The first idea.
About 5 years ago I had made a toy bee for my cousin’s little boy, he was turning one and I fancied making something for him and had a brilliant idea, what if I made something from scratch.
So this was my first time making anything without a pattern so I had no idea how it was going to turn out but I just went for it.
I realised it needed to be really simple and easy to work out for myself, and what could be easier than a sphere, maybe add a couple of colour changes, hey this is starting to look like a bee best add some wings then. I need to make sure I see on some eyes, last thing we need it a choking hazard.
When I finished making the be I realised he looked so cute and needed to make one for myself, maybe with some proper safely eyes for the extra cute factor.
The wings I struggled with the most, so do I do a simple round wing? Pretty easy, but it isn’t how I want it to look, maybe a slightly more realistic look to it? some sort of oval/egg shape instead. It sounds more difficult than it really is, it’s just knowing where to put the half double crochets and the double crochets.
I practised and practised making bee after bee after bee until I was happy with the pattern I had made, I had far too many bees to know what to do with them.
5 years later…
I never got around to doing anything with the pattern for years, It wasn’t until last month I remembered I had made this pattern and decided to turn it into a pattern worth sharing. tested the pattern again, made a few adjustments and made the final bee. now my little boy has 2 awesome bees, 1 in a slightly sweet colour theme (pink and grey) and proper colour bee that he just loves.
Don’t forget to share this, especially on Pinterest then you can find it again.
3mm crochet hook
1 ball main colour. 50g (yellow)
1 ball secondary colour. 50g (black)
Small amount of third colour. (white)
6mm safety eyes
Sc single crochet
sc2tog single crochet 2 together
Hdc half double crochet
Dc double crochet
Using main colour
Magic ring Sc 6
1) 2 sc in every sc (12)
2) 2 sc, sc in next sc. Repeat to end (18)
3) 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc. Repeat to end. (24)
4) 2 sc, sc in next 3 sc. Repeat to end (30)
5) 2 sc, sc in next 4 sc. Repeat to end (36)
6) 2 sc, sc in next 5 sc. Repeat to end (42)
7-8) sc in every stitch (42)
9-10) sc in every stitch (42)
11-12) sc in every stitch (42)
13-14) sc in every colour (42)
15-16) sc in every stitch (42)
Add eyes here if using safety eye.
17) Sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc. Repeat to end (36)
18) Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc. Repeat to end (30)
19) Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc. Repeat to end (24)
20) Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc. Repeat to end (18)
Add stuffing here.
21) Sc2tog, sc in next sc. Repeat to end (12)
22) Sc2tog until end (6)
See eyes at row 5 and 3
Wing oval (make 2)
Using third colour
Magic ring Sc 6
1) 2sc in every sc (12)
2) (2sc, sc in next sc) x 2, 2sc, hdc in next sc, (2sc, sc in next sc) x 3 (18)
3) (2sc, sc in next 2 sc) x 2, 2sc, hdc, dc in the next 2 sc’s, hdc and sc in the same sc as hdc, sc in next 2 sc, (2sc, sc in next 2 sc) x 2 (24)
Wing circle (make 2)
Using third colour
Work first 3 rounds of bee body and bind off
To make up
Sew on the wing to the centre of the bee.
For sew on eyes, use secondary colour to add eyes on at the 3rd row joining to 5th row 3 stitches apart.
Add smile in the center of the 3rd and 4th row in secondary colour.
Can’t wait you see your little bees.