How To Make | Knitted Bear Coasters

Fun, quirky and cute, these knitted bear coasters are sure to raise a smile at tea time. And they’ll protect your furniture from unsightly coffee-stain rings too! These adorable knitted bears have been designed by Louise Walker and are taken from her new book, Faux Taxidermy Knits

Knitted bear coastersYou Will Need:

  • Drops Lima yarn (98 yards/90 metres per 50g) in Off White, Brown or Black (or any colour you choose)
  • US 6 (4mm) straight needles
  • Stitch holder
  • Fabric glue
  • 2 x 1?4in (6mm) diameter circles of black felt for eyes
  • 1 x ½in (12mm) diameter circle of black felt for nose

 

Finished Size:  7 x 6in (18 x 15cm)
Gauge (Tension):  21 sts x 28 rows to 4in (10cm) over st st

Here’s how to make the knitted bear coasters…

Abbreviations
BO bind off (cast off)
CO cast on
dec decrease
inc increase
k knit
k2tog knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch decreased)
kfb knit into front and back of stitch (1 stitch increased)
kfbf knit into front, back and front of stitch (2 stitches increased)
p purl
RS right side
st st stocking (stockinette) stitch (1 row k, 1 row p)

Body (Make 2)
Using the long-tail CO method and US 6 (4mm) straight needles, CO 4 sts. This will make up the 1st row.
Row 2 P all sts.
Row 3 (inc) Kfb, k2, kfb. (6 sts)
Row 4 P all sts.
Row 5 K all sts.
Row 6 (inc) *Kfb* repeat from * to end. (12 sts)
Row 7 P all sts.
Row 8 P all sts.
Row 9 (inc) *Kfb, k1* repeat from * to end. (18 sts)
Work 7 rows in st st.
Row 17 (dec) *K2tog, k1* repeat from * to end. (12 sts)
Row 18 P all sts.
Row 19 (dec) *K2tog* repeat from * to end. (6 sts)
Row 20 P all sts.
Row 21 (inc) [Kfbf] x 2, k to the last 2 sts, [kfbf] x 2. (14 sts)
Row 22 P all sts.
Repeat the last 2 rows 4 times. (46 sts)
Row 31 K all sts.
Row 32 P all sts.
Row 33 BO 13, k to end. (33 sts)
Row 34 BO 15 purlwise, p to end. (18 sts)
Work 6 rows in st st.
Row 41 (inc) Kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb. (20 sts)
Work in 5 rows in st st.
Row 47 (inc) Kfb, k to the last 2 sts, kfb. (22 sts)
Row 48 P all sts.
Row 49 K9, BO 6 sts, place 9 sts onto a stitch holder (this will become the right leg), continue working on the remaining 9 sts for the left leg.

Left Leg
Row 50 P all sts.
Row 51 BO 1 st, k to the end of the row. (8 sts)
Row 52 P all sts.
Row 53 BO 1 st, k to the last st, kfb. (8 sts)
Row 54 P all sts.
Repeat the last 2 rows.
Row 57 BO 1 st, k to the last 2 sts, k2tog. (6 sts)
Row 58 P all sts.
BO

Right Leg
Row 50 Remove sts from stitch holder and reattach the yarn to the right leg. P all sts. (9 sts)
Row 51 K all sts.
Row 52 BO 1 st purlwise, p to the end of the row. (8 sts)
Row 53 (inc) Kfb, k to the end of the row. (9 sts)
Repeat the last 2 rows. (10 sts)
Row 56 BO 1 st purlwise, p to the end of the row. (9 sts)
Row 57 (dec) K2tog, k to the last 2 sts, k2tog. (7 sts)
Row 58 BO 1 st purlwise, p to the end of the row. (6 sts)
BO

Ears (Make 2)
Using the long-tail CO method and US 6 (4mm) straight needles, CO 6 sts in your chosen colour. This will make up the 1st row.
Row 2 P all sts.
Row 3 K all sts.
Row 4 P all sts.
Row 5 (dec) K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts)
BO purlwise

Knitted bear coastersMaking Up
1. Weave in the ends. Place two parts of the body against each other with the RS facing in and pin. Sew up from the edge of the BO edge, all the way around, leaving the edge open.

2. Turn inside out and stuff the head. Push the stuffing into the edge of each foot. Neatly sew up the BO edge.

3. Place the ears 13?4in (4.5cm) from the bottom of the nose and about 1?2in (1cm) from the edge seam. Sew on.

4. Place the eyes about 3?4in (2cm) from the bottom, just after the increased sts. Stick them on using fabric glue, applying some pressure for a minute or so.

5. Place the nose in the centre of the face, above the seam. Using fabric glue stick it on, applying some pressure for a minute or so.

A knitting needle will help poke the stuffing through the neck and into the head. Adding stuffing to each paw should help the legs raise slightly when a cup is placed on the coaster.

Knitted bear coasters

This project has been excerpted from Faux Taxidermy Knits by Louise Walker.

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