My Go-To Free Crochet Ladybug Pattern For Sweet Amigurumi Ladybugs

Ladybugs are (in my opinion) the world’s cutest insect and it’s about time that I add a cute ladybug to my crochet amigurumi collection. Today I’m sharing with you my go-to free crochet ladybug pattern so that you can make your own adorable ladybug. This ladybug amigurumi is an easy pattern that is designed using basic crochet stitches making it a wonderful little project for beginner crocheters.

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Grab a printable, ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Ravelry and Etsy shops for a small fee. The PDF version includes the written pattern and a step-by-step photo tutorial for the ladybug’s legs.

How do you Crochet a Lady Bug?

For this little stuffed ladybug pattern, we’re going to make it in several pieces and then seam them together. We’ll crochet the ladybug body / shell first, which is worked in one piece, in a continuous spiral. Then we’ll create the head, adding safety eyes and stuffing it as we sew it onto the body. Then the legs are crocheted in a single piece and sewn to the bottom of the body. Then we’ll crochet spots for our adorable little ladybug and sew them on. I’ve recommended that you make eight spots (4 for each side of the shell) but you can crochet more or fewer spots depending on your personal preference for your toy.

This ladybug looks great in a bunch of different colors. I’ve had people share photos of their amigurumi ladybugs made with blanket yarn in neon colours and one person even made a ladybug in each color of the rainbow. Don’t feel that you have to stick to the traditional red and black yarn colors.

How do I Make a Cuddle Sized Version of This Ladybug?

To make this pattern big enough to cuddle, I recommend using a super bulky weight yarn like a Bernat Blanket yarn and an appropriately sized hook (I used an 8 mm hook). When I made mine using blanket yarn, I used 20 mm eyes for that toy but use whatever size eyes that you’d like for your own unique look to your toy. I get my large safety eyes from Chateau Bornais Crochet as I love their handpainted sparkly eyes.

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Disclaimer:

Feel free to sell the item created with this free crochet ladybug pattern or any of my other free patterns but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://www.theloopylamb.com. This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed or digital form, or claim this pattern as your own original design. Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.  

Skill Level:

  • Easy


Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain

  • FLO = Front Loop Only

  • FO = Finish Off

  • MC = Magic Circle / Magic Ring

  • SC = Single Crochet

  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease

  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase / 2 Single Crochets in the Same Stitch

  • SL ST = Slip Stitch

  • BLO = Back Loop Only

  • ST(S) = Stitches

  • YO = Yarn Over


Finished Size:

  • Approx. 3” long from head to bum, once assembled.

Gauge:

  • Rounds 1 – 4 of the body = 1.5” inches across at widest point

NOTES:         

  • Instructions within the brackets () are to be repeated the number of times specified next to the brackets.

  • This pattern is worked in continuous rounds / a continuous spiral (unless stated otherwise).  Do not join at the end of the round, unless indicated.  A stitch marker is used to keep track of the beginning of the round.

  • For a cleaner SCDEC, do your SCDEC under the front loops only of each stitch rather than under both loops.  This is often referred to as an invisible decrease. Check out my invisible decrease tutorial for more help.

  • Gauge is not vital to the project but it may affect the amount of yarn needed for the project and the size of your toy. 

Special Techniques and Stitches:

  • Invisible Finish/Join: FO leaving a long tail. Thread the tail onto a tapestry needle.  Place the tapestry needle through the top of the 2nd ST from front to back and pull through.  Place tip of needle into top of the last ST of the round, under the back loop of the stitch, and pull through to the back of the work.  Weave in the end. Check out this invisible finish tutorial on my blog for more help.

Grab a printable, ad-free PDF version of this pattern in my Ravelry and Etsy shops for a small fee. The PDF version includes the written pattern and a step-by-step photo tutorial for the ladybug’s legs.

Lara Ladybug Free Crochet Ladybug Pattern

Body

Round 1: Using Colour B, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18)


Round 4: SC, SCINC, (SC 2, SCINC) x 5, SC. (24)


Gauge Check: Piece should measure approx. 1.5” across widest point at end of Round 4.


Round 5: (SC 3, SCINC) x 6. (30)


Round 6: SC 2, SCINC, (SC 4, SCINC) x 5, SC 2. (36)


Rounds 7 – 9:  SC around. (36)


FO using invisible join.  Join Colour A in BLO of first ST of Round 9.


Round 10: SC 2, SCDEC, (SC 4, SCDEC) x 5, SC 2. (30) – Start stuffing.  Continue to add more stuffing as you work.


Round 11: (SC 3, SCDEC) x 6. (24)


Round 12: SC, SCDEC, (SC 2, SCDEC) x 5, SC. (18)

Round 13: (SC, SCDEC) x 6. (12)


Round 14: (SCDEC) x 6. (6)


FO leaving a tail to close the hole.  Weave tail through the FLO of the last round and cinch the hole shut.  Weave in ends.

Head

Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


Round 2: (SCINC) x 6. (12)


Round 3: (SC, SCINC) x 6. (18) – Insert safety eyes in Round 3 with 4 sts between them.


Rounds 4 – 5:  SC around. (18)

FO using invisible join and leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff head and sew onto the side of the body, adding stuffing as you sew.  Use a length of Colour A to embroider a line down the center of the back of the Body, using the photo as reference.

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Legs (Make 1)

Using Colour A, CH 5.


Round 1:
SL ST in the 2nd chain from the hook, *CH 7, SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook and in of the next 5 CHs, SL ST into next CH of initial CH-5*, repeat from * to * 2 times, turn work so you are working on the other side of the chain.  Repeat from * to * 3 more times.  (Need more help? The PDF version of this pattern available in my Ravelry and Etsy shops has a step-by-step photo tutorial to help you out).

FO and leave a long tail for sewing.  If legs are curling, lightly steam block legs flat.  Sew legs onto bottom / underside of the body.

Black Spots (Make 8)

Round 1: Using Colour A, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)


FO using invisible join and leave a long tail for sewing.  Sew spots onto body, using photo as reference.

I hope that you enjoyed making Lara Ladybug with this free crochet ladybug pattern. I’d love to see your beautiful finished project! Share your project with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylamb in your posts.

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