Use this crochet panda bear add-on to turn your Poca bear into a panda bear! Only simple changes are needed to turn your forest friend into a highland friend. Your child will love this darling little black and white crochet bear.
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I actually made this little crochet panda before I had finished perfecting Poca the Bear, but with the CAL we did, he sort of got put on the back burner. An initial prototype was stuffed in a bag and shoved in a closet, completely forgotten. However, due to my current condition (baby coming in 4 weeks!) I have been cleaning and organizing like crazy and found it. I decided it was time to type up the changes, make a brand new one and share the pattern!
For some reason the ears turned out bigger than Poca (same hook, same pattern, same yarn!)…hm. My shoe size changed with each pregancy, I really hope my gauge doesn’t change with this one!
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CROCHET PANDA BEAR ADD-ON – FREE CROCHET PATTERN
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Gauge: Not important, but you want the stitches to be tight. If y0u can see stuffing or spaces between the stitches, go down a hook or two
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Crochet Panda Eye Patches: (using black)
1. Work 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Hdc in next 2 ch. Dc in next ch. Work 6 dc in last ch. Working across the other side of the chain, dc in next ch. Hdc in next 2 chs. 2 hdc in last ch (same ch as the first 2 hdc). Join with 1st st. (15 sts)
Tie off the end near the larger end, leave the other end long for sewing.
Work as written, using white. Place the safety eyes through the hole on the smaller end of the eye patches, then place on the head. Be sure to place the eyes on the flat side with the stitch marker on the right side. This will ensure that your color changes end up on the back of the bear. Leave eye patches attached only via the safety eyes until later.
Work the stitches as written until row 27.
Row 27: With white, sc in next 7 sts. Drop white, draw up a loop with black and work a sl st in next st.
Finish the row and work 28 – 34 in black. (Be sure you work a st in the sl st)
Row 35: Switch back to white in the 18th st of row 35.
Complete the rest of the body as written.
Work as written, working all in with black.
Work as written, working all in black,.
Work as written, using black.
Work as written, using white.
Work as written, using black.
Work as written, using black or white (real pandas have white tails, but I like the look of a black tail!)
CROCHET PANDA BEAR CONSTRUCTION:
All construction will be the same except for eye patches and nose. Sew nose to snout. Pin nose/snout to bear right under the eyes (same as the Poca Bear). Sew in place before sewing down the eye patches. Once the snout is in place, sew the eye patches so they barely overlap the nose.
Isn’t he lovely? I am trying to decide who will get this cute little guy. My kids’ rooms are overflowing with crochet toys, I think it’s time to spread the love around a little bit.
Enjoy your new crochet panda bear!