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.
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!