Monday, 30 March 2015

Pink Piglet

I decided to use a partial ball of Bernat Satin worsted weight yarn in maitai (bright pink) to crochet another critter. I thought I might make another bear, but then decided pink was more appropriate for pigs.

Since I was making a pig, I made shorter legs then, as I started working on the body, realized there might not be enough yarn. I decided to alter my pattern to make a little Pink Piglet. Even with my alterations, I was worried the yarn would run out.

I finished the body then made the head using light pink yarn from my stash. Next I made the hood, curly tail and two pig ears. By this time, I was running very low on bright pink yarn and wondering how I might be able to "fake it" to finish the arms. 

I really did not want to buy more yarn to finish this project, so I crossed my fingers and carried on. Luckily shorter piglets require shorter arms. I finished one arm, then started the other; still not sure it would work out.

Phew, I did it. Check out the teeny, tiny amount of leftover yarn. Little successes like this make me really quite happy. I would say it was a lucky day for meo my crochet
Plus, the best part of all, I love the look of this little Pink Piglet. What do you think? Isn't he cute with his big smile and curly pig tail? 
 
Pink Piglet was happy to meet shy Boo Bear. Despite their differences, I think they will make great friends. 
 
The free pattern for Pink Piglet is provided below in case you would like to make one too and the pattern for Boo Bear can be found on my Free Crochet Patterns page here. These crochet critters are fun to make. 


pink piglet PATTERN

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Materials used:

partial ball (4.2 oz) of Bernat Satin Maitai (100% acrylic worsted weight yarn in bright pink)
partial ball of 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn in light pink
Hook size = 3.5 mm
yarn needles to join pieces
Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing
Small amount of black yarn (for eyes)
Small amount of medium pink yarn (for mouth)

Stitches used:

ch - chain stitch
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
inc - sc increase (2 sc in same stitch)
sc2tog - single crochet 2 together aka dec - decrease
Magic Circle - see how here (start each piece with magic circle)

Time to Complete - 10 hours (approximately)
Finished size - 11 inches tall

Legs (x2)

Use dark maitai (bright pink) yarn. Working from the bottom up, starting with a magic circle, use stitch marker to mark end of rows (work in continuous rounds with no joining)

R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5-R6 - sc around (24)
R7 - sc2tog x4 + 16 sc (20)
R8 - sc2tog x4 + 12 sc (16)
R9-R13 - sc around (16)
R14 - (3 sc inc) x4 (20)
R15-R16 - sc around (20)
R17 - (4 sc inc) x4 (24)
R18 - sc around (24) Finish off and stuff leg.

Body

Join legs on middle 2 stitches as shown in this tutorial. The instructions are in German but the video alone is enough to understand the technique. Once the legs are joined continue crocheting around both legs to form the body.

R19 - sc around (49)
R20 - sc around (49)
R21 - (5 sc inc) x 7 + 4 sc (56)
R22 - sc around (56)
R23 - (9 sc inc) x 5 + 3 sc (61)
R24 - sc 24 + (sc inc + 2 sc) x6 + 24 sc (67)
R25 - sc around (67)
R26 - sc around (67)
R27 - sc around (67)
R28 - sc around (67)
R29 - (8 sc dec) x6 + 5 sc dec (60)
R30 - sc around (60)
R31 - sc around (60)
R32 - sc around (60)
R33 - (8 sc dec) x6 (54) 
R34 - 14 sc dec dec + 23 sc dec dec + sc to marker(50)
R35 - sc around (50)
R36 - 14 sc dec dec + 23 sc dec dec + sc to marker (46)
R37 - sc around (46)
R38 - 14 sc dec dec + 20 sc dec dec + sc to marker(42)
R39 - sc around (42)
R40 - 12 sc dec dec + 18 sc dec dec + 8 sc (38)
R41 - sc around (38)
R42 - 12 sc dec + 13 sc dec + 8 sc (36)
R43 - sc around (36)
R44 - (4 sc dec) x6 (30)
R45 - sc around (30)
R46 - sc around (30)
R47 - (3 sc dec) x6 (24)
R48 - sc around (24)
R49 - (2 sc dec) x6 (18)
R50 - sc around (18)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail to attach the head. Stuff body firmly.

Arms (x2)

Start with light pink yarn
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - sc around (18)
R5 - (4 sc dec) x3 (15)
R6 - sc around (15)
R7 - (3 sc dec) x 3 (12)
Change to dark grey yarn at end of R7
R8 - sc around (12)
R9 - (4 sc dec) x 2 (10)
R10-R27 - sc around (10)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for joining. Stuff only hands and part way up arm.

Head

Use light pink yarn.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5 - (3 sc inc) x6 (30)
R6 - (4 sc inc) x6 (36)
R7 - (5 sc inc) x6 (42)
R8 - (6 sc inc) x6 (48)
R9 - (7 sc inc) x6 (54)
R10 - (8 sc inc) x6 (60)
R11 - sc around (60)
R12 - sc around (60)
R13 - sc around (60)
R14 - sc around (60)
R15 - sc around (60)
R16 - sc around (60)
R17 - sc around (60)
R18 - sc around (60)
R19 - sc around (60)
R20 - (8 sc dec) x6 (54)
R21 - sc around (54)
R22 - (7 sc dec) x6 (48)
R23 - (6 sc dec) x6 (42)
R24 - (5 sc dec) x6 (36)
R25 - (4 sc dec) x6 (30)
R26 - (3 sc dec) x6 (24)
R27 - (2 sc dec) x6 (18)
R28 - (2 sc dec) x3 + 6 sc (15)
R29 - sc around (15)
R30 - sc around (15)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for joining. Stuff head and neck firmly to hold shape.

Hood

Use maitai (bright pink)nyarn and follow pattern for Head up to Row 24. Check to make sure hood fits head as and adjust tension based on fit. You may have to move up a hook size if the hood is too tight.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - inc x6 (12)
R3 - (sc inc) x6 (18)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x6 (24)
R5 - (3 sc inc) x6 (30)
R6 - (4 sc inc) x6 (36)
R7 - (5 sc inc) x6 (42)
R8 - (6 sc inc) x6 (48)
R9 - (7 sc inc) x6 (54)
R10 - (8 sc inc) x6 (60)
R11 - sc around (60)
R12 - sc around (60)
R13 - sc around (60)
R14 - sc around (60)
R15 - sc around (60)
R16 - sc around (60)
R17 - sc around (60)
R18 - sc around (60)
R19 - sc around (60)
R20 - sc around (60)
R21 - (8 sc dec) x6 (54)
R22 - ss loosely around (54)
Finish off and cut yarn leaving a long tail for joining. Position on head as shown in photos above. After attaching head to body, I like to wrap the tail from the hood around the neck to cover joining stitches.

Ears (x2)

Use maitai (bright pink) yarn.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - (sc inc) x3 (9)
R3 - sc around (9)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x3 (12)
R5 - sc around (12)
R6 - (3 sc inc) x3 (15)
R7 - sc around (15)
R8 - (4 sc inc) x3 (18)
R9-R11 - sc around (18)
Finish off leaving 8" tail for joining.
Fold ear in half to form a natural point curled over and attach to head (see photo above).

Tail 

Use maitai (bright pink) yarn.
Leave a long tail at beginning for joining
R1 - sc 16
R2 - (sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc2tog) x8
Finish off leaving 6" tail for joining. Tail should curl naturally. Attach to bottom (see photo above),


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2 comments:

  1. Beth, both your piglet and your comments are adorable!

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