100 trauma bears wanting bear friends and to find a deserving home!
UKPAC is sending 100 trauma bears to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each bear is hoping to find more bear friends in his/her quest to find a deserving home.
On receipt of your UKPAC bear(s), appeal for knitters or crocheters in your area to knit bears (see Templates below)
Trauma bears are excellent in the back of Police cars for victims of trauma, so your local Constabulary or Police and Crime Commissioner may welcome bears and/or local women’s refuge and/or children’s centre. Source and list these locations as homes for the bears. Deliver, record, publicise, complete Programme Report Form, let UKPAC know about your programme action.
The bears are meant to be a ripple or snowball effect to aid communication, ascertain locate need, provide useful activity at this COVID time, create good work in the local community, and aid local publicity. Don’t forget to send images and information back to UKPAC and this will be displayed on UKPAC website. Web: sigbi.org/ukpac Facebook/Twitter @UKPAC Email: email@example.com
COVID notes: bears can be quarantined for 72 hours before transactions.
Trauma Teddy Knitting Pattern
The Pattern is simple for those who knit and can make good use of small pieces of wool left over from major projects carried out during the year.
You will need:
No 10 (3¼mm) needles Double knitting wool in four colours: Colour 1 for the head and paws Colour 2 for the trousers Colour 3 for the jumper Colour 4 for the scarf. Finishing: Please stuff the teddy with either polyester or other healthy padding. Foam rubber is not recommended as babies/young children might chew it. Do not use buttons or beads or anything hazardous which may become detached and be a hazard to young children.
Instructions: (Numbers can be halved for smaller bears if you have limited resources.)
Cast on 10 garter stitches main colour. Knit 10 rows Continue in garter stitch for 30 rows in trouser colour. Leave on spare needle and make another leg in the same way. Knit across all 20 stitches and work 16 rows. Change to jumper colour and knit 24 rows. Change to main colour for head and also change to stocking stitch 5 ½ inches (14cm) Change to jumper colour and knit 24 rows. Continue remainder of Teddy in reverse order and cast off. Stitch down the sides of the head. With jumper colour, pick up 8 stitches either side of the neck join (16 in all) and knit 20 rows. Change to main colour and knit 10 rows for paws and cast off.
Scarf : Cast on 75 stitches in colour 4. Knit 4 rows and cast off. Tie scarf on Teddy at the back of the neck, close to the jumper edge. Don’t sew down at the front. Turn right side out and sew diagonal top corners for ears before stuffing.
Sew up Teddy leaving opening in crotch. After stuffing, run a thread through the knitting around the neck to draw it in. Sew a happy face and for mouth use either stem stitch or back stitch.
Crochet Pattern – Made using 8ply acrylic, and a 4mm hook
All dc rows start with a turning chain (ch1) unless otherwise stated.
IN white, ch 11.
Dc in second ch from hook, dc across (10 stitches)
Dc the next 14 rows, break yarn.
Join the colour you are using for your shorts. Dc across for 5 rows, break yarn and finish off.
Do this again for the other leg, but instead of breaking yarn, dc back across this leg, and dc across the first leg you made to join them. (20 stitches)
dc across for another 6 rows
Change to shirt colour.
dc across for 10 rows.
Dc 20, ch 9
Turn and dc into the second ch from the hook. Dc into the next 7 ch, dc across your dc’s, and chain 9
Turn work and dc in second ch from hook. Dc in next 7 chains and dc all the way across.
Dc the next 7 rows.
Dc 28, ch1 turn and dc 20.
Join your white yarn, and dc 17 rows, break yarn and finish off.
Make another of these, sew your face, onto one side, then with the pieces together (face side in) Sew around your teddy, leaving the top of his head open.
Turn it out the right way and stuff. Whipstitch through the front loops along the top of his head for a nice nearly invisible join. Using white yarn, running stitch a line to form triangle ears on the top corners of his head.