Oliver Teddy Bear Pattern – now available

Many years ago I designed a little bear for Let’s Knit Magazine, Oliver.  I have had so many requests for the pattern to be made available, I decided to give him a makeover and make some changes to the original construction.


Oliver 2.0 is knitted using the gorgeous Scheepjes, Stone Washed, with a slightly heathered effect, the yarn hides a multitude of sins. Worked in the round with minimal sewing up, what is not to love? Templates are provided for the felt pieces to take the guess work out.

To knit Oliver you will need to be able to knit in the round, either using DPN’s or magic loop.


Knit Kit:


Scheepjes, Stone Washed, Yarn (A) Smokey Quartz 802; one 50g ball; Yarn (B) Moonstone 801; one 10g ball (optional)


3.25mm (US 3) needles for working in the round

Also Needed:

Toy stuffing (safety)

Stitch markers

White felt

Grey felt

Oddment of black yarn

Grey sewing thread and needle


26sts x 36rows = 10cm x 10cm using 3.25mm needles and stocking stitch in the round.

Sizing Notes:

Sitting height: 18cm


If you prefer you can knit the soles of the feet in a contrasting yarn, see optional instruction in pattern.

You can find Oliver’s Santa Hat pattern (available for free) here.


Bear Necessities Crochet Pattern for Clip on Bear Ears

Katie came home from school last week and announced, “I NEED a bear costume,  not a full on proper bear costume, but STUFF!”  Those of you with knowledge of ten year olds will know that the word STUFF is inserted into every sentence regardless of the context.  Anyway, after much questioning I discovered what she actually required was some bear like features for the part she is playing in a performance this week.

So I sat down with my hook and yarn very late Monday night determined to create a pair of clip on bear ears and this is what I made….

crochet bear ears clip jane burns

go down to the woods today

The ears are actually very simple to make, you could change the colours and make polar bear ears etc.   I am sharing my pattern with you so that you too can produce animal ears at very short notice. (instructions are written in UK Crochet terms)
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