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Tutorial Time! - The Very Hungry Caterpillar - A Book Prop

How to knit a newly hatched caterpillar book prop




What you need:
Red DK yarn
Two different shades of green DK yarn (preferably a dark and a lighter green DK yarn)
Light blue DK yarn
Yellow yarn
Toy filling
3.25mm (UK) knitting needles
2.75mm (UK) knitting needles
Darning needle
Sewing scissors

Caterpillar head
Using red DK yarn with 3.25mm (UK) needles, cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: knit into front and back of each stitch (8 stitches)
Row 2: knit
Row 3:  knit into front and back of each stitch (16 stitches)
Row 4: knit
Row 5: knit into front and back of each stitch (32 stitches)
Rows 7-17: knit
Row 18: k2tog across (16 stitches)
Row 19: knit
Row 20: k2tog across (8 stitches)
Row 21: knit
Row 22: k2tog across (4 stitches)

Thread yarn through 4 remaining stitches, cut with sewing scissors, leaving a long strand for seaming
Seam, leaving opening for filling
Add filling
Seam to close opening
Shape

Caterpillar body requires 6 (3x dark green DK yarn, 3x lighter green DK yarn)
Using green DK yarn with 2.75mm (UK) needles, cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: knit into front and back of each stitch  (4 stitches)
Row 2: knit
Row 3:  knit into front and back of each stitch (8 stitches)
Row 4: knit
Row 5:  knit into front and back of each stitch (16 stitches)
Rows 7-17: knit
Row 18: k2tog across (8 stitches)
Row 19: knit
Row 20: k2tog across (4 stitches)
Row 21: knit
Row 22: k2tog across (2 stitches)

Thread yarn through 2 remaining stitches, cut with sewing scissors, leaving a long strand for seaming
Seam, leaving opening for filling
Add filling
Seam to close opening
Shape

Caterpillar tail end 

Using green DK yarn with 2.75mm (UK) needles, cast on 1 stitch
Row 1:  knit into front and back of each stitch (2 stitches)
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit into front and back of each stitch (4 stitches)
Row 4: knit
Row 5: knit into front and back of each stitch (8 stitches)
Rows 7-17: knit
Row 18: k2tog across (4 stitches)
Row 19: knit
Row 20: k2tog across (2 stitches)
Row 21: knit
Row 22: k2tog across (1 stitch)

Thread yarn through 1 remaining stitch, cut with sewing scissors, leaving a long strand for seaming
Seam, leaving opening for filling
Add filling
Seam to close opening
Shape

Making up newly hatched caterpillar
Using the darning needle and green yarn, sew all 8 balls together with the head at one end and the tail end at the other end!
Shape

Using a single strand of yellow yarn, sew the outer edge of eyes
Using a single strand of dark green DK yarn, sew the pupils of the eyes and just below a circular shaped mouth
Using blue DK yarn, cut two equal lengths and then sew in just above the eyes to create antenna

Please feel free to send behind the crafty door your pictures of this pattern's newly hatched caterpillar book prop. 

Happy knitting!

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