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
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 closeknitfriends.gmail.com with photos or if you have problems. Consider yourself a test knitter!