Carol Turner

Nursery Knitwear

The Knitted Teddy

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Teddy BearsI’ve spent most of April creating a selection of different Teddy Bears, and what a joy that has been. No nursery or childs bedroom would be complete without them which makes it hard to believe the Teddy Bear only dates from the early twentieth century. Although teddies can be made in a variety of different materials from faux fur to plush luxury fabrics there is something  appealing about the knitted teddy. So homely, endearing and full of character.

The first bear I completed was Molly bear, she was hard work, especially as her clothes were knitted  in 4ply (seemed to take forever to knit up) but I was pleased with the result. She stands at 18 inches with floppy leg joints so she can sit in any position. She’s dressed (clothes are removable) in stripey polo neck jumper, lilac shorts and little white ankle socks and pink shoes with a stripey bow.

Molly Bear

Next to be completed was Joey Bear.

Joey Bear

He’s a small bear standing at 8 inches. Quick to knit up as his body including the shoes are knitted in one piece and he comes dressed in some baggy overalls ready for play.

Joey bear

After knitting Joey had to knit a girl teddy to keep him company, so Hannah bear was created using the same pattern

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Both teddies and clothes are knitted in DK with white ankle socks knitted in for Hannah.  The dress was fun to do, it is an eyelet pattern in yellow yarn with green trim to match her shoes, so she looks like she is in her Sunday best.

Hannah Bear

I love the way these little bears take on a character all of their own despite being knitted up from the same pattern, something that doesn’t happen with the commercially mass produced bear. Well maybe I’m just prejudiced here!

Hannah and Joey Bear  Hannah and Joey Bear

Last bear to be finished was Matty bear, yes these bears are named after my grown up children.

Matty Bear

Matty is a very different type of bear, based on a Classic Teddy design he measures in at 14 inches. He is knitted in a chunky merino yarn in toffee and cream which is lovely and soft, making him a very cuddly bear and a  smart one in his waistcoat.

Matty Bear

It has been a busy few weeks, just hope they become toys to treasure. Shall give my hands a rest for a few days and plan what to do in May!

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Author: Carol Turner

Hello and welcome. I love knitting baby clothes and creating nursery toys and this site is a showcase for my little creations. Thank you for visiting and do call again soon

7 thoughts on “The Knitted Teddy

  1. Love the teddies! They so cute!
    Love
    NikkiM

  2. The bears are gorgeous. I also have a grown up child called Hannah and one called Matthew 🙂

  3. Hello Carol,
    The bears and dolls you have knitted are beautiful and even adults would be happy to own a special one.
    I did look on your shop site but only found made up nursery toys. Do you sell the patterns Carol or are they ones
    that you find. I would love to knit a couple so any help with the patterns would be kind of you,
    Many thanks and kind regards
    Mary

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