Monday, May 12, 2014

Free Pattern: To Russia with Love Bear



A couple of weeks ago I saw this video, linked through Twitter.


I was touched. I read more about the charity behind the video, To Russia with Love. Debbie Deegan founded the organization and has a special heart for orphaned and abandoned children. You can read more about Debbie here.

I wondered how I could help. The sweet little bear in the video looked like something I could make. I contacted Damien O'Connor, writer/director for the film with Brown Bag Films. (They make Doc McStuffins, Octonauts, Olivia, and lots more!) He and Debbie loved my idea. The plan is to make as many bears, named Pascha, as possible and send them to the orphanage Debbie works with.

Can you help? 

With Debbie's and Damien's blessings, I've made a Pascha. I've written a crochet pattern that is easy and quick to do. I'm asking for volunteers to make Pascha and send them to me, here in Austin, Texas. When I get a good number of them, I'll be sending them to Ireland straight to Debbie Deegan and she will be hand delivering them to the happy faces at the orphanage. 
Pascha has come to life! Crochet a Pascha for "To Russia with Love" with me!

My favorite seller of animal eyes and noses, Clara at 6060eyes.com, has graciously donated 60 sets of the mismatched eyes needed for Pascha. I've also purchased 60 noses. If you would like to commit to making a Pascha and would like a set of eyes and a nose, please send me your address at info@craftyiscool.com. I'll send them to you for free. When all of my supply is depleted I will update this post. One per person please. All free supplies have been spoken for. Please contact Clara if you'd like to purchase additional sets.

If you'd like to make substitutions, please keep it as close to the original as possible. These bears will be played with and loved on so make them sewn together strongly and attach those eyes securely. They will be for children that are mostly at least 5 years old so the plastic eyes should not present a safety hazard.

Please try your best to make Pascha look like the original, which I've pictured below. The children are all very familiar with the film and the characters and would love to each have their own special Pascha to keep forever.

I get goosebumps when I think about our handmade bears finding their way all the way to Russia with the precious children there. 

Thank you all so much for your help in this. Any questions? Please don't hesitate to ask.

Please send completed bears to me here:

Allison Hoffman
PO Box 1390
Manchaca, TX 78652
USA

If you would prefer, completed bears may also be sent directly to the charity in Ireland:

"To Russia with Love"
2 Vernon Avenue
Dublin 3
Ireland

Pascha as he appears in the "Anya" short film by Brown Bag Films

Pascha the Bear

Size: As written, Pascha measures approximately 9 in / 23 cm from head to foot

Supplies:
(NOTE--Yarns I used in sample are in italics)
Light Gray Worsted weight yarn (A)
  Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" -- Light Gray
Tan Worsted weight yarn (B)
  Hobby Lobby "I Love This Wool" -- Biscuit
Black Worsted weight yarn (C)
  Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" -- Black
Dark Gray Worsted weight yarn (D)
  Caron "Simply Soft" -- Grey Heather
Fiberfill
Black embroidery floss
1 15mm white/black animal eye (contact 6060.etsy.com for eyes)
1 7.5mm black animal eye 
1 13mm oval black nose

*If you are having trouble locating the correct eyes for the project, you may also use a 15mm circle of white felt and black safety eyes that you have. Make sure to fasten eyes securely and stitch or glue felt down to Head.

Tools:
Size E (3.5mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle
Embroidery needle

Key:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
BLO: crochet into the back loops only of each stitch

Head:
Rnd 1: Starting at the top of the Head, with yarn A and an E hook, ch 5. Sc into 2nd ch from hook and next 2 chs, 3 sc into last ch, and turning to work into other side of ch, sc into next 3 chs, 3 sc into last ch (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc into next 3, 2 sc into next 3 sts, sc into next 3 sts 2 sc into next 3 sts (18 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnd 6: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (42 sts)
Rnd 7: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 6 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (48 sts)
Rnds 8-10: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 11: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (42 sts)
Rnd 12: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnd 13: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 4 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc into next 6, sc2tog three times, sc into next 6, sc2tog three times (18 sts)
Hold place with a stitch marker. Insert safety eyes as shown. White/black 15mm eye and 7.5mm eye should be inserted between Rnds 8 and 9, 7 sts apart. Insert nose one row below, between Rnds 9 and 10. 
Stuff Head. Continue stuffing as you crochet the last couple of rounds.
Rnd 16: Sc into next 4, sc2tog three times, sc into next 3 sts, sc2tog three times (12 sts)
*Note: If you are keeping track, Rnd 16 goes one stitch past the end of the rnd. 
Rnd 17: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use a yarn tail to stitch last round closed. Weave in ends.

Body:
Rnd 1: Starting at the bottom of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail to close hole (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 Sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 6: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 7-13: Sc into each st.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 10), repeat from * to end of rnd (33 sts)
Rnd 15: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 9), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 16: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 8), repeat from * to end of rnd (27 sts)
Rnd 17: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 7), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 18: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 6), repeat from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 19: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5), repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 20: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 4), repeat from * to end of rnd (15 sts)
Rnds 21-22: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to Head. Stuff Body firmly. Sew to bottom of Head. Weave in ends.


Arms (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Starting at the "paw end" of the Arm, with yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail to close hole (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 Sc into each st (12 sts)
Change to yarn A at the last st of Rnd 2.
Rnd 3: Working into BLO (back loops only) of each st, *(2 sc into next st, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Working to both loops of each st, *(sc2tog, sc into next 3 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnds 5-6: Sc into each st.
Rnd 7: Sc2tog, sc into each st (11 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc into each st.
Rnd 9: Sc2tog, sc into each st (10 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc into each st.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog, sc into each st (9 sts)
Rnds 12-13: Sc into each st.
Rnd 14: Sc2tog, sc into each st (8 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc into each st.
Rnd 16: Sc2tog, sc into each st (7 sts)
Fasten off and stuff only the paw end. Arm should not be stuffed fully so that it will be soft and floppy.
Use a yarn needle to sew Arms to Body a couple of rows down from the Head at each side.


Legs (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Starting at the "paw end" of the Leg, with yarn B and an E hook, ch 4, sc into 2nd ch from hook and next ch, 3 sc into last ch, and turning to work into other side of ch, sc into next 2 chs, 3 sc into last ch (10 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (15 sts)
Change to yarn A at the last st of Rnd 2.
Rnd 3: Working into BLO of each st, sc into each st around (15 sts)
Rnd 4: Working into both loops of each st, sc2tog, sc into each st (14 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc into each st (13 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc2tog, sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc2tog, sc into each st (11 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc2tog, sc into each st (10 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc2tog, sc into each st (9 sts)
Rnds 10-12: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and stuff only the paw end. Leg should not be stuffed fully so that it will be soft and floppy.
Use a yarn needle to sew Legs to bottom of Body as shown.


Ear (Make 2):
Rnd 1: With yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull closed (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 Sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc into next 10 sts (11 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts (9 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Flatten Ear and sew opening closed. 
Sew each Ear to the Head, one row above the eyes. Refer to photo.




Finishing:
With yarn D and a yarn needle, make short straight horizontal stitches down the center of the Body and along the center of the Head (see photo). Knot a short piece of yarn at the very top of the Head and cut short to create a tuft of hair.

Use yarn D and a yarn needle to stitch two claws onto each foot and three claws onto each hand. 

Use black embroidery floss and an embroidery needle to stitch straight stitches into a long gently curving smile on the face. Refer to photo.
Pascha the Bear


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Again, completed bears may be sent to me here:

Allison Hoffman
PO Box 1390
Manchaca, TX 78652

OR directly to the charity in Ireland here:

"To Russia with Love"
2 Vernon Avenue
Dublin 3
Ireland

Sign in below to let everyone know you're making a bear. Post your progress on Facebook. Share this with your friends. Lets send as many bears as we can to Russia!

I've had some people ask if they can help even if they can't crochet. Yes! These finished bears will be shipped from Texas to Ireland. Please help by donating anything you can to help pay for shipping. Any remaining funds will be directly donated to To Russia with Love!

27 comments :

  1. I would LOVE to! Sent my email :)

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  2. I'd love to help out! I've sent you an email. :-)

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  3. What a great idea! I love to think of people all over the country crocheting these cute little guys :)

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  4. I want to make a Pascha!!! E-mail already sent! :)

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  5. What a great idea -- I'll make one & sent an email for the eyes & nose.

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  6. I would love to make Pascha. Will get the necessary supplies soon.

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  7. Not sure you still want more volunteers but in case you do I'd love to contribute one. I'll go ahead and get the eyes from Clara as I buy all of my amis eyes from her.

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  8. Very moving! I love the fact that you are promoting this. I will repin it to my Pinterest Amigurumi board. All the prototypes of the toys I design go to a organization that helps previously abused and abandoned children here in the USA, it's called Relief Nursery. Children who are hurting love squishy animals to hold. Wish you the best in your endeavors!

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  9. I love it. I want to help, but I live in UK I don't have problem to send it to you. But I going to try find the material here

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    1. Hi, you can send it to Ireland to us at

      To Russia With Love, 2 Vernon Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3, Ireland.

      we are loving all this interest and love for Pasha.

      Thanks so much from all the children. xxx

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  10. LOVE THIS! And since I haven't seen a post saying you've run out of supplies, I'm IN! Sent you an email :) THANKS!

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  11. Adorable!!!! Looking forward to making Pascha! . Sent you a email:)) xo

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  12. This is great. I just purchased the eyes and nose from 6060eyes.com and cant wait to get started.

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  13. I'm trying to get a group of people together to send a heap of these off to Ireland - from New Zealand :)

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  14. Isn't Pascha a dog? Oh, and SOOO beautiful!

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  15. I can't wait to start on this adorable little dog!

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  17. I am in. Will purchase the supplies and start working on this cute bear.
    Very touching story...

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  18. I just ordered 2 sets of eyes and noses, enough to do 4 bears/puppies Will start work on them asap!

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  19. I just started making amigurumi and I have fallen in love with it! I LOVE to donate things as well, so I would LOVE to start on this project as well! :D

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  20. I'm coming in a couple months late on this, so I was wondering if you're still collecting bears for a second donation or should I send mine straight to Ireland?

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  21. I am wondering the same thing as brooketaylor. Just came across this post and am very interested in sending a couple bears! Such a great idea and for such a heart warming cause. :)

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