Free Pattern: Guardian Bear

Has everyone seen this meme before?

The original image is from Begemott on DeviantArt. I love it – it totally describes what I feel about my bear Snuffy who I showed you all earlier in the week. And while idly flicking through the internet a couple of weeks back I got relinked to the meme and decided I HAD to make that bear.

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Yes he’s fighting a sheep in that last photo. I didn’t have any scary soft toy monsters!

I call him the Guardian Bear and he’d be a great make for anyone, but I think he’d be a particularly nice gift for a child who is struggling with nightmares. Or in my case an insomniac adult who’ll give anything a shot (I’m not sleeping because of monsters, sure – gimmie the Guardian Bear!).

Free pattern after the jump.

The Essentials:

Hook: 3.5mm (E)

Wool: Gingerbread or light brown.

Also needed: Slightly darker brown felt, brown embroidery thread, two round buttons (approx 2cm wide) and one heart shaped button (approx 1.5cm wide).

Finished Size: approx 10” tall.

Terms (US terminology):

CH = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

INC = Increase

DEC = Decrease

BLO = Back Loops Only

 

Body

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
Round 8: {6sc, INC} repeat around [48]
Round 9: {7sc, INC} repeat around [54]
Round 10: {8sc, INC} repeat around [60]
Round 11-15: Sc around [60]
Round 16: {8sc, DEC} around [54]
Round 17-18: Sc around [54]
Round 19: {7sc, DEC} around [48]
Round 20-21: Sc around [48]
Round 22: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 23: Sc around [42]
Round 24: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 25: Sc around [36]
Round 26: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 27: Sc around [30]
Round 28: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]

Finish off and weave in the tail. Stuff firmly.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Head

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} repeat around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} repeat around [42]
Round 8: {6sc, INC} repeat around [48]
Round 9: {7sc, INC} repeat around [54]
Round 10: {8sc, INC} repeat around [60]
Round 11-15: Sc around [60]
Round 16: {8sc, DEC} around [54]
Round 17: {7sc, DEC} around [48]
Round 18: {6sc, DEC} repeat around [42]
Round 19: {5sc, DEC} repeat around [36]
Round 20: {4sc, DEC} repeat around [30]
Round 21: {3sc, DEC} repeat around [24]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Sew the holes together to create the torso.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Ears (x2)

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]

You might want bigger ears (I made mine quite small) – if so you’ll want to add an extra round on to bring the stitch total to 36 ({4sc, INC} repeat around).

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew in place on top of the head through six stitches.

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I didn’t take ear photos, so also shown there is the nose. Or muzzle, I think that’s more accurate. Nose is a funnier word though.

Nose

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} repeat around [30]
Round 6-8: Sc around [30]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing and sew you snozz in the centre of your nogging, stuffing once you’ve sewn on around three quarters of it.

Arms (x2)

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: Sc around BLO [24] (turns the work to a right angle for the paw)
Round 6-10: Sc around [24] (both loops again)
Round 11: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]
Round 12-21: Sc around [18]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Squish the top closed.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

And sew in place. You need one arm slightly raised (on the left as you look at him) for hoisting his sword, and one more level for holding his shield.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

You might need to sew a stitch further down his right arm into the side of his body a little to keep it straight.

Legs (x2)

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 5: Sc around BLO [24] (turns the work to a right angle for the paw)
Round 6-22: Sc around [24] (both loops again)

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Before you sew it on you need to make toes.

Toes (x2)

Ch10

Round 1: Sc around the chain [18]
Round 2: {2sc, INC} repeat around [24]
Round 3: Sc around [24]
Round 4: {2sc, DEC} repeat around [18]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing and sew where you BLO’d the foot. Stuff when you’ve sewed on around three quarters again.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Then sew your legs in place!

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He looks so beary! Just one finishing detail crochet wise

Tail

Magic ring

Round 1: 6sc into centre of the magic ring [6]
Round 2: INC around [12]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} repeat around [18]
Round 4-5: Sc around [18]

Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Sew yo tail on yo butt!

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

Again use the sew mostly on then stuff technique for ease.

Now we’re on to the non-crochet finishing details.

Face

Add a face using your buttons. Make sure to sew them tightly if giving as a gift to a child. If it’s for a teen or adult you’d get away with using the glue gun.

This looks like a Guardian Bear selfie.

This looks like a Guardian Bear selfie.

Weapons

The sword and the shield will require a bit of sewing skill if you do it the same as I did. You could also make them with polymer clay, card or foam, but I wanted the softness so I chose felt.

To make the shield, cut three shield shapes. This gives it the stiffness to stand up straight. I used a Blanket Stitch around the edge to hold them tight, or you could sewing machine or Running Stitch them if you’d prefer. The lines going vertically are meant to separate out the boards of wood which would be used to make it. I used a Running Stitch down one way, then came back up again to make a solid line, filling in the gaps. You could use a Back Stitch, but that could result in a messy looking back so it depends how neat you want to be.

For the sword, I cut two full sword shapes, then two rectangles for the cross bar to be layered on either side. Again, Blanket Stitch around the outside, then I used a Cross Stitch  in the centre to just add extra stability, and two small Running Stitches to delineate the cross bar.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

 

You could also put an emblem on the shield if you’d prefer, perhaps linked to the person you’re making it for, but I wanted to keep it plain and simple like the original.

Sew your sword and shield in place.

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To make your Guardian Bear stand up on it’s own like mine, you just need to push the centre of the feet in a little.

Amiguruthi Guardian Bear

 

And you’re done!

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Now the fun part – photograph him protecting your dreams!

This bed belongs to Amiguruthi! You shall not pass!

This bed belongs to Amiguruthi! You shall not pass!

Ah sheepy, we meet again...

Ah sheepy, we meet again…

Alas! Forced perspective makes the Sheep seem much bigger than me!

Alas! Forced perspective makes the Sheep seem much bigger than me!

Oh no, here comes Squeak, the evil cat overlord. Begone! You shall crush Amiguruthi's chest in slumber no longer!

Oh no, here comes Squeak, the evil cat overlord. Begone! You shall crush Amiguruthi’s chest in slumber no longer!

Darn it, the cat might be unbeatable. Amiguruthi will just have to deal with being sat on all night.

Darn it, the cat might be unbeatable. Amiguruthi will just have to deal with being sat on all night.

Now I retire to the land of my warrior chums, to rest in the day ready to defend again tonight.  What do you mean the sheep is behind me...?

Now I retire to the land of my warrior chums, to rest in the day ready to defend again tonight.
What do you mean the sheep is behind me…?

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Guardian Bear

  1. Good work, I just saw that picture on Pinterest this week. Thanks for taking the time to design, make and share your pattern. Jean

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