Free Pattern – Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants: from Scholastic book fame this character created by Dav Pilkey is very loved by a friend-o-mine’s son.  So as an Easter gift I made this up for him.





  • Worsted weight yarn or any type but be sure that the weight of all colors used is the same
  • Size I (5.50mm) crochet hook(or any size variation you feel comfortable with)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Polyester fiber filling or cotton wool

Gauge: Not really important in this project

Design Notes: This pattern is worked in rounds and uses Embroidery and a Picot stitch to achieve the details.  If you are unfamiliar with a picot stitch please review the link below for more information

This pattern has not really been tested other than by me so please let me know if you have any questions or find any errors at

Directions:  If you would prefer a PDF version of the pattern you can download that here (Captain Underpants)

Round 1: sc 6 in magic loop
Round 2: inc each stitch
Round 3: sc then inc
Round 4: sc 2x then inc
Round 5: sc 3x then inc
Round 6: sc 4x then inc
Round 7: sc straight
Round 8: sc 5x then inc
Rounds 9- 13: sc straight
Round 14: change to flesh tone sc straight
Round 15: sc 5x then dec
Round 16: sc straight
Round 17: sc 4x the dec
Round 18: sc straight
Round 19: sc 3x then dec
Rounds 20-22: sc straight
Round 23: sc 2x then dec
Round 24: sc straight
** at this point you will want to add the stuffing**
Round 25: sc then dec
Round 26: dec every stitch
finish off

Arms (make 2)
Round 1: sc 6 in magic loop
Round 2: sc then inc
Rounds 3-12: sc straight
finish off

Legs (make 2)
Round 1: sc 6 in magic loop
Round 2: inc every stitch
Round 3: sc then {popcorn and sc in the same stitch} 4x to make toes sc rest of the round
Round 4: sc then dec over toes (the popcorn stitch and the sc) sc in each stitch across
Round 5: sc then dec 2x then sc rest of the round (10 sts total)
Rounds 6-12: sc straight
finish off

Chain 35 and finish off the chain this will be for the cord to tie it around
Row 1: skip the first 10 sts in the chain and attach yarn to the 11th chain sc in the next 15 stitches
Row 2: inc sc till the last stitch and 2 sc in the last
Row 3: sc straight
Row 4: inc, sc till the last stitch, 2 sc in the last
Row 5-7: sc straight
Row 8: inc, sc till the last stitch, 2 sc in the last
Row 9: sc straight
Row 10: Picot stitch (sc then chain 3 ss in the second and 3rd chain and sc in the next stitch) the last row finish off

The ears are made as a simple chain 3 attached to the head at rounds 20-21 attach the ear at the bottom to row 20 and straight up to row 21 for the top side of the ear

I opted to lightly stuff the arms and legs so that they are bendable.  I just put a bit of polyester stuffing at the ends of the arms and feet leaving the rest floppy.

img_0148Embroidery is the biggest part of it which is what makes him look like the character.
Embroider the waistband at the point of the color change and the round below.  There will be a section that does not line up correctly this is ok when you attach the arms and the cape you will not see it.  img_0145Don’t forget the part of the Y front along with nipples and eyebrows.  Here is the best picture for reference of what to make the face look like that I have.

I also opted to stitch the cape on to him to prevent it being lost but that is up to you.

Obligatory Disclaimer: As always I have no affiliations with Dav Pilkey or Scholastic Publishing in any way. This pattern is to make an inspired by crochet item and is not branded as anything affiliated with the Captain Underpants books, the writer an illustrator, or Scholastic Publishing.  The following pattern is presented for personal use only and not for profit.  Please do not sell or redistribute this pattern as your own and if the pattern is used please link back to me as I would love to see the finished products :D

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7 Responses to Free Pattern – Captain Underpants

  1. Raquel Vega-Grieder says:

    OMG, my son has Captain Underpants books. My son said you are so talented and Kool. You do amazing work as usual.


    So how does the head come into play? I saw this pattern and loved it and started it a few hours ago and now I’m ready to put it together and I’m confused. Please help me. Is the head a separate piece or part of the body. Thank you for your help.

    • Meg-Ann says:

      The head is actually part of the body. Should be close to an egg shape when you are done. Let me know where it becomes confusing and I can revamp it to be less so.

  3. Nancy Grant says:

    My son Mike just turned 22 on the 13th and he still loves to read captain underpants so I have to make this for him Thanks for the pattern this is way cool

  4. Kenny says:

    round 3 :
    SC then increase and then ?
    Do I have to do SC increase around ?or SC increase sc increase all the way around ?

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