Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Teddy bear onesie

A teddy bear onesie using double knit, with either plain or an easy fair isle pattern. 

The pattern is in stocking stitch throughout with the legs made first then joined to continue with the body and raglan shaping for the arms. As the pattern is to fit a  15"/17" Build a bear, which are the 'sit down' type of bear, there is a lot of shaping at the back using short rows (Iv'e given full instructions for this - its really easy). If your bear isn't this type you could omit rows 19, 20, 23 and 24 on the right leg and rows 18,19,22 and 23 on the left leg.  But its best to check your knitting as you go to get a good fit.  
I used a self striping yarn (King Cole Cherish) for the plain onesie, with a plain contrast yarn which gives a lovely effect. The red and white fair isle would be great for Christmas. 

If you made this onesie please let me know how you got on (I would love to see a photo on Ravely) and if you find any mistakes or have any queries leave a comment or contact me.
















Measurements:   15/16” Build a bear (check your knitting as you go to adjust length for a good fit for your bear)
Actual measurements:   shirt: Chest 16”, Sleeve seam 3”
Materials:  75g double knitting yarn in main, 25g contrast 
Needles size 3.25mm ,and 4mm, 4 buttons
Tension: 24sts - 30 rows to 10cm (4in) in stocking stitch using 4mm needles (or the size required to give correct tension. 

Abbreviations:  k: knit, p: purl, Ss: stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl), inc: increase by knitting into front loop of next st, then knit into back loop, dc: decrease, beg: beginning, sts: stitches, tog: together, yr, yarn forward, yon: yarn on needle, m1: slip loop between sts onto left hand needle and knit into back, skk: slip next 2 sts onto right hand needle, insert left hand needle into front loops and knit together.    how to skk decrease


Worked from the ankle up

Left leg
Using 3.25mm needles and contrast cast on 40sts
Work 5 rows k1, p1 rib
Inc row:  rib 4, (inc in next st, rib 5) 6 times   46sts  
Change to 4mm needles and main, using ss throughout, inc 1 stitch at each end of next and every following 4th row to 54sts, ending on a purl row
Inc 1 stitch at each end of next and following alternate row   58sts
Next row:       purl*
Shaping         
Row 1:   cast off 4sts knit to end
Row 2:   cast off 2sts purl to end
Rows 3 to 5:   dec 1 st at each end of next and following alt row   (48sts)
Row 6:    Purl
Row 7:    k1,K2tog, k15, yf, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand needle, yb, sl st back onto left hand needle (wrap) turn
Row 8:    purl to end
Row 9:    knit across all sts
Row 10:   purl
Repeat rows 7 to 10  (46sts)
Row 15:   k18, wrap, turn
Row 16:   purl to end
Row 17:   knit across all sts
Row 18:   Cast off 3sts purl to end  
Row 19:   k19, wrap, turn
Row 20:   purl to end
Row 21:   knit across all sts
Row 22:   purl to end
Row 23:   k20, wrap, turn
Row 24:   purl to end
Row 25:   knit across all sts
Row 26:   purl to end
Leave 43 sts on holder

Right leg
Work as left leg to *
Shaping
Row 1:     cast off 2sts knit to end
Row 2:     cast off 4sts purl to end
Rows 3 to 5:    dec 1 st at each end of next and following alt row   (48sts)
Row 6:     (wrong side) p18, yb, sl st from left hand needle onto right hand    needle, yf, sl st back onto left hand needle (wrap) turn
Row 7:      k to last 3sts, skk, k1
Row 8:      purl across all sts
Row 9:      knit
Repeat rows 6 to 9   (46sts)
Row 14:    (wrong side) p18, wrap, turn
Row 15:    k to end
Row 16:    purl across all sts
Row 17:    Cast off 3sts k to end
Row 18:    p19, wrap, turn
Row 19:    k to end
Row 20:    purl across all sts
Row 21:    k to end
Row 22:    p20, wrap, turn
Row 23:    k to end
Row 24:    purl across all sts
Row 25:    knit to end
Row 26:    purl   (43sts)
do not fasten off  yarn

Joining legs
With right side facing knit across 43sts of right leg, continue across 43sts of left leg.  86sts
Beg with a purl row work 2 rows ss.
Next row: P42,inc in next st purlwise, p43   87sts
Work 11 rows of chart  (for plain version ss 11 rows)
Fasten off contrast yarn

Armhole shaping
(Wrong side facing) Using main, p17, cast off 6sts, p41 (this includes st on right hand needle) cast off 6sts, p17
Continue on 17sts of right front
K to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to end
Repeat last 2 rows to 14sts ending on a purl row
Shape neck
Cast off 4sts, k, to last 3sts, k2tog, k1   9sts
K1, purl to end
Following armhole shaping, dec 1st at each end of next and following alt row 5sts
K1, purl to end
K2, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to end
K1, k2tog, k1
K1 p2
K2tog, k1
P2tog   fasten off yarn

Rejoin main yarn to remaining 41sts for back (right side facing)
K1, skk, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to last sts, k1
Repeat last 2 rows to 21sts
Leave 21sts on holder.

Rejoin main yarn to remaining 17sts for left front (right side facing)
K1, skk, k to end
Purl to last st, k1
Repeat last 2 rows to 13sts ending on a knit row
Shape neck
Cast off 4sts, p to end   9sts
K1, skk, k to last 2sts, k2tog
Purl
Repeat last 2 rows once   (5sts)
K1, skk, k to end   4sts
Purl to last st, k1
K1, skk k1 3
P2, k1
K1, skk
P2
K2tog  
fasten off yarn

Sleeves (make 2)
Using 3.25 needles and contrast, cast on 36sts
Work 6 rows k1, p1 rib
Change to 4mm needles and main
Work 10 rows ss
Armhole shaping
Cast off 3sts at beg of next 2 rows
K1, skk, k to last 3sts, k2tog, k1
K1, purl to last st, k1
Repeat last 2 rows to 10sts
Leave 10sts on holder


Neckband
Sew raglan seams
With right side facing using no 3.25 needles and contrast, pick up and knit 15sts along right side neck edge, knit 10sts along top of sleeve, knit 21sts along top of back, knit 10sts along top of sleeve, pick up and knit 15st down left neck edge.   (71sts)
Work 5 rows k1, p1 rib.  Cast off

Left front band
With right side facing, using no 3.25 needles and contrast, pick up and knit 31sts along left front edge, starting at neck edge to first set of cast off sts.  Work 5 rows k1, p1 rib.  Cast off loosely

Right front band
With right side facing, using no 3.25 needles and contrast, pick up and knit 31sts along right front edge starting at first set of cast off sts to neck edge.  Work 2 rows k1, p1 rib.
Buttonhole row:  rib2, (yf (or yon), k2tog, rib 5) 3 times, yf, k2tog, k6
Rib 2 rows.    Cast off loosely

Sew side seams of legs.
Sew middle seam from centre front along back, leaving a gap for the tail
Overlap front bands and sew into place at centre front
Sew on 4 buttons to correspond with buttonholes.
Sew in all ends



Chart

The first and last columns are edge sts

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