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Grizzly Bear

Knitting
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
US 3 - 3.25 mm

Just like real grizzly bears, the mother bear in this knitting pattern is a real handful! She is a big cuddly pattern for a child to get their arms around. The smaller cub is knitted in ‘clutch’ size, ideal for a toddler (and for older bear enthusiasts like the designer herself!) The pattern is from the book Kath Dalmeny’s World of Knitted Toys, and the full list of over 50 projects is shown below.

The pattern requires about 100g of DK for the adult bear, and 60g of DK for the bear cub, in dark brown double-knit (8 ply) yarn, with scraps of yarn in black for the nose and mouth.

The pattern also suggests using 10mm (3/8 inch) toy safety eyes, but felt eyes or black stitches would also be appropriate.

KATH DALMENY’S WORLD OF KNITTED TOYS patterns list

The book contains over 50 patterns for making adorable knitted toys – people and animals from all over the world. Each chapter covers a different habitat, the animals that make their homes there, and one of the people who live there, with accessories to represent their lives or work. The knitting patterns are listed under three categories – Easy; Straightforward; and Challenging, to help knitters choose the project that is right for you. The projects are as follows:

BASIC PERSON PATTERN
(which is then adapted for the people patterns below)

IN THE JUNGLE

  • South American Indian
  • Spider monkey – mother and baby
  • Snake
  • Tiger cub
  • Gorilla
  • Orang utan
  • Parrot
  • Banana

AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

  • Australian sheep farmer (complete with corks hanging from his hat!)
  • Merino sheep
  • Koala bear
  • Duck-billed platypus
  • Wombat
  • Kangaroo and Joey

DOWN ON THE FARM

  • Farmer
  • Highland bull
  • Pigs and piglets
  • Cat
  • Mallard duck
  • Chicken, cockerel and chicks

THE DEEP BLUE SEA

  • Pearl fisherman
  • Dolphin
  • Shark
  • Killer whale
  • Turtle
  • Octopus
  • Clownfish

FOREST FRIENDS

  • Canadian Mountie
  • Horse
  • Grizzly bear
  • Beaver
  • Raccoon
  • Chipmunk
  • Moose

ON SAFARI

  • African Park Ranger
  • Zebra
  • Lion family – lion, lioness and lion cub
  • Rhinoceros
  • Elephant
  • Warthog

THE SNOWY REGIONS

  • Eskimo
  • Husky dog
  • Fish
  • Penguins – Emperor penguins and Adelie penguins – parents and chicks
  • Seal
  • Walrus
  • Polar bear

PATTERN VARIATIONS

  • Sea lion
  • Panda bear