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Bubble Bugs and Crochet Workshops

I’m in the process of finishing writing up and photographing a tutorial on making the perfectly fitting crochet top, some of you will have seen a preview on social media, do join me on Facebook and Twitter if you want to be kept updated between blogs. I’m also holding more crochet classes for those of you in the Burton/Ashby area on Mondays or Tuesdays from 1-2, starting in September. These are primarily aimed at beginners and intermediates, if you know anyone wanting to learn, do pass on the details. You can find more event details here, or message me!

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In the mean time, I’ve been making a few of these little guys to feed the boy’s enthusiasm for mini beasts. One of the prettiest bugs being ladybirds, I whipped up a rainbow array of them.

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We found a cricket in the garden. A CRICKET! And slugs, ants, flies, ladybugs, bees and butterflies, all of which keep the boy entertained for ages. The cricket was brilliant. After a tentative start, I told him, “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you!”, he prodded the beasty and it promptly jumped in his face. Oops. As all mothers would, I then paused to see if the child was going to laugh or cry. Both equally possible. Luckily, the boy found the beasty suitably entertaining and hilarity ensued.

Since then I’ve had requests for woolly bugs, so here they are. Mini beasts ahoy in Lime Green Lady land, thought you’d like the pattern in case you’ve got any bug obsessed wee ones around. They’re super quick, working up in around an hour or so. Make loads and have a bug hunt. GO GO GO!

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Bubble Bug Pattern

UK crochet terms


Double knit yarn in body colour and black

3.5mm hook, but any hook up to about 4.5mm will do.


Yarn needle



rnd                        round

dc                        double crochet

ch                        chain

st                        stitch

slst                        slip stitch

dec                        decrease

Main body

Working back and forth from left to right of body using body colour:

row 1                        Magic circle 6

row 2                        1dc, (2dc in next st) 3 times, 1dc, (8 st ) 1ch and turn

row 3                        1dc, (2dc in next st, 1dc) 3 times, 1dc, (11st) 1ch and turn

row 4                        1dc, (2dc in next st, 2dc) 3 times, 1dc, (14 st) 1ch and turn

row 5                        1dc, (2dc in next st, 3dc) 3 times, 1dc, (17 st) 1ch and turn

row 6-10            work even, (17 st)1ch and turn

row 11            change to black, work even, (17 st)1ch and turn

row 12            1dc, (1dec, 3dc) 3 times, 1dc, (14 st) 1ch and turn

row 13            1dc, (1dec, 2dc) 3 times, 1dc, (11 st) 1ch and turn

row 14            1dc, (1dec, 1dc) 3 times, 1dc, (8 st) 1ch and turn

row 15            1dc, (1dec) 3 times, 1dc, (5 st) 1ch and turn

pull yarn through to finish, leaving long end. Use this long end to sew up the ‘nose’ area of the bug. Surface crochet a line of chs or embroider down the centre of the body in black.


Working in a spiral using black:

rnd 1                        Magic circle 6

rnd 2                        (2dc in next st) 6 times (12)

rnd 3                        (2dc in next st, 1dc) 6 times (18)

rnd 4                        (2dc in next st, 2dc) 6 times (24)

rnd 3                        (2dc in next st, 3dc) 6 times (18) sl st into 1st dc from this rnd to complete base. Pull yarn through leaving long end.

Spots (make 2)

Working in a spiral using black:

rnd 1                        Magic circle 6

rnd 2                        (2dc in next st) 6 times (12)

Making up

Sew spots on main body.

Sew base to main body using whip stitch, remembering to stuff before closing completely. Weave in ends.

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Urgh. I’m trying to write all my patterns in a new format, more compatible with some of the published bits I’ve been doing. This took me 3 times as long as it usually does to write down, but hopefully its clearer for you guys. Let me know what you think, and any suggestions on preferred pattern formats gratefully received.

Unless you want me to use a yet another completely different style, in which case, I’m not sure I want to know…



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This entry was published on August 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm. It’s filed under amigurumi, crochet, pattern, toy, workshop and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

8 thoughts on “Bubble Bugs and Crochet Workshops

  1. They. Are. Adorable! Well done 😆

  2. Just so cute. Love them.

  3. These are cute lil ladybugs!!! I will have to make a few!

  4. Very adorable. And I think the format is very clear. I personally use one that is very similar for my toys.

    God Bless,


  5. How cute are these bugs! And a very fast project, thank you for the tutorial.

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