I wanted to make a very special gift for Mike to thank him for the gift, so I decided to use the yarn that I unraveled from the sweater to make him a little teddy bear from the same yarn that passed through his mother's fingers.
mystery white yarn (recycled)
fingering or sport weight?
fiber did not felt - acrylic or superwash wool?
a bit of red mystery red yarn (recycled) for heart
bits of black fingering weight yarn from stash for eyes
pattern: "Owen" by Jane Watling, available for purchase on Ravelry (£4.00 GBP)
finished size: sitting (seat to top of head) - 10”; standing (toes to top of head) - 13.5”
needles: size 3 bamboo dpns (see note)
yarn used: ??
duration: Dec. 7, 2014 - Jan. 27, 2015
- I used bamboo dpns for this project that have kind of a dull point, but if I were to do it again, I would use pointier nickle plated needles. It was challenging to knit with the duller tips, especially for the part where you pick up stitches for the ears.
- The method of attaching the arms and legs is strange, but works wonders! I was able to find some very strong thread called carpet thread in my grandmother's old sewing kit and it was perfect for this job. (We're using vintage materials all around on this project!) I wasn't able to find buttons in the size specified in the pattern, so I used smaller ones and it all worked out just fine. I wouldn't stress out too much about finding buttons the right size - just use what you have on hand.
- Here is a visual of the moveable limbs: