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Crochet DROPS lady bug in "Cotton Light".
DROPS Extra 0-890
DROPS design: Pattern no cl-001-bn
Yarn group B
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Measurements: approx. diameter 14 cm / 5½''.

Materials: DROPS COTTON LIGHT from Garnstudio
50 g color no 32, red
50 g color no 20, black
Some left-over off white yarn for eyes.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK size 3.5 mm/E/4 - or size needed to get 22 sc = width 10 cm / 4''.

ACCESSORIES: Some poly stuffing for filling

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  • DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI COLOUR (50g)
    2.90 USD
NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inch - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
MAGIC CIRCLE:
When piece is worked in the round, start with this technique to avoid holes in the middle (instead of ch-ring):
Hold the yarn end and wind the yarn one time around the index finger to make a loop.
Hold the loop with left thumb and middle finger, place the yarn over left index finger.
Insert hook through the loop, make a YO and pull yarn through loop, work ch 1, then work sc around the loop.
When the desired no of sc have been reached, pull the yarn end to tighten the loop.
Fasten the yarn end at the back. Continue to work in the round in a circle.

WORK IN THE ROUND IN A CIRCLE:
After last sc on the round, continue to next round with 1 sc in next sc which is 1st sc from previous round. NOTE: Insert a marker at the beg of round between last sc and 1st sc on round, move the marker upwards when working.

DECREASE TIP:
Dec 1 st by working 2 sts tog as follows: * Insert hook in next st, get yarn *, repeat from *-* one more time, make 1 YO and pull yarn through all 3 sts on hook.

COLOR CHANGE:
To get a nice color change work last sc on round as follows: Insert hook in last sc, get yarn, make a YO with the new color and pull it through all sts on hook. Continue on to next round with the new color.

CROCHET TIP: Beg every sc round with 1 ch which replaces the first sc.

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TOP SIDE OF LADY BUG:
Worked in the round in a circle from mid on top of upper part of body with red on hook size 3.5 mm/E/4.
Start by making a MAGIC CIRCLE - read explanation above.
ROUND 1: Work 8 sc in the magic circle - READ WORK IN THE ROUND IN A CIRCLE - Insert 1 marker at beg of round and move it upwards when working.
ROUND 2: Work 2 sc in every st = 16 sc.
ROUND 3: * 1 sc in next sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 24 sc.
ROUND 4: * 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 32 sc.
ROUND 5: * 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 40 sc.
ROUND 6: Work 1 sc in every sc.
ROUND 7: * 1 sc in each of the next 4 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 48 sc.
ROUND 8: Work 1 sc in every sc.
ROUND 9: * 1 sc in each of the next 5 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 56 sc.
ROUND 10: Work 1 sc in every sc.
ROUND 11: * 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* one more time, work 1 sc in each of the next 11 sc.
** Work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next st **, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, repeat from **-** one more time, work 1 sc in each of the next 11 sc, repeat from **-** one more time, 1 sc in each of the last 4 sc on round = 64 sts (= 8 inc sts).
ROUND 12: Work 1 sc in every sc.
ROUND 13: 1 sc in each of the first 4 sc, work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next st, work 1 sc in each of the next 15 sc,
* work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sc, repeat from *-* 1 more time, work 1 sc in each of the next 15 sc, repeat from *-* one more time, 1 sc in each of the last 3 sc on round = 72 sts (= 8 inc sts).
ROUND 14-18: Work 1 sc in every sc. Put piece aside - do not cut the yarn.

LADY BUG'S DOTS:
Work 6 small dots (stop after 2nd round) and 4 large dots (stop after 3rd round) with black as follows:
Ch 5 and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch.
READ CROCHET TIP!
Round 1: 8 sc in ch-ring, finish with 1 sl st in 1st sc from beg of round.
Round 2: 2 sc in every sc = 16 sc, finish with 1 sl st in 1st sc from beg of round.
Round 3 (for large dots): * 1 sc in next sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 24 sc.
Fasten off. Fasten the dots on the top side. Work a ch row of 24-28 cm / 9½"-11" with black. Fasten the row down along the middle of the top side.

UNDERSIDE OF LADY BUG:
Work as top side but with black to and with 13th round, fasten off. Now place the underside and top side on top of each other and work them tog with a sc round in red through both layers while at the same time filling the lady bug with poly stuffing. Fasten off.

LEG:
Ch 16 with black. Turn piece and work back as follows: Beg in 2nd st from hook and work 1 sc in each of the next ch 6, then ch 2, work 1 sc in each of the next 9 ch.
Cut the yarn - this is used to fasten the leg to the lower part of body.
Work 6 legs in total and fasten them evenly on each side.


ANTENNAS:
Worked in the round in a circle.
Ch 4 with black, form a ring by working 1 sl st in first ch, then 1 sc in every ch made = 4 sc.
Then work 1 sc in every sc until piece measures approx. 4 cm / 1½'', switch to red - READ COLOR CHANGE.
Then work 2 sc in each of the next 4 sc = 8 sc.
Work 1 sc in each of the next 8 sc, then work all sc on round tog 2 by 2 = 4 sc, fasten off.
Pull yarn end through the antenna and tighten until it bends.

EYE:
Worked in the round in a circle. Start by making a magic circle in off white. Work 6 sc in the magic circle, cut, tighten and fasten the yarn.

HEAD:
Start by making a MAGIC CIRCLE - read explanation above with black.
ROUND 1: Work 6 sc in the magic circle - READ WORK IN THE ROUND IN A CIRCLE - Insert 1 marker at beg of round and move it upwards when working.
ROUND 2: Work 2 sc in every st = 12 sc.
ROUND 3: * 1 sc in next sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 18 sc.
ROUND 4: * 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, work 2 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 24 sc.
ROUND 5-9: Work 1 sc in every sc.
Fasten off.
Fasten 1 antenna in each side of head, fasten the eyes, then fill the head with some poly stuffing and fasten it to body.



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