20 Incredible Crochet Snails, Slugs, Caterpillars, and Worms
by Kelsey Mlnarik
What do you do when you see a snail, slug, worm, or caterpillar squiggling along? Are you happy to see these tiny parts of the ecosystem, or do you run the other way?
Whether or not you’re a fan of the real thing, it’s hard to resist a crocheted snail, worm, slug, or caterpillar. They’re adorable as amigurumi, and realistic renderings make it easy to appreciate the colors and details of these fascinating creatures.
Maybe you won’t want to go digging in your garden for a real worm or slug, but we guarantee you’ll want to get at least one of these patterns onto your crochet hook.
20 Crochet Snails, Slugs, Caterpillars, and Worms
If you are looking for crochet snails, slugs, caterpillars, and worms, you're in the right place!
Some of these critters are realistic, others are cute, and all of them are tons of fun for someone who enjoys the creepy-crawly things in life!
This festive little snail has traded his shell for a Christmas wreath and has completed the look with a bell on his head. Use this crochet pattern to create an adorable holiday snail that would be perfect as a Christmas tree ornament, a decoration on a gift, or as the gift itself!
Here is a pattern for a cartoonish amigurumi snail with large, expressive eyes. The body flutters out and you can almost imagine that this little crochet snail is moving toward you. This snail would make a great toy or could be used for fun Halloween decor.
I can't say I've ever been excited to see a real slug, but this crochet slug is so adorable that It makes me smile just to look at it! This slug has a thick, soft body with cute little antennae, safety eyes, and a sweet smile. This would make a great gift for any age.
A snail has never been this cute! Perfect for baby shower gifts or newborn photos, this pattern produces a beanie with antennae and sleeping eyes and a cape with an attached shell. It quickly transforms a sleeping baby to the most precious snail around.
This creative snail crossbody bag is the perfect accessory for a gardener or anyone with a Cottagecore aesthetic. The two-color spiral shell is just the right size for holding your essentials, and the bag is lightweight. An advanced beginner can confidently tackle this fun project.
Have you ever tried a micro crochet project? Tiny things are always cuter, and you're sure to feel a sense of accomplishment after completing this itty-bitty snail. Use embroidery thread and a 0.6 mm crochet hook to create this minuscule snail, which stands just 0.3 inches tall!
These adorable crochet worms are easy to customize! Switch up the colors and you can make anything from a realistic worm to a gummy worm. You can even add glasses to make a bookworm! These could be used for display or even as a toy.
This amigurumi inchworm is scooting along with a smile on its face! Craft wire is used to create the bend in the worm, so it can be arranged anywhere you want as decoration. This is a quick project and can be completed by beginners
Here is a sweet amigurumi bookworm who is looking for a reading buddy! This would make a memorable baby shower gift, nursery decor item, or gift to encourage a child just learning to read. As an adult bookworm, I want one in my bedroom, too!
This worn is a "worry worm," designed as a fidget toy for anxiety relief or as a sensory toy. It can be made in different sizes so that anyone, child or adult, can keep one in their lap or their pocket to fidget with just like a stress ball. This is a pattern that can be made by new beginners.
Ready to take your snail crochet to the next level? Try Chris the Snail! This anthropomorphic snail doll looks ready for any adventure, armed with a skateboard, sandals, a hat, and shorts. This doll is beautiful enough to display or could inspire hours of imaginative play as a special toy.
This crochet pattern is for a caterpillar with individual soft, stuffed segments that can be pulled apart and put back together by a baby or toddler. This would make a perfect baby shower gift, first birthday gift, or special project to make for your own little one. It's so cute that it will make excellent nursery or playroom decor while it isn't in use.
We've seen lots of cute and cartoonish amigurumi worms, but this realistic tobacco hornworm is something totally unique! This lifelike crochet worm would make a special gift for a nature lover or insect enthusiast.
Keep your snacks away from this caterpillar- he's very hungry! Designed to match the title character in the beloved children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this crocheted creature would make a super gift for a child, teacher, or librarian.
These patterns produce realistic caterpillars that are just as colorful and richly detailed as the real thing. This bundle contains patterns to make monarch, spicebush swallowtail, cecropia, and hickory horned devil caterpillars. These would certainly make cherished gifts for nature lovers.
This pattern is for an absolutely precious caterpillar baby who can be transformed into a butterfly by dressing it with a pair of crocheted wings. Any young child will love transforming this toy between a caterpillar and a butterfly.
If you've never thought of a slug as beautiful, these crocheted sea slugs might change your mind! This is a set of patterns for four different detailed, realistic sea slugs. They would make unique toys for a child who enjoys learning about nature, or a gift for an aspiring marine biologist.