Comfort

Good morning, my friends and happy Friday!  We're almost there.  :-)  For me, this is a very special Friday because once I finish up today, I will be on vacation. John and I are going to New Orleans for a few days and I can't wait. I'm so excited. I LOVE New Orleans!  The people are absolutely wonderful and the city is beautiful, and it doesn't hurt that they have a fabulous yarn shop down in the Quarter. And the French Market!!!! Oh my goodness, that is an amazing place to shop! LOL 

On the way home, we are going to stop and spend the night in Memphis where I have an appointment with the lovely Vilma Carnahan.  She is the head of non-monetary donations at St. Jude.  This years donation is some small little teddy bears.  Now before you all rush out and buy lots of 4 inch bears and start crocheting them sweaters and hats for St. Jude, you should know, that they do NOT accept stuffed animals for their patients.  Children going through chemo therapy don't have much of an immune system and the donations have to be things that can be sanitized and/or washed and dried.  Teddy bears can not.  I am dropping them at St. Jude with Vilma, but they are eventually going to wind up at their sister hospital.  My goal is to provide comfort to a sick child and it really doesn't matter to me whether the child is a patient at St. Jude or another hospital.  I chose to do miniature bears because 1--they're more affordable, 2--they work up quickly, and 3--I thought that they would be small enough for the child to take with them everywhere. Scary tests, procedures, etc.

So, now let' move on to the free pattern!!!

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St. Jude Bear

Designed by Lori Baker

Materials

4 inch bear

Fine weight yarn—size 2

Size D crochet hook

Yarn needle

Ribbing

Row 1:  Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each ch across.  Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2—24:  Working in BLO, sc in each ch across.

Body

Turn so that you are working in ends of rows.

Row 1:  Ch 2, (counts as first hdc now and throughout), work 24 more hdc evenly across. Turn.  (25 hdc)

Row 2:  Ch 2, hdc in each rem st across. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts. Turn. (5 hdc)

Rows 4 & 5:  Ch 2, hdc in next 4 sts. Turn.

Row 6:  Ch 3, hdc in next 2 hdc. (3 sts)  Fasten off.

Join to opposite end of row 2 and work rows 3—6.

Skip next 2 sts on row 2, rejoin to next st.

Row 3:  Ch 2, hdc in next 10 sts.  Turn. (11 hdc)

Rows 4—6:  Ch 2, hdc in next st across.  Fasten off at end of row 6.

Sew together at shoulders.

Sleeves:

Rnd 1:  Join to bottom of armhole, ch 2, evenly space 15 more hdc around.  Join to beg ch 2.

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in next st around, join to beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Join.  Fasten off. Repeat for other sleeve.

Weave in ends and place on bear with opening in back. Whipstitch back together.

Hat

Row 1:  Ch 15, sc in 2nd ch from hk and each rem ch across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 2--4:  Sc dec over first 2 sts, sc in each st across to last 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts.  Ch 1 and turn.   (8 sc)

Rows 5—7:  Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.

Rows 8—11:  Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st, work 2 sc in last st.  Ch 1 and turn.

Joining round

Work 2 sc in first st, sc in each st across to last st on row 11, work 2 sc in last st, sc in first st on opposite side of row 1 and each rem st across, join to first sc.

Rnd 2:  Working in BLO, sc in each st around.  Fasten off.