Trauma Teddies

A simple teddy can help calm children in distressing situations. They can give comfort and take their mind off their worries. This is why we would like to as many as we can & give them to Bracknell Police for the Thames Valley Region

How to Knit a Trauma Teddy

Yarn Use only double knitting wool or acrylic yarn. Please No mohair, angora, Feathersoft, Lurex or cotton yarn as there is a small chance that these might cause an allergic reaction.

Knitting instructions

Using size 10 (3 1/4mm) needles, cast on 10 stitches in the paw colour and knit 10 rows.

Change to trouser colour and knit 30 rows. Leave on a spare needle and make another leg to match. Knit across the two legs (now 20 stitches in all). Knit 20 rows in trouser colour.

Change to jumper colour and knit 30 rows.

Change to paw colour and knit 6 1/2 inches of one row plain, one row pearl.

Change to jumper colour and knit 30 rows.

Change to trouser colour and knit 20 rows. Knit 10 stitches and turn, complete leg and paw as before. Join in wool and make another leg.

Arms: – Sew round the head. Pick up and knit 8 stitches either side of the head (16 stitches). Knit 20 rows in jumper colour and 10 rows in paw colour. Cast off. Repeat the other side.

Scarf: – Cast on 75 stitches and knit 5 rows. Cast off. Tassels can be added to the ends. Attach scarf at the back with 2 or 3 stitches.

Sewing up: – Sew paws and arms and sides, also inner legs, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stitch up corners with a running stitch to make ears.

Make eyes, nose and mouth on the face. Please make it a smiling mouth! Sew running stitches around neck base and draw up to shape head and neck.

Filing: – Acrylic filling is best, but pieces of old wool, tights and cotton can be used. Please do not use foam as this can be dangerous to children.