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Football teddy bear Knitting Pattern

Football teddy bear

  • Difficulty


  • Yarn Type

    Yarn Type

    DK / 8 ply

  • designer


    Sachiyo Ishii

  • Needle Size

    Needle Size

    US 4 / 3.5mm

  • Needle Type

    Needle Type


  • Techniques


    Basic Shaping, Stocking Stitch

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What you need to know


Football fever is upon us and we can’t get enough of this sweet cuddly bear toy from designer Sachiyo Ishii. Frankie is made using simple toy-making techniques and is sporting a smart red and white striped jersey, shorts, and socks. If red and white isn’t your style, don’t fret – simply swap the yarn shades out for your own team’s colours, or even better, we have two more football crazy bears for you to make your very own trio:

Download the pattern for Harry here.
Download the pattern for Bobby here.

What do I need?

King Cole Pricewise DK, shades:
(A) 037 Taupe, 40g
(B) 1695 Sand, 20g
Stylecraft Special DK, shades:
(C) 1246 Lipstick, 30g
(D) 1854 French Navy, 15g
(E) 1708 Petrol, 15g
(F) 1001 White, 30g
(G) DK, Dark Brown DK, small amount; 4ply, Black, small amount
Needles: 3.5mm
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Safety toy eyes: 12mm, black, one pair
Safety toy stuffing
Felt: white, 3cm square
Snap fasteners: 10mm, two pairs
Sewing needle and thread
Tapestry needle


34cm tall

Top Knit Tips

“Make sure to leave tails at the start and end of each knitted piece, to make the sewing up process easier at the end of the project.” LK DESIGNER, Sachiyo Ishii

When changing between colours, cross the yarns over on the wrong side to avoid leaving little holes in the work.

This project uses mattress stitch to close the seams, which is one of our favourite finishing techniques. It brings two pieces of knitting together with an invisible join, so it’s ideal for making toys that involve several different components.

“This project uses the intarsia method of colourwork to create a cute striped jersey. In intarsia, new lengths of yarn are added to the work for each separate vertical colour section. The white stripes on Frankie’s shorts are also worked using intarsia, but you’ll only need one length of white yarn for each leg. You can strand this white yarn behind the blue when working the vertical stripes as there are only a few stitches between the colours. Scan the QR code within the pattern to see my top tips on how to do it!” LKT Knitting Expert, Neti Love

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Watch to learn

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Techniques: Basic Shaping, Stocking Stitch

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