YOU WILL NEED
Small amount of cotton 2ply yarn, cream Small amounts of fine crochet thread in red, white, black and yellow. A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) Pony crochet hook Small amount of toy stuffing
TENSION Tension is not critical for this project
Round 1 Using cream, make a magic loop. 11dc into loop and continue working in a spiral without closing each round with a ss. Round 2 2dc into each dc around. [22 dc] Round 3 *Dc in next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc; rep from * to last st, dc in last st. [29 dc]
Rounds 4-11 Dc in back loop of each st around. This creates the ridged effect of the beehive. Rounds 12-15 Ss in each st around. Ss into next st and close.
Round 1 Using yellow, ch2, 6dc in second chain from the hook, ss into first st of round. [6 dc] Round 2 Ch1, 2dc into each st, ss into first st of round. [12 dc] Rounds 3- 4 Using black, ch1, dc into every stitch, ss into first st of round. Rounds 5- 6 Using yellow, ch1, dc into every stitch, ss into first st of round. Rounds 7- 8 Using black, ch1, dc into every stitch, ss into first st of round. Change to yellow and work in a spiral, filling bee with stuffing as you are working. Rounds 9-11 Ch1, (dc2tog over next 2 sts) rep until you have 1 stitch on your hook. Weave in end to close. Fasten off. Embroider mouth using a small length of black and work two French knots for eyes.
BEE WINGS !MAKE 2"
Round 1 Using white and working in a spiral, ch2, 6dc in second chain from the hook. [6 dc]
Round 2 (2dc into next st, dc into each of next 2 sts), rep to end. [8 dc] Fasten off. Stitch wings onto centre back. Weave in ends. MINI FLOWERS !MAKE 2" Using yellow, make a magic loop and work 6 dc into the ring.
Round 1 Using red, (ss, htr, ss) in each st around. Ss to first st to join. Fasten off.
TO MAKE UP
Thread a length of cream into the top of the beehive. Ch10 and carefully attach to the centre of the yellow body of the bee in between the wings. Attach the flowers to the outside of the beehive.