Waffle the Chubby Bear Free Crochet Pattern

Waffle the Chubby Bear is a rotund little amigurumi bear who stands on a round bottom. He’s the perfect Sunday afternoon project that is a great stash buster and works as adorable home decor, gifts, or toy for a child. Make a whole family of little bears in different colors!

Waffle the Chubby Bear is my next installment in the Chubbies series—my newest free crochet pattern on my blog!

Keep reading to learn about my design process and inspiration, as well as the perfect yarn I chose, or scroll to the end to get the free pattern. If you want to take this pattern offline, get the beautifully formatted, ad-free, printable PDF pattern here!

Teddy Bears Galore!

I absolutely adore teddy bears. I love them so much that I can’t seem to stop making them, though no two are exactly the same in terms of body shape! (If you want to take a peek, see: Mini Polar Bear, Fluffy Bear, and Mini Bear patterns)

Waffle was created with the same body plan as Bingsoo the Chubby Penguin, whom you might have seen on my blog last week. After I created Bingsoo, I decided that I loved his chubby body shape so much that I wanted to make a friend for him, and I settled on a bear for the type of animal. However, I really want to continue this Chubbies series, so if you have any suggestions for other animals that I could make into this shape, leave me a comment below!

The Fluffiest Yarn Ever

I used Wool and the Gang’s Feeling Good Yarn in Beige Blond because of the sheer fluffiness of its 70% Baby Alpaca fiber content. I splurged on this yarn a while back because of how much I loved the texture and feel against my skin, and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. I think it’s safe to say that Waffle and Wool and the Gang were a match made in heaven!

For Waffle’s muzzle, I chose Lion Brand Yarn’s Baby Soft in Crisp White. I needed the muzzle to be created using tight, fine stitches, and this sport weight yarn was perfect. However, even though the yarn is thin, LBY’s Baby Soft yarn lives up to its name and is still gentle to touch.

The Pattern

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Description

Waffle the Chubby Bear is a rotund little amigurumi bear who stands on a round bottom. He’s the perfect Sunday afternoon project that is a great stash buster and works as adorable home decor, gifts, or toy for a child. Make a whole family of little bears in different colors!

Yarn

Notions

Abbreviations (US)

  • Sc: Single crochet
  • Ch: Chain
  • Sl st: Slip stitch
  • Yo: Yarn over
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • Dc: Double crochet
  • Inc: Increase
  • Dec: Decrease
  • Sts: Stitches
  • FO: Fasten off
  • (…) x: repeat stitches within parentheses … times
  • Sk: skip one stitch
  • FSC: foundation single crochet (tutorial here)

Technical Notes:

  • Crochet in continuous rounds unless otherwise specified
  • When filling with polyester stuffing, pull apart each large chunk into many smaller chunks. This ensures an even distribution of firmness.
  • To avoid large holes in the crochet fabric, increase tension until the holes cannot be seen, or choose a crochet hook a size down.
  • Stuff the head and the body firmly at the openings so that the neck is stable upon completion.

Head/body (in beige yarn)

  • Begin Chain 7.
  • Round 1 Beginning in the second chain from hook, sc 12 all around the foundation chain. There will be 2 stitches in each chain stitch. For more information on crocheting around a foundation, see here (12 sts)
  • Round 2 inc x12 (24 sts)
  • Round 3 (sc3, inc) x6 (30 sts)
  • Round 4 (sc4, inc) x6 (36 sts)
  • Round 5 (sc5, inc) x6 (42 sts)
  • Round 6 (sc6, inc) x6 (48 sts)
  • Round 7 -10 (4 rounds) sc all around (48 sts)
  • Round 11 (sc7, inc) x6 (54 sts)
  • For this pattern, I decided to secure safety eyes with glue at the end so that I could figure out the best placement with the muzzle. However, if you feel strongly about securing the safety eyes with the plastic backing and don’t mind not being able to see the whole picture, then I would recommend putting the safety eyes here, between rounds 9 and 10.
  • Round 12-19 (8 rounds) sc all around (54 sts)
  • Round 20 (sc8, inc) x6 (60 sts)
  • Round 21-25 (5 rounds) sc all around (60 sts)
  • Round 26 (sc8, dec) x6 (54 sts)
  • Round 27 (sc7, dec) x6 (48 sts)
  • Round 28 (sc4, dec) x8 (40 sts)
  • Round 29 (sc3, dec) x8 (32 sts)
  • Begin stuffing.
  • Round 30 (sc2, dec) x8 (24 sts)
  • Round 31 (sc, dec) x8 (16 sts)
  • Round 32 (dec) x8 (8 sts)
  • Finish stuffing.
  • Round 33 (dec) x4 (4 sts)
  • Cut yarn, leaving a short tail. Using a needle, thread the yarn through all 6 stitches in the last round, and pull it tight so the opening closes like a drawstring bag. Finish off.

Arms (in beige yarn)

  • Round 1 sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • Round 2-4 (3 rounds) sc all around (6 sts)
  • Fold the tube flat, and sew across the top to seal closed. Finish off and leave a short tail for sewing.

Muzzle (in white yarn, in joined rounds. Note that I used sport weight yarn, a size down from the body. If you use the same weight yarn for the muzzle and body then your muzzle will look larger.)

  • Round 1 sc6 in MR, slst (6 sts)
  • Round 2 ch, inc x6, slst (12 sts)
  • Round 3 ch, (sc, inc) x6, slst (18 sts)
  • Round 4-6 (3 rounds) ch, sc all around, slst (18 sts) Invisible finish off, leaving a short tail for sewing. Stuff very lightly or leave unstuffed.

Ears (in beige yarn)

  • Round 1 sc6 In MR (6 sts)
  • Round 2 inc x6 (12 sts)
  • Round 3-4 (2 rounds) sc all around (12 sts)
  • Fold flat and sew across the opening to seal. Finish off, leaving a short tail for sewing.

Assembly

  1. Embroider a triangular nose on the muzzle. Begin from the middle of the nose and outline out a small pie slice shape extending 2 rounds using vertical stitches. Fill in the outline and make one single horizontal stitch across the top for a cleaner look.
  2. Sew muzzle to head between 9th and 15th rounds from the top, in the middle of the longer face of the oval body.
  3. Place eyes just above the muzzle between the 9th and 10th rounds, with 7 stitches between them.
  4. Sew the ears between the 3rd and 8th rounds from the top, off to the left and right.
  5. Sew the arms on the body between the 14th and 16th rounds from the top, right under the bottom of the muzzle.

Waffle the Chubby Bear is all done! I hope you enjoyed crocheting him and found the pattern helpful. I would love to see your finished amigurumi, so share a picture on Instagram with me by using the #littleworldofwhimsy and tagging me @littleworldofwhimsy. Once again, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me with a direct message on Instagram or through email at littleworldofwhimsy@gmail.com. Happy crocheting!

If you want to make a few of the cute animal friends pictured above, see my recent blog posts: