A tutorial has been long overdue, so due to the popularity of Anne’s bees during our recent yarn bombing antics we’ve decided to share the pattern here with you all today!
How to Knit a Bee
You will need small amounts of double knitting yarn in black and yellow.
A pair of size 8 (4mm) knitting needles
Cast on 5 stitches in yellow yarn.
Row 1, Knit1, (kfb) x3, Knit1 (8stitches)
Row 2 and every alternate row purl.
Row 3, Knit1, (kfb) x7, (15 stitches)
Row 5, Knit1, (kfb) x13, Knit1 (28 stitches)
Row 7, (Knit1, kfb) x14 (42 stitches)
Rows 9, 11, 13, Knit.
Row 15 Change to black yarn and knit 6 rows.
Row 21 Change back to yellow yarn and knit 6 rows.
Row 27 Knit 6 rows in black yarn.
Row 33 Knit 6 rows yellow.
Row 39 Knit 6 rows black.
Row 45 Knit 6 rows yellow.
Row 51 Knit 6 rows black.
Row 57 Still using black yarn k2tog across the row, (21 stitches)
Row 58 knit.
Row 59 k2tog across row, (11 stitches)
Row 60 knit.
Row 61 (k2tog) x5, knit 1 (6 stitches)
Row 62 k2tog, knit 2, k2tog, (4 stitches)
On last 4 stitches knit 6 rows, this will form the sting.
Break yarn and thread through the 4 stitches and pull tight.
This makes the bees body. Sew along the sting and then sew the body together matching stripes up. Leave a gap in the body to stuff, once stuffed sew gap closed. With a piece of black yarn stitch running stitches around the start of the first black stripe and pull slightly to give the head a little shape.
Stitch on two buttons for the eyes and a smiley mouth.
Pattern for the wings.
You need a small amount of black yarn and size 9 (3.75mm) needles.
Knit four wings as each one is made by sewing two pieces together.
Cast on 6 stitches.
Row 1 knit
Row 2 purl
Row 3 knit
Row 5 knit but increase one stitch at each end of the row (8 stitches)
Row 6 and each alternate row is purl.
Row 7 knit but increase one stitch at each end of the row (10 stitches)
Row 9 knit but increase one stitch at each end of the row (12 stitches)
Row 11 knit but increase one stitch at each end of the row (14 stitches)
Row 13 knit but increase one stitch at each end of the row (16 stitches)
Row 15 knit but increase one stitch at each end of the row (18 stitches)
Rows 17, 19, 21 knit.
Rows 23, continue in one row knit one row purl and decrease one stitch at each end of every row until you have 10 stitches.
Row 27 k2tog at each end of row (8 stitches)
Row 28 purl
Row 29 k2tog at each end of row (6 stitches)
Row 30 purl
Row 31 k2tog at each end of row (4 stitches)
Sew two wing pieces together wrong side facing outwards. When both wings wre complete sew them to the back of the bee behind the head.
K2tog – knit two stitchs together
Kfb – knit into the front and back of the loop to make a new stitch