Free Easy Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Pattern


Hungry Caterpillar

This is an easy pattern made up of simple crochet stitches.  I created it for a one-year-old’s birthday party.  The character is based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar,  by Eric Carle.  I do not claim any ownership rights to this character but I do claim ownership for the pattern.    I would love to see photos of your creations!  If you find any mistakes in the pattern or have any suggestions, please use my contact form to let me know.  Thank you!

This pattern is my property and is not to be copied or reposted.  Credit should be given to me as the designer.  It should remain free.  Objects made from this pattern may be sold.

Copyright 2012 Author: Tina Le Page – Mad Crochet Lab, All rights reserved


The finished caterpillar is approximately 30 inches long before folding into “inchworm” stance.



You will need:

  • Worsted weight acrylic yarn in green, teal, red, purple, and dark brown (or any colors of your choosing)
  • Crochet Hook, size I
  • Yellow, black and purple (or colors of your choice)  felt for eyes and nose
  • Sewing thread or embroidery floss
  • Sewing needle
  • Yarn needle
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Stitch marker

Head and Body

1.  Starting with red yarn, crochet 6 SC in magic circle.  Use stitch marker to mark last SC in each round.

2.  2 SC in each SC around = 12 SC

3.  *1 SC in next SC, 2 SC in next SC; repeat from * around = 18 SC

4.  *1 SC in next 2 SC, then 2 SC in next SC; repeat from * around = 24 SC

5.  *1 SC in next 3 SC, then 2 SC in next SC; repeat from * around = 30 SC

6-8.  1 SC in each SC around = 30 SC

9.  *1 SC in next 3 SC, decrease using next 2 SC; repeat from * around = 24 SC

10.  *1 SC in next 2 SC, decrease using next 2 SC; repeat from * around = 18 SC, add stuffing to desired firmness but do not overstuff

11.  1 SC in next SC, decrease using next 2 SC; repeat from * around, change to different color if desired in last SC = 12 SC, add more stuffing

Keep repeating rounds 3-11, changing colors as indicated in the photo or wherever you desire until the caterpillar is as long as you like or you just plain get sick of it.  Mine has 11 segments in all, including the head.

For the last segment, add the following two rounds to finish off the body.

12.  *Decrease using next 2 SC; repeat from * around = 6 SC

13.  Decrease two more times and finish off, hiding tail of yarn inside the body of the caterpillar

Antennae (Make 2)

1.  Using purple yarn, chain 10.

2.  SC in second chain from hook, HDC in next 2 chains, DC in next 3 chains, HDC in next 2 chains, SC in last chain.  Finish off, leaving a tail for sewing.

Feet (Make 6)

1.  Using dark brown yarn, chain 2 (counts as first HDC).

2.  2 HDC in 2nd chain from hook.  Finish off, leaving  a long tail for sewing.

Eyes (Make 2)

1.  Cut an oval shape from the yellow felt.

2.  Cut a slightly smaller oval from the purple felt.

3.  Sew the purple oval centered on top of the yellow oval.


1.  Cut one small circle from the black felt.

Caterpillar Fuzz (the hairs on the back of the caterpillar’s body)

1.  Tie 2-inch pieces of alternating colors of yarn onto the center back of the caterpillar’s body, covering the entire length of his spine.  I did mine this way because it was a gift for a one-year-old and I didn’t want the yarn to come undone and end up in his mouth.  Alternately, you could use the same method as you would to root hair to attach the fuzz to the caterpillar’s back.  It is much like latch-hooking.  Sharon Ojala has some wonderful photos and instructions on how to do this at her blog for her awesome Coraline doll.


Thread green yarn into your yarn needle and pose your caterpillar into an inchworm shape.  Note where the body segments come together and sew through those segments to attach them together in the pose.  Do this wherever you want to create a bit of an angle to shape your caterpillar into his pose.  You can knot off the yarn and hide it into his caterpillar fuzz or hide the yarn inside the body to finish off.

Attach antennae to the caterpillar’s head using the yarn tails.  Attach feet anywhere you like or use the photo for a guide.  Sew the eyes and nose onto the face of the caterpillar.  Now you are done and your caterpillar is very hungry!


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9 comments for “Free Easy Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Pattern

  1. May 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Oh goody, you know I’m making this! It’s so adorable.

    I’m unsure of who it’ll be for though? I do have a baby shower to attend in June. Perhaps I can make it for that? Hmm….

    Oh boy! Your list of projects to make has to be even longer than mine! LOL. I would love it if you would make this pattern. I would especially like any suggestions if you have any after making it! Oh, and photos of course! :)

  2. May 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Oh you should offer this on Ravelry…. 😉
    Sharon gives a great tutorial for hair rooting on her site, perfect for those who are new to the technique.

    I was not sure how to post a pattern on Ravelry – but I think I just did. LOL. I think it may need to be approved first or something but I did also add it to my “projects” as a completed item and a link back to my blog. Maybe I can get a little traffic here as well. Would be nice to get some new readers at the tea room!

    • May 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      That’s one of my long term crochet goals is to have pattern testers from Ravelry.

      You can also offer it here… But read the Lab first, to see what you need to do It’s a great way to generate traffic, by looking for pattern testers in that forum. As you see knitting outnumbers crochet by a lot, so I’m all over the crochet patterns if I have time. 😉

      I signed up for one earlier… It’s not due until the 31st so I’ll have plenty of time to complete it.

      I need to decide what color I want the caterpillar to be.

      Oh, thank you so much, Opal. I was having a tough time navigating through Ravelry. This will help and I will read about the pattern testing. It sounds like it might be a good thing to get into. I have other patterns I’d like to put up in the future too as I have time. I wish I had more time to offer to test patterns for others too. Well, maybe I will have to make the time if I see something I’d like to make. LOL. Well, I am sure you now know why I am so hooked on crocheting! It is quite the addictive hobby. :) Thanks again! Hugs to you!

  3. May 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    That is super cute! Sadly I cannot crochet … but if I could, I would make that!

    If you ever want to learn, let me know! I’d be more than happy to help any way I can! And if I can do it, anyone can! :) Thank you for thinking it is cute, Hannah! I really like how his face came out. I’m hoping to post more patterns and meet some other crocheters through blogging as well. Seeing what others make keeps me inspired.

  4. Lynda
    July 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing the pattern! Made it this weekend. Hopefully the 2-yr-old who is going to receive it will like it as much as he does the book.

    You are very welcome, Lynda! I’ve seen a lot of traffic on this page for the pattern but you were the first to stop in and thank me! So thank YOU for being kind. And please do come back and check here in the future for more patterns that I plan to share. I also hope the two-year-old will enjoy your hard work. The book and the character are so very cute! :)

  5. Theresa
    December 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

    I just made up two of these for gifts and love them. Your pattern was easy to follow and worked up great! A big thank you goes out for creating such a fun toy. love it!!!!

    Theresa, thank you so much for commenting! I love to hear those kinds of things and I really appreciate that you took the time to let me know! :) Also, you are very welcome!

  6. August 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Ow adorable! I love your caterpillar design!!! This is my first visit to your blog and it’s great! :)
    How cute! Thank! I will have to visit your blog since I’ve never been there. :)

    Happy to have you, Lee Ann! I hope you find more things you like. Thank you for taking the time to comment! :)