Is a couple of years since the Pookie Pals made their debut in Crochet Now magazine and I’ve been promising for ages that I’ll update and publish the pattern! Finally, meet Monty Bear. He’s a really simple Amigurumi style pattern. perfect for beginners. he’s perfect for using up oddments of yarn and you can have great fun with his outfit. I particularly love his braces. You can find the pattern on Love Crochet and Ravelry. I hope you like him – watch for his friends Pookie Pig and Bertram Bunny – they are just as cute!
The yarn you choose will affect the finished texture of your bear. Smooth cottons or textured animal fibres, it’s your choice. As the Pookie Pals patterns are published, you’ll notice I’ve used lots of different yarns, so you can see how your project might look. Also, if you’re using yarns from your stash, you can use stripes to make a yarn go further. It’s a good idea to make the head, ears, feet and hands in the same colour. But, it’s really up to you. To stuff my makes, I use wool fibre toy stuffing. This is widely available now, and much more environmentally friendly than plastic stuffing (such as polyester or hollow fibre), even the ones made from recycled plastic still won’t biodegrade and will have the same environmental impact as other plastics. You could also use oddments of yarn, cut up old clothes or take the stuffing from a discarded toy or pillow that would otherwise be going to landfill.
You’ll also notice that the bear in the photos has plastic eyes. This were requested by the original magazine editor. My preference is still for embroidered eyes and noses – especially if I’m going to give my makes as gifts.
Monty bear was such fun to make and I hope you’ll enjoy meeting his friends over the next couple of months. My plan is to try and publish one each month through 2019 and the series includes a dog, bunny, pig, a fox and a reindeer. I hope you give him a try and share your makes with me if you do.
Happy crocheting x