Death of Teddies by Sheila O'Keefe
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Death of Teddies

Aran (8 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 5 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
90 - 100 yards (82 - 91 m)
see notes
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Teddy has a seasonal wardrobe of sweaters, available as individual patterns or gathered together in an ebook.


bottom hem to armhole: 4.5in (11.5cm)
circumference beneath armhole: 7in (18cm)
sleeve length: 2in (5cm)
sleeve circumference: 3.5in (9cm)
bottom hem to top of hood: 10in (25cm)

height: 10in (25cm)
blade length: 5 in (13cm)
blade width: 0.75in (2cm) tapering down to 0.25in (0.5cm)

Fits an 8 inch (20cm) tall teddy, with a 6 inch (15cm) waist and 2.5 inch (6cm) long arms.

NOTE: The scythe is not a toy. The floral stem wire end is sharp and pokey, so keep away from the little ones.


16 inch (40cm) of 22 gauge white cloth stem wire. Can be found in the floral section of most craft stores. Often comes in 18 inch (45cm) lengths. You’ll need wire clippers or sturdy scissors to cut it.
4 stitch holders
4 stitch markers
Tapestry needle


Death of Teddies was created for Nerd Wars on Ravelry. I joined Team UU (Unseen University), the team for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. I love these novels. They’re a great mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and social satire. Plus they’re just plain laugh-out-loud funny. If you haven’t read them, get ye to your library today. While some characters do appear in multiple books, this isn’t a series in the traditional sense. There’s no need to read them in order from the beginning. Start wherever you like.

In Round 1 of Tournament 3 of Nerd Wars, the Nerd Culture challenge was to make a costume, for yourself, a pet, or a doll. Our Team Unity project was cheese. Death is one of my favorite characters, so I chose to make a Death costume for my teddy bear.

A recent reaping of a wizard at UU happened to occur while the wizards were at their cheeseboard (hardly surprising, given the wizards’ fondness for their cheeseboard). Death was feeling peckish so he used his scythe to help himself to a chunk of cheddar - you can see a cheddar crumb still attached to his scythe. He really needs to clean that.