Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Polar Playmat Series - Penny the Polar Bear

 I am very excited to launch my Polar Playmat Series this week.   I came up with this concept over Christmas and have been working hard since then to bring it to you.   The Polar Playmat fits in perfectly with all the wintery weather we have had recently, but without any of the actual cold!



The playmat features 4 toys; a Narwhal, Rockhopper Penguin, Seal and a Polar Bear, 4 of my favourite polar living animals.   Whilst they don't all strictly live in the same place in the wild, I decided to bring them together for this series.   Also as part of the series is the small igloo toy to complete the winter look which you can place on the icy area of the playmat.   Plus there are plenty of fish to eat in the sea for all these creatures.   Finally I made a colour coordinating bag to store all of the playmat pieces in.

Over the course of the next 5 blog posts, I am going to be releasing each of the written patterns to you for FREE, and on the alternating weeks you will also get a video tutorial available on my youtube channel.   This week I will be beginning with Penny the Polar Bear.

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will know I prefer to sew as little as possible in  my patterns and Penny is no exception.   See features join as you go limbs and therefore only requires the final end to be sewn into her.   I have actually worked up 2 versions of Penny.   Firstly, the smaller version who matches the playmat perfectly is worked in aran yarn on a 3mm hook, but also the more cuddly sized Penny who was worked up using blanket yarn (aldi baby yarn) and a 6mm hook, who can be made on her own or with her more cuddly friends.

You can find the FREE pattern for Penny the Polar Bear below.   If you are not familiar with join as you go limbs, then I have a video tutorial which maybe helpful to you here.  You can also purchase the ad free, printable version of this pattern in my Etsy store for a small amount if you prefer.

I hope that you enjoy making Penny over the next couple of weeks, and do look out for her video tutorial coming next Wednesday.   As always I would love to see pictures of your finished toys, so please feel free to share them on my social media platforms.

See you in 2 weeks with another of Penny's friends from the Polar Playmat Series.

Vicky x

Penny the Polar Bear

 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Penny

·        Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn (although any aran/worsted weight will work) – 100g balls in the following colours

o   Champagne White (202)

o   Misty Grey (203)

o   Slate Grey (205)

o   Granite Grey (206)

·        2 x 10mm black safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)

·        Stuffing

·        3 mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

·        Sl st – slip stitch

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Sc inc – single crochet increase

·        Sc dec – single crochet decrease – I use the invisible decrease method

·        Ch – chain

·        b/l – back loops

·        trc – treble crochet

·        Popcorn stitch – 5 trc together, then ch 1 (*yarn over twice, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, leave remaining loops on the hook.*   Repeat from * to * 4 more times into the same stitch, then yarn over pull through all remaining loops on hook, then chain 1)

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for Penny, however the tighter you crochet the fewer gaps will be available when stuffing.   My finished Penny is 6” long and 5” wide

·        All these patterns are worked in continuous rounds, do not sl st at the end of each round.   A stitch marker is essential for keeping track of the start of your rows.

·        Penny’s legs are made first and then joined as you go through the pattern.

·        To join legs as you go, fold the leg in half and line it up with the edge of the body you are working on.   Then you need to sc through both sides of the leg and through the body using the number of stitches stated in the pattern.   (see video tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MT4BpLhRII)

 

4.  Pattern

Legs – Make 4 in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

Sc around in b/l

12

4-10

Sc around

12

11

(sc, sc dec) x 4

8

 

Sl st and cast off, stuff legs

 

 Head – starting in Granite Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6 in slate grey

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6 in misty grey

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6 in white

24

5-10

Sc around

24

11

7 sc, popcorn, 7 sc, popcorn, 8 sc (popcorns create ears)

24

12

Sc around

24

13

( 2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Add eyes 1 row in front of each ear then stuff the head

 

14

Sc around

18

15

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

16

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

17

Sc around

30

18

Sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 20 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, sc

30

19

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

20-26

Sc around

36

27

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

28

2 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 20 sc, attach leg with 4 sc

30

29

Sc around

30

30

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

31

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

32

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff polar bear

 

33

(sc dec) x 6

6

34

Fold edges in half and make a popcorn stitch through the middle stitch on both sides to make a tail, sl st and cast off

6

 

Sew tail shut and sew to polar bears bottom, sew in ends

 


 

 

  

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