POLAR BEAR ILUQ, soft toy knitting pattern

In the language of the Inuit, the people living in the icy regions north of the polar circle, „Iluq“ means „frost“. Iluq the polar bear carries his name with pride – he just loves it when the temperature drops deeper and deeper, the wind howls and the aurora borealis darmatically illuminates the northern sky. With his beautiful coat and the stylish shawl, he always feels warm!

Choose any yarn you like – Iluq will be bigger or smaller depending on the yarn. If you knit Iluq for a child, make sure the yarn is robust, washable and doesn’t pill too much. The pattern will lead you step-by-step through the knitting and sewing, including loads of detail photos and charts. Cable pattern: I included three different instructions, please see the boxed text to the right.

This pattern was first published in my book “Steffis wunderbare Tierwelt”, which literally means “Steffi’s wonderful Animal Kingdom”. There is only a German version of the book available so far, and I don’t believe there will ever be an English version of the book (alas, I hope I’m wrong!), so I will translate some of the animals and publish the pattern on makerist.

Always have fun knitting, be it Polar Bears or Pullovers, yours Steffi


  • Clear and elaborated step-by-step instruction with pictures for the crucial steps. The pattern is for the polar bear only, the penguin, the krill and the lemming are NOT included.
  • You should know how to cast on, bind of, knit, purl and work a cable. All other techniques are explained in detail.
  • Cable pattern: I included three different instructions: >> You can knit the cables using mainly a chart >> You can skip the chart and just use the fully written version >> If you don’t like or just don’t want to knit the cables, I wrote an instruction for the body without cables – the whole working process of the body will be a bit different to the cable variation

Materials you need at home:

  • Original yarn from German factory Lana Grossa: Lana Grossa Merino Big Superfein (100 % pure new wool, 120 m/50 g = 131 yards/1.75 ounces), 3 skeins (=150 g/5.25 ounces) in off white and some leftover yarn in BEIGE for the soles. Leftover yarn for the shawl in the colours you like best.
  • Embroidery thread or yarn in brown for the nose
  • Embroidery thread or twine in black for sewing on the eyes
  • 2 black beads, approx ø 12 to 14 mm = 0.4 to 0.6 inches
  • Thick felt, approx 11 x 11 cm = 4.3 x 4.3 inches
  • Thin felt in brown, sewing thread the same colour
  • Set of size 3 US (3 mm) double pointed needles or matching to the yarn you chose. As the bear should be knitted very tight, you should use a smaller needle size than recommended on the yarn slip.
  • Crochet hook, cable needle
  • Embroidery needle, sewing needle, darning needle
  • 4 safety pins, polyester stuffing or similar, scissors, button
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