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« on: March 13, 2005 01:11:58 PM »

I made Bobbi Bear with one skein of Red Heart Cozy Wool (in Taupe), and a pair of 5mm circs.  I didn't need dpns since I use the "magic loop" technique described at http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html.  The pattern actually calls for super bulky yarn and 12.75mm circs, but that makes a bear that is almost 2 feet tall, and I wanted a smaller version.

I really like this pattern as it is knit almost entirely in the round, and
there are truly only 3 seams (at the crotch, and to sew on the 2 ears).

However, I did some mods to make it more to my liking.  I originally made an even smaller version, a maquette with scrap yarn at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=27185.0 - before starting this bigger version, so I knew about the "flaws" that I wanted corrected.

1) I used a provisional cast-on for the body.  It made for a neater join with the bum and legs, rather than picking up sts for the bum and legs.  You can see the results in the side photo, where the bum is bigger than what you would get if you follow the pattern exactly.  The back photo shows the  seamless join of the back and bum.


2) I omitted the last decrease row for the legs and arms, so that they wouldn't be so pointy.

3) I omitted the increases and decreases in the middle of the back of the head, so that the head wouldn't be football-shaped.  You can see this in the pic of the back. 

To do this, you need to modify the instructions for the inc/dec rows.  For example, where it says:
     Row 2: *k1, m1, k3, m1, k2, rep from* ... to end
these instructions apply for each quarter of the head.  If you follow the pattern you will get a weird protuberance at the middle back.  Change it so that it applies to only half of the head, i. e.
     Row 2: *k1, m1, k3, m1, k2, rep from * one more time (front of head).  k1, m1, k until 2 sts left of round, m1, k2 (back of head).

4) I made the ears so that the open edge is at the bottom of the ear, not the top as called for in the pattern which would require them to be sewn together. I made them as you would the toe of a sock.
Cast on 22 sts.  Join the round.  Place 2 markers to divide sts in half.
Rnd 1: * Slip marker, k1, ssk, knit until 3 sts left before marker, k2tog, k1.  Rep from *.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Rep these 2 rounds until there are 10 sts left.  Graft remaining sts together.

Here's a Bobbi in progress.  I didn't use a provisional cast-on with this one, and you can see the seam where I picked up sts for the legs.  I used a 4.25 mm needle and one skein of Bernat Cottontots (100% cotton, worsted weight):

Here's the whole family:

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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2005 01:37:11 PM »

So cute!  I like your modifications to the pattern. 

p.s. love that rear shot.  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2005 08:09:45 PM »

So cute! Where did you get the pattern?


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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2005 04:31:22 AM »

 Kiss He's so CUTE! I love his bum. Yes, where's the pattern from?

« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2005 05:20:39 AM »

Thanks!  The pattern is published by Blue Sky Alpacas (http://www.blueskyalpacas.com/patternsandbooks/patterns/bulky/b2.html).  I bought mine from Lettuce Knit (www.lettuceknit.com).  They don't have an online store, but if you call and pay by credit card they will ship it out for a nominal charge.

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2005 10:17:29 AM »

holy moly- that's a lot of adorable bears- wouldn't it be cute to make them outfits? that would be a great little present for a little girl!  Grin very good job ax! did it take long?

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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2005 10:42:10 AM »

Thanks!  It takes 5 hours for one bear, so two evenings each.  I think they're cuter with short bodies and short limbs, so I do only 10 rounds for the body before the armhole shaping, 8 rounds for the arms before the decreases, and 10 rounds for the legs before the decreases. 
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2005 05:10:52 AM »

So cute!  You're like a bear factory.  I also like the ample bum.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2005 11:35:28 AM »

i love the little chubbo!~~~ the rump shot instantly made me sing in my head "i like big butts and i can not lie....."  Cheesy
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2005 08:27:55 AM »

I love Bobbi Bear.....i made a little family of them a while ago and i too added extra rows for a bigger butt!   Grin
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