Byron Bear – Free Crochet Pattern

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I love making amigurumi, but I always find myself saving the sewing and assembly for last. I kept that in mind when designing this teddy bear crochet pattern, Byron Bear. I never get tired of a classic teddy bear, and I love that this bear amigurumi is minimal sewing. 

teddy bear crochet pattern with rainbow garland

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern available here on my blog! An ad-free, formatted PDF version of this crochet pattern is also available for purchase here:


A timeless bear amigurumi would make such a great gift for kids of any age! Crochet bears are also a great baby shower option, especially when you need a gender neutral option. 

teddy bear crochet pattern shown with three different yarn choices to demonstrate the size differences

I would classify this crochet pattern as “advanced beginner”. It would be helpful to have had some experience with amigurumi before creating this project.

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Free Crochet Pattern for Byron Bear

Pattern Specifics

Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern; see notes
Measurements: Approximately 10.5” tall
Hook Size:  3.75mm (F)
Yarn Weight:  Medium (4), Worsted
Yarn Used:  WeCrochet/Knit Picks Provincial Tweed
Yardage: 155 yds*
Other Materials: poly-fil stuffing, 12mm safety eyes, 18mm safety nose

Abbreviations

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
SC2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease is recommended)

Special Stitches

SC2tog (using invisible decrease method): Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Draw through the first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Draw through both loops on hook.

Notes

  • Checking your gauge is not required for this pattern. Use a hook that is smaller than the size recommended for your yarn weight. This will ensure that your stuffing will not show through the stitches.

  • This pattern requires minimal sewing. The legs, body, and head are all worked as one piece, and the arms are worked directly into the body as you work, rather than sewing later. The only sewing required is the snout and the ears.
  • All pieces are worked in the round. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of each round.
  • Legs, body, head, and snout all require full stuffing. Stuff as you work to ensure each piece is completely filled. Only add a small amount of stuffing to the arms, within the hand area. Do not add stuffing to the ears.
  • *Note that the yarn I used for this pattern is slightly thinner than a typical medium (4) weight yarn; therefore, if using an alternative, be aware that you will likely need approximately 200 yards.

Pattern

Arms (make 2)

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R4: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (24 sts)

R5-7: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R8: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R9: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R10: SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (12 sts)

R11-23: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Add a small amount of stuffing to the arms, within the hand area.

R24: Fold the arm closed. Working through both sides, to close the arm, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st on each side. (5 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

First Leg

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R4-10: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

Fasten off.

Second Leg

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R4-10: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R11: Ch 3. Join to first leg. SC in each st around first leg, across ch 3, around second leg, back across ch 3, to beginning. (42 sts)

R12-13: 1 SC in each st around. (42 sts)

Fill the legs with stuffing.

You are now shaping the body.

Body

R14: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 6 sts. Repeat around. (48 sts)

R15: 1 SC in each st around. (48 sts)

R16: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 7 sts. Repeat around. (54 sts)

R17: 1 SC in each of the next 18 sts, *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts, repeat from * an additional 5 times, 1 SC in each of the next 18 sts. (60 sts)

R18: 1 SC in each st around. (60 sts)

R19: 1 SC in each of the next 15 sts, *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts, repeat from * an additional 5 times, 1 SC in each of the next 15 sts. (66 sts)

R20-26: 1 SC in each st around. (66 sts)

R27: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts. Repeat around. (60 sts)

R28: 1 SC in each st around. (60 sts)

R29: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 8 sts. Repeat around. (54 sts)

R30-34: 1 SC in each st around. (54 sts)

R35: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 7 sts. Repeat around. (48 sts)

R36: 1 SC in each st around. (48 sts)

R37: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 6 sts. Repeat around. (42 sts)

R38-42: 1 SC in each st around. (42 sts)

R43: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat around. (36 sts)

R44: 1 SC in each st around. (36 sts)

R45: 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts. Place the first arm, and working through both the sts of the arm and the sts of the body, 1 SC in the next 5 sts. 1 SC in each of the next 13 sts. Place the second arm, and working through both the sts of the arm and the sts of the body, 1 SC in the next 5 sts. 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. (36 sts)

R46: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat around. (30 sts)

R47: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat around. (24 sts)

Fill the body with stuffing.

R48: 2 SC in the next st, 1 SC in the next st. Repeat around. (36 sts)

R49: 2 SC in the next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (48 sts)

R50: 1 SC in each st around. (48 sts)

R51: 2 SC in the next st, 1 SC in each of the next 7 sts. Repeat around. (54 sts)

R52: 1 SC in each st around. (54 sts)

R53: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 8 sts. Repeat around. (60 sts)

R54: 1 SC in each st around. (60 sts)

R55: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts. Repeat around. (66 sts)

R56-60: 1 SC in each st around. (66 sts)

R61: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts. Repeat around. (60 sts)

R62: 1 SC in each st around. (60 sts)

R63: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 8 sts. Repeat around. (54 sts)

R64: 1 SC in each st around. (54 sts)

R65: SC2tog, 1 SC I each of the next 7 sts. Repeat around. (48 sts)

If using safety eyes, insert eyes between R61-62, with 7 sts between.

R66: 1 SC in each st around. (48 sts)

R67: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 6 sts. Repeat around. (42 sts)

R68: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat around. (36 sts)

R69: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat around. (30 sts)

R70: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat around. (24 sts)

R71: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (18 sts)

Fill the head with stuffing.

R72: SC2tog, 1 SC in the next st. Repeat around. (12 sts)

R73: SC2tog. Repeat around. (6 sts)

Cut yarn, weave yarn in and out of remaining sts. Pull tight to close. Weave in ends.

Snout

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R4: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (24 sts)

R5: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat around. (30 sts)

R6-8: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strands for sewing. Fasten off.

Fill with stuffing.

Ears (make 2)

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R4: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (24 sts)

R5-7: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R8: SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat around. (18 sts)

R9: SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat around. (12 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strands for sewing. Fasten off.

Assembly & Finishing

If using safety nose, insert nose between R3-4 of snout.

Stuff snout and attach to front of head between R49 and R59.

Fold the ears in half and attach on either side of the top of the head, at approximately R62-69.

*Note: Safety eyes and noses pose a choking risk for babies; therefore, if making this toy for a baby, I recommend using yarn, felt, or embroidered details.

We Crochet / Knit Picks Brava Worsted

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Tips & Tricks

  • Use the invisible decrease method for the SC2tog stitch so that your decreases blend in with your single crochet stitches.
  • Use pins to hold your pieces in place while sewing to ensure proper placement.

Alterations

  • Use a thicker yarn like Parfait Chunky to create a bigger plush version of this teddy bear crochet pattern, while adjusting your hook size to suit that yarn. When I use Parfait Chunky for amigurumi, I use a 5.0mm (H) crochet hook.
  • With a few color changes, you can make Byron Bear wearing a t shirt!
  • Dress up this teddy bear crochet pattern with a Halloween costume with this free witch costume for Byron Bear!

More Free Amigurumi Patterns

I hope you enjoyed this teddy bear crochet pattern! I have several other amigurumi patterns including a collection of dinosaur crochet patterns and a collection of farm animal patterns.

free cow crochet pattern for memphis the moo cow shown in both worsted weight yarn and plush chenille yarn

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Nicole

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4 Comments

  1. i am list in row 45 when attaching the arms : it says 1sc in the next 9 sts and working in the body and arms for 5 sts but my 9 sts is n the middle of the body that means its not on the side. how can i do this to have the arms to be on each side? please help! thanks
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    1. Hello! You can adjust your stitches to line up so that you place the arm and the 9 sts are in front. Then you’ll just add/remove the stitches that you adjusted at the beginning of the round to the end of the round. Hope that helps!

    1. I’m not sure what you’re referring to, but this is the only pattern (and size) for Byron. ???? You could adjust your yarn and hook to make him larger for sure though!

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