How to Make a Crochet Bear Lovey- Free Crochet Pattern

Learn how to make this adorable crochet bear lovey following this free pattern that includes step-by-step photos and a full video tutorial.

Last fall, I created the Addi Bear lovey, a knit bear blanket combo made using the Addie knitting machine. You can find that full tutorial here.

I received a lot of feedback from the crochet community asking for a crochet version and ask and you shall receive friends!

Today I am releasing the crochet version of the Addi Bear and I really think you are going to love it. He takes a little bit longer than the knitting machine version but I feel like we have more customization options with the crochet version!

You can find the ad-free PDF version of this pattern here. Purchase includes a fully photographed version and a printer-friendly version (without photos).

There’s also a full video tutorial I’ll link here. If any of the instructions sound confusing, referring to the video will help clear it up for you.

Let’s dive right in and see what you will need to create your own crochet bear lovey.

Crochet Bear Lovey

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 11.75 inches tall and 8.25 inches wide.

Materials

Stitch Key (US Terms)
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
HDC= Half Double Crochet
INC= Increase (Put two stitches in the same space.)
DEC=Decrease
SL ST= Slip Stitch
YO= Yarn Over
*= To Be Repeated 

Special Stitches
Invisible Decrease
: Insert your hook under the front loop of the first stitch, insert your hook under the front loop of your second stitch. Place a SC there. I explain this in detail in the video that goes with this pattern.

Crochet Addi Bear Head

Starting with your body color and G (4.0mm) crochet hook.

Round 1: Make a magic circle. SC 6. (6)

The crochet bear lovey is made in the round, use a stitch marker if you need to.

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: INC, SC * around 6 times (18)

Round 4: INC, SC, SC* around 6 times (24)

Round 5: INC, SC, SC, SC* around 6 times (30)

Round 6: INC, SCx4* around 6 times (36)

Round 7: INC, SCx5* around 6 times (42)

Round 8: INC, SCx6* around 6 times (48)

Rounds 9-16: SC in each stitch around (48)

Round 17: Invisible DEC, SCx6* around 6 times (42)

Round 18: Invisible DEC, SCx5* around 6 times (36)

Round 19: Invisible DEC, SCx4* around 6 times (30)

Round 20: Invisible DEC, SCx3* around 6 times (24)

Stuff your head with polyfil.

Round 21: Invisible DEC, SCx2* around 6 times (18)

Add any more stuffing if necessary.

Round 22: Invisible DEC, SC* around 6 times (12)

Round 23: DEC in each stitch going through the back loops only and leaving the front loops exposed. (6) Mark the first and last exposed back loop with a stitch marker.

Tie off leaving a tail for sewing and close shut your circle.

Arms- Make 2

Starting with your body color and G (4.0mm) crochet hook.

Round 1: Make a magic circle. SC 6. (6)

The arms are made in the round, use a stitch marker if you need to.

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Rounds 3-15: SC in each stitch around (12) Sew in your starting tail after row 4.

Stuff your arm with poly fill.

Squish the opening of your arm closed and DEC across the opening with 3 DEC stitches. (3) Tie off

Body

Using your I (5.5mm) crochet hook, join your working yarn into the first exposed front loop on the bottom of your head. CH to secure.

Round 1: Starting in that same stitch, SC in each exposed front loop around (12)

The bear body is made in the round.

The first 3 stitches of round 2 will be worked through the arm stitches and row 1 stitches at the same time.

Face your arm so the first stitch you go through was the last DEC you made. (where you tied off)

Round 2: INC, SC, INC (going through the arm stitches and the round 1 stitches.

SC, INC, SC in the next 3 body stitches from round 1.

The next 3 stitches are made going through the second arm stitches and round 1 stitches at the same time.

INC, SC, INC joining the second arm to our Addi Bear.

SC, INC, SC in the last 3 stitches. (18)

The rest of the bear body will be made in HDC stitches.

Round 3: INC in each stitch around (36)

Round 4: HDC, INC* around (54)

Round 5: HDC in each stitch around but place two more increases (approximately one under each armpit) to take our stitch count to 56. (56)

Sew in all your tails making sure to secure your arm tails with double knots first. If you want to see how I did this refer to the video tutorial that goes with this pattern.

Rounds 6-21: HDC around (56)

Now we are going to crochet across the bottom opening of our crochet bear lovey, joining the front half to the back half and closing the body together.

Make sure your last HDC stitch is in the bottom-right corner of your Addi Bear. You may need to add or remove stitches to make this work.

Without chaining up, turn your work and place a SC in the last HDC stitch from round 21.

Remove your hook from your working yarn and insert it into the first open stitch from round 21 on your work.

Grab your working yarn and pull it through the stitch.

Insert your hook into the next stitch on the front half of your Addi Bear and place a SC.

Remove the hook from your working yarn, insert it into the next open stitch on the back half of your Addi Bear, grab the working yarn and pull it through.

This is the join-as-you-go method.

Continue all the way down until your entire Addi Bear is closed up. Tie off and sew in your tail.

Face

Snout– Made with SC stitches

Starting with your snout color and G (4.0mm) crochet hook.

Round 1: Make a magic circle. SC 8. (8)

The snout is made in the round, use a stitch marker if you need to.

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (18)

Round 3: INC, SC* 8 times around (24)

Round 4: INC, SCx2* 8 times around (32)

Tie off leaving a very long tail for sewing our snout onto our crochet bear lovey head.

Ears- Make 2

Starting with your body color and G (4.0mm) crochet hook.

Round 1: Make a magic circle. SC 7. (7)

The ears are made in the round, use a stitch marker if you need to.

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (14)

Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch around (14)

Round 5: DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC 3, DEC, SC 2 (11)

Tie off leaving a long tail for attaching your ears to your Addi Bear head.

Assembly

Place your snout on your Addi Bear face and hold it in place with sewing pins.

Attach it to your head using the whip stitch by going into the head stitches and then out through the snout stitches. Repeat until your snout is secure. Tie off and sew in your tail.

If you need more help I show how to do this in detail in the video that goes with this pattern.

To attach your ears, line them up where you want them to go and secure them with sewing pins.

Begin sewing them on using a tapestry needle. Once secure tie off and sew in your tail.

Using scrap yarn, embroider your nose and eyes.

Now you have a competed crochet Addi Bear! Step back and take a look at all your hard work.

I hope you love this pattern. If you make any Addi Bears and post pics online I’d love to see them. Tag me @ACraftyConcpet on all social media platforms.

I know you are going to be inspired to make Addi animals of all kinds using this bear pattern as the base. I love seeing your creativity, I just ask that you credit A Crafty Concept for the original design any time you post different animal versions.

I myself will be posting different animal versions so be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can stay in the loop!

Happy Crocheting friends
❤️ Ashley

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