Powder Polar Bear Pocket Scarf

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This sweet scarf is just the right layer when it’s time for kids to bundle up against the cold. It’s made using rows of double crochet, then crocheting polar bear faces in the round, with extra rows of double crochet attached to the backs of the polar bear faces to form pockets.

Skill level: Easy

Size: 68” long x 4-6” wide

Gauge: 12 sts and 7 rows = 4” [10 cm] in dc

Materials

Yarn:

Bernat Pipsqueak (100% Polyester; 101 yards [92 meters]/100 grams): 59008 Vanilla (MC, 2 balls), 59128 Baby Blue (CC1, 1 ball)

Medium weight yarnLion Brand Vanna’s Choice (100% Acrylic; 170 yards [156 meters]/100 grams): 153 Black (CC2, 1 ball)

Hook: US size J/10 (5.75 mm)

Notions: Stitch marker, stuffing, tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

When working with a fluffy, thick yarn like Bernat Pipsqueak, it is helpful to feel your stitches when you can’t see them well. You can count your stitches by feeling the stitch posts in each row.

The pieces of the bear faces are worked in continuous rounds. Use a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round to keep your place.

Pattern

Scarf

With CC1, ch 14.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. (12 dc)

Rows 2-4: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across.

Rows 5-8: With MC, ch 2, turn, dc in each st across.

Rows 9-100: Cont to dc in each st across, alternating CC1 and MC every 4 rows. After Row 100, you’ll have 25 stripes total with CC1 at each end of the scarf.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Polar Bear

Face (make 2)

Rnd 1: With MC, 12 dc into a magic ring.

Rnd 2: Work 2 dc in each st around. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: *Dc in next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around. (36 dc)

Rnd 4: *Dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to join. (48 dc)

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Snout (make 2)

Rnd 1: With MC, 12 dc into a magic ring.

Rnd 2: Work 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join. (24 dc)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching.

Nose (make 2)

Rnd 1: With CC2, 6 dc into a magic ring.

Rnd 2: Work 2 dc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in last 2 sts, sl st to join. (10 dc)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching.

Eyes (make 4)

Rnd 1: With CC2, 4 sc in a magic ring.

Sl st in first sc and pull tightly to fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching.

Ears (make 4)

Rnd 1: With MC, 12 dc into a magic ring.

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st around.

Do not join. Fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching.

Pocket

With MC, ch 18.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. (16 dc)

Row 2: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across.

Row 3: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 12 sts, dc2tog. (14 dc)

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 10 sts, dc2tog. (12 dc)

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, dc in each st across.

Row 6: Ch 2, turn, dc2tog, dc in next 8 sts, dc2tog. (10 dc)

Fasten off, leaving long tail for attaching.

Finishing

*Using a tapestry needle, attach Nose to Snout.

Attach Snout to Face, lightly stuffing.

Attach Eyes on either side of Snout, then attach Ears.

Attach Pocket to back of Face.

Attach Face to one end of Scarf.

Rep from * on the other side.

Weave in any rem ends.

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