Little Pudsey Bear

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Pudsey Bear-Bands

How to Knit a Little Pudsey

What you will need...

Total time - 1 Hour 25 Minutes Each

Complete Size 5.5 cm Width, 4 cm height

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn - Yellow, white, dark brown/black, red, light green, and blue.

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Optional Pin/Plain Hairband - to Sew to the Back to form a Badge/Decorative hairband

Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Complete Head Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Pudsey Bear

Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise or P wise according to pattern. US - bind off

B&t tightly - Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

TOP TIP

Sew up and add stitching in the suggested order to allow a neater finish when fastening off loose ends.

Children in Need - Use this pattern to raise as much money as you like for the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Try a knitathon! Knit as many as you can and as well as getting sponsorship, you could sell all of your Pudseys to raise some more.

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Bear in Hair

How to Make it...

Made from one knitted head piece, two knitted ear pieces, and a knitted eye patch. All pieces are sewn together with added stitching for the spots on the eye patch, and stitched-on facial features. Optional pin badge, hairband or finger-knitted loop to be sewn on your finished piece, to allow it to be used as an accessory.

Head Piece

Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Head Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 1

Time - 25 Minutes

Piece Size 4 cm x 8 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Yellow

Cast on 5 sts

P 1 Row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 6, Inc Kwise, K 1 (12 sts)

Begining with a P row st-st 3 rows

K 1, K2tog, K 6, K2tog, K 1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (7 sts)

P 1 Row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1, inc Kwise, K 1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, Inc Kwise, K 6, Inc Kwise, K 1 (12 sts)

Begining with a P row st-st 3 rows

K 1, K2tog, K 6, K2tog, K 1 (10 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K1 (7 sts)

P 1 row

K 1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

P 1 row

Cast off Kwise

Ear Pieces

Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Ear Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 2

Time - 5 Minutes Each

Piece Size 3 cm x 1.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Yellow

Cast on 8 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog (5sts)

B&t tightly

Eye Patch

Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Eyepatch Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 1

Time - 10 Minutes Each

Size 1.5 cm x 4.5 cm

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn White

Cast on 4sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise, K 3 (5 sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 3 (4 sts)

Beginning with a P row, st-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 2 (3 sts)

P 1 row

K2tog, K 1 (2 sts)

P 1 row

Cast off

Piece it Together...

Sewing-up time - Total of 20 Minutes

Stitching of Spots and Facial Features- Total of 20 Minutes

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Sewing Pudsey Head Piece
Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Head Stuffed Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Stuffed Pudsey Head

Getting his Head Together...

Head Piece - With wrong side of st-st on the outside, sew across row ends, leaving cast on/cast off edge open. Turn right-side-out and stuff lightly.

Ear Pieces - With right side of st-st on the outside, fold the ear piece in half, across the cast on edge. Oversew across row ends, down towards the cast on edge. Pin the ear pieces either side of the head, lying them flat against the head, pointing forwards, lining up the edge with seam. (See picture.) Oversew the cast on/cast off edges onto the headpiece. This sewing position allows a neater look from the front view.

Eye patch - Pin and sew the eye patch into place on the completed head, with wider cast on edge side on the middle left of your bear, and the thinner cast off edge lying in the centre at the top of his head.

Either fasten off all loose ends, or leave a length to be able to sew on the hairband or pin badge if desired.

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Pinning Pudsey Ears
Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Sewing Ears Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewing on Pudsey Ears
Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Eyepatch Sewing Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Ready for Facial Features

Facial Features

Using dark brown yarn, or black as in the traditional Pudsey, stitch one eye, one eyebrow, nose and mouth to your completed Pudsey head piece.

Starting with the nose allows your facial features to be better centred, or alternatively place pins in the desired place for the eyes, nose and mouth to allow more accurate positioning.

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Pudsey Bear
Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Hairband Sewing Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewing on Hairband

Making a Hairband

Sew the hairband so it lies horizontally across the back of the bear. This will allow the bear to rest in the upright position in the hair.

Oversew several times to give it strength and longevity.

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Pudsey Bear Hairband

Make it Different...

You may wish to use larger needles to make him a bit bigger without adding any extra time.

If not knitting your Pudsey for Children in Need, simply make a cute little bear without an eye patch in you own choice of colour. Experiment with some different facial features too!

This little bear makes a lovely little accessory, especially due to his small size.

Handmade Knitted Pudsey Bear Hairband Set 2 Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Pudsey Bear-Bands

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by contacting me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for your next challenge, have a look at what to try next!