Bear with...the trauma teddy knitting pattern is here!

We’ve been delighted with the response to our trauma teddies appeal, with lots of keen knitters looking for the pattern.

Trauma teddy bears with police hat

Picture credit: The Evening Telegraph

This appeal is a partnership project between Children 1st and Police Scotland, where knitted teddies will be provided by police officers to comfort children affected by traumatic events. Trauma teddies will be given as a simple distraction to help take a child's focus away from potentially upsetting circumstances and help police officers build a relationship and turn the experience into something positive. 

The scheme began in Dundee and is now spreading rapidly throughout Scotland.

Finished teddies can be handed in to any Children 1st office or participating police station, or alternatively you can post them to Children 1st, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT.

Once teddies have been received they will be dressed in a Children 1st t shirt and distributed to police vehicles across Scotland. The back of the t-shirt features the number for Parentline, as a way to remind families that a kind and skilled listening ear is available seven days a week through our free helpline and webchat service.

If you are making or have completed a teddy please let us know through Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TraumaTeddies.

Happy knitting!

Trauma teddyTrauma Teddy knitting pattern

Use only 8 ply wool or acrylic yarn. No mohair, angora, Feathersoft, Lurex or cotton yarn should be used anywhere on the teddy as these often cause allergic reactions.

You will need

  • Double Knit yarns. Mixed, bright colours for clothing and a separate colour for body such as fawn.
  • Small amount of black or dark coloured yarn for stitching face.
  • Size 11 (3mm) knitting needles. A stitch holder or large safety pin would be useful.
  • Stuffing - use polyester fibre conforming to BS5852/2 Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations


Garter stitch: - all rows are knitted
Stocking stitch: - one row knit, one row purl


Paws and trousers

Using main teddy colour cast on 10 stitches and proceed in garter stitch for 10 rows. Change to trouser colour and continue in garter stitch for 30 rows.
Break off yarn and repeat, casting on again for other leg.
Stitches can be left on pin or stitch holder for ease.
Using garter stitch and trouser colour, knit across all 20 stitches and work 16 rows.


Change to jumper colour and work 24 rows.

Head and face

Change to main teddy colour and in stocking stitch work 5.5 inches.
Change back to jumper colour and in garter stitch work 24 rows. Continue working in reverse order to complete legs and paws.
Stitch a happy face onto front of head using back or stem stitch in black or dark coloured yarn. Fold knitting in half at top of head to locate position.
On wrong side, stitch sides of head together then turn right way.


Pick up 8 stitches either side of neck join (16 in total) and in garter stitch work 20 rows.
Change to main teddy colour for paws and work a further 10 rows. Cast off. Repeat for other arm.

To make up

On wrong side, stitch up teddy with relevant colours leaving an opening in crotch for stuffing.
Turn to right side.
Stitch across corners of head for ears before stuffing.
Stuff rest of teddy and finish stitching crotch area.
Run a thread around the neck area and draw in slightly to
create better shape.


Cast on 75 stitches in bright coloured yarn and using garter stitch work 4 rows and cast
off. Tie round neck and stitch securely to back of neck.

Do not stitch down at front.

Well done and thank you! You have helped a child in Scotland.

Linda Jardine, Children 1st Director of Children and Families Services, said: "These teddies will be used to provide support to children in a difficult situation where the police are involved. It’s also hoped the teddy bears will play a part in aiding the recovery of any child who is involved in a distressing situation.

"As well as providing comfort to children, parents will receive information about how they can access support through our local services and through ParentLine, our national digital family support service."