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It has been too long since I posted a free pattern on this blog so I decided that today would be the day! I am going to share a very cute and easy tutorial to crochet a caterpillar. This little bug is very easier to make and perfect for beginners.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

CATERPILLAR PATTERN

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MATERIALS:
– Medium/4 worsted yarn in the following colors: white, green, red, yellow, blue and black. (You can pick any colors you like, I just liked that combination.)
– 2.75mm hook
– Fiberfill for stuffing
– 12mm safety eyes (you can also use googly eyes)
– Yarn needle
– Ribbon

ABBREVIATIONS:
– ch = chain
– rnd = round
– sc = single crochet
– inc = increase
– dec = decrease
– beg = beginning

HEAD:
With green yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times (30)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 7: [6 sc, inc] 4 times, 2 sc (34)
Rnd 8 to 10: sc in each st around (34)
Change yarn to white
Rnd 11: sc in each st around using back stitches only (34)
Rnd 12: [6 sc, dec] 4 times, 2 sc (30)
Rnd 13: sc in each st around (30)
Rnd 14: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Rnd 15: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 16: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 17: dec 6 times (6)
Fasten off and sew the remaining stitches together to close the hole: Insert your yarn needle in each front stitch and pull.

Note: Do not forget to stuff the head with fiberfill and insert the safety along the way.

BODY:
With red yarn, make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: [2 sc, inc] 6 times (24)
Rnd 5: [3 sc, inc] 6 times (30)
Rnd 6: [4 sc, inc] 6 times (36)
Rnd 7 to 11: sc in each st around (36)
Rnd 12: [4 sc, dec] 6 times (30)
Rnd 13: [3 sc, dec] 6 times (24)
Start stuffing and continue along the way
Rnd 14: [2 sc, dec] 6 times (18)
Rnd 15: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Change color to yellow
Repeat from rnd 3 to 15 three more times with different colors (if you want your caterpillar to be longer you can add more).
Decrease 6 times on the last row of the last ball just like the head.

ANTENNAS
With black yarn , make a magic ring
Rnd 1: 6 sc in center of the ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: [1 sc, inc] 6 times (18)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around (18)
Start stuffing with fiberfill and continue along the way
Rnd 5: [1 sc, dec] 6 times (12)
Rnd 6: dec 6 times (6)
Change color to green
Rnd 7 to 11: sc in each st around (6)
Fasten off and sew on top of the head with the remaining threads.

LEGS (make 2 for each ball in the respective colors):
Leave a long tail at beg and end.
10 in ch.
Row 1: 9 sc.
Fasten off. Use the remaining threads of each leg to attach the legs on the
sides. Hide the extra threads into the body.

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Voila! I hope you will enjoy this crochet pattern but if you run into difficulty or have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below. I usually answer really fast. Happy crocheting!

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It’s been a while since I posted anything on my blog but the end of the year was such a busy time for me that I didn’t get a chance to post anything. One of my resolutions for this year is to upload content every Friday with more showcases and projects, tutorials and patterns. If you have any suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments.

Today I am going to talk about some really cute crocheted bugs I made from a pattern I found on Pinterest. I definitely recommend this one if you are looking for craft projects this year.  The pattern is from Belova Elena, a very talented lady who posted the tutorial on a Russian craft site (link at the end) . I was able to use the google translator to figure out the words and if you are familiar with crochet patterns I think you will have no problem reading it either.

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I followed her instructions to crochet the head, body, arms and legs then decided to take a shortcut and made the eyeballs and the wings with felt. I think both versions are very cute, mine just didn’t take as much time.

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I also used pompoms to make the nose and crocheted the antennas instead of using wires. One of the bug is a bee, the other a ladybug, and the third one is….green! They are about 8 inch tall using a 2.75mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Size of crocheted animals always depend on the hook you use and the type of yarn you buy, it might end up larger or smaller.

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I love this ladybug, I think she turned out adorable. The original pattern ask for eyelashes but I didn’t have any and I thought it is cute enough as it is. Still, I am still considering adding some if I remember to pick some up when I go to the dollar store (I will need a lot of eyelashes).

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I made the wings of the ladybug with felt and glued some black dots that I cut from black felt. I always use a glue gun for my project, but fabric glue would work as well.

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I also used felt to make the stripes on the bee’s body. I could have crocheted them with black yarn but sometimes I just like to do things differently. Maybe I will crochet a little pot of honey to go with it if I have a chance it would look so cute!

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The bugs on the original pattern have an embroidered mouth. I might add one later, again when I have a chance but regardless, it’s cute as it is! I really loved her pattern, it is very easy basic therefore easy to make. You can make tons of different bugs of different colors and have a lot of fun with it.  I almost made a fly but Christmas was right around the corner and I had to get busy with other things.

If you are interested in this project, you can go to Elena’s insect patterns.  It’s a free pattern by the way! If you do try it but find it difficult to translate the language, you can always ask me for help.

I wish you a happy new year full of wonderful crocheted stuffed animals and fun projects!!!


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