Tutorial: how to make an amigurumi bear

from Annalisa Chelli - 12 November 2018

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

The first tutorial of our super crafty Christmas is dedicated to the creation of a super cute bear, made using the amigurumi technique (or crochet, not to use Japanese). Featuring some of our winter yarns, the pattern has a low difficulty rating so anyone can have a go. This project is by Airali Design – Ilaria Caliri, a really gifted crocheter, designer and blogger who we just had to have on board this adventure, as she’s got an aesthetic sense that we’re crazy about!

Christmas tutorial - how to make an amigurumi Bear

We’ve got two versions of the amigurumi bear, a white one and a brown one and each wearing a different stripy scarf, which you can choose to copy these versions or indulge your whims and mix up other combinations. There’s a large selection of colours to choose from in the yarns available on our site.

And now get your needles at the ready and let’s get going with the tutorial on making the bear.

Materials

For the White Bear:
Piuma yarn 200 g/7,05 oz color Natural White
Cyrcus yarn 100 g/3,52 oz color Black Cherry
Cyrcus yarn 100 g/3,52 oz color Cotton Candy

For Bruno Bear:
Piuma yarn 200 g/7,05 oz color Marrakech
Piuma yarn 100 g/3,52 oz color Ireland
Piuma yarn 100 g/3,52 oz color Paradise
4 mm and 5,5mm crochet hook

2 pairs of 12mm safety eyes
Black thread
Wool needle
Stitch markers
Synthetic wadding
Pompom maker of about 4,5mm in diameter

Christmas tutorial - amigurumi bear

Stitches
ch: chain
sts: stitch(es)
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
rep: repeat
[number]: number of stitches in the round or stripe
Difficulty: low

Size: 28 cm in height using the yarn indicated

Tutorial: how to make an amigurumi bear

To make the amigurumi bear you need to work the body as one piece, starting from the legs up to the neck. Instead, all the other pieces will be worked separately and then sewn onto the body. We’ve used knitting abbreviations throughout the tutorial which you can find under the heading Stitches.

How to make the bear’s head

Depending on which bear you choose to make, take the Piuma yarn in colour Natural White or Marrakech and get a 4mm hook.

1st round: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
2nd round: 6 incs (12)
3rd round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following sts) rep 6 times (18)
4th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 2 sts) rep 6 times (24)
5th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 3 sts) rep 6 times (30)
6th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 4 sts) rep 6 times (36)
7th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 5 sts) rep 6 times (42)
8th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 6 sts) rep 6 times (48)
9th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 7sts) rep 6 times (54)
10th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 8 sts) rep 6 times (60)
11th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 9 sts) rep 6 times (66)
From the 12th to the 22nd round {11 rounds}: sc all the sts (66)
23rd round: (dec, sc in the following 9 sts) rep 6 times (60)
24th round: (dec, sc in the following 8 sts) rep 6 times (54)
25th round: (dec, sc in the following 7 sts) rep 6 times (48)
26th round: (dec, sc in the following 6 sts) rep 6 times (42)

Place the safety eyes between rounds 18 and 19 at about 15cm apart.

Start stuffing the head and continue stuffing while you’re working.

27th round: (dec, sc in the following 5 sts) rep 6 times (36)
28th round: (dec, sc in the following 4 sts) rep 6 times (30)
29th round: (dec, sc in the following 3 sts) rep 6 times (24)

Cut the thread leaving enough length for sewing.

With the black embroidery thread and a wool needle, embroider the nose between rounds 19 and 20 and the snout between rounds 21 and 22.

How to make the amigurumi bear’s ears 

Still using Piuma yarn in colour Natural White or Marrakech and a 4mm hook start working as so:

1st round: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
2nd round: 6 incs (12)
From the 3rd round to the 5th round {3 rounds}: sc all the sts (12)

Cut the thread leaving enough for sewing. Don’t stuff the ear, but instead flatten it into a semicircle shape. Sew the ears onto the side of the head between rows 8 and 12.

How to make the bear’s legs

Continue using the yarn that you’ve chosen for the project and a 4mm hook.

1st round: cast on 6 sc in the magic ring (6)
2nd round: 6 incs (12)
3rd round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following sts) rep 6 times (18)
4th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 2 sts) rep 6 times (24)
From the 5th to 8th round {4 rounds}: sc all the sts (24)

Cut and secure the thread. Make the other leg but don’t cut the thread and continue working the body.

Christmas tutorial - Crochet amigurumi bear

How to make the amigurumi bear’s body 

Still using the chosen yarn and the 4mm hook, continue working and put the second leg near to the first one and go ahead with these steps:

9th round: sc in the following 21 sts of the first leg, skip the last 3 sts of the first leg and the next 3 sts of the second leg, sc in the following 21 sts of the second leg, place a stitch marker in the last sts [42]
10th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 13 sts) rep 3 times (45)
11th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 14 sts) rep 3 times (48)
12th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 15 sts) rep 3 times (51)
13th round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following 16 sts) rep 3 times (54)

From the 14th to the 21st round {8 rounds}: sc all the sts (54)

22nd round: (dec, sc in the following 16 sts) rep 3 times (51)
23rd round: sc all the sts (51)
24th round: (dec, sc in the following 15 sts) rep 3 times (48)
25th round: sc all the sts (48)
26th round: (dec, sc in the following 14 sts) rep 3 times (45)
27th round: (dec, sc in the following 13 sts) rep 3 times (42)
28th round: (dec, sc in the following 12 sts) rep 3 times (39)
29th round: (dec, sc in the following 11 sts) rep 3 times (36)
30th round: (dec, sc in the following 10 sts) rep 3 times (33)
31st round: (dec, sc in the following 9 sts) rep 3 times (30)
32nd round: (dec, sc in the following 3 sts) rep 6 times (24)

Stuff the legs and body. Cut and secure the thread.

How to make the bear’s arms

To finalise your work you now need to make the arms using the Piuma yarn and the 4mm hook.

1st round: cast on 5 sc in the magic ring (5)
2nd round: 5 incs (10)
3rd round: (inc in the following sts, sc in the following sts) rep 5 times (15)
From the 4th to the 10th round {7 rounds}: sc all the sts (15)
11th round: dec in the following 13 sts (14)
12th round: sc all the sts (14)
13th round: dec, sc in the following 12 sts (13)
14th round: sc all the sts (13)
15th round: dec, sc in the following 11 sts (12)
16th round: sc all sts (12)
17th round: dec, sc the following 10 sts (11)
18th round: sc all the sts (11)
19th round: dec, sc in the following 9 sts (10)
20th round: sc all the stitches (10)

Stuff the arms. Cut and secure the thread leaving enough to sew on the arms between rounds 28 and 29 of the body.

How to make the scarf for the amigurumi bear

Lastly, to add a touch of style to the bear we’ve chosen to create a scarf to match each version: for the white bear we’ve used Cyrcus yarn colour. Black Cherry. You’ll need a 5,5mm hook and then cast on 1+3 ch (the 3 ch always count as 1 dc).

Stripe 1: 2 dc in the fourth ch from the hook, turn the work over
Stripes 2 – 6 {5 stripes}: 3 ch and 1 dc in the first sts (to get the increase), work the dc until the end of the stripe, turn the work over
Stripes 7 – 41 {or until you get to a length of 65cm}: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc in all the sts, turn [8]
Stripes 42 – 46: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc all the sts until 2 sts from the end of the stripe, skip 1 sts, dc the last sts of the stripe, turn the work over

Finish off the scarf by turning the work over and make 1 sl st in the last sts of the stripe to close the scarf with a pointy end. Cut and secure the thread.

Now all that’s left to do is create 2 pompoms with the Cyrcus yarn colour. Cotton Candy and sew them onto both ends of the scarf.

To make the 2 pompoms we suggest reading the tutorial on how to make a seamless beanie.

Christmas Tutorial - amigurumi bear using piuma yarn

However, for bruno bear we’ve used Piuma yarn in the colours Ireland and Paradise.

You’ll need a 5,5mm hook for this one too and just follow the same chart as for the white bear’s, changing colour every 2 strips. To change the colour, don’t cut the thread but leave it hanging and pick it up in the next 2 stripes, taking care not to stretch the filo too much.

Aren’t they adorable? Have a go at making your own bears how you fancy, maybe to keep all for yourself all give them as presents. Whoever receives them, are sure to be very impressed!

The second tutorial is a girls’ top down cardigan, made with a brand-new and really unique yarn.

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28 Comments for Tutorial: how to make an amigurumi bear

  1. Ami Stockellburg-Kelly

    I am very new at starting amigurumi!

  2. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Good luck with that!! Keep us updated about the work in progress.

  3. Taylor Dinkins

    This is my first ever amigurumi and it’s pretty easy to follow. I mostly did this as a way to get rid of yarn but it’s adorable and I love his big head

  4. Annalisa Chelli

    We love them too! Send us pictures of your own amigurumi bear if you like. Enjoy your day.

  5. Ana

    Love them!
    Not sure why skip 3 at the beginning of the body…

  6. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Hi Ana, we skip 3 at the beginning of the body because in this way we can stuff the legs and body.

  7. Teresa Finley

    I love all your Amigurumi Patterns, they are easy to follow and have helped me improve my skills in crochet.

  8. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Hi Teresa, thanks for your kind words.

  9. Miliza Maria Pinho Meirelles

    I love . Amei 💝💝💝
    Obrigada

  10. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Hi Miliza, great to know you appreciate it!

  11. Angeline

    Thank you so much for this pattern!! Its very clear and the outcome is an adorable bear! Happy Holidays 🙂

  12. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Angeline you are very welcome! Happy Holidays 🙂

  13. Mandy

    I’m trying to make two of these for my friends as a christmas/new years present, but as I’ve slacked a bit, I’m now on a very short schedule. Do you think the pattern will still work if i cut it in half? I’ve kind of got a plan for it but I’m nervous about it not working.

  14. Edoardo Del Lucchese

    Hi Mandy you can try, but I don’t know if the result will be the same. By the way when you will finish the work, let us know the result. Happy crocheting!!

  15. Olivia

    Heyy just asking about the bear’s arm. Am I suppose to make 6 sc in the magic ring or 5?? Because in the bracket it’s 5 but the instructions said 6 sc. I’m a bit confused so I hope you can help out!! 🙂

  16. Annalisa Chelli

    Hi dear Olivia, The number in brackets is correct, you need to start 5 sc in your magic ring. Sorry for the mistake.

  17. Jama

    I love this design, so adorable! But I’m having trouble understanding how to join the legs on the 9th round under how to make the body. ): I think I’m over complicating it, but stumped nevertheless.

  18. Annalisa Chelli

    I’m glad you like the design! When you’ve completed the first leg, just put it aside and make the second one. At the end of the second one, do not cut the yarn, put the second leg near to the first one and go ahead with the next round, they will join automatically.

  19. Becky

    Hey! I’m really enjoying this pattern! Just confused by one part and was hoping you could help! When you skip the 6 stitches (3 on each leg) are these just joined at the end by sewing together or am I missing something?

    Thanks!

  20. Annalisa Chelli

    I’m glad you are enjoying this pattern! You’re right, you can use the same yarn and a tapestry needle to close the little gap.

  21. brielle rodriguez

    love this pattern!
    thank you for sharing it with me for free
    i really appreciate the chance to have new friends lying on my bed at night

  22. Annalisa Chelli

    Dear Brielle, so glad to read your comment. Thanks a lot.

  23. khulood

    Hi
    Can I sell this cute bear after I finish it?

  24. Annalisa Chelli

    Hi Khulood, yes of course. Only note that to achieve the same result it’s essential to use our Piuma yarn. We have in fact chosen that yarn because is soft and light. Enjoy the pattern 🙂

  25. saite

    hi! i absolutely love this pattern. the bear is so adorable and easy to make! i was wondering if the finished bear can be sold for profit? obviously with proper credit to you for the pattern? since that’s not specified in the article. thanks in advance for the answer! 💕

  26. Annalisa Chelli

    Hi Saite, we love your enthusiasm! You can do whatever you like with your amigurumi bear. I only suggest you to use our Piuma yarn if you want to be sure to get a bear soft to the touch like our.

  27. Tammy

    Hi there. I love the looks of these bears and can’t wait to start them. I was reading over the pattern and noticed when I get to the scarf on “stripes 7 – 41” there are no instructions after the colon, so I’m a little confused. Can you help me with this? Thank you so much.

  28. Annalisa Chelli

    Hallo Tammy, so the answer to your question is: Stripes 7 – 41 {or until you get to a length of 65cm}: 3 ch (counts as 1 dc), dc in all the sts, turn [8]. Enjoy the pattern 🙂

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