Caterpillar Cushion by Judith Heller

Caterpillar Cushion

June 2021
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 8 rows = 4 inches
in US double crochet / UK treble crochet
5.0 mm (H)
738 - 820 yards (675 - 750 m)
One size
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The Caterpillar Cushion is the result of freely experimenting with a hook and yarn. When I was thinking about a name for the square, I noticed that the circle of wrap stitches in the square look like the body of a caterpillar. A bit like the one from the children’s book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

The pattern allows you to play with colour. You can either use a fixed colour scheme using the examples in the pattern or go wild with leftover yarn; the choice is up to you.

Aran weight yarn, approximately 675-750m per cushion.

The sample is shown in:
Scheepjes Stonewashed XL (70% Cotton x 30% Acrylic; 50g/75m)

  • Yarn A: 841 Moon Stone x 4 balls
  • Yarn B: 863 Carnelian x 2 balls
  • Yarn C: 875 Rhodochrosite x 2 balls
  • Yarn D: 860 Rose Quartz x 2 balls
  • Yarn E: 846 Canada Jade x 3 balls
  • Yarn F: 859 New Jade x 2 balls

Note: yarn amounts are total amounts for two cushions (one of each version).

Yarn requirements for cushion A (coloured circles, plain background):

  • Yarn A: 2 balls
  • Yarn B: 1 ball
  • Yarn C: 1 ball
  • Yarn D: 2 balls
  • Yarn E: 2 balls
  • Yarn F: 1 ball

Yarn requirements for cushion B (white circles, coloured background):

  • Yarn A: 2 balls
  • Yarn B: 2 balls
  • Yarn C: 2 balls (only 1 when making both versions)
  • Yarn D: 1 ball
  • Yarn E: 2 balls
  • Yarn F: 1 ball

Finished Measurements
The finished cushion measures 43 x 43cm / 17 x 17in

5,0mm crochet hook (US H-8)

The squares used in this pattern measure 13 x 13cm / 5 x 5in using a 5,0mm crochet hook. Gauge obtained with a 5,0mm crochet hook is 14 stitches x 8 rows in double crochet (US) measure 10x10cm / 4”x4”. Adapt your hook size is necessary


  • 8 Removable stitch marker(s)
  • Scissors and a darning needle
  • Cushion pad measuring approximately 45 x 45cm / 17,5 x 17,5in

Photo Tutorials
The pattern contains extensive photo tutorials for:

  • Making the wrap stitch
  • Making the spike stitch
  • The surface crochet technique
  • Joining the squares