Knit a Bee: Free Knitting Pattern inspired by a Lazy Spring Weekend

May 12, 2015 | Other | 1 comment

I had the best weekend! My secret? I put no pressure on myself to do anything, worked not a minute on my To-Do List. While the baby napped, my husband and I curled up under the covers in our sweatpants and read our novels. When the baby woke, we all went for languid walks around the neighborhood with no destination.

Oh and we ate fresh-baked rhubarb cake, and I knit a tiny bee.

This bee is a quintessentially lazy-spring-weekend bee. He was so easy to make, has no practical uses, but is oh so delightful and refreshing. He’s also so teeny tiny, that I think I broke all records for designing and knitting a new project and finished him -from casting on to weaving in ends- in a half hour flat.

In real life, I find bees both really cool and kinda scary (I may be allergic to bee stings). But the knit form is all cuteness and cuddles. Note: he is so small that I’m not giving him to my baby to play with for another year or two. A baby swallowing a knit bee would be pretty scary.


Tiny Spring Bee as PDF

Tiny Spring Bee
Two size 3 double pointed knitting needles
scrap worsted weight yarn in yellow, black and white (I used Caron Simply Soft)
a small bit of stuffing
tapestry needle for attaching wings
embroidery thread and needle for adding face
*note: if you change needle size or yarn weight, you’ll get a bigger or smaller bee, which is cool too.
abbreviations used: 
CO = cast on
k = knit
kfb = knit into front and back of one stitch (an increase technique)
k2tog = knit two stitches together into one (a decrease technique)
p = purl
p2tog = purl two stitches together into one (a decrease technique)
With black yarn:
CO 2
Rounds 1-2: knit I-cord for two rows
switch to yellow and knit the rest of the body flat
Row 3: kfb, kfb (4 stitches)
Row 4: p across
switch to black
Row 5: kfb, kfb, kfb, kfb (8 stitches)
Row 6: p across
switch to yellow
Row 7: [kfb] 8 times (16 stitches)
Row 8: p across
switch to black
Row 9: k across
Row 10: p across
switch to yellow
Row 11: k across
Row 12: p across
switch to black
Row 13: k across
Row 14: p across
switch to yellow
Row 15: [k2tog] 8 times (8 stitches)
Row 16: p across
Row 17: [k2tog] 4 times (4 stitches)
cut yarn and pull through the remaining stitcheswings (make 2)
the wings are knit in seed stitch
with white yarn
CO 6
Row 1 and 3: [k1 p1] 3 times
Row 2: [p1 k1] 3 times
Row 4: k2tog p1 k1 p2tog (4 stitches)
Row 5: [p1 k1] 2 times
Row 6: k2tog p2tog, (2 stitches).
pull the first stitch over the second, then cut your yarn and pull it through your last remaining stitch

stuff your bee’s body and sew up the underside with the tapestry needle. Pull the yarn ends into the body and cut off any ends that still show. Attach the wings. Use embroidery needle and thread to add a face.
Optional: show off your bee on instagram (tag: @yarnbirdy), or ravelry because I’d love to admire it!


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