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Crochet Honey Bee Pattern Made Easy (and FREE)

What’s more fun than a crochet bee? This little guy is so quick and easy to make, you’ll be able to whip up a whole hive in no time! In this article, you will learn how to crochet a cute little honey bee using only basic crochet stitches. This pattern is suitable for confident beginners.

I adore these plushie honey bees and came up with a version of my own. This pattern is a part of my How to Crochet a Bee post, which details how to create and modify this pattern to make a version unique to your style!

Why this Amigurumi Bee pattern is so easy?

The pattern uses basic crochet stitches – single crochet, increases and decreases – so it’s perfect for confident beginners!

Basically, you can make your bees any size you like, just by using a different size crochet hook. It’s suprisingly easy to resize this bee pattern to suit your style.

And by varying the colors of yarn, you can create all sorts of different bees – striped bees, bumblebees, honey bees… the possibilities are endless!

This free crochet bee pattern is perfect for beginner crocheters. Made with yellow yarn, this little guy is sure to brighten up your day.

What’s Included in the pattern?

This free crochet bee pattern is worked in the round with a magic ring (or magic circle, if you prefer). If you’re not familiar with this technique, don’t worry – there’s a video tutorial included to show you how it’s done.

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern! It’s cute and better yet – FAST pattern! It works up fast, in about 1.5 hours depending on your speed and size of the bee you make.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your hook and some yellow yarn, and let’s get started!

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The Yarn

Let’s talk about Parfait Chunky Yarn

Parfait Chunky by Premier  is a super bulky (6) weigh yarn. Certified free from 350+harmful chemicals and comes in 53 amazing colors. This makes it perfect for stuffed animals and just about any project. It’s also machine washable. 

This yarn is so versatile and you can create different sizes by changing your hook size. The recommended hook is 8 mm (L-11), but for stuffed animals, it’s recommended to use a very small hook. I found 4.5 mm crochet hook works perfect for this project. 

You run the risk of your stuffing coming out if the stitches are too lose.

How easy is this pattern?

If you are an ambitious crochet beginner, you’ll be able to crochet this no problem because It uses only single crochet and half double crochet (optional) stitches.

Additionally, it is an easy to follow written pattern, although, if you prefer a visual aid, there is a full video tutorial.

Yarn council skill level: Easy

What will you need?

Suggested Yarn: 

Premier Parfair Chunky or any similar super bulky (6 weight) yarn (100% Polyester, 131 yds/ 120 m per 3.5 oz/100 g skein). 

  • 1150-12 – Sunshine; 1 skeins (yellow yarn)
  • 1150-10 – Black; 1 skein (black yarn)
  • 1150-01 – White; 1 skeins (white yarn)

Hook & Other Materials: 

  1. 4.5 mm (USA 7) crochet hook 
  2. Scissors 
  3. Tapestry Needle
  4. Toy Stuffing 
  5. Stitch Marker 

How big will my Bee be?

As written, using the recommended hook and yarn with a medium tension, your bee will measure: 

Long: 7” (17.78 cm)  / Wide: 6.5” (16.51 cm)  / Tall: 5.5” (13.97 cm)  / Wings: 3 – 5” (7.62 – 12.7 cm) 

Measurements fro crochet honey bee

Learn the Crochet Stitches Used:

Basic Crochet Stitches:

sc – single crochet – Insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull up a loop, yo pull through both loops on hook. 

sc inc – single crochet increase – single crochet 2 in the indicated stitch. 

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together (sc decrease) – Insert hook in indicated, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo and pull through all three loops on your hook. 

hdc – half double crochet 

yo, insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all loops on your hook. 

Special Crochet Techniques that May Help You

Even though the pattern is easy, you can choose to increase your crochet skill level a bit and learn these fun crochet techniques! Indeed, these simple crochet technique upgrades will make your crochet project shine!

  • Invisible Decrease (work your decrease stitches into the *front loop only*)
  • Magic Circle (see this magic circle tutorial on how to create the magic circle)

How to Crochet a Magic Circle

magic circle – the magic circle is fun, however, you can also chain 4, join to the first chain and work your stitches into the center of the chain 4 (ch-4).

Stitch Abbreviations you’ll find in the written pattern

  • sc = single crochet
  • sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (sc dec) 
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • st(s) = stitches 
  • ch = chain
  • * *repeat instructions X times 

Please read these helpful notes before you start

  • Pattern is worked in continuous rounds.
  • Mark 1st stitch of each round with a stitch marker.
  • Wings are created separately and sewn on.
  • Eyes are placed before you completely close up your bee.
  • Amigurumi smile is embroidered on using a darning needle.
  • Working with this yarn is a little challenging – tip: Feel for your stitches.
  • Count your stitches after each round. 

Crochet Honey Bee Pattern (Written)

If you want to create your OWN bee pattern and put your own spin on it, check out the How to Crochet a Bee article which gives you the basic increase and basic decrease pattern, then have fun and BEE creative! Make it your own!

The Bee’s Body

  • Inc = 2 sc in next stitch
  • Sc2tog = a sc decrease 

With yellow yarn, create a magic circle or chain 4; join chains, then work first sc into ring. 

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring = 6 sts 

Rounds 2 – 8 are INCREASE rounds.

Round 2: 2 sc in each st around = 12 sts

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) *6 times = 18 sts 

Round 4: (sc in next 2 sts, inc) *6 times = 24 sts

Round 5: (sc in next 3 sts, inc) *6 times = 30 sts

Round 6: (sc in next 4 sts, inc) *6 times = 36 sts

Round 7: (sc in next 5 sts, inc) *6 times = 42 sts

Round 8: (sc in next 6 sts, inc) *6 times = 48 sts

Round 9 – 12: (sc in each st around) = 48 sts 

Round 13 – 15: Black (sc in each stitch around) = 48 sts 

Round 16 – 18: Yellow (sc in each stitch around) = 48 sts 

Round 19 – 21: Black (sc in each stitch around) = 48 sts (cut black yarn) 

Round 22 – 24: Yellow (sc in each stitch around) = 48 sts 

Rounds 25 – 31 are DECREASE rounds. 

Round 25: (sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog) *6 times = 42 sts

Round 26: (sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog) *6 times = 36 sts

Round 27: (sc in next st, sc2tog) *12 times = 24 sts

Round 28: (sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog) *6 times = 18 sts

Round 29: (sc in next st, sc2tog) *6 times = 12 sts 

Add stuffing and eyes between rows 28 & 29, 7 stitches in between.

Round 30: (sc in next st, sc2tog)*6 times = 8 sts 

Round 31: (sc2tog)*2 times, cut tie and weave in tail (closing hole) 

Making the Bee’s Wings

Creating the wings is easy, therefore you can use a single crochet or half double crochet to create the wings. I used a hdc for this pattern.

With White yarn – create a Magic circle. 

Round 1: hdc 8 into ring – 8 sts 

Round 2: hdc 2 in each st around – 16 sts 

Round 3: hdc 2 in each st around – 32 sts 

(you can adjust and make these as small or large as you’d like) 

Fasten off, use the tail to sew wings to the bee body. 

Assembling your Bee

Eyes: Attach your eyes between rounds 28 & 29, secure with safety eye backings. 

Wings: Decide where you want to place your wings. I positioned mine between the black stripes, around 3-5 stitches apart. Use a whip stitch to secure them, weave in all tails. 

Smile: Thread needle with black yarn or worsted weight yarn. Insert about two stitches down and to the left of the right eye. Exit in a similar place to the bottom right of the left eye (leave a long tail) 

Congratulations! You Are Finished! 

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