Is it even possible not to smile when you see a lady bug? I do not think that it is. Something about the red and black beauties just makes you think happy summery thoughts. They are one of my favorite insects. Recently I decided I needed a coaster for my desk. The humidity in Florida is a bit brutal this time of year and my iced coffees were starting to leave a permanent mark. What a perfect way to keep me smiling during those over night work sessions 🙂
Want to make your own Smiling Lacey the ladybug coasters? They are super easy and a fun quick project you can make using bits of scrap yarn you have around. I used some heritage cotton i had left over from when I was making some Aiden the Airplane scrubbies last spring. Use red or make her in some fun colors!I think I may just have to make a blue, yellow and green to round out this set of mine now that i think of it.
I choose to line the bottom of my coasters with felt, however you can omit that step if you choose.I find it helps give crochet coasters a bit of structure, and an added protection on some colors of cotton that can bleed when wet if you don’t set them.
Materials Used (per coaster)
- Approx 30 Yards of your main color ( I used Heritage cotton from Herrschners)
- Approx 15 years of Black ( I used Heritage cotton from Herrschners)
- 5 yards of White (I used Heritage cotton from Herrschners)
- 2 8mm black buttons
- 4 mm Hook (I use clover hooks. These are my favorite hooks to use!)
- Optional: black felt for lining bottom.
Stitch Key (US Abbreviations)
- CH: Chain
- SC: Single Crochet
- ST(S): Stitch(es)
- Sl St: Slip Stitch
- [ ]: Work stitches inside as many times as stated.
- MC: Magic circle
- FO: Fasten off with Sl St or by using the invisible join method
8 SC stitches and 8 SC rows = 2”
Finished coaster is approx. 4 ”wide and 5″ head to tail.
Creating The Coaster
Body: In your main color yarn (in my case Red). This part is worked in continuous rounds.
Round 1: 6 SC into a MC. (6)
Round 2: 2 SC into each ST. (12)
Round 3: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next ST] around. (18)
Round 4: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 2 STS] around. (24)
Round 5: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 3 STS] around. (30)
Round 6: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 4 STS] around. (36)
Round 7: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 5 STS] around. (42)
Round 8: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 6 STS] around. (48)
Round 9: [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 7 STS] around. (54)
*SC into the next 9 STS, start last round from here*
Round 10: Sl St into each ST around. (54)
FO and weave in ends.
Using black yarn, Create a stripe down the back by surface stitching across. FO and weave in ends.
Head: In Black yarn. This part is worked turning after every row:
Row 1: CH 2, Place 4 SC into the 2nd CH from hook. (4) Turn.
Row 2: CH 1, place 2 SC into each ST. (8) Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, [2 SC in next ST, SC in next ST] 4 x across. (12) Turn.
Row 4: CH 1, [2 SC in next ST, SC in next 2 STS] 4 x across. (16) Do not turn.
*This next part will work around the head to create the edging*
Edging: Place 7 SC across the bottom edge of the piece. Sl St into each of the 16 SC around. (7 SC, 16 Sl St)
FO and leave long tail. Thread tail onto your needle. Line up so that the stripe goes down the middle of the back starting where the head attaches.Sew head to the body, working under the Sl St of the body piece.
Spots: In black yarn, make as many of these as you wish!
Round 1: Place 6 SC into a MC. (6)
FO and leave long tail. Attach spots to the body and weave in any ends.
Eyes: In white yarn, make 2
Round 1: Place 6 SC into a MC. (6)
FO and leave long tail. Attach eyes to the face and weave in any ends. Using black thread sew buttons onto the white rounds.
Smile: with a small piece of red yarn, stitch on a smile under the eyes.
Antenna: Cut a small piece of black yarn and fold it in half. Insert your hook under and back up around a stitch between the eyes and pull through the bend until you have a loop, but not all the way. Now take the side with your 2 tails, and bring them through the bend and pull tight! Trim if needed.
If you choose to add felt:
Trace the body and head onto a piece of felt and cut to shape. Thread your needle with red and carefully back stitch around to add it to the bottom. FO and weave ends into the body side. Repeat with black around the head. Alternatively you could glue to the body using a glue that can withstand a bit of moisture.
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