Ladybug Bear

She may not be a bug, but Ladybug Bear sure is a little lady! Ladybug Bear’s hobbies include twirling around with her cute red skirt, smelling the roses, flying gracefully through the air and just being cute in general. Her wings are even removable so she can hang them up to keep them nice when she’s not flying lovingly around the garden.  Just don’t ask her to eat any aphids, she’ll leave that up to the real ladybugs!

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Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

U.S. Terminology

Materials

  • Hook: 3.5 mm
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 100 yards- Fur Colour, Black, Red, small amount of white or off-white (I used Impeccable by Loops and Threads)
  • 10 mm Safety Eyes or Embroidered Eyes
  • Embroidery Thread for Nose and Mouth
  • Polyfill
  • Needle
  • Optional: Stitch Markers and Pins

Other Notes

Magic Ring alternative- If you do not feel comfortable doing a magic ring, you can also chain 2 and work the indicated number of stitches into the first chain.

Continuous Rounds– Each row is completed in continuous rounds unless otherwise stated.

Head Cap- Depending on how firmly your head is stuffed/your personal tension and choice of yarn, you may find you need to add or remove a row when making the head Cap. Check how the Head Cap fits when you get to the last couple of rows to determine whether you need to alter the total number of rows.

Colour Change– When changing from one colour to another, in your final SC stitch after you have 2 loops on your hook, pull through with your new colour. In the next stitch of the next row, a SL ST is worked as it creates a more seamless colour change that is not as obvious.

Pattern

Muzzle:

In white colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR, SL ST to first stitch (6 st)

R2: INC SC around, SL ST to first stitch (12 st)

FO, leaving a long tail for weaving. Stitch on nose and mouth in shape that you prefer. See full body below for nose and mouth stitching.

Head:

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x6 (36 st)

R7-R13: SC around (36 st)

R14: (4 SC, INV DEC) x6 (30 st)

Insert safety eyes between rows 10 and 11, 8 stitches apart. Before attaching backings, check that the muzzle you made previously will fit between the eyes. Adjust eye placement accordingly and add washers to the back.

R15: (3 SC, INV DEC) x6 (24 st)

Start stuffing and continue stuffing for subsequent rounds (make sure it is firm).

R16: (2 SC, INV DEC) x6 (18 st)

R17: (SC, INV DEC) x6 (12 st)

FO and weave in yarn ends. Pin muzzle between safety eyes, with the top of the muzzle in line with the top of the eyes. Sew to the head and weave in ends.

Head Cap:

In black colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x6 (36 st)

Depending on how firmly your head is stuffed and yarn used, you may find you need to add or take away a row when completing the final rows. Check the fit of the head cap as you make your final rows and adjust accordingly.

R7-R17: SC around (36 st)

SL ST to first ST and FO, leaving a very long tail for sewing. Place the cap on the head with the opening at the front of the face and covering the bottom opening of the head, and pin in place. With a needle and leftover yarn, sew the cap to the head, weaving in and out every few stitches, repeating several times around the head. Weave in ends.

Ears (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC (12 st)

R3-4: SC around (12 st)

FO, leaving tail of yarn for sewing. Flatten ears and pin to the head cap around R10, giving them a bit of a curve. Sew ears to head cap, making sure to go through both the cap and head so that they are firmly secured.

Antennae (make 2)

In red colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: SC around (6 st)

Switch to black yarn

R3: (SC, INV DEC) x2 (4 st)

R4: SC around (4 st)

SL ST to the first st and FO, leaving a tail for sewing on. Pin antennae to the head in front of the ears, around R15 of the hair cap. Sew in place and weave in ends.

Body

In black colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6-7: SC around (30 st)

If you wish to omit the skirt, complete R8 in both stitches instead of the BLO

R8: In the BLO, SC around (30 st)

R9-10: SC around (30 st)

R11: (3 SC, INV DEC) x6 (24 st)

R12: (2 SC, INV DEC) x6 (18st)

Start stuffing, making sure to stuff firmly as you finish subsequent rounds

R13: (SC, INV DEC) x6 (12 st)

R 14: SC around (12 st)

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing to the head. Pin the head to the body and sew in place. Weave in ends.

Skirt

In red colour yarn:

Attach your yarn into the leftover front loops from R8 of the body, with the body opening facing you.

R1: (SC, INC SC) x15 (45 st)

SL ST to the 1st st of the row and CH2

R2: in the BLO, INC HDC around (90 st)

SL ST to the 1st st of the row and FO, weaving in the ends.

Legs (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC in MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC (12 st)

R3: SC around (12 st)

Switch to black yarn

R4-5: SC around (12 st)

R6: (4 SC, INV DEC) x2 (10 st)

Stuff at base of foot, and continue to lightly stuff up to halfway up the leg

R7: (3 SC, INV DEC) x2 (8 st)

R8-R11: SC around (8 st)

To close, pinch sides closed and 4 SC across through top of stitches of both sides. Finish off, leaving length of yarn. Pin the legs to the base of the body and sew on. Weave in the ends.

Arms (make 2)

In fur colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC in MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC (10 st)

R3: SC around (10 st)

Switch to black yarn

R4: SC around (10 st)

R5: (3 SC, INV DEC) x2 (8 st)

Stuff tip of hand lightly.

R6- R9: SC around (8 st)

To close, pinch sides closed and 4 SC across through top of stitches of both sides. FO, leaving length of yarn. Pin the arms in place and sew on. Weave in ends.

Wings (make 2)

In red colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5-8: SC across (24 st)

To close, pinch sides closed and 12 SC across through top of stitches of both sides. FO and weave in the ends.

Dots (make 6)

In black colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

SL ST to first st and FO, leaving a tail for sewing. Pin 3 to each wing, and sew in place by weaving in and out through the stitches around. Make sure to only sew through the first layer of the wing, so the black stitches don’t show on the other side. Weave in the ends

Connecting the Wings

In red colour yarn:

CH 30. SL ST into the curved side of one wing, right before the first SC. SC into the first SC on the straight edge. With the second wing, SC into the last SC on the straight edge, then SC into the side of the curved edge. CH 30 and FO. Tie the wing cape around the neck of the bear.

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