Friday, 1 March 2013

Micro Pig

Here's the pattern for the little pig, Petrie, from my last post. He now has a larger friend called Pedro. Pedro was made using the same pattern but with thicker thread and a larger hook. I've used photos of Pedro for the assembly instructions.

Let me know if I've made any mistakes. Happy crocheting!

Micro Pig







Size
The size will depend on the hook and thread you use. My 1.5cm/0.6in pig was made with 1 strand of 6-strand embroidery floss (sewing cotton could be used) and a 0.6mm hook. My 3cm/1.2in pig was made with crochet thread, size 20, and a 1.25mm hook.

Skill Level
I'm not sure how to rate the skill level. It's a straightforward pattern but if you're attempting to make a very small pig and want to work with sewing thread and a fine hook, crocheting and joining will be difficult. Micro crochet is still new to me and I'm still learning all the tricks but really the key is patience. Take it slow and you'll get there.

Materials
Thread (Refer to information under Size for what type)
Pink
Black

Crochet Hook - 1.25mm or preferred size
Filling
Sharp needle
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

Body (in Pink)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: Working in back loops only  sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 4: sc in each st around
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (18)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 7-17: sc in each st around
Rnd 18: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Start stuffing.
Rnd 19: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 20: sc2tog around (6)
Finish stuffing firmly. Cut thread and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close up hole and weave in ends.

Ears (in Pink)
Tip: In rows 3 and 4, if you're finding it too hard to crochet 2 stitches together, skip one stitch and crochet in the next.

Note: I do not include a turning chain at the end of the rows for the ears. I find that leaving out the turning chain can give a neater edge. If you feel more comfortable adding the turning chain, then please do.

Chain 4. Leave a tail of thread at the start of the chain to use when joining ears to the body.

Leave a tail of thread at the start of the foundation chain.

Row 1: Working in back loops only  sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 2 chains, turn (3)
Row 2: Continue working in both loops of stitches for the rest of the pattern sc in each st to the end, turn (3)
Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next st, turn (2)
Row 4: sc2tog (1)
Cut thread and fasten off. Weave in end. Remember to leave the tail of thread made at the beginning of the foundation chain so that you can use it when you attach the ears. Make two.

Legs (in Pink)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2-3: sc in each st around
Cut thread and fasten off, leaving a tail of thread to use when joining legs to body. Leave unstuffed. Make four.

Tail (in Pink)
Chain 9.
Row 1: Working in back loops only  sc in 2nd chain from the hook, sc in next 7 chains (8)
Cut thread and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the tail to the body.

Assembly
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

When you're working with such small pieces, it might not possible to pin them before joining. Take your time to position each piece and make sure you leave space for the other pieces.

Join ears to the body.  The ears should sit about six rows back from the nose. Lay the ears flat against the head, the tips pointing towards the snout. Use the tails of thread on the ears to stitch the base of the ear to the head.





Join the legs to the body. Join the front legs on before the back legs. The front legs should line up with the ears.









Join the tail to the body. You might need to give the tail a bit of a twist to make it curl.






Add eyes and nostrils. Use some black thread to stitch in some eyes. For the nostrils stitch in two vertical lines on the snout.




Your little piggy is finished. Let me know how he or she turned out :)

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2013

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