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Meet Myrtil Bear, a tender little bear, knitted all in one piece, totally seamlessly from the tip of his nose to the end of his toe.

Being totally seamless, the process lets him progressively appear in your hands.
Pretty soon, you will have attached his eyes and embroidered his mouth, and all the tenderness of Myrtil should be apparent, encouraging you to knit down to his little feet !

You will start knitting at his nose, then give shape to his head, then move down to his neck, his shoulders, and while you let his body stitches rest for a little moment, you will knit his arms. Then, going back to his body, you will knit down to the belly and shape a generous bottom, before creating his legs and feet. You will be guided to make all the finishing as you go and, at the end of the making, only a small remaining opening will be closed with grafting (instructions included).

Instructions are written to be knitted by both magic loop and DPNs knitters. When it’s necessary, specific instructions are given for each technique to guide you through the steps of shaping.

Whatever your prefered technique, the most important is to be comfortable with knitting small circumferences in the round. Otherwise, techniques used in Myrtil making are simple : knit, purl, increase, decrease.

The pattern includes instructions to knit Myrtil a little sweater and some socks.

EDIT april 2020 : instructions for a new little pair of socks are available for Myrtil - a bit old school, with proper contrasting ribbing, heel and toes ! You will find them in addition to the pattern in a separate PDF file.

It has been fully tech edited and tested by Amelia Hodsdon (Woollen Words).

For now, the pattern is available in english only.

About the difficulty level : i would rate it between advanced beginners and intermediate. The only true prerequisite is knowing how to knit small circumferences in the round. On this basis, I worked at providing detailed instructions to offer a smooth process. If you’ve already knit a sock or a mitten, something small and tubular, then you can do it !

Myrtil is knitted with 2 mm (US 0) needles using Viola Sock Yarn in Bronte colour (about 30 g used).
His sweater is knitted with 2,75 mm (US 2) and 2 mm (US 0) needles for the ribbing using a Viola Sock Mini in Storm Cloud colour
His socks are knitted with 2 mm (US 0) needles using a Viola Sock Mini in Bright Mustard colour (about 5 g required so you can consider using a tiny left over here).

With the yarn and needle size used for the sample shown, he’s about 29 cm (11,5 inches) tall, from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. If you use a thicker yarn, you will get a bigger bear. In that case, don’t forget to adapt the size of the eyes too.

Gauge : 10 sts and 14 rounds = 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm / 1 inch x 1 inch, in stocking stitch, worked in the round

It’s not essential to get this particular gauge, but it’s really important to get a tighter-than-usual gauge. I recommend you knit a little swatch in the round to see what fabric you get: you are looking for a nice tight gauge, without making the process of knitting uncomfortable. It’s important to find the right balance for you to enjoy knitting this cuddly toy while creating a firm fabric full of character.

Notions :
Lockable stitch markers, such as bulb pins
Contrasting waste yarn in similar weight to the working yarn
Stitch holder, or a safety pin
Tapestry needle
Stuffing (It can be polyester, wool or cotton. It depends on personal preferences, and also on how much you would like the toy to be special, precious or processed with natural materials.)
Safety eyes (i used 6 mm diameter ones for the sample shown, if you choose a thicker yarn, you will need larger eyes) / Optional use a suitable-colour yarn instead
Black mercerised embroidery cotton

© Cinthia Vallet
This pattern is intended for your personal non-commercial use only. It may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form, as a whole or partially. The finished toys made from it may not be sold. They are meant to be used for yourself or gifted. No yarn kit may be proposed without my explicit permission. If you would like to sell yarn kits, please contact me to have a chat about it first.
Thank you very much for respecting these rights reservations.

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