One of the ladies in my knitting group sent a message that the Dorset Police were calling for Trauma Teddies and included a new knitting pattern for it. There is another more standard pattern out there, either written-out or as an image:
What they all have in common is the huge amount of “making-up” they require! I am NOT a fan of the sewing up at the end of any project and if I can figure out how to do it without, I will. Even if it is a little tricky to accomplish! And while I am always a “belt and braces” person when sewing up for small kiddies, I still worry that an arm might come off, and ear get detached, whatever, and make the toy a hazard. Silly, maybe, but an all-in-one method suits me on so many levels.
So I made one.
On the left is the one from the pattern from Dorset Police. It is a really nicely proportioned teddy, and any wonkiness is totally down to my making-up skills. Trust me – he does have two ears, I promise! The one in the middle is my first attempt to alter the pattern on the fly to make it an all-in-one version. And the right hand one is my final pattern version.
Gosh that blue background (one of my office chairs) does it no favours! Let’s try that again with just the two:
Better – you can’t see the little antenna on the radio but other than that …. So just a closer look at my version, with an idea of how I made it all-in-one:
Crazy, right? But other than a few stitches above and below the arms and a couple of stitches to gather the ears (and the decorative stuff like the face and adding the radio) there is no real “making up” to do. The only thing that is a little tricky is the second 3-needle bind off – and that isn’t that difficult so long as you don’t do any stuffing till you have accomplished it. That way you can freely manipulate the body into position.
Yes, there is a bit of purling here, but if I am honest I don’t mind that – it gives my knitting muscles something a bit different to do!
I did write up a pattern but it assumes you are familiar with all those things (two-at-a-time, Turkish cast on or Judy’s magic cast on, a 3-needle bind off, pick-up and knit, garter stitch in the round…) so it isn’t going to be for everyone. The simplicity of the original pattern (knit every row, no real shaping) is going to be a lot better for someone who wants to just knit fast and sew it all together at the end. Whichever, charity knitting is all good!