The Bee-utiful Bees
~ free crochet pattern ~

Say hello to Spring with these Bee-utiful Bees! A fast and easy project.

The Bee-utiful Bees Crochet Pattern by Doriyumi.com

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PATTERN

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SUPPLIES

  • Crochet hook G/4.00 mm 
  • Yarn needle (I recommend Clover Chibi Bent Tip Needle Set)
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • 6mm safety eyes
  • Worsted weight yarn, I used the following colors:
    • Red Heart Super Saver, Bright Yellow, White & Black

 NOTES

  • Please read through the entire pattern before you start.
  • Finished size: approximately 1.8” wide (not counting wings) x 5.1” length
  • Please embroider the eyes and nose if giving bee to young children or pets, as safety eyes can pose as a choking hazard. You may also cut out small circles from felt and stick on the bee with hot glue.
  • Color change:
    • When working color changes, do not cut the yarn. Simply drop the first color you are not using, switch to the second color and pick up first color again when you need it during the subsequent rows/rounds.

ABBREVIATIONS

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet decrease / sc two together
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
rep = repeat
* – * = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

Antennae (make 2)

With black yarn, ch 8.

Row 1: Work 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Sl st (tightly) in next 5 sts (back to the beginning ch).

Leave a tail for sewing and fasten off. Sew antennae to head when ready.

Wings

Fore wing (large upper wing, make 2)

With white yarn, ch 10.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 hdc, 1 dc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc, 3 sc in last st. Continue on the other side of the chain, 1 hdc, 1 dc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc, 1 sc.

Sl st in first st (beginning sc) and fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing.

Hind wing (small lower wing, make 2)

With white yarn, ch 8.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 hdc, 1 dc in next 3 sts, 1 hdc, 3 sc in last st. Continue on the other side of the chain, 1 hdc, 1 dc in next 3 sts, 1 hdc, 1 sc.

Sl st in first st (beginning sc) and fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing.

Head & Body

Worked from head to tail.

With yellow yarn, work magic ring, ch 1 to secure ring.

Round 1: Work 6 sc in magic ring. (6)

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (18)

Round 4: *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (24)

Round 5-6: 1 sc in each st around. (24)

Round 7: *1 sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (20)

Round 8: *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (16)

Round 9: *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (12)

Position the color change towards bottom of bee (after round 12, the last stitch will be at the bottom of the bee, use that as a guide for eye placement). Place safety eyes between rounds 2 & 3.

Stuff head with fiberfill and continue stuffing as you go.

Round 10: *1 sc in next st, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (8)

[ Start of Body ]

Change to black yarn.

Round 11: *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (10)

Round 12: *1 sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (12)

Change to yellow yarn.

Round 13: *1 sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (14)

Round 14: *1 sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (16)

Change to black yarn.

Round 15: *1 sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (18)

Round 16: 1 sc in each st around. (18)

Change to yellow yarn.

Round 17: 1 sc in each st around. (18)

Round 18: *1 sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st*, rep from * – * around. (20)

Change to black yarn.

Round 19: 1 sc in each st around. (20)

Round 20: *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (16)

Change to yellow yarn.

Stuff bee with fiberfill and continue stuffing till the end.

Round 21: *1 sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (14)

Round 22: *1 sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (12)

Change to black yarn. You may fasten off yellow yarn now.

Round 23: *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (9)

Round 24: *1 sc in next st, sc2tog*, rep from * – * around. (6)

Round 25: *1 sc in next st, sc2tog*, rep from * – * once. (4)

Sl st in next st and fasten off. Weave in ends, hide tail inside bee!

Finishing

With yarn needle, sew antennae on top of bee’s head.

Next, sew on the wings. First secure the hind wings on bee, then secure the forewings on top of each hind wing, angle it a little so that it overlaps, but not on top of each other (see photo for reference).

Optional: add blushing cheeks with pink fabric marker or fabric paint.

Enjoy the bee-utiful day with the bee-utiful bees! ♥

Support DORIYUMI CROCHET by purchasing this pattern in PDF format for only $1!

The PDF version is ad-free, nicely formatted with progress & finished photos and clear instructions. It also includes a stitchionary for your convenience (US vs UK terms).
Thank you in advance for your support 🙂

The Bee-utiful Bees Crochet Pattern by Doriyumi.com

Please share your finished creation(s) with me! Use the hashtag #doriyumi and tag me @doriyumi on social media. I really love to see your creations from my patterns 🙂

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