Gigi Love Bug Security Blanket

Updated: Mar 30





Meet Gigi the Love Bug! This Ladybug lovey was inspired actually by my good crochet work coworker Trista Burke. We were in one of our co-work crew meetings via video and she thought it would be really cool if I designed a ladybug. I decided on the lovey first. I didn't want to do a normal round for the ladybug. I wanted it to be different, which is why I chose a hexagon shape for the blanket part. This was the second idea I had before the duckling pattern. I had named the first animal after our daughter Bella, so it was time to name something after Gigi. I decided to make it in a red tweed and black featuring pink antennae. I love how the hexagon turned out. I worked up the ladybug in different colors as well, and adding safety eyes into the pattern.


If you would like to purchase the PDF lady bug security blanket, you can do so at the following links.

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I had two amazing testers who I look forward to working with in the future as well. Karina Tabone is a dear friend who loves to crochet, and enjoyed working up this pattern. When she was finished, her children wasted no time in playing with it as you can see in the picture below. In fact, she had typed up the notes and let me know she needed to go ladybug hunting because her children enjoyed it so much! She was able to hunt it down pretty quickly to take some pictures. This is my favorite picture that she sent to me.








I was also blessed with another tester Samantha Restivo! She also did a beautiful job with this ladybug! She didn't have any trouble working it up. I look forward to working with both these testers in the future as well.






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Materials:

  • 150 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Print 5 oz./142 grams, 252 yards/240 meters in Red Tweed

  • 69 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz./199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Black

  • 50 yards, Worsted Size 4, I Love This Yarn Solids 7 oz./199 grams, 355 yards/325 meters in Pink

  • HOOK: US J/10 6 mm; US G/6 4.0 mm

  • Small amount of Polyfil

  • Yarn needle to weave in ends

  • Stitch markers

  • Scissors



Experience Level: Easy


Gauge: 11.5 stitches x 6.5 rows = 4” x 4” square blocked.

Pattern used for gauge: DC

Size:

Lovey Size: Approximately 14.5” x 13.5”

Height of the Head attached to blanket: 3” Tall

Head Width: 3” across

Pattern Key:

DC - Double Crochet

Ch - Chain

Sc - Single Crochet

Sc2tog - single crochet decrease

V-Stitch - DC, Ch 2, DC all in the same stitch/space.

Sl St - Slip Stitch

FO - Finish Off

St(s) - Stitch/Stitches

Rnd(s) - Round(s)

MC - Magic Circle

Special Stitches:

Single Crochet Decrease (sc2tog)

  • Insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. (2 loops on the hook) Insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop. (You should have 3 loops on your hook now.) Yarn over, and pull yarn through all 3 hoops.

  • V-Stitch - (DC, ch 2, DC) all in the same stitch/space.

Notes:

  • Read through the entire pattern first.

  • Color A = Red Tweed in example.

  • Color B = Black in example.

  • Color C = Pink in example.

  • The head is worked in continuous rounds. Do not join while making the head. Use stitch markers to know where your first stitch in the round is.

  • Blanket part is worked in joined rounds.

  • Beginning ch 3 does count as your first double crochet in each round of the blanket part.

  • Sl st does not count as a stitch throughout the pattern.

  • Alternative to MC - Ch 2; x SC in the 2nd chain from the hook.

  • Repeat stitches between * and *.








Pattern Instructions:

Part 1: Blanket


Use J 6.0 mm hook and Color A. Worked in joined rounds. Ch 3 counts as DC at the beginning of each round.


Ch 4. Sl st to 1st chain to create a circle.


Rnd 1: Ch 3. DC inside circle. *Ch 2; 2 DC inside circle* 5 times. Ch 2. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (12 DC, 6 ch 2 spaces)


Rnd 2: Ch 3; DC in the next stitch. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 2 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (24 DC)


Rnd 3: Ch 3; DC in the next 2 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 4 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next stitch. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (36 DC)


Rnd 4: Ch 3; DC in the next 3 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 6 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 2 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (48 DC)


Rnd 5: Ch 3; DC in the next 4 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 8 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 3 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (60 DC)









Rnd 6: Ch 3; DC in the next 5 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 10 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 4 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (72 DC)


Rnd 7: Ch 3; DC in the next 6 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 12 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 5 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (84 DC)


Rnd 8: Ch 3; DC in the next 7 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 14 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 6 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (96 DC)


Rnd 9: Ch 3; DC in the next 8 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 16 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 7 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. (108 DC)


Rnd 10: Ch 3; DC in the next 9 stitches. *V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space; DC in the next 18 stitches* 5 times. V-Stitch in the next ch 2 space. DC in the next 8 stitches. Sl st in the top of ch 3. FO and weave in ends. (120 DC)



Ladybug Head:


Use G 4.0 hook and Color B.

Worked in continuous rounds. DO NOT JOIN. Use stitch markers to mark your place.


Rnd 1: 6 sc inside MC. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)

Rnd 3: *SC in next stitch; 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat around. (18 sts)

Rnd 4: *SC in the next 2 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat around. (24 sts)

Rnd 5: *SC in the next 3 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat around. (30 sts)

Rnd 6: *SC in the next 4 stitches; 2 sc in the next stitch.* Repeat around. (36 sts)

Rnds 7-12: SC in each stitch around for a total of 6 rounds. (36 sts)

****Insert safety eyes if you choose to use them between rounds 9 and 10 with about 4 sts between the eyes.****

Rnd 13: *SC in the next 4 stitches; sc2tog.* Repeat around. (30 sts)

Rnd 14: *SC in the next 3 stitches; sc2tog.* Repeat around. (24 sts)

  • Start Stuffing Head.

Rnd 15: *SC in the next 2 stitches; sc2tog.* Repeat around. (18 sts)

Rnd 16: *SC in the next stitch; sc2tog.* Repeat around. (12 sts)

  • Stuff Head Firmly.

Rnd 17: Sc2tog around. Join with a sl st to the first stitch. FO with a 6” tail. Finish stuffing. Using a needle weave tail through front loops to close the head. Use tail to sew to the center of the blanket.




Antennae: Make 2


Using G 4.0 hook, and Color C:

Ch 2; 4 sc in 2nd chain from the hook. Join with a sl st to the 1st stitch. Ch 4. FO with a 4” tail to sew to the head.




Spots: Make 6

Use G 4.0 hook and Color B. Work in joined rounds. Ch 1 does not count as first stitch. These appear as 3D spheres.


Rnd 1: Ch 2; 6 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook. Join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 1; 2 sc in each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first stitch. (12 sts)

Rnds 3-4: Ch 1; sc in each stitch around. Join with a sl st to the first stitch. (12 sts) (2 rounds total)

FO with a 6” tail to sew to the blanket.





Assembly:


Sew each antennae on either side of the head between rounds 2 and 3.

Sew the head to the center of the blanket.

Sew spots to each of the six sections of the blanket between rounds 6-8 center of each triangle.













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