With MANY THANKS to Roz Goodwin, who designed an easy, marvellous, inspirational and lovely Teddy Bear pattern for the children in South Africa, who have very few toys to play with.  It is the “Pattern of the Month” at Knit-a-Square.

 I enjoyed making one and here you will find the story of “Missy Bear”

                       My name is Missy Bear. My basic outfit consists of a pink sweater and trousers in turquoise.

Anneke told me that I should go and live in South Africa to cheer up a  little girl and become a sweet friend for her. I am thrilled to go!!!

I asked her:  Before I go to SA, would you please crochet a nice belt with a yellow flower for me? It will bring a little sunshine in the life of the little girl .....and a scarf in the colour of my trousers? And look here, I feel sooo happy!


Anneke told me about the children, squares, blankets and the cold Winters in South Africa. So I asked her to make a warm sweater for me just in case it should become very cold.

I was sure that there should be a nice pattern in the KAS Pattern Book, we searched and I found a fave one: Mary Kristel’s hexagon-sweater! I hoped that she should make that one and guess what: She did!!!!

.....and that is the reason why I sat here for a looooong time because she had to measure the size!

                                                                 DESPITE THAT I KEPT SMILING  :))))


And now I am the proud owner of a hexagon sweater! I was curious to know whether it should fit (you never know)  and how it should look like and match with my basic outfit……

                                                          Wow!!! It matches!!!  And it feels so soft and warm!!!

…..and Oooh!  Have you seen my shoes? I LOOOVE them!

Would you like to know how they were made? I heard Anneke counting 22 stitches, then she started knitting at about 9 rows (she explained to me that it is equal to: “knit 18 needles”) in garterstitch, made two and attached them firmly to my feet. As an extra surprise she made  embellishments in pink!



I took so much of Anneke’s time, so I have promised to help her to finish her squares…..she used up all the yellow and purple for my belt so I grabbed a ball of PINK :))))

                                    After having finished this job I will travel to South-Africa as soon as possible!

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The pattern invites you to be as creative as you like to be: boys outfits, girls outfits, use fluffy yarns, variegated yarns, as many plain colours as you like combined in one Teddy, embellishments, garments and so on! The Teddy can be made in any size you like.

Here is the link to Rosamund  Goodwin's Teddy Bear pattern : http://www.knit-a-square.com/sites/default/files/Knitted_Toy_Teddy_Bear.pdf

The pattern of the Chain Stitch Hexagon Sweater, designed by Mary Kristel Lokken, can be found here: http://www.knit-a-square.com/sites/default/files/Crochet_Garment_Chain_Stitch_Hexagon_SweaterR1.pdf

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  • 2886793381?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024We didn´t have any toys to play there with, so Karla made me a teddy bear and an amigurumi baby for Ami.

  • 2886791116?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024Hi, my name is Lavandine and I´m going to SA with Ami, because she is a bit afraid of going there alone.

  • 2930334758?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024It´s still me, but in warm clothes.

    • Hi Ami!  You look very stylish and warm too.  I think you will enjoy being in South Africa a lot.

      • Oh my word what a perfectly wonderful story and Ami is a treasure !

    • Oh Karla, what a delightful little doll.  I'm sure Missy and Larry will just love to have her for their friend ... and a little one in South Africa will be soooooo happy!!!  Her outfit is absolutely precious!  I would love to know what her name is :) xo

      • I haven´t thought of her name yet. She is an amigurumi doll, so what about Ami?

        • Karla, Ami is a prefectly beautiful name for such a perfectly beautiful doll!  Ami it is :) xo

    • Oh Dear, she is too cute for words!!! What a lovely doll! And so beautifully made! Missy loves her to the moon and back!!!! What a treasure to have for a little one! xoxo

  • 2965370230?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024Hello Missy, I´d like to be your friend,too. I am not a bear, but amigurumi doll /inspired by Miss January-Simply Crochet 39/ and I´m flying to Africa soon. I know there´s a bit cold now so Karla made me such a warm hat and shawl to survive. I´m looking forward to meeting you and other friends.

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