This crochet Caterpillar pattern is another addition to my heart-shaped appliques series. This adorable crochet Caterpillar applique is made from hearts. Crochet hearts according to the instructions and then just sew them together!
This applique will be perfect for any child who loves “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book!
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Crochet Caterpillar Applique – Free Crochet Pattern
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Ch – chain
DC – double crochet
Rnd – round
SC- single crochet
Sl St – slip stitch
St (Sts) – stitch (stitches)
SC2tog – two single crochet together
Green Caterpillar is about 3 -1/2″ long, Rainbow Caterpillar is about 4″ long.
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Green Crochet Caterpillar Applique
With cotton crochet thread size 10 and hook 6/1.8 mm make 5 Medium size Hearts for the body (see Instructions for the Crochet Hearts Applique) and one Medium size Heart with Antennae for the Head.
To make Heart with Antennae, make Rnd 1 as instructed for the Medium size Heart (see Instructions for the Crochet Hearts Applique), make Rnd 2 as follow:
Rnd 2. Ch 3, SC into next St;
making first Antenna – Ch 7, working in the 2nd and 3rd Ch from the hook – SC2tog, Sl St into each of next 4 Ch – this completes the first Antenna;
2 SC into each of next 2 Sts, SC into each of next 4 Sts, Ch 1, DC into next St (Heart point), Ch 1, SC into each of next 4 Sts, 2 SC into each of next 2 St;
making second Antenna – Ch 7, working in the 2nd and 3rd Ch from the hook – SC2tog, Sl St into each of next 4 Ch – this completes the second Antenna;
SC into next St, Ch 3, Sl St in center, Ch 1.
Rainbow Crochet Caterpillar Applique
You need to make 6 Hearts with feet for the body. To make Heart with foot, make Rnd 1 as instructed for the Medium size Heart (see Instructions for the Crochet Hearts Applique), make Rnd 2 as follow:
Rnd 2. Ch 3, SC into next St, 2 SC into each of next 2 Sts, SC into each of next 4 Sts, Ch 1, DC into next St;
making Foot – Ch 6, Sl St into 2nd Ch from hook, Sl St in next Ch, 2 SC in next Ch, SC in each of next 2 Chs, Sl St into top of last DC – the Foot is now complete;
Ch 1, SC into Ch-1 space, SC into each of next 3 Sts, 2 SC into each of next 2 St, SC into next St, Ch 3, Sl St in center, Ch 1.
3. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
4. Using my picture as a guide, sew hearts in a pattern overlapping the adjacent ones.
5. Make 2 eyes with black 11/0 glass seed beads or beads of your choice.
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