#21 – Doctor Bear

I think that happiness is better shared! In this case, my friend recently found out that he was accepted into medical school for the coming school year, and when I found out, I was so excited for him. He’s been working so hard for this, and it’s so encouraging to see his hard work paying off for him now. I wanted to make something original for him to celebrate this moment, and I settled upon “Doctor Bear”, as inspired by a stuffed teddy-bear I saw many years ago.

  • 1/16  skein of Caron Simply Soft – a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour A: Off White)
  • 1/32 skein of Caron Simply Soft – a worsted weight (4) yarn (above colour B: Soft Green)
  • 10g Loops and Threads Classic Fiber Fill
  • 2 safety eyes (7.5 mm)
  • Size D (3.25 mm) hook

Pattern by tick-tock hobbies

(abbreviations: SC = single crochet)

HEAD

  1. Using the magic circle and Colour A, start off with six SC. (6 stitches)
  2. Increase by doing two SC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches)
  3. *SC in one stitch. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * six times. (18 stitches)
  4. *SC in the next two stitches. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * six times. (24 stitches)
  5. *SC in the next three stitches. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * six times. (30 stitches)
  6. SC in each stitch around the circle. (30 stitches)
  7. *SC in the next four stitches. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * six times. (36 stitches)
  8. SC in each stitch around the circle. (36 stitches)
  9. *SC in the next five stitches. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * six times. (42 stitches)
  10. SC in each stitch around the circle. (42 stitches)
  11. SC in each stitch around the circle. (42 stitches)
  12. *SC in the next five stitches. Decrease by doing one SC over the next two stitches*. Repeat from * to * six times. (36 stitches)
  13. SC in each stitch around the circle. (36 stitches)
  14. *SC in the next four stitches. Decrease by doing one SC over the next two stitches*. Repeat from * to * six times. (30 stitches)
  15. SC in each stitch around the circle (30 stitches)
  16. *SC in the next three stitches. Decrease by doing one SC over the next two stitches*. Repeat from * to * six times. (24 stitches)
  17. *SC in the next two stitches. Decrease by doing one SC over the next two stitches*. Repeat from * to * six times. (18 stitches)
  18. If using safety eyes, attach them at this point. (Closer set eyes result in a “cuter” look! ) Stuff the head as well.
  19. *SC in one stitch. Decrease by doing one SC over the next two stitches*. Repeat from * to * six times. (12 stitches)
  20. Decrease by doing one SC over the next two stitches. Repeat six times. (6 stitches)
  21. Close off the head and weave the ends in.

EARS

  1. Using the magic circle, start off with six SC. (6 stitches)
  2. Increase by doing two SC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches)
  3. *SC in one stitch. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * six times. (18 stitches)
  4. Cut the yarn, but leave a long tail.
  5. Fold the circle in half and use the tail to weave the circle shut.

SNOUT

  1. Using the magic circle and Colour A, start off with six SC. (6 stitches)
  2. *SC in one stitch. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * three times. (9 stitches)
  3. SC in each stitch around the circle. (9 stitches)
  4. Use brown embroidery thread to add details to the snout.

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BODY

  1. Using the magic circle and Colour A, start off with six SC. (6 stitches)
  2. Increase by doing two SC in each stitch around the circle. (12 stitches)
  3. Increase by doing two SC in each stitch around the circle. (24 stitches)
  4. SC in each stitch around the circle (24 stitches)
  5. Switch to Colour B and SC in each stitch around the circle (24 stitches)
  6. SC in each stitch around the circle. (24 stitches)
  7. SC in each stitch around the circle. (24 stitches)
  8. SC in each stitch around the circle. (24 stitches)
  9. Use Colour B to SC in the next eleven stitches. Use Colour A to SC in the next two stitches. Use Colour B to SC in the next eleven stitches. (24 stitches)
  10. Use Colour B to SC in the next eleven stitches. Use Colour A to SC in the next three stitches. Use Colour B to SC in the next ten stitches. (24 stitches)

ARMS

  1. Using the magic circle and Colour A, start off with four SC. (4 stitches)
  2. *SC in one stitch. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * two times. (6 stitches)
  3. SC in each stitch around the circle. (6 stitches)
  4. Switch to Colour B and SC in each stitch around the circle. (6 stitches)

FEET

  1. Using the magic circle and Colour A, start off with eight SC. (8 stitches)
  2. SC in each stitch around the circle. (8 stitches)
  3. SC in each stitch around the circle. (8 stitches)

TAIL

  1. Using the magic circle and Colour A, start off with four SC. (4 stitches)
  2. *SC in one stitch. Increase by doing two SC in the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * two times. (6 stitches)

MASK

  1. Using Colour B, chain-46.
  2. Turn. Five SC.
  3. Chain-1. Five SC.
  4. Chain-1. Five SC.
  5. Chain-40 and connect back to the other side of the “mask”.

One of the things I love about crochet is that I am always learning. This time, I learned how to switch colours more smoothly, as well as experienced “tapestry crochet”. I’ll definitely continue to practice these techniques, so that I can write about them in more detail next time! I also learned that closer eyes lead to a cuter look, so that’s something I’ll keep in mind for any future amigurumi!

Here’s a picture of my original inspiration! Isn’t he the most adorable stuffie?
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For those of you who love the bear, but don’t have the time to make your own, I am so happy to say that I am willing to sell finished versions of this little guy! You can customize the colour of your bear and his scrubs, so that makes him the perfect gift for anyone involved in the medical field! Please check out my Etsy shop for more details!

If you do make the bear, I’d love to see how it turns out! You can tag pictures #ticktockhobbies on Instagram. I’d also love to hear any feedback about the pattern, if there’s any way that I can make it clearer or if there’s a problem with it. I hope you enjoy the pattern and have fun creating!

This pattern is an original pattern by June Cheung at Tick-Tock Hobbies – please do not claim this pattern as your own or reprint it on another site or any other format. If you want to share this pattern (and I’d love it if you do!), just link to this pattern and give me the proper credit. You may keep a copy of the pattern for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell this pattern. Permission is NOT granted for any finished products to be sold for profit, or for mass production or for factory manufacturing of any kind. Thank you so much for your respect and understanding!
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