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                                           Aran Knitting For Beginners


                            Grandma on the Mountain





Teddy Bear Sweater


This little sweater is quick and easy to make up and should be sure to please any child who has a favorite bear. Also maybe get a head start on a Christmas gift made just by you.

     It is constructed on the same principal as the sweater in my book Aran Knitting for Beginners, and if you have never made a sweater this way before it is a good learning project.

     I used the red and green wool yarn seen on my yarn page, it is nice and soft and is slightly smaller in gage than the #002 natural I used in my Aran sweaters. Makes my bear nice and cuddly.




      Theses directions are for a 16" bear. If your bear is bigger or smaller just increase or decrease the number of stitches in the irish moss stitch.


Abbreviations: Im= Irish moss st. (knit over purled sts. purl over knit sts.)

                      Cb4= cable back 4.

                       Cf4= cable front4.


Materials you will need:

1-       1 skein each red and green knitting worsted.

2-       1 pair each #5 and #7 knitting needles.

3-       1 cable needle.

4-       2 stitch holders.


 Gage for this sweater: on #7 needles in Irish moss stitch is, 9sts.= 2"and 8 rows =2"


Front: With red yarn cast on 50 sts. Work in rib st. k1,-p1. till work measures 1"

Change to green yarn and work as follows:

Row1=Im9, -p2, -k4, -p2, -k16, -p2, -k4, -p2, -im9.

Row2=im9, -k2, -p4, -k2, -p16, -k2, -p4, -k2, -im9.

Row3=im9, -p2, -cb4, -p2, -cb4, -cf4, -cb4, -cf4, -p2, -cf4, -p2, -im9.

Row4=same as row 2

Row5=same as row 1

Row6=same as row 2

Row7=im9, -p2, -cb4, -p2, -cf4, -cb4, -cf4, -cb4, -p2, -cf4, -p2, -im9.

Row8=same as row 2

Continue working theses 8 rows till work measures 31/2" or desired length to underarm.

Decrease 2 sts. beginning of next 2 rows leaving 46 sts. on your needles.

Continue to work in pattern another 11/4" or till work measures 43/4"


Shoulders: work off 5 sts.(theses 5 sts. will make up your shoulder) place next 41  sts. on st. holder. Work theses 5 sts. for 6 rows bind off.

From your st. holder slip the last 5 sts. from that row onto your needle and work 6 rows and bind off leaving 36  sts. on the holder. Put aside and go to back.


 Back: same as front to row 1. I made up the back of my sweater entirely in Irish moss st. You can put the pattern on the back also if you wish. The measurements are the same as for the front.


Neck: with wrong sides out sew the right shoulder seam together. Then with #5 needles starting at the top of the left front neck edge of the shoulder pick up 3 sts evenly along this edge with the tip of your needle. Slip the sts. from the holder onto your needle. Pick up 6 sts. evenly along this edge, slip the sts from your holder onto needle and pick up 3 sts. along last edge.

You should now have 84 sts.on your needle. work theses in rib st. for 3/4" bind off. Sew left shoulder seam together.


Sleeves: with the tip of your #7 needle pick up 32 sts. evenly along sleeve edge. Attach yarn and work theses 32 sts. in im till work measures 21/2" attach red your and with your #5 needles work in rib st. for 3/4" bind off.

Sew side and arm seams together and you're done.             




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