Bear Fridge Magnet Crochet Pattern

This darling little bear is happy to hold your photos and notes for you. Did you know a group of bears is called a sleuth? With this quick bear fridge magnet pattern, you can crochet a whole sleuth of bears for your fridge!

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2021 Fridgies CAL

This bear fridge magnet is the first pattern in the 2021 Fridiges CAL! Crochet along through 12 magnet patterns. At the end of the year, you’ll have an adorable set of fridgies for yourself or for a gift! You may want to make 2 sets, so you don’t have to decide.

2021 Fridgies Crochet Along on Stitches n Scraps

Enter the Giveaway

There will be several giveaways throughout the Fridgies CAL. This quarter, you could win a zippered pouch from Global Backyard Industries!

Small Zippered Pouch in Indigo Clouds design from Global Backyard Industries

Learn all about the Fridgies Crochet Along here, including how to enter the giveaways for a chance to win some fabulous prizes too!

Lion Brand DIY Yarn

Lion Brand provided all the yarn for this crochet along. Their DIY yarn comes in small balls, which is just perfect for the small amounts needed for each magnet. For the bear fridge magnet, you will need: White, Camel, Black, and Hot Pink.

LIon Brand DIY Yarn

If you’re not able to get this yarn or the colors you need, Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or Basic Stitch are also good options.

Xyron Glue Gun

The easiest way to attach your magnet to your crochet is with hot glue. For my magnets, I’m using this mini hot glue gun that Xyron gave me to try out.

Xyron Mini Hot Glue Gun

I used it on this bear fridge magnet and was very happy with it. It heated up quickly and produced a nice steady bead of glue. Watch it in action in the tutorial video below!


Bear Fridge Magnet

4-medium
Project level Intermediate

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Materials

Project Level

Intermediate: Worked in the round with some sewing and embroidery required.

Size

About 2.5 inches in diameter, not counting ears.

Gauge

12 sc x 13 rounds = 4 inches

Use pattern as gauge swatch – back should measure about 2.5 inches in diameter. Exact gauge is not critical. Your fabric should be tight enough that the magnet won’t show through.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
inc = increase (see Special Stitches)
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Special Stitch

Increase (inc): Sc in back loop only of indicated st, then sc in both loops of same st. This counts as two stitches in the end of round stitch counts.

See this tutorial for a more detailed look.

Almost Invisible SC Increase - Stitches n Scraps

Instructions

The pattern is made in 3 separate sections: The back with ears and magnet, the front, and the muzzle. You can make these 3 sections in any order you prefer.

Join rounds where indicated with a slip stitch in the first stitch of the round. Slip stitches are not included in stitch counts.

Back

Back circle

With Camel, ch 2.

Rnd 1 (RS): 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, inc in each st around, join. (12 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, inc in next st, (sc in next st, inc in next st) around, join. (18 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sts, inc in next st (sc in next 2 sts, inc in next st) around, do not join. (24 sts)

Remove loop from hook and secure it with a stitch marker or scrap piece of yarn.

Work should now measure about 2.25 to 2.5 inches in diameter.

Ears

Turn work over to WS.

First inner ear:

Join pink with sl st in front loop only of the first st from rnd 4 as shown. This should be the stitch next to the working loop.

Join pink for first ear

(Sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st) in same front loop, fasten off pink. (5 sts)

First inner ear
2nd inner ear

Skip next 6 sts, join pink with sl st in front loop only of next st.

Placement of 2nd ear

(Sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st) in same front loop, fasten off pink. (5 sts).

Pink inner ears completed

Turn work so that RS is facing, and place working loop of Camel back onto hook.

1st outer ear:

Row 1 (RS): Sl st in unused front loop of the same st as first inner ear, ch 1, (sc hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st) in same loop. (5 sts)

Slip stitch in front of first inner ear
First outer ear completed

Row 2 (WS): Turn, working through both inner and outer layers, (ch 1, sl st) in each st across ear, do not fasten off.

slip stitch through both layers

Sl st in front loop only of next 6 sts on back circle. (These are the 6 stitches between the two ears.)

2nd outer ear:

Sl st in unused (back) loop of the same st as second inner ear, turn.

back loop behind ear

Row 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st) in same loop. (5 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Turn, working through both inner and outer layers, (ch 1, sl st) in each st across ear, fasten off.

Weave in all ends on the wrong side (where the pink of the ears is showing).

Back of bear magnet, without magnet

Magnet

Using hot glue gun, glue magnet to center of WS of work.

Set back piece aside.

Finished back of bear magnet

Front

Rnds 1-4: Repeat rnds 1-4 of back. At the end of rnd 4, join and fasten off Camel, leaving an 18 inch tail for sewing.

front circle

Muzzle

With White, ch 2

Rnd 1 (RS): (2 sc, hdc, 3 sc, hdc, sc) in 2nd ch from hook, join. (8 sts)

Rnd 2 (RS): Ch 1, sc in first st, [(sc, hdc) in next st, 2 hdc in next st, (hdc, sc) in next st], sc in next st, repeat [ ], join, fasten off leaving a 12 inch tail for sewing. (14 sts)

Assembly

Using long White tail, sew muzzle to right side of front, so it rests along the edge as shown. Place muzzle so that it covers up the “seam” where you joined your rounds.

Placement of muzzle for bear magnet

Embroider nose, mouth, and eyes with Black yarn.

Finished face

Line up front and back with wrong sides together. The magnet should be on the inside and the ears should line up appropriately with the face. With the face on top, you should be able to see the pink side of the ears.

Align top and bottom layers of crochet bear magnet

Using long Camel tail, sew front and back pieces together around edge with a whipstitch up to the first ear.

Whipstitch around edge

When you get to the ear, use a running stitch across the front of the ear, and then continue whipstitching around to the next ear.

Running stitch over ear

Use a running stitch across the second ear, and then continue whipstitching the rest of the way around.

Finished seam

Fasten off and weave in any remaining ends.

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I hope you enjoyed this Bear fridge magnet pattern. Big thanks to Karen Navoy for testing it!

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