I ended up splurging and paying the money for the pattern. I got started right away and am about half way through the bear. I know quite a few people asked me to keep them updated and review the pattern before they bought it, so I have been. I include pictures and thoughts of each round of each body, so it's too much to include here, but I have it all written down for anyone interested in my craft blog here:
I'm really unsure. I'm not using the same hooks and yarn as recommended in the pattern, so my bear is bigger than the original. If I had to guess, I'd say it would be, once it has legs, about 2 1/2 feet, maybe a bit bigger.
Super cute. How big do you think it will be finished?