Crocheted dolls: Pig and piglet

This pair of crocheted dolls will make fabulous playmates for the kids in your life, big and small.

By Claire Garland

Crocheting your pig's head
Finished size
Pig: 16-1/2 x 8-3/4 ins (42 x 22 cm)
Piglet: 6 x 3 ins (15 x 8 cm)

Materials
Karabella Aurora Bulky: One ball of Shell Pink 9 (MC)
• Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran: Small amount of Pink 04-04 (A)
GGH Velour: Small amount of Chocolate 05 (B)
• Rooster Almerino DK: One ball of Strawberry Cream 203 (C); small amount of Caviar 206 (D)
• Grey, blue and cream yarn for eyes
• Dark brown yarn for mouth
• Hook sizes: L-11 (8mm), K-10-1/2 (6.5mm) and G-6 (4mm)
• Polyester toy fibrefill or batting
• Yarn needle

Gauge
7 sts and 6 rows measured over 2 ins (5cm) working single crochet in MC and using K-10-1/2 (6.5mm) hook.

Take a look at a larger image of the finished pig and piglets


Note: Before beg the second rnd in each section, place a marker or short length of contrasting yarn across your crochet and up against the loop on the hook and above the working yarn. Work Rnd 2 then slip the marker out and place it at the beg of the next rnd and so on. The marker will indicate where each subsequent rnd starts.

Pig
Head & body

Foundation row: Using yarn MC and L-11 (8mm) hook, beg at the snout, make 2ch.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2sc in each of next 6sc (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, rep from * around (18 sc).
Rnd 4: 1sc in each of next 18 sc.
Change to K-10-1/2 (6.5mm) hook, rep last rnd 4 times more.

Shape top of head
Rnd 9: 2sc in each of next 9sc, 1sc in each of next 9sc (27 sc).
Rnd 10: [1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc] 9 times, 1sc in each of next 9sc (36 sc).
Rnd 11: 1sc in each of next 36sc.

Shape chin
Rnd 12: 1sc in each of next 27sc, [2sc in next sc, 1sc in next sc] 4 times, 1sc in last sc (40 sc).
Rnd 13: 1sc in each of next 40sc.
Rep last rnd 3 times more.

Shape head
Rnd 17: [1sc in each of next 4sc, skip next sc, 1sc in each of next 3sc, skip next sc] 4 times, 1sc in each of next 3sc, skip next sc (31 sc).
Rnd 18: [1sc in each of next 6sc, skip next sc] 3 times, 1sc in each of next 10sc (28 sc).
Rnd 19: 1sc in each of next 28sc.
Rep last rnd twice more.
Rnd 22: [1sc in each of next 2sc, skip next sc] 6 times, 1sc in each of next 10sc (22 sc).
Rnd 23: 1sc in each of next 4sc, 2sc in each of next 14sc, 1sc in each of next 4sc (36 sc).
Rnd 24: 1sc in each of next 36sc.
Rep last rnd until the head and body measure 13 ins (33cm) from snout to back end.
Stuff the snout, head and body.
Next rnd: *1sc in each of next 2sc, skip next sc, rep from * around until the gap closes.
Make 15ch for the tail, twist it to curl it a little, fasten off.

Large spot
Foundation row: Using yarn D and G-6 (4mm) hook, make 2ch.
Rnd 1: 6sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2sc in each of next 6sc (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *1sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, rep from * around (18 sc).**
Rnd 4: *1sc in each of next 2sc, 2sc in next sc, rep from * around (24 sc).
Rnd 5: *1sc in each of next 3sc, 2sc in next sc, rep from * around (30 sc).
Rnd 6: *1sc in each of next 4sc, 2sc in next sc, rep from * around, ending with sl st in top of next sc (36 sc).
Fasten off.

Small spot
Work as for large spot up to **, ending with sl st in top of next sc.
Fasten off.


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