lalylala's Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies is so much more than just a book of cute amigurumi creatures. This clever, cheerful collection of projects is introduced in the form of a story that could truly stand on its own as a children’s book, except you can make all of the characters! I have to say, it was a joy to read – and the beautiful images had me itching to grab my hook and start crocheting. Read on for a peek inside!
lalylala's Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies is a beautiful coming of age story that can be enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike. What a fun way to showcase this lovely collection of projects! Tresselt offers a variety of characters to make; she also gives you the tools and encouragement to dream up your own colorful friends.
Just look at this guy:
Aagh! It’s so cute! What’s more, these designs have been VERY carefully thought out. This attention to tiny details is a big part of what brings these bugs to life. There’s lot of room for creativity too – beginning with the caterpillar (or maggot, in the fly’s case), you make additional pieces for them to wear during each part of their life cycle. This combination of science and dress-up makes these projects a great gift for children, but you don’t have to be a kid to want your own! Using a size 1.5 mm crochet hook and 3/2 Pearl Cotton Yarn, you can make a butterfly about 4.5-5″ tall. Pearl Cotton comes in a bunch of different colors, and our mini cones are a great way to get an assortment to play with.
I like to think the eyelet details on the fly’s wings are to help with aerodynamics.
Watch your fingers! This venus fly trap can be finished off with a clasp (as shown) or zipper.
All in all, I’m really excited about lalylala's Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies. Make all the aphids, stag beetles, butterflies and caterpillars you can dream up – there’s no end to the color and texture combinations you can try! In fact, this book inspired my talented shop colleague Judy to make her own little bug – check it out below!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to go explore the garden for more inspiration!