Caterpillars are so easy to knit. Plus, they are super cute and squishy and perfect for little kiddos. I don’t know when I got the idea to turn this pattern for balls into caterpillars but I really enjoy making them. You just knit four balls, stuffed with whatever you have on hand (I recently started using scraps of fabric), and sew them together. Then you make 14 i-cords however long you’d like and attach them as legs and antennas. Embroider a face and there you have it! A cute little caterpillar.
Set of US size 7 double pointed needles
Worsted weight yarn
Material for stuffing (yarn scraps, batting, plastic grocery bags, etc.)
Yarn needle, for weaving in ends
Cast on 6 sts and knit one row as for I-cord.
Divide sts equally among 3 dpns. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round.
Round 1: kfb all sts (12 sts)
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *k1, kfb; repeat from * (18 sts)
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *k2, kfb; repeat from * (24 sts)
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *k3, kfb; repeat from * (30 sts)
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *k4, kfb; repeat from * (36 sts)
Round 10: knit
Round 11: *k8, kfb; repeat from * (40 sts)
Rounds 12-14: knit
Round 15: *k8, k2tog; repeat from * (36 sts)
Round 16: knit
Round 17: *k4, k2tog; repeat from * (30 sts)
Round 18: knit
Round 19: *k3, k2tog; repeat from * (24 sts)
Round 20: knit
Round 21: *k2, k2tog; repeat from * (18 sts)
Round 22: knit
Stuff ball with yarn scraps, batting, etc.
Round 23: *k1, k2tog; repeat from * (12 sts)
Round 24: knit
Round 25: *k2tog; repeat from * (6 sts)
Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail. Thread needle with yarn tail, pull through remaining stitches and knot discreetly. Run needle down the center of ball and through to other side. Snip excess tail close to ball’s surface. Makes about a 2.5-inch diameter ball.
I won’t take credit for this pattern. It’s actually courtesy of Marcie Nishioka, whose work you can find at http://ilikelemons.net/.