Hi Everyone! I know I’ve been MIA lately. Being a mom and work has quickly taken up most of my waking hours but I was determined to come up with something for you guys for the holidays. I also wanted to make something special for my son on his first Christmas.  I had some soft pipsqueak yarn left and come across some polar bear art and was inspired to create this polar bear ornament and now I’m happy to share it with you as a free pattern.

Those of you that have followed me for a while know I’m horrible about writing patterns and I usually freehand everything so if you find any mistakes please let me know.

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Polar Bear Ornament gift

Polar Bear Ornament
Yields a 4 inch tall ornament

Materials
-2.5mm crochet hook & 5mm Crochet hook
-Yarns
Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn in Whitey White
White Cotton Yarn Worsted Weight
(I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease but it has been discontinued)
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Silver Grey
Red Heart Soft in Cherry Red
-Black Embroidery Thread
-9mm Safety Eyes
Black Mini Brads (approx 5mm)
-Stuffing (Polyfil etc.)
-Tapestry Needle
-Stitch Marker
-Twine

Abbreviations
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
inc = increase (2 single crochet in each stitch)
dec =decrease (2 single crochet together)

Head
Using white pipsqueak yarn & 5mm crochet hook

The pipsqueak yarn takes a bit getting used to since it’s hard to see your stitches. I highly recommend using a stitch marker to mark your rounds.

R1      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2      Inc 6 (12st)
R3      [Sc 1, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R4      [Sc 2, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (24)
R5      [Sc 3, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (30)
R6-7    Sc 30
R8      [Sc 3, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (24)

Place safety eyes toward the middle of your ball leaving room for the nose in between
Begin to stuff with polyfill

R9      [Sc 2, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R10      [Sc 1, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (12)
Finish stuffing
R11      [Dec] Repeat 6 times (6)
Fasten off and weave in ends

Ears (make 2)
Using Cotton Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet hook
R1:      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
Leave long tail for sewing

Snout
Using Grey Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet hook
R1      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2      Inc 6 (12)
R3      Sc 12 (12)
Using black thread sew on the nose

Body
Using white Cotton Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet Hook
R1      Make a magic ring with 6 sc
R2      Inc 6 (12st)
R3      [Sc 1, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R4      [Sc 2, Inc 1] Repeat 6 times (24)
R5      In back loops only Sc 24]
R6-8   Sc 24
R9      [Sc 2, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (18)
R10      [Sc 1, Dec 1] Repeat 6 times (12)

Tie off and leave a long tail for sewing onto the head

Arms (make 2)
Using white pipsqueak yarn & 5mm crochet hook

R1 Chain 5
Turn and insert into 2nd chain from hook to go back on the chain
R2 Sc 4 sl st fasten off and leave tail for sewing

Feet
Using white Cotton Yarn and 2.5mm Crochet Hook
R1 Chain 4
Turn Insert hook into 2nd chain from end to go back the other direction
R2. Sc 2, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 2, sl st

Insert 3 brads for foot pads

Tail
Using white pipsqueak yarn & 5mm crochet hook
R1 Make a magic ring with 6 sc
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing

Scarf
Using red yearn and 2.5mm hook
R1:        Chain 4 turn
R2:        Sc 4 turn
R3-35:   Repeat row 2
Change to white yarn
R 36-37   Sc 4 turn
Change to red yarn
R38-40   Sc 4 turn
Sl st . Fasten off

Assembly
Recommended assembly in this order
Head, snout between the eyes, body to the head,arms, feet, tail
Lastly wrap the scarf around the body and over the tops of the arm and secure. I used an additional piece of red yarn to sew it down.

Now use the twine to make a loop on the top of the head for hanging.

Here’s my little guy already on my tree.

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If you decide to make this little guy please tag me in your photos. I’d love to see!

Sorry for the rushed post. I’ll be cleaning it up over the next few days but wanted to get this out since it’s overdue.

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