Thursday, 2 May 2013

How to crochet a small lady bird bug insect

I'm never quite sure what to call these little guys, ladybirds? ladybugs? I grew up calling them ladybirds but they are not really birds are they he he


Anyway, waffle aside. This little creature was inspired by a children's game. If you crochet lots of these little bugs with different amounts of spots they make a wonderful mix and match game and also a counting game for young children.

You will need


3.5 mm crochet hook
DK/Light worsted weight yarn in red and black
Some toy stuffing but you can also use left over scraps of yarn
Scissors and yarn needle

Bug Bottom


Step 1
Using your black yarn, crochet 8sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (8)

You can watch my tutorial here on how to do a magic ring if you like:
http://youtu.be/0m0952XQjbA


Step 2
2sc in next st and in ea st around - (16)


Step 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end - (24) sl st in next st regardless of round to fasten off, tie in all tails.

Bug Top



Step 1
Using your red yarn, crochet 8sc into a magic circle, pull to tighten, sl st to join - (8)


Step 2
2sc in next 4 sts joining your black yarn in the last st, continuing in black crochet 2sc in next 2 sts joining your red yarn in the last st, continuing in red crochet 2sc in last 2 sts - (16)




Step 3
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * three more times joining your black yarn in the last st, continuing in black crochet **1sc in next st, 2sc in next st** repeat from ** to ** once more joining your red yarn in the last st, continuing in red crochet ***1sc in next st, 2sc in next st*** repeat from *** to *** once more - (24)






Step 4
1sc in next 12 sts joining your black yarn in the last st, continuing in black crochet 1sc in next 6 sts joining your red yarn in the last st, continuing in red crochet 1sc in last 6 sts - (24) sl st in next st regardless of round to fasten off, tie in all tails. 





Finishing

Step 1
Take some short lengths of your black yarn and tie 3 knots into the middle of each length. Sew each end of your length pieces into the red part of your bug so the knot stays on the right side and tie on the back. These are your bug dots so do as many or as little as you like.





Step 2

Using your black yarn and your yarn needle and with wrong sides facing each other, stitch your bottom piece to your top piece by stitching through the inside stitch loops only (see photo). Before closing, stuff your little bug with some toy stuffing or yarn scraps and stitch closed. Tie in all your tails.





Tip* A clever way of hiding your tail ends inside your work instead of outside is to thread your yarn into your project and out the another side, it doesn't matter where, then pull your yarn tight, scrunching up your project a little, cut your yarn and then allow your project to spring back into place, the tail end of your yarn should end up inside your project, hidden away!



And now you're done!

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