Have you ever made something for your kid, just because, and it ended up being a huge hit?
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That’s how the Bubble Bug was created! I ordered a box full of Spinella yarn from Lion Brand, and thought it would be cute as a little fluffy monster ball and gave it to my daughter Ava. Shes 4.
She loved the thing and when Christmas time came around I ended up making 15 Bubble Bugs for her to hand out to her friends at school and they went CRAZY for them! I even had parents asking me if they could buy some after the party was winding down.
You guys are going to be blown away by how simple these crochet monsters are!
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There is also a full video tutorial for this pattern as well.
Crochet Furry Monster
Here’s everything you will need to make a Bubble Bug of your very own.
MATERIALS- (WITH CLICKABLE AFFILIATE LINKS)
One size- about 3.5″ in diameter
STITCH KEY (US TERMS)
SC = Single Crochet
INC= 2 stitches in the same space- in this case, SC stitches.
DEC= Turning 2 stitches into 1- in this case, SC stitches
*= To Be Repeated
Magic Circle: This is my preferred method for starting projects that are made with circular rows (or in the round). I show how to do this in the video that goes with this pattern, but if you prefer to CH 3, join into the first CH and making your stitches into that loop, you’re more than welcome. I think the magic circle (or magic loop) gives the finished piece a cleaner look.
BEFORE YOU START
Working with Spinella yarn, or any furry yarn for that matter, can be a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s really not that hard. You may have to feel for your stitches a little if you can’t see them that well.
A good thing about this yarn though is it’s very forgiving, so if you do make a mistake and add an extra stitch or miss a stitch here and there you won’t be able to tell.
Bubble Bug Pattern
This pattern is working in the round, meaning you do not join and chain up at the end of each row, you just insert your hook into the first stitch and keep going.
Round 1: SC 10 into a magic circle. (10)
Do not join and chain after round one, just start in the top of the first stitch for round one when you start round 2.
Round 2: INC in each stitch around. (20)
Round 3:* INC, SC* around. (30)
Rounds 4- 9: SC in each stitch around (30)
Insert eyes between rows 6 and 7.
Pro Tip: If you want to crank these out a little faster you can do rounds 4-9 by just putting 1SC in each stitch around for 180 stitches. That’s the same as counting to 30 for 6 rows. This way is faster for me at least.
Round 10: *DEC, SC* around. (20)
Sew in any tails.
Round 11: DEC 8, stuff your Bubble Bug and insert noisemaker, DEC 7. SLST and tie off.
Pro Tip: You may need to stuff a little as you close up the bottom with decreases.
Sew in your last tail and make sure there are no holes left.
Isn’t he just the cutest little thing?!
I hope you guys love this fun pattern. Bubble Bugs are perfect for giving out as gifts to your kid’s classmates for Christmas or Valentine’s Day gifts, or just for gifting to little ones in your life.
I’ve never sold Bubble Bugs at a market before but I bet a basket full of cute colorful Bubble Bugs would really draw folks into your booth!
I created a free PDF for you guys with Bubble Bug adoption certificates! These would be so stinking cute to add to your Bubble Bug gifts or as products at your market.
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