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