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Worm (F3)

knitted worm

The worm is made of wrapped i-cord body with a stocking stitch bump.

A printable version of this pattern is available.

You will need:

  • pink yarn scraps
  • 2 x double ended knitting needles (3mm)
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Pattern:

Body

  • Cast on 3 sts and i-cord two rows (in regular i-cord the yarn goes across the back of the knitting).
yarn position for i-cord
  • Wrap the yarn clockwise around the tube of knitting before i-cording each of the next fourteen rows.
yarn position for wrapped i-cord
  • I-cord five rows without wrapping.
  • Work the wrapped i-cord row seven times.
  • Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts.

Clitellum

  • Cast on 4 sts.
  • Stocking stitch (alternate purl and knit rows) for five rows, starting with a purl row.
  • Cast off 4 sts.

Making Up:

Wrap the knitted clitellum around the bare patch of i-cord so that the sides almost meet (it is a tight fit). Sew the sides together. Lose any remaining loose ends.

Variations:

If you follow the home page of this site you'll probably know I've been talking about worm dipping for at least 2 years. I've been trying to perfect a technique where I dunk the body of the worm in a dye that gives a subtle gradiant of colours, lightening towards the tips. The clitellum goes on afterwards for contrast.

dip dyed worms

Notes:

Needle/Yarn Size

As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!