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Ladybug Amigurumi (Pattern)

I finally designed my first amigurumi! My little ladybug turned out really cute so I thought I would write up the pattern properly. Please leave me a comment if you make one, I would love to see them. Also if you find any mistakes just comment below and I will fix them up.

Pyper Ladybug

I used a 3.5mm hook and she is ~12cm long (~5 inch). I join my rounds unless otherwise indicated, but I think the pattern would still work if done in a spiral.

For this pattern I have attempted to shape the ladybug to give and oval body and flat base to the head, hence the strange looking rows in the pattern. I think it has given a noticeable effect, but that may just be because I know to look for it. She should still look fine if you just use the normal (evenly spaced) increase patterns.

This pattern took me quite a few hours to design. I am happy for people to use the pattern for themselves (hence releasing it for free) but please credit me (Pyper) if you do. Do not sell this pattern or creatures made from this pattern, and please do not post the pattern directly on your blog/site/etc, but link back to strangenessisconserved.wordpress.com

pdf of pattern: Amigurumi Ladybug – Pyper – StrangenessIsConserved

 Techniques:

  • sc: single crochet
  • inc: 2 sc in one base loop
  • dec: sc two base loops together

There seems to be several terminologies around single vs double crochet. I use sc:

  • hook through next base loop
  • yarn over and pull through base loop
  • yarn over and pull through first loop on hook
  • yarn over and pull through both loops on hook

 Materials

  • Red yarn (or whichever colour you want her)
  • Black yarn
  • White yarn (for the eyes)
  • Buttons or similar to put in the middle of the eyes (<1cm across)
  • Hook, scissors, pins and stuffing
  • Needle for sewing with yarn.

 Body

In red:

1.       Magic circle 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3.       (inc, sc) x 6 [18]
4.       inc, (sc x 3), inc, (sc x 3), inc, inc, (sc x 3), inc, (sc x 3), inc [24]
5.       inc, (sc x 4), inc, (sc x 4), inc, (sc x 1), inc, (sc x 4), inc, (sc x 4), inc, (sc x 1) [30]
6.       inc, (sc x 5), inc, (sc x 5), inc, (sc x 2), inc, (sc x 5), inc, (sc x 5), inc, (sc x 2) [36]
7.       inc, (sc x 6), inc, (sc x 6), inc, (sc x 3), inc, (sc x 6), inc, (sc x 6), inc, (sc x 3) [42]
8.       inc, (sc x 7), inc, (sc x 7), inc, (sc x 4), inc, (sc x 7), inc, (sc x 7), inc, (sc x 4) [48]
9-15. sc x 48 [48]

Finish off

In black:

1.       Magic circle 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3.       (inc, sc) x 6 [18]
4.       (inc, sc x 2) x 6 [24]
5.       (inc, sc) x 12 [36]
6.       (inc, sc x 5) x 6 [42]
7.       (inc, sc x 6) x 6 [48]

Finish off leaving a long tail. Sew the black base to the red body stitch to stitch. Stuff before closing.

Head

In black:

1.       Magic 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3.       (inc x 2, sc) x 3, sc x 3 [18]
4.       inc, sc, inc, sc x 2, inc, sc, inc, sc x 2, inc, sc, inc, sc x 5 [24]
5-8   sc x 24 [24]
9.    dec, sc, dec, sc, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc x 5 [18]

Finish off leaving a long tail. Stuff the head and sew it to the front of the body, the base (flatter part) of the head level with the base of the body.

Legs

Make 6

In black:

1.       magic 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]
3-4. sc x 12 [12]
5.       dec x 6 [6]

Stuff the foot and now start working around in a spiral rather than joining each row. Decrease the next two stitches to leave you with a ring of 4 working stitches. Sc around in a spiral until the leg is the desired leg. Mine are ~5cm or ~2in. Once the leg is long enough finish off leaving a tail to sew onto body.

Once you have all 6 position the legs on the base of the body, near the edge but still on the black. Pin them in place and adjust them until it looks how you want it. Then sew them in place.

Spots

For this one I used 6 larger spots and two smaller in black:

Large spot

1.       Magic 6 [6]
2.       inc x 6 [12]

Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto body

Small spot:

1.       Magic circle 8 [8]

Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto body

Make as many or as few of any size you wish and position them on the body with pins before sewing. Ladybugs are generally symmetric, but that is optional.

Eyes

Make 2

In white:

1.       Magic circle 8 [8]

Finish off leaving a long tail to sew onto head. Position the eyes where you want them on the head with pins, then sew them on. Depending on what you are putting in the middle of the eyes, you may need to attach before you sew down the eyes. I just sewed buttons on after sewing the eyes down.

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