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#1 KristieMN

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:02 PM

I have a girl friend who is due with her first girl in a few days!
I made her some lady bug receiving blankets, so I wanted to come up with a toy to tie into the theme....thus, these ladybugs were born!!

Please be advised, the pattern is untested. If you find any errors, please let me know!
Thanks!
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Lady Bug Rattle

As with all my patterns, feel free to sell the completed item!!
Please do not sell the pattern.

Supplies needed:
Small amounts of sports weight yarn. (Carons simply soft also works)
Fiberfill
F hook
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker, or safety pin
1 cat ball for each lady bug. (You can find these at most stores in the pet isle. They are plastic, with a bell in the middle. They work great…as long as somebody doesn’t step on them)

Terms used:
Sc = single crochet
Ch = chain
Slp st = slip stitch
BLO = back loops only
Sc-dec = single crochet decrease over 2 stitches
FO = finish off, fasten off

Finished size: 2 1/4 inches tall, 4 inches long, and 3 inches wide

Lady bug is worked in one continuous spiral, unless otherwise noted.

Body
With main color, and F hook,
Ch 2
1) 6 sc in 2nd hook from chain
2) 2 sc in each ch around (12 sc)
3) (2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc) repeat around (18 sc)
4) (2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc) repeat around (24 sc)
5) (2 sc in first sc, sc in next 3 sc) repeat around (30 sc)
6) (2 sc in first sc, sc in next 4 sc) repeat around (36 sc)
7-11) sc in each sc around
Slp st to next sc, Ch 1.
12) In BLO (just for this round) (sc-dec, sc in next 4 sc) repeat around (30 sc)
Now, back to working in a continuous spiral,
13) (sc-dec, sc in next 3 sc) repeat around (24 sc)
Now add stuffing and cat ball inside body. Continue stuffing as you go.
14) (sc-dec, sc in next sc) repeat around (16 sc)
15) sc-dec around. (8 sc)
FO leaving longer tail.
Use tail to close hole, weave in end.

Head

With black, and F hook
Ch 2
1) 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
2) 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
3) (2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc) repeat around (18 sc)
4-6) sc in each sc around
7) (sc-dec, sc in next sc) repeat around (12 sc)
Slp st to next sc and FO leaving long tail.
Stuff and sew head to body.

Spots (make 6)

With black and f hook,
Ch 2
1) 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Slp st to first sc, and FO
Sew spots only ladybug.

Antennas

Figure out where you would like the antennas to be.
Cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches long. Fold yarn in half. Using your hook, draw up the middle of the yarn piece, around the stitch where you want one of the antennas. Now, chain an additional 4 chains, using both yarn ends.
You are now going to have a thicker chain for your antenna. Tie a few knots at the top of the antenna. Snip yarn ends close.
Repeat on other side.
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#2 chessie

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:04 PM

Those are really cute!
Thanks for sharing the pattern!
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:05 PM

Awwww those are adorable!

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:21 PM

Those are really cute! what a good idea with the cat toy in the middle!
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:23 PM

How cute. THANK YOU
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 04:35 PM

You've done it again!! I love your patterns so... you are so very talented

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 06:44 PM

Very Cute!
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 07:39 PM

how cute!

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:38 PM

Those are so adorable - bless you for sharing the pattern. :cheer
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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:11 PM

Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:22 AM

Adorable !!! Thanks for sharing !!!

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:55 AM

How adorable. I may need to make some for the new grandbabies that I have on the way. :hook
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:09 AM

Thanks for sharing! These are too cute!
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:35 AM

How cute is that?! Thank you so much for sharing!:hug

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 07:58 AM

What a cute idea! Those are adorable and just in time for my new niece. Thanks so much. :manyheart

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 09:34 AM

Very cute! I have a new grandbaby due this winter. Gonna have to give this one a try! :cheer

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 04:03 PM

Neato ladybug!Thanks!!:yes

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for sharing! I am curious as to what you did to make ladybug receiving blankets. Can you share? Thanks again. Brenda

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 07:23 AM

So cute! :ty for sharing.

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 08:00 AM

Thanks for sharing! I am curious as to what you did to make ladybug receiving blankets. Can you share? Thanks again. Brenda


Certainly!!
I cheated, I used flannel and just sewed the edges over.

I have an entire basket for my friend.
I am nearly done with it.....Hopefully this afternoon.

I will post pictures of all the goodies I have in it!