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Jun's (after) Christmas Surprise

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October 26 2016
May 14 2017
Project info
Jun's (after) Christmas Surprise
Knitted Polar Bear by Louise Walker
Needles & yarn
US 13 - 9.0 mm
608 yards = 9.5 skeins
Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega
9 skeins = 576.0 yards (526.7 meters), 900 grams
WEBS - America's Yarn Store in Northampton, Massachusetts
Plymouth Yarn Encore Mega
0.5 skeins = 32.0 yards (29.3 meters), 50 grams
WEBS - America's Yarn Store in Northampton, Massachusetts

I need to check & update the yarn quantities -- it didn’t take nearly 9 balls of yarn!

Embroidered eyes rather than safety eyes (knitted gauge is so large, the kids worked the eyes out within minutes).

Rather than knitting 12 individual 3-stitch claws for each bear (I’d rather stick a needle in my eye), I cast on 9 stitches for each paw and used it as a base from which to knit them. It was still fiddly knitting, but I think it was easier to position and sew in the end.

Ooops! I just remembered that I knit collars for each bear. The head of each bear is filled with polyfil and I couldn’t imagine that it would stay there with playing/cuddling/wrestling, so I “sewed” them closed at the neck… and knit a collar for each bear to a) distinguish one (Jun’s) from another (Gin’s) and b) hide the sewing.

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October 26 2016
May 14 2017
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About this yarn
by Plymouth Yarn
Super Bulky
75% Acrylic, 25% Wool
64 yards / 100 grams
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  • Project created: October 27, 2016
  • Finished: May 14, 2017
  • Updated: May 15, 2017
  • Progress updates: 5 updates