So whenever I come upon an amigurumi pattern that calls for non-worsted weight yarn, I can either a) buy new yarn (no way, I need to use up my stash!), b) make the pattern as is, gauge be darned, or c) alter the pattern to keep the original size. Normally I choose option B, but for AllAboutAmi's Teddy Ornament pattern, I went with option C because well, I didn't want the bears to become super-giant-sized compared to the rest of my Christmas ornaments. Here are my edits in case you're interested!
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (worsted)
Safety Eyes: 6 mm for the eyes and 9 mm for the triangular nose
Hook Size: 3.25 mm (D)
- Complete Rows 1-6 of the instructions (36 sts).
- Skip to Row 9. Sc around for 8 rows. (If you’re creating the panda, switch colors after completing 2 rows of sc around.) When finished, skip to Row 23 of the instructions and finish the rest as written.
- Chain 51 instead of 62. Try this length out by wrapping it loosely around the bear.
- Row 1: Starting in second chain from hook, sc 50 (not hdc). Fasten off.
- Row 2: Join new color to the first stitch. Ch 1 and sc 50. Fasten off.
- Row 3: Join original color (from Row 1) to the first stitch. Ch 1 and sc 50. Fasten off.
- Follow rest of scarf instructions on attaching fringe, etc.
TEDDY & PANDA EARS (I never made the koala ears, but it's probably similar.)
- Row 1: 5 sc in magic ring.
- Row 2: *Sc 1, 2 sc in next sc* 2 times and sc 1 in the last stitch for a total of 7 sts.
- Row 3: Sc around (7 sts).
- Do not make Row 4. Follow rest of ear instructions.
To best hide all the loose ends, I made the teddy ornaments in this order:
- Make the head/body up to Row 23 or 24 and pause (do not fasten off).
- For the panda and koala, cut the eye patches out of felt.
- Place the eyes (and felt pieces) on the ornament without snapping the washer on. Embroider the noise and mouth. If satisfied with the positioning of the face, snap the eye washers on.
- Make the scarf and glue/sew it to the bear just below the mouth.
- Make the ears and sew them on the head.
- Attach the loop to the top of the bear's head.
- Finally, begin stuffing the head and complete the rest of the head/body instructions. You're done!
Since only the outside of the amigurumi is visible, I just knotted the loose ends inside the bear and didn't worry about tucking them in neatly. Some people don't like the "feel" of the knots, but it's packed full of stuffing so I can't really tell.