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Save the Bees with an Amigurumi


The Issue:


The honey bee population is declining as there are not enough wild flowers for the bees to pollinate thus the lack of food and medicine for the bee colonies are dwindling. Many fruits and vegetables require bees to pollinate in order to ensure they are healthy. Without healthy crops, this will affect the livelihood of the farmers which will have an impact on the city, making fruits and vegetables harder to obtain. To learn more, click here.


Today, I am showing my support to the bee community by providing this Bee Amigurumi pattern. However, you can show your support by purchasing an inexpensive pattern (with pictures), here. In addition, I am running a fundraiser with a local gardener; for every flower bulb set that is purchased through my blog; you will get this Bee Amigurumi for FREE. I am taking orders until May 1, 2019. Place your order now!


Not a maker: You can support us with my bee-bop collection on Etsy!


Bee Amigurumi @the.mad.knatter

To get started, you'll need:

Yarn:

Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly 100% Acrylic - Dove Gray < 50m/55yd

Robin Comfy Baby DK 80% Acrylic, 20% Nylon - Butter Cup < 25m/27yd

Scheepjes Colour Crafter 100% Acrylic - Weert < 25m/27 yd



Stuffing: Fair Field Polyfil

Safety Eyes 6mm

Weight: DK

Gauge: doesn't matter

Hook Size: 3.5 mm

Finished Size: 10.7 cm x 5 cm / 4.2 in x 2 in

Additional Materials: Stitch marker, tapestry needle





Abbreviations:

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

St(s )= Stitch(es)

Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (decrease)

[ repeat what is in the brackets ]


Pattern:

With yellow yarn, begin: make a magic ring and sc 6 into the middle of the ring. Slst to join the round and use stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. (6)

Round 1: 2sc in each st all around. Slst to join the round. (12)

Round 2: [1 sc, 2 sc in same st] repeat to last st. Slst to join the round. (18)

Round 3: [2 sc, 2 sc in same st] repeat to last st. Slst to join the round. (24)

Round 4: sc all around (24)

Round 5: repeat Round 4, three more times

Round 6: Switch to gray yarn and sc all sts (24)

Eyes: If you imagine the yellow circle as a face of the clock, I would put it at 10 and 2 o'clock. But, be creative, use your own judgment. In addition, depending on how you switch the colour yarn, if there is a seam, or noticeable changes in the yarn, I would say that is the top of the bee, because we can hide this using the wing later on.

Body: At this point of the pattern, I would start using the poly-fil to stuff; and as you continue onto the rest of the pattern, keep stuffing as you go

Round 7: Switch to yellow yarn and sc all sts (24)

Round 8: Repeat Row 7

Round 9: Switch to gray yarn and sc all sts (24)

Round 10: Switch to yellow yarn and sc all sts (24)

Round 11: Switch to gray yearn and sc all sts (24)

Round 12: [4 sc, sc2tog], repeat to last st. Slst to join the round. (20)

Round 13: [3 sc, sc2tog], repeat to last st. Slst to join the round. (12)

Round 14: [2 sc, sc2tog], repeat to last st. Slst to join the round. (9)

Round 15: sc2tog until you have about 5 sts left and it forms a point.

Ch6 and slst to the first st (base), bind off and sew end to base. You should now have a pointy tail.


Wings:

With white yarn: 6hdc into a magic ring and pull tight leaving a long tail.

Row 1: ch1, turn, 6hdc across

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 6hdc across

Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 dc in next 3 sts, sc1, 2hdc in next 2 sts

Row 4: sc and edge all around. (You should have slightly bigger half circle on top, and half circle on the bottom.) Cut yarn, and bind off.

Next Wing:

With white yarn: 6hdc into a magic ring and pull tight leaving a long tail.

Row 1: ch1, turn, 6hdc across

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 6hdc across

Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 hdc in next 2 sts, sc1, 2dc in next 3 sts

Row 4: sc and edge all around. (You should have slightly bigger half circle on top, and half circle on the bottom.) Cut yarn, and bind off.

Hold both wings at the base and sew onto the back of the bee with white colour yarn. Remember where I said that depending on how you change colours of the yarn between the yellow and gray yarn? Well, you can sew directly onto that area if it's noticeably.

Disclaimer:

Thank you for trying this pattern out. Please leave me a comment or contact me if you have any questions about this pattern. I would love to see your finished goods, so please do not forget to tag me @the.mad.knatter on Instagram or use #themadknatter. This is a personal pattern, and you may sell or share your own finished goods, but please give me credit for the design. Happy Valentine's Day!

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