Ladybird and Love Squares – Free Crochet Pattern

Ladybug and Love Squares - Free Crochet Pattern by Creative Crochet Workshop exclusively for The Stitchin' Mommy | www.thestitchinmommy.com

This pattern was designed by Joanita Theron of Creative Crochet Workshop, exclusively for The Stitchin’ Mommy

A pair of cute and whimsical mini afghan squares with a Ladybird and Flower on one square and the word “LOVE” on the other. 🙂 The first in a series!

Ladybug and Love Squares - Free Crochet Pattern by Creative Crochet Workshop exclusively for The Stitchin' Mommy | www.thestitchinmommy.com

Ladybird & Love Squares

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Materials:

  • Hook 4.00 mm
  • Double knitting light worsted yarn in green, dark pink, yellow, pink, cream and dark brown (small amounts for appliqués)
  • Double knitting light worsted yarn in cream & purple (approx 25gr)
  • Scissors & Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:

I use US Crochet stitch terminology

CH – chain
SC – single crochet
ST(S) – stitch(es)

Gauge:

Gauge is NOT important for this project – your squares just need to be the same size when used in a project

Finished Size:

14 cm x 14 cm

Notes:

Woven Stitch is worked on a even numbered foundation chain his pattern is worked in multiples of 16 + 1 for the turning CHAIN

Instructions:

The Square

CH 30

FOUNDATION ROW: Work 1 SC into the 4th CH from hook, *CH 1, SKIP 1 CH, work 1 SC into next CH, rep from * until  end, TURN

ROW 1: CH2, work 1 SC into first CH space, *CH1, work 1 SC into next CH space rep from * until end, TURN

Row 1 forms the pattern

REPEAT ROW 1 UNTIL PIECE MEASURES APPROXIAMTELY 14 CM X 14 CM

Fasten off and weave in ends

Ladybird Square Appliqués:

The Hill:

With green yarn

Make a magic circle

Row 1: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), work 5 DC into circle (6 DC), TURN

Row 2: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), work 2 DC into each DC until end (12 DC), TURN

Row 3:  CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), work 1 DC into same ST as 3 CH, work 1 DC into next ST. *Work 2 DC into next ST, work 1 DC into next ST. Repeat from * until end (18 DC) – DO NOT TURN – continue working into the rows on the bottom, work 2 SC into each Row (16 SC)

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

The Ladybird:

Body –

With dark pink yarn

Make a magic circle

Rnd 1: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), work 11 DC into circle, SL ST into top of 3 CH (12 DC)

Rnd 2: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), work 1 DC into same ST, work 2 DC into each DC, SL ST into top of 3 CH (24 DC)

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

Head –

With dark brown yarn

Make a magic circle

Row 1: CH 3 (counts as 1 DC), work 5 DC into circle (6 DC), DO NOT TURN – continue working into the rows on the bottom, work 2 SC into each Row (4 SC)

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

The Flower:

Center –

With yellow yarn

Make a magic circle

Rnd 1: Work 6 SC into circle

Rnd 2: Note – work in back loops only – Work 2 SC into each SC (12 SC)

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

Petals –

With pink yarn – join with a SL ST into first back loop of last yellow round

Rnd 1: * (CH3, 1 DC, CH 3, SL ST) – all in one ST, SL ST into next 2 STS – repeat from * until end (6 Petals made)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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CCW-MAS-LADYBIRDLOVE-010Using Photo as guide – sew your appliqués into position
First the hill onto the bottom of the square, then the flower just above the hill, (embroider some French Knots for spots onto the Ladybird’s body, before sewing onto square.)  Sew Ladybird body onto square, with the body positioned just a little bit over the hill. Sew head into position – sew some stitches through the square stitches for the Ladybird’s antennae.

Love:

The Letter L –

With dark pink yarn

CH 12

Work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into next 5 CH, work 3 SC into next CH, work 1 SC into next 4 CH, TURN

Work 1 SC into next 5 STS, work 3 SC into next ST, work 1 SC into next 7 STS, TURN, SL ST all around letter

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

CCW-MAS-LADYBIRDLOVE-011

The Letter V –

With dark pink yarn

CH 14

Work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into next 5 CH, work 3 SC into next CH, work 1 SC into next 6 CH, TURN

Work 1 SC into next 7 STS, work 3 SC into next ST, work 1 SC into next 7 STS, TURN, SL ST all around letter

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

CCW-MAS-LADYBIRDLOVE-012

The Letter E –

With dark pink yarn

CH 17

Work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into next 3 CH, work 3 SC into next CH, work 1 SC into next 6 CH, work 3 SC into next CH, work 1 SC into next 4 CH,TURN

Work 1 SC into next 5 STS, work 3 SC into next ST, work 1 SC into next 8 STS, work 3 SC into next ST, work 1 SC into next 5 STS TURN

SL ST all around letter – when you reach the inner center – SL ST into 2 STS, CH 3, work 1 SC into 2nd CH from hook, work 1 SC into next – continue with SL ST all around

Fasten off and a leave a tail for sewing

CCW-MAS-LADYBIRDLOVE-013

The Flower O:

Repeat instructions for flower – changing pink yarn for cream

CCW-MAS-LADYBIRDLOVE-014Using Photo as guide – sew your appliqués into position
Start with L, then the flower, the V and lastly the E-making sure they are evenly spaced 🙂

 

Happy Hooking 🙂

 

I love to crochet! To design and make patterns for both young and old is an absolute life’s passion. My daughter is my greatest inspiration! I love to try and learn new techniques, and although patience is not my strongest virtue, I have found that committing to a project and having the pleasure of a finished item, is one of life’s greatest and most satisfying pleasures. I believe that anyone can learn a new craft. I try to design and make my projects so that even a novice can do them. “Crochet is an art and crocheters it’s artists. Each crafted item is unique and own to its crafter”
Find Joanita on her Blog and Facebook page!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Amy,
    I really appreciate you giving of your time for free patterns.
    I love this Lady Bug & Flower Pattern but Please help me. I have made 8 Petals and non look like your. I guess I am missing something. Would you Please show me what I am doing wrong.
    Thank you so Much.
    Eliz

    1. Hi Elizabeth, sorry for the late response. Are you working the (CH3, 1 DC, CH 3, SL ST) all in the same stitch and then slip stitching in the 2 sts after that?

  2. Oh my goodness!!! These are absolutely adorable!!! So these are the first of a series??? How often will they be coming out? I am so going to crochet these!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

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