Tiny Bear's Valentine Sweater

Here's a charming little sweater perfect for your Valentine! I knit this in an afternoon, using stash yarn. It is designed to fit a 6" tall bear, just the right size to tuck into a box of candy.

I used pink "Kid n Ewe" yarn for the sweater, and some red scrap yarn for the heart. 1 skein is more than enough--I barely made a dent in the 120 yd. skein of Kid n Ewe. You can use any yarn that will get you the gauge of 5 sts=1" using US #7 needles.

You'll need US #5 & #7 needles.

Back:
With smaller needles and MC, cast on 19 stitches. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 3 rows. Change to larger needles and stockinette stitch. Work 1 purl row -- you are now on the right side, and will be working the heart:

Knit 3 sts, work heart over 13 sts, Knit 3 sts. Work entire chart:

heart

Written Instructions for the chart:
Row 1: K6 MC, K1 CC, K6 MC
Row 2: P5 MC, P3 CC, P5 MC
Row 3: K4 MC, K5 CC, K4 MC
Row 4: P3 MC, P7 CC, P3 MC
Row 5: K1 MC, K5 CC, K1 MC, K5 CC,  K1 MC
Row 6:   P4 MC, P1 CC, P3 MC, P1 CC,  P4 MC


When you have finished the last row of the chart, shape neck:

Knit 5 sts, slip center 9 sts to holder for neck, knit last 5 sts. Working each side separately, decrease 1 st at neck edge 1 time; work 2 rows even, then bind off the 4 shoulder stitches.

Back:
Cast on 19 sts on smaller needles, work ribbing as for front. Change to larger needles and stockinette stitch. Work even until back measures 3 1/4" from beginning (or same length as front -- I sewed the sweater together before I measured, so this is a bit of a guesstimate, but pretty close!)

Sew left shoulder seam. Using smaller needles, pick up 31 sts evenly around neck, including the 9 sts on the front holder. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2 rows. Bind off in ribbing.

Sew right shoulder seam.

Sleeves:
With larger needles, starting 1" from back bottom edge, pick up 20 sts at side of sweater and ending 1" from front bottom edge. Work in stockinette stitch for 6 rows, then change to smaller needles & k1 p1 ribbing for 2 rows. Bind off.

Sew side and sleeve seams. Give to your sweetie with a big hug and a kiss!