The LadyBug speaks; ” Whisper your wishes for me to hear – And I will take them to the Wishkeeper’s ear. Upon my return, I’ll bring with me – your heart’s desire and destiny.”
The legends surrounding ladybugs are about as prolific as the “in real life”ladybugs that fly about on the spring breeze. One common denominator that seems to cross the boundaries of cultures and of periods of time is the belief that ladybugs are associated with luck, love and the granting of wishes and prayers.
My favorite ladybug legend is that of the “wish carrier.” The legend asserts
that “If you gently cup a ladybug in your hand while making a wish; the released ladybug will carry your wish to the ‘wish – keepers on High’ and truly … if you believe … your wish will come true in the blink of an eye.” It is this wonderful legend that I kept in mind while I created the pattern for the ladybug.
Each ladybug is approximately 1 ½ inches in length. You make the ladybug you will need;
Size 10 thread in main color (you can adjust the color depending on your manifestation desires) and in black or complimentary color for the ladybugs belly and head
Size 7 steel crochet hook
Large eye needle to sewing top and bottom together and for cross stitch “dots”
Cotton ball for stuffing ( you can also blend in herb or essential oil or a small gemstone to compliment you manifestation desires)
Fabric glue optional to secure thread ends
Sc – single crochet
Slp st – slip stitch
Ch – chain
1) Work 3 sc in the 2nd chain from the hook (these 3 sc will begin the head, you will be slip stitching into the 1st and the 3rd sc with each round, you will not work over these stitches until you work the head)
Work a sc into each chain to the end (5sc)
Work 3 sc into the end chain (this creates the ladybug bottom)
Work a sc into each of the unused loops of foundation chain to the 1st sc of head, slp stitch into that 1st sc. Turn
2) Work a sc in each sc around (13 sc) slp st into 3rd sc of head, turn
3) Work a sc in each of the next 2 sc, Work 2 sc in each of the next 3 sc,
Work a sc in each of the next 3 sc
Work 2 sc in each of the next 3 sc, Work a sc in each of the next 2 sc, (19 sc)
Slp st into the 1st sc of head. Turn
4 & 5) Work a sc in each sc around, slp st into head sc. Turn
6) Work a sc in each sc around, Slp st into 3rd sc of head.
Cut thread (leaving a long tail that will be used for sewing the top of the lady bug to the underside) and Secure
With black or complimentary color thread, Join at the center bottom sc, work surface crochet stitching through top center (including through foundation chain) to center (2nd) sc of head Do not cut thread as you will be working the head with that same thread.
Work a slp st into 2nd sc of head and then into 3rd sc of head. Turn
Work 2sc in same stitch, Work 1 sc in 2nd sc of head, Work 2 sc in the 1st sc of head. Turn
Sc decrease through 2 sc, Sc in 2nd sc of head, Sc decrease through next 2 sc.
Cut thread (leaving a long tail that will be used for sewing the head top to underside head) and secure thread.
Use double thread and needle to make cross stitch dots on back as desired.
Lady bug underside
With black or complimentary color thread work as with top through round 4 (you will be ending with a slp st in 3rd sc of head) Do Not cut thread –
Work 2 sc in 3rd sc of head, Work a sc in 2nd sc of head, Work 2 sc in 1st sc of head.
Work sc decrease through 2 sc, Sc in next sc, Work sc decrease through next 2 sc.
Cut and secure thread.
Place ladybug top and bottom with right sides together (facing in) With main color
“tail” sew top to bottom around the body with whip stitch. Cut and secure thread.
Turn ladybug right side out. Stuff with cotton ball.
With black or complimentary color “tail” Sew around head. Cut and secure thread.
A good way to secure the threads is to insert them deep into the stuffed ladybug body. This hides and secures the ends. Position cotton stuffing as desired.
Gently cup your ladybug in your hand. Focus the intent and the emotions of your desires through your head (crown energy link to Higher Self), your heart (energy link to the soul) and your hands to the ladybug. State these or similar words;
“Ladybug, Ladybug, fly on High through the Sky,
Bring back my desires in the blink of an eye.”