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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lucky Lil' Piglet Amigurumi Pattern


Lucky Lil’ Piglet

Designed by Dusti Rose Hendricks

Sheep Of Delight Crochet

Happy New Year, everybody!  I’m praying for a year of blessing and bounty in 2015.  How about you?  Some of my favorite memories of last year are the trips I took with my cousin to all the local zoos in our area.  With all the amazing animals we saw, I have to admit that some of our favorites were the baby pigs.  (What can I say, we’re farm kids).  I decided I’d design one for my first pattern of the New Year.  Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Skill Level-Intermediate (Uses BLO sts and basic shaping)

Gauge- Not important

Finished Measurements- 3 ¾ ” tall x 5 ½ ” long

Worsted Weight Yarn Colors-

                 .5 oz Peaches & Creme Pastel Pink 01421 Cotton Yarn

                 Less than .05 oz Peaches & Creme  Black 01040 Cotton Yarn

Materials-

                 F/5 (3.75 MM) crochet hook

                 Yarn or tapestry needle

                 Scissors

                 Stitchmarkers

                 Polyester Fiberfill

Special stitches-

                 Back Loop Only: Insert the hook through the back loop of the stitch only (the loop         closest to the inside of the round).  Then complete the stitch as usual.

Abbreviations-

                 Rnd…Round                                  Sc…..Single Crochet 

                 Ch….Chain                                     St(s)..Stitch(es)

                 Inc….Increase                                Dec…Decrease

                 Rep…Repeat                                 Sl St..Slip Stitch


Ears

Use Pastel Pink yarn. Make 2.

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: (Hdc, Dc) in the first st.  (Dc, Hdc) in the second st.  Inc 4 to complete the rnd. (12 sts)

Finish off with a slip stitch.


Legs

Use Pastel Pink yarn. Make 4.

Rnd 1: Sc 5 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 5 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 5 (10 sts)

Rnd 3: BLO Sc 10 (10 sts)

Rnd 4: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 2 times to complete the round. (8 sts)

Rnds 5-6: Sc 8 (8 sts)

Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc] rep 4 times around. (12 sts)

Finish off with a slip stitch, leaving the top of the leg open to attach to the body.

Tail

Use Pastel Pink yarn.

Row 1: Ch 21.

Row 2: Starting in the 2nd ch from your hook, sl st in the first 15 ch-sts.  Twist the completed stitches into a loop to form the curl in the pig’s tail.  Sl st through the two layers of the twisted curl and the next unworked ch-st to fix the curl in the tail.  Then sl st in the rest of the unworked ch-sts to finish.  (If you find it easier, you can also just sl st  in every ch-st and then sew the tail into a curled position).

Finish off with a slip stitch.

Body

Use Pastel Pink yarn. Starting at the nose:

Rnd 1: Sc 6 in magic ring OR Ch 2, Sc 6 in 2nd ch from hook

Rnd 2: Inc 6 times around (12 sts)

Rnd 3: [Inc in the first 3 sts, Sc in the next 3] rep 2 times to finish the round. (18 sts)

Rnd 4: Working in the BLO, Dec 3.  Working in both loops, Inc 3.  BLO Dec 3, Sc 3. (15 sts)

Rnd 5: In both loops, Sc 3.  BLO Dec 3. Working in both loops, Sc 3, Inc 3. (15 sts)

Rnd 6: Sc 3, Inc 3, Sc 9.  (18 sts)

Rnd 7: [Inc, Sc 2] rep 6 times around (24 sts)

Rnd 8: [Inc, Sc 3] rep 6 times (30 sts)

Rnds 9-11: Sc 30 (30 sts)

Rnd 12: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times (36 sts)

Rnd 13: [Dec, Sc 5] rep 6 times (30 sts)

Rnd 14: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 5 times, Sc 5 (25 sts)

Rnd 15: Sc 5, [Dec, Sc] rep 5 times Sc 5 (20 sts)

Rnd 16: Inc 5, Dec 5, Inc 5 (25 sts)

Rnd 17: Sc 10, Inc 5, Sc 10 (30 sts)

Stuff the head before continuing.

Rnds 18-20: Sc 30 (30 sts)

Rnd 21: [Inc, Sc 4] rep 6 times around (36 sts)

Rnd 22: [Dec, Sc 4] rep 6 times (30 sts)

Rnd 23: [Dec, Sc 3] rep 6 times (24 sts)

Rnd 24: [Dec, Sc 2] rep 6 times (18 sts)

Stuff firmly.

Rnd 25: [Dec, Sc] rep 6 times (12 sts)

Rnd 26: Dec 6 times.

Finish off with a slip stitch and weave in ends.




Finishing-

Remember when assembling your piglet that the part of the neck that is most severely narrowed is the back of the neck/ top of the pig.  Also, the top of the snout is the last portion you decreased BLO in Rnd 5.  Thread a needle with black yarn and knot it.  Draw the knot into the body of the pig and draw it out where you want the first eye.  Make a small stitch; draw the yarn through the head and back out at the desired position of the second eye.  Make another small stitch and draw through the head and back out the first eye position to slightly narrow the face.  Make French knot eyes in both positions and then stitch on the piglet’s mouth.

Using Pastel Pink yarn, position and sew the ears toward the rear of the head, the tail to the back of the piglet, and the legs underneath, taking special care with the positioning of the legs so that the weight of its head doesn’t make it pitch forward on its nose.  Then you’re finished!  Have fun with your Lucky Lil’ Piglet and enjoy your new year!



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