November 5th, 2015

Valley Yarns 670 Holiday Bears KAL Week 1

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Welcome to week 1 of our Valley Yarns 670 Holiday Bears KAL! Did you have a chance to gather all of your materials? If not, there’s still plenty of time to join and catch up. This is a fairly fast project that we’ve broken down into 4 weeks, but if you’re ambitious, you could even finish a bear in a day!

For this first week, we’ll be working up until the neck. There are a few skills you’ll need, so we’re including some pictures and videos to help you out. The first thing you’ll have to do is cast on to your dpns and join without twisting. This can be a little tricky. I like to cast all my stitches onto one dpn then transfer the stitches to each separate needle. Then, I lay my needles flat on the table and check every needle to make sure all my stitches are facing the same direction. You don’t want to twist them!

Tip for joining in the round and not twisting stitches

For the head and neck, you’ll need some to know an increase and some decreases. The increase you’ll need to know is kfb (knit into the front and back of the stitch). For this increase, you knit the stitch just like you normally do, but don’t drop it off the needle. Instead, you go back into the back of the stitch and knit it. Here’s a handy video to help:

You’ll also need to do some decreases. The pattern includes k2tog (knit two stitches together) and ssk (slip, slip, knit). Here are two videos of those two decreases if you don’t know how to do them:

Have you started your bear? Do you have any questions we can help you with?

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3 Responses to “Valley Yarns 670 Holiday Bears KAL Week 1”

  1. ILLANGO Says:

    Great videos! Thank you!

  2. Barbara Allsopp Says:

    RE: #670 Holiday Bears

    I have finished Rnd 15. Directions say Knit 10 rounds even. ??

    Does that mean that I just knit 10 more rounds? and then go to the Neck:

    I am “barely” getting thru the pattern (no pun intended”. This is my first experience with double pointed needles.
    Thanks so much!

  3. Sara Says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Yes, “work even” means to work with no increases or decreases. In this case, just knit 10 more rounds covers it 🙂
    Can’t wait to see your finished bears!

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