She’s a lady

You’d be dotty not to hook this magni cent mini beast, de­signed by Ilaria Caliri.

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If you’ve caught the amigu­rumi bug, this tubby la­dy­bird needs to be right at the top of your to-hook list. As well as be­ing a snappy dresser (polka dots never go out of style) she’s an in­quis­i­tive crea­ture, for­ever tot­ter­ing about on her tiny legs, look­ing for ad­ven­ture. Grab cot­ton 4ply in black, red and cream and get stitch­ing. The La­dy­bird is worked us­ing the amigu­rumi method. Work in a con­tin­u­ous spi­ral with­out clos­ing off each round with a slip stitch. You may find it help­ful to place a marker in the first st of each round and move it up as you work. You can insert pipe clean­ers into an­ten­nas, arms and legs to make them able to move into any po­si­tion, oth­er­wise stuff them with a lit­tle bit of toy stuff­ing.

Start­ing from the bot­tom of the Body, with Yarn A, make a magic loop.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the loop. [6 dc] Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 dc] Round 3 (2dc in next st, 1dc) 6 times. [18 dc] Round 4 (2dc in next st, 2dc) 6 times. [24 dc] Round 5 (2dc in next st, 3dc) 6 times. [30 dc] Round 6 (2dc in next st, 4dc) 6 times. [36 dc] Round 7 (2dc in next st, 5dc) 6 times. [42 dc] Round 8 (2dc in next st, 6dc) 6 times. [48 dc] Round 9 (2dc in next st, 7dc) 6 times. [54 dc] Round 10 (2dc in next st, 8dc) 6 times. [60 dc]

Rounds 11-22 Dc in each st around. [60 dc] Round 23 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 8 sts) 6 times. [54 sts]

Round 24 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 7 sts) 6 times. [48 sts]

Round 25 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 6 sts) 6 times. [42 sts]

Round 26 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 5 sts) 6 times. [36 sts]

Round 27 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 4 sts) 6 times. [30 sts]

Round 28 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 3 sts) 6 times. [24 sts] Change to Yarn C.

Round 29 Dc in each st around. [24 dc] Rounds 30-33 Re­peat Rounds 5- 8. [48 dc] Stuff the Body with toy stuff­ing. Rounds 34- 41 Dc in each st around. [48 dc] Rounds 42- 43 Re­peat Rounds 25-26. [36 sts] Insert the safety eyes be­tween Rounds 36 and 37, ap­prox 12 sts apart. Stuff the Head with toy stuff­ing and con­tinue to stuff as you go.

Round 44 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 4 sts) 6 times. [30 sts]

Round 45 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 3 sts) 6 times. [24 sts]

Round 46 (Dc2­tog, dc in next 2 sts) 6 times. [18 sts]

Round 47 (Dc2­tog, dc in next st) 6 times. [12 sts] Round 48 (Dc2­tog) 6 times. [6 sts] Fas­ten off and weave in the yarn end. HEAD COVER With Yarn A, make a magic loop. Rounds 1- 8 Work as Rounds 1- 8 of Body. [48 dc] Rounds 9-12 Dc in each st around. [48 dc] Round 13 Dc in each st around, ss to first st, turn. [48 dc] Con­tinue work­ing in Rows on the first 9 sts: Row 14 (WS) Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), skip ss, dc2­tog, 5dc, dc2­tog, turn. [7 sts] Row 15 (RS) Ch1, dc2­tog, 3dc, dc2­tog, turn. [5 sts] Row 16 Ch1, dc2­tog, 1dc, dc2­tog, turn. [3 sts]

Row 17 Ch1, skip first st, dc2­tog. [1 st] Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

AN­TENNA !MAKE 2"

With Yarn A, make a magic loop. Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), 5dc into the loop. [5 dc] Round 2 2dc in each st around. [10 dc] Rounds 3- 4 Dc in each st around. Round 5 (Dc2­tog) 5 times. [5 sts] Stuff with toy stuff­ing. Rounds 7-11 Dc in each st around. [5 dc] Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

ARM !MAKE 2"

With Yarn A, make a magic loop. Round 1 Ch1, 4dc into the loop. [4 dc] Round 2 2dc in each st around. [8 dc] Round 3 Dc in each st around.

Rounds 4-5 Dc in next st, ss in fl only of next 3 sts, dc in next st, tr in each of next 3 sts. [8 sts] Rounds 6-10 Dc in each st around. [8 dc] Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

LEG !MAKE 2"

With Yarn A, make a magic loop. Round 1 Ch1, 4dc into the loop. [4 dc] Round 2 2dc in each st around. [8 dc] Rounds 3-5 Dc in each st around. Rounds 6-7 As Rounds 4-5 of Arm. [8 sts] Rounds 8-13 Dc in each st around. [8 dc] Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail for sewing. Stuff with toy stuff­ing. Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

WING !MAKE 2"

With Yarn B, make a magic loop. Rounds 1-10 Work as Rounds 1-10 of Body. [60 dc] Rounds 11-18 Dc in each st around. [60 dc] Flat­ten each wing into a semi- cir­cle. On the next row, you will work across the open top of the piece, work­ing each st through both lay­ers to close. Row 1 Ch1, dc in each st across. [30 dc] Fas­ten off first Wing, do not fas­ten off sec­ond Wing. Place the two pieces with the ‘wrong’ sides of Row 1 fac­ing each other. Work the next row through both pieces. Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st across. [30 dc] Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

DOTS !MAKE 10"

With Yarn A, make a magic loop. Round 1 Ch1, 6dc into the loop. [6 sts] Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

TO MAKE UP

Us­ing the im­age as a guide, sew the Head Cover to the Head, with the pointed piece be­tween the eyes. Embroider the mouth be­tween Rounds 34 and 35 of the Head. Sew the An­ten­nae on the Head be­tween Rounds 5 and 6 of the Head Cover, ap­prox 9 sts apart. Sew the Dots on the Wings. Pin the Wings on the back of the La­dy­bird, from the neck to the bot­tom of the Body. Sew the Arms be­tween Rounds 24 and 25 of the Body. Sew the Legs be­tween Round 5 and 7 of the Body. Sew the Wings to the Body with hid­den stitches all around the edge.

You’ll want to be gen­er­ous with the toy stuff­ing to re­ally fill out your la­dy­bird.

Slide pipe clean­ers in­side the an­ten­nae and limbs so this crit­ter can strike a pose.

The dots are made last, in just one round. Stitch 10 of them to com­plete the look.

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