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The Knitted Teddy Bear: Make Your Own Heirloom Toys with Dozens of Patterns for Unique Clothing and Accessories Paperback – August 31, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400054370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400054374
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Polley's top-notch guide teaches readers how to knit adorable miniature teddy bears that can be completed in a few nights' time. The knitting isn't difficult, but the directions must be followed carefully in order to shape the bears properly. (The author provides a concise guide to the basics of doll-making, including forming ears, thread-jointing limbs and adding eyes, and all her projects are illustrated with full color photos.) A simple Beginner's Bear is the best place to start-each is made from five rectangles and easily dressed up with a little bow around the neck. Then knitters can move on to Polley's more whimsical, and dressy, creations, such as: Thomas, a sweet bear wearing a jacket, "shawl neck" sweater, wooly hat and scarf, or Sleepy Sam, whose long arms can tuck under his head when he drifts off for the night. Other bears include Rosie, who's dressed up in pink overalls, and Jack, a black bear modeled after the ones made for the survivors of the Titanic in 1912. Each bear resembles the others-most have longish faces and demure expressions-but Polley has given them enough individual personality to make sure readers will be drawn to one or two in particular. Readers will have to adjust the occasional UK/English instructions to American English, but otherwise, a skein of yarn, a few small needles and this book will set them well on their way to making beautiful toys.
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About the Author

Sandra Polley has had many years' experience with crafts, especially knitting and soft-toy construction, and has a particular interest in making and collecting miniature teddy bears. She runs a successful business selling her knitting patterns worldwide. Sandra lives in Essex, England.

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Very easy to follow instructions.
Cynthia B. Moore
They are realy something whoever receives it as gift will treasure them forever.
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I can't wait to get started on making some!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By a reader on June 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have knit 2 of the bears in this book: Catherine and Jack. I used the materials suggested (Rowan and Jaeger yarns), and both turned out delightfully. With my next bear, I will venture out into the land of less expensive yarns.

The directions provided are, for the most part, clear. One or two minor errors were discovered, both of which should be detectable by knitters with moderate logical thinking skills. I had never made dolls/bears of any sort, so visualizing pieces and joints was somewhat of an initial challenge. A few more diagrams would have cut down on some of the mental gymnastics.

Since none of the craft stores in my area carry firm stuffing, eyes or plastic safety joints, I ordered these items from [...] Service was prompt and friendly. Using quality parts is essential. As each bear is stuffed and eyes set, personalities are created. Using quality materials will ensure your bear will hold up to the love it is sure to receive.

Knitting these little friends is a pleasant experience. Each is made up of small pieces, easily knit during leisure time, car rides and other stolen moments. I kept each bear's finished pieces together on a stitch holder until I was ready to assemble.

I gave both Catherine and Jack away to loving homes. They made unique gifts, especially when dressed in colors representing special memories to the recipients.

If you enjoy knitting and making gifts to give to those you love, I highly recommend the projects in this book.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2006
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I picked this book on a whim shortly after I started knitting. At the time, I knew only the knit and purl stitches. I learned very simple increases and decreases in order to do these bears and completed the "George" pattern fairly quickly and neatly. I'm currently working on another bear. I haven't found any typos yet, but I've only looked at 2 of the many patterns.

Editing 7 Feb 2006 to add: I've now a few of the bears in the book and do have a minor quibble - the author recommends using the same needle size for the clothes for each bear and I've found I've had to increase the needle size consistently or the clothes are too small.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. T. Gilbert on January 11, 2006
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I am a beginning knitter and have had no problem making the patterns in the book. It has been a great way to practice new techniques on a small scale. And you should see the results! I have made five bears(Catherine, Thomas, Bertie and 2 Bruces)so far- and delighted all the children in my life this last Christmas. This book is truly delightful! I highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Knudsen on April 3, 2007
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The bears in this book are all adorable. I like that they are old fashioned looking, and have stitched faces. Be warned, though, that they are mostly small to mini bears, but easily sized up once you get the hang of it. The patterns are clear and most of the bears are quick makes, great little gifts for anyone. The only problem I have found so far is that the author does not give yarn requirements in yardage and does not supply any guage information. I understand that guage is not essential for these projects but it makes it very difficult to determine how much yarn to purchase, whether scrap yarn is sufficient, or how to substitute different weights and needles. Overall, though, I love this book and have a hard time picking which bear I want to make next.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gillian Buchanan on July 8, 2008
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This book is quite delightful and the ah factor is very strong! The bears are traditional in style and quite small, using relatively fine needles (size 3.5 mm and down). A couple of the bears are made in worsted weight/DK yarn but most use fingering/four ply weights. There are well over a dozen different patterns, mainly in garter stitch and stocking stitch, for not only the bears but suitable clothing as well. The bears are sympathetically photographed with close-ups and full drawings of how to shape the bodies and attach arms and legs to body; some are even fully jointed.

The patterns are written for the American market but throughout the book suitable metric alternatives are given. There are many hints and tips throughout the book on personalising your bears and once you have it in your collection you are likely to pull it out many times. I already have two potential recipients on my list!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2010
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I love every single pattern in this book! The bears are all so cute. mostly knit with size 1, 2, or 3 needles,so you have to like small projects (well, I guess you could use a bigger needle and bigger yarn and just make a bigger bear)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. W. Leary on June 4, 2007
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I found the instructions pretty to work with. One thing that confused me at first in the instructions to finish each piece was cast off and I finally figured that that had to mean bind off. I have only made one little bear so far but I will be making one for each neice. The pictures are just heartwarming and you just want one of each bear to cuddle. This book is better for intermediate knitters than beginners although with a little help and direction, a beginner should not be afraid to try something new. The pieces work up pretty quickly and in my opinion, sewing the parts together is the mose tedious and time consuming. Especially if that is your least favorite part like it is mine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mary on November 24, 2011
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High praise for the assumption that the users are novices, so clear, concise instructions. Never attempted anything like this before, and the outcome was the pure excitement and joy on my granddaughter's faces when teddies completed.
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