Buggables: Tobacco Hornworm

At last there is a 2nd installment of Buggables: Bugs You Can Hug!

This stylized and simplified version of a big squishy caterpillar is very easy and a lot of fun to make! This Tobacco Hornworm won’t actually eat your tomato plants, so you can love him without any mixed feelings! Kids and weird bug-loving grown-ups like me get a real kick out of these giant insects!

This pattern is rated Easy, though it does involve color-changes, surface slip-stitch, and stitching into the ends of rows which may be new to some. The instructions are exhaustively detailed with lots of photos and drawings, so any motivated crocheter will find it easy and enjoyable to make. The pattern is arranged for ease of following, color-changes handled in a simple way. All other stitches and techniques are very basic, as the construction is simple and many tips and hints for shortcuts and quicker finishing.

This is a 10-page PDF download in American Crochet Terms, uses very common materials. Completely crocheted with all soft parts, so suitable for all ages. Materials will include 1 full 7oz skein of your main color and less than 50yds of any of the other colors + about 8 oz of stuffing. Included in the pattern is a short bio on the Tobacco Hornworm, so you can get an idea why people love/hate them so much!

Difficulty Rating: 

Skill Level – Easy

American Crochet Terms

Finished Size - 25 in long, 16 in around

Gauge – 16sc x 18rows = 4”x4”
Gauge is not super important but may affect total yardage.

Medium #4 weight yarn in:
(G1) Lime green 375yd/342m
(G2) Yellow green* 50yd/45m
(BL) Black 30yd/27m
(WH) White 50yd/45m
(YE) Yellow 15yd/13m
(RD) Red 10yd/9m
Crochet hooks in:
E/4 3.50mm
G/6 4.0mm
Tapestry Needle
Straight Pins
Approx. 8oz of Polyfil

*or other pale shade of green

Stitches Used
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Slst – slip stitch
BLO – Back Loop Only
Hdc – half double crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
Sk – skip
MR – Magic Ring
RS/WS – Right Side/Wrong Side

FO - Finish Off

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