There are books that every child should read, in my opinion ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle is on that list. It is a classic in children’s literature. As a beginner, teaching myself to crochet, I knew that having a small project to work on and (hopefully) complete would help my confidence. I found a pattern for tiny crochet ball and in my mind it was perfect for making The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
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I made one red ball, three light green balls and three dark green balls.
The red ball forms the face and the different shades of green forms the body.
I wanted the sections of the body to differ in size, so with one light green ball and one dark green ball I skipped rows 6 and 12 on the instructions.
For the face:
Once the red ball was finished, using the dark green wool, I made several stitches over two rows of crochet to make the inner eyes.
I then used yellow wool to edge back stitching round twice.
Then using the dark green wool I tacked each of the balls together. I positioned the balls slightly off set to create curves.
Next came the caterpillar’s nose. I cut a long piece of wool – a lot longer than is needed for stitching the nose. I stitched the nose on the face, again, several stitches over two lines of crochet. Instead of finishing off immediately after, I used the excess yarn to thread through each ball, pulling tight to secure the previous tacking. I threaded through the whole of the caterpillar a couple of times to make sure it was super secure.
And there you have it. A Very Hungry Caterpillar to go along with the book.