Polar Bear, also known as Pooh and Woody

The Bear has a habit of renaming things depending on her current obsession, so my latest FO has been renamed several times already and will answer to any of them. Originally he was Ysolda Teague’s Otto, and a very nice pattern he is too!

I knitted him in Debbie Bliss’s cashmerino chunky on 5mm needles. You can knit Ysolda’s toys in any weight yarn but obviously the fatter the yarn the bigger the toy!

He took three balls plus about a metre. You need needles slightly smaller than you’d normally use for the yarn so that you get a tight fabric that the stuffing doesn’t leak through. He’s about 18 inches tall and is a very quick knit – half a dozen evenings of knitting time. He’s not a knit-in-front-of-a-DVD item though because you need to read the pattern for pretty much every row. If I’d just sat down and hammered through, I think he could be done in a couple of evenings. So Otto/Polar Bear/ Pooh/ Woody is a very welcome addition to the house! I really want to do another Elijah as well but there are too many other things on the needles…

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