210m / 230 yards worsted weight yarn or 150m / 165 yards double knitting weight yarn.

I used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in shade 02 for the smaller version and Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Bone for the larger version.

Needles and notions

Set of 5 3mm double pointed needles for smaller bear knit with DK weight yarn or 4mm needles for larger bear knit with worsted weight yarn.

Small amount of darker yarn for embroidering eyes and nose, for a toy that won’t be played with by babies or young children you could use toy safety eyes.

Tapestry needle.

Polyester or wool toy stuffing.


26 sts and 36 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch for smaller version.

20 sts and 24 rounds = 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch for larger version.

Because size is not crucial to this project the gauge does not need to be matched exactly and the overall size can be changed by changing the yarn weight and needle size. The most important thing is to work Otto at a relatively tight gauge to create a firm fabric without holes that the stuffing can poke through. If you are using a different yarn weight you should use needles to achieve a tighter than recommended gauge.


The small Otto is approximately 30cm / 12” tall and the larger Otto is approximately 53cm / 21” tall.

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Helpful links

Technique Thursday - Picking up stitches from the middle of the fabric 
Technique Thursday - Wrapless short rows