Each kit includes a pattern, 1 skein of Himalayan Trail yarn in Natural Brown, poly-fil stuffing, and a small amount of black yarn to embroider the features - click here to get yours!
At the request of the designer, Bijou Basin Ranch will be making a donation to her favorite charity, the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, for the use of her pattern.
Here are some tips to make knitting and assembling your bear even easier:
1. Knit arms and legs in the round on double pointed needles (DPNs). Although the pattern is written for each piece to be knit flat and then seamed, you can save some time by casting on the called-for number of stitches for the arms and legs and working stockinette stitch in the round as indicated. The decrease instructions will still work perfectly fine, provided you remember to knit instead of purling in between decrease rounds. When you cut the yarn, you can thread through the remaining stitches and fasten off - no seaming required!
Note: Body and ears should still be worked flat as stated in the pattern.
2. Leave long yarn tails at the start and finish of each piece as you knit. These can be used to seam and attach pieces as you assemble the bear, which means that you'll have fewer ends to deal with in come finishing time.
3. Wash each piece before assembly. This will allow the yarn to fluff up a bit and fix any funky stitches or lumps and bumps that may have happened while knitting. We recommend hand washing with Allure and gently laying each piece on a dry towel and rolling it up to gently remove excess water.
4. Master Invisible Seaming. The pattern includes instructions and photos to help you seam your bear, but you can also check out this YouTube tutorial to demonstrate the technique. Below, we've used a contrasting color of yarn to show how the back of our sample bear was seamed by picking up the "ladders" of each edge stitch to create an invisible seam.
|Pick up each "ladder and pull yarn through...|
|Zig zag back and forth...|
|Pull seaming yarn gently & voila! You have an invisible seam!|
|These ears are partially attached and|
can be easily repositioned if desired.
You'll have a beary special friend to spend your summer with in no time flat! Click here to get your BBR teddy bear project kit, and don't forget to share your finished bears with us here in our Ravelry group.
Bonus: Share your finished bear with us on Instagram using #bijoubasinranchbear in your post and we'll send you a coupon code for 20% off your next order!
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