The One With Instructions for Bees (And Sheer Corniness)

I love romance, just like any other female. I binge watch Pride and Prejudice, sigh over the man opening the door for his girl, sniff at red roses dreamily and I’ve even taken a photo of complete strangers snuggling on a bench watching the sunrise. But there is only so much hearts and flowers one can sew before one starts getting twitchy. And when there is sharp items like needles and pins around, it’s not a good idea for me to get twitchy.

So in the interest the health and safety of my family of Munchkins I have moved on from hearts to…. bees! Now brace yourself for sheer corniness, because here is my reasoning behind bees for Valentines Day.   Bee Mine    It’s so awful it’s brilliant!!

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This actually makes me think more of a mad scientist stroking her killer bee than valentines day, actually 😉

For anyone out there that wants to share the corniness around their corner of the world, here is the pattern.

Materials:

Yellow cotton

Black cotton

White cotton (for the wings)

What ever size hook you would like, I made one with a 3.5mm and another with 1.5mm.

Stitches used:

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

htr – half treble

sc inc – single crocheting twice in the same stitch

sc dec – crocheting two stitches as one

Head:

Made in yellow, with a running stitch marker (rsm) to mark the first stitch of each round.

rnd 1 – into a magic ring 6 sc

rnd 2 – sc inc into every stitch (12)

rnd 3 – sc inc, sc 1. repeat six times (18)

rnd 4 – sc inc, sc 2. repeat six times (24)

rnd 5 – sc inc, sc 3. repeat six times (30)

rnd 6 – sc inc, sc 4. repeat six times (36)

rnd 7 – 12 – sc in each stitch

Add your eyes here. I did mine between rows 4 and 5, with six stitches in between. The safety eyes didn’t fit in my baby bee, so I sewed them on.

rnd 13 – sc dec sc, sc 4. repeat six times (30)

rnd 14 – sc dec sc, sc 3. repeat six times (24)

rnd 15 – sc dec sc, sc 2. repeat six times (18)

rnd 16 – sc dec sc, sc 1. repeat six times (12)

Bind off, leaving a long thread for sewing the head on.

Body:

And here we have the fun bit! Colour changing. The best way that I found to change colours smoothly is to on the last stitch before the change, make the stitch like you would normally do until you have two loops on the hook and you’re about to final pull through. Take the colour you’re changing to and loop and pull through. You’ll be left with just the loop on the hook as the new colour, ready to start the next round. (If that’s not very clear, leave a comment and I’ll do some photos. Sometimes pictures just work better!)

rnd 1 – with black, into a magic ring sc 6

rnd 2 – sc inc. repeat six times (12)

rnd 3 – sc inc, sc 1. repeat six times (18)

rnd 4 – sc inc, sc 2. repeat six times (24) on the last stitch, change to yellow.

rnd 5 – sc inc, sc 3. repeat six time (30)

rnd 6 – sc inc, sc 4. repeat six times (36)

rnd 7 – sc inc, sc 5. repeat six times (42) on the last stitch, change to black

rnd 8 – sc inc, sc 6. repeat six times (48)

rnd 9 – 10 – sc in each stitch. Change to yellow.

rnd 11 – 13 – sc in each stitch. Change to black.

rnd 14 – 16 – sc in each stitch. Change to yellow.

rnd 17 – sc dec, sc 6. repeat six times. (42)

rnd 18 – sc dec, sc 5. repeat six times. (36)

rnd 19 – sc dec, sc 4. repeat six times (30) on the last stitch, change to black

rnd 20 – sc dec, sc 3. repeat six times (24)

rnd 21 – sc dec, sc 2. repeat six times (18)

rnd 22 – sc dec, sc 1. reapeat six times (12)

Bind off. Stuff head and body firmly, then sew together.

Wings:

 

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I thought heart shaped wings were a nice touch

 

This heart pattern I actually got off of Raverly, but now I can’t find it again! So if it looks really familiar, please let me know so I can give credit to the right person 🙂

Make 2.

Into a magic ring, chain 2 then dc 15. slip stitch into the first dc.

chain 2, then dc into the same stitch. 4 htr into one stitch. 2 dc in the next stitch. hdc in the next four stitches. Dc, htr, dc in one stitch.

The other side is exactly the same, just in reverse.

hdc in the next four stitches. 2 dc in the next stitch, then 4 htr into one stitch. dc in the last stitch, chain 2, cut the thread and pull it through. Sew in into the same stitch with the dc, so it matches the beginning of the heart.

Position the hearts on the back of the bee where ever you want them, sew them on and you’re done. Enjoy your bee.

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She’s about to send the bee to do her bidding! Sting them! Sting them all!!
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