Squirrel Picnic

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Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern

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Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic3Introducing Motley Bear! I made this bear for one of my dear friends who was donating her kidney to a relative. I wanted to provide her with a bear that exuded confidence while at the same time bringing a lot of colorful cheer while she was recovering. I think Mr. Motley pulls it off nicely.

This bear pattern is based on my original Sleepy Bear pattern, with one obvious difference — he’s all done up in stripes.

Motley Bear GreenA striped bear provides a great opportunity to use up some leftover yarn too. I made this green bear out of odds and ends of green yarn that I collected over the years. I even have another bear that I am crocheting as I go, adding a round at a time as I gather leftover yarn from other projects. If you start a stash-busting bear like I have, my biggest word of advice is to pin a card listing your place in the pattern to your bear each time you put him aside so you’ll know where you left off when you pick him up again.

When I work in stripes like this, I prefer to end each round by joining with a slst and then chaining 1 with the new color to start the next round. By pulling on the strand for the previous color, it creates almost perfect, non-jogging rounds. They aren’t entirely perfect though. You still end up with a noticeable seam that spirals down the back, but I always just make sure that this part is at the back when I sew on the arms and legs and face. I prefer this method because I am too lazy to fasten off one color and attach the new one in each round. If you have a different method for changing colors in a striping pattern, by all means use it… and please share it with me! I am always up for learning new techniques.

Here are some other techniques you might try:

June Gilbank of Planet June has some great video tutorials for an invisible join (the one I mentioned above that I am too lazy to do), a no-cut join, and a hybrid of the two.

Needle Noodles has a great photo tutorial for two slip-stitch methods of color changing.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern

Difficulty rating 2

Note about yarn: Feel free to use the yarn of your choice, but be sure that all of the yarn you use for this project is about the same weight. For reference, I used an aran-weight yarn — Caron Simply Soft (250 yds [228 m], 5 oz [141.7 g] in neon orange, soft green, cool green, orchid, and purple.

This yarn and the gauge below made a 10″ tall bear and required about 5.5 ounces of yarn.

Gauge for bear made with Caron Simply Soft

9.5 sc sts = 2″
10 rnds = 2″

Materials

Yarn in the colors of your choice (again, it’s important to check that all the yarn you choose is the same weight)
If you’re having trouble choosing colors, try browsing the palettes at Design Seeds for inspiration.
Small amount of yarn in black and white for the eyes
Small amount of yarn in the color of your choice for the eyelids and muzzle
Crochet hook in the appropriate size for your yarn [For my bear, I used a G-6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook]
Polyester fiberfill
Yarn needle

Abbreviation Notes

inc = 2 sc in next sc
dec = sc2tog

Instructions

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel PicnicTo change colors as I have, at the end of each round, join with a slst to the first stitch in that round and chain 1 with the new color. I haven’t included this instruction in the pattern, in case you choose a different technique.

Head and Body

Ch 2 or begin with a magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or in magic loop and close).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnd 7: * 5 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 8: * 6 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 9: * 7 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (54)

Rnd 10: * 8 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (60)

Rnd 11: * 9 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (66)

Rnds 12-24: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 25: * 9 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (60)

Rnd 26: * 8 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (54)

Rnd 27: * 7 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 28: * 6 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Stuff the head at this point.

Rnd 29: Sc in the FL only of ea sc around.

Rnd 30: * 6 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 31: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 32: * 7 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (54)

Rnd 33: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 34: * 8 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (60)

Rnd 35: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 36: * 9 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (66)

Rnd 37: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 38: * 10 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (72)

Rnds 39-51: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 52: * 10 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (66)

Rnd 53: * 9 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (60)

Rnd 54: * 8 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (54)

Rnd 55: * 7 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (48)

Rnd 56: * 6 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (42)

Rnd 57: * 5 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnd 58: * 4 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 59: * 3 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Stuff the body.

Rnd 60: * 2 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 61: * Sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (12)

Rnd 62: * Sc, sk, rep from * 5 more times. (6)

FO, leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining sts and weave in.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel PicnicArms (Make 2)

Ch 2 or begin with magic loop.

Rnd 1: 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or into magic loop and close).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (10)

Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 4 more times. (15)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from *4 more times. (20)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 4 more times. (25)

Rnds 6-8: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 9: * 3 sc, dec, rep from * 4 more times. (20)

Rnds 10-18: Sc in ea sc around.

Stuff arm and flatten the opening so that the sts line up in pairs. Sc these pairs together to close.

FO, leaving long tail. Pin to body in the position shown below and sew on using long tail.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

Repeat for other arm.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel PicnicLegs (Make 2)

Ch 2 or begin with magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or into magic loop and close).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc of round (12)

Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (36)

Rnds 7-9: Sc in ea sc around.

Rnd 10: * 4 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnd 11: * 3 sc, dec, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnds 12-19: Sc in ea sc around.

Stuff leg and flatten the opening so that the sts line up in pairs. Sc these pairs together to close.

FO, leaving long tail. Pin to body and sew on using long tail.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel PicnicEars (Make 2)

Ch 2 or begin with magic loop.

Rnd 1 : 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or into magic loop and close).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12)

Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. (30)

Rnds 6-8: Sc in ea sc around.

Flatten the ear opening so that the stitches line up in pairs. Sc these pairs of stitches together to close.

FO, leaving a long tail. Pin to body in the position shown below and sew on using long tail.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

Muzzle

With one color of your choice, ch 2 or begin with magic loop.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or into magic loop and close).

Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. Join with slst, ch 1. (12)

Rnd 3: * Sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (18)

Rnd 4: * 2 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (24)

Rnd 5: * 3 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (30)

Rnd 6: * 4 sc, inc, rep from * 5 more times. Join with slst, ch 1. (36)

FO, leaving a long tail. Using embroidery floss and yarn needle, embroider a nose and mouth.

Here’s a PDF photo tutorial on how to embroider the nose and mouth:
How to Embroider a Nose and Mouth by Jennifer Olivarez

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

Pin muzzle to head.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic

Using long tail, sew to head.

Crochet eyes and eyelids and sew them to the head. I’ve made a tutorial for this, which I hope you find handy.

Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern by Squirrel Picnic0Give your bear a cuddle.

See a mistake or something I overlooked, please let me know in the comments or at squirrelpicnic{at}gmail{dot}com. Thanks!

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26 thoughts on “Motley the Bear Crochet Pattern

  1. Hi, Thanks for sharing again! He is so cute. I have watched the Planet June invisible join method and it is great, I just need to add a striped teddy to my to do list now! Sharon x

    • That’s great to hear, Sharon! I like so many of June’s tutorials. She’s a pro. If you make a striped bear, I hope you will show me. I would love to see what colors you use. Hugs to you!

  2. Oh my goodness Motley is PERFECT! Full of rainbow brightness with stars on his feet and just the right amount of eyelid! LOVE his nuzzle! I betcha your friend loves him to the moon and back!

  3. Too cute, so much expression on his face! 🙂

  4. Since now I have a nice Lady Bear at mine I can tell how great and accurate your work is… I’m amazed!! I would never be able to crochet in that way!! Your patience and ability are immense !!!!

    • You are so kind, Tajana! I’ve seen your work too and I know you could make a Motley Bear. You are so talented! 🙂 Should you ever want to try your hand at crocheting one, I’m here to help you along if you need it.

  5. Aaahhhh he’s so cute!! As someone new to amigurumi and crochet stuffies, changing colors on each round seems so intimidating! But he’s so darling, I might have to suck it up and give it a try 🙂

    • Thanks, Meg, and welcome to the wonderful world of amigurumi. 🙂 Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you with your Motley Bear. I wish I could be there to show you in person, but I could always offer guidance or recommend a good YouTube video or tutorial.

  6. Heehee I love him! What a great way to use left over yarn and what I like even more is that because it’s a stash buster, each bear has his own unique colours. Thanks for the pattern 🙂

  7. Reblogged this on All Free Crochet And Knitting Patterns and commented:
    Isn’t this just adorable!! I had to reblog it!

  8. Motley is gorgeous – thanks so much for sharing the pattern 🙂

  9. What an adorable bear! Thank you for sharing your pattern! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  10. Anyone know how I can print off the instructions without all the printing overlaying the pattern. Sometimes there is a printer friendly button, but not here. I’d print it but know the overlay will be there.

    • Hi Judi! Thanks for your interest in my Motley Bear pattern. The easiest way to print this pattern is to click on the Print & PDF button at the end of the pattern. You’ll find it at the end of the list after “Thank you for sharing.” Hope this helps. Enjoy your bear!