Mother Bear KAL check-in (and a pattern giveaway, too!)

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck. 

I“m knitting bears for the Mother Bear Project and a little while ago I asked Simple Kids readers to join in with me in knitting and crocheting bears for this charity.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

If you aren”t familiar with Mother Bear, it is a charity that is dedicated to making a difference and bringing comfort to children impacted by AIDS/HIV in emerging nations by giving them a handmade bear.  The bears are knit or crocheted and then given to the children with a tag signed by the crafter who poured his or her love into the stitches.

Even if you aren”t a knitter, there are plenty of ways you can help out with The Mother Bear Project:

I would love it if those of you who knit, or crochet, would knit along with me on a Mother Bear KAL (knit-a-long).

My Progress

I would like to make four bears, one in honor of each of my own children.  I cast on for my first bear recently and have made some progress. I”m making this bear in honor of my oldest daughter.

My first bear has the front of her legs, her sweater, and her head and I”m working my way down the back.  I”ve elected to do all garter stitch my first time through the pattern, though I do think I will add the suggested skirt option and I”ll give her a little scarf to match, too.

Have you been making bears?  How are they coming along?  If you haven”t gotten started yet, will you be casting on soon?

The Pattern

The pattern for the bears (knit or crochet) is $5 and . You can also find the pattern for the bears is in the book Knitting for Peace by Betty Christiansen. 

You create your bear and then send it to Mother Bear, along with $3 to cover the cost of shipping.  The bears then head off to their new homes, ready to be loved and offer comfort and joy.

The Giveaway

I have purchased a pattern from Mother Bear and will be giving it away today to a Simple Kids reader to encourage you guys to join in Knitting ALong for The Mother Bear Project.

One reader will receive a copy of the Mother Bear Pattern as well as $3 to cover postage (sorry, at this time the giveaway is only open to US readers).

To Enter simply leave a comment on this post telling me why you”d like to knit a bear for The Mother Bear Project.

The giveaway will end at midnight EST on Friday April 6, 2012.  This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. This sounds wonderful and I would like to get my daughters involved. Thanks for doing this.
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  2. This would be so neat to use my knitting skills to help out a child. I would love to knit a bear.

  3. This sounds like a fun way to serve others and I would also love to teach my daughters to do it. Then they can serve others too.
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  4. Meredith says:

    What a great project! A simple bear can bring so much comfort to a little one. I once heard a story about a police officer who always kept a couple teddy bears in his vehicle to give to children if he ever had to respond to a call for medical emergency, fire, crimes, etc. to help the situation be just a little less scary.

    • Meredith says:

      This project is based near me! I think there might have to be a family service project involved in honor of my birthday this month.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I can think of nothing more special to do with my time, energy, and resources than create something for those in need of comfort.

  6. I’d love to knit a bear, we try to model caring for others to our young children. I’d love for them to see their momma using her growing knitting skills in this way. Plus a child would have a bear to love!

  7. Cheyenne says:

    Such a great idea! I would love to knit a bear for one of these precious kids!

  8. Mandee P says:

    I am relatively new to knitting and crocheting and am having a hard time finding things that I want to spend time making. I think the Mother Bear program is a wonderful idea; i know how much my son loves his stuffed toys and I often forget that many children don’t have what seems to be such a basic luxury. I would love to sacrifice my time (and probably frustration) for the benefit of the smallest victims of this disease, while developing my skills in the process. Thank you so much for posting about it!

  9. Stephanie says:

    The Mother Bear program is wonderful project. I love knitting stuffies for my 4 girls and would enjoy spending my time making bears for other children to love!

  10. My knitting skills are pretty limited. I can do scarves and baby blankets. I’d love to expand my repertoire while showing some love to these kiddos in need.

  11. Kristin says:

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely project for a great cause. We would love to win the pattern.

  12. I haven’t cast on yet – they actually sent me a crochet pattern, so I sent it back and am waiting on my knit pattern… I’d love to win an extra for a friend so she can knit along too!

  13. cmichaelsny says:

    I have a jointed teddy bear its nearly 2ft in hight its dark brown its in verry good condition no markings on it just on the ear their is a small ripped it looks like the tag may have being ripped from the ear could you please let me no if this bear is wort annything?
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  14. I just finished reading the book Knitting for Peace which I got from my library, and wanted to try a bear! I’ve started a prayer shawl, and was thinking of trying to start or join a knitting group with a focus on knitting things to give away. I’d like to try the pattern!

  15. Aimee Burke says:

    I would love to knit a bear for a child!! What a wonderful gift to show them someone out there cares!!

  16. I really want to start doing some charity knitting but haven’t found one that is calling to me yet. However, I feel the Lord is leading me to some type of children’s program like Mother Bear. What a wonderful cause!

  17. This seems like a wonderful organization and cause! I would LOVE to help and knit a bear too!

  18. What an awesome way to use knitting skills to share love with hurting kids!
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  19. I’d like to have a meaningful project in line and share love with kids. I have 4 of my own!

  20. Thanks for sharing!! I JUST ordered my pattern. I think I will also make 2 in honor of my children like you are doing. I have passed the website along to my knitting gang and hopefully they will be joining in as well. 😀

  21. Hillary says:

    As long as the pattern isn’t too complicated, I’m in! With small kids I often have to put down and pick up the project—simple patterns mean fewer mistakes!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to do this, I love to knit but don’t have room to keep the projects I make. Is this a simple pattern? I haven’t knit in a while but would love to pick it up again.

  23. I need something to motivate me to break out the needles again! This sounds like a great cause and I love that you are knitting a bear in honor of each of your children.