“Marshmallow bears” are what I have fondly coined these adorable, blobby bears. These bears make lovely decorations, cute toys, and even cuter rattles if you put a noise maker inside. This is an adaptation of a free pattern that can be found here. I originally modified this pattern to help a girl just learning to knit, who really wanted to make stuffed animals. I hope this pattern will be helpful for other newer knitters who are not yet up to, or comfortable with, knitting in the round. You will need to know how to knit, purl, do basic increases and decreases. (If you find any part of the pattern confusing, let me know!) I also have a two-part video series detailing all the steps I wrote below. This is especially helpful if you need visualization (like me) to understand. Find the first video here. This pattern is specifically for the larger bears seen in the photo above.

Straight Needle Adaptation

Marshmallow Bear pattern


US size 6 knitting needles (4mm)

Any mid-weight yarn

Yarn Needle


Material for Stuffing


St = stitches

K = knit

P= purl

Kfb = knit into the front and back of the stitch

P2tog = purl two stitches together as if they were one

M1 = make 1 stitch by picking up connecter between last stitch and the next stitch and knitting through the back loop

K2tog = knit two stitches together as if they were one

*Numbers found in parentheses () are the number of stitches you should be left with on your needle*


Cast on 4 stitches

Set up row: kfb every stitch (should have 8 sts)

Row 1: Purl

Row 2: k1 m1 to last st kfb (16 sts)

Row 3: purl

Row 4: kfb k1 m1. *K2 M1, repeat from star to end of row (24 sts)

Row 5: purl

Row 6: k4 m1 to last st, kfb (30 sts)

Row 7: purl

Row 8: kfb k4 m1. *k5 m1, repeat from star to end of row (36 sts)

Row 9: purl

Work in stockinette stitch (alternate knit and purl rows) for 12 rows

Shape neck

Row 1: k2tog across whole row (18 sts)

Row 2: purl

Row 3: k3 m1 for whole row (24 sts)

Row 4: purl

Row 5: k4 m1 for whole row (30 sts)

Work in stockinette stitch for 9 rows

Shape head

Row 1: k3 k2tog for whole row (24 sts)

Row 2: purl

Row 3: k2 k2tog for whole row (18 sts)

Row 4: purl

Row 5: k1 k2tog for whole row (12 sts)

Row 6: p2tog for whole row (6 sts)

Leave a long tail and cut.

With a yarn needle thread yarn back through the live stitches and pull snug.

Seam bear from top to bottom using the long tail. Stuff once you get close to the bottom.

Sew completely and tie off weaving in the end.

Ears (make 2)

Cast on 5 sts

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit

Row 4: p2tog p1 p2tog



Sew ears onto head, weave in all ends. You can either sew beads or buttons on for the eyes and nose, or just embroider them.


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