Free-Bee square

Here’s a lovely little free-bee! The pattern for this sweet honey bee square is below. It’s easy to make, just work in double crochet (US Single crochet) following the chart for the colour changes, with back stitch lines to give a bit of definition afterwards. It would make an eye-catching feature square as part of a larger blanket, or use the motif on a cushion.

You will need

  • Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 50g/125m)
  • 1 ball of each:
  • Yarn A Saffron (249)
  • Yarn B Chocolate (507)
  • Yarn C Lemonade (403)
  • Yarn D Linen (505)
  • A 3mm (US C/2 or D/3) hook

Measurements

15cm (6in) square

Notes

On the Chart, each square represents 1dc stitch, and the bold lines represent back stitch worked afterwards. Read all RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right. When changing colours, change in the last yrh of the previous st and twist the yarn ends together to avoid holes forming.

Instructions

Using Yarn A, ch34.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [33 sts]
Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st to end, turn.
Rows 3-36 Cont working each row as Row 2, following Chart for the colour changes.
Fasten off and weave ends.
Using Yarn B, work back stitches using the stitches as a grid, following the lines on the Chart.

Border
Using Yarn C, join in top edge, in third st from right.
Round 1 (RS) (Tr in st 2 rows below, dc in next st) repeat to last st of top row, 3dc in last st. Tr in same point as previous tr, dc in next st. Cont working (tr, dc) as before, so that the tr sts are in line with the first tr worked on this side. You may have to adjust the number of sts when you reach the corners so that the tr sts at the corners line up as closely as possible. Cont in same fashion around, working 3dc in each corner, ss to first st.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Chart

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