Ballerina Bear Step By Step Crochet Tutorial

Published on July 11, 2021 By Karina Agustina 3 min read

Ballerina Bear amigurumi with grey and pink flower background and other ballerina illustrations

Jeté! Arabesque! Plié! Don't worry if you don't understand any of these ballet terms, this Ballerina Bear is an expert already! Grab your magic hook and start twirling!

Karina knits with her 2 daughters

Hello! I'm Karina of missbananacrafts. You can also find me on Instagram. I do all sorts of crafts, but crochet is my favorite! Since I'm a mommy with 3 little daughters around, my time to crochet is scarce. But it doesn't mean I can't crochet anymore. I come up with designs that are simple and easy for even a beginner (or someone with a tight schedule) to make, yet it will still be really cute!

Today let's make a cute ballerina bear together! Even if you're a total beginner, worry not! I'll walk you through every step!

Abbreviations (US crochet terms)

Use this crochet conversion table to translate US crochet terms into UK terms, and vice versa.

  • Ch - Chain
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • HDC - Half Double Crochet
  • Slst - Slip Stitch
  • Puff - Puff Stitch: yarn over, insert hook to designated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, repeat 2 more times and pull through all 7 loops on your hook
  • FO – Fasten off
  • [ ] - repeat instructions between the brackets the directed number of times
  • Inc – Increase
  • Dec – decrease
  • St - Stitch

Materials

Body

1

With Seafoam Blue

Foundation: Ch 13

Pro Tip

Crochet to the bump of the chains to minimalize holes.

2

Rnd 1: Inc in 2nd ch from hook, SC 10, 3SC in the last ch, SC 11 in the opposite side (26)

3

Rnd 2: 2Inc, SC 10, 3Inc, SC 10, Inc (32)

4

Rnd 3: [SC 1, Inc] 2 times, SC 10, [SC 1, Inc] 3 times, SC 10, [SC 1, Inc] (38)

5

Rnd 4: [SC 2, Inc] 2 times, SC 10, [SC 2, Inc] 3 times, SC 10, [SC 2, Inc] (44)

Rnd 5: SC in each st around (44)

6

Rnd 6: [SC 3, Inc] 2 times, SC 10, [SC 3, Inc] 3 times, SC 10, [SC 3, Inc] (50)

7

Rnd 7-18: SC in each st around (50)

Change to Dolphin Blue in the end of Round 18

8

Rnd 19: Ch 1, Puff in the same st, HDC in next st, [Puff 1, HDC 1] around, join with Slst to the first Puff made (50)

Change to Banana Cream

9

Rnd 20-24: SC in each st around (50)

10

Rnd 25: [SC 3, Dec] 2 times, SC 10, [SC 3, Dec] 3 times, SC 10, [SC 3, Dec] (44)

Rnd 26: SC in each st around (44)

11

Mark and place your safety eyes (mine is spaced 11 sts, between Rnd 23-24)

12

Embroider eyelashes with black sewing thread and nose with brown yarn.

13

Rnd 27: [SC 2, Dec] 2 times, SC 10, [SC 2, Dec] 3 times, SC 10, [SC 2, Dec] (38)

Rnd 28: [SC 1, Dec] 2 times, SC 10, [SC 1, Dec] 3 times, SC 10, [SC 1, Dec] (32)

Rnd 29: 2Dec, SC 10,3Dec, SC 10, Dec, Slst 2 (26)

Cut yarn leaving some tail to sew. Stuff it firmly.

14

With tapestry needle, mattress stitch the hole shut.

It's done by weaving through the outer loop of your stitches in opposite sides alternately.

15

It will look like this, pull to tighten the seam every couple of stitches.

16

Weave in your yarn tail.

Done!

Arms (make 2)

1

With Banana Cream

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6SC in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2-8: SC in each st around (6)

F/O and leave some tail to sew.

Don't stuff.

Legs (make 2)

1

With Dolphin Blue

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6SC in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: [SC 2, Inc] 2 times (8)

Rnd 3-4: SC in each st around (8)

Change to Banana Cream

Rnd 5-17: SC in each st around (8)

F/O and leave some tail to sew.

Don't stuff.

2

Pinch the leg flat. Thread some Dolphin Blue yarn into the sides of the shoes, cross over to the back and back front, tie a bow.

Ears (make 2)

1

With Banana Cream

Rnd 1: Ch 2, 6SC in 2nd ch from hook (6)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12)

Rnd 3: [SC 1, Inc] repeat around (18)

Rnd 4: SC in each st around (18)

F/O and leave some tail to sew.

Pinch flat. Don't stuff.

Assembly

Pin all parts in their respective places and sew them on, weave in ends to secure them. And that's it, your Ballerina Bear is done!

Ballerina bear

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About the author

Karina Agustina

Full-time mom to 3 beautiful angels, make-time designer @missbananacrafts and children book author @the.oskarina. To her, creative making is life. Whether it's crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, writing, to baking, she enjoys them all! With the girls as her inspirations and models, she'll bring fun and easy projects to do in your home, with or for your kids!

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