This little piggy is very quick & easy to crochet. I wrote the pattern up as I designed it a couple of years ago; part of a selection of crochet animals for a Christmas present for my son. The pattern is worked in the round starting at the nose. The row/round number is at the start & number of stitches in each round is in (brackets) at the end. The gauge is not an issue, however to ensure you do not end up with gaps between the stitches it is best to use a crochet hook that is a half size smaller than recommended on the side of your yarn; I usually use a 3.5mm or 3mm hook for DK yarn, for example.
sc = single crochet (I use US terms so where I say sc I mean a UK double crochet)
sc2tog = crochet 2 single crochet stitches together decreasing by one stitch.
2sc = make 2 single crochet stitches in one stitch
St = stitch
Sl st = slip stitch
Ch = chain
rep = repeat
Main body; snout to tail
1. Magic ring 6 st (this is dead simple once you can do it but if not ch3, attach in a circle with a sl st & 2sc in each st to get a 6st circle)
2. Sc in each st only inserting the hook throught the loop on the wrong side of your work. (leaving the loop free on the side that will show gives a clearer line around the snout)
3. Sc in each st. & join with a sl st (6)
4. Sc in first 2 st then 2sc in each st. To end (10)
5. Sc in first 2 st then *sc 2sc sc* rep between ** to end (14)
6. Sc in first 2 st then *sc, sc, 2sc, sc* rep between ** to end (18)
7. Sc in first 2 st then *sc,sc,2sc,sc,sc* rep between ** to end (22)
8. Sc in all (22)
9. Sc 8, *ch4, in 4ch; sc in 2nd ch From hook, hdc, hdc, join to same st with a sl st* sc6, rep **, sc8 (22)
Rounds 10 to 17. Sc all (22)
18. 2sc *Sc, sc2tog, sc* rep ** to end (18)
19. *Sc, sc2tog* rep to end (12)
20. sc2tog to end (6) join with sl st & tie, leaving a long tail to close end.
Stuff the body & use a yarn needle to close the hole making sure each stitch is picked up. Pull tight and tie a knot in the end of the yarn; this is the tail.
Legs (make 4)
1. Magic ring 6 st
2. Sc in each st only inserting the hook through the loop on the wrong side . (gives a clearer line around the edge)
3. Sc in each st. (6) Sl st, bind off leaving a tail long enough to attach to body
Attach legs to body using a yarn darning needle. The front legs should be attached under the body with the front about in line with the ears. The back of the back legs should be in line with the last row before you began to reduce stitches.
NB. When attaching the legs (or other appropriate body parts for different projects!) I find I get a neater result by pushing the needle up through the stitch on the body (in the gap, never through the yarn) threading it through both loops of the stitch on the edge of the leg and then back into the same gap on the body. Does that make sense?! If you use two “holes” it just doesn’t seem so neat in my experience.
let me know if you make one, have fun!