rep from * twice more, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, change to CE while joining with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off CD.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, *scBL in ea of next 9 sts, 3 dc in next st; rep from * twice more, scBL in ea of next 9 sts, change to CC while joining with sl st to top of ch-3. Fasten off CE.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, *3 dc in next st, scBL in ea of next 11 sts; rep from * twice more, 3 dc in next st, scBL in ea of next 10 sts, join with sl st to top of first sc. Fasten off CE with long yarn tail for joining.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Match 6 stitches on the ear to 6 stitches at the top of head. With yarn needle, whipstitch ear to head, going across the stitches on front and then back of the ear. Repeat with other ear.
  • Slide safety eyes into position between stitches on the head, above the muzzle opening. When you are satisfied with position, insert washer until it clicks.
  • Position neck at bottom of head so it is centered relative to eyes and ears. Join the neck on the bottom of the head with the yarn needle and whipstitch.
  • Stuff head and muzzle. With yarn needle, join muzzle to the head with whipstitch around, matching sts on head to sts on muzzle.
  • Stuff arms. Position arms at side of body in top quarter of body. With yarn needle, join with whipstitch.
  • Stuff neck and body. Position gift pocket square towards bottom of the body, about 1-2 rows above the legs. Join with yarn needle and whipstitch on 3 sides, leaving top of the square open to form a pocket.
  • Fold first leg in half. Using yarn needle, sew sides together until approximately 0.5” (1.3 cm) from body. Stuff leg and then finish sewing up sides, adding stuffing as necessary. Join leg to body with a whipstitch in unworked sc on the body. Repeat with other leg.
  • Cut approximately 12” (30.5 cm) of CB. Thread yarn needle. Starting 1-2 rounds below muzzle join, stitch around the surface of the crochet stitches to form a smile.
  • Weave all remaining ends into body. Trim ends.

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© 2012, 2014 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2014/09/07/free-pattern-gift-pocket-bear/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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