Friday, April 10, 2015

Britteny's Boutique's Hungry Caterpillar Crochet Pattern - Free PDF Download

When my son was born he was like a little hungry caterpillar! He ate nonstop and grew so fast; changing and developing so quickly! He hasn’t stopped since! He always reminded my hubby and I of a hungry caterpillar turning into a gorgeous butterfly. Naturally he loves bugs, worms and other critters. I prefer to handle the crocheted ones versus the real ones! So, I made him his very own caterpillar to snuggle and play with!


As I was making his caterpillar, and developing the pattern, I was other thinking about what awesome gifts they would make for teachers, libraries, baby showers, and of course - birthday gifts! These little caterpillars can be made in an endless combination of colors to match nursery d├ęcor, characters from various books, or in a person's favorite colors. In fact I am making one for my niece who will turn three in May to match a book that I have for her too.

I hope you enjoy this new FREE pattern, and make many wonderful caterpillars of your own!

Please share your amazing caterpillars! I would love to see your color combinations!






Hungry Caterpillar
Skill Level - Beginner
Abbreviations
    ch(s) – chain(s)
    sc – single crochet
    dc- double crochet
    hdc – half double crochet
    sp – space
    ea - each
    st(s) – stitch(es)
    sk - skip
    sl st – slip stitch
    sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together
    Rnd(s)- round(s)
    FO – Fasten Off

Special Stitches
    Magic Circle – Many Tutorials available online

Materials
    Worsted Weight Yarn:
    • Head Color
    • Body Color A
    • Body Color B
    • Antennae Color
    • Feet Color
    • Scraps in 3 colors for hair
  • 3”x3” piece of felt for back of eye
  • 3”x3” piece of felt for front of eye and nose
  • F (3.75mm) hook
  • Poly fill
  • Fabric glue or thread to attach felt
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Gauge
    Gauge is not important

Finished Size
    The caterpillar is approximately 18” long

Notes
  • All piece are worked in continuous rounds
  • Use a stitch marker to keep track of rounds
  • All pieces are assembled at the end unless otherwise noted.
Instructions
Head

Round 1 – Make a magic circle, ch 1 and 7 sc in magic circle (7sts)

Round 2 – 2 sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Round 3 – *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (21 sts)

Round 4 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around (28sts)

Round 5 – *sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (35sts)

Round 6 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc* repeat from * to * around (42sts)

Round 7 – *sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (49sts)

Round 8 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc* repeat from * to * around (56sts)

Round 9-13 – sc in ea sc around (56sts)

Round 14 – *sc2tog, sc in next 6 sc* repeat from *to* around (49sts)

Round 15 – *sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (42sts)

Round 16 – *sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc* repeat from *to* around (35sts)

Round 17 – *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (28sts)

Round 18 – *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from *to* around (21sts)

Round 19 – *sc in next sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (14sts)

Round 20 – sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Stop here and stuff

Round 21 – sc2tog around (7sts)

FO – Leave a long tail for sewing closed and assembly. Also, stuff more if needed.


Large Segment (1 in Body Color A & 2 in Body Color B)

Rnd 1 – Make a magic circle, ch 1 and 7 sc in magic circle (7sts)

Rnd 2 – 2 sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Rnd 3 – *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (21 sts)

Rnd 4 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around (28sts)

Rnd 5 – *sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (35sts)

Rnd 6 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc* repeat from * to * around (42sts)

Rnd 7 – 12 – sc in ea sc around (42sts)

Rnd 13 – *sc2tog, sc in next 4 sc* repeat from *to* around (35sts)

Rnd 14 – *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (28sts)

Rnd 15 – *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from *to* around (21sts)

Rnd 16 – *sc in next sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (14sts)

Rnd 17 – sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Stop here and stuff

Rnd 18 – sc2tog around (7sts)

FO – Leave a long tail for sewing closed and assembly. Also, stuff more if needed.


Medium Segment (2 in Body Color A & 2 in Body Color B)

Rnd 1 – Make a magic circle, ch 1 and 7 sc in magic circle (7sts)

Rnd 2 – 2 sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Rnd 3 – *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (21 sts)

Rnd 4 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around (28sts)

Rnd 5 – *sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (35sts)

Rnd 6 – 10 – sc in ea sc around (35sts)

Rnd 11 – *sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (28sts)

Rnd 12 - *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from *to* around (21sts)

Rnd 13 – *sc in next sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (14sts)

Rnd 14 – sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Stop here and stuff

Rnd 15 – sc2tog around (7sts)

FO – Leave a long tail for sewing closed and assembly. Also, stuff more if needed.


Small Segment (1 in Body Color A & 1 in Body Color B)

Rnd 1 – Make a magic circle, ch 1 and 7 sc in magic circle (7sts)

Rnd 2 – 2 sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Rnd 3 – *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc* repeat from * to * around (21 sts)

Rnd 4 – *2sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around (28sts)

Rnd 5 – 9 – sc in ea sc around (28sts)

Rnd 10 - *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc* repeat from *to* around (21sts)

Rnd 11 – *sc in next sc, sc2tog* repeat from *to* around (14sts)

Rnd 12 – sc in ea sc around (14sts)

Stop here and stuff

Rnd 13 – sc2tog around (7sts)

FO – Leave a long tail for sewing closed and assembly. Also, stuff more if needed.


Antennae (x2)

Row 1 – Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook, and next 2 chs. Then hdc in next 3 chs, dc in next 2 chs, 2dc in last ch. Ch 3, then sl st back into last ch; then sl st down the chain side of the antennae.

FO – leave long tail for sewing.


Leg (x6)

Rnd 1 – Make a magic circle, ch 1 and 8 sc in magic circle (8sts)

Rnd 2 – 3 – sc in ea sc around (8sts)

Rnd 4 – sc2tog around (4sts)

Now working in rows:

With the legs you have been working in rounds, you are now going to put the front two sc to the back two sc working through both thicknesses for row 5 only.

Row 5 – ch 1, sc twice. Turn. (2sts)

Rows 6 & 7 – ch1, sc in ea sc. Turn. (2sts)

After row 7 FO leave a long tail to attach to body.


Assembly
  1. Trace and cut each piece on felt.
  2. Either glue or sew pieces onto front of the caterpillar’ face.
  3. Attach antennae on top of caterpillar’s head
  4. In the middle of caterpillars head sew one of your medium segments.
  5. In the top middle of the 1st segment attach another medium segment.
  6. If you want the “ump” attach the 1st large segment to the 2nd medium segment in the top middle.
  7. Attach the 2nd large segment in the middle of the 1st large segment.
  8. Attach the 3rd large segment to the bottom middle of the 2nd large segment.
  9. Attach a medium segment to the bottom middle of the last large segment.
  10. Attach the last medium segment to the bottom middle of the previous medium segment.
  11. Attach the 1st small segment to the middle of the last medium segment.
  12. For the last small segment make sure both of the wrong sides are facing each other and attach them in the middle of both segments.
  13. Attach two feet on the sides of the 2nd segment from the head.
  14. Attach two more feet on the sides of the 7th segment from the head.
  15. Attach the last two feet on the sides of the 8th segment from the head.
  16. Cut 2 inch segments of yarn hair (as much as you would like) and attach it along the back of the caterpillar body from the head to the end of the first small segment.
  17. Trim the hair so that it is all even, or to the style you would prefer.
  18. Weave in any remaining ends.



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