Monday, June 5, 2017

Mom to "Bee" Amigurumi Pattern







My co-worker is going to have her first grandson! Her daughter-in-law is having a bee themed baby shower, and she wanted to have a little bee family to really tie the mom to "bee" theme together. I think the theme is so adorable and these amigurumi bees will add such a nice touch to the baby shower.

I'm so glad my co-worker asked me to make these. I was in a crochet lull for what seemed like forever, and this was the perfect thing to reignite the creative spark in me. I hope you all enjoy this pattern! It works up so quickly and it'd be perfect for, not only baby showers, but for nurseries or for toddler/baby birthdays!

The baby bee measures about 3.5" long and 3" tall. The mom bee measures 4" long and about 3.5" tall. The dad bee measures 4" long and 4" tall. Once you get the baby bee down, the mom and dad will be simple to make as the patterns are very similar with just an addition of a round/row for the body and wings.

You may sell the finished product from this pattern, but please reference and link this post. Please don't claim this pattern as your own or sell the pattern. I'd love to see pictures of your finished product! You can put them up on Ravelry or post it on my Facebook Page. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram!

Materials:
<1 skein of Vanna's Choice in White
<1 skein of Red Heart Soft in Light Grey/Heather
<1 skein of Loops & Threads Impeccable in Butterscotch
Size H hook (5.0mm)
6 pairs of 10mm safety eyes (2 for each bee)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle
Black embroidery floss
Poly fill for stuffing

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
mc = magic circle
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over

Special Stitch:
2sctog = 2 single crochet together
Insert hook in front loop of the next stitch, and then immediately in the front loop of the next stitch. Yo, pull through two loops. Yo, pull through two loops.

*Tip: It helps to turn the hook up when inserting in the front loops and go from underneath the loop. 




Notes:
The body of the bee is worked in rounds, so use a stitch marker to keep track of each round.
Change yarn colors as indicated in each step. I changed colors by pulling through with the new color in the last st of the round. I kept the colors attached and picked up the color I needed when I got to that round. This makes it very easy since you don't have to cut and attach a new color, and the stripe jogs will be hidden inside the body. It's a win-win!

At the last st of the round, pull through when making the sc, but do not complete it.

With the new color, yo and pull through both loops to complete the sc.

Now you can drop the old color and start working the next round with the new color.


Baby Bee:


Round 1:
In mc, make 6 sc with yellow yarn.

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

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

Round 4:
*1 sc in next 2 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 5:
*1 sc in next 3 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (30 sc)

Rounds 6-8:
1 sc in each st around (30 sc)

Rounds 9-10:
In gray, 1 sc in each st around (30 sc)

Rounds 11-12:
In yellow, 1 sc in each st around (30 sc)

Rounds 13-14:
In gray, 1 sc in each st around (30 sc)

Insert safety eyes between rounds 4 and 5. I counted out from the center so that I knew the eyes would be evenly spaced.

*Tip: Insert the eyes so that the top of the head is opposite of the beginning of each round. That way slight unevenness of the stripes will be at the bottom of the bee.

Round 15:
In yellow, *1 sc in next 3 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 16:
*1 sc in next 2 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (18 sc)

Round 17:
*1 sc in next st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (12 sc)

Stuff body with poly fill now. Be careful not to over stuff the body.

Round 18:
2sctog in each st around (6 sc)

Use the tapestry needle to close up the hole. This completes the body and also leaves a little stinger at the end!



Wings:

Row 1:
In white, ch 12. Turn and dc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (11 dc)

Row 2:
Dc in each dc across (11 dc)

Fasten off and weave in ends with tapestry needle. Cut a long piece of white yarn (~12 inches ). Fold the wings in half over the piece of yarn and tie a knot to cinch the middle. Tie the knot so that one end of the string is longer than the other. The longer end will be used to sew the wings to the body.



Sew the wings to the top of the body with the tapestry needle. Use the black embroidery floss to create the mouth on the bee. Here is a great video tutorial on how to embroider on amigurumi.  



Mom Bee:


Round 1:
In mc, make 6 sc with yellow yarn.

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

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

Round 4:
*1 sc in next 2 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 5:
*1 sc in next 3 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (30 sc)

Round 6:
*1 sc in next 4 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (36 sc)

Rounds 7-9:
1 sc in each st around (36 sc)

Rounds 10-11:
In gray, 1 sc in each st around (36 sc)

Rounds 12-13:
In yellow, 1 sc in each st around (36 sc)

Rounds 14-15:
In gray, 1 sc in each st around (36 sc)

Insert safety eyes between rounds 5 and 6. I counted out from the center so that I knew the eyes would be evenly spaced.

*Tip: Insert the eyes so that the top of the head is opposite of the beginning of each round. That way slight unevenness of the stripes will be at the bottom of the bee.

Round 16:
In yellow, *1 sc in next 4 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (30 sc)

Round 17:
*1 sc in next 3 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 18:
*1 sc in next 2 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (18 sc)

Round 19:
*1 sc in next st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (12 sc)

Stuff body with poly fill now. Be careful not to over stuff the body.

Round 20:
2sctog in each st around (6 sc)

Use the tapestry needle to close up the hole. This completes the body and also leaves a little stinger at the end!

Wings:

Row 1:
In white, ch 14. Turn and dc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (13 dc)

Row 2:
Dc in each dc across (13 dc)

Fasten off and weave in ends with tapestry needle. Cut a long piece of white yarn (~12 inches ). Fold the wings in half over the piece of yarn and tie a knot to cinch the middle. Tie the knot so that one end of the string is longer than the other. The longer end will be used to sew the wings to the body.

Sew the wings to the top of the body with the tapestry needle. Use the black embroidery floss to create the mouth on the bee.


Dad Bee:


Round 1:
In mc, make 6 sc with yellow yarn.

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

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

Round 4:
*1 sc in next 2 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 5:
*1 sc in next 3 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (30 sc)

Round 6:
*1 sc in next 4 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (36 sc)

Round 7:
*1 sc in next 5 st. 2 sc in next st* repeat from * around (42 sc)

Rounds 8-10:
1 sc in each st around (42 sc)

Rounds 11-12:
In gray, 1 sc in each st around (42 sc)

Rounds 13-14:
In yellow, 1 sc in each st around (42 sc)

Rounds 15-16:
In gray, 1 sc in each st around (42 sc)

Insert safety eyes between rounds 5 and 6. I counted out from the center so that I knew the eyes would be evenly spaced.

*Tip: Insert the eyes so that the top of the head is opposite of the beginning of each round. That way slight unevenness of the stripes will be at the bottom of the bee.

Round 17:
In yellow, *1 sc in next 5 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (36 sc)

Round 18:
*1 sc in next 4 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (30 sc)

Round 19:
*1 sc in next 3 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 20:
*1 sc in next 2 st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (18 sc)

Round 21:
*1 sc in next st. 2sctog in the next 2 st* repeat from * around (12 sc)

Stuff body with poly fill now. Be careful not to over stuff the body.

Round 22:
2sctog in each st around (6 sc)

Use the tapestry needle to close up the hole. This completes the body and also leaves a little stinger at the end!

Wings:

Row 1:
In white, ch 16. Turn and dc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn. (15 dc)

Row 2:
Dc in each dc across (15 dc)

Fasten off and weave in ends with tapestry needle. Cut a long piece of white yarn (~12 inches ). Fold the wings in half over the piece of yarn and tie a knot to cinch the middle. Tie the knot so that one end of the string is longer than the other. The longer end will be used to sew the wings to the body.

Sew the wings to the top of the body with the tapestry needle. Use the black embroidery floss to create the mouth on the bee.

2 comments:

  1. what haappened to printer friendly????

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    1. Here is the link to a printer friendly version of the pattern.

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xIHPVQ4TPhpkNYmsaVcocQqiVmDws8dUUqMSwAR_M3A/edit?usp=sharing

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