Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pre-MCAL Fun!





This is NOT the Piggy MCAL, just something fun to crochet while we wait.
The yarn used in this Pre-MCAL is NOT included in the Piggy MCAL yardage.
This Pre-MCAL has no reflection of the Piggy MCAL, they are completely 2 separate patterns.
You ARE crocheting a little piggy.
Some pieces in this pattern can be “fiddly” because of the small rounds.


You will need…
  • Yarn Color A (the main color of your piggy)
  • Brown, Black, or another color yarn to embroider nostrils
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Stitch Markers
  • 10mm Safety Eyes (or desired)
  • 3.25mm crochet hook (or desired hook for amigurumi)
  • Yarn Needle
  • Sewing pins (optional for holding pieces in place before sewing)


Stitches and Abbreviations used…
  • Ch - chain
  • Sl st - slip stitch
  • Sc - single crochet
  • Hdc - half double crochet
  • St - stitch
  • Sts - stitches
  • Rpt - repeat
  • Inc - increase, 2 sc in the same space
  • Dec - decrease or sc2tog (single crochet 2 together)


Note : All pieces are made in a continuous spiral unless otherwise stated. Most pieces begin with a magic ring, but you can also use a ch 2 to start.


All pieces are made in Yarn Color A


Assembling instructions are at the end of the pattern.

Head and Body (made in one piece)
  • Starting at the head
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next st, inc / rpt around (18 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnds 5-6 ~ sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (30 sc)
Rnds 8-9 ~ sc around (30 sc)
Rnd 10 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt around (24 sc)
Rnd 11 ~ sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 12 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (18 sc)
  • Insert Safety eyes between Rnds 7 & 8, about 5 sts apart
  • Start stuffing head
Rnd 13 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (12 sc)
Rnd 14 ~ sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 15 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc / rpt around (15 sc)
Rnd 16 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt around (20 sc)
Rnds 17-21 ~ sc around (20 sc)
Rnd 22 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt around (15 sc)
  • Add more stuffing to head if needed, stuff body.
Rnd 23 ~ sc in the next st, dec / rpt around (10 sc)
Rnd 24 ~ dec around (5 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.
  • Using your yarn needle, sew the remaining hole closed.


Arms (make 2)
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 6 sc into the magic ring (6 sc)
Rnds 2-5 ~ sc around (6 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (3 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


Legs (make 2)
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 5 sc into the
magic ring (5 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ inc around (10 sc)
Rnds 3-4 ~ sc around (10 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, dec / rpt (8 sc)
  • Add a small pinch of stuffing, you can use your crochet hook
or pen to help push in the stuffing.
Rnd 6 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, dec / rpt (6 sc)
Rnd 7 ~ sc around (6 sc)
Rnd 8 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (3 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


Ears (make 2)
  • Do not stuff
Rnd 1 ~ Using a magic ring, place 4 sc into the magic ring (4 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ sc in the next 3 sts, inc (5 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ sc in the next 4 sts, inc (6 sc)
Rnd 4 ~ sc in the next 2 sts, inc / rpt (8 sc)
Rnd 5 ~ sc around (8 sc)
Rnd 6 ~ ch 1, fold in half, crocheting through both sides at the same time, sc across (4 sc)
  • Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.


Tail
Chain 5, in the 2nd ch from the hook increase with 3sc, in the next 2 ch spaces increase with 3 sc, hdc in the last ch (10 sts)


Snout
Rnd 1 ~ Chain 4, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next st, increase with 3 sc in the last ch. Now working on the other side of the foundation chain, sc, inc in the last st. (8 sc)
Rnd 2 ~ in the back loops only - sc in the next 3 sts, inc/ rpt (10 sc)
Rnd 3 ~ back to both loops - sc in the next 4 sts, inc / rpt (12 sc)
  • Sl st in the next st.
  • Fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing.


Assembling Mini Piggy


Step 1 ~ With your yarn needle, sew the remaining hole of the body closed.

Step 2 ~ Sew the arms to the side of the body, in a slanted position.


Step 3 ~ Sew the legs to the bottom of the body, pointing away from the face.


Step 4 ~ Sew the snout onto the head, right below the eyes, centered.






Step 5 ~ Sew the ears onto each side of the head. After sewing on the ears, fold the tips of the ears inward.
    


Step 6 ~ Sew the tail on the back/bottom of the body.


Step 7 ~ Embroider nostrils onto your piggy’s nose. With this piggy being so little, I found it very hard to get both nostrils to be exactly equal. I do think this adds even more character!




Share your Mini Piggy in the “Pre-MCAL Fun” thread on Ravelry.


Come get your first clue of the Piggy MCAL on May 7th, 2017.

Feel free to contact me throughout the mystery, if you have any questions, through email, Ravelry, or Facebook page. I will have a thread in my Ravelry Group - Melissa's Crochet Patterns for discussion with others about the mystery.
Ravelry - MelissaTrenado
Instagram - melissascrochetpatterns use hashtag #piggymcal

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