How to crochet a ladybug applique


Hi everyone, welcome. I’m Kerri and I’m
going to show you how to crochet this ladybug. You’ll need a small amount of
red and black cotton or wool. I’ll be using 4 ply crochet cotton. I find it
gives me a crisper finish. You’ll also need a crochet hook, sewing or darning
needle and scissors. I find it easier to stitch my work together with sewing
thread, so I’ll be using black thread, but you can use whatever you’re
comfortable using. I’m going to use white fabric paint for the eyes, but you could
use beads or sew the eyes on. I’ll be crocheting the spots but you could embroider
them on or you could also use sequins depending on what you’re going to be
using your ladybug for. We’ll be starting with the body and red cotton, so we’ll
get started. I’m going to be starting with a magic
loop or a magic circle. Now there are many ways to do a magic loop, but I tend
to start as if I’m going to be doing a chain and instead of pulling it tight I
pull it loose. So I’ve got a little loop like that and then I’ll be doing 3
chain and I’m going to work 14 double crochet into my loop. So a double crochet
is round the hook. Go into the circle and pull up another loop, around and pass your
hook through 2 loops and you’ve got 2 left.
Round and through the last 2. So I’m going to do 14 of those into my
circle. I’m going to go over the 2 lots of cotton there. I’ve got my 14 double crochet, so I pull
on my tail and just pull it tight, as tight as I can. Now I’m going to do a
slip stitch into the third chain. A slip stitch you just pass the hook into the
chain. Pick up a loop and pull it through the 2. For the second row we’re going
to work 3 chain. We’re going to work a double crochet into the same spot as
the first chain, the chains. And now all the way around we’re going to work 2
double crochet into each stitch, just like that. Now I’ll complete this
row and I’ll be back. I’ve completed my 2 double crochet into each stitch, so
I’m now going to slip stitch in the third chain, just like that. For the third
row it’s 3 chain to begin with and then we’re going to work 1 double
crochet into each of the next 2 stitches and then 2 double crochet
into the following stitch. 1 double crochet into the next 2 and 2 double crochet into the
following stitch. We’re going to repeat that all the way around the circle. So
I’ll continue around the circle and I’ll meet you at the end. I’ve got to the end
so I’m going to do a slip stitch into the third chain and that’s our body, so
I’ll fasten it off, just cut the yarn and pull the loop through and our
body’s done. I’m now going to start on the head. I’m going to be using
black cotton for the head. I’m going to make another magic loop, just like that
and I’m going to work 4 chain into the loop. Now I’m going to do 9 treble. Put
the yarn around twice and then pick up another loop in the circle. Yarn around,
take off 2, yarn around, take off 2, yarn around, take off 2. So round twice,
pick up a loop in the circle, yarn around, take off 2, yarn around, take off 2, yarn around, take off 2. We’re going to do 9 So there’s our 9 treble and we’re going
to pull the ring tight but we’re not going to join. So I’ve got like a half
circle. I’m going to now do 4 chain and I’m going to work 12 treble evenly
across the bottom there of the half circle. I’m going to put my hook into the
treble or the chain. That’s what our head should look like. It’s finished so I’ll fasten it off. Now I’m going to do this marking for
along the back. So I’ll need to do 18 chain. Now I’m going to work a double crochet
into the fourth chain from the hook. Miss 3, into the fourth. I’ll just
do a double crochet. Into the next stitch I’m going to do a half double crochet, So
around the hook into the next chain, bring up a loop, around the hook and take
off all 3 stitches. Into the next chain I’m going to work a single crochet.
So I just go in and pick up a loop, in the chain, round and take off the 2. Now
I’m going to pass my thread under and pick up the loop and I’m going to do
a chain and then into that same, the back of the stitch where I work the single
crochet I’m going to work another single crochet. Into the next stitch I’m going
to work another,the back of the next stitch I’m going to work a half double
crochet. And then a double crochet into the following
stitch and that’s the marking for the back. So we’ll end that off. Next we’re going to make the circles or
the spots for the back. We make 4 of these. So you start with a magic
loop, work 1 chain and 4 single crochet into the loop. So round and pick up
a loop in the circle and round take off 2. Pick up a loop in the circle, round,
take off 2. So just 2 more, 4 of those and then we pull the loop tight
and then we’ll do a slip stitch into the chain and then you’ve got a little
circle. I’ll end that off, fasten. I’ll have to make 3 more of those. Now I’m going
to make the antennae. Now we’ll have to leave a tail so we can sew it to the
head and then we’ll do 6 chain and a single crochet into the second
chain from the hook. And that would just give a little circle at the end. Fasten
that off. Now I’ll just make 3 more circles for the back and another antenna
and finish off all my endings and then I’ll come back and show you how to put
it together. Now these are all our pieces. Now we’ll start by attaching our
marking to the back. Line it up against the edge of the circle and up through
the center and I’ll just catch that in there, we just end that off in there. I
found it too hard to use cotton for stitching. I’ll use my sewing cotton and I’ll stitch the markings to the back first. Just make sure it goes across the hole
in the center and we’ll line up around your circle. That’s the markings on, now you attach
the head. The head just fits along like that with
the curvy bits around and then just attach it. I do have my patterns on my website. The
details of my website are down in the description below. So you could check
that out. If you like my videos if you could
subscribe or like that would be good. That’s the head on. So next we’ll attach
the little circles or your sequins whatever you’d like. So we put them 2
on each side, like that, something like that. I’ll attach them and I’ll come back. Now my
spots are on, so next I’m going to attach the antenna. I’m just going to stitch
them on in here, just slightly each side of center, just
catch them a couple of times. Then just weave the end into the crocheting, just like that, and snip it off and the other one just in there. OK, it’s all finished but the eye, so I’m
just going to use a bit of fabric paint, just to put the eyes on. 2 little eyes
there and that’s your ladybug finished. Next I’m going to do a a series of a
train. I’ll start with the engine next and just move along and do the whole
train. So I hope you’ll join me then. Thank you for watching and see you next
time. Bye.

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