Monday, 25 March 2013

Queen Bee

A Spanish translation of the pattern is now available on the blog Los Enredos De Lyanne.

Here is the pattern for Bess the Queen Bee. Sorry this took me so long to post. Patterns for her worker bees and for her mini crown are now up on the blog.

Queen Bess is surrounded by her bumbling worker bees: Bertha, who has a terrible fear of flying, Beatrice, who is sickeningly sycophantic, and Frank (don't ask about Frank). Queen Bess likes lavender, the Golden Girls, and lazy Sunday mornings. One day she'd like to take over the world and enslave all bear-kind but for the moment she's happy looking after her single hive and enjoying being a young Queen Bee.




Queen Bee




Size
12cm/4.5in tall when made with dk weight yarn

Skill Level
Moderate to Advanced. This pattern requires frequent colour changes and for you to crochet around a chain. I recommend these two tutorials on changing yarn colour: Colour Changes in Amigurumi by June Gilbank and Crocheted Jogless Stripe by NeedleNoodles.

Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. The 3.00mm is my favourite hook.

Materials
Yarn
Black
Yellow
White

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Tapestry needle
Black felt
Craft glue and/or thread and sharp needle for attaching felt

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Black and Yellow)

If you're not sure how to change yarn colour then check out these two great tutorials: Colour Changes in Amigurumi and Crocheted Jogless Stripe.

Start with Black.
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Rnd 4: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (30)
Change to Black.
Rnd 8-9: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 10-11: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 12: *sc in next 3 st, sc2tog*  around (24)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 14: sc in each st around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing. Change to Black.
Rnd 16: sc in each st around
Rnd 17: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 18-19: sc in each st around
Change to Yellow.
Rnd 20: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (10)
Rnd 21: sc in each st around
Change to Black.
Rnd 22: sc in each st around
Cut black yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the head to the body. Cut yellow yarn and weave in end. Weave in all other loose ends. Finish stuffing firmly.

Head (in Black)
This part requires you to crochet around a chain. Take a look at this tutorial if you're unfamiliar with this technique.

Chain 6.
Rnd 1: Working in the back loops, sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 4 chains, chain 1, flip work over, working in the unworked loops of the chains, sc in next 5 chains, chain 1 (12)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (16)
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (20)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (24)
Rnd 5-8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: sc2tog, sc in next 8 st, sc2tog twice, sc in next 3 st, *chain 9, 3 sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 7 chains, sc in next 2 st*  twice, sc in next st, sc2tog (20, plus two antennae)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when stitching the head closed.


Legs (in Black)

Close-up of legs. You'll be making two sets of three legs.

*Chain 8, sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 6 chains*  three times. This gives you one set of three legs.
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the legs to the body. Weave in other loose ends. Make two.

Wings (in White)
Chain 7.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 5 chains, chain 1, turn (6)
Row 2: sl st in next 2 st, sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, chain 1, turn (7)
Row 3: sc in next 5 st, sl st in next 2 st (7)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the wings to the body. Make two.

Eyes (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn.

Fold circle in half and stitch closed. This gives you a nice angular, kind of bulging, eye. Make two.




Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Close up head and stuff. The top of the head is the side without the antennae. When you stitch the head closed the antenna should stick up over this side. Stuff the head then start to stitch it closed with the tail of yarn. Before you finish stitching you can add more stuffing if it's needed.

The side my thumb is on is the top of the head.
If you need to, add stuffing before you finish closing up.

Join the head to the body. Carefully pin the head to the neck and stitch on using the tail of yarn left on the body.
 


Join the wings to the body. The wings should sit close together on the broadest black stripe of the bee. Pin them on and attach using the tails of yarn left on the wings.



Join the legs to the body. The legs also sit on the broadest black stripe of the bee. Pin and stitch on using the tails of yarn left on the legs.



Join eyes to the head. Pin the eyes to the head then stitch on using the tails of yarn left on the eyes. Cut a circle of black felt for the pupil and attach to the eyes using glue or needle and thread. Alternatively you can use black yarn to stitch on some pupils.





Your Queen Bee is finished. Oh wait, every Queen needs a crown ...


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