Care Bear Jar

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I made this so I would have something to store my googly eyes in. The original jar was a bit boring so I thought a little bit of crochet couldn’t hurt πŸ™‚

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This pattern uses yellow, orange and white 8ply wool and a 4 mm hook. It is written in American crochet notation. The care bear is about 17 cm tall.

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Body

With yellow wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 7: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 9: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Round 10: sc in the first eight stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 11: sc in the first nine stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (66 stitches)

Round 12: sc in the first ten stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (72 stitches)

Rounds 13 – 23: sc in each stitch (72 stitches)

Round 24: sc in the first ten stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (66 stitches)

Round 25: sc in the first nine stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 26: sc in the first eight stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (54 stitches)

Round 27: sc in the first seven stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 28: sc in the first six stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 29: sc in the first five stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 30: sc in the first four stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (30 stitches)

Put the jar into the crochet and stuff around it

Round 31: sc in the first three stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (24 stitches)

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Head

Round 32: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 33: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 34: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 35: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 36: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Rounds 37 – 40: sc in each stitch (54 stitches)

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Round 41: sc in the first seven stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 42: sc in the first six stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 43: sc in the first five stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 44: sc in the first four stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 45: sc in the first three stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (24 stitches)

Stuff around the jar

Round 46: sc in the first two stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (18 stitches)

Fasten off, weave in end.

 

Ears (make two)

With yellow wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: chain 1, turn, increase in each stitch (12 stitches).

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Legs (make two)

Chain 8

Round 1: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (7 stitches), then crochet downΒ the other side (another 7 stitches) (total of 14 stitches)

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Round 2: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next seven stitches, increase in the next stitch, sc in the last five stitches (16 stitches)

Round 3: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next stitch, increase in the next stitch, sc in the next 6 stitches, increase in the next stitch, sc in the next stitch, increase in the next stitch, sc in the last 4 stitches (20 stitches)

Rounds 4 – 5: sc in each stitch (20 stitches)

Round 6: (decrease two stitches together) x 4, sc in the next 12 stitches (16 stitches) – make sure you are decreasing over the narrow end of the foot

Round 7: (decrease two stitches together) x 4, sc in the next 8 stitches (12 stitches) – make sure you are decreasing over the same narrow end as before

Rounds 8 – 13: sc in each stitch (12 stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Arms

With yellow wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Rounds 5 – 7: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Round 8: decrease around (9 stitches)

Rounds 9 – 14: sc in each stitch (9 stitches)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

For the thumb – attach the wool to round 6, chain 2, dc in that spot, sc in the neighbouring spot in round 5, fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Tummy fur

With white wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 7: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Slip stitch, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Sun

With yellow wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Slip stitch, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Muzzle

With yellow wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Rounds 4 – 5: sc in each stitch (18 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Slip stitch, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Assembly

Stuff the arms, legs and muzzle and sew to the body. Sew the sun to the tummy fur. Sew the tummy fur, ears and googly eyes onto the bear. With orange or a darker yellow wool embroider the heart and three toe pads onto each foot. Embroider a face on the sun and some sun-rays. Embroider the heart-shaped nose and some freckles.

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When sewing stuff onto the bear, I found it easier to experiment by pinning the body parts on and moving them around until I found the best positions.

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Enjoy your utilitarian and stylish storage container πŸ™‚

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