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Amigurumi Bear

Updated April 27, 2023

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This amigurumi bear is super cute and would make the perfect gift or nursery decor and easily customised just switch up the colours to suit your style. Designed by Natasha Savel from L’Atelier De Pouêtète. Just remember, if you’re going to gift or sell this bear you must make sure it meets the legal safety requirements for your country.

“As this is a guest post, Bella Coco Crochet is unable to answer any queries. If you have a question, please contact the designer directly and they will be happy to help you.”

Amigurumi Bear by Natasha

what is amigurumi?

Amigurumi is a Japanese art form of creating small crocheted or knitted stuffed toys, dolls or figurines. The word “amigurumi” comes from the Japanese words “ami”, meaning crocheted or knitted, and “nuigurumi”, meaning stuffed doll. The art of making amigurumi involves using simple crochet techniques to create small and detailed shapes, which are then stuffed with fiberfill to create cute and often whimsical characters.

Worked typically in the round and are made with a combination of basic stitches such as double crochet and slip stitch. Amigurumi has become increasingly popular in recent years, with crafters around the world sharing patterns and designs to create their own unique amigurumi creations.

amigurumi patterns

If you love amigurumi why not check out these adorable patterns available on the blog and get inspired for your next make.

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MATERIALS & TOOLS

  • Yarn: 2 balls of HOBBII Rainbow Cotton 8/8 in 2 different colours. I used white as the MC and blue as the CC.
  • Hook: 4mm or a hook suitable for your yarn
  • Black embroidery thread
  • Darning Needle
  • Safety Eyes: 10mm
  • A brush and makeup for the cheekbones

pattern NOTES

Written in UK terms

GAUGE & SIZE

This pattern makes a 23cm tall teddy bear

TERMS & ABBREVIATIONS

Magic ring/circle (MR)

Double crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Increase (inc): Make two complete double crochets (dc) into the same stitch.

Decrease (dec): Insert hook into front loop only of next two stitches, yarn over, pull through, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.

Slip stitch (sl-st): Insert hook, yarn over, pull through both stitch and loop on hook.

How to Crochet: a handy reference guide

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. Learn more about the eBook here.

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AMIGURUMI bear PATTERN

To get started, you’ll need some basic crochet skills, including how to make a magic ring, double crochet (UK term), and increasing and decreasing stitches.

Head

Chain 11

R1: 1 inc – 8 dc – 2 inc – 8 dc – 1 inc = 24

R2: 2 inc – 8 dc – 4 inc – 8 dc – 2 inc = 32

R3: 1 dc – 1 inc – 12 dc- 1 inc – 2 dc – 1 inc – 12 dc -1 inc- 1 dc = 36

R4: 36 dc

R5: (5 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 42

R6: (6 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 48

R7: (7 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 54

R8: 54 dc

R9: 54 dc

R10: (8 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 60

R11: 60 dc

R12: 60 dc

R13: (9 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 66

R14 to 19: 66 dc (6 rows)

R20: (9 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 60

R21: 60 dc

R22: (8 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 54

R23: (7 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 48

R24: (6 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 42

R25: (5 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 36

R26: (4 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 30

R27: (3 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 24; slst to close.

Insert the safety eyes between rows 14 and 15 at a distance of 10 stitches.

Stuff the head firmly.

Arms x 2

R1: 6 dc in mr = 6

R2: 6 inc = 12

R3: 12 dc

R4: (1 dec – 4 dc) * 2 = 10

R5: 10 dc

R6: 10 dc

R7: 10 dc

R8: 10 dc

R9: (1dec – 3 dc) * 2 = 8

R10: 8 dc

R11: 8 dc

R12: (2 dc – 1 dec) * 2 = 6

R13: 6 dc

Ears x 2

R1: 5 dc in mr = 5

R2: 5 in = 10

R3: (1dc – 1 inc) * 5 = 15

R4: 15 dc

R5: (2 dc – 1 inc) * 5 = 20

R6: 20 dc

R7: (2 dc -1 dec ) * 5 = 15

Body

Leg 1

R1: 5 dc in mr = 5

R2: 5 inc = 10

R3: (1 de – 1 inc) * 5 = 15

R4: 15 dc

R5: 15 dc

R6: 15 dc

R7: 15 dc

Leg 2

R1: 5 dc in mr = 5

R2: 5 inc = 10

R3: (1 de – 1 inc) * 5 = 15

R4: 15 dc

R5: 15 dc

R6: 15 dc

R7: 15 dc

R8: From there, join the 1st leg and do: 15 dc on the 1st leg – 3 dc on the chain – 15 dc on the other leg – 3 dc on the other side of the chain = 36

R9: (5 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 42

R10: (6 dc – 1 inc) * 6 = 48

R11: 48 dc in back loop only.

R1215: In CC 48 dc (4 rows)

R16-17: In MC 48 dc (2 rows)

R18: In MC (6 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 42

R19. In CC 42 dc

R20: In CC (5 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 36

R21: In CC 36 dc

R22: In CC (4 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 30

R23: In MC 30 dc

R24: In MC (3 dc – 1 dec) * 6 = 24

R25: In CC 24 dc, slst to close.

finishing off

  • In CC, make a row of 45 dc in the front loop of row 11
  • Firmly stuff the legs and body
  • Join the head to the body by putting the 2 end stitches of the last rounds face to face.
  • Sew the arms to the body at 6 stitches intervals on the front
  • Sew the ears on the head between rows 1 and 4 or 5
  • Embroider the nose between rows 15 and 17, in the middle of the 2 eyes
  • Mark the small cheekbones with makeup based on the picture
 
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13 Comments

  • vbhoomika65
    October 20, 2020 at 5:09 am

    Is there any alternative to use for the safety eye

    Reply
    • vbhoomika65
      October 20, 2020 at 5:29 am

      Hi sarah, it would be really helpful if u make a video tutorial on this project in your youtube channel. I really loved this one n its kinda difficult for me to understand so could u pls make a video. It would be really helpful.

      Reply
      • BellaCocoTeam
        October 20, 2020 at 10:36 am

        As this is a guest post I will not be making a tutorial. If you have any queries regarding the pattern you will have to contact the designer direct.

        Reply
        • vbhoomika65
          October 21, 2020 at 8:26 am

          oh ok! u make beautiful projects btw

          Reply
  • Amigurumi Modelleri
    December 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Amigurumi models are great.

    Reply
  • Rebecca Eborall
    February 9, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Hey,
    Sorry to ask but is the first section to form the head supposed to be a magic ring?
    Thank you

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 12, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Rebecca

      You should start the head by chaining 11 and then you will work your way along the chain; however instead of turning your work you should continue working on the other side so you are working in rounds

      Hope this helps
      Sarah-Jayne

      Reply
  • K
    February 18, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Hiya, do you need a chain to join the first left to the second leg.
    Thank you
    K

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      February 18, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      As this was a guest post you will need to contact the designer direct with any queries 🙂

      Reply
  • Izabella
    March 13, 2021 at 12:07 am

    The definition for double double crochet (dc) is incorrect. It should a single crochet (sc). Unless there is a difference for US/CA/EU terminolgy. I started this project using a proper double crochet (dc) and realized this was incorrect fairly quickly.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 14, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Izabella a UK double is a US single, it’s the same stitch just different terminology, here is the link to my conversion chart which maybe of use to you:- bit.ly/Conversionchart 🙂

      Reply
  • BENJAMIN MCNEILL
    April 16, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    I was wanting to create this bear for my husband but the starting out chain for the head is unclear. Should it be as a magic ring like the rest of the pattern or is it a chain ring? Also chain 11 doesn’t allow for as many stitches to do all of the ones that round 1 requires.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 20, 2021 at 9:55 am

      I’m sorry the pattern isn’t clear; you should be working along the chain and then continue to work around and into the bottom side so that you create an oval shape

      Reply

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