How To Crochet Worry Worms
For Absolute Beginners
Crochet worry worms became a real hit when a FB Group called "Random Acts of Crochet Kindness" came up with the idea to distribute these simple crochet worry worms with a poem packaged in a small see-through plastic baggie or organza bag anywhere you can think of... in the woods, playground, nursing home, camping area... wherever.
These cute crochet worry worms are meant to put a smile on whoever finds them and comfort them in times of sorrow or stress.
The idea of these worry worms is to go out of one's way to make another person smile. It builds a sense of community in kind acts, and attempts to make the world a bit lighter and brighter!
The best thing about these crochet worry worms is that they are super easy and fast to whip up, which make them ideal projects for beginner crocheters.
Not only will you feel accomplished when you've created a few of these, you'll also feel great about yourself when you actually go out and hide them around your neighbourhood for people to find them and brighten up their day!
Like this pattern / poem but not ready to work it yet? Save it to Pinterest!
In a previous post, I showed you how to crochet a flat spiral. So now, we'll learn how to crochet a 3-dimensional spiral that twirls around itself creating this cute curly texture that is so ideal for this crochet worry worm project.
You can also download some FREE Printable Worry Worm Tags for different poems/sayings that you could include in your baggies with your worry worms. These poems are from the FB Group "Random Acts of Crochet Kindness". I found variations of the poem, with different wording, so I've included a page of each poem with slightly different design for each to tell them apart.
Update: I've recently also designed some black & white worry worm tags for those of you who'd prefer not to use a colored printer.
Choose your favourite Worry Worm Saying to include with your worms.
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What You’ll Learn
- How to crochet a worry worm's head using the MC (Magic Circle) technique
- How to crochet a 3-D continuous spiral using (sc) single crochet stitches.
- How to package your crochet worry worm for distribution.
- Crochet hook that fits your yarn. Generally I use between a size G/4mm to H/5mm hook. For this project I used a 4.5 mm hook.
- A tapestry needle
- A pair of scissors
- Goggly eyes, or black / brown fiber art beads, or a permanent marker
- Plastic or organza baggies
- Printer & A4 paper to print your tags. You could choose to print your tags on cardstock to make them more durable.
- ch = chain
- mc = magic circle
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
- sts = stitches
Gauge is not really that crucial for this tutorial. Just try experimenting with different hook sizes & different weight yarns to get a gauge you are happy with for the project you are working on.
If your worry worm looks smaller than you anticipated, try a thicker weight yarn or a smaller size crochet hook.
If you want your worry worm to be longer, just increase the number of stitches in your beginning chain.
- You can use any type of yarn as long as you have a corresponding crochet hook size (check yarn label for recommendations)
- There are 2 main methods to crochet worry worms.
1. From the bottom up - meaning you start from the tail end
2. From the top down - meaning you start with the head.
- I personally prefer the second method (starting with the head), because you get a better finish to your worry worm and the head sits straight on the body. It does require you to know how to crochet a Magic Circle.
If you don't know how to crochet a Magic Circle, you can either try to figure it out with these video tutorials, or you could just crochet 3 chains (ch), join the last stitch to the first stitch with a slip stitch (sl st) and crochet your 12 dc (double crochet) stitches into the little gap/ring you just created.
- If you need more detailed instructions on how to work the required stitches, check out Annie’s Catalogue for visual instructions.
- You can make the pattern larger or smaller by changing the type of yarn and/or hook.
- Numbers at the end of each step [in brackets] indicate the number of final stitches in that step.
- Please note that I use US crochet terms.
Instructions for Ch (Chain):
Bring the yarn over the crochet hook from back to front and hook it. Draw hooked yarn through the loop of the stitch on your hook and up onto the working area of your hook.
Instructions for sc (Single Crochet):
Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (you now have two loops on hook), yarn over again and pull through both loops on hook (note: this is equivalent to the UK Double Crochet (dc) stitch)
Instructions for dc (Double Crochet):
Yarn over first, then insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull the loop back through the stitch (you now have three loops on hook), Pull your working yarn over again and pull through two loops on hook . You now have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook. You are left with only one loop on your hooks, which means you've completed your dc stitch. (note: this is equivalent to the UK Trebble Crochet (tc) stitch)
Instructions for Sl St (Slip Stitch): Insert hook, yarn over, pull the loop back through your last stitch AND through the loop on your hook (through both stitches).
Instructions for Fastening Off: After the last stitch of the last round, cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch end. Draw the cut end of your yarn completely through the stitch & pull to tighten knot.
Crochet Worry Worm Pattern
You may download the PDF version of the crochet worry worm here. This is more printer-friendly.
Worry Worm Pattern
For photo instructions, you may follow the pattern below.
- Start off by tying a slip knot, then Ch 3 (3)
- Join to first stitch with slip stitch to form a circle.
- Optional alternative: You could also try the Magic Circle for a tight & closed center.
- Into that circle you just created, continue to work 12 dc stitches (12)
- Join to first dc stitch with a sl st, Make sure you pull the tail nice & tight to give your worm head a neat finish (closed center).
- Ch 30 - will be the base of your worry worm 's body (30)
- Skip a stitch and place 3 sc in each ch st all the way back up to the worm's head. (You will find that the body of your worm will start to curl up naturally as you progress with your work.)
- Once you've reached the top of your worm (nearest to its head), sl st into the same stitch from where you started your chain.
- Fasten off and weave in ends. If your center circle is not tight enough, then sew it closed with your tapestry/darning needle as you're weaving in your yarn tail.
- Add worm's features. You could glue on goggly eyes, sew on a couple of fiber art beads for eyes, add a French Knot or simply draw 2 dots with a permanent marker for eyes.
- If you’d like to learn how to make a French Knot, watch this tutorial here.
- Lastly, if you feel your worry worm didn't curl up properly, don't worry!
Simply run your finger along the curls to place them in the correct position.
Give them all a little twist and they'll all fall into place perfectly!
Crochet Worry Worm Poems
I've designed a few of the worry worm poems you can print out as an accompaniment to you worry worms. You'll find a few different options. Choose your favourite and print out as many copies as you like.
Option 1: Rectangular design, 1 size, 4 poem options, cute colorful images
Option 2: Rectangular tag-shaped design, 3 sizes, 1 poem option, Black & White
Worry Worm Poems
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Assembling Your Project
I hope you enjoyed this Crochet Worry Worm tutorial. All you need to do now is practice and you'll get the hang of it pretty quick!
Feel free to download the Worry Worm Poems and add them to your gifts.
Let me know if you have any questions and...