Author:
Erin Greene

Erin Greene's love for all things crochet, bizarrely began in college with her career ending basketball injury, and her desire to remain productive and continue challenging herself. She is now the crochet artist and owner behind ekayg, in Buffalo, New York, specializing in designing unique toy patterns for babies and children, thanks to the constant inspiration from her four young children. Among the crochet patterns, and the occasional craft or recipe, she also blogs weekly, sharing her faith, in the hopes of sharing the love of Jesus with her love handmade goodness!

Pig Lovey Puppet Crochet Pattern

Maker
4/13/2020

Hello makers! I am Erin from ekayg designs. I love coming up with unique and creative toys for little ones, and finding different ways to make an otherwise common toy. This lovey pattern began as just that; a simple one-skein lovey, for someone to whip up as a quick baby gift. However, I quickly discovered that the natural holes of the blanket were perfect, for puppet arms! It is a toy that will grow with your baby! From the tiny fingers that grasp on to new and different textures, to the toddler hands that love to explore, this is a toy that can provide both comfort and creativity, and be loved for years to come.

Materials

All supplies can be found online at JOANN here.

The Hook Nook, Main Squeeze - Rose Gold - 1 skein, 3.5 oz, 175 yds

The Hook Nook, Small Stuff - Tattoo Ink - for eyes and nostrils

The Hook Nook Crochet Hook, I - 5.5mm

The Hook Nook Tapestry Needles

The Hook Nook Scissors

Terms and abbreviations to know

magic ring

rnd, rnds - round, rounds

ch, chs - chain, chains

sp, sps - space, spaces

st, sts - stitch, stitches

sl st - slip stitch

sc - single crochet

hdc - half double crochet

dc - double crochet

inc - make 2 sc together into same st (only used in reference to sc sts)

invsc2tog - invisible single crochet 2 together; this is essentially a decrease, but done in such a way as to make the continuous stitching smoother, and the decrease not as noticeable.

Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, DO NOT yarn over.

Insert hook into front loop of second stitch.

Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops.

Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Notes

This pattern is worked from the head down through the blanket in one piece, with the arms, ears, and snout sewn on separately. The head is worked up in sc, in continuous rnds, with no joining. The blanket portion is worked up in dc, with joining. Chs do not count as sts. Gauge is provided for both sections, and is only important if you wish to keep this to a one-skein project. It is designed to be both a lovey and a puppet for little ones to play and snuggle with! There is no stuffing, so they are easily washed.

Gauge

Gauge for head: 7 sts and 7 rnds = 2 inches

Gauge for blanket: 6 sts and 4 rnds = 2 inches

Finished size

Approximately 11 inches tall, corner to corner = 18 inches

Pattern

Pig, beginning with head, Rose Gold

Begin with magic ring. Work in continuous rnds, no joining.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)6x; 18 sts

Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)6x; 24 sts

Rnds 5-10: sc in each st around; 24 sts

Rnd 11: (invsc2tog, sc in next 2 sts)6x; 18 sts

Rnd 12: (invsc2tog, sc in next st)6x; 12 sts

Beginning with the blanket portion, you will now be joining rnds. Chs will not count as sts.

Rnd 13: FLO this rnd only (2 dc in next st, ch 3, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st)4x, sl st in first st to join; 20 sts, 4 ch-3 sps

Rnd 14: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next st, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in next 5 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-3 sp, dc in next 3 sts, sl st in first st to join; 36 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 15: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 3 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 9 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 5 sts, sl st in first st to join; 52 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 16: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 5 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 13 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 7 sts, sl st in first st to join; 68 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 17: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 7 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 17 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 9 sts, sl st in first st to join; 84 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 18: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 9 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 21 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 11 sts, sl st in first st to join; 100 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 19: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 11 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 25 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 13 sts, sl st in first st to join; 116 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 20: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 13 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 29 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 15 sts, sl st in first st to join; 132 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 21: ch 2, dc into same st as joining, dc in next 15 sts, [(2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 33 sts]3x, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in ch-1 sp, dc in next 17 sts, sl st in first st to join; 148 sts, 4 ch-1 sps

Rnd 22: ch 1, hdc into same st as joining, sl st in next st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st)8x, 3 hdc in ch-1 sp, [sl st in next st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st)18x, 3 hdc in ch-1 sp]3x, sl st in next st, (hdc in next st, sl st in next st)9x; 160 sts

Fasten off, and weave in ends.

Arms, Make 2

Begin with magic ring. Work in continuous rnds with no joining.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st)3x; 9 sts

Rnd 3: sl st around each st; 9 sts

Rnd 4: work this rnd behind the sl sts, into rnd 2, sc in each st around; 9 sts

Rnds 5-9: sc in each st around; 9 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew into the ch 3 sps to each side of the head, as the finger holes for the puppet.  

Ears, Make 2

Ch 6

Work rnd around the ch.

Rnd 1: sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, 5 dc in last ch, turn to work on the other side of the ch, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, sl st in next ch and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew the ears on the top sides of the head, around rnds 3-5.

Snout

Begin with magic ring. Work in continuous rnds with no joining.

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring; 8 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 16 sts

Rnd 3: loosely sl st in each st around; 16 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Using black yarn, sew the nostrils on, centered between the rnds, as pictured. Knot off behind the snout.

Sew the snout onto the face, sewing through the top of rnd 2, and leaving rnd 3 (the sl sts) untouched. Make sure the snout is centered above one of the ch 3 spaces, above a corner of the blanket. Weave in ends.

Eyes in black

The eyes are placed at about rnd 6 of the head, above the snout, with approximately 3 sts between them. They cover about 3 sts. Wrapping the yarn around itself is a great way to keep it in place. Please see watch below how to create the eyes!  

I hope you have enjoyed this lovey puppet design! Follow me on my social media accounts for more designs like this to come! If you make one, don't forget to tag @ekaygdesigns so I can see your beautiful work!

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