Lorelei the Lady Bug
Bugs might make you nervous, but Lorelei the Lady Bug is the cutest insect around. You will need scarlet and black Vanna's Choice yarn from Lion Brand to make this adorable little ladybug. You can crochet it and add it to your crochet amigurumi collection. It's such an easy pattern because it's worked in continuous rounds with a G crochet hook. This crochet toy would fit great in a child's bedroom as a decoration or would even make a baby shower gift. Lorelei the Lady Bug is a fantastic free crochet pattern you'll want to make right now.
NotesWork in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.
Crochet HookG/6 or 4 mm hook
Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)
Crochet GaugeExact gauge is not essential to this project.
Finished Size2 in. (5 cm) tall
- 860-113 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Scarlet - 1 ball
- 860-153 Vanna's Choice Yarn: Black - 1 ball
- Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size G-6 (4 mm)
- Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
- Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers
- 2 plastic safety eyes, 6 mm diameter
- Fiberfill stuffing
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Stitch Explanation: sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch.
Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around – 12 sts.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around – 18 sts.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around – 24 sts.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around – 30 sts.
Rnd 6: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * around – 36 sts.
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts; rep from * around – 42 sts.
Rnds 8–16: Sc in each st around.
With B, ch 2.
Rnds 1–8: Work Rnds 1–8 of Upper Body – 42 sts.
With B, ch 2.
Rnds 1–4: Work Rnds 1–4 of Upper Body – 24 sts.
Rnds 5–8: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 9: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around – 18 sts.
Legs (make 6)
With B, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in first ch.
Place marker to indicate beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around – 8 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Sc in each st around.
Spots (make 6)
With B, ch 2.
Rnds 1 and 2: Work Rnds 1 and 2 of Upper Body – 12 sts.
Following package directions, attach safety eyes to Head. Stuff Upper Body and sew to Base. Stuff Head and sew to Body. Stuff Legs very lightly and sew three to each side of Body at Base. With A, embroider a straight st mouth and make 2 antennae, each about 1 in. (2.5 cm) long on top of Head. Weave in ends.
- single crochet
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May 11, 2022
Thank you so much for posting this free pattern. The beginning round is SOOO much easier than making a magic ring! Im still new at making small animals, but heres my ladybug!
Mar 05, 2019
Might be a silly question..... but how do you make the antenna's stiff like they appear to be? I'm not quite sure I picked that up in the pattern instructions. Also..... has anyone tried making a bit bigger? I was kinda thinking double that size for our Granddaughter.....who's name just happens to be Lorelei. Must make (I'm just a beginner, so hoping this goes smoothly.....tee hee!!). Thank you.
Aug 30, 2018
A ladybug is a great idea for a sweet stuffed buddy for a boy or girl. This is so cute. It looks like a nice huggable toy. It could even be done in different colors. I think my granddaughter would love this. I could use it to explain to her that ladybugs are friends for our gardens.
Jul 28, 2018
This is an adorable little stuffed animal. I can remember in elementary school our art teacher must have really loved lady bugs because her room was covered in them. From paintings to sculptures. I can remember the bright red colors. I thought there were beautiful much like little Lorelei the ladybug.
Jun 30, 2018
Lorelei the ladybug is just too cute not to want to make. This time of the year you do get to see a few more of these in the environment especially if you have a garden. As I no longer garden, I feel grateful to see them when I do.
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May 20, 2018
Tried this craft? What did you think?
May 19, 2018
I crocheted this adorable little lady bug for my granddaughter. When my son proposed to my daughter-in-law, on the beach, a lady bug lit on his sunglasses. This has become her "logo" and thereby now attached to their baby daughter. I added three squeakies inside the stuffing, so she is able to squeeze and hear the sounds.
Mar 05, 2018
I love this Lorelei the Lady Bug! The pattern is so easy to follow and makes a sweet little bug. I like putting small crocheted bugs in my house plants. The Grandkids love finding them and always wants to keep them. So much fun. I'll be making a lot of these cute little lady bugs. Thank you so much for sharing this free fun crochet Lady bug pattern.
Jan 30, 2018
You probably could use this ladybug basic pattern to construct many other animals as well! Just use your imagination and change the body color from red to black, make two small triangles for ears, and a long single crochet tube for a tail! You can have a cute black cat -) A dinosaur would be cute, too, just use creativity and roll with it. I like designs like this that allow me to branch out with my own ideas.
Oct 28, 2017
Sweet lady! She is just the little something I was looking for to include in my crochet baby set. I made a lady bug hat, dua Er cover, and booties. And now I can add the perfect huggable animal to go with it. Thank you so much for sharing this adorable little thing!
Jun 29, 2017
There are not many pet patterns on this website and I need to crochet some pet toys for my two cats. This will be perfect. I will crochet it in the colors that cat's see best.
May 18, 2017
Such a tiny and cute little lady bug. A size G hook sounds like a way too big of a hook to produce something so teeny tiny. I am interested to see what comes out of the finished product when I work this project. I already have plenty of Vannas Choice yarns left from other things I have made.
Apr 01, 2017
This sweet little lady looks easy to work up, but its hard to believe the finished project is only two inches long. Of course, you could make it bigger by going with a larger hook, although I dont think I would go any bigger than an I sized hook. The instructions are nicely written but needs some photos for the assembly portion.
Feb 09, 2017
In the first place, I love lady bugs! So, I think I am going to try this pattern. It looks like it will be simple enough to do, whip out a few of them quickly. The previous comment said they also did a diaper cover and hat design. Ill have to hunt up a lady bug beanie design as I am making some beanies for chemo patients.
May 10, 2016
This is just so cute. I read thru the pattern and it sounds easy enough. I just recently made a diaper cover and hat in a lady bug design. This would be so cute to go along with that set. Thank you so much for posting this adorable free pattern.
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