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Finding Free Crochet Patterns for Insects, bugs, and Butterflies

Updated on October 23, 2015
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Free Crochet Patterns-Insects

The insect world is fascinating and interesting. You might think that crochet patterns for insects bugs, and butterflies are non-existent. However, there are some beautiful and innovative free crochet patterns for most insects. Use them to decorate your house plants, or a hat, as a toy for a child, interested in insects, or insect themed objects. The sheer variety of patterns is quite amazing.

Crochet Directory links- Insect Patterns

Many crocheters find the large Internet-crochet-pattern-directories save them time because they gather links to free crochet patterns in one place. Crochet Patterns Central (CPC) is one of the more easily negotiable directory sites and has one devoted to insects, bugs, and creepy crawlies and anther to butterflies. In CPC’s insect section, there are bees, including Abby Bee Amigurumi, ant amigurumi, caterpillars, a love bug, spiders, dragonflies and so much more. In CPC’s butterfly section, there are butterfly appliqués, 3D butterflies, butterfly dishcloths, bookmarks, fridgies, hat and gloves set, doilies, and graphs. The Rainbow butterfly mobile would make a colourful gift to hang over a new baby’s crib, or cot, be suitable for either sex and match any nursery’s decor. There is even a butterfly throw as well as butterfly Afghan squares.

Rainbow Caterpillar

Crochet pattern designers sometimes have free crochet patterns on their sites. One such is Enfys, who has the lovely Rainbow Caterpillar toy in both UK and US pattern versions. The Rainbow caterpillar would be a good way to use scrap yarn.

Crochet Insect Patterns - Blogs

Crochet blogs and other crochet web sites also have links to free crochet patterns, or the patterns themselves. Free Amigurumi Crochet has links to the Very Hungry Caterpillar, wonderful for toddlers’ story times, spooky spiders, ants, butterflies, and other insects. One crochet page has a charming crochet ladybug tape measure and leaf scissor case, which would make a charming gift for someone who enjoys sewing. Craftydeb has the crochet bug, which would make an amusing gift for another crocheter.

Crochet Insect Patterns from Yarn Sites

Yarn manufacturers offer free patterns on their web sites. Red Heart Yarns has a butterfly wrap, Afghan, throw, and ladybug appliqué. Lion Brand Yarns has a Clouded Yellow Butterfly motif, to decorate a hat or cardigan, Lorelei the ladybug, a delightful toy, an amigurumi spider, and the graduate bookworm, which would make a fun congratulations gift.

More Crochet Insect Patterns

The large internet crochet communities make free crochet patterns available to their members. Crochetville has a pattern for a ladybug, spider, and butterfly. Ravelry has patterns for ladybugs of all types, butterflies, spiders, and caterpillars. There are some unusual patterns at Ravelry including worm finger puppets, bookmarks, and hats. There is an extra-ordinary filet lace pattern showing two chicks finding a worm. There are many novelty spiders suitable for Halloween. There is a spectacular ladybug cuddle quilt, a ladybug backpack, toy set and interesting ladybug slippers. There is also a very interesting rhinoceros beetle.

The Diverse Array of Crochet Patterns for Insects

Free crochet patterns for insects are more plentiful than many crocheters might imagine. Whether you want to crochet a graceful dragonfly, a buzzy bee, a colourful butterfly, a hungry caterpillar or something more unusual there is probably a free pattern on the internet. Furry animals are all very well, but insects are interesting, diverse, graceful, and beautiful. In crochet, insects adapt themselves very well to many different items and formats and they are so beautiful, in life and in crochet.


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