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Knitted Football Bear Knitting Pattern

Knitted Football 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, knit, Purl

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What you need to know


It’s finally time for some fun in the sun and what better way to spend a Saturday morning than having a kick about in the park? With his smart little striped jersey, socks, and shorts, our Harry Football Bear is knitted using simple toy-making techniques, so you can get stuck into making him right away. Don’t forget to log onto Let’s Knit Together to find patterns for his fellow footie bears, Frankie and Bobby, too.

What do I need?

King Cole Pricewise DK, shades:
(A) 3383 Chestnut, 40g
(B) 1741 Fudge, 20g
(D) 1693 Baby Turquoise, 15g
Stylecraft Special DK, shades:
(C) 1841 Cornish Blue, 30g
(E) 1854 French Navy, 15g
(F) 1001 White, 30g
(G) 1256 Jaffa, 30g
(H) Dark Brown DK, small amount
Needles: 3.5mm
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Safety toy eyes: 12mm, black, one pair
Safety toy stuffing
Felt: white, 3cm square, green, yellow, scraps
Snap fasteners: 10mm, two pairs
Sewing needle and thread
Tapestry needle


34cm tall

Top Knit Tips

“This project uses mattress stitch to join the seams – always hold the work with right sides next to each other to get a really neat finish.” LK DESIGNER, Sachiyo Ishii

“This project uses the intarsia method to create a cute striped jersey. In intarsia, new lengths of yarn are added to the work for each separate vertical colour section. Scan the QR code within the pattern to see my top tips on how to do it!” LKT Knitting Expert, Neti Love

“Make sure to stuff your bear firmly to give him structure and stability, paying special attention to his limbs and head.” Let’s Knit Together expert, Heidi Wilkins

If you don’t have any toy safety eyes in your stash (or you just don’t want to use them), why not embroider them, instead? Simply thread a tapestry needle with a length of black 4ply yarn and make two French knots for the eyes.

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Watch to learn

Brush up on the skills needed for this pattern with this tutorial.

Techniques: Basic Shaping, knit, Purl, Stocking Stitch

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