Pearl the Pig Crochet Pattern

Happy Friday, everyone!

And happy Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival!

If you haven’t heard of the Moon Festival, it is a holiday in Southeast Asia that is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It’s basically a holiday that was to celebrate the harvest and has evolved to an important cultural holiday to celebrate family.

The entire time that I was pregnant with C, as well as for the first 16 months of his life, we lived in Hong Kong. While we were there, we got to experience two Moon Festivals and they were seriously as big and important as Christmas is in the US.

Our local park would be decorated to the nines and our friends would exchange moon cakes and red envelopes (and of course I don’t have ANY pictures of this… sigh).

People would be EVERYWHERE as they traveled to be with their families or to enjoy their holiday time off, but since it was such a festive atmosphere, it wasn’t as terrible as it sounds. (Also, people were always everywhere, seeing as how there are so many people in such a small area, but holidays were even crazier!)

I knew that I wanted to mark the Moon Festival with something special, but at first, I wasn’t sure what would really go with it. Sure, I could make a moon cake or a red envelope, but I don’t really see the boys playing with those (unless they were a real moon cake they could eat or a real envelope full of money!)

So, I went to the Chinese calendar. This year is the year of the pig. I thought to myself, “Pigs are adorable! I could totally make a fun crochet pig toy for the boys!” Therefore, I bring to you Pearl!

She’s happy to hang out with everyone, but she would much rather be sleeping in a big puddle of mud (or maybe relaxing in a bubble bath when she’s done)! And she loves her friend Daisy the Dino!

This pattern is a great, easy one skein crochet pattern, with no color changes. It’s great for beginner crocheters who are looking to try crochet amigurumi patterns and for advanced crocheters that are looking for a simpler pattern to break up a project list of more difficult choices.

If the recipient of your Pearl is older than 3, safety eyes would look great and you would only need a small amount of embroidery floss or yarn to create the nostrils on the snout. If not, embroidered eyes are the way to go! I decided to make my Pearl a sleepy pig, but a peppy wide-awake Pearl would be adorable too!

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Now onto the pattern!

Pearl the Pig Crochet Pattern

Skill Level

Easy

Yarn and Hook Size

172 yards            I Love This Yarn in Soft Pink (355 y/324.6 m per 7 oz/198.5 g skein); 100% acrylic, worsted weight (4) yarn

1 yard DMC Embroidery Floss in Black (8.7 y/8 m); 100% cotton

OR 1 yard each of I Love This Yarn in White and Black for the crocheted eyes (directions in the Crochet Eyes for Amigurumi post)

4.5 mm crochet hook

Notions

Measurements and Gauge

Finished dimensions are 9 inches tall by 7.5 inches. Gauge measures at 8 stitches and 9 rows is 2 inches.

Abbreviations

ch           chain rep         repeat
dec         decrease rd            round
inc          increase sc            single crochet
MR         magic ring

[] denote a group of stitches that repeats as many times as directed

Instructions

Head

Use A

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 5: [sc 3, inc], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 6: [sc 4, inc], rep [] five more times (36)

Rd 7: [sc 5, inc] rep [] five more times (42)

Rds 8-12: sc 42 (42)

Rd 13: [sc 5, dec], rep [] five more times (36)

Rds 14-16: sc 36

Rd 17: [sc 4, dec], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 18: sc 30 (30)

Rd 19: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 20: sc 24 (24)

Rd 21: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 22: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rd 23: dec 6 (6)

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail. Using your tapestry needle, sew through the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight.

Body

Use A

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: [inc], rep [] five more times (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rd 5: [sc 3, inc], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 6: [sc 4, inc], rep [] five more times (36)

Rd 7: [sc 5, inc], rep [] five more times (42)

Rd 8: [sc 6, inc], rep [] five more times (48)

Rd 9: [sc 7, inc], rep [] five more times (54)

Rd 10: [sc 8, inc], rep [] five more times (60)

Rds 11-16: sc 60 (60)

Rds 17-20: sc 60 (60)

Rd 21: [sc 8, dec], rep [] five more times (54)

Rd 22: [sc 7, dec], rep [] five more times (48)

Rd 23: [sc 6, dec], rep [] five more times (42)

Rd 24: [sc 5, dec], rep [] five more times (36)

Rds 25 and 26: sc 36 (36)

Rd 27: [sc 4, dec], rep [] five more times (30)

Rd 28: [sc 3, dec], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 29 and 30: sc 24 (24)

Stuff with fiber fill, adding more as necessary

Rd 31: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 32: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Fasten off and leave a 12” tail to sew head on. Add any more fiber fill necessary.

Arms

Make 2

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 4-6: sc 18 (18)

Rd 7: [sc, dec], rep [] five more times (12)

Rds 8-15: sc 12 (12)

Fasten off, leaving an 8-10 inch tail to sew onto body.

Legs

Make 2

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: [sc 2, inc], rep [] five more times (24)

Rds 5-11: sc 24 (24)

Rd 12: [sc 2, dec], rep [] five more times (18)

Rds 13-18: sc 18 (18)

Fasten off, leaving an 8-10 inch tail to sew onto body.

Snout

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rd 3: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Rd 4: sc 18 in blo (18)

Rds 5 and 6: sc 18

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail to sew onto head.

Ears

Make 2

Rd 1: Create MR, ch 1, sc 6 (6)

Rd 2: inc 6 (12)

Rds 3-5: sc 12

Rd 6: [sc, inc], rep [] five more times (18)

Fasten off, leaving a 6-8 inch tail to sew onto head.

Tail

Tip: Crocheting in the back bump of the chain makes for a more finished look and is what I recommend for this tail.

ch 8

R 1: starting in second ch from hook, sc 3, (sc 2), sc 3 (8)

Assembly

First, sew the head to the body. I went through row three on the head. Weave in the end.

Then sew the snout to the head. I placed the snout on rows 7-14. Weave in the end.

Next, sew the ears on, making sure that they are mostly symmetrical. I began on the third row from the end on the top of the head and came down 7 rows. Weave in the ends.

Next, sew the arm openings together and sew the arms onto the body. I sewed them onto the sixth row down from the top. Weave in the ends.

Next, sew the legs on. I sewed them from rows 9-16 with 6.5 stitches between at the narrowest point. Weave in ends.

Lastly, sew the tail onto the center of the back on, roughly, row 11.

If you did not use safety eyes, attach your crocheted eyes or embroider your eyes now. Embroider the nostrils on the snout. I put them between rows 2 and 3, with two stitches between the narrowest point.

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