Tundra Bear Sweater

Bundle baby up on a chilly day with a sweater that looks like a polar bear. The raglan sleeves are worked in a contrasting color and the body of the sweater is adorned with ears and a face.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Chest Size 18.5 (20, 21.5, 23)” for baby sizes 6m (12m, 18m, 24m)

Shown in size 12m

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st with larger needles

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (100% Polyester; 218 yards [199 meters]/100 grams): #149 Pale Gray (MC, 1 (1, 2, 2) balls), #108 Dusty Blue (CC1, 1 ball), and #153 Black for face (CC2, 1 ball)

Needles: US sizes 8 (5.0 mm) DPNs, US size 6 (4.0 mm) DPNs

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch holder or waste yarn

Special Stitches

K2 P2 Rib

Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * around.

Rep Rnd 1 for patt.

Pattern

Back

With MC and smaller needles, CO 44 (48, 52, 56) sts.

Work in K2 P2 Rib for 8 (8, 12, 12) rows.

Increase 2 sts evenly across. (46 (50, 54, 58) sts)

Change to larger needles.

Work even in St st for 32 (36, 40, 44) rows.

Armhole Shaping

BO 2 (2, 2, 3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows. (42 (46, 50, 52) sts)

Dec 1 st each end every 3rd row 8 times. (26 (30, 34, 36) sts)

Work even 0 (1, 1, 1) row.

Neckline Shaping

Work next 6 (6, 8, 8) sts, slip next 14 (18, 18, 20) sts to stitch holder or waste yarn, join new end of yarn and work remaining 6 (6, 8, 8) sts. (6 (6, 8, 8) sts)

Dec 1 st each end. (4 (4, 6, 6) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge. (3 (3, 5, 5) sts)

Work even 0 (1, 1, 1) row.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (2 (2, 4, 4) sts)

Sizes 6m (12m) Only

BO all sts.

Sizes – (-, 18m, 24m) Only

Work – (-, 1, 3) rows even.

Dec 1 st each end – – (-, 2, 2) sts.

BO all sts.

Front

Work same as Back to Armhole Shaping.

Armhole Shaping

BO 2 (2, 2, 3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows. (42 (46, 50, 52) sts)

Dec 1 st each end every 3rd row 5 times. (32 (36, 40, 42) sts)

Work even 0 (1, 1, 1) row.

Neckline Shaping

Work across 13 (13, 15, 15) sts, slip next 6 (10, 10, 12) sts to holder, join new end and work across 13 (13, 15, 15) sts. (13 (13, 15, 15) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end. (11 (11, 13, 13) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 2 rows. (9 (9, 11, 11) sts)

Dec 1 st each end. (7 (7, 9, 9) sts)

Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 2 rows. (5 (5, 7, 7) sts)

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (4 (4, 6, 6) sts)

Work even 2 rows.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (3 (3, 5, 5) sts)

Work even 1 (2, 2, 2) rows.

Dec 1 st at armhole edge. (2 (2, 4, 4) sts)

Sizes 6m (12m) Only

BO all sts.

Sizes – (-, 18m, 24m) Only

Work – (-, 1, 3) rows even.

Dec 1 st at each end. (- (-, 2, 2) sts)

BO all sts.

Sleeve (make 2)

With CC and smaller needles, CO 24 (24, 28, 28) sts.

Work in K2 P2 Rib for 8 rows.

Inc 1 (3, 1, 3) sts evenly across. (25 (27, 29, 31) sts)

Change to larger needles and St st.

Inc 1 st at each end every 10 (10, 12, 14)th row 3 times. (31 (33, 35, 37) sts)

Work even 6 (9, 11, 12) rows.

Updated 11/26/2018

Shape Cap

BO 2 (2, 2, 3) sts at beginning of next 2 rows. (27 (29, 31, 31) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end every 3rd row 2 (2, 2, 4) times. (23 (25, 27, 23) sts)

Dec 1 st at each end every 2nd row 11 (12, 13, 11) times. (1 st)

BO.

Finishing

Sew Left Sleeve to Front and Back, and Right Sleeve to Front only along raglan armhole seams.

Collar

With RS facing, smaller needles and CC, pick up and k2 sts from Right Back Neck Edge, 14 (18, 18, 20) sts from Back Neck holder, 2 sts from Left Back Neck Edge, 11 (11, 11, 13) sts from Left Front Neck Edge, 6 (10, 10, 12) sts from Front Neck holder, 11 (11, 11, 13) sts from Right Front Neck Edge. (46 (54, 54, 62) sts)

Work 4 (4, 6, 6) rows in K2 P2 Rib.

BO all sts loosely in rib.

Sew remaining Sleeve to Armhole.

Sew side and Sleeve seams.

Weave in ends.

Embroider face with duplicate st as seen in photos.

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