Crochet Bee Pattern: Lovey

I’m sharing a crochet bee pattern today for a lovey! This beginner-friendly lovey has bobble eyes, a granny square blanket, and two antennae that are attached at the end. It makes a great last-minute baby shower gift or a companion for a kiddo who loves bees. This pattern was originally published in three parts as the eleventh Weekend Mystery Crochet Along with Underground Crafter.

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When I was considering what type of crochet bee pattern to design, I thought about how cuddly a bee lovey would be in Lion Brand Feels Like Butta. I love the softness of Feels Like Butta yarn (available online from Lion Brand | LoveCrafts | Mary Maxim | JOANN | Amazon). I’ve used it before the for the Teeny Ripples preemie blanket, the Plush Shag Pillow, and the DIY Lap Desk.

The bee’s head is crocheted first and then the blanket is crocheted to the head. At the end, the antennae are attached.

This pattern comes together very quickly. It makes a great last-minute gift for a baby shower, but it can also be a gift for an older kiddo who loves bees!

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Bee Lovey

Crochet Bee Pattern by Underground Crafter

This crochet bee pattern is a beginner-friendly lovey made with bobble eyes, a granny square blanket, and two antennae that are attached at the end.This was originally published in three parts as the eleventh pattern in the Weekend Mystery Crochet Alongs with Underground Crafter series.

Finished Size

  • One Size: Blanket measures 13.75” (35 cm) square.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn (100% polyester, 3.5 oz/100 g, 218 yd/199 m) – 1 skein each in 157F Yellow (CA) and 153 Black (CB), or approximately 150 yd (137 m) in each of 2 colors in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size D-3/3.25 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • US Size 7/4.5 mm crochet hook, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Small amount of fiber filling, available online from JOANN | Amazon.

Gauge

  • Through Rnd 8 in Part 1 with smaller hook = 2.5” (6.5 cm) diameter. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern. Stitches should be small so fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • bob – 5-repeat bobble – [Yo, insert hook in st, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops] 5 times in same st, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook. A video tutorial for this stitch is available below.
  • If you can’t see the video tutorial above for the bob, click HERE to watch it on Instagram.
  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has helpful photo and video tutorials for the invisible decrease here.
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • rm – remove stitch marker
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisks as indicated.
  • [] Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
  • () Work stitches between parentheses into same stitch or space.

Pattern Notes

  • Oombawka Design has a helpful video tutorial for starting with the magic adjustable ring here.
  • Change color in the last yarn over of a stitch as instructed. The video below demonstrates how to change colors in the last yarn over of a stitch.
  • If you can’t see the video above demonstrating how to change color, click HERE to watch it on Facebook.
  • If you prefer to use safety eyes rather than bobble eyes, work Rnd 13 as a repeat of Rnd 9 instead of as listed below. Use additional stitch marker to mark Rnd 13. Follow pattern for Rnds 14-18. Position safety eyes in marked Rnd 13 as desired. Secure washers firmly in the back. Continue with the pattern.
  • Helpful video tutorials for embellishing with embroidery are available at the end of this pattern.
  • The video below demonstrates how to seam with a single crochet join.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • With smaller hook and CA, begin with magic adjustable ring (see Pattern Notes).
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull yarn tightly to close ring, pm in last st to mark position. Move marker up each Rnd. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 7: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts] around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 8: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] around. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 10-12: Rep Rnd 9, 3 times.
  • Rnd 13: Make eyes (see Pattern Notes). *Sc changing to CB in last yo (see Pattern Notes), bob changing to CA in last yo,** sc in next 4 sts; rep from * to ** once, sc in next 40 sts.
  • Rnds 14-18: Rep Rnd 9, 5 times. Use additional stitch marker to mark Rnd 18.
  • Rnd 19: [Invdec, sc in next 6 sts] around. (42 sts)
  • Rnd 20: [Invdec, sc in next 5 sts] around. (36 sts)
  • Rnd 21: [Invdec, sc in next 4 sts] around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 22: [Invdec, sc in next 3 sts] around. (24 sts)
  • With yarn needle and CB, embroider mouth on Rnd 18 (marked Rnd) between eyes (bobble stitches) as shown in photo below. Secure yarn tails on inside of Head (by weaving them in with yarn needle or knotting securely).
  • Stuff Head firmly.
  • Rnd 23: [Invdec, sc in next 2 sts] around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 24: [Invdec, sc in next st] around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 25: Invdec around, rm. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 26: Seam closed with single crochet join (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers in next 3 sts. (3 sts)
  • Do not fasten off.

Join Blanket to Head

  • Set Up Rnd: Turn, continuing with smaller hook and CA, ch 1, [(3 dc, ch 2)] in first 2 sts, [(3 dc, ch 2)] twice in next st, join with sl st to first dc. Fasten off CA.
  • Rnd 1: (Right Side) Switch to larger hook. With Head upside down and facing you as shown below, join CB with standing dc (see Pattern Notes) in any ch-2 sp.
  • 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, skip 3 dc,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join to first dc with sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp). (6 dc + ch-1 sp on each side + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1, 3 dc in same ch-2 sp, *[ch 1, skip 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp] across to 3 dc before corner ch-2 sp, skip 3 dc,** (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, (ch 1, 3 dc) in first ch-2 sp, ch 2, join to first dc with sl st. Fasten off CB. (Increases by 3 dc + ch-1 sp on each side + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 3: Join CA with standing dc (see Pattern Notes) in any ch-2 sp, 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, skip 3 dc,** (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, 3 dc in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, join to first dc with sc (counts as second ch in ch-2 sp). (6 dc + ch-1 sp on each side + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2. Fasten off CA.
  • Rnds 5-6: Rep Rnds 3-4 with CB, fasten off CB.
  • Rnds 7-8: Rep Rnds 3-4 with CA, fasten off CA.
  • Rnds 9-10: Rep Rnds 3-4 with CB, fasten off CB.
  • Rnds 11-12: Rep Rnds 3-4 with CA. Do not fasten off CA.

Finish Blanket

  • Border Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same sp, *[sc in next 3 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp] across to last 3 sts before corner ch-2 sp, sc in next 3 sts,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, sc in first ch-2 sp, ch 2, join CB with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CA. (Multiple of 4 sts + 1 on each side + 4 ch-2 sp)
  • Border Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st, *[dc in next st, sc in next st] across to ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp,** sc in next st; rep from * around, ending last rep after **, join with sl st to first sc.
  • Border Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in same st, dc in next st, *[sc in next st, dc in next st] across to last st before ch-2 sp, sc in next st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in ch-2 sp**, rep from * around, ending last rep after **, join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off CB.

Antenna (Make 2)

  • With larger hook and CB, ch 7.
  • Row 1: Turn, skip first ch, bob in next ch, sc in next 5 ch. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 12”/30.5 cm) for seaming. (6 sts)
  • Position first Antenna on Head above eyes. When satisfied with position, use locking stitch marker to “pin” Antenna in position. Thread yarn needle with CB from end of Antenna. Join to Head using whipstitch (see Pattern Notes). Weave yarn inside of Head. Repeat with second Antenna.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in any remaining yarn tails on Wrong Side of Blanket.
© 2024 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/2024/05/03/weekend-mystery-cal-11/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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