Free Crochet Bee Pattern




Spring is here! And somehow Summer is just around the corner! This sweet little bee was inspired in part by this gal here and also by the large number of bees we've had hanging around our garden.

While I certainly keep my distance from the real ones, I have to say they are quite interesting to watch!

If you have been on the fence about amigurumi, this is a great pattern to start with. There are few pieces that require sewing and it's a great way to practice color changes, increases and decreases. You can also check out our tutorial page here to help get you started!

After stumbling on crochet stuffed animals a few years ago I haven't been able to stop! They are fun for all ages, decor, toys you name it! I also love that they are usually quick projects, I always have one (alright, more like 23) projects in mind to start as soon as I finish!

For this sweet bee the body and head will be made as one piece, this means one less part to sew on later! Easily adapt this pattern for a boy version by sewing the bow onto the neck as a bow tie!

I've used plastic safety eyes below, if you would prefer an alternative these are my favorites!


Pattern


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Materials-


Abbreviations - US terminology

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

Rep – Repeat

St(s) – Stitch(es)


This crochet bee measures approximately 9.5 inches tall. I recommend to slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.

(For this pattern the body and head will be made as one piece.)



Nose- Before beginning cut a strand of yellow yarn approximately 10 inches long. We will use this for the nose.


Body-

With black

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (48)

Rounds 9-10: SC around (48)

Change to yellow

Rounds 11-14: SC around (48)

Change to black
Round 15-17: SC around (48)

Change to yellow


Round 18: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Rounds 19-20: SC around (42)

Round 21: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Change to black

Rounds 22-23: SC around (36)

Round 24: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Change to yellow

Rounds 25-26: SC around (30)

Round 27: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 28: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

*We will now start the head*

Round 29: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 30: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 31: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 32: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 33: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 34: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (54)

Rounds 35-42: SC around (54)

Note: Here is where we will add the facial features before we start closing the head. Insert the eyes between rows 39 and 40, 7 stitches apart. Optional: Place your eyes where you would like them and then remove to embroider your eyelashes before attaching the washer to the back. (This creates a little hole to help see where you want your eyelashes to go).



Nose - With your long strand of yellow yarn, place the nose one row beneath your eyes and two stitches in on each side (this will leave 3 stitches in the middle and this is what you will pass your yarn through to create the nose). Pass through 3-4 times (or as many as you would like for a thinner or wider nose).



Smile – With crochet thread create a ‘V’ for your smile. I started mine 3 rows below the nose and create the ‘V’ to come up one row and out one stitch on each side of the nose. Picture below for reference.



Cheeks – With pink yarn create the cheeks by passing through 2 stitches on either side of your smile. I placed mine just below the eyes on the same row as the top of the smile.





Round 43: SC in the first 7 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 44: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 45: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 46: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 47: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24)

*Continue to stuff the head firmly

Round 48: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 49: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Round 50: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end.



Antennae – Make 2

With black yarn

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Rounds 4-6: SC around (18)

Round 7: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Round 8: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (10)

Rounds 9-12: SC around (10)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing and fill lightly with stuffing.


Wings – Make 2

With white yarn

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Rounds 6-8: SC around (30)

Round 9: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24)

Rounds 10-11: SC around (24)

Round 12: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

Rounds 13-14: SC around (18)

Round 15: SC in the first st, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Rounds 16-17: SC around (12)


Pinch flat and make 6 SC across the top, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Note: I did not stuff my wings.





Bow –

With color of choice and working in a magic circle, make 7 DC, slip stitch, 7 DC, and slip stitch again. Pull your string tight and wrap it around the middle of the bow 3-4 times. Tie/secure in the back and cut your string leaving a long section to sew with.







Assembly –

Optional: Use pins to hold each piece in place before sewing.

1. Sew each antenna starting about the 3rd round and ending at the 6th round. Add a small amount of stuffing just before closing.

2. Next, sew the wings onto the back of your bee. Depending on your preference you can have them straight across as pictured below or at an angle. I sewed mine along the pins in the picture below as well as about a ½ inch in on each side of the top and bottom of the wings to add a little extra strength.

3. Lastly, sew your bow onto the antenna of your choice or for a boy version attach at the neck for a bow tie.







Your bumblebee is complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern and would love to see your creation! Feel free to share in the group or tag me on social media!


Thanks so much for stopping by! If you're looking for more Spring inspiration check out our latest free crochet link party, One More Row! New patterns are added by various designers around the web so be sure to check back often!

14 comments

  1. This turned out so cute, lovely pattern and worked up super quick! Thank you :)

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    1. You're welcome, I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Your bee is too cute. Love it. Thanks so much for sharing. Pinned it!

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing. Very pretty

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  4. I love your patterns and designs!! Thank you so much for sharing them for us to enjoy too!!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the pattern.....so cute bumble bee.....:)

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  6. Thank you so much for this pattern. It was such fun to make. I just made it via the cal over at learn ami on fb.

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  7. Thanks for the adorable bee pattern Stephanie, I made one will be making more.
    MaLaudi

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  8. Thank you so much for the pattern, I made a bee and butterfly out of the pattern, so fun, I made them in a cal.

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    1. A butterfly is a great idea!! So glad you enjoyed the pattern :)

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern with 'Learn Amigurumi' on facebook it was a thorough joy to make, thank you again. Mark

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