Labyrinth’s The Worm

Here’s the truth, my wonderful friends.

I have never seen Labyrinth

In fact, I don’t even know if it’s Labyrinth or THE Labyrinth.
I know, I know, how could I NOT have seen the Labyrinth???

The truth is, I remember it being mentioned a lot in my house. My mother herself is quite fond of the movie. It is definitely one of those cult classics that I feel like I should have seen, and maybe I did when I was too young to remember, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet in my adult life. I remember my mom contemplating whether or not I would enjoy the movie.

To be COMPLETELY honest, I am not huge on movies in the first place. I am one of those people who will ALWAYS fall asleep when a movie is on, even if I am interested in it! It drives my boyfriend crazy because he wants to spend time with me watching the movie and I fall asleep so he feels like he may as well have watched the movie by himself. I, on the other hand, appreciate the quality time whether I am awake or not. Sleep is one of my favorite things ever, and he is one of my favorite things ever, and movies are one of his favorite things, and I’m pretty sure I am too. Sounds like a winning combination to me but ya know, you can’t win ’em all.

So why then, you might be wondering, am I posting a pattern for a character I do not even know. The answer is simple, he was a custom request and I know a lot of people really love the Labyrinth so I wanted to share the pattern for those who do know the magic that is David Bowie. (Hey, at least I know who’s in it, right?)

I have heard that there is some debate about The Worm’s actual name. Is it simply worm, is it THE Worm (seriously, is it Labyrinth or THE Labyrinth?) Or is it ‘Ello worm? I suppose the semantics aren’t important as anybody who actually HAS seen the movie will know this character just by looking at him, and I bet they’ll know what makes him so awesome, too. (Please, enlighten me, I need to know!)

I’ve played an actual wooden labyrinth game with the twisty knobs and the marble, if that counts for anything (I know it doesn’t).

I fully intended to watch this movie (or to make my boyfriend rewatch it) so I (or he) could write an awesome introduction to this pattern but the weeks slipped by and the movie still hasn’t been viewed. It’s just as well. I have been told that The Worm is only featured for about a minute or so and with my history of sleeping through movies I would honestly probably miss his appearance. Maybe some day I will watch the movie and come up with an epic intro to this pattern but until then this will have to do.

So here we go, the free crochet pattern for Labyrinth’s The Worm (which is clearly not my own intellectual property. The pattern, yes, the character, no.)



The body of the worm is worked in the round. Use a stitch market to keep track. The scarf is worked in rows.

Stitches and Abbreviations

Sl St – Slip Stitch
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
INC – Increase
DEC – Decrease
FHDC – Foundation Half Double Crochet (You do not need to know this stitch, but it’s helpful if you do)


  • 3.75mm crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn blue, tan/beige, and red
  • 12mm safety eyes (2)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry and Sewing Needle
  • Polyfil or favorite stuffing

Optional: Floral wire (to thread through the scarf and act as a kick stand to help The Worm stand on his own)

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Labyrinth’s The Worm / Ello Worm Free Crochet Pattern


With Beige

  1. Magic ring, sc 6 in ring (6)
  2. Inc around (12)
  3. *sc, inc* around (18)
  4. *sc next 2, inc* around (24)
  5. Hdc around (24)
    Fasten off, attach blue
  6. Sc next 9, switch to beige, sc next 6, switch to blue, sc next 9 (24)
  7. Sc next 9, switch to beige, sc next 6, switch to blue, sc next 9 (24)
  8. Repeat round seven four 16 rounds (24)
  9. Sc next 3, inc, sc next 3, inc, switch to beige, sc next 3, inc, sc next 4, switch to blue, inc, sc next 2, inc, sc next 3, inc (30)
  10. Sc next 10, switch to beige, sc next 9, switch to blue, sc next 11 (30)
  11. Repeat round 10 for 4 rounds (30)
  12. *Sc next 3, dec* twice, switch to beige, *sc next 3, dec, sc next 4, switch to blue, dec, sc next 2, dec, sc next 3, dec (24)
  13. Sc next 9, switch to beige, sc next 6, switch to blue, sc next 9 (24)
  14. *Sc next 2, dec* twice, sc next 2, switch to beige, dec, sc next 2, dec, switch to blue, *sc next 2, dec* twice (18)
    Fasten off white
  15. Sc around (18)
    Stop to attach eyes between 3rd and 4th rows of OW from top with 2 stitches in between, stuff body
  16. *sc, dec* around (12)
    Add a little more stuffing if necessary
  17. Dec around (6)
    Fasten off leaving a long tail, sew shut.

Use the long tail to stitch the back of The Worm’s head to the tail portion so that he stands upright in the front

With Red

  1. Foundation hdc 50 (OR ch 51, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across) (50)
  2. HDC across, ch1, turn (50)
  3. HDC across (50)

Fasten off.

I put a stitch in the scarf to hold it together. You can also stitch it to the body if you like.

Optional: Feed floral wire across the bottom of the scarf and up the side. Cut the floral wire leaving a little extra that you can stick into the body of The Worm. It may take a little finagling but you can use the scarf with the floral wire as a stand allowing your worm to stand on its own.


Cut 6-18 four inch lengths of yarn depending on whether or not you want to add plumage to his sides or not. Use 6 pieces of yarn for just the hairs on his head or 18 if you would like to add three tufts on each side of his body.

Use two strands together. Insert your hook beneath a stitch, pull up yarn, pull the ends of the yarn through the loop you just created. Pull the strands tightly. Make one on top of the head, one on each side, and an optional three on either side of the body.

Untwist your strands of yarn so that each strand becomes four. Use a fine toothed comb to brush the yarn to fluff it up. Trim yarn to desired length.


You have just finished making The Worm!

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