Free Crochet Insect Patterns


"Going Buggy" collection of crocheted hats
“Going Buggy” collection of crocheted hats

My little blog is named Family Bugs for a lot of different reasons that speak about me and who I am.  As part of this, one of my first crochet projects were these adorable little crochet insects that each represent a different member of my family. There were five of them, and you can find the pattern for those on my Ravelry store front (all for free).  The Beetle represented my husband, the Butterfly represented me, the Grasshopper represented my son, the Bumblebee represented my oldest daughter, and the Ladybug represented my youngest.  Well, along those same lines, I also created some animal hats (sticking with the same colors and insects).  Just recently, I had someone request the pattern for these hats.  So anyways, here we go with the free crochet patterns for these five insect hats (a line of products which I affectionately call “Going Buggy”).

The basic foundation for these hats is of course, the hat itself.  You can find the earflap pattern for every size in Newborn up to adult large HERE.  If you would rather not use the earflaps and want just a basic beanie, then go HERE.

The eyes for each of these (except for the beetle) are all the same.

  • With J hook and black color, Ch 3.
  • RND 1: In third Ch from hook, work 5 dc.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • RND 2: Color change to white, Ch 2, do not turn.  Work 2 dc in each stitch across.  Ss to first to join (20). finish off.

The mouths are all simply sewn right onto the hats in the appropriate places and in different configurations.

LADYBUG

There are actually two different patterns for the ladybug hat.  The first of which is the one that I have pictured at the top of this blog post that has little pompoms for the antenna.  The hat is done in a darker red color, the antenna in black.

  • With J hook, ch 2.
  • RND 1: Work 5 sc all into the second ch from hook (also known as a magic circle).  Ss to first to join.  (5)
  • RND 2: Ch 1, do not turn, work 2 sc into each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • RND 3: (Repeat this round until you reach the desired height of your antenna stalks, I like to do 2-3 rounds here) Ch 1, do not turn.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • Finish off.
  • Make a pompom and attach it to the magic circle that you started off with.  Attach the antenna to the hat at the desired location.

crochet newborn propThe second option is the one that is pictured to the right, where the hat is done in black, and so is the antenna (works really well with an entire costume or outfit).

  • With J hook, ch 2.
  • RND 1: Work 5 sc all into the second ch from hook (also known as a magic circle).  Ss to first to join. (5)
  • RND 2: Ch 1, do not turn. Work 2 sc into each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • RND 3: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio of sc stitches all the way around (2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next).  Ss to first to join. (15)
  • RND 4: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work a 2:2 ratio of sc stitches all the way around (2 sc in the first stitch, 1 sc in the next 2 stitches). Ss to first to join. (20)
  • RND 5: Ch 1, do not turn.  Sc all the way around.  Ss to first to join. (20)
  • RND 6: Repeat RND 4
  • RND 7: Ch 1, do not turn. Repeat the following 5 X *Sc2tog, sc 2*.  Ss to first to join. (15)
  • RND 8: Ch 1, do not turn. Repeat the following 5X *sc2tog, sc 1*.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • RND 9: (Repeat this RND until your antenna reaches the desired height, I usually do 3 or 4) Ch 1, do not turn.  Sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join. (10)
  • Finish off and attach to the desired location on the hat.

Crocheted Photo PropBUMBLEBEE

This hat pattern is just so simple.  Locate the size that you want from my earflap pattern (or from the beanie patterns).  Start with the black color, and every two RNDs change to another color (either yellow or black depending on what you were using previously).  The bumble bee antennas are just simple pompoms done in the black color and attached to the proper location.  OR, you can use one of the Ladybug antenna patterns for that.  See, simple wimple!

 

BEETLE

As a precaution, I made several of these to sell at a craft show and they were usually called *frogs*. Last four RNDs of this hat is where the color changes come in.  Starting with the Dark Blue, follow the pattern as written.  THEN, fourth RND from the end, color change to light blue, next RND is back to the dark blue, the next RND is back to the light blue, and the last RND finishes up with the dark blue.  The beetle hat also fashions very large, different eyes.  So, let’s work those out (obviously, you want to make two of these):

  • With J hook and black yarn, ch 3.
  • RND 1: In 3rd ch from hook work 10 dc.  Ss to first to join (10)
  • RND 2. Ch 2, do not turn, work 2 dc in each stitch around 9 times, color change to white, and work 2 more DC in that last stitch. Ss to first to join (20).
  • baby newborn preemie adult large small teenRND 3: Still working with the white, Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio all the way around (2 dc in the first stitch, 1 dc in the second).  Ss to first to join (30).  Finish off.

GRASSHOPPER

Locate the size that you want from my earflap pattern (or from the beanie patterns) and work all but the last three RNDS in the light green color.  Color change to the darker green for the last three RNDs and for the earflaps (if you chose that option).  You can do the antenna like the ladybug’s, or make the slightly more elongated version that is written below.

  • With J hook and dark green, ch 2.
  • RND 1: In second ch from hook, work 5 sc. Ss to first to join (5)
  • RND 2: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work 2 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (10).
  • RND 3: Ch 1, do not turn.  Work 1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (10).
  • RND 4: Repeat RND 3.
  • RND 5: Ch 1, do not turn.  Sc2tog 5 times.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • RND 6: Color Change to the light green.  Ch 1, do not turn.  1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • RND 7: (Repeat this RND until you reach the desired length.  I like to do 3-4 RNDs) Ch 1, do not turn.  1 sc in each stitch around.  Ss to first to join (5).
  • Finish off and attach the antenna to the proper place on the hat.

BUTTERFLY

This is by far the most complicated pattern in this set.  Stick with me, and I’ll get you through it though (it’s still pretty easy as far as crochet patterns go).  Start off by making the hat in a tan or cream color (or any other color that you want for the body of your butterfly).  You can use the earflap pattern (or the beanie patterns). Then on to the Antenna: Of course, you can use the antenna pattern that I have given for the Ladybug, Bumblebee, or even the grasshopper one, but I wanted each hat to be different, so there’s also a different antenna pattern for the butterfly.

With J hook and brown or black yarn, Ch 22.  Work 2 dc in third ch from hook and all the way down. (40) finish off.

the backThe wings are actually each made out of  two different sized circles that are attached one overlapping the other on the hat itself.  I have pictured with a baby pink color, but any color you want will work just fine.  You will want to make two of the larger circle, and two of the smaller circle, placing the smaller circle on the hat first (it goes beneath and under the larger circle)

Smaller circle:

  • With J hook, Ch 3.
  • RND 1: In third Ch from hook, work 8 dc.  Ss to first to join (8).
  • RND 2: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work 2 dc in each stitch across.  Ss to first to join (16).
  • RND 3: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio all the way around (2 dc in first stitch 1 dc in the second stitch).  Ss to first to join (24).  Finish off.

Larger circle:

  • With J hook, Ch 3.
  • RND 1: In third Ch from hook, work 10 dc.  Ss to first to join (10).
  • RND 2: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work 2 dc in each stitch across.  Ss to first to join (20).
  • RND 3: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:1 ratio all the way around (2 dc in first stitch 1 dc in the second stitch).  Ss to first to join (30).
  • RND 4: Ch 2, do not turn.  Work a 2:2 ratio all the way around (2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in the next 2 stitches). Ss to first to join (40).  Finish off.

 

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