Today, I’m sharing a tip that Mariana (from Chile!) came up with while taking my Amigurumi Woodland Animals Class. Is it a pattern for a crocheted sweater?
Nope… it’s way more clever than that! It’s a way of making your animal look like he’s wearing a sweater, by following the pattern and just adding in some color changes!
There’s a tutorial here show how to make clean color changes with single crochet.
Isn’t this guy adorable?
To get this look, you just need to make a few simple modifications to the Teddy the Bear pattern.
- Pick a contrasting color of yarn (in the same thickness as your main ‘bear’ color) to be the crocheted sweater. The yardage will be about 40% of the total main color yardage specified in the pattern.
- Crochet the body using your sweater color.
- For the arms, crochet the first 6 rounds in the main color (as in the pattern), but then switch to your sweater color for the remaining rounds.
- Sew a few buttons down the front of the body before stuffing it.
You can add a crocheted sweater to a whole variety of animal patterns! Instead of using the body color for the first six rounds of the arms, just use your best judgement to decide where the hands end and the crocheted sweater begins.
Now you’ve got a cute teddy bear wearing a cozy crocheted sweater!
Isn’t this a fabulous idea? And isn’t it great how you can modify a pattern, and come up with something that looks totally different?
If you want a pattern with the color-changes already included, try Byron the Bear.
Instead of a crocheted sweater, how about a hoodie? Try the Finley the Frog pattern.
Thank you so much, Mariana, for sharing your adorable bear and technique with us all!
That is such an awesome idea!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!
This is genius! Thank you Mariana!!