I love him. This bee, that is! Isn’t he cute? I had so much fun crocheting him. I’ve added some fun touches to make this guy just right and I think you’ll enjoy this crochet bee pattern as much as I do!What is it about bees? A real bee? Yeah. No, thank you. I stay out of their way. But an adorable drawing of a bee, a bee in a logo or on a sign, or a stuffed toy? Yeah. I love that! There’s something about that high contrast of yellow and black that oozes cuteness.
And this little guy.. this crochet bee? Yep. He stole a little piece of my heart, I think. He’s a little guy. He’ll fit right into your hand. And I can almost imagine a little one zooming him off to great adventures!
He is very quick and easy to make. You’ll have one done in an evening. I made my guy out of Hobby Lobby’s ‘I Love This Cotton’ yarn. This crochet bee would also work up nice in an acrylic or wool worsted weight yarn.
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Crochet Bee Pattern
Here is what you will need:
- US G6/4mm crochet hook. (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- 1/4 oz each of Yellow, Black and Ivory color yarn, I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in Black, Curry and Ivory
- 6mm safety eyes
- tapestry needle and scissors.
- Sewing needle and matching thread for the button
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
**Be sure to read how to crochet a jogless join for perfect stripes!**
Size: 2-1/2” long (end to end) by 2” tall (from bottom of belly to tip of wing)
With yellow yarn, make a magic ring
R1: 6 sc into ring (6 sts).
R2: 2 sc in ea st around (12 st)
R3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat from * around (18 st)
R4-5: sc around (18 st) Change to black in very last stitch.
R6-7: With black, sc around. Change to yellow in last stitch
R8-11: With yellow, sc around (18 st) Change to black in last stitch
R12: With black, sc around. (18 st)
Take time out to insert safety eyes. The safety eyes go between rounds 2 & 3 and there are about 7 stitches in between. Refer to photo for placement. Stuff bee and continue stuffing as you finish up the body.
R13: *sc in next st, sc next 2 st together. Repeat from * around (12)
R14: sc next 2 st together (6).
R15: sc next 2 st together (3). Fasten off, leaving a long strand for sewing. Make sure bee is firmly stuffed, then thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Weave opening closed. Fasten off and weave in end.
With black yarn, chain 10. Fasten off, leaving a long end. Take this end and tie a knot very close to the end of the chain. Pull tight and cut yarn close to knot. Carefully take the other end (the one without the knot) and pull it through the head and stuffing. Pull out enough so that it looks like there are 2 antennae sticking out from the bee’s head. There are about 3 stitches in between the antennae and they are located right above the eyes.
When you are satisfied with the antennae placement, carefully make a knot close to the opposite end of the chain and cut yarn close.
Wings (make 2)
The wings are made by making a magic ring and working several stitches into the magic ring as follows:
With ivory color yarn, make a magic ring.
R1: Inside the ring, work the following: sc, hdc, dc, 3 tc, dc, hdc, sc. Cut yarn, leaving some length for sewing, using an invisible join, attach the end and start of the wing together. Weave in end to make join secure, then sew the wing onto the top of the body. Repeat for the 2nd wing.
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