Friday, 19 September 2014

Two Very Hungry Caterpillars


I previously made a Very Hungry Caterpillar toy and recently was asked to make a pair of caterpillars for an expecting sisters-in-law who are due close together. I wanted to do something a little different this time, so I chose a different yarn.

Green Mix
For the body I found a gorgeous Moda Vera Fayette Wool in Green Mix, as soon as I saw it I thought it looked as though it was made to be the hungry caterpillar! The yarn recommended 4mm needles, which was perfect as this is the same size I used for the last caterpillar I made.

For the head I found a read acrylic yarn in the sale which I thought went well with the green. It was a lot bulkier and recommended size 
15/ 10mm needles, but I used size 10/ 6mm.

Size 6Size 10


Here is the pattern I used; it is a pattern I made/adapted from previous things I have made, so feel free to use it, but please link back to this page.

Body
Body (I made 6 of these)
CO6
Row1: *K1, Inc 1* Rep * to end (9 Sts)
Row 2: *K2, Inc1* Rep * to end (12 Sts)Row 3: Rep Row 1 (18 Sts)Row 4: Rep Row 2 (24 Sts)Row 5 - 17: Knit Garter Stitch for 13 RowsRow 18: *K2, K2tog* Rep * to end (18 Sts)Row 19: *K1, K2tog* Rep * to end (12 Sts)Row 20: Rep Row 18 (9 Sts)Row 21: Rep Ro 19 (6 Sts)

Cut the yarn leaving a 5 inch tail, thread this through the last 6 stitches and draw tight. Sew the long edges together, leaving an opening for polyester filling, then draw the open edge together. Secure and thread in loose ends.

Head (Please note, I only adjusted the pattern for the head as I was using a bulkier yarn and I didn't want to head to be too big for the body)


CO4
Head

Row1: *K1, Inc 1* Rep * to end (6 Sts)
Row 2: *K2, Inc1* Rep * to end (8 Sts)Row 3: Rep Row 1 (12 Sts)Row 4: Rep Row 2 (16 Sts)Row 5 - 17: Knit Garter Stitch for 13 RowsRow 18: *K2, K2tog* Rep * to end (12 Sts)Row 19: *K1, K2tog* Rep * to end (8 Sts)Row 20: Rep Row 18 (6 Sts)Row 21: Rep Ro 19 (4 Sts)

Cut the yarn leaving a 5 inch tail, thread this through the last 4 stitches and draw tight. Sew the long edges together, leaving an opening for polyester filling, then draw the open edge together. Secure and thread in loose ends.
Antenna
Antenna (Using same yarn as body)
I cast on 4 on DPN to make an i-cord (i-cord tutorials can be found on YouTube, such as this one) after 10 rounds I increased to 6 stitches, then did another 5 rounds before casting off.

Face



Face
I used scrap yarn (black, cream and some of the green mix) to sew on the eyes and mouth, and googled a picture of the hungry caterpillar for guidance.

I am really pleased with how the Green Mix yarn turned out and love my finished caterpillars.



Balls Sewn together Finished


Find this yarn in my yarn stash on Ravelry.


3 comments:

  1. That colour does really look like it was made to become the hungry caterpillar, they should change the name of the colourway to that!

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  2. Yes they should rename it haha. Don't you just love it when you find the perfect yarn?! Thanks for reading :-)

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  3. That's adorable! The hungry caterpillar was actually among my favorite books when I was a kid and my parents probably read it to me a million times ;)

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