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ge0rg1e 07-01-2005 11:27 PM

Help with Debbie Bliss teddy bear pattern
Hi everyone,

Very glad to have found this forum. I think that is one of the most useful sites on the Web today.

I'm working on a Debbie Bliss teddy pattern and have created a body piece that sort of looks like a butterfly (two triangles stuck to the bottom of a rectangle). Once I create an identical piece, the "to make up" instructions say that I should "join center seams" of body pieces. Does anyone know what that means? Which are the center seams?


Ingrid 07-01-2005 11:34 PM

You may change you tune about the site being helpful from the advise I can give you on this. Without seeing the pattern, my only suggestion is to re-read the directions. Somewhere, either where you cast on, or decreased, or cast off they probably mention that 'this' is the center seam. For example it might say: Center seam, cast on xx; or Center seam, bind of XX.

Sorry I can't be more helpful, but I'm only basing this on other patterns I've seen. Maybe one of our illustrious peeps here knows this pattern. :thinking:

ge0rg1e 07-02-2005 07:15 PM

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Thanks for your reply. I would not have been surprised at all had I missed a line about "this" being the centre seam, but alas, there is no such line. Here's the pattern for the body piece:

* With 2 3/4mm (No 12/US2) needles cast on 3 sts. K 1 row. Cont in st st, inc one st at each end of next 2 rows and 2 foll alt rows. 11 sts.* Break off yarn. Work from * to *. P1 row across both sets of sts. 22 sts. Work 12 rows straight. Dec one st st each end of next row and 2 foll 3rd rows, then on foll alt row. 14 sts. P1 row. Cast off.

Join centre seam on each body piece. Join body pieces together, leaving cast off edge open. Stuff and gather open edge, pull up and secure.

Actually, I didn't understand what "Dec one st st each end of next row and 2 foll 3rd rows" meant either (the 2 foll 3rd rows part), but figured it wouldn't make a huge difference in the way the piece looked.

I'm attaching a photo of my finished piece. Any help is much appreciated!

Ingrid 07-02-2005 07:38 PM

Are the two triangles on the bottom supposed to be legs?

Maybe a picture of the bear would help, since you have that ability. :thinking:

ge0rg1e 07-02-2005 09:08 PM

Actually, a picture of the bear doesn't help because all the bears in this book are wearing clothing that cover their body! But here's a picture of the book's front cover, which features the bear body for the bear I'm making:


The two triangles at the bottom maybe are supposed to attach to the legs, which are separate pieces (already completed). If I don't find out what this "centre seam" is, I think I'll just join the two body parts together to look like a pair of pants. They'll be covered by a rugby shirt anyway.

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Ingrid 07-02-2005 09:13 PM

Yeah, I'm sure you'll be able to figure it out if you have to leave the cast off edge open.

I look more "put together" with my clothes on, too! :lol:

cmk 07-03-2005 07:04 PM

I joined just to reply to you! Isn't it frustrating being stuck? I've made a couple of Debbie Bliss' bears, but I think it was from another book. The center seams on the bears (and bunnies) were seams that were at the center back and I matched the center seams of the head and body. This is how I interpreted it.

We're going out (4 minutes ago!) so don't have time to dig stuff out right now. I'll check the boards when I get back, so if you're still unclear, I can try to help. (Also, I do have the book you're working on.)

Now if somebody could help with my aran sweater question....

Good luck.

ge0rg1e 07-03-2005 11:20 PM

Thanks for your help, Carolyn. So, if I'm understanding correctly, I should just sew the edges of body piece 1 and 2 together and then line them up with the head pieces once completed?

cmk 07-04-2005 01:01 AM

I think you're making the bear with instructions on page 33. (The directions for this bear is a bit different than the one I made, photo pg. 27) If this isn't the pattern, let me know!

I would sew the seams of the body like instructions say. Take a look and see if in fact the seams should be centre back and front or on the sides. She may want the seams down the centre back and front because of the way the arms and legs are attached to the body. They move! There would probably be less stress on the knitted piece if the limbs weren't sewn to a seam. (Somebody correct me if I'm wrong!)

You do leave the cast off edge open because you're going to run a gathering stitch on this edge and draw it in after you stuff it. (I embroidered the face before I fully stuffed and closed the head.)

Your photo isn't appearing on the screen, but I didn't have the triangular pieces at the bottom. The only thing that I can think of is that it becomes the bear's crotch??? The hip? Now I'm curious, but it may become more evident as to how to construct this bear once you start.

That is a darling pattern you chose. What color are you making the bunny sleeper?

Good luck. Let us know how you make out.


cmk 07-04-2005 01:09 AM

Oh, I didn't see that you said the bear in the rugby shirt. The directions were the same, but when I look closely at the opening of the shirt, I don't see a seam, but it might be hidden.


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