Monday, June 21, 2010

The Long Overdue Post: Bee Pattern and Botanical Pictures

Hullo! 

Here is a pattern that I have been putting off posting for ages, but finally have done! I wanted to make a cute round bumble bee, but didn't find anything to suit my fancy, so I decided to adapt another pattern, and I made so many little changes that I think it is quite my own now.  So here it is!

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Bumblebee Pattern

Body:
R1: Ch 2 in yellow.
R2: 6 sc in first ch.
R3: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sts.
R4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 sts.
R5: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
R6: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts.
R7: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 36 sts.
R8: Switch to black or brown. Sc around, 36 sts. Repeat through R11
R12: Switch to yellow. Sc around, 36 sts, repeat through R15
R16: Switch to black or brown. Sc around, 36 sts. Repeat through R19
Rnd 20: Switch to yellow. *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 4 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts. (Somewhere around here is generally a good idea to sew on the wings, put in the eyes, and begin stuffing.)
Rnd 21: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 22: *Sc2tog, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 18 sts.
Rnd 23: *Sc2tog, sc in next st, rep from * around – 12 sts.
Rnd 24: *Sc2tog, rep from * around – 6 sts. Fasten off.

Wings:
R1: Ch 2 in white or cream.
R2: 6 sc in first ch.
R3: 2 sc in each sc – 12 sts.
R4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 18 sts.
R5: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 24 sts.
R6: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, rep from * around – 30 sts. Finish off. Sew to body using white or cream.

Stinger:
R1: With black, ch 2.
R2: 4 sc in first ch.
R3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around - 6 sts.
R4: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, rep from * around – 8 sts. Finish off. Sew to bee with black yarn.

Finished! 





I made this dahling little bee as a present for my friend and dormie E, who actually kept bees in high school and missed them at college. Bees are amazing creatures, but recently they have been disappearing from hives all around the country, causing huge problems for farmers both commercial and home growers. Click here to learn more about this phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder.
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 How is this for some color? These are the leftover pictures from Memorial day weekend when we went to my university's botanical garden. My cousin and I felt pretty cool when we got in for free by showing our student IDs. And then we were like, oh wait, our parents are paying thousands of dollars for our tickets, really. Haha. ha. err. Anyway!
This is my favorite one. ^



 
So that's all for now, at least until I finish my other owl sachet pattern. 
Ta!

22 comments:

  1. I am just making this pattern and according to the pattern it starts off yellow, then brown then yellow then brown. But in your photos the bee starts and ends in yellow. Did I miss something? Thanks. Nancy

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  2. I am so embarrassed! I went back over the pattern and realized that you are totally right. What happened was I wrote each stripe as being 5 rows wide instead of 4. I am amending the pattern accordingly. Thanks so much for catching my mistake!

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  3. Oh thank goodness! I just felt I was going a bit crazy! It's super cute and thanks so much for the pattern! Nancy

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  4. I'm sorry... I may have missed it and if I did I apologize but what size hook did you use?

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  5. You didn't miss it.. I am afraid it's another thing that got left out of this pattern because it was the first one I ever wrote out, so thanks for asking! I used a 4 mm hook.

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  6. Very very cute! Saluti dall'Italia by lilla

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  7. bumblebee is cute..

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  8. can you tell me what kind of yarn you used??? thanks so much! :)

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    1. Just sugar and cream brand cotton yarn I believe!

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  9. hi nancy.....i love crocheting..i think its a really cute hobby..just started:) really cute bumble bee btw :)..i tried your pattern but my bumble bee didnt turn out to be round as i expected...how big is the size of the bumble bee?..

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  10. hi.. i would like to know what size eyes you used??

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  11. I made it with 10mm the last day - looks very cute

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  12. Can you please make videos of how you make them? Because i'm Norwegian and i don't understand.

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  13. I was wondering if a Magic ring/ magic loop with 6 sc into it would also work in the beginning instead of the chaining method?

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  14. We're a Women's Institute based in the UK (Twitter @AulWI. FB Ashton Make, Bake & Shakers) & have been looking for bee/ladybird patterns to make & sell for charity. Would you mind if we used this? X

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  15. I Love this!!!! I can not wait to make these.

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  16. Love this bee going to make it to attach to the middle of four flower granny squares as a baby snuggle blanket!

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  17. Hi, i love your amigurumi patterns! would you allow me to sell finished products using your patterns with a link back to your blog? Thank you :)

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  18. These are lovely!
    My neighbour hates bees so I'm hoping that if I make enough of them and hang them in my window, he will eventually move away lol

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