Little Lightning Bugs by Ashley Casteel

Little Lightning Bugs

July 2015
Sport (12 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches
3.5 mm (E)
4.0 mm (G)
6 - 7 yards (5 - 6 m)
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These adorable little lightning bugs make great gifts and/or charming personal desk companions. Pattern includes instructions using glow-in-the-dark Jelly Yarn (in Vanilla Peppermint) or plain worsted weight yarn. Two different wing options are also included to give you lots of personalization options.

Level of pattern difficulty: MEDIUM

To complete this pattern, you should be familiar with the following crochet skills and techniques:

  • Crocheting in the round
  • Increasing and decreasing stitches
  • Working with novelty yarns (if opting to work with Jelly Yarn)
  • Changing yarn colors (if opting for yellow wing accents)

Tools and supplies:

  • G (4.25 mm) hook or any size to achieve Jelly Yarn gauge
  • E (3.5 mm) hook or any size to achieve worsted yarn gauge
  • 15 yards black or charcoal worsted weight yarn
  • 1 yard red worsted weight yarn (if opting for head details)
  • 1 yard pale yellow worsted weight yarn (if opting for head details)
  • 6 yards glow-in-the-dark Jelly Yarn (Vanilla Peppermint, fine weight) OR yellow worsted weight yarn
  • 3 mm black pipe cleaner
  • Pair of black 7.5 or 8 mm round flat-backed doll eyes
  • 26-gauge black floral wire
  • Pinch of polyester stuffing
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Blunt yarn needle
  • Stitch marker

Finished size: 3 inches tall (not including antennae)

Please note: These lightning bugs are intended for display purposes only and are not toys. They are not recommended for children under 12 due to choking hazard posed by doll eyes and potentially sharp wire edges.

Terms of use: Images and pattern text are copyrighted material and may not be sold or reproduced without the author’s permission. If selling finished product, please use the following credit line somewhere in the item description: Pattern design by Ashley Casteel,

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