I posted it to my Facebook and immediately I got a request from my sister-in-law asking me for a piggy bookmark. I said yes really quickly, but then when I went looking I couldn’t find a pig! So, I made up my own pattern and I’m really happy with it. The pattern looks like it may have pieces, but it’s actually worked with very minimal sewing (only for the black details in the eyes, nose and toes.)
I worked it in thread so it would lay flat for a bookmark, but I’m sure you could make this as an applique with any yarn and coordinated hook size.
As a side story, this little old children’s french book was one that my french canadian grandmaman used to have me read to her when I was little. It’s very delicate, but so nice to pull out and reminisce I always loved this book and learning about all of the animals on a farm. It’s titled “Qu’il Fait Bon Chez Nous” by W. J. Gage limited .
This Little Piggy Bookmark / Applique Pattern
Sizing: Finished size of pig body is 3” long x 2.75” tall – plus the length of about a 6” tail.
Stitches used in this pattern:
(If you need help with these Links provided for my YouTube Channel)
Magic Cirlce: Learn it on my YouTube
St / Sts: Stitch/Stitches
Sl St: Slip stitch
Sc: Single crochet
HDc: Half Double crochet
Hdc2tog: Half double 2 together
Dc: Double crochet
FpDc: Front Post Double crochet
Special Stitches/Instructions: Chain stitches at beginning of rounds do not count as stitches. Place your first stitch in the same as the chains, UNLESS otherwise noted in the feet round. The feet, head, ears, and tail of this pig are all made without cutting the thread or sewing on parts. The slip stitches around the Main Body to get to each of these appendages adds a finished look to the design. Do NOT finish off until the end of the tail where we will then add the black trim of the feet, eyes, and snout.
Magic ring or chain 2 & slst into 1st chain to form a loop.
R1: Ch 2, 10 hdc into the loop, sl st to join. (10 sts)
R2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in each stitch around, sl st to join. (20 sts)
R3: Ch 1, [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next st] *repeat around, sl st to join. (30 sts)
R4: Ch 1, [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 2 sts] *repeat around, sl st to join. (40 sts)
R5: Ch 1, [2 hdc in next st, 1 hdc in next 3 sts] *repeat around, sl st to join. (50 sts)
~Body of pig done. Do not finish off~
In Round 6 we will be going around the circle with slip stitches adding the 3 feet, the complete head, and then continue around to complete the tail.
The Ch 2’s in the feet count as dc’s.
R6: Ch 2 (counts as dc), 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, ch 2 (counts as dc) & sl st in same place as last dc. (5 dc)
~First foot done~
sl st across next 5 sts, Ch2, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, ch 2 & sl st in same place as last dc,
~Second foot done~
sl st across next 2 sts, Ch 2, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, ch 2 & sl st in same place as last dc,
~Third foot done~
sl st across next 8 sts, then without tying off continue the next rounds to form the head.
Rnd 1 of Head: Ch 2, 5 dc in same stitch, 5 fpdc in the next st to form a circle for the head. (because of the previous 5 dc this should be an obvious thread (post) that is sticking out to the right of them) Slst to 1st dc to form a ring. (10 sts)
**You should now have a base ring which we will work around for the head.**
Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each st around, sl st to 1st hdc. (20 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, [2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in next]* repeat around, sl st to join. (30 sts)
Rnd 4: Count 5 stitches on the Main Body round and slip stitch the head to that stitch.
Then hold working yarn behind the Main Body and continue slip stitching the next 11 stitches of the head’s Rnd 3 TO the Main Body. You should end up on the other side where the head meets the pig’s body.
Continue with Rnd 4 of the head: Slip stitch the next 24 stitches around to reach the spot where we will add the ears.
Ch 1, 1 hdc in next 2 sts, ch 1, turn your work, hdc2tog, ch 1, turn, 3 sl st down the ear, sl to hdc stitch at the bottom of the ear.
~1st ear done~
Sl st in next 2 stitches, Ch 1, hdc in next 2 sts, ch 1, turn, hdc2tog, ch1, turn, 3 sl st down the ear, sl to hdc at the bottom of the ear.
~2nd ear done~
1 sl st to complete R4 of the head.
Continue R6 of the Main Body
Sl st 18 stitches to get to the spot where we will add the tail.
ch 42 for the tail. (You can do more or less depending on how long you want it)
3 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 3 sc in next 8 sts (this will make the curl), sc the rest of the way down the tail, sl st to Main Body, sl st the last 6 stitches of the Main Body until you get to the 1st foot.
Black Toes on feet – Hold pig wrong side towards you.
With Black thread join with sc into right of foot, 3 sc to end of foot. (4 sc).
Repeat for the other 2 feet.
For finishing off the black thread I ran the beginning tail through the stitches to the end tail. Then, tied them together and weaved back the other direction. The knot doesn’t take away from the design and this way the black isn’t showing.
Weave in your tails and you are done.
If you make this little piggy I’d love to see it! Come on over to my Facebook Page and show me!
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I am only human after all, so if you find a mistake in the pattern please let me know so I can amend it. My email is crochetshay at gmail dot com. This is an original Shannon Hendon pattern: Owner / Designer of Crochet Shay. This pattern is copyright protected and may not be redistributed for free, sale or trade. Finished products may be sold as long as a link back to my website and/or etsy shop for this design is provided.