Saturday, October 18, 2008

Woolly Bear Pile Up

I'm piling up woolly bears to get ready for the Shaker Heritage Society Christmas show in Albany, NY. The show runs from Nov.1 through Dec.20, 10 AM to 4 PM, closed Sundays. Phone 518-456-7890 for more information.

I've been having fun and since I have been told that others wish to share in the fun, the pattern for these critters follows:

Woolly bear Caterpillar

Needles :10 or 10 ½ ,16" circular needle or DP
Yarn : Fun Fur 1 skein black, 1 skein rust
Magnetic catch

Using black cast on 30 stitches. K 1 row, P1 row. Next K row: inc in every other stitch. ( For larger caterpillar, P 1 row and repeat increase row) Join now to work in a circle knitting every row. Mark end of round. Work with black for desired length. Change to rust and work for desired length. Change back to black and work for desired length.

Begin now to work back and forth starting with a purl row.
Next row: K1, K2tog across. Purl back. (For larger caterpillar repeat last two rows) K1 row. P1 row. Bind off. Sew up seam and gather end. Stuff and sew up second end. Add magnetic catch if desired . (Not recommended for younger children!)

Sorry I did not keep track of the black to rust measurements. I have read that woolly bears vary according to their age. I suggest you find a photo to go by.

If you choose to make this pattern, please email me at with photos or if you have problems. Consider yourself a test knitter!

1 comment:

Jo said...

Thank you so much! I must ask though, you mean Albany, NY, right? Which is to my great luck, because that's where I'm posting from. Maybe I'll just save my fingers and needles and support you instead if you wouldn't mind posting the dates of the fair. Thanks again for sharing!