Peter the Caterpillar Crochet Pattern

                                                                                         by Sam Osmond

When we look back on our childhood we will perhaps fondly remember a beloved childhood toy. You might even still have that toy even though you are now an adult with a family of your own. Toys are an important part of our childhood. Toys help us to be creative and unlock our imaginations. They also help us to make happy memories. Some of my earliest childhood memories are bedtime stories with my parents, tucked safely in bed with my favourite toy. These are precious cherished memories that have influenced my adult life. I am passionate about storytelling and I love to design toys to help a new generation create happy memories.

I was inspired by the lovely tale of Peter the Caterpillar to design a beautiful crochet toy. He turned out bigger than I anticipated but he has a big personality. I wanted to share that pattern with you so you can create your own Peter the Caterpillar for yourself or a special loved one.

I hope you enjoy making Peter. You will find a full list of equipment you will need, detailed instructions and photos to help you. If you are feeling adventurous you could try different yarns and hook sizes.

 

Equipment

Recommended yarn: Stylecraft Special DK 100g

Yarn A: Meadow (green) – 1 ball

Yarn B: Gold (yellow) – 1 ball

You will need a small amount of brown and white to make the eyes and a contrasting yarn to stitch the nose and mouth. I used teal yarn for the nose and mouth but you could us brown, pink or black if you prefer.

Hook: 3.5 mm

Toy Stuffing

Stitch Marker

Sewing Needle

Scissors

 

Abbreviations

 

ch chain stitch

dc double crochet

dc2tog double crochet two stitches together

ss slip stitch

st(s) stitch(es)

tr treble

 

Head and Body – Using Yarn A

 

Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 1 (does not count as st), 6 dc into the circle (6)

Round 2: *2 dc * repeat 6 times (12)

Round 3 *1 dc, 2 dc * repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: *2 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (24)

Round 5: *3 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (30)

Round 6: *4 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (36)

Round 7: *5 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (42)

Round 8: *6 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 9: *7 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 10: *8 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (60)

Round 11 – 28: dc each st (60)

Round 29: *8 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 30: *7 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 31: *6 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (42)

Round 32: *5 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (36)

Round 33: *4 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (30)

Stuff the head

 

Change to Yarn B

 

Round 34: *dc each st (30)

Round 35: *4 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (36)

Round 36: *5 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (42)

Round 37: *6 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 38: *7 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 39: *8 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (60)

Round 40 – 52 dc each st (60)

Round 53: *8 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 54: *7 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 55: *6 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (42)

Round 56: dc each st (42)

Round 57: *6 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 58: *7 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 59: *8 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (60)

Round 60: *9 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (66)

Round 61 – 73: dc each st (66)

Round 74: *9 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (60)

Round 75: *8 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 76: *7 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 77: dc each st (48)

Round 78: *7 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 79: *8 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (60)

Round 80: *9 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (66)

Round 81: *10 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (72)

Round 82 – 91: dc each st (72)

Round 92: *10 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (66)

Round 93: *9 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (60)

Stuff the body

 

 

Change to Yarn A

 

Round 94 – 97: dc each st (60)

Round 98: *1 dc, dc2tog* repeat 20 times (40)

Round 99: *2 dc, dc2tog* repeat 10 times (30)

Round 100: *1 dc, dc2tog* repeat 10 times (20)

Round 101: *dc2tog* repeat 10 times (10)

Finish stuffing the body

Round 102: *dc2tog* repeat 5 times (5)

Fasten off, weave in loose ends closing any gaps

 

Tail – Using Yarn A

 

Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 1, 6 dc into the circle (6)

Round 2: *2 dc * repeat 6 times (12)

Round 3 *1 dc, 2 dc * repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4: dc each st (18)

Round 5: 1 dc next 6 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 6 sts (24)

Round 6 – 7: dc each st (24)

Round 8: 1 dc next 11 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 7 sts (30)

Round 9 – 10: dc each st (30)

Round 11: 1 dc next 14 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 10 sts (36)

Round 12 – 13: dc each st (36)

Round 14: 1 dc next 19 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 11 sts (42)

Round 15 – 24: dc each st (42)

Round 25: *5 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (36)

Round 26: dc each st (36)

Round 27: 1 dc next 21 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 9 sts (42)

Round 28: dc each st (42)

Round 29: 1 dc next 24 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 12 sts (48)

Round 30 – 31: dc each st (48)

Round 32: 1 dc next 28 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 14 sts (54)

Round 33 – 43: dc each st (54)

Round 44: *7 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 45: dc each st (48)

Round 46: 1 dc next 32 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 10 sts (54)

Round 47: dc each st (54)

Round 48: 1 dc next 32 sts, 2 dc next 6 sts, 1 dc next 16 sts (60)

Round 49 – 56: dc each st (60)

Round 57: *8 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (54)

Round 58: *7 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (48)

Round 59 – 60: dc each st (48)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for stitching the tail to the body. Make sure the tail is stuffed firmly as this will help your finished caterpillar to stand up.

 

 

Arms – Top – make 2 using Yarn A

 

Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 1 (does not count as st), 6 dc into the circle (6)

Round 2: *2 dc * repeat 6 times (12)

Round 3: dc each st (12)

Round 4: *1 dc, 2dc* repeat 6 times (18)

Round 5: dc each st (18)

Round 6: 1 dc, 2 tr, 2 tr, 1 dc next 15 sts (20)

Round 7: dc each st (20)

Round 8: 1 dc, dc2tog, dc2tog, 1 dc next 15 sts (18)

Round 9 – 10: dc each st (18)

Round 11: *1 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (12)

Round 12 – 21: dc each st (12)

Round 22: *1 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (18)

Change to Yarn B

Round 23 – 26: dc each st (18)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for stitching the arm to the body. Make sure you firmly stuff the hands and arms so they feel rigid.

 

Arms – Middle – make 2 using Yarn A

 

To make the middle arms follow the pattern for the top arms until round 12. Continue making the middle arms using the pattern below.

 

Round 12 – 19: dc each st (12)

Round 20: *1 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (18)

Change to Yarn B

Round 21 – 24: dc each st (18)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for stitching the arm to the body. Make sure you firmly stuff the hands and arms so they feel rigid.

 

Arms – Bottom – make 2 using Yarn A

 

To make the bottom arms follow the pattern for the top arms until round 12. Continue making the bottom arms using the pattern below.

 

Round 12 – 17: dc each st (12)

Round 18: *1 dc, 2 dc* repeat 6 times (18)

Change to Yarn B

Round 19 – 22: dc each st (18)

Fasten off, leave a long tail for stitching the arm to the body. Make sure you firmly stuff the hands and arms so they feel rigid.

 

 

 

 

Antennas – Using Yarn A make 2

 

Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 1 (does not count as st), 6 dc into the circle (6)

Round 2: *2 dc * repeat 6 times (12)

Round 3 *1 dc, 2 dc * repeat 6 times (18)

Round 4 – 7: dc each st (18)

Round 8: *1 dc, dc2tog* repeat 6 times (12)

Round 9: *1 dc, dc2tog* repeat 4 times (8)

Round 10-15: dc each st (8)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for stitching the antenas to the body. Make sure the antennas are stuffed firmly, this will help them stand up.

 

Eyes – make 2

 

Using your brown yarn

Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 1, 6 dc into the circle (6)

Change to your white yarn

Round 2: *2 dc * repeat 6 times (12)

Round 3 *1 dc, 2 dc * repeat 6 times (18)

Fasten off and leave a tail to stitch the eyes to the head of your caterpillar.

 

 

To Assemble

Photos are provided as a guide to help you assemble your caterpillar.

 

The tail should be stitched to the body first. Sew around the outside leaving a gap to fill with extra stuffing. Finish sewing around the edge of the tail to close between the tail and the body.

 

You may find it useful to pin the arms in place before stitching so you can find the best position. Sew the arms to the body. Sew around the outside leaving a gap to fill with more stuffing. Stuff the top of the arms and finish sewing around the edge of the to close the gap between the arms and the body.

 

Repeat the above process for the antennas.

 

Finally, sew the eyes to the head and stitch a mouth and nose. I used a pen to draw the mouth and nose and stitched over it to create a super cute smile.

 

 

I hope you have had great fun making your own Peter the Caterpillar. If you would like to know more about me, find more free crochet patterns for adorable crochet projects or read about Travelling Ava’s adventures then visit my website https://travellingava.com/

P.S. You can read Peter`s story here: https://rafaeltheunicorn.com/peter-the-caterpillar/

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