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Bear & Bunny Buddies (Free Crochet Pattern)

by - June 02, 2020


Dear fellow crocheters,

I'm excited to share with you my 2-in-1 Bear & Bunny Buddies design!  Here's Beatrice the Bear, who is fun-loving and carefree.



She is joined by her best friend, Bella the Bunny!  Bella is a bit more timid, but Beatrice helps bring her out of her shell!


The cute teddy and rabbit pair wear matching bows, flared dresses with lace frills, and shoes.  These besties are relatively quick and easy projects as the dangly arms and legs are crocheted using the fast i-cord method. 

 

Both animal dolls make lovely gifts for little girls.  It’s also perfect for sisters or best friends to have matching amigurumi!This PDF pattern file includes complete written instructions for the doll-making process and visual references for the crocheted parts.

These dolls are part of Sweet Softies' Pocket Pixie Series.  Below are some other members of the group.  Click here to see them all and get links to their free patterns!

https://www.sweetsofties.com/2020/06/pocket-pixies.html 

If you like this design of mine, you can check out the other Amigurumi Patterns I have on my site, or click to see all my Free Crochet Patterns


You can also PIN it for later on your Amigurumi or Crochet board!

Scroll down for the free, written pattern instructions.  If you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!






BEAR & BUNNY BUDDIES

Free Crochet Pattern


Copyright Notice -- © 2020 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.


Introduction:
The Bear & Bunny Buddies pattern features Beatrice the Bear and her best friend, Bella the Bunny. This cute teddy and rabbit pair wear matching bows, flared dresses with lace frills, and shoes. These besties are relatively quick and easy projects as the dangly arms and legs are crocheted using the fast i-cord method. Both animal dolls make lovely gifts for little girls. It’s also perfect for sisters or best friends to have matching amigurumi!

The PDF pattern file includes complete written instructions for the doll-making process and visual references for the crocheted parts.
Size: 
  • Bear height: 6 inches (15 cm) 
  • Bunny height: 6.5 inches (16.5 cm)

Level: 
  • ★★☆☆☆  Easy / Beginner 
  • Requires familiarity with stitches used (below), attaching plastic safety eyes, changing yarn colors, and sewing parts together.

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • FO: fasten off
  • MR: magic ring
  • Ch: chain 
  • Sl st: slip stitch 
  • Sc: single crochet 
  • Hdc: half dc 
  • Dc: double crochet 
  • Inc: increase 
  • Dec: decrease
  • I-cord (video tutorial available)

Materials:
  • Medium weight (4) yarn in desired colors
  • 2.75mm crochet hook
  • 8mm plastic safety eyes
  • Scissors
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Embroidery thread for sewing details (e.g., nose, mouth)
  • Scrap of felt for bear’s muzzle 
  • Yarn needle
  • Optional: blush powder & q-tip (for adding blush)



~ CROCHET INSTRUCTIONS ~

Important Notes (Read before beginning!)
  • The bear and bunny are made using the exact same parts, except for the ears.  
  • Use your preferred yarn colors for each part. My selection is written in parenthesis for the bear, who has brown fur and wears a blue dress with white details. 
  • Video tutorials are available for some portions of this pattern.  Scroll down to the Video section to view them.  

Head
Use fur-colored yarn (brown).
R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)
R4: (Sc 2, inc) x 6. (24 sts)
R5: (Sc 3, inc) x 6. (30 sts)
R6-R11: Sc around. (30 sts)
R12: (Sc 3, dec) x 6. (24 sts)
Insert 8mm plastic safety eyes between R9-R10, 7 sts apart.
R13: (Sc 2, dec) x 6. (18 sts)
R14: (Sc, dec) x 6. (12 sts)
FO and weave in the ends.
Body
Use underwear-colored yarn (white).
R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3: (Sc, inc) x 6. (18 sts)
R4-R8: Sc around. (18 sts)
R9: (Sc 4, dec) x 3. (15 sts)
Switch to dress-colored yarn (blue).
R10: Sc around. (15 sts)
R11: In BLO, (sc 3, dec) x 3. (12 sts)
R12: Sc around. (12 sts)
FO with a long tail for sewing later.  Continue with the 'Dress Skirt' directions below to crochet it directly onto the body.

Dress Skirt
Start with dress-colored yarn (blue). Attach yarn to the back loops created in R11 of the body.
R1: Ch 2, hdc around. *Join with a sl st to the first hdc. (15 sts)
R2: Ch 2, (hdc 2, inc) x 5. *Join. (20 sts)
R3: Ch 2, (hdc 3, inc) x 5. *Join. (25 sts)
R4: Ch 2, (hdc 4, inc) x 5. *Join. (30 sts)
R5: Ch 2, (hdc 5, inc) x 5. *Join. (35 sts)
Switch to frill-colored yarn (white).
R6: Ch 1 and work this round in BLO. (Insert 3 sc in first st, sc in next st) around. Sc in last st. *Join.
FO and weave in the ends. 

Arms (x2)
Note: Arms and legs are made using the “i-cord” crochet technique. Click here for the i-cord tutorial, or scroll down to see videos for this pattern below.
Use fur-colored yarn (brown).
Set up the i-cord: Ch 3. Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, YO, pull up a loop, insert hook into next ch, YO, and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook)
R1: Drop 2 loops from hook, but hold onto them tightly with your non-hook hand so that they do not come undone. YO, pull through loop on hook. Insert hook into first dropped loop, YO, pull through. (2 loops on hook.) Insert hook into second dropped loop, YO, and pull through. (3 loops on hook)
R2-R8: Repeat R1.
To finish, YO and pull through all 3 loops on hook.
FO with a long tail for sewing later.
Legs (x2)
Start with shoe-colored yarn (blue).
Set up the i-cord the same way as you did for the Arms (above).
R1-R2: Repeat R1 instructions from the ‘Arms’ section.
Switch to fur-colored yarn (brown).
R3-R12: Repeat R1 instructions from the ‘Arms’ section.
FO with a long tail for sewing later.

Bear Ears (x2)
Use fur-colored yarn (brown).
R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)
R2: (Sc, inc) x 3. (9 sts)
R3: Sc around. (9 sts)
FO with a long tail for sewing later.
Bunny Ears (x2)
Use fur-colored yarn (white).
R1: In MR, sc 6. (6 sts)
R2: Inc around. (12 sts)
R3-R7: Sc around. (12 sts)
FO with a long tail for sewing later.
Dress Collar
Use collar-colored yarn (white).
Ch 16. Insert 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. (Sl st in next st, insert 3 sc in next st) around.

~ FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS ~


  1. Cut a small circle of cream-colored felt for Bear’s muzzle. Skip this step for Bunny.
  2. Using embroidery thread, sew a nose and mouth on Bear’s face. Sew nose on Bunny.
  3. Using a yarn needle, sew Bear’s ears to her head.  You will do the same for Bunny’s ears.
  4. If desired, use q-tip to add blush powder to insides of Bunny’s ears and cheeks.  Click here for a blush tutorial, or scroll down to watch the video tutorial. 
  5. Sew arms and legs to Bear’s and Bunny’s bodies.
  6. Lastly, sew bows to Bear’s and Bunny’s ears, and you are done!

And that's it!  Congratulations on finishing this sweet pair of Bear & Bunny Buddies!



~ VIDEOS FOR THIS PATTERN ~


Below are some videos that go along with parts of this pattern.

I-cord

This is used for the arms and legs.  Click here for the written instructions and blog post, or view the video below. 


Adding Blush

This tutorial provides tips and instructions on how to quickly and easily add blush to your amigurumi doll, using blush powder and a q-tip.  Click here for the written instructions and blog post, or view the video below.

Butterfly Fairy Wings

This is an optional accessory that you can add to these dolls.  Click here for the written instructions and blog post, or view the video below.



If you enjoyed this free project, you can make a donation to support my work!  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go directly towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs!

Also, if you would like to download the beautifully-formatted, ad-free, and easy-to-read PDF version with photo references (see preview below), click here to purchase it for a small fee in my shop.  This pattern, along with most of my other designs, is also available in my Etsy shop.  Thank you for supporting Sweet Softies designs!






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