Val the Valentine’s Day Pal

I wanted to share this fun and easy amigurumi pattern in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Val is a small white bear with a little flair! Customize the colors to your liking. I chose to use different shades of pink to create a traditional Valentine’s look. I hope you enjoy!

This is a free pattern here on my blog, but if you prefer an ad-free printable PDF, you can purchase one on Ravelry or Etsy.

Some notes before you begin:

This pattern requires a familiarity with basic amigurumi and embroidery techniques but it is considered beginner-friendly.

All parts of this pattern are worked in continuous rounds.

All decreases are done using the invisible decreasing method.

This pattern is worked from the legs up.

Finished size is just under 6” tall.

Things you’ll need:

  • 3.5 mm (E) hook
  • Darning needle (bent tip works very well!)
  • (2) 6mm safety eyes
  • Poly-Fil or stuffing material
  • Stitch marker
  • Medium #4 yarn in LIGHT PINK, DARK PINK, WHITE, and BLACK (I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton)

Pattern abbreviations:

st(s) – stitch(es)

mr – magic ring

sc – single crochet

inc – increase, 2 single crochets in same stitch 

dec – decrease, crochet next two stitches together

[…] – repeat stitches between brackets

(…) – total number of stitches in the round

Let’s go!

Leg 1:

with 3.5 mm (E) hook and WHITE yarn

1. 6 sc in mr (6)

2. [inc] x 6 (12)

3-4. sc around (12)

Change to LIGHT PINK yarn

5-9. sc around (12)

Cut yarn and fasten off. Set aside and continue to Leg 2, leaving a long tail to later sew the small gap between the legs.

Leg 2:

Follow instructions for Leg 1 but DO NOT fasten off.

Body & Head:

In this next round, you will be joining the legs together and begin forming the body. With Leg 2, sc in each of the next 3 sts. Now, place your 4th st in the last sc made on Round 9 of Leg 1. Continue with 10 more sc around Leg 1. Your next sc will be made in the 5th st of Leg 2, had you continued for another round. This leaves one unworked st on each leg, between the legs. Make 7 more scs in Leg 2 for a total of (22) sts. You should be back to the beginning of the round. You have completed round 1 of the body. (see above diagram)

2-4. Sc around (22)

Use the yarn tail from Leg 1 to sew the small gap between the legs and weave the end inside. 

Stuff the legs firmly.

You will be changing colors on the next round. To center the color change on the back of the body, we are going to move the start of the round. Sc 4 sts, changing to DARK PINK yarn on the last st. This is now the last st in your rounds moving forward.

5-9. sc around (22)

10. dec, sc 3, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 3 (18)

11. [dec, sc] x 6 (12)

Stuff body.

12. [dec] x 6 (6)

Change to WHITE yarn. 

As the head starts to close, stuff neck and head firmly. Attach safety eyes between rounds 18 & 19, leaving 5 sts between them.

13. sc around (6)

14. [inc] x 6 (12)

15. [inc] x 12 (24)

16. [sc 3, inc] x 6 (30)

17-22. sc around (30)

23. [dec, sc 3] x 6 (24)

24. [dec, sc 2] x 6 (18)

25. [dec, sc] x 6 (12)

26. [dec] x 6 (6)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail to close the head. Add any final stuffing to round out the head. 

Thread the long tail onto darning needle. Weave tail back and forth through the front loops only of the 6 remaining sts and pull tightly to close the hole. Hide the end inside the body.

Arms: (make 2)

with 3.5 mm (E) hook and WHITE yarn

1. sc 6 in mr

2-3. sc around (6)

Change to DARK PINK yarn

4-10. sc around (6)

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for closing arm and attaching to body. The arms are not stuffed. Thread tail onto yarn needle and flatten arm opening so sts on both sides align. Sew back and forth through each pair of sts (3 pairs) and set aside, leaving the yarn long.

Ears: (make 2)

with 3.5 mm (E) hook and WHITE yarn

  1. 6 sc in mr

Cut yarn, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Tail:

with 3.5 mm (E) hook and WHITE yarn

  1. 4 sc in mr

Cut yarn, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Assembly:

Sew the arms to the body just under the color change for the head. Finish by pulling each tail through the same hole in the back, tying a knot, and pushing the knot (I use the eye end of my darning needle!) back through the hole, hiding it inside the body.

Sew the ears to the top of the head across rounds 23 & 24. Make sure the tops of the sts are facing forward. Hide the tails as you did with the arms.

Sew the tail on the back, right at the color change from the pants to the shirt. This hides the transition well. Make sure the tops of the sts are facing out. Hide the tails as you did with the arms & ears.

Embroidery:

The muzzle is stitched between the eyes starting between rounds 18 & 19 of the head. With darning needle and BLACK yarn, thread a long piece onto your needle and insert it through a hole on the side of the head, coming out through the second hole from the left eye. Count two holes right and insert the hook into the head again. Make one more pass through these spaces to double up the yarn and then come out through the hole between the two you just used. Finally, insert your needle one row below and directly beneath to complete the embroidery (between rounds 17 & 18). Finish by pulling your tails through a hole in the back of the head, tying a knot, and pushing the knot back inside the body. If the knot is visible, use your needle eye to force some of the stuffing to hide it.

For the suspenders, thread a long strand of LIGHT PINK yarn onto your darning needle. Insert at the side of the leg and exit a couple of sts over from the tail, just along the color change from pants to shirt. Going over the opposite shoulder and keeping the yarn tight, re-insert the needle at the color change on the front hip area. Go back through the body and out on the other side of the tail and repeat to the opposite shoulder, creating a criss-cross in the back. Finish your tails as you did previously, making sure the tension is tight enough to keep the suspenders from moving.

All done! I hope you enjoyed this pattern!

Please do not copy or redistribute this pattern. If you sell any items made from this pattern, please link back to me!

I would love to see any Pals you make!

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