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Worry Pet

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Say hi to this cute SENSORY BUDDY! :)

The Worry Pet is a crochet therapy toy. It’s a fluffy, stuffed ball of joy and calmness! The Worry Pet is perfect as a fidget toy for kids with sensory and anxiety needs. Children can carry this soft, pocket-sized pet around and keep them close by to hold or rub when they experience worries or emotional regulation difficulties. The poly-pellets in this pet help it have a weighted feel, and gives some comforting sensory input when rubbing between fingers. The tactile sensation make it an especially helpful coping tool to help students who struggle with social-emotional coping skills.

These are not just for worriers, though! Every child will love one because they are oh-so-cute! The Worry Pet is perfect to crochet as quick gifts, for selling at craft fairs, to donate to charity or programs supporting kids with special needs, or to donate to special education programs and special education teachers in schools!

*Pattern blog post includes tips for making the Worry Pet an optimal anxiety coping tool!


Beginner. Requires familiarity with stitches used (below).

Stitches/Terms (US Terms):

MR: magic ring

Sc: single crochet

Dec: decrease

Inc: increase


Super bulky yarn

6.00 mm crochet hook or size suitable for the yarn you using. (Make sure your hook is small enough so that gaps cannot be seen between your stitches.)

Pair of 10mm plastic safety eyes

Fiberfill stuffing

Poly-Pellets (for stuffing)

Dog Brush (for fuzzing the yarn!)

Yarn needle


You will get a PDF (341KB) file

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Sandy P.

Verified Buyer

4 months ago

Very easy to make

I am in love with this pattern! I have made many for my niece who works with autistic children. Just don't look for the yarn used in the pattern as it is discontinued (boo). I use any super bulky yarn I have and have also used chenille (which worked out very well).

Sandy P.

Verified Buyer

4 months ago


I have made numerous Worry Pets for my niece who works with autistic children. Haven't sent them yet.