Giant Panda

It may look difficult to make, but you can crochet, stuff, and assemble this 18-inch-tall bear as you work.


+ enlarge image Youngsters will love it so much, chances are one day this bear will be heading off to college.

SKILL LEVEL Easy

SIZE 18 inches tall, seated

Yarns

  • Bernat Soft Bouclé; 98% acrylic/2% polyester, chunky weight; 5 ounces (140 grams), 255 yards.
  • 1 ball #6703 Natural (A)
  • 1 ball #6756 Black (B)

Hooks and Extras

  • Size J/10 (6.00 millimeter) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Stitch marker
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge

  • 10 sc and 9 rnds = 4 inches/10 centimeters
  • Take time to check your gauge.

Do not join rounds. Use a stitch marker to indicate beginning of each round, moving it up as you go from round to round.

1. Lower Body. With A, ch 2. Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker. Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around -- 12 sts; move marker. Rnd 3: (Sc in sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 18 sts. Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 24 sts. Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 30 sts. Rnd 6: (Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 36 sts. Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 42 sts. Rnd 8: (Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 48 sts. Rnd 9: (Sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 54 sts. Rnd 10: (Sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc) around -- 60 sts.

Cont to inc in this manner every other rnd twice more, then every third rnd twice -- 84 sts. Work 6 rnds even.

Dec Rnd: (Sc in next 12 sc, sc2tog) 6 times -- 78 sts. Work 6 rnds even. Dec Rnd: (Sc in next 11 sc, sc2tog) 6 times -- 72 sts. Fasten off A.

2. Upper Body. Join B and work 1 rnd even. Dec Rnd: (Sc in next 10 sc, sc2tog) 6 times -- 66 sts. Work 1 rnd even.

Cont to dec in this manner every other rnd 3 times more -- 48 sts. Fasten off B. Begin stuffing body and cont stuffing as you work.

3. Head. Join A and work 3 rnds even on the 48 sts. Dec Rnd: (Sc in each of next 6 sc, sc2tog) 6 times -- 42 sts. Work 2 rnds even.

Cont to dec in this manner every 3rd rnd 5 times more -- 12 sts rem. Cut A, leaving a tail. Thread tail onto needle and back through rem sts. Pull up to close opening. Weave in end.

4. Legs. (make 2) With B, ch 5. Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch; 3 sc in last ch; working along opposite side of ch, sc in each of next 2 ch, 2 sc in last ch -- 10 sts around. Place marker. Rnd 2: (2 sc in sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) twice -- 14 sts. Rnd 3: (2 sc in sc, sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc) twice -- 20 sts. Rnd 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) twice -- 24 sts. Rnd 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc) twice -- 32 sts. Rnd 6: (Sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) twice -- 36 sts. Rnds 7-12: Work even. Rnd 13: Sc in next 4 sc, (sc2tog) 7 times, sc in next 18 sc -- 29 sts. Rnds 14-16: Work even. Rnd 17: Sc in next 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc) 7 times, sc in next 18 sc -- 36 sts.

5. Short Row Shaping Row 1: Sc in next 32 sc, sl st in next sc; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sk sl st, sc in next 28 sc, sl st in next sc; turn. Row 3: Ch 1, sk sl st, sc in next 24 sc, sl st in next sc; turn.

Cont to work in this manner, crocheting 4 less sts each row until 4 sts rem, sl st in next sc; turn. Sc evenly around leg. Fasten off.

Stuff Legs. Sew legs to lower body 4.5 inches apart with the short sides to inside and angling them to the rear.

6. Ears (make 2) With B, ch 5. Rep Rnds 1-4 of Leg Pat. Rnd 5: Sl st in each sc around. Fasten off. Sew ears 6 inches apart at top of Head.

7. Snout. With A, work as for Legs through Rnd 5. Rnd 6: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off.

8. Nose. With B, ch 2; work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook; turn. Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last sc. Fasten off. Sew Nose to center of Snout. With B, embroider mouth with chain sts, just beneath nose. Firmly stuff Snout. Center Snout onto face, skipping 2 color A rnds for neck.

9. Eye Patches (make 2). With B, work as for Legs through Rnd 3. Fasten off. With A, satin stitch several times over 2 sts at an angle to make eye. Rep to make second eye. Spacing patches approx 2 inches apart and resting on snout, sew Eye Patches in place.

10. Arms (make 2). With B, ch 20. Keeping ch untwisted, join with sl st to form a ring. Place marker. Work 16 sc rnds on 20 sts, moving marker at end of each rnd.

Dec Rnds: (Sc in sc, sc2tog) around and around until 9 sts rem. Fasten off. Stuff arms. Sew openings closed. Flatten the seams and sew them to Upper Body at an angle.

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