Monday, 2 November 2015

Teddy bear aran hat and scarf


I found a small amount of aran yarn in my stash and wondered what I could make.  One of the Ravelers had mentioned that she would like a pattern for a hat and scarf for her daughters build a bear - so here it is.  

The hat is knit in rows and made in one piece for the rib, then divided into three pieces for the backs, and front to make a gap for the ears then joined again to shape the top. The hat has a back seam.
Bears ears are a bit tricky to fit a hat around but thankfully the knitting stretches around them ok.  I don't much like the hats that don't have gaps as they can look a bit too bulky.  


my teddy bear model is 15" Li'l Cub Build a bear








The pattern


You will need
about 50g of aran weight yarn
needles size 4mm and 5mm (US 6 and 8)
cable needle

Abbreviations
k: knit, p: purl, sts: stitches, m1: make 1 by picking up loop between sts and knitting into the back, alt: alternate, tog: together
c4b: slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at the back of work, k next 2sts, then 2st from cable needle

Hat


Using no 8 needles cast on 76sts
Work k2, p2 rib for 13 rows
Increase row:  rib 9, m1 (rib 19, m1) 3 times, rib 10   (80sts)
Change to no 6 needles
Next row:  (k1, p2, k4, p2, k1) 8 times

Divide for ears (wrong side facing)
Next row:  (p1, k2, p4, k2, p1) 2 times,  turn.  Leave remaining 60sts on holder or keep on left hand needle

Continue on 20sts for right back
Row 1:  (k1, p2, c4b, p2, k1) 2 times
Row 2:  and all alt rows:  p1, k2, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k3
Row 3:  (k1, p2, k4, p2, k1) 2 times
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  k3, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k3
These 6 rows form the cable pattern.  Repeat pattern once then repeat rows 1 and 2. Leave sts on holder.

Re-join yarn to remaining sts wrong side facing
Next row:  k1, (k2, p4, k2, p2) 3 times, k2, p4, k3 turn.  Leave remaining 20sts on holder or keep on left hand needle

Continue on 40sts for front
Row 1:  k1, (p2, c4b, p2, k2) 3 times, p2, c4b, p2, k1
Row 2:  and all alt rows:   k1,(k2 p4, k2, p2) 3 times,  k2, p4, k3
Row 3:  k1, (p2, k4, p2, k2) 3 times, p2, k4, p2, k1
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  k1,(k2 p4, k2, p2) 3 times,  k2, p4, k3
These 6 rows form the cable pattern.  Repeat pattern once, then repeat rows 1 and 2  Leave sts on holder.

Re-join yarn to remaining 20sts wrong side facing
Continue on 20sts for left back
Next row:  K3, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1
Row 1:  (k1, p2, c4b, p2, k1) 2 times
Row 2:  and all alt rows: k3, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p1
Row 3:  (k1, p2, k4, p2, k1) 2 times
Row 5:  as row 3
Row 6:  k3, p4, k2, p2, k2, p4, k3
These 6 rows form the cable pattern.  Repeat once then repeat rows 1 and 2. Do not fasten off yarn

Shape top
Working across all sts of left back, front and right back continue as follows (right side facing)
Row 1:  (k1, p2tog, k4, p2tog, k1) to end   64sts
Row 2:  (p1, k1, p4, k1, p1) to end
Row 3:  k1, (p1, k4, p1, k2tog) 7 times, p1, k4, p1, k1   57sts
Row 4:  (p1, k1, p4, k1) to last st, p1
Row 5:  k1, (p1, c4b, p2tog) 7 times, p1, c4b, p1, k1       50sts
Row 6:  k2tog, (p4, k2) 7 times, p4, k2tog   
Row 7:  p1, (k4, p2tog) 7 times, k4, p1   41sts
Row 8:  k1 (p4, k1) to end
Row 9:  p1, *(k2tog) 2 times, p1** repeat from * to ** 8 times   25sts
Row 10:  p2tog, to last st, p1     13sts
Row 11:  k2tog to last st, k1       7sts
Fasten off yarn leaving a tail, thread yarn through remaining 7sts and secure with a few sts continue to sew back seam.  
Sew medium pompom onto top of hat
Finish all ends

Scarf

Using no 6 needles cast on 16sts
Row 1:  k4, p2, k4, p2, k4
Row 2:  and all alt rows:  k6, p4, k6
Row 3:  k4, p2 c4b, p2, k4
Row 5:  as row 1
Row 6:  k6, p4, k6
These 6 rows form the cable pattern. 
Continue in pattern until scarf is 25” long

Gather each end of scarf.
Attach a small pompom to each end

Fasten off all ends