27 July 2009

Free Crochet Pattern - Free Bee!

This cute little bee won't sting you, and will never get stuck bopping himself off a closed window!



The pattern came about after I was stuck on a delayed flight with two, non-crafting friends. I managed to get a crochet hook on board, but they were getting bored, so, they demanded a prize from me for the person who won a game of “Dots”. I proposed, off hand, to make a bee for the winner.

This is the bee.

I hope you enjoy the pattern as much as the winner enjoyed getting her little bee. : )

If you make this, or any of my other projects, please link me if you're on ravelry.com or send me a photo! I'd love to see your finished projects.

I like to provide patterns for people to try out, and I truly get a kick out of seeing people's finished projects, but I also think it's important to give people the opportunity to say thankyou for the work that has gone into creating the pattern, if they so wish.

So, I have the pattern written out below, in UK stitch names, but if you'd prefer an easy-to-print pdf of the pattern, with both UK and US stitch names catered for, then please, click below, give whatever you feel is appropriate, let me know your email address, and I'll happily email the pdf on to you.

Thanks!








Free Bee!
This pattern is written with UK stitch names

This bee can be used as an air-freshener in your car by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil, is can be used to keep mosquitos away from barbecues by infusing a few bees with lot of citronella, and hanging up around the party area, and they also look great on a child’s mobile!

The pattern came about after I was stuck on a delayed flight with two, non-crafting friends. I managed to get a crochet hook on board, but they were getting bored, so, they demanded a prize from me for the person who won a game of “Dots”. I proposed, off hand, to make a bee for the winner.

Designer:
Aoibhe Ní Shúilleabháin
mise_5@hotmail.com

Materials:
3.5 mm hook,
scraps of 4-ply wieght yarn in yellow, white and black, and enough to stuff a 5.5cm bee body,
Darning needle.
Tension:

a round of 16 dc = a circumference of 8 cm

I know this seems like a strange way to check guage, but it’s difficult to get a bee to sit still long enough to be measured!

Abreviation Key:
ch chain
sl st slip stitch
dc double crochet
dc2tog dc two together

Finished Size:
Finished circumference approx 16 cm
Finished length 5.5 cm

Bee Body:
In White Yarn:
1. 2, and dc 8 into 2nd ch from hook, ss to first of 8 dcs to close circle. (8 sts)
2. ch1, *dc, [2dc]* repeat 4 times in total, ss to close circle. (12 sts)
3. ch1, *dc 2, [2dc]* repeat 4 times in total, ss to close circle. (16 sts)

In Yellow Yarn:
4. ch1, dc 16, ss to close.
5. repeat step 4.

In Black Yarn:
6 ch1, dc 16, ss to close.
7. repeat step 6.

In Yellow Yarn:
8, ch1, dc 16, ss to close.
9. repeat step 8

In Black Yarn:
10. ch1, dc 16, ss to close.
11. repeat step 10.
12. repeat step 10.
13. repeat step 10.

In Yellow Yarn:
14. ch1, dc 16, ss to close.

Note: Stuff body full of yarn scraps or your choice of filling. I’d suggest using black, as this won’t show as much through the stitches.

In Black Yarn:
15. ch1, *2dc, dc2tog* repeat 4 times in total. (12 sts)

16. ch1, *dc, [dc2tog]* repeat 4 times in total (8 sts)

17. Cast off, leaving a long tail of yarn. Thread needle, sew a running stitch through one loop of each of the remaining 8 sts, pull tight, secure with a few discrete sts and hide tail inside bee’s body.

Eyes:
To make your bee look nice and crazy, fix two big beads with an embroidery french knot to its face.

Pull the last black yarn scrap through to the back of the bee to be used a its sting.

Legs:
The legs are just yarn, sewn from one side of the body to the other and secured, knotting upon itself.
Knotting at different angles will give your bee’s legs more life.

Wings.
In White Yarn:
18. ch 6, [dc2] into 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc, 1ss. (6 sts)

19. turn work, don’t add a ch, but ss back into the nearest st to hook, 4dc, [dc2]. (7 sts)

20. ch1, [dc2], 5dc, ss (8 sts)

21. turn work, ss into nearest st to hook, 5 dc, [dc2] (9 sts)

Repeat for 2nd wing.

Sew wings to back using yarn tails on wing as shown below.

Add a scrap of yarn to the centre of the bee’s back to hang your lovely new bee up and show him off to the world!

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