Everyone’s favorite bears are included in this free knitting pattern collection: Teddy bears, Paddington bear, Koala bear, polar bear, panda, and more. Updated 7/30/23
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Striped teddy bear holding a knit heart with embroidered heart on chest. It looks like the bear is knit flat, though the pattern calls for dpns (perhaps because of the small parts?). Note there are the color changes are handled with general instructions at the beginning. Designed by Go Handmade for Hobbii. Sport weight yarn.
Koala softie knit flat in garter stitch, seamed, with felt and embroidered features. Crochet edge on ears. Approximate sitting height of 18cm (7 in). Aran weight yarn. Designed by Prima Team.
Ted the Bear with Wardrobe
Toy teddy bear with separate patterns for a sweater with front pocket and cardigan jacket. DK weight yarn. Designed by Jem Weston.
Toy teddy bear designed by Kimberly Chapman with a pattern that includes photos. Pictured project by harmonster
Oliver Teddy Bear with Jacket
This adorable little bear is excerpted by permission from “The Knitted Teddy Bear” by Sandra Polley (Collins and Brown). He is about 5 inches and can be knit in a couple of evenings. You can also knit a larger size by using heavier yarn and larger needles. To see more bears from this delightful book or to buy a copy, go to knitsandpieces.co.uk/toy-books/. Sandra is an amazing designer who offers many knitting patterns on her site at www.knitsandpieces.co.uk. Please be sure to check them out!
Baby Smiles Teddy
Toy teddy bear knit flat and seamed. The colorful design comes from self-patterning yarn. Size Approx. 37 cm/14.6 in tall. Designed by Schachenmayr Design Team. Fingering weight yarn. Available in English, French, German, and Norwegian.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the recommended Schachenmayr Baby Smiles Bravo Baby 185 yarn at Amazon
Toy panda with hat and scarf.Size: 15cm sitting height in DK yarn. Designed by Sachiyo Ishii. The file needs to be unzipped after download.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get more toy knitting patterns by Sachiyo Ishii on Amazon
- See more Christmas Toy Knitting Patterns
Easy Knitted Bears Free Ebook
Learn to knit your own gorgeous bears with these easy-to-follow knitting patterns from bestselling knitting writer Fiona Goble. There are also instructions to create a host of clothes, including bride & groom outfits, a graduation outfit, a Santa costume, a ballet outfit, and a sports outfit. This book is available for free as a Kindle ebook that you can read on ANY device with their free Kindle app.
Polar Bear Toy
Learn how to knit this 8 inch polar bear with cute critter expert, Megan Kreiner at Creativebug. The bear and fish are made with chunky yarn, so the knitting is fast and easy. The pattern and class are free with a free trial at Creativebug.
Adorable panda pillow toys are easy to knit in 3 sizes: 7 3/4″, 11″, and 17″. Designed by Premier Yarns. I think instead of stuffing them you could use them over a pillow form or put in a zipper as a pajama pal.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended Premier Parfait Yarn on Amazon (Prime options available)
Mini Teddy Bear
This little bear is just 3” tall and a quick knit. Great stash buster or holiday ornament. Designed by Kathy Lewinski
Michele Wilcox’s cuddly bear for Premier Yarns measures approximately 16” from top of head to bottom of foot.
Pattoz, a Bear
Designed by Annalisa Dione, who requests you consider donating to Bear With Us a sanctuary for ex circus bears and a rehabilitation center for orphaned or injured bears. Pattern available in English and Italian. Pictured project by Marsicanusbear
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Henri the Knitted Bear
Designed by Rachel Borello Carroll, this small bear is a quick knit. You can’t see in this photo but Henri has legs too. Great use for leftover yarn!
Teddy by Cassidy Clark
The size of the finished bear is not listed, as the gauge doesn’t matter. As long as the gauge is tight enough so that the stuffing won’t show through, the needle size and yarn choice is up to you.
Bubby the Bear
Designed by Vanessa Carter, this relaxed teddy is 7 inches high. His body, legs and head are knit in one piece in the round.
Teddy Bear by Debbie Bliss
30 cm (12 inches) tall. Each piece of this bear is knit flat and seamed.
Twin Bear by Craftbits
This bear by Craftbits comes in two sizes depending on the yarn used. 6.5 inch x 3.5 inch if Wool 8 ply or Double worsted yarn is used; or 7x 4.5inch if “Strand” wool yarn is used. Pictured project by marico
Koala Baby Bear
Designed by knitted toy box, this koala baby is 4 inches tall.
Otso Bear Toy
These adorable bears can be knit flat or in the round. Designed by Sophie Scott for Loop, London. Finished height: 28cm / 11in tall Scroll all the way down the page to get the patterns.
Created by the Berroco Design Team, this bear is designed to be used with novelty yarn like fun fur, comes with a scarf pattern, and is 12” tall. Pictured project is by gammie3 for Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Percy the Panda
Knitted bear worked flat and shaped with short rows. ,Only requires two balls of yarn - one white and one black. Designed by Ann Franklin. DK weight yarn.
Baby Bear Hat
Gina Michele cleverly uses pompoms for bear ears in her adorable design.
Two-Hour Teddy Bear
Knit this 11 inch tall bear designed by The Knit Cafe Toronto in two hours!
Designed by Yarnspirations. Approx 14” [35.5 cm] long.
Bear Cub Hat and Mitts
Designed by Lynda Cyr for Red Heart. Sized for newborn and 12 months
Baby Bear Hoodie
Designed by Lynda Cyr for Red Heart. Sizes from 6 months to 24 months.
Oso Cute Bear
This cuddly bear by Bernat is approx 11″ tall
Teddy Bear Pillow Pal
Designed by Nancy Anderson for Red Heart. Pillow measures 23″ high x 19″ wide.
Teddy Bear Blanket
32.5″ wide x 28″ long. Designed by Barbara Breiter for Crystal Palace Yarns. Pictured project by olexis.
Approximately 10” tall. Great for multi-colored yarn.
Patterns for Purchase
Easy teddy bear stuffie. Her arms and legs are button and thread jointed and her body, head and nose are knitted in one piece. This is a relatively easy pattern with only basic knitting stitches needed and is knitted using 2 strands of yarn together. Finished size is approx 15ins / 38cms. Designed by HoneyBeeBears.
Teddy Bear Family
Available again! Set of bear toys knit flat with two adult sized parent bears and two kid sized bears, all sporting knitted Fairisle sweaters. Sizes: Daddy: 26cm/10in Mummy: 22cm/8.7in Boy: 15.5cm/6in Girl: 11.5cm/4.5in. Designed by Sachiyo Ishii. DK weight yarn.
Little Doctor Bear
No longer free. Teddy bear in medical scrubs with mask. Head and body knit in a single piece with simple shaping. His tunic and trousers are removable, and his hat is sewn in place. Designed by Claire Fairall as her thank you to the wonderful medical staff all over the world. Size 21cm /8.5” tall. DK weight yarn.
Sleepy Time Teddy Bears
Mum, dad, little girl and little boy bear complete with their cosy sleeping bag and hot water bottle. Mum and dad measure 25cm (10 inches tall). Babies measure 15.5cm (6 inches) tall. Designed by Rowena Dawson. DK weight yarn.
Oliver Teddy Bear
Cuddly, adorable teddy is 18cm at sitting height and features a patchwork heart. Designed by Jane Burns. DK weight yarn. A kit is also available.
Catherine Teddy Bear With Dress
NO LONGER FREE. Adorable traditional bear with fully jointed arms and legs and a lace dress. Excerpted from “The Knitted Teddy Bear” by Sandra Polley (Collins and Brown). Approximately 21 inches (53cm). Sandra is an amazing designer who offers many knitting patterns on her site at www.knitsandpieces.co.uk. Please be sure to check them out!
10 Busy Little Bears
Instructions for all the Busy Little Bears - 10 small teddy bears With different faces and/or clothes that are quick to make and only require small amounts of yarn. Knitted on two needles. 10cm (4 in). Designed by dollytime. DK weight yarn.
Bear Toy With Plaid Dress
Full instructions for knitting a bear softie with separate dress. All items knit flat and seamed. Finished size: approx 21 cm (8 inches) from the tip of the toes to the top of the ears
Candy Bear and Romeo Bear
Toy bears with wardrobes. Worked flat on 2 straight knitting needles and seamed. Length Approx 15 inches
Kimmy the Koala
Kimmy is a tubby koala, sewn in the sitting position; he measures 15 inches/39 cms approximately.
Happy Dreams Teddy Bear
This sweet sleepy time bear is 6.69 inches tall.
Paddington is 7.48 inches tall.
Teddy Bear Mittens
Includes instructions for the following sizes: 12 months, 2, 4, 6.
Bearly Bed Time Pajama Case
Toy Dimensions : 50cm front to back paws, 23cm wide. Opening 25cm long.