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Crocheted Autism Awareness Bears

Updated on March 4, 2014
Autism Awareness Bears
Autism Awareness Bears
The Autism Fundraiser these babies will be raffled off at.
The Autism Fundraiser these babies will be raffled off at.

What is Autism Speaks?

My aunt asked me to donate some of my crocheted work for her Autism Speaks event this year. So, of course, I said I would love to. It took me awhile to decide what I would make, but eventually I decided on just creating something new. Here is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy them and have fun making them.


Please feel free to make these and sell these to raise money for your own fundraisers, whether it's for Autism or something else (I'd love to hear what you make them for, so let me know in the comments below). However, I offer this pattern for free, so please do not try to take my pattern and sell it. That's just not nice. On the other hand, if you would so kindly direct people to this pattern--that would be super nice.


I made these in the colours of Autism Awareness; Red, Yellow, Royal Blue, and Light Blue. Feel free to use whatever colours you like.

My sister wanted me to leave them just like this...
My sister wanted me to leave them just like this...
I had to work on these during mini breaks at work, so when it was time to put them together I had appendages everywhere!
I had to work on these during mini breaks at work, so when it was time to put them together I had appendages everywhere!

Head and Body

Head

Ch 2 or make a magic ring if you prefer.

1. SC 6 in second ch from the hook/magic ring. (6)

2. SC 2 in each stitch around. (12)

3. SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (18)

4. SC 1, SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (24)

5. SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (30)

6 - 14. SC around. (30)

15. SC-2-TOG, SC 1, SC 1, SC 1, repeat around. (24)

16. SC-2-TOG, SC 1, SC 1, repeat around. (18)

17. SC-2-TOG, SC, repeat around, fasten off and leave a long tail. (12)

Add eyes if you are using safety eyes.


Body

Ch 2 or make a magic ring if you prefer.

1. SC 6 in second ch from the hook/magic ring. (6)

2. SC 2 in each stitch around. (12)

3. SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (18)

4. SC 1, SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (24)

5 - 13. SC around. (24)

14. SC-2-TOG, SC 1, SC 1, repeat around. (18)

15. SC-2-TOG, SC, repeat around, fasten off. (12)

An arm...or maybe this was a leg...
An arm...or maybe this was a leg...

Arms & Legs

Arms

Ch 2, or magic ring.

1. SC 5 in second chain from the hook. (5)

2. SC 2 in each stitch. (10)

3. SC, SC 2, around. (15)

4 - 8. SC around. (15)

9. SC, SC-2-TOG, around (10)

10 - 14. SC around (10)

Fasten off and leave tail for sewing.


Legs

Ch 2 or make a magic ring.

1. SC 6 in second ch from the hook/magic ring. (6)

2. SC 2 in each stitch around. (12)

3. SC 1, SC 2 in next stitch, repeat around. (18)

4 - 10. SC around. (18)

11. SC-2-tog, SC, around. (12)

12 - 15. SC around, fasten off, leaving tail (12)

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After stuffing the arms and legs I sewed up the openings.Then I sewed them to the body."Where are my legs???"Cute chubby baby amigurumi!
After stuffing the arms and legs I sewed up the openings.
After stuffing the arms and legs I sewed up the openings.
Then I sewed them to the body.
Then I sewed them to the body.
"Where are my legs???"
"Where are my legs???"
Cute chubby baby amigurumi!
Cute chubby baby amigurumi!

Sew it up

After the head, body, and appendages were done. I stuffed them and sewed them up before moving on to details. This just happened to be the order that worked best for me because I was running around working on other things while making these. So, put them together in a way that is comfortable for you.

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Little ear.Hair before being brushed.Hair after being brushed."Hello there!"They all have faces. "But we can't hear anything!"Hair, ears, and face all complete. "Ah, that's better!"
Little ear.
Little ear.
Hair before being brushed.
Hair before being brushed.
Hair after being brushed.
Hair after being brushed.
"Hello there!"
"Hello there!"
They all have faces. "But we can't hear anything!"
They all have faces. "But we can't hear anything!"
Hair, ears, and face all complete. "Ah, that's better!"
Hair, ears, and face all complete. "Ah, that's better!"

Ears, Hair, and Face

Ears

Ch 2

1. SC 6 in 2nd chain from hook (6)

2. SC, 2SC, repeat around (9)

3. SC around. (9)

4. SC the opening closed, fasten off, leaving a tail to sew on the ears.


Hair

This is entirely optional, but before I added the ears to the chubby little bear bodies my mother saw them and commented on how bald they were. So I decided to add hair using the scrap threads from the tails I'd clipped sewing everything together.

I basically add the hair the same way I would on my mermaid dolls (basically by knotting it), then took a wire brush and brushed it out so it was fluffy.


Face

I simple embroidered noses and mouths with black yarn and some scrap pieces of yarn from my clippings.

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Gluing puzzle pieces to their backing.  Slipped yarn through side of puzzle piece.Pulled yarn through bear hand and tied and knot.Repeated on other side, then tucked threads into bear body.
Gluing puzzle pieces to their backing.
Gluing puzzle pieces to their backing.
Slipped yarn through side of puzzle piece.
Slipped yarn through side of puzzle piece.
Pulled yarn through bear hand and tied and knot.
Pulled yarn through bear hand and tied and knot.
Repeated on other side, then tucked threads into bear body.
Repeated on other side, then tucked threads into bear body.

Puzzle Piece

This is an optional detail that I added because I wanted to represent Autism Speaks.


I drew a stencil in the shape of the Autism Speaks puzzle piece and cut out bits of felt in the iconic blue colour. I doubled up the felt by gluing pieces together so that the pieces would be strong.

Then I took a yarn needle and some yarn the colour of the bear's body and tied the puzzle piece to the bears' hands.

These little cuties can't wait to go to their forever homes!
These little cuties can't wait to go to their forever homes!

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    • craftybegonia profile image

      craftybegonia 

      4 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      That is a wonderful way to raise awareness!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      How sweet a thought to make these bears for the cause. They would really make a good difference for these children.

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      Pauline Hayes 

      4 years ago from Louisiana

      Love these my grandson is austistic....his mom will love to make these.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I have forgotten how to read crochet patterns, but your adorable bears make me want to learn again. They're admirable and the cause makes them even more distinctive. Great idea and it deserves a crowd of followers. Much success to you and the fundraising.

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