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Buzz, buzz! Are you a crocheter who loves bees? If so, you’re in for a treat because we’ve compiled a list of the best bee crochet patterns just for you And the best part is – these bees don’t sting!
In this list, we’ve rounded up some of the best free crochet bee patterns out there. Whether you’re looking to make a giant crochet bee pattern or a tiny little bee that can fit in the palm of your hand, we’ve got you covered. With so many adorable designs to choose from, you’ll have a hard time picking just one.
Free Crochet Bee Patterns
Crochet bee patterns are not only fun to make, but they also bring a sense of bright, summery joy wherever they buzz! These amigurumi projects are round, squishy, and downright lovable. This list is chock-full of all kinds of bee designs that are perfect for gift-giving, decorating your space, or even using as little tokens of appreciation.
Within this collection, you’ll discover bees of all shapes and sizes. We’ve got everything from giant huggable bees that make perfect cuddle buddies, to small bees that you can attach to your keychain, to even tinier bees that you can stick on the end of a pencil for the sweetest Valentine’s day gift.
Are these patterns beginner-friendly?
Yes, most crochet bee patterns are a good choice for beginning crocheters who are familiar with these basic crochet techniques:
Supplies You’ll Need
Here are some supplies you’ll need to gather to make your crochet bee.
- Crochet hook (amigurumi patterns usually require a hook one or two sizes smaller than you’d normally use)
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers
- Toy stuffing/polyfill
- Safety eyes
- Other notions (scissors, embroidery thread, felt, pipe cleaners, permanent marker, etc.)
Please note that while many of these patterns suggest using safety eyes or buttons, these can actually be a choking hazard for children under 3. If you plan to give your crocheted bee to a child, it’s best to opt for embroidered facial features.
What is the best yarn to use for amigurumi bees?
Amigurumi (a Japanese word for stuffed yarn creatures) is pretty versatile when it comes to yarn types. While many amigurumi patterns are made with DK or worsted-weight yarn, you’ll find patterns in this list that suggest everything from thread to jumbo yarn.
You can also use almost any fiber content for amigurumi, making these projects excellent for using up extra scrap yarn you may have lying around!
In this list, we’ve included a suggested yarn to help you find the perfect choice for each project. If you want your bee to come out a specific size, remember to check your gauge before diving into your pattern.
Amigurumi Techniques to Know for Crochet Bees
Here are some of the most common amigurumi techniques you’ll run into:
- Magic circle
- Slip stitch
- Single crochet
- Half double crochet
- Double crochet
- Single crochet increase and decrease
- Changing colors in crochet
- Weaving in ends
- Seaming pieces together
You’ll want to read through your pattern thoroughly before getting started to make sure that you understand all of the techniques and steps you’ll need to know for your bee.
Tips for Crocheting Amigurumi Bees
Here are some tips and tricks for crochet bee amigurumi success!
Use stitch markers to track your rounds.
Not surprisingly, these round little creatures are usually crocheted in the round! Using stitch markers is an easy way to keep track of the start of the round as you crochet. They’re easy to use, and can save you from making mistakes.
Use a smaller-than-usual crochet hook to create a tight fabric.
It’s important to have a tight fabric for amigurumi so that your stuffing doesn’t show through. Using a slightly smaller hook size than you would typically use is an easy way to keep your fabric tight. You don’t want stuffing falling out!
Consider embroidered eyes instead of safety eyes or buttons.
Safety eyes or buttons are a cute option for crocheted bees, but despite their name, they’re not actually “safe” for little ones. Safety eyes can fall off your amigurumi if pulled on, which makes them a choking hazard for children under 3. If your bee will be going to a home with little ones, your best bet is to embroider the eyes instead.
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