Free Crochet Bee Pattern

 

Free crochet bee pattern, Free Amigurumi bee pattern (8)

You may know this already but I absolutely love spring! Our garden is buzzing with lots of honey bee visitors at the moment, which inspired me to design this adorable Amigurumi bee for you. I have very much enjoyed working on this free crochet bee pattern because it reminds me of my childhood when I used to chill out in my parents’ garden listening to all the bees busy at work. And as a bonus, I am going to show you a very easy way of working with eye lash yarn, which can be quite difficult to work with at times.

 

Free Crochet Bee Pattern – Notes

Skill level: basic crochet skills and knowledge

Finished size – length: 16.5cm / 6.5 inches

Finished size – height: 10cm / 4 inches

Free Crochet Bee Pattern – Materials and Equipment

Yarn I used:

– Fine Sport #2 = 4 ply

– 55% cotton and 45% acrylic

– 1x ball of yellow yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 35 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of black yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 53 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of cream yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 03 – (50g/160m)

 

For the hairy neck:

– Light Worsted #3 = DK

– 100% polyester

– 1x ball of black yarn – Stylecraft Eskimo eyelash yarn – colour 5172 – (50g/90m)

 

I like to purchase my YarnArt Jeans from Amazon HERE or from Etsy HERE. If you would like to check some great substitutes for YarnArt Jeans then have a read of my Best Yarn for Making Amigurumi tutorial. You can find the substitutes towards the end of the article.

Or just simply use any 100% cotton that will work just as well. You can also use 100% acrylic if you prefer to work with this type of yarn.

Other materials used: polyester fibre fill, a long piece of black thread yarn for eye lash embroidery

Crochet hook: I used 2.5mm = B/1, if using different weight of yarn then refer to hook size recommendations on the yarn but go one size smaller. I highly recommend this ergonomic crochet hook set from Amazon as it comes in a stylish case and with other accessories such as stitch markers etc.

Other equipment used: scissors, yarn needle, pins with large heads, stitch marker or thin yarn to use instead, 12mm safety eyes

Choking hazard warning: the use of safety eyes or buttons poses a choking risk for children under the age of 3 therefore I recommend using embroidery instead.

Free Crochet Bee Pattern – Abbreviations Used

This pattern is written using US crochet terminology

MR: magic ring

ST: stitch

SC: single crochet stitch

HDC: half double crochet stitch

DC: double crochet stitch

CH: chain stitch

SL: slip stitch

INC: increase = two single crochet stitches in the same stitch

L INC: large increase = three single crochet stitches in the same stitch

INV DEC: invisible decrease = insert the hook into the front loop of the first stitch (two loops on hook) and immediately insert it again into the front loop of the next stitch (three loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook (two loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the two loops on the hook to finish your invisible decrease

BLO: back loops only

FO: fasten off

(…..) x 6: repeat the pattern inside the brackets by the given number (in this example, repeat the pattern in the brackets 6 times)

{…}: number shown inside these brackets equals the number of total stitches at the end of each round

Free Crochet Bee Pattern – Let’s Get Started!

You may find these Amigurumi tutorials handy before you get started with this free crochet bee pattern.

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How to Crochet the Head and Body

Crochet from the front of the head to the back of the body.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next ST {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: SC in next 2 ST, INC, (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: SC in next 3 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {48} – leave your stitch marker in at the start of R8 as you will need to refer to it when placing eyes

R9: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 6 {54}

R10-R17 (8 rounds): SC in each ST around {54}

R18: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R19: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {42}

R20: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

You can now place the eyes:

– stuff the head well first

– place eyes between rounds R8 and R9

– first eye – count 17 stitches from your marker at the start of R8 and place the eye between ST17 and ST18

– second eye – count 30 stitches from your marker at the start of R8 and place the eye between ST30 and ST31

– it helps to use pins with large heads to first mark the spots where the eyes will be placed – you can make a decision whether you are happy with the placement and if it looks symmetrical before you insert the safety eyes; the safety eyes usually make a large hole in between the stitches so it is not recommended to change the placement of the eyes once they are in (Pic H1)

– you can now insert the safety eyes and put the safety backs on (Pic H2)

 

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R21-R24 (4 rounds): SC in each ST around in BLO {36}

R25: SC in next ST, INC, (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 11, SC in next ST {48}

R26: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 12 {60}

R27-R28 (2 rounds):  SC in each ST around {60}

 

You can now crochet the hairy neck line using your eyelash yarn:

  • Attach the yarn to the first ST in R21 of the head and SC into each front loop of R21-R24 (Pic H3)
  • FO and weave yarn ends in

R29: SC in each ST around – change yarn to black colour after ST3 in R29 {60}

R30: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 6 {66}

R31: SC in each ST around {66}

R32-R34 (3 rounds):  SC in each ST around – change yarn to yellow colour after ST3 in R32 {66}

R35: SC in each ST around – change yarn to black colour after ST3 in R35 {66}

R36: SC in next 10 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 20 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 10 ST {63}

R37: SC in each ST around {63}

R38: SC in each ST around – change yarn to yellow colour after ST3 in R38 {63}

R39: (SC in next 19 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {60}

R40: SC in each ST around {60}

R41: SC in each ST around – change yarn to black colour after ST4 in R41 {60}

R42: SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 4 ST {54}

R43: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R44-R45 (2 rounds):  SC in each ST around – change yarn to yellow colour after ST4 in R44 {48}

R46: SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 3 ST {42}

R47: SC in each ST around – change yarn to black colour after ST4 in R47 {42}

R48: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R49: SC in each ST around {36}

R50: SC in each ST around – change yarn to yellow colour after ST4 in R50 {36}

R51: SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next 2 ST {30}

R52: SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 2, SC in next 4 ST {27}

R53: SC in each ST around – change yarn to black colour after ST3 in R53 {27}

R54: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {24}

R55: SC in next ST, INV DEC, (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 5, SC in next ST {18}

R56: SC in each ST around – change yarn to yellow colour after ST3 in R56 {18}

R57: (SC in next ST, INV DEC) x 6 {12}

R58: SC in each ST around {12}

Stuff well, close the hole with a needle and weave the yarn end in.

 

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How to Crochet the Wings

Crochet from the end of the wing towards the root.

R1: Chain 5 ST {5}

R2: SC in 4 ST starting from 2nd CH from the hook; go through back bump of each CH as well, now work on the opposite side of the chain, INC in next ST, SC in next 2 ST, INC in last ST {10}

R3: INC in first ST, SC in next 2 ST, INC in next 3 ST, SC in next 2 ST, INC in last 2 ST {16}

R4: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 2 {18}

R5: (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 2 {20}

R6: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 2 {22}

R7: (SC in next 10 ST, INC) x 2 {24}

R8-R12 (5 rounds): SC in each ST around {24}

R13: (SC in next 10 ST, INV DEC) x 2 {22}

R14: SC in each ST around {22}

R15: (SC in next 9 ST, INV DEC) x 2 {20}

R16: SC in each ST around {20}

R17: (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 2 {18}

R18: SC in each ST around {18}

R19: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 2 {16}

R20: SC in each ST around {16}

R21: (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 2 {14}

R22: SC in each ST around {14}

R23: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 2 {12}

R24: SC in each ST around {12}

R25: SC in next 4 ST and then SC the opening together to close the wing, do not stuff

FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing.

 

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How to Crochet the Antennae

R1: MR – 8 x SC into the ring {8}

R2: SL ST into 1st ST of R1, chain 8 STs, SC in 7 ST starting from 2nd CH from the hook (go through back bump of each CH as well), SL ST into the ST at the base of the chain

FO and weave the yarn ends in; leaving one yarn end for sewing.

Free Crochet Bee Pattern – Assembly:

Body and wings: Pin the wings to the body first making sure that they look symmetrical from the top and then sew them to the body. I attached them between R24 and R25 with 3 STs in between them.

Head and antennae: Pin the antennae to the head first making sure they look symmetrical from the front and then sew them to the head. I placed the antennae between R13 and R14 with 5 STs in between them.

Eye lash embroidery: You can embroider the eye lashes using a long piece of black thread yarn.

 

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Free Crochet Bee Pattern – Your Finished Crochet Toy:

You have now finished your crochet toy. I hope you found my free crochet bee pattern easy to follow and enjoyed making the bee!

I would very much welcome your feedback so please do leave a comment in the comment box at the bottom of this page. And don’t forget that I love to see your finished toys so please share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #cuddlystitchescraft

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More Free Amigurumi patterns for you to enjoy:

Free Crochet Jellyfish Pattern
Free Crochet Owl Pattern
Free Crochet Turtle Pattern

 

 

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