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BENJI BEAR

26 cm – 11.5 inches

8 ply yarn, 3.00 mm needles

Notes.
Benji can be made with a contrast colour for feet, ear fronts and muzzle as set out below, or all in one colour as in the photograph. This teddy is wonderful to dress and the clothes patterns have been done in crochet. For these patterns see separate pattern sheet.

Materials.
60 gms main colour, small amount of contrast.
8 ply (double knit – UK) (worsted weight – USA)
3.00 mm needles (11 – UK) (3 – USA)


Front.
Legs.
Using contrast cast on 13 sts.
Purl 1 row.
Next row: Inc into each st (26 sts)
Beg with a p row, St-st 3 rows.
Using main colour, G-st 6 rows
Next row: K2tog to end (13 sts)
G-st 23 rows and leave on spare needle.

Work another leg the same, but do not break off yarn.

Body.
Working across both legs (26 sts.)
G-st 2 rows.
Shape tummy.
1st row: K11, inc, K1, inc, K12 (28 sts)
G-st 3 rows
5th row: K12, inc. K1, inc, K13 (30 sts)
G st 3 rows.
9th row: K13, inc. K1, inc, K14 (32 sts)
G-st 3 rows.
13th row: K14, inc. K1, inc, K15 (34 sts)
G-st 3 rows.
Next row: K14, K2tog tbl, K2, K2tog, K14 (32)
G-st 3 rows.
Next row: K13, K2tog tbl, K2, K2tog, K13 (30)
G-st 3 rows.
Next row: K12, K2tog tbl, K2, K2tog, K12 (28)
G-st 3 rows.
Next row: K11, K2tog tbl, K2, K2tog, K11. (26)
Knit 1 row. ***
Shape arms.
Cast on 11 sts at beginning of next 2 rows
Inc 1 st at beginning of next 6 rows. (54 sts)
G-st 4 rows.
Dec 1 st at beginning of next 6 rows. (48 sts)
Cast off 17 sts at beginning of next 2 rows (14)
Shape head.
Inc 1 st at beginning of next 10 rows. ( 24 sts).
G-st 17 rows.
Dec 1 st at begging of next 10 rows (14 sts)
Cast off purlwise the remaining 14 sts. ***

Back
Legs.
Using contrast, cast on 9 sts.
Next row: K1, (Inc, K1) to end. (13 sts)
St-st 3 rows.
Using main colour,
G-st 30 rows and leave on spare needle.
Work another leg the same, but do not break off yarn.
Body.
Working across both legs (26 sts), G-st 32 rows.
Work as for Front from *** to ***.

Ears.
Back (make 2)
Using main colour cast on 14 sts.
G-st 10 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of the next 3 rows. (8 sts).
Cast off.
Front. (make 2)
Using contrast colour cast on 13 sts.
St-st 8 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of the next 3 rows. (7 sts).
Cast off.

Snout.
Using contrast, starting at the top of snout.
Cast on 15 sts.
Purl 1 row.
Continue in st-st.
Inc at each end of next 3 rows (21 sts).
Work 7 rows.
Dec at each end of next 4 rows (13 sts)
Cast off.

To Make Up.
Oversew back of body to front, leaving cast off sts (top of head) open. Match side seams of legs and oversew foot seam to run from toe to heel.
Turn through head opening and stuff firmly. Oversew top of head closed.
Oversew back to front of ears. Turn and close base of ears. Place on head so that centre of base is at edge of cast off row of head.
Position and pin snout with top half way up face. Slip st top and sides of snout, stuff lightly, and close base of snout.
Embroider eyes 8 sts apart just above snout. Embroider nose and mouth onto snout.