Tutorial: how to make an amigurumi bear

The first tutorial of our super crafty Christmas is dedicated to the creation of a super cute bear, made using the amigurumi technique (or crochet, not to use Japanese). Featuring some of our winter yarns, the pattern has a low difficulty rating so anyone can have a go. This project is by Airali Design - Ilaria Caliri, a really gifted crocheter, designer and blogger who we just had to have on board this adventure, as she’s got an aesthetic sense that we’re crazy about!

We’ve got two versions of the amigurumi bear, a white one and a brown one and each wearing a different stripy scarf, which you can choose to copy these versions or indulge your whims and mix up other combinations. There’s a large selection of colours to choose from in the yarns available on our site.

And now get your needles at the ready and let’s get going with the tutorial on making the bear.

Tutorial: how to make an amigurumi bear

MATERIALS

For the White Bear:
Piuma yarn col. Natural White 200 g / 7 oz
Cyrcus yarn col. Black Cherry 100 g / 3.5 oz 
Cyrcus yarn col. Cotton Candy 100 g / 3.5 oz 

For Bruno Bear:
Piuma yarn col. Marrakech 200 g / 7 oz
Piuma yarn col. Ireland 100 g / 3.5 oz 
Piuma yarn col. Paradise 100 g / 3.5 oz
Crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US
Crochet hook n° 5 EU / H-8 US
Wool needle
Stitch markers
Synthetic wadding
2 pairs of 12 mm / 0.5" safety eyes
Black thread
Pompom maker of about 4.5 cm / 1.8" diameter

Recycled polyester wadding
White
500 g € 6,09
Piuma - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Natural White
1 pc. € 7,97
Piuma - 100 g - The Classics Collection
Marrakech
1 pc. € 7,97
Cyrcus - 100 g
Black Cherry
1 pc. € 11,79

CROCHET STITCHES USED
Chain
Slip stitch
Single crochet
Double crochet

ABBREVIATIONS
Ch - chain
Sts - stitch(es)
Sl st - slip stitch
Sc - single crochet
Dc - double crochet
Rep - repeat
[number] - number of stitches in the round or stripe


DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Low


SIZE
Height using the yarn indicated 28 cm / 11"


To make the amigurumi bear you need to work the body as one piece, starting from the legs up to the neck. Instead, all the other pieces will be worked separately and then sewn onto the body. We’ve used knitting abbreviations throughout the tutorial which you can find under the heading Stitches.


How to make the bear's head

Depending on which bear you choose to make, take the Piuma yarn in colour Natural White or Marrakech and get a crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US.

Round 1: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
round 2: 6 incs (12)
round 3: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following sts) rep 6 times (18)
round 4: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 2 sts) rep 6 times (24)
round 5: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 3 sts) rep 6 times (30)
round 6: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 4 sts) rep 6 times (36)
round 7: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 5 sts) rep 6 times (42)
round 8: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 6 sts) rep 6 times (48)
round 9: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 7sts) rep 6 times (54)
round 10: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 8 sts) rep 6 times (60)
round 11: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 9 sts) rep 6 times (66).

From the round 12 to the round 22 {11 rounds}: sc all the sts (66).

Round 23: (dec, sc in the following 9 sts) rep 6 times (60)
round 24: (dec, sc in the following 8 sts) rep 6 times (54)
round 25: (dec, sc in the following 7 sts) rep 6 times (48)
round 26: (dec, sc in the following 6 sts) rep 6 times (42).

Place the safety eyes between rounds 18 and 19 at about 15 cm / 6" apart.

Start stuffing the head and continue stuffing while you’re working.

Round 27: (dec, sc in the following 5 sts) rep 6 times (36)
round 28: (dec, sc in the following 4 sts) rep 6 times (30)
round 29: (dec, sc in the following 3 sts) rep 6 times (24).

Cut the thread leaving enough length for sewing.

With the black embroidery thread and a wool needle, embroider the nose between rounds 19 and 20 and the snout between rounds 21 and 22.


How to make the amigurumi bear's ears

Still using Piuma yarn in colour Natural White or Marrakech and a crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US start working as so:

Round 1: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
round 2: 6 incs (12).

From the round 3 to the round 5 {3 rounds}: sc all the sts (12).

Cut the thread leaving enough for sewing. Don’t stuff the ear, but instead flatten it into a semicircle shape. Sew the ears onto the side of the head between rows 8 and 12.


How to make the bear's legs

Continue using the yarn that you’ve chosen for the project and crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US.

Round 1: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
round 2: 6 incs (12)
round 3: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following sts) rep 6 times (18)
round 4: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 2 sts) rep 6 times (24)

From the round 5 to the round 8 {4 rounds}: sc all the sts (24).

Cut and secure the thread. Make the other leg but don’t cut the thread and continue working the body.


How to make the amigurumi bear's body 

Still using the chosen yarn and the crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US, continue working and put the second leg near to the first one and go ahead with these steps:

Round 9: sc in the following 21 sts of the first leg, skip the last 3 sts of the first leg and the next 3 sts of the second leg, sc in the following 21 sts of the second leg, place a stitch marker in the last sts [42]
round 10: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 13 sts) rep 3 times (45)
round 11: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 14 sts) rep 3 times (48)
round 12: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 15 sts) rep 3 times (51)
round 13: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 16 sts) rep 3 times (54).

From the round 14 to the round 21 {8 rounds}: sc all the sts (54).

Round 22: (dec, sc in the following 16 sts) rep 3 times (51)
round 23: sc all the sts (51)
round 24: (dec, sc in the following 15 sts) rep 3 times (48)
round 25: sc all the sts (48)
round 26: (dec, sc in the following 14 sts) rep 3 times (45)
round 27: (dec, sc in the following 13 sts) rep 3 times (42)
round 28: (dec, sc in the following 12 sts) rep 3 times (39)
round 29: (dec, sc in the following 11 sts) rep 3 times (36)
round 30: (dec, sc in the following 10 sts) rep 3 times (33)
round 31: (dec, sc in the following 9 sts) rep 3 times (30)
round 32: (dec, sc in the following 3 sts) rep 6 times (24).

Stuff the legs and body. Cut and secure the thread.


How to make the bear's arms

To finalise your work you now need to make the arms using the Piuma yarn and the crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US.

Round 1: cast on 5 sc in the magic ring (5)
round 2: 5 incs (10)
round 3: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following sts) rep 5 times (15).

From the round 4 to the round 10 {7 rounds}: sc all the sts (15).

Round 11dec in the following 13 sts (14)
round 12: sc all the sts (14)
round 13: dec, sc in the following 12 sts (13)
round 14sc all the sts (13)
round 15: dec, sc in the following 11 sts (12)
round 16: sc all sts (12)
round 17: dec, sc the following 10 sts (11)
round 18: sc all the sts (11)
round 19: dec, sc in the following 9 sts (10)
round 20: sc all the stitches (10).

Stuff the arms. Cut and secure the thread leaving enough to sew on the arms between rounds 28 and 29 of the body.


How to make the tail of the amigurumi bear

Using the Piuma yarn in Natural white or Marrakech and with a crochet hook n° 4 EU / G-6 US start working as so:

Round 1: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
round 2: 6 incs (12).

From the round 3 round to the round 5 {3 rounds}: sc all the sts (12)

Cut the thread leaving enough to sew with. Don’t stuff the tail, but instead flatten it as if to make a semicircle. Sew it onto the back of the body where you think is best.


How to make the scarf for the amigurumi bear

Lastly, to add a touch of style to the bear we’ve chosen to create a scarf to match each version: for the white bear we’ve used Cyrcus yarn colour. Black Cherry. You’ll need a crochet hook n° 5 EU / H-8 US and then cast on 1+3 ch (the 3 ch always count as 1 dc).

Row 1: 2 dc in the fourth ch from the hook, turn the work over
row 2 - 6 {5 rows}: 3 ch and 1 dc in the first sts (to get the increase), work the dc until the end of the stripe, turn the work over
row 7 – 41 {or until you get to a length of 65 cm / 25.6"}: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc in all the sts, turn [8]
row 42 – 46: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc all the sts until 2 sts from the end of the stripe, skip 1 sts, dc the last sts of the stripe, turn the work over.

Finish off the scarf by turning the work over and make 1 sl st in the last sts of the stripe to close the scarf with a pointy end. Cut and secure the thread.

Now all that’s left to do is create 2 pompoms with the Cyrcus yarn colour. Cotton Candy and sew them onto both ends of the scarf.

To make the 2 pompoms we suggest reading the tutorial on how to make a seamless beanie.

However, for Bruno bear we’ve used Piuma yarn in the colours Ireland and Paradise.

You’ll need the crochet hook n° 5 EU / H-8 US for this one too and just follow the same chart as for the white bear’s, changing colour every 2 strips. To change the colour, don’t cut the thread but leave it hanging and pick it up in the next 2 rows, taking care not to stretch the filo too much.


Aren’t they adorable? Have a go at making your own bears how you fancy, maybe to keep all for yourself all give them as presents. Whoever receives them, are sure to be very impressed!

The second tutorial is a girls’ top down cardigan, made with a brand-new and really unique yarn.

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