Crochet Caterpillar

What’s this? A resurfacing and temporary change of topic! I’ve been absent for a couple of months, busy with daily life in Melbourne. One of the things I’ve been getting back into is knitting and crochet. And today I’m posting my first ever crochet pattern!

First, some back story.

My parents’ dachshund Lucy has a beloved toy caterpillar that she uses for stress relief: whenever she feels sad or overwhelmed (for example, when she doesn’t get quite as many snacks as she’d like, or the latest visitor has stopped patting her) she pulls out the caterpillar, climbs on top and starts chewing its face. When she’s done she falls asleep on top of it.

Lucy Lucy's caterpillar

She’s destroyed several of these caterpillars by now but the shop Mum and Dad used to buy them from doesn’t stock them anymore. They’ve tried buying other caterpillars but they’re too big or not quite right, and Lucy still goes back to her favourite which is starting to look rather worse for wear. So I decided to crochet her a replacement!

Caterpillar side

Here is the pattern if you would like to make your own. (It assumes you already know how to crochet in the round.) Please let me know if you spot any errors so I can fix them!

This pattern is now also available in Finnish thanks to Vilma! Read on for the English version.

You will need:
3.5mm crochet hook
Stitch marker
Fiberfill stuffing
Wool needle
8ply acrylic yarn in these colours and amounts:
Yellow – 100m
Green – 100m
Blue – 50m
Orange – 50m
Pink – 50m
Purple – 50m
White – 50m

Optional:
Plastic safety eyes
Small amount of black or brown yarn for stitching a face

My caterpillar ended up about 37cm long but gauge is not really important. You could even use a 4mm crochet hook if that’s your preference when making amigurumi (in that case you might need a bit more of each colour yarn).

Caterpillar face

Head & body

With yellow yarn make a magic ring, ch 1
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around (18 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) around (24 st)
Rnd 5: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 st) around (30 st)
Rnd 6: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 st) around (36 st)
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st) around (42 st)
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 st) around (48 st)
(If you want to use plastic safety eyes, attach them now)
Join and continue with green yarn
Rnd 9: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 7 st) around (54 st)
Rnds 10-19: sc in each st around (54 st)
Rnd 20: (sc2tog, sc in next 7 sc) around (48 st)
Rnd 21: (sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc) around (42 st)
Join and continue with blue yarn
Rnd 22: (sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc) around (36 st)
Rnds 23-31: sc in each st around (36 st)
Stuff caterpillar body so far with fiberfill
Join and continue with orange yarn
Rnds 32-40: sc in each st around (36 st)
Join and continue with pink yarn
Rnds 41-49: sc in each st around (36 st)
Stuff caterpillar body so far with fiberfill
Join and continue with green yarn
Rnds 50-58: sc in each st around (36 st)
Join and continue with purple yarn
Rnds 59-67: sc in each st around (36 st)
Stuff caterpillar body so far with fiberfill
Join and continue with yellow yarn
Rnds 68-76: sc in each st around (36 st)
Join and continue with blue yarn
Rnds 77-81: sc in each st around (36st)
Rnd 82: (sc2tog, sc in next 4 st) around (30 st)
Rnd 83: (sc2tog, sc in next 3 st) around (24 st)
Rnd 84: (sc2tog, sc in next 2 st) around (18 st)
Rnd 85: (sc2tog, sc in next st) around (12 st)
Finish stuffing caterpillar body with fiberfill
Rnd 86: sc2tog around (6 st)

Catcherpillar body

Legs

Make:
4 in yellow
2 in blue
2 in orange
2 in pink
2 in green
2 in purple

With coloured yarn make a magic ring, ch 1
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 st)
Rnd 3: (2 sc in next st, sc in next st) around (18 st)
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st) around (24 st)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around (24 st)
Join and continue with white yarn
Rnd 6: sc in each st around (24 st)
Rnd 7: (sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc) around (18 st)
Rnd 8: (sc2tog, sc in next sc) around (12 st)
Join and continue with original coloured yarn
Rnds 9-18: sc in each st around (12 st)
Stuff the foot and half the leg with fiberfill

Antennae

Make 2

With yellow yarn make a magic ring, ch 1
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 st)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 st)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around (12 st)
Rnd 4: (sc2tog) around (6 st)
Rnds 7-13: sc in each st around (6 st)

OR, instead of rounds 7-13 pick up 4 stitches after round 4, switch to 2 double pointed needles and knit a 5cm 4-stitch icord. (I found crocheting 6 st rounds too fiddly!)

Assembly

Sew legs and antennae to the body using a wool needle, referring to the photo below as a placement guide. You could also sew a face onto the front of the head if you like.

Crochet caterpillar

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10 thoughts on “Crochet Caterpillar

  1. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

    • Hi Krystle! Yes, it will most likely just come out smaller. You may also want to use a smaller hook size too. I would love to see a photo of your finished caterpillar! :)

  2. Hi! I loved your caterpillar so much that I decided to make one myself :) Now I’m asking if I could translate the instructions in Finnish and write that on my blog?

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