Fluffle the Crochet Bear Free Crochet Pattern

This fluffy crochet bear is the perfect handmade gift for a child’s birthday or for Valentine’s day. Make it with this free pattern using only one skein of Go For Faux yarn—the perfect quick and easy stash buster. Infinitely customizable and the most unique gift out there!

Fluffle the Bear—a super fluffy crochet bear—is a free pattern on my blog! Read about my design process, tips on working with fluffy yarn, and the unique yarn I chose for this fluffy crochet bear, or scroll to the end for the free pattern.

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Fluffle the Crochet Bear Free Pattern

The Fluffiest Crochet Bear Ever

As soon as I became aware of the existence of fluffy yarn, I knew I wanted to make a fluffy crochet teddy bear out of it. I love the fluffy texture of the yarn and I was very intrigued by the fact that fabric crocheted with faux fur yarn doesn’t show stitches or look crocheted at all.

Don’t get me wrong, I usually love the way that crocheted fabric looks (it’s part of the charm of amigurumi for me), but I just think that it’s incredible to be able to crochet such a realistic looking stuffed animal!

Aside from my deep desire to make the cutest and fluffiest stuffed bear ever, I also wanted to experiment with novelty yarns like the faux fur yarn I used. I’ve never tried any yarn besides the usual cotton/acrylic/blend I use to make my amigurumi, and though I’ve seen sparkly and fluffy yarns floating I’ve never gotten down to actually trying.

I’m pretty happy with the result, though the finicky yarn took some time to get used to at first. I’ll definitely be considering using more fluffy yarn in my amigurumi arsenal in the future (I already bought the brown colorway!), so keep an eye out for that!

For more teddy bear crochet patterns, check out these other designs:

The Perfect Stuffed (Crochet!) Bear

Fluffle the Bear has a body structure different from most of the amigurumi I’ve designed so far. With many of my dolls, I tend to crochet two legs together into a single piece and then continue into the body.

However, Fluffle was designed to be sitting down, with the body piece made separately from the two legs. This is only a slight shift, but I really like the effect on her overall body proportion! I think the chubby legs make for an adorable gummy bear-like result and make it so that she can sit on her own more easily.

This crochet bear is perfect as a gift for children who love stuffed animals. It’s cute and quick to make, but also has that handmade touch that kids will treasure forever. Nowadays it’s so easy to get a low quality plush from any convenience store that carefully handmade toys are that much more special.

The best part is, Fluffle is super customizable! The yarn I chose (more on that later) has so many great colorways that you can make your crochet bear any color you want, ranging from realistic to fantastical. I absolutely adore the cotton candy pink color I chose (colorway Pink Poodle), even though it definitely veers into the realm of mystical. But when the yarn world is your oyster, who cares?

Fluffle the Crochet Bear Free Pattern

Fluffy Yarn for Beginners

If you’re intimidated by the thought of working with fluffy yarn, rest assured, this is the best beginner project for you.

As usual with amigurumi, only single crochets are required, so you don’t have to worry about creating fancy stitches or detailed shaping at all. Only the most basic shapes are needed—a spherical head, cylinder body, and then other features made by crocheting in a round. Easy!

Although fluffy yarn takes a little getting used to, I found a few things particularly helpful for me:

Feel for stitches, don’t look for them

It’s impossible to count stitches to see where the loops are when working with fluffy yarn, so adjust to this difference by feeling for the loops with your fingers.

If you try pinching the crochet fabric near your hook, you can identify the stitches by the places where your index finger and thumb can touch. If there’s a hole, it must be created by a single crochet stitch!

Use plenty of stitch markers

This is always important when working in the round, but if you’re using fluffy yarn, it can be a life saver. However, in this case, you might want to use stitch markers more often than usual to help you count stitches, in addition to keeping track of rounds.

Because it’s impossible to count stitches worked in fluffy yarn, it might be helpful to place a stitch marker every five or six stitches that you work in a round. That way, you can keep track in a more systematic way of how many stitches you’re crocheting in a round. This is not a mandatory step, but I feel that it can be helpful for those of us who are a little neurotic about counting stitches. It can be really frustrating to not know whether you’re on the right track or not!

If all else fails, guess!

For all the difficulties that fluffy yarn comes with, it also comes with this major plus. That is, since you can’t see the stitches, no one can see your mistakes!

If you end up having trouble counting exactly how many stitches there were so far, or you know you’re off by one but can’t tell where you went wrong, don’t worry.

It happened to me, and as long as you make sure you’re in the right ballpark and approximately on track with the increases, then you should be fine.

No one will be able to tell and your Fluffle will still be the cutest ever. Yay!

Fluffle the Crochet Bear Free Pattern

A One Skein Project: Perfect Stash Buster!

For this project, I used Lion Brand’s Go For Faux yarn. This yarn is incredible not only because it’s cruelty free, but also because it manages to be amazingly fluffy and relatively easy to work with.

When I was working with the yarn, there was very little shedding that occurred which I felt was pretty amazing given the number of little hairs that were stuck to the central thread. In addition, each skein had a good amount of yardage, despite the yarn being so thick, so that I was actually able to finish the entire crochet bear with one skein.

If you aren’t already familiar with the Go For Faux line, then you’ll definitely be impressed by the wide array of colors and high quality that Lion Brand offers. There’s a full range of pastels in whimsical colors, along with four realistic fur shades if you want your bear to look like the real thing. I was really tempted by the Bear colorway but I loved the cotton candy look of the Pink Poodle colorway so much that I went with that!

For the muzzle of the crochet bear, I used a bit of Vanna’s Choice in White, my go to for solid colored worsted weight yarns. I chose this yarn because I wanted the muzzle to work up quickly, and for it to be a little fluffier as worsted weight yarn tends to be.

The nose is embroidered with DIYarn in Brown because embroidering with yarn is sometimes much easier than with embroidery thread! Especially when trying to cover a lot of space, using yarn is a great solution to embroider quickly and neatly without spending hours on a small detail. I used a similar technique when adding the detailing of my crochet sushi set.

The Pattern: Crochet Bear

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Description

This fluffy crochet bear is the perfect handmade gift for a child’s birthday or for Valentine’s day. Make it with this free pattern using only one skein of Go For Faux yarn—the perfect quick and easy stash buster. Infinitely customizable and the most unique gift out there!

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
  • 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.
  • Feel for stitches rather than look for them
  • Use stitch markers abundantly
  • When in doubt, guess! Crochet is very forgiving 🙂

Head: (in pink faux fur yarn)

  • R (round) 1: sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • R2: inc x6 (12 sts)
  • R3: (sc, inc) x6 (18 sts)
  • R4: (sc2, inc) x6 (24 sts)
  • R5: (sc3, inc) x6 (30 sts)
  • R6: (sc4, inc) x6 (36 sts)
  • R7-9 (3 rounds): sc all around x8 (36 sts)
  • R10: (sc4, dec) x6 (30 sts)
  • R11: (sc3, dec) x6 (24 sts)
  • R12: (sc2, dec) x6 (18 sts)
  • Begin stuffing. 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 in at round 11 (right under the current round) about 1.25 inches apart (if you are using worsted weight yarn for the muzzle).
  • R13: (sc, dec) x6 (12 sts)
  • Finish stuffing.
  • R14: (dec) x6 (6 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.
image of head

Ears: (in pink faux fur yarn) x2

  • R1: sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • R2: inc x6 (12 sts)
  • R3: sc all around (12 sts)
  • Do not stuff, and fold in half. Leave a short tail for sewing. Make another one identically.
image of ears

Muzzle: (in Vanna’s Choice White yarn)

  • R1: sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • R2: inc x6 (12 sts)
  • R3: (sc, inc) x6 (18 sts)
  • R4: (sc2, inc) x6 (24 sts)
  • Invisible finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Embroider the brown nose onto the muzzle, between rounds 2-4. To embroider a triangle shape, embroider the left side vertically, then the right side, and then fill in the middle portion. If the top is uneven, then embroider once at the end on top. Do not mix many vertical and horizontal stitches. Stuff lightly when attaching to head.
image of muzzle

Body: (in pink faux fur yarn)

  • R1: sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • R2: inc x6 (12 sts)
  • R3: (sc, inc) x6 (18 sts)
  • R4-9 (6 rounds): sc all around x6 (18 sts)
  • Begin stuffing.
  • R10: (sc, dec) x6 (12 sts)
  • Finish stuffing.
  • R11: dec x6 (6 sts)
  • Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing to head.

Legs: (in pink faux fur yarn) x2

  • R1: sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • R2: inc 6 (12 sts)
  • R3-5: sc all around x3 (12 sts)
  • Stuff lightly and finish off, leaving a short tail for sewing. Make another one identically.
image of legs

Arms: (in pink faux fur yarn) x2

  • R1: sc6 in MR (6 sts)
  • R2-4 (3 rounds): sc all around x3 (6 sts)
  • Do not stuff and finish off, leaving a short tail for sewing. Make another one identically.

Assembly

image of assembly
  1. Sew body to head
  2. Sew ears on head equidistant from the front and back and off to the side
  3. Sew on legs at the bottom of the body, off to the side (same angle as ears)
  4. Sew on arms between the head and legs
  5. Sew on muzzle at the bottom fourth of the head
  6. Insert 10 mm safety eyes in line with the top of the muzzle, immediately to the right and left. Use glue to secure in the head.
Fluffle the Crochet Bear Free Pattern

I hope you enjoyed making Fluffle the Crochet Bear! For a keychain sized bear project, check out Shirokuma the Mini Polar bear!

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