Thursday, 24 May 2012

Bumble Bee Puppet Knitting Pattern

This bumble bee puppet is the second in my series of entomological puppets.

You will need: Small amount of black  and yellow double knitting wool.  Oddment of white or grey for wings.
Needles: 1 pair size 8 or 7 (4 mm or 4.5mm) needles.

Cast on 36 stitches using yellow wool and work 6 rows in garter stitch.
Join in black wool, keeping the yellow attached and knit 6 rows in stocking stitch, carrying the yellow wool up the side.
Knit 6 rows garter st in yellow.
Knit 6 rows in st st in black.
Knit 6 rows garter st in yellow.

Break off yellow wool.


*Cast on 8 sts in black, then knit back these 8 sts and 18 sts from the body, leaving the remaining 18 sts on a spare needle. Turn
Cast on 8 sts and purl to end (34 sts).
Work 6 rows in st st.
Cast off 9 sts, knit to end.
Cast off 9 sts, purl to end.* Leave these 16 sts on a spare needle.

Rejoin black wool to the remaining 18 body sts and work from * to *.

Slip all 32 sts back together onto one needle, join in yellow wool and work 12 rows in st st.
Break yellow wool, join in black. Work 2 rows garter st.
[K2 tog] to end of row.
Knit 1 row.
Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 4 sts left. Cast off.
Sew together down side of head, around the arms and down side seam.

Using black wool, embroider a face.

For the antenna, take a length of black wool approx 6" (15 cm) long. Thread it through the work in the position of the antenna, with the ends equal in length, tie it in about 12 knots, then trim the ends.

For the wings, using white or grey wool, cast on 80 sts. Cast off. Join the two ends in a loop, and sew onto the back as shown. 

As usual, if you have any problems with the pattern, please leave a comment and I'll try to help.


  1. Love your patterns.... I have just started making them for our local hospital I also do charity knitting so I am kept fairly busy....Thank you, Jenny

  2. Thank you so much for yuour kindness in letting us use your patterns.
    Peta x


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