Happy Valentine’s day!
We woke up this morning to find our house infested… with love bugs! Typically I cant stand bugs, of any kind, but how can you not find this little one adorable!
Honestly this year I was having a little difficulty getting excited for Valentine’s day. I know, I know, many think that people shouldn’t care about this holiday. I know it’s a Hallmark holiday designed to make people spend money. I know all of this, and I don’t care. I love being in love. Not everyone is as lucky as I am to have found such a wonderful person to have in their life, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with celebrating that. Yes, you should do special things all year round, but I still think it’s a nice excuse to do something extra special.  Even for those who aren’t in a relationship, can celebrate the love you have with family and friends.
My bf and I always made today amazing for each other. We are pretty old at heart, and had a lot of traditions. Every year we went to the same Italian restaurant, the same one we went to our first year of dating. It was his first time bringing someone on an actual nice date for Valentine’s day, and he didn’t realize how busy the place was going to be. Not thinking to make reservations, when we got there we were told we would have to wait for 3 hours for a table! Most people would have turned and walked away… not us. We sat in his car for two hours playing cards and joking around. It turned out to be one of my favorite nights. So, every year we would return.. still not making reservations because well, that how we are :P. He also would get me roses, one for every year we have been dating. Typical I know, but it was so sweet.
Well with our recent move across country, obviously going to that same restaurant is out of the question. Being a bit short on money I also told him to not worry about roses, that we don’t need all the glamour to have a romantic day. I honestly mean that, but at the same time the closer we got to today the sadder I became at not sticking to our traditions.
So, I designed this little guy to get my heart back into the holiday. Serious focus on hearts, I don’t think he could have another heart on him if I tried :P. It worked too, I loved how he turned out. Once I had a love bug on my side we came up with a pretty nice plan. Just because we aren’t in the same place, doesn’t mean we have to entirely lose our traditions. So we are planning a nice spaghetti meal and, of course, a couple games of cards. Spending the entire day just hanging out with each other… and our new little friend of course.
What You Need
♥ Pink, red, and black yarn.
♥ 3.5 crochet hook
♥ stuffing
♥ scissors
♥ yarn needle.
Stitches
♥ sc- single crochet
♥ Slst- slip stitch
♥ inc- increase stitch (2 stitches in the same space)
♥ dec- decrease stitch (crochet 2 stitches together)

Pattern

Body
With pink make a magic ring.
Row 1: 8sc into ring, slst to close (8)
Row 2: inc in each space, slst to close  (16)
Row 3: inc, 1sc. Repeat around, slst to close  (24)
Row 4: inc, 2sc. Repeat around, slst to close (32)
Row 5: inc, 3sc. Repeat around, slst to close (40)
Row 6: inc, 4sc. Repeat around, slst to close (48)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach red yarn.
Row 7-8: sc in each space, slst to close. (48)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach pink yarn.
Row 9-10: sc in each space, slst to close. (48)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach red yarn.
Row 11-12: sc in each space, slst to close. (48)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach pink yarn.
Row 13-14: sc in each space, slst to close. (48)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach red yarn.
Row 15-16: sc in each space, slst to close. (48)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach pink yarn.
Row 17: sc in each space, slst to close. (48)
Row 18: dec, 4sc. Repeat around, slst to close (40)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach red yarn.
Row 19: sc in each space around, slst to close. (40)
Row 20: dec, 3sc. Repeat around, sl st to close (32)
Finish off, tuck in tail. Attach pink yarn.
Row 21: sc in each space around. slst to close. (32)
Row 22: dec, 2sc. Repeat around, slst to close (24)
Finish off, leave a long tail for sewing. Stuff firmly.
Head
With pink make a magic ring.
Row 1: 8sc into ring, slst to close (8)
Row 2: inc in each space, slst to close  (16)
Row 3: inc, 1sc. Repeat around, slst to close  (24)
Row 4: inc, 2sc. Repeat around, slst to close (32)
Row 5: inc, 3sc. Repeat around, slst to close (40)
Row 6: sc in each space, slst to close (40)
Row 7: inc, 4sc. Repeat around, slst to close (48)
Row 8: sc in each space around, slst to close. (48)
Row 9: inc, 5sc. Repeat around, slst to close (56)
Row 10-19: sc in each space around, slst to close. (56)
Row 20: dec, 5sc. Repeat around, slst to close.(48)
Row 21: sc in each space sround, slst to close. (48)
Row 22: dec, 4sc.  Repeat around, slst to close. (40)
Row 23: sc in each space around, slst to close. (40)
Row 22: dec, 3sc.  Repeat around, slst to close. (32)
Row 24: dec, 2sc.  Repeat around, slst to close. (24)
Stuff, and continue to stuff while you finish the head.
Row 25: dec, 1sc.  Repeat around, slst to close. (16)
Row 26: dec in each space around, slst to close (8)
Finish off (don’t worry about the little hole that is showing, will be hidden when sew head onto body), tuck in tail.
Nose
With red yarn make a magic ring.
Row 1: 4sc in ring. slst to close (4)
Row 2: inc in each space. slst to close (8)
Row 3: 2sc, skip 4 spaces, 2sc. slst to close (4)
Row 4: dec, slst to close (2)
Do not stuff!
Finish off and tuck in tail, when you tuck in the tail it will smooth out the top of your heart.
Row 1: attach red yarn onto one of the spaces you skipped in row 3. 4sc, slst to close. (4)
Row 2: same as row 4.
Antenna
– make 2
With red yarn make a magic ring.
Row 1: 4sc into ring, slst to close. (4)
Row 2: inc in each space around. slst to close  (8)
Row 3: sc in each space. slst to close(8)
Lightly stuff.
Row 4: dec in each space. slst to close (4)
Row 5-17 : sc in each space. slst to close (4)
Finish off, leave a long tail for sewing.
Legs
– Make 6, each set a different length.
Make sure to leave a long tail before you start your chain for sewing to the body. With pink chain 8, slst in first chain to create a ring.
Row 1-6: sc in each space, slst to close. (8)
Finish off, tuck in tail.
Make a set with 7 rows, as well as a set with 8 rows.
Attach red yarn to the last row, sc in each space around. (8)
Finish off, leave a long tail for sewing.
 Legs
Heart Feet
– make 6
With red yarn make a magic ring.
Row 1: 4sc in ring. slst to close (4)
Row 2: inc, sc. repeat around, slst to close (6)
Row 3: inc, 2sc. repeat around, slst to close (8)
Row 4: inc, sc. repeat around, slst to close (12)
Row 5: inc, 2sc. repeat around, slst to close (16)
Row 6: 4sc, skip 8, 4sc. slst to close (8)
Row 7: sc in each space. slst to close (8)
Row 8: dec in each space. slst to close (4)
Finish off leaving a long tail to sew. With your needle close the tiny hole that is left on top of the heart.
Stuff your heart before finishing the other side.
Row 1: attach red yarn to one of the spaces you skipped in row 6. sc in each of the previously skipped stitches. (8)
Row 2: sc in each space. slst to close (8)
Do your final stuffing
Row 3: dec in each space. slst to close (4)
Finish off leaving a a long tail to sew. With your needle close the tiny hole that is left on top of the heart.

Assembly

 All
Once you have all the parts, now its time to bring it all together. Begin by sewing the head onto the body. If you look where you started the head, the rows are nice and tight. The side with all the decreases isn’t as pretty, so this is the side you want to have hidden by the body. Center the head onto the hole of the body. You may use pins to keep it in place if you like, I find I stab myself too often for my liking if I bring pins into the equation.  I tend to just quickly attach the head with a couple of loose stitches then go back around to tightly secure it in place.
Attach
Now attach the heart feet onto the legs. Do this by centering the red row of the leg onto the heart and secure in place. Don’t worry if it’s not 100% perfect, as long as the leg isn’t going over the side of the heart no one will see. Lightly stuff each leg.
 Attach1
Use the rows on the body to help you place where the leg should be attached. Start with one of the shortest legs and sew it facing forward, I lined it up with the first red line. Attach the other shortest leg to the other side of the body, mirroring the first. Now your bug can officially sit!
 Side
Attach the next set, the medium sized ones, above the first. I lined them up so that the top of the leg was running with the top of the second pink row, not including the bugs big pink butt in counting the rows :p . The third set, the longest legs, are then attached. The top of the leg running with the top of the final red row. Follow this layout and there should be a colored row between each set of legs.
 Side1
Next I did the antennas. I thought these would be a lot trickier to have stay up then they were, really just a couple of stitches around and they were standing at attention. Use the circles, rows, on the head to help you find the perfect place. I attached them between the second and third row, straight across from each other.
 Antenna
Bend the antennas in toward each other, making the bulbs on the ends sit on one another. With red yarn make a quick stich to keep them in place.
 Heart antenna
Last, but not least, you have the little heart nose. This is the only one I can’t give too much direction on your placement. Really, all you need to do is find where you want the center of your face to be, and secure the nose in place.
 Attach 2
For a final touch embroider a happy smile, and some eyes. Alternatively you can cut out a face from cloth and either glue or sew it in place, whatever works best for you!
 Love bug1
Today is the perfect day to be bitten by the love bug; so catch, or make, one for the specially someone in your life!