A caterpillar cocoon for your sweet new baby with a matching hat. This caterpillar cocoon, by Mary Burke, was written for loom knitting and iconic of my own son’s favorite book as countless others. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We hope you enjoy this free pattern. – Kristen Mangus
Caterpillar Cocoon & Hat
Designed by: Mary Burke
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book was one of my favorites that I read to my preschoolers when I taught preschool. It’s one of my favorites still today.
My inspiration was my new grandson. After seeing many versions of a knit or crochet caterpillar cocoon & hat posted on the internet, which reminded me of the caterpillar cocoon in the book, I wanted to make one for my grandson. I do not knit or crochet but I do loom knit so I decided to make one on a loom. It was simpler than I thought. Here’s how I created my version of the Caterpillar Cocoon & Hat. – Mary
41 peg Round Loom-Cocoon (13/16″ XLG – Knifty Knitter used in sample)
24 peg Round Loom-Hat (5/8″ LG – Knifty Knitter used in sample)
5 peg Spool Loom (3/4″ XLG – Boye used in sample)
Red Heart soft- Really Red
Antennas: Lion Brand Heartland- 147 Hot Springs
Eyes: Red Heart soft Guacamole, Yellow 6 strand embroidery floss
Nose: Lion Brand Tweed Stripes Ozarka Forest
Lion Brand Heartland-Glacier Bay
Red Heart Soft-Guacamole
Lion Brand Tweed Stripes Ozarka Forest
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice-Sweet Pea
Crochet hook size 6/6 4.25mm (Boye used in sample)
Large eye sewing needle
Hot glue gun (or small metal needle and thread to sew on eyes & nose)
Loom Knit i-cord on the Spool Loom
ew – e-wrap
p – purl
The following pattern is laid out to complete the hat, then antennas, then eyes & nose. This includes instructions to attach. Below is the caterpillar cocoon pattern should you want to skip ahead.
24 peg loom -2 strands of Yarn
ew cast on
Rows 1-25: ew & knit over all pegs
Cut your working yarn to 12 inches
Modified Gathered Bind Off and weave in ends. Hat length approx. 5 1/2″ (5.5 inches).
Loom Knit i-cord on the Spool Loom
Cast On: Double ew cast on all 5 pegs in the round.
Row 1 – 12: ew stitch 12 rows on the small end of the loom,
Cast off: drawstring cast off (gathered bind off).
Make 2. Antennae will be approximately 3 1/4″ (3.25″ inches) long.
Shape Antennas & attach to hat:
Thread the yarn needle, run the top yarn tail through the middle of the antenna coming out near the bottom yarn tail. You can pull the yarn tail to shape the antenna into a slight curve if you like.
Thread the yarn needle with the 2 tails at the bottom of the antenna & insert the needle through the top of the hat, do the same for the other antenna (about 1 ¼”apart). Turn the hat inside out & stitch into place.
Eyes & Nose:
1 strand of yarn
Eyes – Make 2 eyes.
I crocheted magic circles – Crochet 6 Stitch Magic Circle.
Thread your large eyed sewing needle with the 6 strand embroidery floss, so now its 12 strands because it’s doubled, blanket stitch around each eye using the yellow embroidery thread.
Nose: Follow the same procedure for the 6 stitch magic circle except I only did four stitches & then drew it up it made more of an oval shape.
Attaching eyes and nose to hat:
Place a piece of waxed paper or something inside the hat just in case the glue seeps into the inside, using the glue gun place a little bit of hot glue to the backside of the eyes one at a time & place in the desired area of the hat, do the same for the nose. Be sure to keep any loose yarn or thread behind the eyes & nose when gluing. I kept my glue away from the edges of the eyes & nose because when you press down the glue will spread, you don’t want glue showing around the outside edges of your eyes & nose.
(Editorial note: You can also sew these on with a metal needle and thread. Also if you cannot crochet try using felt for the face).
41 peg loom use 2 strand of yarn held together as one.
Cast On: ew cast on all pegs
Rows 1-9: ew & knit over all pegs using glacier bay yarn
Row 10: ew & knit over using guacamole yarn
Rows 11-13: p all pegs using guacamole yarn
Rows 14 -17: ew & knit over using guacamole yarn
Rows 18-27: ew & knit over using ozarka yarn
Row 28: ew & knit over using sweet pea yarn
Rows 29-30: p all pegs using sweet pea yarn
Rows 31-40: ew & knit over using sweet pea yarn
Rows 41-48: ew & knit over all pegs using glacier bay yarn
Row 49: ew & knit over using guacamole yarn
Rows 50-51: p all pegs using guacamole yarn
Rows 52-57: ew & knit over using guacamole yarn
Rows 58-67: ew & knit over using ozarka yarn
Rows 68-72: ew & knit over using guacamole yarn
Use Modified Gathered Bind Off & weave in ends. Caterpillar Cocoon approx. 18.5″ (inches).
I hope you enjoyed making the Caterpillar Cocoon & Hat!
Editor’s Note: The Caterpillar Cocoon and Hat has not been tested yet by GKK. Conversions to other looms are not tested. Please leave comments if you have success with other looms and would like to help fellow loomers. Thanks! -Kristen (A special thank you to our editor Carol Lilydot!!)
Monday 14th of November 2016
I love this! When I try it using my Knifty Knitter, the entire thing looks super loose and hole-y. How do you get a tighter knit? Mine looks HUGE compared to this one!
Monday 30th of December 2019
Hi Kristy, I read your comment before I started my first one. I also thought mine was large and holey. But as I added more and more rows and my first rows got further and further away from the loom I noticed the knit stitches loosening. The “braid” of the stitch widened and the “ladder” of the stitch got narrow. I think when i take the project off the loom and it relaxes, it will look just like the picture in the instructions. Jenny
Sunday 27th of August 2017
Kristy, did you use one or two strands of yarn throughout? It is holey if you use a single strand. With two strands, it makes it a tighter weave.