Rainbow Charlie the Chunky Bear – Free Crochet Pattern

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Chunky yarns are definitely the favorite of many these days! My personal favorite is Parfait Chunky by Premier Yarns. I’d describe it as a cross between Bernat blanket yarn and velvet yarn. 

Using an assortment of colors of this super bulky yarn, I created a rainbow version of my Charlie the Chunky Bear free pattern. I love using a lot of color in my projects, so I definitely needed to make a brighter version of this bulky yarn crochet pattern! You can find the original pattern here.

You’ll also need a 5.0mm (H) crochet hooktapestry needle/yarn needlescissorssafety eyes (if desired), poly-fil stuffing. You can find all of these over on my Amazon page here

I’ve found that simple stitches like the single crochet stitch is the best kind for these plush yarns. You’ll need to feel for the texture of your stitches, since they are a bit harder to see. The result is definitely worth it though, and my kids just love the plushies that are made with this softer yarn.

If you like this free crochet pattern, you may also enjoy my other free patterns made with super bulky weight yarn, which you can find here: super bulky yarn crochet patterns.

Premier Yarns Parfait Chunky

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

I’d love to see what you make with this tutorial! Don’t forget to share a photo of your finished work in your Ravelry projects and my Facebook group!

Rainbow Charlie the Chunky Bear

PATTERN SPECIFICS

Measurements: Approximately 8.5” tall
Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern; see notes
Hook Size: 5.0mm (H)
Other Tools: tapestry needle, stitch markers, scissors
Yarn Weight: Super Bulky (6)
Yarn Used: Premier Parfait Chunky
Yardage: 80 yds (8 colors, 10 yds each)
Other Materials: poly-fil stuffing, 12mm safety eyes, small amount of black yarn for embroidery

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, and ears are worked directly into the body as you work. Snout and ears require sewing.
  • 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. Do not add stuffing to the arms.
  • See tutorial photos.

PATTERN

Arms (make 2)

Using color D (shown as yellow):

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

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R3: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

Using color E (shown as green):

R4-6: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

Using color F (shown as mint):

7-8: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

R9: Fold the arm closed, leaving 1 unworked st on each side for the fold. Working through both sides to close, 1 SC in each st across. (4 sts) See tutorial photos.

Fasten off.

First Leg

Using color A (shown as pink):

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

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R3: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

Using color B (shown as peach):

R4-5: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

Fasten off.

Second Leg

Using color A (shown as pink):

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

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R3: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

Using color B (shown as peach):

R4-5: 1 SC in each st around. (9 sts)

R6: Ch 2. Join to first leg with a SC. Add a stitch marker to this first SC st. SC in each st around first leg, across ch 2, around second leg, back across ch 2, to beginning. (22 sts) See tutorial photos.

Body

Using color C (shown as orange):

R7: 1 SC in each st around. (22 sts)

R8: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 10 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R9: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

Fill the legs with stuffing.

Using color D (shown as yellow):

R10-12: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

Using color E (shown as green):

R13: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

R14: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R15: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

Using color F (shown as mint):

R16-17: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R18: 1 SC in each of the next 6 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 4 sts. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts. Place the second arm, and working through the sts of the arm and the sts of the body, 1 SC in the next 4 sts. 1 SC in the last st. (24 sts) See tutorial photos.

Using color G (shown as blue):

R19: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R20: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Fill the body with stuffing.

Head

R21: 2 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

Using color H (shown as purple):

R22: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R23-24: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts) 

Using color A (shown as pink):

R25-27: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

Using color B (shown as peach):

R28: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

R29: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R30: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts) 

If using safety eyes, insert them between R27 and R28, with 5 sts between.

Fill the head with stuffing.

Using color C (shown as orange):

R31: *SC2tog, 1 SC in the next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R32: *SC2tog. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

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

Ears (make 2)

Using color D (shown as yellow):

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

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

R3: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Using color C (shown as orange):

R4: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R5: Fold the ear closed, leaving 1 unworked st on each side for the fold. Working through both sides to close, 1 SC in each st across. (5 sts) See tutorial photos.

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

Snout

Using color H (shown as purple):

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 each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (15 sts)

Using color A (shown as pink):

R4: 1 SC in each st around. (15 sts)

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

FINISHING

Attach ears between R27-31 on each side of the top of the head.

Add stuffing and attach snout over R22-26 on the front of the head.

Using black yarn, embroider a line on the snout from the middle of the magic ring straight up to between R2 and R3. Embroider a nose between R2 and R3, over 3-4 sts. See tutorial photos.

*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.

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Nicole

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2 Comments

  1. Do you feel parfait chunky holds up pretty well to be a “real” toy? Or is it too fragile to be dragged around by a toddler. I’m mid-project making a little doggy snuggler and questioning my yarn choice.

    1. I made my 3 and 6 year olds plushies using it probably about 6 months ago and they are still holding up well! I think that when it is all worked together, it is a lot more durable than when it is just a single strand and so easily de-fluffed. Lol.
      Hope that helps!

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