Crochet Caterpillar Pattern: Free & Easy for Beginners

Learn to crochet a simple, handmade caterpillar with this FREE, easy pattern – perfect for beginners!

Are you ready to dive into the delightful world of crochet? If you’re a beginner looking for a fun and simple project, this adorable crochet caterpillar pattern is the perfect place to start! Caterpillars are a classic motif, beloved by children and adults alike. This pattern is not only easy to follow but also incredibly versatile. You can customize it with your favorite colors and make a whole family of cute caterpillars!

What You’ll Need

  • Yarn: Double Knit (DK) weight yarn in various colors. I recommend soft, baby-friendly yarns in colors like yellow, green, pink, and blue.
  • Crochet Hook: 4mm crochet hook
  • Stitch Markers: To help you keep track of rounds
  • Polyfill Stuffing: To give your caterpillar its cuddly shape
  • Yarn Needle: For sewing pieces together
  • Scissors

Skill Level and Potential Uses

This pattern is beginner-friendly! If you know the basic crochet stitches (chain, single crochet, increase, and decrease), you’re all set. Your finished caterpillar can be a sweet toy for a child, a charming decoration, or even a fun addition to a baby mobile.

Let’s Get Started!

Understanding the Basics

Before we dive into the pattern, let’s review some essential crochet terms and techniques:

  • Magic Ring: A fundamental crochet technique used to start many amigurumi projects.
  • Chain Stitch (ch): The basis for most crochet projects.
  • Single Crochet (sc): One of the most common crochet stitches.
  • Increase (inc): Working two single crochets into the same stitch to increase the stitch count.
  • Decrease (dec): Crocheting two stitches together to reduce the stitch count.

Step by Step Written Pattern


  1. Magic Ring: Start with a magic ring.
  2. Round 1: Chain 1 (ch 1), 6 single crochet (sc) into the ring (6 stitches)
  3. Round 2: Increase (inc) in each stitch around (12 stitches)
  4. Rounds 3-14: ch 1, sc in each stitch around (12 stitches for a total of 12 rounds)
  5. Round 15: ch 1, sc 5, dec around (10 stitches)
  6. Round 16: ch 1, sc 4, dec around (8 stitches)
  7. Round 17: ch 1, sc 3, dec around. (6 stitches)
  8. Round 18: ch 1, sc 2, dec around. (4 stitches)
  9. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail for sewing, and pull to tighten the hole closed.

Legs (make 6):

Follow the same pattern as the body, working up to Round 9 only. Stuff lightly before closing.

Antennae (make 2):

Follow a similar pattern as the legs, but work up to Round 14 before stuffing and closing.


  1. Arrange the body pieces: Lay out the body pieces in a line to form the caterpillar’s body.
  2. Sew the body together: Using a yarn needle and matching yarn, carefully sew the body pieces together, joining them at the last round of each piece.
  3. Attach legs: Evenly space and sew the legs onto the underside of the caterpillar’s body.
  4. Attach antennae: Position and sew the antennae onto the top of the head.

Finishing Touches

  • Eyes: Embroider simple eyes with black yarn or use safety eyes.
  • Embellishments: Get creative! Add a bow, a hat, or other details to personalize your caterpillar.

Tips and Tricks

  • Counting Stitches: Use stitch markers to keep track of your rounds, especially in the beginning.
  • Tension: Maintain even tension throughout your work for a neat appearance.
  • Experiment: Don’t be afraid to play with different colors and create a unique caterpillar!

Community and Inspiration

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Congratulations on crocheting your very own caterpillar! We hope you enjoyed this beginner-friendly pattern.

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