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Texture Bite

by Nancy Anderson

Scottie
» photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

My daughter has always been very creative in her word use. When she was about 4 or 5 years old she coined the descriptive phrase “texture bite”. A texture bite, according to my daughter, was the imprint of textures on the skin caused by a textured item being pressed into the skin over time, causing a temporary textural design, such as the print of bedding on one’s cheek after a hard night’s sleep. Texture Bite is full of fun textures caused in this instance by the use of various knit stitches. This huggable-sized bear is a fun way for beginning knitters to learn & practice different stitches while providing the more experienced with interesting stitch changes.


 


Finished Measurements

Texture Bear is 17 inches tall

Materials

Spud & Chloë™ Sweater [55% wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/146 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

#7506 Toast; 2 hanks

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4 mm 24 inch circular needle or US #6/4 mm dpns (set of 4)

Notions

Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Stuffing
Brown embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Optional: plastic pellets and knee-high hose to place pellets in (for adding weight)

Gauge

22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in St st.  Gauge is not important for this project. Stitches should be worked tightly enough in St st as to prevent stuffing from showing through.

Pattern Notes

Bear is worked from the bottom upwards. Most of the toy is worked in joined rounds, except for steps 17-45, which are worked in rows for ease in pattern completion & for providing an opening for stuffing.
Steps 17 – 33 of the body section are worked in garter st rows.
Steps 34-45 are worked in moss st, (k1, p1). All other rounds are worked in St st.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round on circular needles or dpns, knit, purl and moss stitch, simple seaming & basic satin and outline stitch embroidery.

INSTRUCTIONS

Head and Body

Cast on 6 sts, pm and join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Kfb in each st around: 12 sts.
Rnd 2: [K1, kfb] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 3: [K2, kfb] around: 24 sts.
Rnd 4: [K3, kfb] around: 30 sts.
Rnd 5: [K4, kfb] around: 36 sts.
Rnd 6: [K5, kfb,] around: 42 sts.
Rnd 7: Knit around.
Rnd 8: [Kfb, k6] around: 48 sts.
Rnd 9: [Kfb, k7] around: 54 sts.
Rnd 10: [Kfb, k8] around: 60 sts.
Rnd 11: [Kfb, k9] around: 66 sts.
Rnd 12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: K5, [Kfb, k10] 5 times, kfb, k5: 72 sts.
Rnd 14: K6, [Kfb, k11] 5 times, kfb, k5: 78 sts.
Rnds 15 and 16: Knit around.

Detail

Begin working in rows.
Rows 17-26: Slip 1 knitwise, knit across (Garter St).
Row 27: [K2tog, k11] across: 72 sts.
Row 28: Knit across.
Row 29: [K2tog, k10] across: 66 sts.
Rows 30-33: Knit across.
Row 34: [K1, p1] across.
Row 35: [P1, k1] across.
Rows 36-45: Repeat Rows 34 and 35, 5 times: 66 sts.
Resume working in rnds
Rnd 46: Join and knit around.
Rnd 47: [K2tog, k9] around: 60 sts.
Rnd 48: [K2tog, k8] around: 54 sts.
Rnd 49: [K2tog, k1] 15 times, k2tog, k7: 38 sts.
Rnd 50: Knit around.
Rnd 51: [K1, k2tog] 12 times, k2: 26 sts.
Rnds 52-55: Knit around.
Rnd 56: [K1, kfb] around: 39 sts.
Rnd 57: K1, [kfb, k1] around: 58 sts.
Rnd 58: [K2, kfb] around to last st, k1: 77 sts.
Rnds 59-63: Knit around.
Rnd 64: [K6, k2tog] 9 times, k5: 68 sts.
Rnds 65 and 66: Knit around.
Rnd 67: K5, [k2tog, k5] around: 59 sts.
Rnds 68-70: Knit around.
Rnd 71: [K4, k2tog] 9 times, k5: 50 sts.
Rnd 72: Knit around.
Rnd 73: [K3, k2tog] around: 40 sts.
Rnd 74: [K8, k2tog] around: 36 sts.
Rnds 75-82: Knit around.
Rnd 83: [K4, k2tog] around: 30 sts.
Rnd 84: [K3, k2tog] around: 24 sts.
Rnd 85: [K2, k2tog] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 86: [K1, k2tog] around: 12 sts.
Rnd 85: [K1, k2tog] around: 8 sts.
Finish off, weaving yarn tail through live stitches to close opening.

Detail

Arms (make 2)

Cast on 6 sts, pm and join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: Kfb in each st around: 12 sts.
Rnd 2: [K1, kfb] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 3: [K2, kfb] around: 24 sts.
Rnds 4-10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: [K2, k2tog] around: 18 sts.
Rnds 12-18: Knit around.
Begin stuffing arm  and continue to stuff as rounds are worked.
Rnds 19-45: Knit around: 18 sts.
Rnd 46: [K1, k2tog] around: 12 sts.
Rnd 47: K2 tog around: 6 sts.
Finish stuffing, do not close hole. Leave yarn tail for attaching to body.

Detail

Legs (make 2)

Cast on 18 sts, pm and join to work in rnds, being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-49: Knit around.
Rnd 50: K4, kfb 10 times (foot shaping), k4: 28 sts.
Rnds 51 and 52: Knit around.
Rnd 53: K4, [k1, kfb] 10 times, k4: 38 sts.
Rnds 54 and 55: Knit around.
Rnd 56: K8, [k2, kfb] 7 times, kfb, k8: 46 sts.
Rnds 57 and 58: Knit around.
Rnd 59: K2tog, k2, k2tog, k14, kfb 6 times, k14, k2 tog, k2, k2tog: 48 sts.
Rnd 60:  .
Rnd 61: [K2tog, k2] around: 36 sts.
Rnds 62 and 63: Knit around.
Rnd 64: [K2tog, k2] around: 27 sts.
Rnd 65: [K2tog, k1] around: 18 sts.
Rnd 66: [K2tog, k1] around: 12 sts.
Rnd 67: K2tog around: 6 sts.
Finish off, weaving yarn tail through live sts, pull to close and tie off. Stuff foot and leg firmly, set aside.

Ears (make 2)

Cast on 12 sts, pm and join to work in rnds, being careful not to
twist.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: [K1, kfb] 6 times: 18 sts.
Rnds 3-7: Knit around.
Rnd 8: [k1, k2tog] 6 times: 12 sts.
Rnd 9: Knit around.
Rnd 10: [K2tog] 6 times: 6 sts.
Finish off, weaving yarn tail through live sts, pull to close and tie off.
Do not stuff. Leave yarn tail for sewing ears to head.

FINISHING

Stuff head and body. If using optional plastic pellets for weight, place about ¼ cup of the pellets in the toe of a knee-high hose and knot securely. Place this packet at the bottom portion of the bear.

Using the photo as a guide, attach stuffed limbs securely to bear using yarn tail and simple whipstitch.
Close opening in back using yarn tail and mattress stitch. Weave and trim loose ends.

Using all 6 strands of embroidery floss, embroider eyes and nose using a satin embroidery stitch. Form brows and line under nose using a running or outline stitch.

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Anderson

Nancy Anderson was born & raised in the southeastern United States where she has enjoyed crafting for as longas she can remember. Creating dolls, toys & puppets out of a variety of mediums has held a special interest for over 2 decades. Knitting & crocheting these toys has been a more recent iteration of her doll/toy making interests and has proven to be a wonderful & challenging progression. She blogs about life in the south & the fiber arts. In addition she can be found on Ravelry as missjulep .

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