Whatsit Bug- Free Pattern

A few days ago, I was looking through my stash of leftover and scrap yarns and I happened upon a small amount of Lion Brand Landscapes. When I found it I knew I could come up with a good use for it, but that it had to be something small. After handling the soft yarn for a bit, I set myself to creating.

I played around with a couple of different hook sizes, and in the end decided to make a head.

At first I didn’t know what kind of body the head would belong to (as I wrote about in my last WIP Wednesday post).  But my husband and our daughter thought that it looked like a bug’s head. So, then I made a body to go with it. And arms. And legs. And antennae.

When that was all said and done, it looked like it should be able to fly, so it became a winged bug. Not quite sure what kind of bug really; perhaps a fly? a bee? I don’t know, hence the name “Whatsit Bug”.

My daughter Olivia, who will be turning 4 years old next month, loves it. She kept trying to play with it while I was making it, so it was mostly made while she was sleeping.  I made sure to take photos of it before handing it over to her for good. It will be squished beyond recognition soon enough. In fact, she slept with it last night, and woke up to playing with it today.

The toy does not take very long to make at all. It is only 7 inches tall. It could probably be made in an evening, or over a weekend depending on how much crocheting time you’ve got on your hands. It took me only a couple of days to design and make (but like I said, it was worked on mostly just while my daughter was sleeping).

I really love the feel and the sheen of the Landscapes yarn. It can get a bit fuzzy while working with it (if you make a mistake and have to frog back at all, it can become tangled). But the end result, I think, is gorgeous.  I chose Caron Simply Soft to use for the black parts of the body (arms, legs, antennae and the mouth), because of the sheen of the yarn. It’s much shinier and softer than, for example, Red Heart Super Saver, so it works out better with the Landscapes yarn.

If you make this, I do hope you enjoy it as much I did! It’s a cute and fast little project (and it’s small enough that it would fit into a Christmas stocking or small gift bag!).

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Whatsit Bug

© Amanda Bryant 2018

 

Materials Used:

Lion Brand Landscapes 100% acrylic yarn (3.5 oz/100g; 147 yd/134 m)- about ⅓ to ½ of a skein (50- 70 yards/ 44- 65 meters)- Color “Boardwalk” (see a photo of the scrap yarn I used by clicking here. I did not use it up; there are still a couple of small balls left over)

Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic yarn (6 oz/170.1 g; 315 yd/288 m)- very little amount needed for arms, legs, antennae and mouth- Color “Black”

3.75 mm hook

12 mm black safety eyes

Polyester fiberfill

Stitch marker (for keeping track of the end/beg of each round)

Yarn needle (for weaving in ends and sewing body parts together)

Finished Measurements: about 7 inches tall (excluding antennae)

Gauge: is not important, just make sure stitches are very close together so that the stuffing doesn’t pop through

Abbreviations Used (American Terminology):

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Sc2tog- single crochet two single crochet stitches together

Beg- beginning

Sl st- slip stitch

Notes/Special Instructions:

  • Do not join at the end of each round. This project is worked in one continuous spiral.
  • Use a stitch marker to keep track of the end/beg of each round, and move the marker up as your work progresses

Instructions:

Head:

Starting at the top of the head, with Landscapes yarn, ch 2

Round 1- make 8 sc in the second chain from the hook (8 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 3- make 1 sc in the first sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 4- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around (32 sc)

Round 5- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, make 2 sc in the next sc), repeat from * around (40 sc)

Rounds 6- 14- make 1 sc in each sc around (40 sc)

Round 15- make 1 sc in each of the first 3 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around (32 sc)

Round 16- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 17- make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around (16 sc)

***place safety eyes in between rounds 9 & 10, about 1 ½ inches apart. Stuff the head firmly.

Round 18- sc2tog around (8 sc)

Next, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail. Using a yarn needle, weave the yarn tail through the 8 sc and pull the opening closed. Secure and weave in yarn tail.

Body

Starting at the bottom of the body, with Landscapes yarn, ch 2

Rounds 1-4- follow the instructions for Rounds 1-4 of the head (32 sc)

Rounds 5- 11- make 1 sc in each sc around (32 sc)

Round 12- make 1 sc in each of the first 2 sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around (24 sc)

Round 13- make 1 sc in each sc around (24 sc)

Round 14- make 1 sc in the first sc, sc2tog, *(make 1 sc in the next sc, sc2tog), repeat from * around (16 sc)

Round 15- make 1 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Next, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the body to the head. Stuff the body firmly, do not close the body.  Using a yarn needle, sew the body onto the bottom of the head (lining up the stitches with Round 17 of the head). Secure the yarn and weave in the yarn tail inside the body.

Legs (make 2)

Starting at the bottom of the foot, with Caron Simply Soft Black, ch 2

Round 1- make 10 sc in the second ch from the hook (10 sc)

Rounds 2- 7- make 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc)

Next, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing the leg to the body. Stuff the leg firmly. Repeat these instructions for the second leg. With a yarn needle, using the long yarn tails, sew the legs to the bottom of the body. Secure yarn and weave yarn tails into the body.

Arms (make 2)

Starting at the hand portion of the arm, with Caron Simply Soft Black, ch 2

Round 1- make 8 sc in the second ch from the hook (8 sc)

Rounds 2- 6- make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Next, sl st in the next sc and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing the arm to the body. Stuff the arm firmly. Repeat these instructions for the second arm With a yarn needle, using the long yarn tails, sew the arms to either side of the body, about 1 round down from where the head is sewn to the body. Secure yarn and weave yarn tails into the body.

Antennae (make 2)

With Caron Simply Soft Black, ch 14. Next, sl st into the 3rd ch from the hook, and then sl st into each of the next 11 ch. Fasten off, leaving a long yarn tail. Repeat these instructions for the second antenna. With a yarn needle, sew the antennae onto the top of the bug’s head, one on each side evenly spaced, in between about rounds 3 and 4. Secure yarn and weave yarn tails into the head.

Wings (make 2)

Starting at the top tip of the wing, with Landscapes yarn, ch 2

Round 1- make 8 sc in the second ch from the hook (8 sc)

Round 2- make 2 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Rounds 3- 6- make 1 sc in each sc around (16 sc)

Round 7- sc2tog around (8 sc)

Rounds 8- 10- make 1 sc in each sc around (8 sc)

Next, sl st in the next sc and fasten off leaving a long yarn tail for sewing. Flatten the wing (do not stuff) and using the long yarn tail sew the open end closed. Repeat these instructions for the second wing.

After both wings are done, lay the wings flat with the small ends facing each other (the ends that you sewed closed). Using one of the long yarn tail from the wings, sew the 2 wings together. Then, sew the wings to the center back of the bug’s body. Secure the yarn tail. Weave both yarn tails into the wings.

Mouth

Using the Caron Simply Soft Black yarn, embroider a mouth onto the face.

Last, but certainly not least, give the toy to a special child (or child at heart) and take joy in the beaming smile it creates 🙂 ❤

 

 

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