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Lady Bird or Lady Bug Knitting Pattern

Designed by Julie Cartwright

Lady Bird or Lady Bug Knitting Pattern
Depending on what part of the world you live in, you'll recognize this cute knitting pattern as a lady bird or a lady bug.

Materials:
DK weight yarn in red, black and brown
Size 3 US (3 mm) needles
Size F-5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook
Stuffing
White and black thread

Gauge:
Not vital. Heavier yarn and bigger needles will make a larger lady bug.

Instructions
Body (Make 2)
With black yarn, cast on 10 sts.
Row 1 and all odd rows: Purl
Row 2: Knit and inc 1 st at each end - 12 sts
Row 4: Knit and inc 1 st at each end - 14 sts
Row 6: Knit and inc 1 st at each end - 16 sts
Row 8: Knit and inc 1 st at each end - 18 sts
Work even for 9 rows in St st.
Row 18: Knit and dec 1 st at each end - 16 sts
Row 20: Knit and dec 1 st at each end - 14 sts
Row 22: Knit and dec 1 st at each end - 12 sts
Row 24: Knit and dec 1 st at each end - 10 sts
Row 26: Knit and dec 1 st at each end - 8 sts
Cast off (bind off).

Right Wing
With red yarn, cast on 5 sts.
Row 1 and all odd rows: Purl
Row 2: Inc 1 st, knit across - 6 sts
Row 4: Inc 1 st, knit across - 7 sts
Row 6: Inc 1 st, knit across - 8 sts
Row 8: Inc 1 st, knit across - 9 sts
Work 9 rows even in St st.
Row 18: Dec 1 st, knit across - 8 sts
Row 20: Dec 1 st, knit across - 7 sts
Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row.
Cast off (bind off).

Left Wing
Work as for Right Wing, reversing shaping.

Legs (Make 8)
With brown yarn and crochet hook, chain 1 inch and fasten off.

Finishing
Sew the two pieces of body together; stuff firmly before completing sewing. Sew the wings on the top of body leaving a space showing black yarn in the middle and the front area for the head. With white thread sew eyes and with black thread sew spots on wings.

Visit Julie's blog, Julies Knit and Sew Corner, at http://juliesknitandsewcorner.blogspot.com/

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.