I made a couple of these crochet ladybugs the other day and plan on making a few more for a yarn bombing project happening at the library in a couple of weeks time.
They are my own design and as I've been asked for the pattern I decided to share it here too in case anyone would like to make them. I hope the instructions are clear but please bear in mind I'm not a crochet designer, usually I make things up as I go along. I took some progress pictures too, I hope you find both instructions and pictures useful. I used DK acrylic yarn and a 4mm hook
Here we go then.
Crochet ladybug appliqué
With red yarn
Round 1 : Into an adjustable ring crochet 10 treble stitches. Join with slip stitch to close round.
Round 2 : Chain 3 (counts as treble) and crochet 1 treble into same space, then 2 trebles in each treble of previous round (20 trebles). Join with slip stitch to close round. Fasten off.
With black yarn
Round 3 : In back loops only crochet 2 slip stitches in each treble of previous round (40 slip stitches). Join with slip stitch to close round.
Round 4 (head) : Chain 1, in same stitch from previous round make 1 double crochet, 1 half treble, 3 trebles, 1 half treble, chain 2 and join with slip stitch. Fasten off. To make the antennae chain 4 and then slip stitch back down the chain. Chain 4 again, turn* and slip stitch down the chain. Join with slip stitch and fasten off. Weave in all the ends.
* When making the antennae I found that you need to turn so each antenna points in opposite directions.
Thread a tapestry needle with black yarn and stitch the centre of the ladybug and the spots as shown in the pictures below.
I liked the texture on the wrong side best so I decided to stitch the spots on that side which means the right side of the crochet became the reverse. I hope this makes sense to you.
And here it is again, a cute and easy to make ladybug.