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Crochet Adorable Bee

Create your very own cute bumblebee using the art of crocheting. Craft a delightful bee with red and pink yarn, adding in tiny details like wings and stripes to bring your creation to life. Crocheting a bee allows you to customize its size, shape, and features, making it a unique and personalized piece of art. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crocheter, this project is sure to bring joy and satisfaction as you see your bee come together stitch by stitch. Consider adding a cute smile or googly eyes to give your bee some personality. Crocheting an adorable bee is a fun and rewarding project that allows you to showcase your creativity and attention to detail. Display your finished bee on a shelf, give it as a gift, or use it as a cute decoration - the possibilities are endless!

The Details

  • The body, head, arms, and legs are worked in continuous rounds from the bottom up.
  • The wings are made up of two panels, which are worked around a starting chain, and then crocheted together and slightly stuffed.
  • The antennae are made up of a wrapped chenille stem and a heart. The heart is worked in the round and glued or stitched to the stem. As noted, there are instructions for alternative antennae, which are worked in continuous rounds.
  • The finished measurements are approximately 20cm/8″ tall.

Materials:

  • 2.75mm hook 
  • Hobbii Rainbow 8/6 Cotton in the following colours (1 skein of each):

    • Color 69 (dark pink)

    • Color 46 (light pink)
  • Hobbii Friends 8/6 Cotton in Color 41 (red)
  • 9mm safety eyes;
  • Black crochet thread or fine weight yarn for mouth;
  • 1 chenille stem (optional);
  • Hot glue/Super glue/fabric glue (optional);
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

MR – Magic Ring

Sk – Skip a stitch

Sc – Single Crochet

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase.

Dec – Decrease. When working a decrease in the round, always use the invisible decrease method.

BLO – Back loop only

FLO – Front loop only

Hdc – Half double crochet

Dc – Double crochet

Pattern

Body (make 1):

Rnd 1: In light pink, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Inc in each st around (12 sts)

Rnd 3: *Sc 1, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Rnd 4: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 5: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Rnd 6: Sc in each st around (30 sts)

Switch to dark pink.

Rnd 7: In dark pink, working in BLO, slst in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 8: In BLO, sc in each st around (30 sts)

Switch to light pink.

Rnd 9: In light pink, working in BLO, slst in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 10: In BLO, sc in each st around (30 sts)

Rnd 11: Sc in each st around (30 sts)

Switch to dark pink.

Rnd 12: In dark pink, working in BLO, slst in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 13: In BLO, sc in each st around (30 sts)

Switch to light pink.

Rnd 14: In light pink, working in BLO, slst in each st around (30 sts).

Rnd 15: In BLO, sc in each st around (30 sts)

Rnd 16: *Sc 3, dec, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 17: *Sc 2, dec, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Rnd 18: *In BLO, sc 1, dec, repeat from * five more times (12 sts)

Stuff firmly.

Rnd 19: Dec around (6 sts).

Tie off, leaving a long tail for closing. Using a tapestry needle, weave yarn tail through each stitch and then down through the centre and out a stitch in the side. Pull to close. Weave end. Set aside.

Head (make 1):

Insert hook into the unworked loops of round 17 of the body at the back. Join light pink yarn.

Rnd 1: In light pink, sc in each st around (18 sts)

Rnd 2: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 3: *Sc 3, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Rnd 4: *Sc 4, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (36 sts)

Rnd 5: *Sc 5, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (42 sts)

Rnd 6: *Sc 6, inc in next st, repeat from * five more times (48 sts)

Rnds 7-12: Sc in each st around (48 sts)

Rnd 13: *Sc 6, dec, repeat from * five more times (42 sts)

Rnd 14: *Sc 5, dec, repeat from * five more times (36 sts)

Rnd 15: *Sc 4, dec, repeat from * five more times (30 sts)

Insert 9mm safety eyes between rows 7-8 of the head with approximately 9 or 10 sts between them.

Rnd 16: *Sc 3, dec, repeat from * five more times (24 sts)

Rnd 17: *Sc 2, dec, repeat from * five more times (18 sts)

Rnd 18: *Sc 1, dec, repeat from * five more times (12 sts)

Stuff firmly.

Rnd 19: Dec around (6 sts)

Tie off, leaving a long tail for closing. Using a tapestry needle, weave yarn tail through each stitch and then down through the centre and out a stitch in the side. Pull to close. Weave end. Set aside.

Heart (make 2):

Rnd 1: In dark pink, work the following into a MR: ch 2, dc 3, hdc 3, ch 1, dc, ch 1, hdc 3, dc 3, slst, ch 1.

Tie off. Pull closed. Weave ends. Set aside.

Antennae (make 2):

Cut a length of chenille stem approximately 5cm/2″ long. Wrap three quarters of it in dark pink yarn, leaving a small section at the bottom unwrapped. Glue the yarn ends down. Glue a heart to the top of the stem. Set aside.

Alternative Antennae (make 2):

If you don’t want to bother with the chenille stem and glue, you can crochet the antennae as follows:

Rnd 1: In dark pink yarn, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnds 2-7: Sc in each st (6 sts).

Tie off. Stuff lightly. You can opt to use these with or without the heart. Set aside.

Wings (make 2 panels):

Rnd 1: Ch 17, starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 7, sk 2, sc 6, in last ch work 3 sc, continuing on opposite side of ch, sc 6, in the ch 2-sp work (sc, ch 2, sc), sc 6, in last ch work 2 sc.

Rnd 2: Work 3 sc into the first st, sc 5, sk 2, sc 5, work 3 sc into the next st, sc 9, in the ch 2-sp work (sc, ch 2, sc), sc 9.

Join to beginning st with an invisible join. Weave ends.

Place both panels together with wrong sides facing. Insert your hook through both panels and begin single crocheting around the outside of the panels to join them. In the bottom point of the heart work (sc, ch 1, sc). Stuff lightly. Join to beginning st with an invisible join and weave ends. Set aside.

Legs (make 2):

Rnd 1: In red, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: *Sc 1, inc in next st, repeat from * two more times (9 sts)

Rnd 3: *Sc 2, inc in next st, repeat from * two more times (12 sts)

Rnds 4-7: Sc in each st around (12 sts)

Rnd 8: *Sc 2, dec, repeat from * two more times (9 sts)

Stuff lightly.

Rnd 9: *Sc 1, dec, repeat from * two more times (6 sts)

Switch to light pink. Stuff lightly as you go.

Rnds 10-17: In light pink, sc in each st around (6 sts).

Tie off, leaving a long tail for stitching. Set aside.

Arms (make 2):

Rnd 1: In red, work 6 sc into a MR (6 sts)

Rnd 2: *Sc 1, inc in next st, repeat from * two more times (9 sts)

Rnds 3-5: Sc in each st (9 sts)

Stuff lightly.

Rnd 6: *Sc 1, dec, repeat from * two more times (6 sts)

Switch to light pink. Stuff lightly as you go.

Rnds 7-11: In light pink, sc in each st around (6 sts).

Tie off, leaving a long tail for stitching. Set aside.

Assembly:

Using black crochet thread or yarn, stitch a mouth on at round 5 of the head between the eyes.

Using red yarn, stitch the wings onto the back of your bee.

Insert the exposed chenille stem of the antennae into the head at rounds 15-16 with approximately 6 or 7 stitches between them (in line with each eye is a good rule of thumb). Secure in place with a dab of glue at the back. If you opted for the alternative antennae, stitch them onto the head.

Stitch the legs onto the sides of the body at rounds 4-5.

Stitch the arms onto the sides of the body at rounds 15-16 (above the top stripe).

Weave ends.

You’re done!

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