Lalylala’s Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

When I dove back into the world of crochet and amigurumi after getting married in 2010, I looked everywhere for great resources on blogs, websites and books.  I purchased a number of amigurumi books and really enjoyed working through them as I practiced basic skills like increasing, decreasing and attaching body parts.  Many years later, I am delighted that I can introduce you to a brand new amigurumi book that is about to be released:  Lalylala’s Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies by the extremely talented Lydia Tresselt!

Lydia is a passionate crochet designer and illustrator living and working in Leipzig, Germany.  She is well-known for her signature style of amigurumi, and you can find all of her adorable and whimsical designs in her Etsy shop HERE.  I particularly love her seasons amigurumi (see Easter, Christmas, Winter, etc).  Her brand new book focuses on insects as it is “A Crochet Story of Tiny Creatures and Big Dreams“.  This book is a fantastic collection of absolutely gorgeous designs.  The book is divided into three sections: the first part is a narrative story that features Lydia’s crochet creations and the adventure they go on.  The second part of the book gives detailed instructions for the techniques and stitches required.  The last part of the book has the written crochet patterns for: eggs, caterpillars, cocoons, brimstone butterfly, peacock butterfly, ulysses butterfly, golden daydream moth, beetle larva, beetle pupa, ladybird, stag beetle, fly maggot, fly pupa, fly, snail, aphid, venus flytrap and leaf.  This is a wonderful theme for a book since bugs transform during their life cycles- this allows us as crocheters to create them at different stages as well!  For example, pictured below we can see how the beetle larva becomes a pupa, and then a ladybird/ladybug!

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I decided to try crocheting a caterpillar from the book who would later transform into a beautiful butterfly!  Lydia’s patterns are very well-written and easy to understand as I had absolutely no difficulty with them.  I appreciated her detailed and clear instructions.  I used some 24/7 Cotton and Modern Baby by Lion Brand Yarn that I had in my stash with a Clover Amour 2.75 mm hook!  I love the shaping of the body with the decreases and increases to form the round sections!

Next it was time to crochet his adorable hat which is such a cute accessory!  I added the antennae later on!

The wings are beautifully shaped and very sturdy since each upper and lower left and right wing are comprised of two pieces!  I sewed them onto the belt so that the wings could be attached to the caterpillar!


Here is my delightful little caterpillar!  In the future, I might crochet him an egg or cocoon too- I love the variety of options available in Lydia’s book!

He is ready for his transformation!  Brie has taken a liking to this cutie pie and adores changing him back and forth!  This design is fantastic since children can easily remove the hat and wings all by themselves!

After sliding the wings onto the caterpillar, we now have a beautiful butterfly with stunning, colourful wings!

Lydia has provided so many different butterflies for you to try as shown below!  I love how easy it is to switch up the colours of the wings and body to really personalize these butterflies and make them your own!  You could use your favourite colours, your child’s school colours, or the colours of a sports team!

Aren’t these eggs and larvae so sweet?  I am beyond impressed with all of Lydia’s designs and it’s incredible how she made all the beetles, bugs and butterflies look so adorable!  She is such a brilliant designer, and there are so many amigurumi designs to try in her brand new book!

I highly recommend checking out Lalylala’s Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies as it is an amazing book with well-written patterns, clean and cute designs and beautiful photography.  This book will keep you engaged as there are so many different types of bugs to try, and the transformation aspect with removable parts is very unique!  You can purchase this book on Amazon HERE and on Lydia’s Etsy HERE.  We are giving away three digital copies of this book so you can try making your own beetles, bugs and butterflies!

***To enter, please leave a comment below stating what bug you are most excited to crochet (e.g. peacock butterfly, snail, caterpillar)!  This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE [NOW CLOSED] and will close on Sunday, October 29th at 8 PM MST!  You can also enter through Instagram and Facebook for more chances as we will be choosing one winner from each platform!

Note: I was provided a digital copy of Lalylala’s Bugs, Beetles and Butterflies for review!  All opinions expressed are 100% my own!

  • Annessa kong

    I always love Ladybug, but haven’t try to make one yet 🙂 But so tempted to try butterfly too. I have tried snail, but it looks terrible though.

  • Charleen Lee

    Butterfly! I have 3 kids and 4 nieces that would love them!

  • Therese Eghult

    The Venus flytrap 😍

  • Leighann

    Butterfly please! Fun to mix the colors😃.

  • @chezolivia

    I’d love to crochet a butterfly!!!

  • Your blog posts are always a surprise Stephanie!
    Such details in your photos and lovely stories ♡ Thank you for this give away, a digital version of the book i’ve already pre-ordered (delivery date on mid-november) will be awesome to take with on travels! My love for nature and its little world of insects could not be best interpreted by Lydia on her new book, the logo I’ve drawn for my crafts has a tiny butterfly too 😉
    I would love to be one of the fortunate 😀 Fingers crossed…
    All the best

  • Sarah Correa

    Oh I love the little larvae! I would like to make one for my granddaughter – think she would like to switch up the looks and change the hats and wings everyday!

  • Crystal Hartley

    I love the butterfly and how it has the transformation stages! That would be such a cute thing to use for kids in school learning about the lifecycle of insects!

  • Emily

    Aww I can’t wait to make a butterfly! I love the black and blue one on the cover <3 x

  • Laura C

    I would love to make a caterpillar that changes into a butterfly! They are so adorable!

  • RonHelen King

    These are all so adorable! I would love to make the peacock butterfly first and I love the little cocoons!

  • Rhiannan

    I would love to crochet the caterpillar for all my nieces, but the lady birds are also very cute. Thanks x

  • Pat Price

    Love the larvae & the butterflies

  • rhiannon353

    I can’t wait to crochet the caterpillars that turn into butterflies. My kids will love them 🙂

  • Nathalie Van Damme

    The peacock butterfly. They are so cute.

  • Katalin Kecskés

    I’m in love with all the bugs but I’m most excited for the ladybug.

  • Ivonne Teguh

    Peacock butterfly!!

  • Sara

    I’m most excited to crochet the snail!

  • Starlia Aubrey

    Love these all but ladybug especially!

  • aubri porter

    Oh my goodness! Such a brilliant idea for making them change! Love the idea of being able to take the wings on and off! What a great toy! I’d love to make the ladybird!

  • Ernesto Vaca

    I’m excited to just see what the peacock looks like. So far the patterns I’ve seen are really cute!

  • Minh Huynh

    Butterfly! It’s so cute!

  • Ellen Swinnen

    Butterflies are one of my favorite animals! I’m so excited about the new book 😀

  • maria joao Lima

    I would love to do a lot of snails so scare my boyfriend, or maybe to cure his fobia to snails 😀

  • Erinne

    The lady bug is the cutest! I love its transformation!

  • Patty Berlingieri

    All of these designs are so clever! What I like is the ability to change the hats, wings etc. I think I’d start with the ladybug!!!

  • Carolina Materón

    I’d love to make the peacock butterfly. This is the book of.my dreams.

  • donsgirl40

    I’d really love to crochet the peacock butterfly! But I love them all!! Thank you for this giveaway!!

  • Brandi

    I am excited for the many stages these little critters have! I will start with the ladybug. Maybe lean towards the larvae next! So fun!

  • Susan Brulé

    What a creative concept: Amigurumi insects transformations. They are all adorable but the lady bug is the cutest. Everyone have a great weekend.

  • Linda Chan

    I would most likely crochet a butterfly and a ladybug. They’re so cute. I certainly wouldn’t stop at one.

  • Mary Bellizzi

    They are all so unique and special! I would start with the larvae and work my way up 🙂

  • Charlie

    I am in love with the stag beetle design 😍

  • Heloisa Leite

    I’d love to crochet the peacok butterfly

  • Cesca

    I would start with a caterpillar, because the hungry caterpillar was one of my absolute favourite books as a child.

  • Sarah

    I would make a butterfly for my daughter. She would love taking it through the life cycle!

  • Angie Schneider

    Oh man how beautiful! My son LOVES bugs. He would want them all. I would love to make the butterfly for myself too. Such beautiful work! 😉

  • A Trinh

    The bugs are so cute. Would love to make the butterfly and the interchangeable wings.

  • Grace Mellissa

    I am in love with the butterfly. they are so so cute

  • Lily Wallis

    for me it would have to be the Peacock Butterfly! I have a video game where you have to catch all the bugs in the encyclopaedia so I spent hours chasing butterflies and that was my favourite one! 😊

  • Kimberly Grim

    I also would love to crochet the Peacock Butterfly! So pretty! I have some of her other patterns and just love them

  • Cathy Simmons

    I love the butterflies!

  • Frey James

    The peacock butterfly…

  • Rebecca B.

    I want to crochet the Peacock Butterfly. All the other patterns look fun as well. Very nice book.

  • Rachel

    I would LOVE to make the butterfly for my neice!! She is all about butterflies these days!

  • Alessany Souza Macharet

    I’d love to crochet all of them, but the butterfly first.

  • Katherine

    I love the lady bug. So cute

  • Flor De Botón

    I want to crochet all the buterflies <3 😀

  • Alessandra Takenaka

    All of them, but the snail would be the first!

  • Vanessa

    The butterfly!! I so love the creativity of these patterns!

  • Bonnie

    I would love to make one of the butterflies! So cute!

  • Kat B

    Its so hard to pick which to crochet first, they’re all so adorable! I’d probably go with the ladybug, my kids loved the grouchy ladybug story

  • Christina W.

    My daughter loves butterflies so definitely going to crochet the butterfly first!

  • Michelle Wulf

    I’m most excited to crochet a butterfly! Of course it will need a chrysalis, too. <3

  • Life Adorned

    adorable! I love her designs.
    I’d love to make one of those butterflies – the blue and black one.

  • Rachel Woodley

    I would love to make a butterfly

  • Sanda Gh

    I would like to make one of the butterflies, the one with the colourful wings first

  • Camille Monae

    Those butterflies and moths are lovely. Can’t wait to make one

  • Stephanie Hardamon

    I would start with the Peacock Butterfly, but I truly would be happy working my way through the entire collection.

  • Tamy Rente

    So cute. I want to make all the butterflies <3

  • WoopyLilyDaisy&Roos

    As a professional (software) bug Hunter (aka software tester) I would love to make them all, but do like the butterfly, and the ladybug

  • Steph Chepyha

    I’d love to crochet the caterpillar, so adorable!!

  • tiger bug

    I’d be most excited to make the snail or Venus flytrap! But in all honestly I’d love to make them all for my unborn son 🙂

  • Rosalin A

    I’d be most excited about making the cocoon before they’re a butterfly. Everything is so cute!

  • Shelly Lynn Easton

    Any of the Butterflies! I love Butterflies, I have a tattoo of one on my back, and my children learned about the stages of a butterfly this past summer in school. They would love it if I made them these!

  • Patty Beers

    I love the butterfly with all of the colors in its wings and the old fashioned crochet pattern.

  • veronique

    This is so cute and so beautiful. For sure I would love to do the Butterfly. Thanks for the giveaway !

  • Rebekah Berry

    Absolutely adorable. My little girl would love these. I would want to make a bunch! But I’d probably start with a butterfly. They are so cute! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Giant Radioactive Rubber Pants

    Caterpillar! I would like to start there and then make a cocoon and wings to go with it. 😊

  • Rachel B.

    The caterpillars are too stinking cute!!

  • Amber T

    Oh wow! I wouldn’t know where to start, i think i would make a butterfly first. Maybe with a couple pairs of wings. I would love to win this xx

  • Karyn Marks

    Incredibly adorable! <3 I would love to make the little yellow cocoon first, since that's my favorite color, and then make it the most beautiful yellow and orange wings! I want to make the whole collection, and since I can't afford to buy the book, this contest would make it possible 😀 thanks so much <3

  • Fanny Silvestri

    I can’t wait to make a little adorable snail! Congratulations for this book Lydia! And thank you Amy for the review!

  • Cora Shaw

    I love all of the designs. My favorites are the caterpillars that turn into butterflies as well as the ladybugs.

  • Fiona Carson

    I love the idea of turning a caterpillar into a butterfly….what am amazing way to introduce the concept of animal life cycles for kids too!

  • Nancy Faraday

    The Ulysses Butterfly for me!

  • niks07

    i would love to crochet the butterflies!

  • helma Parkin

    What a lovely idea of the caterpillar turning into a butterfly and this would make a great gift for a child who has gone with mum because of domestic violence to see that there’s a new beginning.

  • Rose Nishiyama

    All the insects are fantastic and so cute. I am partial to the ladybug with the black and red wings, but the larvae turning into a butterfly would really thrill my grand daughter.

  • Louanne

    I would like to make the snail and the butterflies, or maybe a lady bug. They are all so cute!

  • Jenny Hooker

    I love ladybirds and butterflies, but judging by the photos, I would love to crochet everything!

  • Amanda Beechey

    My gosh how to choose! I just adore them all but i would have to say i would love to make the butterflies as i have two girls who collect all things butterfly ♡

  • Charlotte Huffman

    I love them all! Especially love the larvae!

  • Jessica Quan

    OMG these are adorable!!! I personally hate bugs but these totally make me rethink that! I would love to make the peacock butterfly and have my toddler son change it’s outfits! Would love to win this 🙂

  • Gabriela Salomé Vecchio

    Anyone but the finished butterfly would be great! I have a 2.5 year old who is so interested in butterflies – love the cleverness of transforming amigurumis. Fun and a great teaching tool :-):

  • Thuy LE

    I think the larvae stage is the cutest.

  • I love how the wings are removable! I would love to make a butterfly and ladybug.

  • Craig Thompson

    I have just been teaching about the very hungry caterpillar at a local preschool here in Papua, Indonesia. I would love to make the caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly for the children at the preschool so we have some tangible things they can touch and play with. Thanks for this opportunity. Belinda Thompson

  • Noreen

    I want to make the ladybird (ladybug) first

  • Nicole C.

    can’t resist the ladybug!

  • Cris S.

    This book is so beautiful! I would like to make the cute snail for my little boy and some butterflies for me 🙂

  • Catriona MacAuslan

    If i had to choose just one, the beetle pupa for me. i love the way they reveal themselves.

  • cas

    oh a butterfly. so many colour choices.

  • Lisa Lim

    butterfly! but i also love the fruit fly + venus fly trap (um, hope that doesnt sound morbid :P) lol!

  • Teena A

    The butterfly but the larvae are pretty adorable! ❤️

  • Sol Cassel

    This book looks adorable! Love the butterfly evolution 🙂

  • Alessia Faggioli

    Love to try the butterflies!! They look amazing!!!

  • Meliana Susanti

    Love the ladybug ♥♥

  • Yuk Yern

    These are so cute! Would love to try any of the butterflies, but especially the peacock butterfly.

  • Erin Peterzak

    Adorable!!! I would love to make the larvae . . . and then, well, I think it would become a bug making addiction!!! Such a beautiful book! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

  • JJ Wong

    This is really cute! As an elementary school teacher, we would teach the life cycle of a butterfly every spring. These patterns even look manageable for someone like me.

  • Nuria Jchm

    I would like to do the peacock butterfly <3

  • Deb

    I would love to make the blue and black butterfly!

  • Helen Maloney

    I’ve been waiting for this book! I’m definitely team snail🐌

  • Carolyn McPherson

    I would like to make the ladybird. I have a little girl and a very close friend who just adore them xx

  • Sandy

    Peacock butterfly!

  • Jessica Nakoinz

    The Ladybug 😍😱🐞

  • Melissa Johnston

    I am excited about the snail! He’s just so cute!!

  • Társila Maria

    Ladybug !!!!! 🐞🐞🐞😍😍😍

  • Anna Radresa i Bosch

    I love all butterflies, peacock the most!

  • Madeleine

    i would love to do the peacock butterfly – my favorit in summer around here 😍

  • Shelly Mow Schmidt

    The peacock butterfly is so cute and whimsical! 💕

  • Very cool butterflies. The author is very creative.

  • Barbara Araújo Cavalcante Carv

    I wanna make the butterfly… 😍

  • Kala

    All the butterflies for my lovely friend. She loves butterflies and I love to make her them. Butterfly

  • Chloe

    I would love to crochet the blue , Thank you for the contest 🙂

  • Karina Vermeulen

    It’s so hard to choose one the bugs……..I would really love to crochet a snail 🐌 super cute!

  • vivi toma

    I would love to crochet the peackok butterfly!! Thanx for the contest

  • Asia Hendricks

    All of them, but the snail is super cute.

  • Renée Goodsell

    This book is just adorable!! I love all the butterflies and that you can make them go from worm to butterfly! I’m thinking it would be a great wee educational tool for kids 😉

  • Erin Bretz

    I think these are wonderful, I am always looking for functional amigurimi patterns to make my neice and nephew for gifts. My nephew is on the autism spectrum and I love that he can get a handade gift that helps with his motor skills and learning to socialize and play along with his sister too! They would love the peacock butterfly and the Golden Daydream moth. So cute!

  • Sylvia

    They are amazing! Would love to make them, starting with the bright blue butterfly 💙 They will be great as presents for births, birthdays, teachers, teaching and many more things. Fingers crossed 😍

    • Congratulations, Sylvia! You are the blog comments winner of this giveaway! I’ve just sent you an e-mail!

      • Sylvia

        Thank you so much! Looking forward enjoying making them! Have sent you an e-mail back.

  • Tania

    Oh, that yellow butterfly! I’ve had the book on my radar for a while, but am kind of afraid of not being able to stop. 😳 I’m sure my daughter would want to adopt every last one of these cuties!

  • Małgorzata Janas

    Is that a stag beetle I see on the book’s cover? I’d love to make him!

  • Simone Kops Hagedoorn

    I’ve had my eye on the peacock butterfly for a while now, very curious to find out how to crochet that one! ❤️

  • Sandra Pereira

    This book is adorable!! I am more excited for the snail!!

  • Anastasia

    i’m super excited about ladybug 🐞

  • Jennifer

    I have almost all of Lydia’s ami patterns and I love making them! The end result is always rewarding and I’m certain this book will be the same. I think I’d start with the snail first but I’d definitely have to make them all!

  • Heather Edwards

    I want to make them all! I think I’d start with the moth or the bright blue butterfly.

  • Vanessa Legouix

    My name means butterfly so I’d love to make a set of butterflies for my daughter for her birthday.

  • Huong

    All are beautiful but I am most excited about the butterfly!

  • Melanie Combe

    Who can decide? I want to make all of them at once! Probably one of the butterflies. I like bright and vibrant colours.

  • Mel

    I love the blue butterfly (in my fave shade of blue) but also have a very soft spot for ladybugs so wouldn’t love to make one!

  • Shing Yeong Laura

    I fell in love with the cute caterpillar and butterfly and absolutely love it that it can be changed back and forth!! It really shows how each transformation happens and i think it’s brilliant! And of course, who can resist a cute snail!! Their slow ways bring home the point that we should always stop and smell the roses as life goes on! Love it and can’t wait to try the patterns out! Hope i get to win a digital copy!!!

  • Rachel Albring

    I love the butterflies! Oooh! The ladybug! The caterpillar! They’re ALL so adorable, how do you pick just one?