Little Bear Costume

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Prepare for your baby’s first Halloween by working up this huggable baby bear costume. It is complete with a hat and little paws that will fit just right for your family’s newest addition.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Booties: 0-3 (3-6) months, 3 (3 1/2)” sole length; Hat: Preemie (6 months), 12 (14 ½)” circumference; Mittens: 0-3 (3-6 months), 4 ½ (5)” circumference

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc with smaller hook; 18 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in sc with larger hook

Materials

Yarn: Lion Brand Heartland (100% Acrylic; 251 yards [230 meters]/142 grams): 125 Mammoth Cave, 1 (2) balls

Hook: US size F/5 (4.0mm); US size I/9 (5.5mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch markers

Abbreviations

Blo (back loop only): Work in the back loop of the stitches indicated.

Pattern Notes

Rounds are not joined unless noted. Place stitch marker in first st of each round to keep track.  If only one number is given that number applies to both sizes.

Booties Pattern

Sole

With smaller hook, ch 8 (10).
Rnd 1: Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 (3) sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 1 (2) sts, 7 dc in last ch. Working on opposite side of foundation ch, dc in next 1 (2) sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 (3) sts – 20 (24) sts.

Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each of next 3 sts, sc in next 6 (8) sts, 2 sc in each of next 5 sts, sc in next 6 (8) sts – 28 (32) sts.

Rnd 3: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 3 times, sc in next 6 (8) sts, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 5 times, sc in next 6 (8) sts – 36 (40) sts.

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * twice more, sc to end, join with sl st – 39 (43) sts.

Body

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in blo of each st.

Rnd 2: Sc in next 19 (21) sts, (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) 4 times, sc in next 4 (6) sts – 35 (39) sts.

Rnd 3: Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 8 (10) sts, (sc in next st, sc2tog) 4 times, sc in next 4 (6) sts – 29 (33) sts.

Rnd 4: Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 6 (8) sts, hdc2tog blo, (dc3tog blo) twice, hdc2tog blo, sc in next 4 (6) sts – 21 (25) sts.

Ribbing

Row 1: Ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 2 ch, sc2tog next ch and first st of next round – 4 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc blo in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc blo in first 3 sts, sc2tog blo last st and 2nd st of next round (sk 1 st).

Rep Rows 2-3 around.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew seam. Weave in ends.

Mittens Pattern

Ribbing

With smaller hook, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across – 6 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc blo in each st.

Rep Row 2 until piece meas 4 (5)” from beginning, ending with a WS row, join with sl st to form circle.

Body

Rnd 1: Sc 20 (24) sts evenly across long edge of ribbing – 20 (24) sts.

Rnd 2: Sc evenly around.

Rnd 3: Work 2 sc in first st, sc in next 9 (12) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc to end – 22 (26) sts.

Rnds 4-8 (10): Rep Rnd 2.

Top Shaping

Rnd 1: Sc2tog, sc in next 7 (9) sts, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 7 (9) sts, sc2tog – 18 (22) sts.

Rnd 2: Sc2tog, sc in next 5 (7) sts, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 5 (7) sts, sc2tog – 14 (18) sts.

Rnd 3: Sc2tog, sc in next 3 (5) sts, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 3 (5) sts, sc2tog – 10 (14) sts.

Size 6 months only

Rnd 4: Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog – 10 sts.

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Graft stitches together using mattress stitch.

Sew seam in Ribbing. Weave in ends.

Hat Pattern

With larger hook, ch 2.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 6 sts.

Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each st – 12 sts.

Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 18 sts.

Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 24 sts.

Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 30 sts.

Rnd 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 36 sts.

Rnd 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 42 sts.

Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 48 sts.

Rnd 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 54 sts.

Rnd 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 60 sts.

Size 6 Months Only

Rnd 11: *Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 66 sts.

Both Sizes

Work 15 (18) rnds even.

Ribbing

Change to smaller hook, ch 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 4 ch, sc2tog last ch and first st of last round – 6 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc blo in each st.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc blo in first 5 sts, sc2tog blo of last st and 2nd st of last round.

Rep Rows 2-3 around.

Fasten off.

Sew seam in ribbing.

Ear (make 2)

Ch 6.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn – 5 sts.

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st, turn – 10 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 3 sts, (sc2tog) twice, sc in next 3 sts, turn – 8 sts.

Row 4: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 3 sts, turn – 6 sts.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, turn – 4 sts.

Row 6: Ch 1, (sc2tog) twice – 2 sts.

Fasten off.

Sc evenly around outer edge.

Finishing

Cut 16 small felt triangles for claws. Sew 4 claws to each bootie and mitten.

Sew Ears on Hat using photos as a guide.

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