I wrote an article in Diane Bennett's DesignaKnit Link Issue #23 about Designing Toys. In it I took a favourite teddy bear pattern which had nine pieces and joined it together in DAK so it could be knit in five pieces and scaled to different sizes. This version is even faster and easier as it is knit in four pieces.
See the knitting instuctions for my bear in Freebies - Patterns - Buster T. Bear. Or use the DAK shape given here to create your own version using whatever yarn you want and scaling to another size if desired.
The bear shapes given will knit up to approx. 8, 15 and 22.4" (20, 38, 57 cm) with a gauge of 7.5 sts x 10 rows per 1" (2.5 cm).
Each bear has a body piece and is knit from the legs up over the top of the head and down to finish at the legs. You need to knit two ears and one nose per bear. To scale in DAK, remember to scale the ear and nose pieces as well as the body. You only need one ear piece but two are shown for each size for visualization purposes.
© Eileen Montgomery 2002