Monday, May 3, 2010

Worm Finger Puppet Knitting Pattern

I was a huge fan of Sesame Street as a child. I particularly loved Oscar the Grouch and his friend Smiley the Worm. This character provided inspiration for the following finger puppet.

  • Knitting Needles: 4 double pointed needles Size 1 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Remnants of KnitPicks Palette Yarn (Fingering weight) hand dyed Orange (MC) and Beige (CC).
  • Gauge: ~9-10 sts/inch in stockinette. For a swatch I'd recommend casting on 18 sts and knitting in the round to see if that would fit your finger.
  • Misc: Toy stuffing, yarn needle, 2 Googly Eyes (or black yarn to embroider eyes).
  • Finished Size: 3.25" long, 0.75" wide at the head. Fits a woman's finger with a size 6 ring size.


Row 1: Cast on 6 sts in MC, join and knit 1 row (This is the tip of the head)
Row 2: kfb across - 12 sts
Row 3: K across
Row 4: Kfb across - 24 sts
Rows 5-8: K across
Row 9: *K2, K2tog* across - 18 sts
Row 10: K across
Row 11: K2tog across - 9 sts
At this point you should stuff the head of the worm. This is the only point in the entire project where you need some kind of polyfill stuffing.
Row 12: Switch to CC. K across
Row 13: Kfb across - 18 sts
Row 14: K across
Rows 15-17: (MC) K across
Rows 18-20: (CC) K across
Repeat the 3-row stripe pattern 4 more times.
With MC: work 2 rows in 1x1 rib (K1, P1 across)
Bind off in the 1x1 ribbing pattern.

Tip: Check the fit as you go. It is easy to see how the puppet is fitting onto your finger as you knit.

Weave in loose ends. Glue eyes to the face of the worm. Alternatively you can embroider eyes on the face.

Simple. Fast. Fun. Swap out the colors, make one for every finger and have fun!

Eyes are not essential to have fun with this inch-worm. You can inch along and play just fine without any eyes. To become a more authentic Smiley from Sesame Street, then you may want to use a black bead or embroider black eyes.

Princess Smiley? Since the body of the puppet is so small, rings can be used as hats in your play!

Abbreviations Used in this pattern:
Kfb - increase by knitting into the front and back of a single stitch.
K - knit
P - purl
SSK - decrease by slipping two stitches then knitting them together. Alternatively, you could slip one stitch, knit one stitch and pass slipped stitch over.
K2tog - decrease by knitting two stitches together.
MC - Main Color
CC - Contrast Color

This this pattern was created by ChemKnits for your personal or charity use. This pattern is not to be replicated, sold or redistributed without permission from ChemKnits. © 2010 ChemKnits


  1. Oscar the Grouch's pet is named Slimey, not Smiley.

  2. Yup, there is my dyslexia. I even linked to the wiki, and wrote the wrong name. Well, since mine has no mouth, mine can be Smiley... a tribute to Slimey. :)

  3. so cute! thanks for sharing

  4. This seems like the perfect little toy to keep in your purse to occupy young children while waiting in lines, etc.!

  5. These also make cute catnip toys. Simply stuff with fiber and catnip and pull yarn threw and tie off.

  6. Lovely and easy and very cute! Would you mind if I make some of these for a charity Easter sale? We are raising money for the great Yarmouth and gorleston memory club, which helps people who have dementia and other memory problems.

    1. Kerry, ABSOLUTELY you can! I'd love it if you'd use my designs to help raise money for a good cause.

      I'm sorry for the late response, I just had a baby and am finally catching up with blog comments. :)

  7. Lovely and easy and very cute! Would you mind if I make some of these for a charity Easter sale? We are raising money for the great Yarmouth and gorleston memory club, which helps people who have dementia and other memory problems.

  8. Joli smiley.
    Habiller ses doigts de pets, j'aime bien cette idée
    et je crois que je vais occuper mes jours de vacances à tricoter quelques pets pour mes doigts et avoir des conversations digitales et originales avec mes petits enfants dès ma rentrée.

  9. Someone in a group I am in (Random Acts of Crochet Kindness = RACK) was looking for a knitted pattern for a worm. I am linking to this site, but typed up the pattern on the group page AND gave you credit for the pattern. Hoping you don't mind.

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