Another day, another bear! But these next patterns are a couple of bears that I’ve been super excited about sharing with you – because they are CARE BEARS!!!!!
That’s right!!! Care Bears!!! If you are a child of the 80’s, like I was, you may just understand the excitement I had to be given the opportunity to create a couple of the iconic characters for the latest issue of Crochet Now Magazine (Issue 76)!
I got to choose which two Care Bears I’d like to try and bring to life and, as Cheer Bear and Grumpy Bear were a couple of my favourite’s, (though I’ve always had an especial soft spot for Grumpy Bear) it seemed only appropriate that I definitely include him.
Although I was only 3 when Care Bears were first launched I do remember that the Care Bear movie, when I was around 7 or 8 so, being one of the first movies I went to see at the cinema!
I didn’t have a cuddly toy Care Bear but I did have a poseable plastic figure of Grumpy Bear, and I did collect, probably like so many of us, the stickers for my Panini Care Bear Sticker album (I seem to remember the special stickers were furry – do you remember those?), and I definitely remember sticking out my tummy in the playground to perfect my Care Bears stare!
So it has been such fun to create the two Care Bears – a real nostalgic project which I thoroughly enjoyed! Do you remember the Care Bears? Who was your favourite?
For my Care Bears I used some King Cole Cotton Soft DK with a 3.25mm hook. The Cotton Soft was a yarn completely new to me; if you are not familiar with it either, it’s an incredibly soft 100% cotton yarn, availan that comes in 21 different colours. It’s used often for baby makes and summer knits so the palette has a lot of pastels, but there are some nice bright primary colours included as well – which is what I used for Cheer Bears tummy rainbow.
Issue 76 is available to buy from your local supermarket or you can grab a digital version from www.craftstash.co.uk/books-magazines
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Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx
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