This is post to help those using the seamless crochet pattern for the Mother Bear Project. I purchased the seamless crochet pattern from the MBP site. After participating in a CAL for the bears, several of us found some valuable tips to help in crocheting the seamless bears. I want to share with you all the helpful ideas and pattern tips that we want to pass along.
I love to crochet in the round without having to turn or join. So after getting the seamless crochet bear pattern, I set out to figure out a way to do just that.
So as I have stated, I wanted to crochet my bear in the round without joining or working chain 1s for each row. Here is a leg piece to show the outcome. This particular leg has just 4 rows in the bear body color and then 11 rows for the pants up to the point where you join the legs together to work the rest of the pants. This varies from the original pattern but depending on your yarn, design, and other factors, crochet as needed to obtain the size and design you desire.
Here is a leg piece to share, I end at the side of the leg and simply join a new color with a SC (single crochet) stitch and work in the round. I do not join, turn, or chain 1 to start a new row. This leg piece measures about 3-3/4 inches long with a total of 15 rows.
This was crocheted using Red Heart yarn which is thicker than some yarn so I only did 15 rows compared to the official MBP pattern. For thinner yarn such as Aran, I do the complete more rows so the leg piece is still about 3-3/4 to 4 inches long. I have found this is just right so my completed bear is between 11 and 12 inches tall.
Once both legs pieces are completed, I join them together as shown. Use the tail for the first completed leg to join at center.
Leaving the yarn attached on 2nd leg at side, now crochet around top edge of both legs and into center between the legs. I use the tail at center to close any gap at crotch but if you SC into crotch at center on both sides, there is little or no hole at center to close.
Continue crocheting in the round without turning or joining as you work up to the waist of the pants. Once you have the desired height of the pants, end at side with a slip stitch. I then join yarn with a SC in the new color for the bear sweater.
Crochet the arms seamless by working in the round without joining or turning. Change colors at side of arm the same way as the legs above. Once the arms are done, attach to the sides of the body with a SC stitch through the armpit and continue working the pattern. Using the tails to close any holes under the armpits.
Finish the head and end at side seam and leave a tail to close the top seam of the head. I stuff the bear’s upper body and head at this time. I have found it is easier for me to add the face before closing the top head seam. Once the face is done, I use the tail to whip stitch closed the top of the head. Next shape the ears and clinch the neck as needed.