Monday, January 04, 2016

Bear Bottoms

Does your Bear need a little something more to complete his outfit?  Another garment to wear with his sweater?  I came up with this pattern as an easy way to make pants for the knitting guild's charity bears.   You do need to know how to knit in the round with double pointed needles, so it may not be easy for everyone.  And it only works for standing,  not sitting bears.

Bear Bottoms
Size – 12 inch standing bear
Worsted weight yarn - about 40 yards
Double pointed needles sizes US 6 & 8
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch

With smaller needle cast on 40 stitches, place marker and join to knit in the round.
K 1 P1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
Increase round  (K 3, kfb in the next stitch), repeat to end. 50 stitches
Change to larger needle.
Knit even for 3 inches.
Change to smaller needle.
K 6 , PM, K 19, PM, K 6, PM, knit to end of round.
Work 4 rounds as follows:
K 6, sm, P1, ( K1 , P1) 9 times, sm, K 6, sm, P1, (K1, P1) 9 times.
*Knit 6, put these stitches on scrap yarn or spare needle, bind off next 19 stitches*, repeat between * removing markers as you come to them. Cut yarn leaving at least 12 inches.
12 live stitches left . With right sides together join together (6 + 6) using the 3 needle bind off technique . Use the tail end of yarn to neaten join at leg and weave in ends 


Abbreviations: K – knit, P – purl, PM – place marker, sm – slip marker, kfb – increase by knitting in the front and back of the stitch


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