Amigurumi Inchworm

Mar 12, 2006
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by Megan Granholm


Once upon a time there was a little inchworm named Inga. She was bright green and lived underneath a rhododendron shrub. Like all inchworms, Inga was obsessed with measuring. She meticulously counted every step, every bit of progress. She measured it against previous progress. She forecasted it against future progress. Of course, all of this calculating made her very critical of herself.

One day as Inga was having her breakfast, a beautiful brown moth landed on the leaf next to her. "Hello, moth!  How does the world look from way up in the sky?" "It looks wonderful!" replied the moth. "You should go up to the top of the rhododendron and see it!" "Oh, I could never make it all the way up there," Inga sighed.  "I'm far too slow, and each step is so small…" "Nonsense!" laughed the moth. "Let go of all those judgments you hold against yourself. Even inchworms can eventually fly!"

Inga thought about what the moth said all night. But she couldn't stop judging, measuring, recording.

The next morning Inga felt wonderful. She stretched and yawned… and when she looked down she realized she'd grown wings! She had finally grown into a moth! Inga zoomed into the air, twice as high as the shrub, and looked down on the entire world. She had let go of her calculations and self-judgments, and was free!

Materials List

  • Bright green (or brown) worsted weight yarn
  • Size H/5.0mm hook
  • Small amount of black yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • Small amount of Polyfil stuffing

Finished Size

One size.


Gauge is unimportant, but stitches should be tight.


You will be working in a spiral without joining rounds.  Place a stitch marker at the beginning of each round to help keep track.

The turning chain in the short rows does not count as a stitch.

Ch – chain
Sl st – slip stitch
Sc – single crochet
St(s) - stitch(es)
Fpsc – front post single crochet
Tr – treble
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together

The Pattern


Make 6 sc into an adjustable loop.

Round 1.  Work 2 sc in each st around (12 sts).

Round 2.  Work 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st (15 sts).  Repeat around.

Round 3. Work sc in each st around (15 sts).

Round 4.  Work fpsc in each st around (15 sts).

Round 5.  Work sc in first st, tr in next st, sc in each of next two sts, tr in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts (15 sts).

Round 6.  Work sc in each st around (15 sts).

Round 7.  Repeat round 5 (15 sts).

Round 8.  Work sc in each st around (15 sts).

Round 9.  Repeat round 5 (15 sts).

Stuff with Polyfil.  Work sc2tog around until closed.


Leaving a long tail, chain 15. Sl st to first ch to form ring.

Round 1. Work sc in each chain around (15 sts).

Round 2-8.  Work sc in each st around (15 sts).

Round 9.  Work sc in each of next 7 sts. Ch 1, switch hands.

Round 10.  Working backwards with your non-dominant hand, sc in each of 7 sts.  Ch 1, switch hands.

Round 11. Work sc in each st around (15 sts).

Rounds 12-38.  Repeat rows 9-11.

Rounds 39-46.  Repeat round 2.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Stuff.

Back End

Make 6 sc into a magic ring.

Round 1.  *Work 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*, repeat around (9 sts).

Round 2.  *Work 1 sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat around (12 sts).

Round 3.  *Work 1 sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat around (15 sts).

Round 4.  Work sc in next st, tr in next st, sc in each of next two sts, tr in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts (15 sts).

Rounds 5-8.  Work sc in each st around (15 sts).

Round 9: Repeat round 4.

Stuff.  Work sc2tog around until closed.  Fasten off.

Sew head and back end to body.  Weave in any ends.  With black yarn, embroider the mouth and make French knots for the eyes.

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Rachel wrote
on Mar 15, 2006 7:30 AM

This is such a CUTE inchworm. I've never really gotten into amigurumi, but this little wormie may change my mind. :o)

Anita wrote
on Mar 15, 2006 8:06 PM
That is an absolutely beautiful story, And the inch worm is so cute!
I love it. Well now you gotta make a butterfly or moth(:


Gis wrote
on Apr 4, 2006 11:37 AM
Very nice worm, its so cute, will make it soon.
Thanks for sharing

Gis in Sweden

Amala wrote
on Apr 14, 2006 9:16 AM

very nice

fillyjonk wrote
on Jun 30, 2006 9:49 AM

oh, so cute! I love the fact that she actually has little feet that look like "real" inchworm feet.

really nice job on the pattern! I'm going to making one (or more) of these sometime soon.

Anonymous wrote
on Sep 7, 2006 2:51 AM

Cute, but i am alittle confused about the pattern on row 10 of the body, maybe i am being blonde, but i dont understand, i really want to make this for my daughter. please help me. brittany hodder thank you

Jimena wrote
on Mar 2, 2007 3:35 PM

This is lovely!! I have all this bright turquoise cotton yarn that I didn't know how to use and this is perfect....!!

I guess inchworms could be turquoise too.... couldn't they??

Anonymous wrote
on Mar 4, 2007 9:35 AM

love the story!!!

Louise wrote
on Aug 3, 2007 4:36 PM
This is a lovely pattern and I can't wait until I finish.
I have a question though. Is it normal that I keep adding stitches in rows 9-11 of the body? Because you single crochet 14 and ch 2 when you add them up, that makes 16 st and not 15. I'm not an expert crocheter, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
If someone could get back to me in a comment, that would be awesome.


alliecat1 wrote
on Jul 26, 2008 7:20 PM

Very cute!

on Apr 30, 2010 4:41 PM

Very cute, but I don't get the whole non-dominant hand working backwards thing. Maybe a video on YouTube would clear it up.

Raycheese wrote
on May 10, 2010 4:31 PM

I like this pattern but i am in need of some help on the body part.  Rows 12-38 please. Thank you.

alan121 wrote
on May 21, 2010 12:07 AM

inchworm name for the larvae of moths of the family Geometridae, a large, cosmopolitan group with over 1,200 species indigenous to North America 000-924 . Also called measuring worms, spanworms, and loopers, inchworms lack appendages in the middle portion of their body 000-935 , causing them to have a characteristic looping gait. They have three pairs of true legs at the front end, like other caterpillars 000-937 , but only two or three pairs of prolegs (larval abdominal appendages), located at the rear end. An inchworm moves by drawing its hind end forward while holding on with the front legs, then advancing its front section while holding on with the prolegs. Inchworms have smooth, hairless bodies, usually about 1 in. 000-962 (2.5 cm) long. They are green, brown, or black and in many species have irregular projections that cause them to resemble the twigs of the trees they feed on. Many inchworms, when disturbed,