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Ladybug for Mom
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crafty_shanna wrote in weloveamigurumi
Hi Everybody,
Boy, I didn't look at the page for a week, and I can't believe how busy everyone has been! I just came up with my second from-scratch pattern: a ladybug for my mom's birthday. I know there are a ton of ladybug patterns out there, but I wanted to make my own. And hey, there can never be too many lady bug patterns! I thought I would share it with you all. So now it is my FIRST PUBLISHED PATTERN! If anybody makes it, let me know and post a picture so I can see how it turned out.

One thing that is different about mine than the others I have seen is that I made the body and head in black (one continuous piece), with separate spotted red wing covers. Note that I used black Caron Simply Soft for the head, body, stand, and legs, while I used an old yarn from my stash equivalent to Red Heart for the red wing covers. Because these are different weight yarns, you might have to do some adjusting if you use red and black yarn of the same brand/weight instead of different weights like I did. (for those without access to these yarn brands, the red yarn was of a heavier weight than the black)



Ladybug Pattern

Head and Body:
Rnd 1) Using magic loop (links in other posts on this site or google it), start with a circle of 6 sc
Rnd 2) 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3) *2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 4) *2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around (24)
Rnds 5 - 8) sc around
Rnd 9) *Dec, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 10) *Dec, sc in next sc; repeat from * around (12)
If using safety eyes, attach them now (see Finishing below)
Stuff head tightly and continue to chrochet in the round
Rnd 11) *2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 12) *2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around (24)
Rnd 13) *2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * around (30)
Rnd 14) *2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * around (36)
Rnds 15 - 24) sc around
Rnd 25) *Dec, sc in next 4 sc; repeat from * around (30)
Rnd 26) *Dec, sc in next 3 sc; repeat from * around (24)
Rnd 27) *Dec, sc in next 2 sc; repeat from * around (18)
Rnd 28) *Dec, sc in next sc; repeat from * around (12)
Stuff body tightly.
Rnd 29) Dec around (6)
sl st in next sc, sew through the 5 sc and 1 sl st and pull tight. finish off.

Wing Covers:
Note that at the end of each row you will ch 1 and turn your work
Ch 15
1) sc in 2nd ch from hook and in remaining 13 ch (14)
2) sc 3, 2sc in next sc, sc 3 (8) [you will come back later and use the remaining 7 sc on the foundation row for the second wing cover]
3) sc 4, 2 sc in next sc, sc 3 (9)
4) sc 8, 2 sc in next sc (10)
5) sc across (10)
6) sc in 9, 2 sc in next sc (11)
7 - 11) sc across (11)
12) sc, dec, sc in next 4 sc, dec, sc in next 2 sc (9)
13) sc across (9)
14) sc, dec, sc in next 3 sc, dec, sc (7)
15) sc across (7)
16) dec, sc in next 2 sc, dec, sc (5)
17) dec, sc dec (3)
18) dec, sc (2)
Finish off - 1st wing cover complete
Start second wing cover by making a slip knot and joining with a sc to the inside edge of the remaining foundation row (i.e., not on the tail end, but next to the wing cover you just made)
2) sc 3, sc 2 in next sc, sc 3 (8)
3) sc 3, sc 2 in next sc, sc 4 (9)
4) 2 sc, sc in next 8 (10)
5) sc across (10)
6) 2 sc, sc in next 9 (11)
7 - 11) sc across (11)
12) sc in 2, dec, sc in next 4, dec, sc (9)
13) sc across (9)
14) sc, dec, sc in next 3, dec, sc (7)
15) sc across (7)
16) sc, dec, sc in next 2, dec (5)
17) dec, sc, dec (3)
18) sc, dec (2)
Finish off

Legs/stand:
Ch 30 and join, making sure not to twist the chain.
sc around.
*Ch 5, sc in 1st ch from hook and remaining 3 (1st leg made)
sl st in next 2 sc of base -
Repeat from * 2 more times (3 legs made)
sl st in next 5 sc
Repeat from * to - 3 times (3 more legs made)
sl st in next 5 sc and finish off

Finishing:
Sew wing covers in neck constriction.
Balance body on stand to determine placement. Sew stand to body.
Cut small circles of white felt and sew small round buttons thru felt to head (or use safety eyes instead of buttons - I don't have to worry about this with my mom! :) )
Cut varying sized circles of black felt and sew to wings
Use red embroidery floss to sew on mouth

And You're Done!













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Oh, very cute. I was just thinking about making up a ladybug pattern too (but I got swept up into making daffodils instead). You did a great job!

Ooo. I want to see your daffodils when you are done! Be sure to post 'em! I want to try doing some realistic flowers at some point, but "so many projects, so little time".

so cute! i need to try this.

that's so cute! i love his expression ^--^

It's so cute I have to make it, thanks for the pattern !

Thanks everybody. Glad you like him. Be sure to post a pic if you make him. It is fun to see how different they come out from the same pattern. Also, let me know if you have any problems with the pattern or if there appear to be any errors.

In case you were wondering why I made a "stand" it is because without it, the poor little guy topples over on his head! Placement is critical. I got it just right, started to sew it on, and discovered it wasn't just right after all. So I took it off and did it again. This time it looked good. I finished it off and buried the yarn inside only to discover that he still leans forward. Drat! It wasn't the look I was going for, but it makes him look sort of eager.

Shanna

Your ladybug is very pretty! I am going to start adding member's patterns to the WLA memories starting with yours. Thanks for posting it!

I wish i could read patterns. I think this has inspired me to go decipher what patterns say cause i wanna make a ladybug

Let me know if you have any problems with it and I'll try to clarify. I am new at writing down patterns (my dog ate the last page of notes on the previous one I tried to post, so this is my first one). I tried to use the standard abbreviations and format.

crafty shana,
would you tell me what size hook did you use ? Thank you so much for your pattern.

Hmmm. Hook size. Good question. I think I used one size bigger for the red yarn than for the black because of the different yarn thickness, but unfortunately I don't remember what those sizes were. I just used what made it come out tight so that the stuffing wouldn't show thru. Since size is not an issue with these guys (i.e., I didn't have to worry about whether it would "fit" my mom), I don't tend to pay a lot of attention to hook size other than to just use one that seems to work. I would suggest you do the same if you want to make this little guy. Just use whatever hook gives you a tight spiral. Sorry to be so unhelpful! (sheepish smile)

Thank you shana,
Now i see .you explain very well to me. I always get those holes. Thank you very much. Rashmika.

Hi Shanna, I'm stuck on the stand. My legs are all on same side! When I join chain, I sc all around the entire ring, correct? Then I followed directions. Not sure where I went wrong!? Can't wait to finish this cute critter!! Its a valentines gift for my bf, he says ladybugs are like a visit from his mom who passed away. Thanks!!

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