How to Crochet a Bee Pattern for Beginners

Have you been wanting to learn how to Crochet a Bee? Well, get ready to bring some buzz into your crochet projects with this adorable little bee pattern!

You don’t want to miss out on this much fun – grab your crochet hook and yarn, and get ready for an exciting crochet adventure with this cute little bee! The free crochet pattern is below.

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Melissa Hassler holding her amigurumi bumble bee crochet design

Free Crochet Bee Pattern

This free and easy pattern is a great way to dive into the world of amigurumi and craft your very own cute little bee. With its tiny size and fun bumblebee design, this little guy is one sweet bee! 

This is a beginner pattern

I designed this cute amigurumi bee pattern for all skill levels. This pattern has step-by-step instructions and uses basic crochet stitches. Scroll to the end of this post for helpful tips for making amigurumi.

PDF Version

This tiny bee is also available as an ad-free PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: G-6 (4 mm) 
  • Worsted weight yarn. For this project, you will need yarn in black, yellow, and white. 
  • Tapestry needle: You will use this to weave in your ends.
  • Scissors: You will need scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch marker(s): I always use these when I design my patterns. They help me keep track of where to make increase and/or decreases. 
  • Fiber Fill: You will need a small amount of toy stuffing to fill your cute bees.
  • Plastic Safety Eyes: I highly recommend using 6 mm safety eyes if the bee is made for a child. 
crochet bee pattern

Crochet Bee Pattern

Skill Level

Advanced Beginner. This small crochet bee pattern uses basic crochet stitches. 

Finished Measurements

My finished bee measures 5 inches long. 

Gauge

5 stitches = 1 inch and 4 rounds = 1 inch

Supplies

  • Hook: G-6 (4 mm) 
  • Yarn: worsted weight in black, yellow, and white
  • Notions: tapestry needle & stitch markers

Crochet Terms

  • dc = double crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc2tog = hdc decrease
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • rnd = round

Pattern Notes

  • Repeat instructions between the asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • Color changes are made when you join in the round.
  • This pattern is written in US terms.  
crochet bee pattern

Instructions for How to Crochet a Bee

Bumble Bee Face

Begin with yellow yarn.

Round 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 9 hdc, join (9 stitches)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st, join (18 stitches)

Round 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc, dc in next st*, join (27 stitches) 

Round 4: Ch 2, *2 hdc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (36 stitches)

Rounds 5 & 6: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with black yarn (36 stitches)

Use a tapestry needle and black yarn to add the facial features. You can also safety eyes. Weave in your beginning yarn tail. 

Bumble Bee Body

Rounds 7 & 8: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with yellow yarn (36 stitches)

Rounds 9 & 10: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with black yarn (36 stitches)

Rounds 11 & 12: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with yellow yarn (36 stitches)

Rounds 13 & 14: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with black yarn (36 stitches)

Rounds 15 & 16: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join with yellow yarn (36 stitches)

Round 17: Ch 2, hdc in each st, join (36 stitches)

Begin stuffing your Bee with Poly fil. 

Round 18: Ch 2, *hdc2tog, dc in next st*, join (24 stitches)

Round 19: Ch 2, *hdc2tog*, join (12 stitches)

Round 20: Ch 2, *hdc2tog*, join with black yarn (6 stitches)

Bumble Bee Stinger

Round 21: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (6 stitches)

Round 22: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (6 stitches)

Use a tapestry needle to sew the tip of the stinger shut, fasten off and then weave in your ends. 

Bumble Bee Wings

Make 2.

Use white yarn.

Round 1: Magic circle, ch 2, 9 dc, join (9 stitches) 

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, join (18 stitches) 

Round 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next st*, join (27 stitches) 

Finishing

Use a tapestry needle to sew the wings onto the back of your Bee.

Melissa Hassler holding her amigurumi bumble bee crochet design

Looking for more Free Patterns?

If you like this how to crochet a bee pattern, you may also like my Christmas stockingeasy crochet potholder, and crochet basket free crochet decor patterns.

Let’s Connect!

I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on social media- Instagram, FacebookPinterest, and my YouTube channel. Until then, happy crocheting! 

Helpful Tips for Making Amigurumi

Start with the Right Yarn

Choose a yarn that is suitable for amigurumi, such as a worsted weight or acrylic yarn. These types of yarns provide good stitch definition and durability for your amigurumi creations.

Use a Smaller Hook Size

Use a hook size that is slightly smaller than what is recommended for your yarn. This will help create tight and sturdy stitches, preventing stuffing from showing through.

Pay Attention to Tension

Maintain a consistent tension throughout your work. If your stitches are too loose, the stuffing may become visible, while overly tight stitches can make it difficult to insert the hook.

Magic Ring Technique

Use the magic ring technique to start your amigurumi projects. This creates a tight and adjustable center, making it easier to close the opening and eliminate any gaps.

Use Stitch Markers

Utilize stitch markers to keep track of your rounds. This will help you count stitches accurately and ensure your amigurumi maintains the correct shape.

Practice Making Invisible Decreases

Practice using invisible decreases to make your decreases less noticeable. This technique creates a neater finish and helps maintain the shape of your amigurumi.

Stuffing

Fill your amigurumi firmly but not too tightly. Be sure to distribute the stuffing evenly to prevent lumps or uneven shapes.

Take Breaks

Crocheting amigurumi can be intricate and time-consuming. Take breaks to rest your hands and prevent fatigue, especially for longer projects.

Practice and Experiment

Don’t be afraid to try new patterns and techniques. The more you practice, the more your skills will improve, allowing you to create even more stunning amigurumi creations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is amigurumi?

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed creatures or objects. It involves creating adorable, stuffed toys or decorative items using various crochet techniques.

Is amigurumi difficult to learn?

Amigurumi can be a bit challenging for beginners, but with practice and patience, it becomes easier. Starting with simple patterns and basic stitches is a great way to get started.

What materials do I need for amigurumi?

You will need yarn suitable for amigurumi, a crochet hook, stuffing, a yarn needle, and scissors. Some projects may also require safety eyes, embroidery floss for details, and stitch markers.

What are the best yarns for amigurumi?

Worsted weight acrylic yarn is a popular choice for amigurumi due to its affordability, wide color range, and durability. Cotton or bamboo blends can also be used for a softer, more natural look.

How do I start amigurumi?

Amigurumi usually begins with a magic ring or chain, followed by creating a flat circle or oval as the base. From there, you work in continuous rounds or rows, increasing or decreasing stitches as needed.

What are common stitches used in amigurumi?

Basic stitches like single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), and slip stitch (sl st) are commonly used in amigurumi. These stitches are sufficient to create a variety of shapes and textures.

How do I stuff amigurumi properly?

When stuffing amigurumi, use small amounts of stuffing at a time and distribute it evenly. Overstuffing can distort the shape, while under-stuffing may leave gaps. Make sure to stuff firmly but not too tightly.

How can I make my amigurumi pieces look smooth?

Consistent tension and tight stitching help achieve a smooth appearance. Avoid gaps between stitches and adjust your tension to create a more even texture. Blocking or using a smaller hook can also help.

Can I sell or give away my amigurumi creations?

Yes, you can sell or give away your amigurumi creations. However, it’s important to respect copyright laws and patterns. If you’re using a pattern, ensure you have permission from the designer or follow the pattern’s usage guidelines.

How can I create my own amigurumi designs?

To create your own amigurumi designs, start with a basic shape and experiment with different stitches, colors, and embellishments. Keep practicing and refining your skills, and let your creativity guide you.

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