Crochet Now Magazine | Lola the Ladybird

Send a little love to that special someone in your life with Lola the Lovebug. Packed full of love from antennae to the tips of her toes she will be sure to be loved by everyone!

Crocheted ladybird in a garden holding a heart, there is ivy in the background and securers in the foreground.
© Practical Publishing 2023 (Crochet Now Issue 90)

The pattern for Lola, along with her little heart, is available in issue 90 of Crochet Now magazine. Lola comes equipped with delicate hearts on top of her antennae making her a true love bug! She was a really fun project to work on, and you could make her holding the heart, or leave it separate, or why not even embroider the initials of someone special onto the front.

I created my lovebug with a 3mm hook out of some James C. Brett It’s 100% Pure Cotton which is 100% cotton that comes in 100g [215 meters / 235yds] balls and, for a cotton, is lovely and soft.

Close up of a crocheted ladybird in a garden holding a heart

The only other things you need to make the Lola is some black embroidery thread, stitch markers, a tapestry needle and some toy stuffing.


Nothing says I love you as much as something handmade I think. She would make the perfect pick-me-up gift for someone special this Valentine’s Day or any other day.

Image from Crochet Now 90 of Lola the crocheted Lovebug.
© Practical Publishing 2023 (Crochet Now Issue 90)

Issue 90 is full of lovely seasonal patterns and is available to buy from most supermarkets. Or you can grab a digital version from

Front cover of CN90 magazine

If you make up Lola the Lovebug I hope you’ll share any finished photos with me on social media (facebooktwitter or instagram) or as a project on Ravelry – I love to see what you make! And finally you may wish to make sure you are signed up to blog (below) and / or my mailing list to get a reminder when new blog posts, discounts or new pattern releases are available.

Until next time folks! Happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx


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LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine | Princess Jessica and Love Tokens

Once upon a time, in a far away land, a crochet designer that was asked to design an enchanting princess doll…four months later Princess Jessica appeared on the front cover of issue 98 of LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine (on sale now) and the crochet designer lived happily ever after!

Have you seen it? I was super excited to see Princess Jessica as this month’s cover star! What a lovely start to the year.


I was really keen to make her a little bit more of a modern princess which is why she is supporting a chic ‘Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired up do. A hairstyle which happens to be the perfect fit for a tiara!


As well as Princess Jessica there’s also a mini pattern series by me of little love tokens which includes; love bird key rings, a mini heart gift bag, a heart brooch and a heart handbag charm. They all make really quick valentines gifts or, if you are like me, you can just crochet loads of puffy hearts because they are super fun to make.


The free yarn kit with issue 98 includes six lovely bright colours which are just perfect for cheering anyone up in gloomy January.  In this month’s issue you’ll find:

  • Six posy yarns…including a special eyelash yarn!
  • 3.5 mm hook & 3.5 mm knitting needles
  • Bonus safety eyes
  • 55 exclusive patterns
  • Plus… a 68 page magazine

LGC Knitting & Crochet Magazine is available in major supermarkets and newsagents across the UK.  If you hook up either Princess Jessica or any of the Love Tokens be sure to share your photos with me on social media(facebooktwitter or instagram) – I love to see what you make!

Until next time folks! Happy hooking, keep calm and crochet on my friends xx