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Ursula The Polar Bear Knit Kit

We gave away a kit to knit your very own Ursula the Polar Bear at Crafting at Ally Pally which has been designed by Barbara Prime, and now we’ve got the pattern below from Practical Publishing for all of you who’d like to create this adorable knit! For anyone who didn’t get a chance to grab the knit kit, all you need is red and white wool to get started! Happy Knitting!

With MC and smaller needles, cast on 9sts.
Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd at centre back.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: [K1, m1] 9 times. 18 sts
Rnds 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11: Knit.
Rnd 4: [K3, m1] 6 times. 24 sts
Rnd 6: [K4, m1] 6 times. 30 sts
Rnd 8: [K5, m1] 6 times. 36 sts
Rnd 10: [K6, m1] 6 times. 42 sts
Rnd 12: [K7, m1] 6 times. 48 sts
Rnd 13-15: Knit.
Rnd 16: K18, p1, k10, p1, k18. Purled sts mark eye locations.
Rnds 17-27: Knit.
Rnd 28: K19, m1, k10, m1, k19. 50 sts
Rnds 29-35: Knit.
Rnd 36: K20, m1, k10, m1, k20. 52 sts
Rnds 37-43: Knit.
Rnd 44: K5, m1, k16, m1, k10, m1, k16, m1, k5. 56 sts
Rnds 45-51: Knit.
Rnd 52: K5, m1, k18, m1, k10, m1, k18, m1, k5. 60 sts
Rnds 53-57: Knit.
Rnd 58: K30, place next 30 sts on waste yarn.
Redistribute sts onto 3 DPNs to work legs.

First leg:
Join to work in the rnd.
Rnd 59: Kfb, k28, kfb. 32 sts
Rnd 60: K6, m1, k20, m1, k6. 34 sts
Rnds 61-67: Knit.
Rnd 68: [K1, ssk, k11, k2tog, k1] twice. 30 sts
Cast off all stitches if you want to sew bottom of leg, or graft seam closed. Seam should run from the inner leg (beg of rnd) to the outer edge of the leg.

Second leg
Place 30 sts from waste yarn onto 3 DPNs. Rejoin yarn at centre back/inner leg and work in the rnd.
Rnd 58: Pick up one stitch at inner leg, k30, pick up 1 st. 32 sts
Rnd 59: Knit.
Work rnds 60-68 same as rst leg. Cast off, if you want to sew bottom leg seam. Before closing the seam, turn the piece inside out and close holes at the cast-on edge and at the inner leg. Weave in these yarn ends. Turn piece right side out then attach safety eyes. Stuff toy. Sew or graft bottom leg seam. Weave in ends.

Arms (make 2)
With MC and smaller needles, cast on 12 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: [K4, m1] 3 times. 15 sts
Rnds 3-21: Knit.Rnd 22: K1, [k2tog] seven times. 8 sts Cast off. Add a small amount of stuffing to the arm. Close holes at cast on and sew cast-off edges closed.

Ears (make 2)
With MC and smaller needles, cast on 12 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-4: Knit.
Rnd 5: [K1, k2tog] four times. 8 stsCut yarn, leaving long end. Thread through rem sts and pull tight to gather.

Jumper body
With CC and larger needles, cast on 44 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd.
Rnds 1-6: *K1, p1, rep from * to end.
Rnd 7: Knit
Rnd 8: K8, [m1, k2] three times, m1, k16, m1, [k2, m1] three times, k8. 52 sts
Rnd 9: Knit.
Rnd 10: With MC, k9, m1, k2, m1, k4, m1, k2, m1, k18, m1, k2, m1, k4, m1, k2, m1, k9. 60 sts
Rnd 11: With CC, knit.
Rnd 12: With MC, k10, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k20, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k10. 68 sts
Rnd 13: With CC, knit.
Rnd 14: With CC, k11, m1, k2, m1, k8, m1, k2, m1, k22, m1, k2, m1, k8, m1, k2, m1, k11. 76 sts
Rnd 15: With CC, k12, kfb, place next 12 sts onto waste yarn for sleeve, kfb, k24, kfb, place next 12 sts onto waste yarn for sleeve, kfb, k12. 56 sts
Rnd 16: With MC, knit.
Rnd 17: With CC, knit.
Rnd 18: With MC, knit.
Rnds 19-21: With CC, knit.
Rnds 22-27: Repeat rnds 16-21.
Rnd 28: With CC, knit.
Rnds 29-30: *K1, p1, rep from * to end. Cast off in rib.

Place 12 sts for one sleeve onto larger needles. Attach CC yarn at underarm.
Rnd 1: Pick up 1 st, k12, pick up 1 st. 14 sts
Rnd 2: With MC, knit.
Rnd 3: With CC, knit.
Rnd 4: With MC, knit.
Rnds 5-8: With CC, knit.
Rnds 9-10: *K1, p1, rep from * to end. Cast off in rib. Repeat for second sleeve. Weave in ends. Block jumper to correct dimensions.

With CC and larger needles, cast on 40 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd.
Rnds 1-3: *K1, p1, rep from * to end.
Rnds 4-7: Knit.
Rnd 8: K10, yo, k2tog, k16, ssk, yo, k10. Try to make yarn overs loose so that the bear’s ears will t through the holes.
Rnd 9: Knit.
Rnd 10: *K2, k2tog, rep from * to end. 30 sts
Rnd 11: Knit.
Rnd 12: *K1, k2tog, rep from * to end. 20 sts
Rnd 13: Knit.
Rnd 14: *K2tog, rep from * to end. 10 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten. Weave in ends. If you like, add a decorative button to the hat.

Making up:
Embroider the nose and mouth using black yarn. Place the hat on the bear’s head and use holes to mark the locations of the ears. Remove hat. Sew cast-on edge of ears to the head using whipstitch – folding or curving this edge will make it easier to t the ears through the holes in the hat. Dress the bear in the finished jumper and use the armholes to mark the locations of the arms. Remove jumper. Sew cast-on edge of arms to body using whipstitch, placing seam horizontally so that the arms hang down. Weave in ends. Dress toy.

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