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Boudreaux The Bear
Pattern Number: L10639
Rating: *****
4.3 (based on 4 reviews)
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Boudreaux The Bear Reviewed by Nancy Babraitis on 2014-03-20 ****
The pattern is very simple and turned out very cute. I first made it with Vandals choice because it was the only yarn I had at the time. The end product didn't look exactly the same as the pic but it was still pretty cute. Later my Michael's was having a clearance on Martha's Roving Wool and it was priced super cheap at $1 per skein in the exact color suggested for this bear, so I was incredibly excited because this bear is so cute and I was interested to see how the pattern would turn out when using the yarn suggested. Now I know why Michael's decided to stop carrying it. The only good thing I can say about this yarn is that it is fairly soft for 100% wool which is a concern when making this for a baby. Unfortunately this is the worst yarn I've ever worked with. Due to this yarn just being wool fibers that have been stretched and then twisted together it makes it very hard to work with. Homespun is made similarly, but has a piece of thread or two twisted in with it which normally keeps it from ripping apart or splitting so that your thread doesn't slip through the fibers when you are pushing or pulling your hook through or under stitches, but this is not the case with the Roving Wool. Every time I had to unravel a few stitches or whole row the yarn would get caught up by one or more of the fibers that my hook must have slipped through on the prior stitch, and then when I had to pull on the yarn to try to rip the yarn free from the stitch the yarn would simply tear apart. Over time I had multiple pieces of yarn at varying lengths, none of which were long enough to use on another body part. Finally on every single stitch I made I was forced to make sure that my hook had not slipped through the middle of the fibers in the stitches or loops on my hook by pulling the yarn overs in and out of the loops again and again. Also it took me an exceedingly long time to finish this product because I ended up needing additional yarn. I would have been able to get this bear down in only two skeins, probably at least due in part to the fact that I was using a hook one size smaller than the pattern called for, and I had started to wonder why the directions listed 3 skeins, but after I started amassing multiple scraps of yarn after every time that it ripped I realized I was going to actually need the third skein. Of course when Michael's stopped carrying the Roving Wool they only had the two skeins of this color left, and there wasn't another store anywhere close that carried it. I finally had to call around to find it and ended up having to drive an hour away to purchase it. I would never ever buy this yarn again and I definitely wouldn't suggest anybody else buy it either. I decided to use Baby's first and it was perfect and turned out great! I have had to make half o dozen of these due to each of my children wanting one, and then parents of their friends asking that I make one for their children as well!

Boudreaux The Bear Reviewed by Casey Skaarup on 2013-10-28 ****
I tend to have tight stitches, so my bear ended up a little small. I also decided the bow was silly. With legs fully extended, the bear is probably about 10 inches long. Overall it was a fairly easy pattern, pretty standard for amigurumi type things.

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Reviewed by sasha.swayne86 on 2012-11-11 ****
It's a good pattern, but for me the legs were long, and the arms were about half of the size. Maybe it was just me...

Reviewed by Healeys99 on 2012-04-21 *****
Making this smaller.

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