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Amigurumi-3-in-Bee----Tales-of-Twisted-Fibers

I have finally managed to write the pattern for the bee girl and here it is as promised :)

UPDATE (4 June, 2013): This pattern is among the “From Dream To Reality #69″ Top Ten Fun Features. Yay! Thanks, Christine :D

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The pattern is only for the doll. Tutorial for glass frames and antennae not included. Sorry, I totally suck at working with wires; you’re on your own there! :( But I’m sure many of you crafty readers will be able to figure out how to shape them by looking at the photographs. I used small lengths of copper wire to make these shapes and while the glass frame was left as it is, the wire ‘feelers’ were covered by tightly winding yellow yarn over them.

This pattern has not been tested and may contain errors (I suck at writing patterns too), so my apologies in advance for any inconvenience trying out this pattern might cause you. If you spot any errors, please be kind enough to let me know and I promise I’ll make the corrections :D

Materials

  • Crochet hook (to make all dolls parts, except the hat): please refer to the yarn label for the recommended hook size
  • Crochet hook (to make the doll’s hat): a size larger than the hook used to make rest of the doll
  • Yarn: Small amounts of these colors: Skin, Black, Yellow, and Brown
  • Polyfiber fill
  • Tapestry or darning needle
  • Fabric glue and small lengths of copper wire to make glass frames and antennae

Size: 6.5 inches

SHOES & LEGS (Make two)

With yellow, 8 sc in a magic ring

Round 1: 2 sc in each st across. (16)

Round 2: Sc around. (16)

Round 3: Change to black and working in back loops only, sc around. (16).

Round 4: Sc around. (16)

Before working on the next round, insert plastic sole base into the shoe. I used a pair of wooden buttons because they were the right size and also because I’m lazy :p . Sole-Base-for-Amigurumi-Dolls----Tales-of-Twisted-FibersFor instructions on how to make sole base, read the section under SOLE BASE.

Round 5: Sc around. (16)

Round 6: (Sc 2, dec 1) around (12)

Round 7-8: Sc around. (12)

Round 9: (Sc 2, dec 1) around. (9)

Round 10-19: Sc around. (9)

Stuff firmly with polyfiber.

SOLE BASE (Make two): Cut out two circles (approximately 2 cm across) from a hard plastic sheet to make sole base and make two holes on this circle. Insert base inside the shoe, making sure they fit within the round where you worked only on back loops (round3). Thread a large eyed needle with white yarn and secure the plastic base to the crocheted sole by passing the needle through the hole you made on the base from the inside, and back again through the other hold. Tie the ends of the yarn tightly to ensure the base doesn’t move.

JOIN LEGS

Round 20: Working with yellow, hold both legs together, making sure they face the same direction, and insert hook into the 2 stitches that meet in the center, YO and make a sc. Joining-Amigurumi-Legs----Tales-of-Twisted-FibersContinue making sc stitches around both legs. (18)

BODY: Continuing with yellow,

Round 21-23: Sc around. (18)

Round 24: Working in back loops only, (Sc 4, dec 1) around. (15)

Round 25: Sc around. (15)

Round 26: Working in back loops only, sc around. (15)

Round 27-29: Sc around. (15)

Round 30: Working in front loops only, sc around. (15).

Shape halter neck – Round 31 onwards: Sc in the next 7 sts, turn,

Ch 1, dec 1, sc 3, dec 1, turn, (5)

Ch 1, dec 1, sc 1, dec 1, turn, (3)

Ch 1, dec 1, sl st.

FO.

Make Upper Body – Next Round: Fold out the halter neck you just made, exposing the ‘free’ back loops on Round 30. Join skin color at one of the free loops on this round (Round 30)and sc around. (15)

Next Round: Sc around. (15)

Next Round: Sc around. (15)

Final Round: (Sc 3, dec 1) around. (12)

FO and stuff firmly.

Border and pattern for dress front: With black yarn, slip st along the upper edge of the doll’s halter neck to make the border. With black yarn and a tapestry needle, chain stitch the black ‘loopy’ design on the doll’s chest (see image). If you are not familiar with chain stitch, you can read this tutorial.

SKIRT – Layer 1: Join black at Round 24 and *working in front loops only, ch 3 and 1 dc in the same st. 2 dc in each st around. Sl st to join.

Ch 2, 1 hdc in the same st, 2 hdc in each dc around. Sl st to join.

Join yellow and sc around. FO.**

Layer 2: Join black at Round 26 and repeat from * to **. Tack the two skirt layers together at three or four places so that the midriff does not show and the skirt stays in place.

ARMS (Make two): With skin color, 5 sc in a magic ring.

Round 1: 2 sc into each st across. (10)

Round 2-3: Sc around. (10)

Round 4: Join black and (Sc 3, dec 1) twice. (8)

Round 5: Join yellow and sc around. (8)

Round 6: Change to black and sc around. (8)

Round 7: Change to yellow and sc around. (8)

Round 8: Change to black and sc around. (8)

Round 9: Change to yellow and sc around. (8)

Round 10: Change to black and sc around. (8)

Round 11-14: Join skin and sc around. (8)

OPTIONAL: You can lightly stuff some fiber fill now or you can leave the arms unstuffed.

Round 15: Dec around (4). FO, sew top opening close, and attach to the body.

HEAD: With skin color of your choice, 6 sc in a magic ring.

Round 1: 2 sc in each st around. (12)

Round 2: (Sc 1, inc 1) around. (18)

Round 3: (Sc 2, inc 1) around. (24)

Round 4: (Sc 3, inc 1) around. (30)

Round 5: (Sc 4, inc 1) around. (36)

Round 6: (Sc 5, inc 1) around. (42)

Round 7-12: Sc around. (42)

Round 13: (Sc 5, dec 1) around. (36)

Round 14: (Sc 4, dec 1) around. (30)

Round 15: (Sc 3, dec 1) around. (24)

Round 16: (Sc 2, dec 1) around. (18)

Round 17: (Sc 1, dec 1) around. (12)

FO and stuff firmly.

Embroider eyes and weave in hair according to your preference and attach head to body. Making-Hair-for-Amigurumi-Dolls----Tales-of-Twisted-FibersIf you are making amigurumi hair for the first time, I recommend these two tutorials:

1. Jenny and Teddy’s easy to follow tutorial on how to attach hair on amigurumi dolls

2. Owly’s detailed amigurumi hair tutorial

CAP: With a hook a size larger than the one you used for the body and yellow yarn, 6 sc in a magic ring. From the next round, we will work with alternating colors, switching between yellow and black at every round.

Round 1: (yellow) 2 sc in each st around.

Round 2: (black) 1 sc, 1 inc around.

Round 3: (yellow) 2 sc, 1 inc around.

Round 4: (black) 3 sc, 1 inc around.

Round 5: (yellow) 4 sc, 1 inc around.

Round 6: (black) 5 sc, 1 dec around.

Round 7: (yellow) sc around.

Round 8: (black)sc around.

Round 9: (yellow)sc around.

Round 10: (black) sc around.

Round 11-12: (yellow) sc around.

FO.

And you’re done! I hope you enjoy making this tiny bee girl :)Bee-Girl-Amigurumi-(rickshaw-portrait)_Tales-of-Twisted-FibersPATTERN TRANSLATIONS: The Bee Girl pattern is now available in Dutch and Spanish, thanks to Amifan and Lyanne :)

 

NOTES ON \USING, SELLING & SHARING

USING: I designed this doll for you. So I encourage you to use this pattern and make this amigurumi for yourself, your friends and your family. I’d be thrilled if you drop me a line (along with your link); I’ll make sure to give your doll a mention on my blog.

SELLING: Unless you happen to run a sweatshop somewhere, I don’t mind if you sell your dolls made from this pattern. In fact, I’d be stroked if you did. I’d also like it very much if you mentioned somewhere in the description of the doll that it’s made from a “Twisted Fibers original design”. I’d love to hear from you and see your dolls. Send me your link and I’ll give your online shop a mention on my blog.

SHARING: You can pin any image of the doll (available on my blog) on Pinterest or give your blog readers a heads up regarding the availability of this free pattern by using any of the images on this particular blog post followed a link to my blog. Sharing is loving. So go ahead and share the love :D

DON’T: Please do not sell this pattern or publish it in its entirety on any website because that would make me very sad and force me to send my ninjas after you.

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