20 to Knit: Knitted Bears

20 to Knit: Knitted Bears : All Dressed Up!

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All the bears in the book are based on the same, simple knitted bear, instructions for which are provided at the beginning of the book and are easy enough for even novice knitters to follow. There are 20 unique designs, including a hiking bear complete with boots and a backpack, a beach-loving bikini bear, a sweet honey bee bear, and a pretty pink ballet dancer, each with its own knitted outfit and accessories. Every bear has its own special character, and the reader is bound to find at least one they just have to knit. Suitable for adults as well as children, they make ideal gifts, and of course there is nothing to stop the reader creating characters of their own that they can personalise to suit a particular person or occasion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 155 x 215 x 4mm | 132g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 50 Illustrations, color
  • 1844484823
  • 9781844484829
  • 6,959

Table of contents


Basic patterns

Katy Strawberry Bear

Bouncing Baby Bear

Peter Pumpkin Bear

Freddy Football Bear

Toby Toddler Bear

Billy Bridegroom Bear

Grace Bride Bear

Pippa Dolly Bear

Holly Christmas Bear

Dainty Dancing Bear

Barney College Bear

Sweet Honey Bee Bear

Olivia Sweetheart Bear

Emily Knitting Bear

Sophie Bikini Bear

Poppy Panda Bear

Hector Hiking Bear

Lucky Ladybird Bear

Pretty Party Bear

Belinda Bouquet Bear
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Review quote

Mar 10

From pram to playgroup, to PhD and parenthood, people have their teddy bears with them - and teddies make great gifts, too. Val Pierce has created a fab collection of 20 knitted bears in beautiful costumes which are perfect for all sorts of occasions. There's a bride and groom, a college-bound bear and a baby bear, and lots of other quirky costumes besides. There's a pumpkin bear for Halloween and a strawberry bear for summer, and bears which are celebrating hobbies like football and (of course) knitting. Clothes and bear bodies are knitted separately, so although the bears are not designed to be underssed, you can adapt the patterns provided to create a wardrobe of costumes for your teddy. * Simply Knitting * Mar 10

We couldn't resist this one to show hand knitters how to knit 20 little bears and then dress them up in a wonderful range of colourful outfits that will delight both adults and children. All the designs are based on the same simple knitted bear and instructions are provided. They're easy to follow for even novice knitters. Every bear has its own special character and you're sure to find at least one you just have to knit. The bears are suitable for adults as well as children. They make ideal gifts and there's nothing to stop you creating charactes of your own. * Machine Knitting Monthly * Mar 10

Bear fans rejoice! With this little book you'll learn how to create a simple bear to then dress up in a range of charming and comical outfits, handknitted by you. Each bear measures 20cm or 8 inches high and is easy enough even for novice knitters to complete. The outfits are what really give the bears their character, and our favourites are Hector Hiking Bear, complete with boots and a rucksack, and Grace Bride Bear, dressed up in a white gown. These bears make great gifts for adults and children, and the book will make a lovely gift for someone who wants to try knitting bears for the first time. * Knit Today * Mar 10

Here is another book that shows you what to do with all that leftover double knitting wool you have in your bag. You will probably need to buy a ball or two for the bears, although at 8" high the leftover yarn might do for this as well. There is a basic pattern for a bear at the start of this book, together with basic patterns for trousers, dress and shoes. But there are also twenty different ways to make up your bear in a different style, together with instructions on how to turn it into a panda and lots of other colored bears.

My favorite aspect of this (apart from the opportunities for fund raising and recycling) has to be the imagination involved in dreaming up the different looks. There is a Christmas bear, baby bear, bride and groom, panda and girl teddy in a pretty dress or two, but then there is also a bear in Hallowe'en garb (dressed as a pumpkin), fancy dress, teddy as a strawberry, a bee and a ladybird as well as a footballer, ballerina, along with various male attires. This is more a book for the intermediate knitter, as there is a certain amount of knitting know-how needed to make the bears look their best. Not all the bears seem to have exactly the same proportions, so some tweaks to the basic pattern are sometimes necessary. This will give you the experience to create yet more bears; one for everybody you know! * Myshelf.com *
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About Val Pierce

Val Pierce is a keen knitter and crocheter and a prolific author, with over 15 books to her name. Her passion for yarn began when she was a child, and over the years she has worked for other designers as well as large yarn companies. She teaches knitting and crochet, and regularly has her work published in crafting magazines. She has her own website - crossedneedles.co.uk, which contains links to patterns and other useful sites.
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Rating details

57 ratings
4.4 out of 5 stars
5 60% (34)
4 26% (15)
3 11% (6)
2 2% (1)
1 2% (1)

Our customer reviews

I have been knitting these litle bears and just love them and everyone who sees them are very impressed and fall in love with them as well. They are eaasy to knit and the outfits can be made in different colours to suit the children. So awesome.show more
by Cheryl Nicholson
i am really enjoying doing these little bears. i am knitting the whole lot as a present for my grandaughter, she will love them and keep them for ever. after i have done them all i will do a few sets of bride and groom teddies to give as wedding presents, and baby teddies as presents for new borns. cant waitshow more
by caroline jones
I just love this book, it has a basic bear pattern with 20 different outfits or variations to be made. I love the bumble bee he has been very popular. Great book at a great price. I make the toys to give away especially to put in shoe boxes at Christmas for children in the South Pacificshow more
by Olive Ruby
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