One-of-a-kind caterpillar

One-of-a-kind caterpillar

Use your knitting and crochet skills to make this one-of-a-kind caterpillar friend.


You will need

  • 1 each x 50g balls in various colours of elle Family Knit DK
  • oddments of white for socks
  • 1 x 50g ball Light Grey
  • 1 pipe cleaner for feelers (colour of your choice)
  • 2 buttons for eyes
  • 0.5m x 10mm wide ribbon for bow tie
  • oddments of felt for features
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • pair 4mm knitting needles
  • toy stuffing or foam chips

Length: 1.25m

C/on(off) – cast on(off); ch – chain; dc – double crochet; folls – follows; gs – garter stitch; k – knit; N(s) – needle(s); rep – repeat; ss – slip stitch; st(s) – stitch(es); tog – together; tr – treble

To make

NOTE: Arrange the balls of yarn in the order you want to knit them.
3ch = 1tr

Starting from the tail end, using your first colour and 4mm crochet hook, make 4ch. Work 11tr into 4th ch from hook and join with a ss.
1st row: 3ch, 2tr in base of 3ch,
3tr in each of next 11 tr. Turn – 36tr.
2nd row: 3ch, 1tr in each tr. Turn.
Rep 2nd round 4 times.
7th round: 1ch, (miss 2 tr, 1dc in next tr)12 times.
You have now completed one segment. Make a loop with the next colour and join as folls:
Pull the loop through the st on the hook and work 2ch in the new colour.
Rep 1st to 7th row for next segment.
Join next colour as before.
Number of segments is optional.
End last segment with 7th row.
Fasten off.
Front circle: using the same colour yarn you ended with, make 4ch. Work 13tr into 4 ch from hook and join with a ss.
Next round: 3ch, 1tr in 1st tr, 2tr in each tr to end, joining to 1st tr with a ss. Fasten off.

Note: worked in gs.
Using White DK and 4mm Ns, c/on 15sts and k10 rows. Break white, leaving enough of an end to sew up the white, join Light Grey and k one row.
Next row: k10, turn.
Knit 16 rows on the 5 centre sts.
Next row: pick up and knit 8sts along the instep, k5 – 18sts.
Next row: k18, pick up and knit 8st along other side of instep, k5 – 33sts.
Knit 10 rows on these 33sts. C/off.
Make one pair of legs for each segment – other than the top two.

Use the ribbon to create the bow tie.

Using Light Grey and 4mm crochet hook, make 4ch. Work 12tr into 4th ch from hook, joining to the top of the 1st tr with a ss.
Next round: 3ch, 1tr in 1st tr, 2tr in each tr to end, joining to starting tr with a ss. Rep last row 4 times.
Next row: 3ch, 1tr in 1st tr, 2tr in each tr to end, joining to starting tr with a ss.
Next row: 1dc in each tr. Fasten off.

Join along under body, filling firmly, one segment at a time. Sew front circle in place. Sew two legs to each segment as shown. Stitch 2nd and 3rd segments tog at top so that the head stands up. Fill hat slightly and sew on top of head. Bend pipe cleaner and thread through top of head to form feelers, stitching in place. Sew on eyes and features

Magazine issue date: Jan, 2014

Joni van der Merwe

About Joni van der Merwe

Digital editor I’m getting married in 2018 and I think it’s the perfect time to focus on my relationship with not only my fiance but my friends, family and colleagues too. I want to nurture and cherish the people I love by being more understanding and present in their lives.

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