Sunday, 22 September 2013

Crochet Pattern: Ladybird

Today I'm sharing my pattern for making a crochet ladybird.  After receiving a lovely set of birthday gifts from friends and family, I've been busy making these to go on the front of Thank You cards. I love how easy this pattern is and I really think the end result is pretty cute!


I used embroidery thread in black and red and a 3mm crochet hook. You also need a yarn needle.

Abbreviations (UK)

dc - double crochet
ch - chain
sl st - slip stitch
st - stitch
hk - hook
fo - fasten off

Pattern

Round 1: With red - ch2 (counts as 1dc), 9dc in 2nd ch from hk. Join with sl st. (10sts)
Round 2: 2dc in each st. Join with sl st. (20sts)
Round 3: *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st.* Repeat from * to * nine more times. Join with sl st. Fo. (30sts)
Row 4: Join black: ch2, 1dc in base of ch (counts as 2dc), 1dc in each of next 2sts, 2dc in next st. (5sts)
Row 5. Ch1. Turn. Dc in 2nd ch from hk and dc in each of next 3sts. (4sts)
Row 6. Ch1. Turn. Dc in 2nd ch from hk and dc in each of next 2sts. (3sts)
Row 7. Turm Sl st in 2nd ch from hook. Fo but leave tail long enough for embroidery.

Embroidery

Using back stitch, make a line of 4sts down the centre of the body of the ladybird.  Stitch 6 spots, 3 on either side of the central line, by making 2sts on top of one another for each spot.

Finishing

Weave in ends

1) Round 1 :: 2) Round 2 :: 3) Round 3 :: 4) Rows 4-7 :: 5) Embroidery :: 6) Darn in ends

I've used my wee crochet ladybirds to make Thank You cards.  I simply stuck them to a blank card using double-sided sticky tape.


As always, I love feedback about my patterns, so if you do use this, please leave a comment to let me know how you got on! x

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2 comments:

  1. This looks brilliant. My crochet skills are decidedly shonky but I'm inspired to try this! My little toddler would love one of these to carry in her pocket:)

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  2. Thanks for the lovely comment! They are very cute, would make a lovely mascot! X

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