Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Crochet Pattern: Buzzy Bee


My sons asked me to make them a bee so here is what I came up with:

Materials:
- Crochet hook E4 / 3.5 mm
- Worsted weight acrylic yarn in yellow, black and white
- Polyester fiberfill
- 6mm black safety eyes
- Yarn needle
- Sewing needle
- Black pipe cleaner

Bee:
With yellow yarn
Rnd 1: 6 sc into a double loop start and pull the loop closed (6).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12).
Rnd 3: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (15).
Rnd 4: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (18).
Rnd 5: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (21).
Rnd 6: [Sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times (24).
Switch to black yarn
Rnds 7-8: sc in each sc around (24).
Pause to attach eyes between Rnds 3 and 4.
Using a length of black yarn split down to 2 ply and a sewing needle, stitch mouth onto Rnd 1.
To make antennea, cut a black pipe cleaner in half. Cut a length of black yarn and tie and knot it around the center of a piece of black pipe cleaner a few times. This will create a little ball at the tip of the antennea. Bend the pipe cleaner in half and insert the ends into the bee's head between Rnds 5 and 6. Leave about 1"-1.5" of the antennea sticking out of the bee's head. With the pipe cleaner that is inside the bee's body, bend the two pieces at a 90 degree angle to anchor the antennea in place. For added strength, you may want to stitch the pipe cleaner "tails" to the bee's body using a length of yellow yarn. Repeat with other half of the pipe cleaner for the other antennea.
Switch to yellow yarn
Rnds 9-10: sc in each sc around (24).
Switch to black yarn
Rnd 11: sc in each sc around (24).
Rnd 12: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 6 times (18).
Switch to yellow yarn
Rnd 13: sc in each sc around (18). Stuff.
Rnd 14: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 6 times (12).
Switch to black yarn
Rnd 15: [sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] 3 times (9).
Rnd 16: [sc in next sc, sc2tog] 3 times (6).
Finish off leaving a 6" tail. Weave tail through remaining 6 sc and pull up firmly to close the hole. Weave in ends.

Wings:
With white yarn
Rnd 1: 6 sc into an adjustable ring and pull the ring closed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2dc in next 2 sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc (12).
Rnd 3: [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times, hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, dc and hdc in next st, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] 2 times (18).
Finish off leaving a tail for sewing. Sew wings to bee. Weave in ends.

9 comments:

Clotilde M said...

Very cute!

Wannabeecraft said...

cool bee...good design :)

Melissa said...

How big is this bee? Or did I totally miss it in there? I love the pattern. Too cute!

ANNA said...

Hi, Melissa! I haven't measured it but I'd say about 2" in diamter and 2.5" long.

priscillap said...

Hi there! I'm a beginner when it comes to crochet so forgive the dumb questions. I haven't yet come across a pattern that started off this way. 6 sc into a double loop start. Can you tell me how to do this in crochet for dummy speak?

Thanks!!

ANNA said...

Hi! That is not a dumb question at all. It is sometimes called a magic ring, an adjustable ring or a magic adjustable ring. If you google those terms you will find tutorials and videos that show you how to do it.

Livie said...

Are you working in a spiel or do you sl st at the end of each rnd?

ANNA said...

This pattern is worked in a spiral of continuous rounds.

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