Bruno the Bear - Rico Crochet Kit

Rico Bruno the Bear Crochet Kit Review

I couldn’t resist the Bruno the Bear Crochet Kit by Rico. You get everything you need to crochet a lovely multi coloured teddy bear, except for the stuffing. As well as the cotton aran yarn, you get a  3.5mm crochet hook, needle and neckerchief.

The instructions, although in several languages, are a bit sparse. The pattern for Bruno Bear is also in the November 2012 issue of Woman’s Weekly Knitting & Crochet in much more detail, so I followed that one instead.

I found Needle Noodles’ jogless stripe technique invaluable for making the changeover between stripes barely noticeable. I wish patterns for striped projects in the round would include tips like this – it makes such a difference to the end result. Unfortunately, I only came across this technique after I had made the body of the bear (the largest part!) but I was able to hide the colour changes fairly well under one of Bruno’s arms.

I had a spot of bother with one of the legs, and that’s when I realised that the kit pattern and the magazine pattern were slightly different in places. But I think my bear turned out OK in the end. I also ran out of pink yarn and had to buy an extra ball to complete the bear. I had a fair bit of most of the other colours left over, so I’m not sure what happened – maybe I was short because I followed the magazine pattern. Given these issues, I’d give this kit 4 out of 5.

This Bruno the Bear kit is currently available from Amazon and several other  websites. Bruno is part of Rico’s Patchwork Family and there are other crochet kits available including Lenny the Rabbit and Ted the Dachshund. There is also a booklet available with patterns for all 9 characters.

You can read about other crochet teddy bear patterns I’ve made here.

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  • Claire Van Parys

    I’m also doing this kit and I’ve also run out of pink yarn as well. I have so far followed the instructions in the kit (my kit didn’t contain a neckchief!) I found your review when I looked online for help with the leg too. I really need this completed for my daughters birthday tomorrow but the start of the leg doesn’t make sense, I may have to just do it as I can.

    • craftfix

      Hi Claire,

      Hope your daughter is enjoying her birthday and you got the bear finished in time. If it was the start of the foot that was causing you problems, it’s using a technique where you crochet into both sides of the foundation chain. Here is a tutorial for this: http://www.crochettoday.com/how-to/how-work-both-sides-foundation-chain

      But I have seen other bear patterns where the legs and arms are all the same shape, which is easier, and they can look lovely as well.

  • Karina

    Hi, I have this kit from my sister but unfortunately, I lost the pattern so I can’t finished my Bruno 🙁
    I just finished about 12 rounds and my pattern sheet was lost. I’ve searched it anywhere and cannot find it..

    Can I ask you for the pattern? I want to finish it badly 🙁

  • Susanna Bowyer

    Hi Janine,

    Thank you for posting this, I am also having problems with this kit. Could you please tell me how big your bear is when it is finished? As I am half way through body and nearly finished all the yarn! Did you do double crochet for the body as instructed, now I am thinking it should have been single crochet as it might use less yarn?

    thanks

    Susanna

    • Hi Susanna,
      I gave my bear away as a gift but I will try and check the approx height with the recipient. I used double crochet but mine was a UK pattern so that’s only single crochet in USA terms. That could well explain things, because if you have used Double Crochet US that would be Treble Crochet UK and the bear would be much bigger and have different proportions and the fabric would also not be as solid.