Bee-lieve it or not Polli & Nate the crochet bee pattern is now here! If I am being honest, it was hard keeping track of these little guys in my house. These pictures almost didn't happen because they were in my kids hands every day! They are 5 and 3 and love to play make believe! They have been enjoying them and makes me so happy to share the pattern so your little can also enjoy them too! They make great gifts and I had someone mentioned they can be made into baby rattles and that was just a great idea! They make quick projects perfect for markets as well!
Thank you to insta friend @mishmoshcrochet for the name because she found this perfect name for this duo!
Bee measures 6 inches tall. wings are 3.5 inches long.
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Check out my 5 ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES WHEN CROCHETING AMIGURUMI
- G 6/ 4.00mm crochet hook
- Medium Worsted weight (#4) yarn
I used :
Hobby Lobby yarn - 3 colors - White for the wings, Black for the stripes, mouth and antennas, and yellow for the main color.
- 2 - 10mm Safety Eyes
- Yarn needle
- Stitch markers (highly recommend this extra piece of yarn works great) X2
- Poly-fil - I use the ones for doll making
- (Optional) Pins to help with ears and arms placements.
- (Optional) Blush or paint for the cheeks. Add a little at a time.
CH - chain
ST - stitch (stitch space)
Sl St - slip stitch
SC - single crochet
FLO - front loop only
SC INC - single crochet increase (2 sc in the same st)
INV DEC - invisible SC decrease ( decrease using FLO)
F.O: fasten off
MC - magic circle / magic ring
Read Before beginning:
- STITCH MARKER - You will be working in rounds so keep a stitch marker close to use when working up the doll. Unless otherwise stated to CH and turn. They will mark the 1st st of each round.
- TENSION - Make sure you use a tight enough tension to help close any "holes" a loose tension may cause. I crochet yarning under then Over to create a tighter stitch. Go down a hook size if needed. ( my tension is naturally tight) **sizes may vary depending on tension.
- ASSEMBLY - The amigurumi is worked up by first making the body and head together with decreases and increases. Safety eyes and mouth are added before head is finished, wings are attached after body and head are done. Antennas at the very ends.
- STUFFING - When using poly-fil make sure to use it to shape your amigurumi. For this one, you want the body and head a bit dense so it keeps its shape and looks fuller. Focusing on the legs up to the middle of the body.
- BLUSH (OPTIONAL)- This is optional but you could also use blush to add some sweetness to the cheeks. I use cosmetic grade blush using a dense small brush and a little at a time. I have heard paint, fabric crayons, and wax doll crayons work as well.
- PATTERN- (EX. *SC in 8, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (36) ) You will end that round with the second step of what that round instructs. This will vary.
PATTERN- Body and head of the bumble bee.
START HERE - (Stuff with poly-fil as you go)
Note - Using yellow and black yarn for this portion of the pattern and stitch markers.
Starting with yellow yarn
6 SC in MC
Round 1 - SC INC. in each st (12)
Round 2 - *SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (18)
Round 3 - *SC in 2 sts, SC INC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (24)
Round 4 - *SC in 3 sts, SC INC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (30)
Rounds 5 - 8 - SC in every st to the end. (30) (4 rounds total)
Change to BLACK YARN - How to change yarn colors blog post
Rounds 9 - 11 - SC in every st to the end. (30) (3 rounds total)
Change to YELLOW YARN
Rounds 12 - 14 - SC in every st to the end. (30) (3 rounds total)
Change to BLACK YARN
Round 15 - SC in every st to the end. (30)
Round 16 - *SC in 3 sts, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (24)
Round 17 - SC in every st to the end. (24)
Change to YELLOW YARN
Round 18 - *SC in 2 sts, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (18)
Round 19 - SC in every st to the end. (18)
Round 20 - *SC in 1 st, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (12)
Round 21 - SC in every st to the end. (12)
Note - Starting to shape the head.
Round 22 - SC INC. in each st (24)
Round 23 - *SC in 1 st, SC INC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (36)
Rounds 24 - 31 - SC in every st to the end. (36) (8 rounds total)
- Grab your safety eyes. Place them in between rows 28 &29, 5 stitches apart. Make sure the part of the body where you change colors is in the back.
- Go ahead and embroider a smile if you wish at this time as well.
Round 32 - *SC in 4 sts, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (30)
Round 33 - *SC in 3 sts, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (24)
Round 34 - *SC in 2 sts, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (18)
Round 35 - *SC in 1 st, INV DEC in the next. Repeat from * to the end. (12)
Step 36 - Sl st to the next st and fasten off. Leave a long tail to insert through your yarn needle and use to weave in the front loop only of all the remaining 12 stitches. Pull tight to close the gap and secure with a knot. Weave in your ends.
START HERE - Make 2
Note - You will work in rows. You will chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 1 - SC in 4 sts. (4) Ch. 1, turn.
Row 2 - SC INC, SC in 2 sts, SC INC in the last st. (6) Ch.1, turn.
Rows 3 - 11 - SC across. (6) Ch.1, turn (9 rows total)
Row 12 - SC DEC, SC in 2 sts, SC DEC. (4)
Row 13 - SC DEC 2 times. Ch.1, turn.
SC across the 2 sts and in every chain 1 spaces and stitches, sl st to the first SC made and fasten off. Leave a long tail long enough to sew to the bee in the back. as shown in the pictures below. Weave in any other loose ends.
You can use pins or extra yarn needles to help you place the wings in the right spot. Make sure they do not over lap each other, Sew across the top of the wing only so it it mobile.
PATTERN- Antennas - How to add antenna YouTube Video HERE
START HERE - Make 2
Using the black yarn
Cut 4 strands measuring 6 inches long.
use your crochet hook to attach to the top of the head as shown below.
When you have half the strands pulled in, insert your fingers through the loop, grab the ends and pull them through to make a knot.
Braid until it's just over an inch long. Secure with a slip knot with one of the strands. and cut the excess yarn ends.