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{ Leopold, the Polar Bear... }


To celebrate with you the joy of having reached 3000 likes on Facebook (such a milestone for me! I'm just os happy...). I want to share with you the pattern of Leopold, the bear I did for the Amigurumipatterns.net Contest. Here, in Argentina, Winter is just around the corner, so it's very convenient that he is a Polar bear. However, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, then you can crochet it in another color!
I hope you like it!

Note: Leopold measures 15 cm approximately. Of course should you choose a different hook or yarn calling, measures will vary.

Materials:
- Crochet hook N°3
- 100% cotton yarn (White if you’ll be making a Polar bear. Also a bit of brown to embroider the snout. And your choice of color for the scarf…)
- A pair of safety eyes
- Polyfiber fill for stuffing

Abbreviations
st = stitch
slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet

It's best to start crocheting the snout...
Snout
Start with a magic ring
1. Crochet 5 sc into the ring and close 
2. Crochet 2 sc in each stich (10)
3. *1 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (15)
4. Crochet 15 sc
{Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body. With a bit of brown yarn embroider the snout…}

Head + Body
{Start with a magic ring…}
1. Crochet 6 sc into the ring and close 
2. Crochet 2 sc in each stich (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (18)
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (24)
5. Crochet *3 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (30)
6. Crochet *4 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (36)
7. to 16. Crochet 36 sc
17. Crochet *5 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (42)
18. to 19. Crochet 42 sc
20. Crochet *6 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (48)
21. to 22. Crochet 48 sc
23. Crochet *7 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (54)
{You can now sew the snout (stuff it a bit) and place safety eyes.}
24. to 34. Crochet 54 sc
35.  Crochet *7 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (48)
36. Crochet 48 sc
{Now we will start crocheting the legs. Be sure to start the following round in the middle of the body. If you are not in the middle, crochet a few sc till you reach it. Use the snout as reference. Count 24 stitches and place a mark. Now crochet a chain of 12 ch in the air and join it with a slst in the stitch where you’ve placed the mark. Thus you’ll have to circles of 36 stiches each. We’ll do one leg at a time...}
37. On the first leg, crochet 36 sc (24 stitches on the body and 12 on the chain…)
38. Crochet *4 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (30)
40. Crochet *3 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (24)
41. Crochet 24 sc
Close and break the yarn.
{Stuff your bear firmly. Now we’ll do the second leg. Insert the yarn and hook and repeat rounds 37 to 41 to crochet the second leg.}
Set aside.

Bases for the legs
{Make two, using the color of the body...  Start with a magic ring…}
1. Crochet 6 sc into the ring and close 
2. Crochet 2 sc in each stich (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (18)
4. Crochet *2 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (24)
DON’T BREAK THE YARN! 
{Take one of the bases and join it to one of the legs with a row of 24 sc (one sc on each st). Repeat with the other leg. Remember to stuff firmly before completely closing your doll. Weave in the remaining ends…}
Ears
{Make two, using the color of the body...  Start with a magic ring…}
1. Crochet 6 sc into the ring and close 
2. Crochet 2 sc in each stich (12)
3. to 4. Crochet 12 sc
{Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body. Fold to give them shape…}

Arms
{Make two, using the color of the body...  Start with a magic ring…}
1. Crochet 6 sc into the ring and close 
2. Crochet 2 sc in each stich (12)
3. Crochet *1 sc, 2 sc in the next stich (increase)*, repeat * (18)
4. to 5. Crochet 18 sc
6. Crochet *1 sc, one decrease*, repeat * (12)
7. to 9. Crochet 12 sc
{Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body…}

Tail
{Make two, using the color of the body...  Start with a magic ring…}
1. Crochet 6 sc into the ring and close 
2. Crochet 2 sc in each stich (12)
3. to 4. Crochet 12 sc
{Close and break the yarn, leaving a long tail to sew to body…}

Scarf
You can knit a scarf to your bear using your favorite color. I won’t lie to you. I can’t knit so I asked my grandmother to do it for me. It was a joint-venture. If you can’t knit, look for someone to help you!

Assembly
- Stuff the arms a bit and sew them to the body
- Fold the ears to give them bear-shape and sew them to the body
- Stuff the tail a bit and sew it to the body

Congratulations! You are done! Enjoy!

© 2015 - Leopold, the Polar bear, is a design by Carla Mitrani for {Amour Fou} – All rights reserved. This pattern is for personal use ONLY. This pattern or parts of it must not be reproduced or published (printed or online), altered, resold or used for commercial purposes without authorization. You can neither reproduce, publish, alter, sell or use for commercial purposes FINISHED DOLLS made with this pattern without authorization. Thank you!