A Knitter’s Caterpillar

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.

Materials

Set of US size 7 double pointed needles

Worsted weight yarn

Stitch marker

Material for stuffing (yarn scraps, batting, plastic grocery bags, etc.)

Yarn needle, for weaving in ends

Pattern

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/.

 

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