Bear Granny Square - Woodland Afghan Series - Free Crochet Pattern


We just had our first snow fall here in Central Pennsylvania this past week! That means we had a snow day and I had lots of time to hunker down and get crackin' on this afghan! I have two new squares to share with you - this woodland bear and a little hedgehog you can check out here.

Along with that, I have done the math to figure out how many squares I will need to make this afghan. It will be a bit larger than an average throw. Click here to check out all the details you need to follow along! I am planning about 10 different woodland critter/themed granny squares, so we're about half way there!



Worsted weight yarn:
Loops & Threads Impeccable - Chocolate Brown
G/4.00mm hook
Tapestry needle

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Special Stitches/techniques
This applique will be worked in rows and around. There will be no breaking of yarn although I do try to break up/explain each part that is being made along the way.


Row 1: Chain 14
Row 2: HDC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC across (13)
Row 3: Chain 1, HDC across (13)
Row 4: Chain 1, HDC across (13)

That completes the body of the bear and we will start to work on the legs. Do not break yarn.

Back Legs: [Will be worked into the first 3 stitches on the main body]

Row 1: Chain 1, 3 SC, turn over
Row 2-4: Repeat row 1
Row 5: Chain 1, 3 SC, Chain 2, DC in same space as last SC

Do no turn your work, keep working around: slip stitch until you get back to the body (last slip stitch should be in the 3rd stitch on the main body)

Then work the following in stitches 4-8 on the main body:
Sl stitch, 3 SC, slip stitch (this creates the belly of the bear)

Front Leg: [This will be worked into the 9-10 stitch of the main body]

Row 1: 2 SC, Chain 1, turn your work
Row 2-4: Repeat row 1
Row 5: 2 SC, Chain 1, DC in same space as last SC
SC in next space around, then slip stitch until you get back to the body (the last slip stitch will be in the 10th stitch on the main body)

Final Front Leg: (will be worked in stitches 11-13 on the main body)

Row 1: 3 SC, Chain 1 turn work
Row 2: 2 SC, Chain 1, turn work
Row 3-4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Chain 1, 2 SC, Chain 2, DC same space as last SC
Keep working around
SC in next stitch and slip stitch until there are 4 spaces left on the side of the body

Head/top of body:

Row 1: Chain 1, 4 SC
Row 2-4: Repeat row 1
Row 5: Chain 2, DC, SC, SC, 2 SC in same space

Keep working around to form the top of the head and the top of the body.
(SC, Chain 3, SC) all in next space,
2 sl st ( you should now be back onto the main body) 2 sl st, 3 SC, 5 sl st, SC, HDC, 3 DC in same stitch (last stitch on top of the body - keep working around) DC, HDC, 3 SC, slip stitch until you reach the bottom of the back feet.

**UPDATE: Video tutorial now available!**

You are welcome to share this pattern and to make this for sale, but please link back to me as the designer.  Do not in any way copy or alter any part of my patterns and publish them as your own. For copyright information, please visit the link at the top of my page "Copyright/Disclosure".


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    1. Unfortunately, I do not. I have never made a video yet, although I am planning on having videos available in the near future!

    2. I love this so much, I am working on a piney woodland afghan and these animals are perfect!

  2. How did you do the actual granny square?

    1. Hi! You can find how to do the granny square here :

  3. I'd like to start off by saying thank you for sharing these adorable patterns. I'm having fun making these squares and looking forward to the finished afghan. I'm having trouble with the bear though. I'm not sure I'm reading the pattern correctly but try as I might, I can't get the same contours of the face and head. Mine looks nothing like yours. If you do decide to make a video, would you consider making the bear first. I really need help here. Thanks again for sharing. It's so kind of you to share your talent with others.

  4. I am having ths same issue's with the bear pattern and i am an expeiced crocheter and pattern reader a video would be greatley appreciated.

    1. Hi Jenna! Sorry you're having issues. I did have this bear tested and re-wrote directions but I understand it can be a bit confusing. I am working on creating video tutorials. If there is a certain section I can explain in the mean time, please let me know!

  5. just started the bear. So much fun. Thanks for sharing Maria! I'll see if I can get through the "tricky" part ��

  6. I am looking forward to the video... my bear looks more like a cow. The contours are not right and it looks too skinny in the middle.

  7. Thank you for sharing your patterns. I'm having problems with the bear. Do you have a video? Would appreciate the help. Blessings!

    1. I've recently posted a video tutorial! I hope it is helpful :)

  8. Sooo glad you added the video! I'm not experienced enough to fully follow the written so it was exrtremely helpful. Just starting this afghan for my grandson who is due in Aug and my daughter loves the woodland collection! Very excited! Thank you for the wonderful pattern ����

  9. Thank you for this pattern. I just made the bear, it came out perfect (with help from the video), love, love, love it. Can't wait to make the entire afghan! Thanks again! Lisa

  10. Hi, my name is Judy and i have a question.How are you attaching the appliques? Are you stitching them, fabric glue? I'm making this for a 2 yr old so what's the best method? Thanks

    1. Hi Judy! I attach the appliqués by sewing with a tapestry needle and the same color yarn as the appliqué :)