Crochet Care Bear Costume

If you were a kid in the 80’s like I was, you probably grew up watching Care Bears on tv. It was one of my favorite cartoons! Of all the bears, Cheer Bear was my favorite. I had a lot of fun designing the rainbow (my first attempt didn’t look so great) and of course, I added a little heart for the rump. I’m also excited to share that the pattern for this costume is available in sizes 0-3 – 18-24 months!

Materials

  • H5 mm & I 5.5 mm crochet hooks
  • worsted weight yarn in dark pink & light pink (dress) and for the rainbow you need hot pink, orange, yellow,  blue, green, & white
  • tapestry needle
  • stitch markers
  • ironing board
  • iron

Matching Care Bear Hooded Scarf Pattern

Finished Sizes

0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, and 18-24 months

Gauge

15 dc stitches = 4 ” and 11 rows = 4″

Important Notes

  • Use an I 5.5 mm crochet hook & begin with the darker pink yarn. Color changes are noted in the pattern.
  • Instructions between two asterisks (*) should be repeated for the remainder of the round.
  • Your first dc always goes in the same st where you joined and made your ch 2.
  • Pictures to help show rounds 1-5 are from my unicorn dress so you can ignore the color changes.

Note: Be mindful where you place your next dc after making the v-stitches. If your stitch count is off, you likely skipped over that next st you were supposed to dc into.

Crochet Care Bear Costume Pattern

Beginning Chain

0-3 months & 3-6 months: chain 64, join in the round

6-12 months: chain 72, join in the round

12-18 months & 18-24 months: chain 76, join in the round

Round 1

v-stitch: in the same stitch make (dc, ch 1, dc)

0/3 & 3/6: ch 2, dc 8, v-stitch, dc 14, v-stitch, dc 16, v-stitch, dc 14, v-stitch, dc 8, join

6/12: ch 2, dc 9, v-stitch, dc 16, v-stitch, dc 18, v-stitch, dc 16, v-stitch, dc 9, join

12/18 & 18/24: ch 2, dc 10, v-stitch, dc 17, v-stitch, dc 19, v-stitch, dc 17, v-stitch, dc 9, join

Round 2

v-stitch: in the same stitch make (dc, ch 1, dc)

0/3 & 3/6: ch 2, dc 9, v-stitch, dc 16, v-stitch, dc 18, v-stitch, dc 16, v-stitch, dc 9, join

6/12: ch 2, dc 10, v-stitch, dc 18, v-stitch, dc 20, v-stitch, dc 18, v-stitch, dc 10, join

12/18 & 18/24: ch 2, dc 11, v-stitch, dc 19, v-stitch, dc 21, v-stitch, dc 19, v-stitch, dc 10, join

Round 3

v-stitch: in the same stitch make (dc, ch 1, dc)

0/3 & 3/6: ch 2, dc 10, v-stitch, dc 18, v-stitch, dc 20, v-stitch, dc 18, v-stitch, dc 10, join

6/12: ch 2, dc 11, v-stitch, dc 20, v-stitch, dc 22, v-stitch, dc 20, v-stitch, dc 11, join

12/18 & 18/24: ch 2, dc 12, v-stitch, dc 21, v-stitch, dc 23, v-stitch, dc 21, v-stitch, dc 11, join

Round 4

0/3 & 3/6: ch 2, dc 11, dc into v-stitch area, ch 1, dc into NEXT v-stitch area (first sleeve made), dc 22, dc into v-stitch area, ch 1, dc into NEXT v-stitch area (second sleeve made), dc 11, join [48 total]

6/12: ch 2, dc 12, dc into v-stitch area, ch 1, dc into NEXT v-stitch area (first sleeve made), dc 24, dc into v-stitch area, ch 1, dc into NEXT v-stitch area (second sleeve made), dc 12, join [52 total]

12/18 & 18/24: ch 2, dc 13, dc into v-stitch area, ch 1, dc into NEXT v-stitch area (first sleeve made), dc 25, dc into v-stitch area, ch 1, dc into NEXT v-stitch area (second sleeve made), dc 12, join [54 total]

Round 5

switch to the lighter pink yarn

0/3 & 3/6: ch 2, dc 12, 2 dc under sleeve (you are making those dc around the ch you made in rnd 4), dc 24, 2 dc under sleeve (you are making those dc around the ch you made in rnd 4), dc 12, join [52 total]

6/12: ch 2, dc 13, 2 dc under sleeve (you are making those dc around the ch you made in rnd 4), dc 26, 2 dc under sleeve (you are making those dc around the ch you made in rnd 4), dc 13, join [56 total]

12/18 & 18/24: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc under sleeve (you are making those dc around the ch you made in rnd 4), dc 27, 2 dc under sleeve (you are making those dc around the ch you made in rnd 4), dc 13, join [58 total]

Continue for Size 0-3 Months

Rnd 6: ch 2, dc 13, 2 dc in next st, dc 25, 2 dc in next st, dc 12, join [54 total]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc 13, 2 dc in next st, dc 26, 2 dc in next st, dc 13, join [56 total]

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 27, 2 dc in next st, dc 13, join [58 total]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 28, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [60 total]

Rnd 10: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60 total]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60 total]

Rnd 12: ch 2, dc in each st, join [60 total]

Rnd 13: ch 2, 2dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [90 total]

Switch to the darker pink yarn for rounds 25- 28.

Rnd 14- 28: ch 2, dc in each st, join [90 total]

Rnd 29: ch 1, sc in each st, join and weave in ends [90 total]

Continue for Size 3-6 Months

Rnd 6: ch 2, dc 13, 2 dc in next st, dc 25, 2 dc in next st, dc 12, join [54 total]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc 13, 2 dc in next st, dc 26, 2 dc in next st, dc 13, join [56 total]

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 27, 2 dc in next st, dc 13, join [58 total]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 28, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [60 total]

Rnd 10: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 29, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [62 total]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 30, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [64 total]

Rnd 12: ch 2, dc in each st, join [64 total]

Rnd 13: ch 2, dc in each st, join [64 total]

Rnd 14: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [96 total]

Switch to the darker pink yarn for rounds 27- 30.

Rnd 15- 30: ch 2, dc in each st, join [96 total]

Rnd 31: ch 1, sc in each st, join and weave in ends [96 total]

Continue for Size 6-12 Months

Rnd 6: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 27, 2 dc in next st, dc 13, join [58 total]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 28, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [60 total]

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 29, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [62 total]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 30, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [64 total]

Rnd 10: ch 2, dc 16, 2 dc in next st, dc 31, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [66 total]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc 16, 2 dc in next st, dc 32, 2 dc in next st, dc 16, join [68 total]

Rnds 12- 14: ch 2, dc in each st, join [68 total]

Rnd 15: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [102 total]

Switch to the darker pink yarn for rounds 32- 35.

Rnds 16- 35: ch 2, dc in each st, join [102 total]

Rnd 36:  ch 1, sc in each st, join and weave in ends [102 total]

Continue for Size 12-18 Months

Rnd 6: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 28, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [60 total]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 29, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [62 total]

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 30, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [64 total]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc 16, 2 dc in next st, dc 31, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [66 total]

Rnd 10: ch 2, dc 16, 2 dc in next st, dc 32, 2 dc in next st, dc 16, join [68 total]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc 17, 2 dc in next st, dc 33, 2 dc in next st, dc 16, join [70 total]

Rnd 12: ch 2, dc 17, 2 dc in next st, dc 34, 2 dc in next st, dc 17, join [72 total]

Rnds 13- 15: ch 2, dc in each st, join [72 total]

Rnd 16: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [108 total]

Switch to the darker pink yarn for rounds 37- 40.

Rnds 17- 40: ch 2, dc in each st, join [108 total]

Rnd 41: ch 1, sc in each st, join and weave in ends [108 total]

Continue for Size 18-24 Months

Rnd 6: ch 2, dc 14, 2 dc in next st, dc 28, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [60 total]

Rnd 7: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 29, 2 dc in next st, dc 14, join [62 total]

Rnd 8: ch 2, dc 15, 2 dc in next st, dc 30, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [64 total]

Rnd 9: ch 2, dc 16, 2 dc in next st, dc 31, 2 dc in next st, dc 15, join [66 total]

Rnd 10: ch 2, dc 16, 2 dc in next st, dc 32, 2 dc in next st, dc 16, join [68 total]

Rnd 11: ch 2, dc 17, 2 dc in next st, dc 33, 2 dc in next st, dc 16, join [70 total]

Rnd 12: ch 2, dc 17, 2 dc in next st, dc 34, 2 dc in next st, dc 17, join [72 total]

Rnd 13: ch 2, dc 18, 2 dc in next st, dc 35, 2 dc in next st, dc 17, join [74 total]

Rnd 14: ch 2, dc 18, 2 dc in next st, dc 36, 2 dc in next st, dc 18, join [76 total]

Rnds 15 & 16: ch 2, dc in each st, join [76 total]

Rnd 17: ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st*, join [114 total]

Switch to the darker pink yarn for rounds 39- 42.

Rnds 18- 42: ch 2, dc in each st, join [114 total]

Rnd 43: ch 1, sc in each st, join and weave in ends [114 total]

Sleeves

Use an I 5.5 mm crochet hook & the darker pink yarn.

Attach yarn (I’d attach in the back so you don’t see the join seam), ch 2 and make 2 hdc in each st and in between the stitches in the bottom of the armhole, join and fasten off.

Rainbow Applique Pattern

Use an H 5 mm crochet hook & yarn in hot pink, orange, yellow,  blue, green, & white

Row 1: (blue yarn): magic ring, 8 dc, DO NOT JOIN, turn [8]

Row 2: (attach green yarn) ch 2, 2 dc in same st, 2 dc in each rem st, turn [16]

Row 3: (attach yellow yarn) ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, dc in next st* [24]

Row 4: (attach orange yarn) ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts* [32]

Row 5: (attach hot pink, yarn) ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts*, fasten off leaving a long tail [40]

Row 6: (attach white yarn) ch 2, 2 dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts*, when you get to the end, ch 1 and continue to work around the bottom of the rainbow- make 3 dc in each color/section, in the blue part you will make 3 dc in the first end, 3 dc in the magic loop center, and 3 dc in the next end

The sample dress in the pictures is size 6/12 months and the rainbow fit perfectly after I completed row/round 7. If you make a smaller size (0/3 or 3/6) you may want to stop after row 6. 

Row 7: ch 2 and loosely dc around the entire rainbow (in the two bottom corners you will make dc- ch 1- dc)

I choose to iron my rainbow to flatten it out.  Using my iron and ironing board, I covered it with a piece of fabric (I used a cloth napkin) and ironed each side on the highest heat setting.

I didn’t hold the iron down for long. I just pressed the iron down in the middle and pushed it outwards in each direction. I did this on each side. Tip: Let the crochet piece cool completely before moving it from your ironing board. 

Sew your rainbow onto the front of the dress.

Heart Applique Pattern

Use an H 5 mm crochet hook & hot pink yarn.

Magic loop, ch 2, 4 dc, 2 tc, ch 3, sl st, ch 3, 2 tc, 4 dc, join to top of first dc, fasten off leaving a long tail. 

Sew your heart onto the back of the dress in the “butt” area on the right side.

I hope you like my pattern. Please tag me on Instagram lovable_loops if you make your own!