How to crochet worry worms

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Worry Worms Crochet Pattern
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, school, 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 🙂

Want To Know More About Worry Worms?

So many people have asked me what all the fuss is about crochet worry worms.  I figured it would be helpful to do some research and answer some questions related to these squiggly little crochet worms. You can have a look at this post to know more.


Like this pattern / poem but not ready to work it yet? Save it to Pinterest!

Crochet Worry Worm Poems

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.

Interesting Note: Did you know that the technique used to crochet curly surfaces is called hyperbolic crochet? When I discovered this was actually a mathematical term for "negative curvature", I was really intrigued! 

Think of the types of curvature you see in coral reefs or lettuce leaves. These organic shapes can be replicated in crochet by adding stitches at a constant rate to each row of crochet. The more frequently you add stitches, the curlier (and more negatively curved) your crochet project gets.  Isn't that awesome?! You can watch a video about hyperbolic crochet here.

Now let's experiment with hyperbolic crochet with our worry worm pattern...

You can also download some 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.

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 Poem/Saying to include with your worms.

Crochet Worry Worm Crochet Pattern Free PDF

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Crochet worry worms pattern and poems

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.

Materials Needed

  • Some classic Aran yarn (color of your choice). Any yarn would do really, just make sure it's not hairy or fuzzy.  I used Paintbox Yarns for these worry worms.
Paintbox Yarns
  • 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.


  • ch = chain
  • mc = magic circle
  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • fo = fasten off

Skill Level



Length = 6" / 15cm
Weight = 0.17 oz/ 4 - 5 g


Yardage = 10 yards / 9.2m of yarn

Worry Worm Crochet Pattern Free


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. 

Stitch How-To Instructions

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.

Here you can get more clarity on how to crochet a flat circle with a single crochet stitch.


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Crochet Worry Worm PDF Download
(Pattern, Poems & Tags)

If you'd like to get a PDF Downloadable version of the Crochet Worry Worm Pattern & Poems, you can get instant access to these for home printing for a small fee.

1. Worry Worm Pattern (PDF Printable)

2. Worry Worm Poems & Tags (PDF Files)

3. Worry Worm Poems & Tags (Editable Files)

Worry Worm Pattern
(PDF Printable)

Worry Worm Crochet Pattern PDF

Worry Worm
Poems Tags 

Worry Worm Poem Tag A4 Template

Worry Worm
Poem Tags 

Worry Worm Poem Tag A4 Template

Worry Worm Survey

I'd really appreciate it if you'd take this quick survey below. Your answers will give me insight into further ways to help you and those interested in worry worms.

Worry Worm Crochet Pattern (Photo Tutorial)

  • Start off by tying a slip knot, then Ch 3 (3)
Worry Worm Crochet Pattern
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  • Join to first stitch with slip stitch to form a circle.
Worry Worm Crochet Pattern 3

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  • Into this circle you just created, ch 2, then continue to work 11 dc stitches into the circle (12)
Worry Worm Crochet Pattern 4
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Note: If you began with a (ch3, slip stitch) circle, work 12 dc into circle
            If you began with a Magic Circle, then the first ch 2 counts as a dc, so continue to work 11 more dc to have a total of 12 dc into the MC.

  • Join with a sl st to top of first ch 2 of this round (or first dc stitch if you didn't start with a MC).
Worry Worm Crochet Pattern 7
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This sl st will complete your circle (worm's head).

  • Pull tail end of your yarn tight to close the center of your circle. 

Note: If you started with a MC, make sure you pull the tail nice & tight to give your worm's head a neat finish (closed center).  If you started with a ch3 ring, you may have a small gap in the middle of your circle, which you can sew closed with a tapestry/darning when you finish crocheting your worry worm..

  • Ch 31  - this will be the center of your worry worm 's body (31)
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  • In the 2nd chain from the hook place 3 sc in each ch st all the way back up to the worm's head. (90)
    Note: If you are working with thin yarn, then place 4 sc in each chain along the body. (120)
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Note: You will find that the body of your worm will start to curl up naturally as you progress with your work.

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  • 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.
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  • If you feel your worry worm didn't curl up properly, and looks something like the photo above, don't worry!
    Simply run your finger along the curls to place them in the correct position.
    Give each curl a little twist and they'll all fall into place perfectly!
  • Leaving a 4" tail, cut your yarn, 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.
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Add Worm's Features 

Crochet Worry Worm Eyes - 15 Creative Options
Worry Worm Crochet Pattern French Knot

  • Now you can place your worry worms into a plastic baggies or organza bags and distribute them. Check how to assemble your project below.

  • You can also add these cuties to gifts, hand out to people who have anxiety or just someone who you feel would could use a hug.
Crochet Worry Worm Present

Themed Worry Worm for Fall or Halloween

How about a seasonal Worry Worm perfect for the Fall or Halloween? Try out this Pumpkin Worry Worm Pattern!

Assemble Your Project

  1. Download your Worry Worm Poems or Tags.
  2. Print out the Worry Worm Poems or Tags on cardstock or paper.
  3. Cut Out the poems/tags along the dotted lines
  4. Package your poem/tags & crocheted worry worms in plastic or organza baggies
  5. Your crochet worry worms are all set for distribution 🙂

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!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and...

Happy crocheting!

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Hi. I'm May! Welcome to my Blog! Here you'll find crochet tutorials and easy crochet gift ideas you can offer your loved ones on special occasions. You'll also find little crochet designs you can use for Random Acts of Crochet Kindness (RAOCKs) to help make the world a happier place for everyone.

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  • Thank you, May, for offering the worry worm pattern for free as part of the September Makes Blog Hop!
    It is such a cute pattern, and just looking at it brings a smile!

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