Crochet Tiny Ninja Pattern

Tiny Ninja Crochet PatternDid you know that December 5 is International Ninja Day? That’s right! I just could not resist creating these tiny Crocheted Ninjas to celebrate, and they are so quick and easy to crochet your own. As I was making these, I kept thinking how perfect they would be for a toddler boy…I mean, you can use them to teach colors, with color sorting and stacking and rainbows, primary colors, secondary colors, etc. If my little ones were still little I would definitely be using these on a regular educational basis!

Anyways, all you need to know to crochet your own tiny ninja is worsted weight yarn (red heart super saver is just PERFECT for these), a crochet hook (I’m really enjoying the F/5-3.75MM size right now), and some stuffing. And then the skills necessary to complete this crochet pattern are minimal and very beginner-friendly: Ch (Chain), ss (slip stitch), sc (single crochet), inc (increase, working two sc in the same stitch), sc2tog (single crochet 2 together), and that’s it!

Tiny ninjas are so quick and easy to crochet up, I managed to make all seven of these in a couple of hours. So much potential. If you need a last minute birthday gift for a 2-yo boy, I can imagine a bunch of these would be so great! Just go to my etsy shop and get the pattern, use up some of your scrap yarn, and have some fun 😀 And check out the CUUUUTE stop motion video I made with the ones that I crocheted…it was a lot of fun to make as well.

Emoji Explosions!

I was doing some research back in December trying to find inspiration for some new patterns. I’m trying to move away from the copyrighted “character” franchise of Disney, Marvel, Nintendo, and all of those big names. I mean, if one of these giant corporations noticed me and weren’t happy that I was using their success to power my own, they could easily shut down Family Bugs, and completely ruin my life. Plus, it’s just not an honest way to earn my income. So, what is a designer suppose to do?

Crochet Texas Flag Pillow PatternShortly after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, I harvested the idea of State-shaped, Flag-colored decorative throw pillows. And I’m pretty sure that I’ve hit gold with this idea. I’ve written a few blog posts about these that are linked at the end of this post, as is a link to each of the pillow patterns that I’ve published thus far. My Texas pillow actually managed to raise a nice chunk of pocket change to help victims of that hurricane. And I am continuing to work on designing all of the American States. But, it takes me about a month to create even one of these patterns…they are huge! And such a long-term project pushes my endurance and attention span past its limits (for the same reason why I don’t crochet blankets). So, what better than to add in some smaller, quick little patterns to break up the monotony of these larger crochet projects? But, seriously, what could I create that is original and unique to the FamilyBugs name?

During my perusings, I came across a “National Day Celebrations” calendar. A what, now? So, every single day of the year has some absurd holiday that can be celebrated. I’m sure you know the more popular ones like “national donut day”, “national talk like a pirate day”, and “Star Wars day” (may the fourth be with you?). But, there is also “national pickle day”, “national Handwriting day”, and “national croissant day”. And I thought that these would make wonderful inspirations for me! Probably not on a daily basis, because I’m not that good, but surely I can figure out two a week to create tiny crochet patterns from. The best part of this idea, is that it is open to my interpretation!

I include detailed step-by-step instructions in each pattern so that you can not only crochet a quick, tiny project, but add a personalized Kawaii-style emoji face. There are several mouth and eye styles that you can combine to form a variety of different facial expressions. There is my claim to fame – emoji all the crochet things! Haha! But really, these tiny crochet toys can make excellent toys, gifts, party favors, decorations, buntings, Appliqués, bookmarks, or anything else you can think of. I just love them!

Crochet pencils and paper patternFor example, National Handwriting Day was an invitation for me to create these adorable crochet pencils and paper. I actually got two super simple patterns out of that one. And three Etsy listings once I’ve posted them separately and together. If I have the discipline and focus, I can almost write up one of these smaller patterns in one day (but I usually take two or more just to get it right). And as I keep making them, I can also offer up bundles to help my customers save even more money, while encouraging them to support my business. It’s really a win-win situation for all of us.

So far, I’ve taken advantage of National Pickle Day, National Sandwhich Day, National Donut Day, National Handwriting Day, and National Get To Know Your Customers Day. Not quite two patterns a week, but I get faster with each pattern!

Emoji Hearts

Free Crochet Heart PatternIn the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I just couldn’t resist. These emoji heart softies might be one of my favorites. But don’t I say that about all of my patterns? What can I say, except that I love What I do? So, the basic crochet pattern to make hearts is available for free below. If you want the directions for adding Kawaii-style faces onto the heart, or if you’d like a printable pdf version of these crochet hearts, you’ll have to purchase the pattern HERE for just a couple of dollars. I’ve got to stay in business somehow, right? So, without further ado, the FREE crochet pattern for Valentine’s Day Hearts 😍


• Hook size: you can use whatever size hook you want. Keeping in mind that a larger hook will result in a larger Heart. I used E/4-3.5 MM in these images.

• Yarn: again, this is irrelevant so long as it coincides with your hook size. I used worsted weight (red heart super saver) in these images. You will need a few different colors depending on the color of Heart you want to make.

• Tapestry needle is optional for sewing in ends and attaching pieces.


– Ch – Chain – YO, pull through

– Ss – Slip Stitch – Insert hook, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc – Single Crochet – Insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through both loops on hook

– Sc2tog – Single Crochet 2 Together – Insert hook into first stitch, YO, pull through, insert hook into second stitch, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook

– Hdc – Half Double Crochet – YO, insert hook, YO, pull through, YO, pull through all loops on hook

– Inc – Increase – work two hdc stitches both into the same space


Designer’s note: an increase stitch (abbreviated inc), is worked by placing two hdc stitches into the same stitch. Not sc stitches for this particular pattern.

ROW 1: With heart color, ch 4, sc in second ch from hook and all the way across (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: inc, sc 1, inc (5) ch 1 and turn

ROW 3: inc, sc 3, inc (7) ch 1 and turn

ROW 4: inc, sc 5, inc (9) ch 1 and turn

ROW 5: inc, sc 7, inc (11) ch 1 and turn

ROW 6: inc, sc 9, inc (13) ch 1 and turn

ROW 7: inc, sc 11 inc (15) ch 1 and turn

ROWs 8-10: sc all the way across (15), ch 1 and turn

ROW 11: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 13: sc across (3) finish off

ROW 14: count over one stitch on ROW 11, insert hook and repeat ROWs 11-13 (don’t finish off).

RND 15: ch 1 and sc around entire heart shape, at each “point” work the following (sc, inc, sc)

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Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️

I’ve never been very fond of Valentine’s Day…er…singles awareness day? Even though I’ve been very happily married for almost ten years now, Valentine’s Day is probably one of my least favorite holidays. I mean, I like chocolate just as much as the next girl, but I don’t want a special day set aside just for all of the yummy romanticism. It is cliche and overdone. I don’t do cliches. But anyways, there ARE some really cute valentine’s themed crochet patterns out there, and I just have to Feature some of my favorites for this month’s featured Friday!

Crochet Patterns To Purchase

I mean, these heart dolls from MakeItEasy Classroom are just stinking adorable! Those are some very well-made Hearts, and the addition of facial features, limbs, and the other details are just perfect. It is important to consider that she uses UK crochet terms and not US ones…there IS a difference.

This crochet heart beanie pattern has been making the rounds on Pinterest. I’m actually tempted to get this one from CAABCrochet and make up a few for my daughters. It’s the color combinations that make it so adorable. I particularly like the confetti look up at the top near the Pom Pom. Just a little bit of detail that is easy to overlook, but makes a big difference!

If you’ve got some gifts to give this Valentine’s Day, I can highly recommend these precious tapestry tags. I imagine that they look just as good on the back as they do in the front. HighlandHickoryDsgns has done an excellent job with the shape of these, too. Just think of the color combinations you could play with…scrap buster!

Happy Patty Crochet has several flower patterns that are just lovely. Not only are these just gorgeous creations, but the look pretty simple to duplicate. If I had the time, I would make these up and display them in my house all year long. Everlasting flowers that don’t require water or sunlight…a simple shaking could remove dust, or you could probably wash them on a gentle cycle in the washer machine depending on the yarn you use. Delightful.

Free Crochet Patterns To Enjoy!

I knew there just had to be a perfectly adorable love bug pattern available somewhere! Laura Kaltman has managed to fir that bill with this tiny little thing. Available on one of my favorite pattern sites: Ravelry! Heart-shaped wings, heart-shaped antenna and the Valentine’s Day traditional colors of pink, red, and white make this a perfect toy for small children 😊

I’m not a huge fan of wreaths in general. Most of them feel too 80’s for my preference. But, for those or you that are so inclined, RepeatCrafterMe has a really cute love wreath that is prefect for Valentine’s Day. Those tiny crochet hearts could have a lot of applications, too.

Not to be left out, I have to include my own emoji hearts pattern! I had a lot of fun working up this quick little pattern. The free version only includes the heart pattern, but you can purchase it for just a few dollars (discounted for Valentine’s Day) and get the addition of how to make several different Kawaii-styled emoji facial expressions.

And because she’s just such a wonderful designer, I also have to Feature this table runner also from RepeatCrafterMe. If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day party, this would be just perfect to set the mood. It’s sure to get a tone of compliments, too!

Princess Leia *FREE* Crochet Pattern (part 1)

I love returning customers! They know how to work with me, and not only do they know what I am capable of creating, but they appreciate the time and effort that I put into something. When a previous customer comes to me, I will put them top of my list and fulfill their requests first, every time. Not to mention the 15% discount that these returning customers get to enjoy time and time again! There are perks to being a loyal Family Bugs fan for sure.

I might adore custom requests even more! So many times I have very many ideas of what to crochet next floating in my head. So many ideas, in fact, that I struggle to narrow it down to just one, or find difficulty in focusing on just one through to completion. I cannot even number how many works in progress I have going on right now, and I just purged my closet, throwing away several of these wips! So, when someone make a specific request, saying “can you please make me something?” I put it at thetop of my “to design” list, and then I have a deadline, and the motivation to get it done! Because I know a very specific person is just waiting for me!

So, when a returning customer asked me earlier this month to make a Princess Leia Crochet Costume for her 3-mo daughter for Halloween, I knew I just had to do it. And I also knew that the pattern had to be available for all of my wonderful fans as well! It fits right in with my disney princess collection, too! Because there are so many parts involved in this costume, however, I’ve broken it down into two parts. This is the first part consisting of the dress pattern, and in a couple of days I will be publishing the second part which will contain the crochet patterns for the light saber and Princess Leia’s iconic braided hair/hat/wig.

You will need a size h crochet hook, and worsted weight yarn in white and grey. That’s it. As far as materials go, this is a pretty simple pattern. I have also tried to stick with basic crochet stitches: ch, ss, sc, dc, dc2tog, and increases. As with all of my crochet patterns, my goal is to keep the directions as simple as possible. So if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email 😊


Designer notes: Dress is worked from the bottom up. Using white Ch 78
RND 1: Sc in second ch from hook and all the way across. (77) Being careful not to twist, Ss to first sc to join into a large circle
RND 2: ch 2, dc all the way around (77), ss to first to join
Designer’s note: If you want to add length to the skirt, for an exceptionally long infant, or just because you want it longer, this is where you should add in. Just repeat RND 2.
RNDs 3-10 Work 3 dc2tog somewhere in each RND. Ss to first to join, ch 2. Final stitch count after RND 10 should be 54


RND 11: dc all the way around (54) color change to grey, ss to first to join, ch 1
RND 12: sc all the way around (54), ss to first to join, ch 1
RND 13: sc all the way around (54), color change back to white, ss to first to join, ch 2

RNDs 14-19: dc all the way around (54), ss to first to join, ch 2. Finish off after RND 19


Make two: Ch 17. Dc in third ch from hook, Dc in each stitch across (15). Finish off. Attach both Dc chains into the bodice with 13 stitches in between in front and back; 9 stitches in the underarm.
Insert white anywhere along the neckline and repeat the following all the way around: Ch 3, skip next stitch and ss in the second for a total of 24 ruffles.


RND 1: Insert hook in the back corner where the strap meets the bodice. Sc all the way around the arm hole (25), ss to first to join and ch 2
RNDs 2-13: dc all the way around (25), ss to first to join, ch 2. Finish off after RND 13.


Princess Leia’s dress has these three grey circles right along the belt of her dress. Make two of the smaller ones, and one of the larger circles.

RND 1: ch 2, work 7 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook (7), ss to first to join and ch 1

RND 2: inc all the way around (14), ss to first to join. Finish off to form the smaller circle, ch 1 and continue to RND 3 for the larger circle

RND 3: *inc, sc 1* all the way around (21), ss to first to join and finish off.

Attach the larger circle in front center of the grey waist band. Attach the two smaller circles on either side.

Thanksgiving Crochet Pattern Round-upi

From turkeys to cornucopias, pilgrims and Indians, to pumpkins and gourds…Thanksgiving is looming ever nearer! But if you are tired of crocheting the same old generic pumpkins and giant turkeys, why not try these crochet patterns to spruce up your holiday decor!

I really enjoy this Harvest Crow from PamsPatterns. Definitely not your typical Thanksgiving decor, but with scare-crows and sunflowers being very much “fall”, I think he fits right in. Plus, he looks pretty well-done from what I can see.

The idea of newborn cocoons is a fun one. They are so versatile. My kids were all a bit too old by the time I discovered the novelty, so I’m not sure how practical they are…but definitely great for photo shoots. This corn on the cob cocoon from June Bugs Crochet is definitely different and worth considering for all of your baby needs. I think if you were to swaddle the baby, then wriggle them into the cocoon, it might make for easier passing around to the relatives (if you are so inclined).

Is there such a thing as “thanksgiving gift giving”? I’ve never heard of it, but for the more generous of you out there, this gift basket from Yarnovations might be a must!

I love most of Planet June’s patterns. I’m not sure what these mushrooms have to do with thanksgiving, but they are pretty adorable and very well-done to boot. I definitely recommend checking out all of her patterns!

There aren’t a whole lot of crochet wreaths out in the market. There might be a desire for them, if done properly (hint, hint). This fall-themed one by Crochet Shop Carolina would be adorable on someone’s door to welcome feast goers for sure! I’m not sure if the little animal is suppose to be a hedgehog or a possum, but either way it’s pretty cute…oh, if I were to actually read the description, it is a hedgehog 😛

This acorn pattern by Caper Crochet is absolutely precious! How much fun would it be to make up a bunch of these, give them to the children attending your feast, and letting them pelt each other (preferably not within reach of breakables…so, send them outside!)? OR, as favors for all of your visitors. Whatever you want to use them for, I love it!

These cow dolls from Pams Crochet might be one of the best things Ive come across in a long time. They are patriotic, and summery, and Christmas-y, and halloween-y, and a bit of some thanksgiving-Ness thrown in there too. This is how I need to be marketing all of my crochet dolls 😛

I think we need to work together to expand this list! Please, find some “interesting” crochet patterns that are marketed as Thanksgiving, or fall. Comment below with your treasures, and not only will I edit this post to include it, but I will also include a link back to you. So, free publicity on your part, and a really fun, interactive, list on my part.

Harry Potter Newborn Hat and Necktie Onesies

When one of my dearest childhood friends announced recently that he is expecting twins, I knew exactly what I needed to make him for a baby gift. It needed to have something to do with Harry Potter, because him and his wife adore the wizard in world and even had a subtle undertone of such at their wedding a couple years ago. It needs to be gender neutral, or easily transferred to the other gender, since it’s still too early to know for certain, AND dr’s still mess up from time-to-time. It really was a no-brained. I’m going to make them some Harry Potter beanies (with removable flower clips). As I did some quick research, I also decided to make some necktie appliqués that I could sew onto some onesies to make it a more complete “costume”. So, like always, you guys get to enjoy the patterns 😊

Materials Needed

  • Three different hook sizes: K/6.5, J/6.0, E/3.5
  • Worsted weight yarn in the proper colors: Slytherin – Green and Grey, Ravenclaw – Blue and White, Hufflepuff – Yellow and Black, Gryffindor – Maroon and Gold
  • Hair clippers for the flowers
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends and attaching the appliqués to the onesies
  • Onesies in newborn sizes

Basic Hat

With the J/6.0 sized hook, choose which colors you want to use, and starting with the main color (which is listed first in the list above ^), ch 2.

RND 1: Work 8 sc stitches all in the second ch from hook (8), do not ss to join, do not ch 1, do not turn. These hats are worked in one continuous round. Use a stitch marker if you need to keep track of the start of each RND.

RND 2: Work 2 sc stitches in each stitch around (16)

RND 3: Hdc 1, *Work 2 dc in the next, dc 1* (24)

RND 4: *Dc 2, Work 2 dc in the next* (32)

RNDs 5-11: dc all the way around (32, 224 total)

Finish Off: hdc, sc, ss, finish off.

Making the Stripe

With the largest hook (K/6.5 MM) and secondary color, starting at the bottom of the hat and working in 5e middle of the dc stitches, LOOSELY ss all the way up.

The Flower

With the smaller E/3.5 sized hook and starting with the paler color (grey, gold, yellow, or white)

RND 1: ch 2, Work 10 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook. Ss to first to join.

Color change to the darker color (green, maroon, black, or blue, respectively)

For each petal: *ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc, ch 2, ss in same stitch, ss* Repeat four more times to make five petals

Finish off and attach to the hair clippies

The Necktie

With the E/3.5 sized hook, and main color, ch 10

ROW 1: skipping second ch from hook and sc 7, sc2tog (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 2: sc 6, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 3: sc 5, sc2tog (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 4: sc 4, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 5: sc 3, sc2tog (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 6: sc 2, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 7: sc all the way across (3), ch 1 and turn

ROW 8: inc, sc 2 (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 9: sc across (4), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 10: sc 3, inc (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 11: sc across (5), ch 1 and turn

ROW 12: inc, sc 4 (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 13: sc across (6), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 14: sc 5, inc (7)ch 1 and turn.

ROW 15: sc across (7) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 16: inc, sc 6 (8), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 17: sc across (8) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 18: sc 7, inc (9) ch 1 and turn.

ROW 19: sc across (9), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 20: sc2tog, sc 5, sc2tog (7), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 21: sc2tog, sc 3, sc2tog (5), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 22: sc2tog, sc 1, sc2tog (3), ch 1 and turn.

ROW 23: sc3tog (1), ch 1 and finish off

With a yarn needle, take some of the secondary color and stitch the stripes into the Necktie


You can do whatever you want with it, now. I decided to hand-sew the neckties onto some newborn onesies using the main colors. I’d LOVE to see what sort of crafts you do with these Necktie appliqués, so share your pictures, and you might just get featured in my monthly newsletter!

Yoda inspired Crochet hat

I have a short friend. My short friend just happens to also be a teacher. This teacher has a team that she works with. Her team is planning on Star Wars themed Halloween costumes this year. So, naturally, the shortest member of this team of teachers, my friend, has to be Yoda. She isn’t too thrilled with this idea, but I told her that she just needs to let me Crochet her a hat, and then she can drape a bed sheet around her, and the costume is finished. It’s so easy. Because I love my friend dearly, I knew I couldn’t just make a basic crochet hat for her. I need to make something pretty and feminine, and something that won’t always have Yoda’s pointy ears sticking out of it. Hhmmnn…

First of all, I needed a good yarn. I chose some Caron Simply Soft in dark sage. It’s a nice swampy Yoda color. But not too grody so that she can’t match it with other outfits if she so chooses. I think it’s a nice, neutral green color. Then, I did a ton of research in the lovely world of Pinterest to find a pretty hat pattern. My criteria was pretty strict: single color, pretty texture, no gaping holes, not slouchy, no buttons or flowers, or pompoms.

After about an hour of looking, I finally settled on the diamond ridges hat. It’s a free revelry download, which is always a bonus. But as far as Patterns go, this one was actually pretty complicated. My first complaint is that there is no indication of what hook size to use. I think a small hook will result in a more clearly defined texture, but too small of a hook means it might be a bit small for an adult head. I used a j-hook because it’s one of my favorites. It took three tries before I got ROW 6 to come out to the right stitch count. I’m not even sure I got it right. The written pattern is confusing so I had to rely on the pictures. I really liked how she did the pictures, though. Each new ROW was done in yellow, while the main hat was in blue. It definitely took a lot of time and effort to put all of that together. Overall, I’m not terribly fond of the pattern, and after three tries working on ROW 7, I frogged the whole thing. And continued my search. After spending another hour looking, and not finding anything, I finally decided to just use a hat pattern that I’ve already designed…the sea shell pony tail hat. And instead of leaving the hole at the top for a messy bun, I just added another RND of dc2tog and closed it off.

Now that the hat is finished, it’s off to make the ears. Again, I perused the wonderful world of Pinterest trying to find a free pattern that I liked. Once again, the Pinterest world came up short. I really liked these yoda ears from Bee Mine Crochet, but I’m not willing to pay $5.00 JUST for the ears. I know, I’m a cheapstake. So, once again, I just designed my own. And I’ve included the pattern for those down below. So, instead of attaching the ears directly to the hat, I put them on little green felt rounds, which I then attached to some hair clips, and voila! Removable yoda ears!! I am quite pleased with how it all turned out and know my short little teacher friend is going to love it as well.


RND 1: ch 2, work 5 sc stitches all into the second ch from hook, ss to first to join (5).

RND 2: ch 1, sc all the way around (5), do not ss to first to join, but work around in one continues RND.

RNDs 3-17: inc once for every RND. Final stitch count should be 20

Unique Fall Crochet Patterns

Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The colors, the weather, the flavors, the smells, the activities…ah, it’s a happy time. For the crochet artist who doesn’t have a hook in her hand all year long, fall signals a time for Yarn, scarfs, hats, sweaters, and cozies. The days are shorter giving more time during the evening, and the outside activities start to dwindle as the weather becomes colder. While some can easily decide what to crochet next, some will spend countless hours perusing the internet to find the perfect project. Instead of making another basic crochet accessory, why not try out these unique crochet patterns just perfect for fall!

Wearing food? Only if you are bold enough! These scarfs from Fierce Pixy Boutique are adorable. I know several teenage and college-aged girls who would love to add these to their wardrobes. And, she offers a discount if you want to purchase several patterns at once, score!

There is a whole slew of “interesting” Crochet vest patterns out there in the world. I am personally pretty fond of this fringed toddler vest by Beauty Crochet Pattern. However, I kind of want the fringe to go all the way around the vest instead of just on the front flaps. I imagine it’s pretty warm, though.

Personally, I don’t think crochet shorts should be a thing…but, there seems to be plenty of disagreement about that. Take these men’s shorts by Mermaid Cat Designs for example. If you don’t use the right yarn, though, there might be future problems to deal with. Bound to keep you warm during the cooler morning hours and not too hot for those warmer afternoon times that are typical of fall days.

As someone with poor blood circulation with constantly cold hands, I am a big fan of fingerless gloves. There are lots of options to crochet your own, but I kind of really like these geometric ones from BLASK studio. Colorful, tasteful, and functional. I might be making these for myself this fall 😊

Every year I make my mom some slippers for Christmas. Usually one pair will get her through the first six months of the year, so my goal is to make her two of them. Unfortunately, I don’t always manage my time well enough to get them done in time. I’ve made her some elf slippers before, and I think I will make some for her again this year. Don’t you just love these by Hookedo Patterns?

There exists a plethora of unique crochet patterns for hats, but these whimsical holiday hats from Uniquely More caught my eye. They remind me of a Christmas trees a little bit.

Have you found any deliciously unique crochet patterns this fall? Because I think this list definitely needs to be expanded! Comment below, and I’ll be sure to include them next time.