Fuzzy Love Bug Pattern
The fuzzy love bug is here to wish you Happy Valentine's Day! This furry little guy was so fun to make! I hadn't taken more than a few pictures when my youngest daughter scooped him up and made him hers... so I suppose he is popular with all ages! I don't think I'm getting little love bug back since he's currently sleeping next to my 3 year old in her bed.
Ready? Let's get started!
- Lion Brand Go For Faux Thick & Quick yarn
- Poodle Pink
- Lion Brand Basic Stitch yarn
- Baby Pink
- Red Heather
- Black (optional for eyes)
- 3.5mm & 8mm crochet hooks
- Yarn needle
- Two pipe cleaners(12" long)
- Two 12mm safety eyes(optional)
- Poly-fil stuffing
Gauge is not terribly important for this project. Make sure your stitches are tight enough stuffing doesn't show through. For the antennae - make the starting chain as long as your pipe cleaner folded in half.
Body - Begin with Pink Fur, 8mm hook
Begin: Make MC, ch 1
Rnd 1: 6 sc in the MC (6)
Rnd 2: inc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc around (12)
Rnd 4: dec around (6)
Fasten off. Use your hook to help you weave through the top sts, then pull closed and secure the end. Hide the rest of it inside the body.
Legs (make 2) - Begin with Red, 3.5mm hook
When beginning a round, remember to put your 1st st in the same as the sl st - then you will not sc into the prev. sl st at the end of the round. Stuff with poly-fil as you go.
Begin: Ch 7
Rnd 1: (3 sc) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 sts, (3 sc), sc in next 4 sts, sl st to 1st sc (14)
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc around, sl st to 1st sc (14)
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in next 7 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 4 sts, sl st to 1st sc (12)
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in next 6 sts, sc3tog, sc in next 3 sts, sl st to 1st sc (10)
Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in next 5 sts, dec, sc in next 3 sts, sl st to 1st sc (9)
Switch to Baby Pink
Rnd 6-7: sc around (9)
Switch to Red
Rnd 8-9: sc around (9)
Switch to Baby Pink
Rnd 10-12: sc around (9)
Leave a long tail on each leg and finish off.
Antenna - Begin with Red, 3.5mm hook (make 2)
You can adjust the antenna length if needed - make your chain the same length as your pipe cleaner folded in half. Match the pipe cleaner color to the antennae color so it doesn't show through. (Use 2 pipe cleaners per antenna if you want it to be stiffer!)
Begin: ch 25
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch, and across (24)
Row 2 -4: ch 1, turn, sc across (24)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Fold long ends together. Using your needle, sew the very tip of the short ends together, then continue along the long side. Weave in and out the sides, NOT over the top.
Once you are about halfway done, set aside for a moment. Take a pipe cleaner, stick it through the body and up under a stitch where you want the antenna to stick out - pull so the 2 ends are even (see image). Then, twist them together snugly, especially at the bottom near the body. Make sure to fold the top pokey ends over into a loop of sorts, so they don't poke through.
Slide the antenna "tube" onto the pipe cleaner. Continue sewing the antenna around it all the way to the end. Then, sew around the base of the antenna to sew it onto the body securely.
Hearts - Begin with Baby Pink, 3.5mm (make 4)
*Remember ( ) mean in the same st!
Begin: MC, ch 2
Rnd 1: (3 dc, 3, hdc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, 3 hdc, 3 dc) all in the MC, ch 2, sl st to the MC
Switch to Red
Rnd 2: ch 2, (sc, hdc), (3 hdc), (2 hdc), sc in next 4 sts, ch 1, hdc, ch 1, sc in next 4 sts, (2 hdc), (3 hdc), (hdc, sc), ch 2, sl st to the MC
Fasten off, pull yarn end through the MC and secure to the back. Leave long on TWO of the hearts. You'll use this long end to sew them together.
Attach Hearts to Antennae
Put two hearts wrong sides together. Starting at the top, sew along the edge (in and out, not over the side).
When you get a few stitches from the bottom corner, sandwich it onto the top of the antenna. Continue to sew the heart sides together, this time going through the antenna as well. Sew up the other side and fasten off. Repeat to the other antenna/hearts.
Using the yarn end on the leg, attach the leg to the bottom of the body - underneath where the antenna is, with feet facing the front. Repeat on the other side/leg.
Nose - Begin with Red, 3.5mm hook
Begin: ch 5
Rnd 1: (2 sc) in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 sts, (2sc), sc in next 2 sts, sl st to 1st sc (8)
Rnd 2: sc around (8)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Use the tail to attach the nose to the face - in the middle about halfway down.
Eyes Begin with White, 3.5mm hook
Begin: MC, ch 1
Rnd 1: 8 sc in the MC (8)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
There are several options for the middle of the eyes -- safety eyes, or embroidery. Choose whichever you like better -- I don't recommend using safety eyes for children under 3 years as they can pose a choking hazard.
However you decide to do the eyes, use the long yarn end to sew them to the body - just under where the antennae stick up.
Insert the needle just under the stitches at the edge of the eye -- don't sew over the side.
Mouth (Optional! Looks cute with or without!)
Embroider the mouth by sticking the needle though the body to where you want the mouth to start. Make it either in segments (like the eyes) or just in one line. Stick back through the same spot you entered. Tie and hide the ends inside the body.
You're done! Go enjoy your cute new Fuzzy Love Bug!
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