Monday, June 30, 2014

Crochet Along Pig

Pigs are about 10.5 inches tall (pattern has been also translated into Spanish here)

Click "read more" then scroll down this page for the free pattern and video link. Click here to see a photo gallery of the pigs in their crochet clothes which is also a free patten

Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

Read me ~> Work in continuous rounds, do not join. How to read the rows: Each row has a sequence as given below. Example: 1sc then 2sc in next st means repeat that sequence 1sc then 2sc in next st followed by 1sc then 2sc in next st over and over to the end of that particular row. The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row.
Read me ~>  It's a good idea to add in a marker at the end of row 2 and move that marker at the end of every row.

Red Heart Comfort
Color Code: 3133
4.5mm hook *use a smaller hook if you  see gaps in your stitches
blunt end yarn needle for sewing

100% polyester stuffing
paint, buttons, or yarn for eyes or safety eyes ( I used a 10mm safety eye)

This pattern uses the following stitches:

st = stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
2tog = crochet 2 stitches together
BLO = back loop only
f/o = finish off

Click here for Full Video Tutorial ~ Video was filmed in the following order:
  1. Introduction
  2. How to make the head and body ~ includes when and how to stuff
  3. How to make the muzzle, mouth and ears (in that order ~ starts at 32:15)
  4. How to make the arms, legs and tail (in that order ~ starts at 44:37)
  5. How to make the indents for the eyes. (starts at1:01:10)
  6. How to glue in safety eyes and also how to add in buttons for eyes
How to sew it all together in the following order:
  1. arms, legs then tail (in that order ~ starts at 1:10:04)
  2. sew in muzzle and the mouth piece (in that order ~ starts at 1:18:43)
  3. sew in the ears
 Starting at the top of the head working down to bottom of body:
1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)

6) 1sc then 2sc in next st (45)
7-15) 1sc in each st for 9 rows
16) 2sc in next 6st, 1sc in next 6st, 2sc in next 6st, 1sc in next 27st (57)
17-18) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
19) (1sc in next 30st) then for the remaining st to the marker, 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (54)
20) 1sc in next 7st then 2tog (48)
21) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (40)
22) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (32)
23) 1sc in each st for 1 row
24) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (24)
25) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18)
26) 1sc in each st for 1 row
27) 2sc in each st (36) *stuff the head, make sure to fill out those cheeks! You can add more stuffing as needed over the next few rows
28-30) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
31) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
32-34) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
35) 1sc in next 5st then 2tog (36)
36) 1sc in each st for 1 row

37) 1sc in next 4st then 2tog (30)
38) 1sc in next 3st then 2tog (24)
39) 1sc in next 2st then 2tog (18) * begin to stuff the body
40) 1sc then 2tog (12) * stuff more as needed
41) 1sc then 2tog (8) * stuff more as needed
42) 2tog twice and f/o. Weave yarn tail in and out the remaining stitching and pull tight to close the gap. Knot off and hide yarn tail in body. 


1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 3sc in first st, 1sc in next 2st, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 2st (10)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (15)
4) 1sc in next 2st, 2sc in next st, 3sc in next st, 1sc in next 5st, 3sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 1sc in next 4st (21)
5) 1sc in each of the BLO for 1 row
6-7) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Add in the nostrils before sewing muzzle to head. Sew most of the muzzle in place then stuff before sewing on completely.


magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6) *begin with a long starting tail that you can sew into the head
2) ch1 and turn, 1sc then 2sc in the next st (9)
f/o leaving a long tail for sewing
Glue in a piece of red felt for the tongue after the mouth has been sewn in place

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 1sc then 2sc in next st (9)
3) 1sc in each st 
1sc in the next 2st then 2sc in next st (12)
5) 1sc in each st
1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (15)
7) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (18)
8-9) 1sc in each st for 2 rows
sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing.

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc in the next 3st then 2sc in the next st (15)
4-6) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
7) 2tog 3 times then 1sc in the next 9st (12)
8) 2tog twice then 1sc in the next 8st (10)
9-16) 1sc in each st for 8 rows
17) 1hdc in next 5st then sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff hand, lightly stuff arm.

1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
2) 2sc in each (12)
3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
5-7) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
8) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 6 times) 1sc in next 6st (18)
9) (2tog then 1sc in next st, repeat 4 times) 1sc in next 6st (14)
10) 1sc in the next 5st then 2tog (12)
11-22) 1sc in each st for 12 rows
sl st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff & shape foot and stuff leg.

1) ch16 *begin with a long starting tail that you can sew into the body when done
2) 1sc then 2tog
f/o leaving a tail for sewing.
The tail should naturally curl but if not then hold one end of the tail and twist the other end.

If you assemble the doll in the order I give you then you will not have to worry so much about centering the different parts as much. The time in which the pieces are sewn in are listed in the video order just above the pattern (scroll up)

1) add in the indents for the eyes in between the 12th and 13th row with about 6 or 7 st between them. View video on how I did this. Time noted in the video order above.
2) glue in the safety eyes or add in buttons
3) Sew the arms on * sew 1 row down from the neck. Sew the top of the hdc to the body

4) sew on the legs. Turn the doll upside down and pin the legs in place then whip stitch the top edge of the legs to the body. View the video on how to do this.
5) sew on the tail
6) sew on the muzzle * place top of muzzle just above the 16th row, use lots of pins so it doesn't move around when you sew it in place
5) sew in the mouth
6) sew on the ears
7) click here for the dress and vest pattern
8) enjoy your pig!

Click here to see a photo gallery of the pigs in their crochet clothes.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Post pictures of your finished pig facebook page

  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and help keep the patterns free. If you do give a donation, please accept this note as my sincere thanks and know that you have helped a great deal.

Copyright 2015 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go, All rights reserved

My hope is that you have enjoyed this pattern. You may sell finished products. Do not reprint this pattern. If you'd like to share this pattern please link back to it.  



  1. Will the safety eyes stay in place when glued if you don't.t but the backing that comes with the safety eyes on or do I have to put the safety eyes on in the beginning. Thanks

    1. I glue all my eyes in after the doll has been stuffed and closed and I do not use the backs. They stay in place. I use fabric tac and I show how to glue them in the video. Time note in the video order list at the top of this pattern

    2. I am glad that is cleared up. I watched your video and it is fantastic. I can't wait to make these pigs. They are so cute. Thanks

    3. gracias por compartir este hermoso patro te felicito y DIOS BEDIGA TUS MANO ...amiga

  2. If you put the legs on like the video, how can I get them to sit down? The video shows them standing up. I want them to sit down like the picture on the instructions show. Would I have to place the legs in front of the body?

    1. in this photo they are just bent over. Don't put as much stuffing near the top of the leg. But you can also sc through both sides of the leg at the top right across, ch1 and turn then sc across one more time then sew the flap to the body. I show how to do this in my little sock monkey that sits in his wheelchair.
      scroll up a ways, look to the right for the label list and click on "Hospital Amigurumi"
      three patterns will pop up, scroll down to the sock monkey, there's 5 monkeys in the photo. Look in that pattern for the leg part and I explain it there. You can also look in that pattern for the video link, click on that and then once you are viewing the video, fast forward to 44:42 and there I show how to make the legs to sit down.

      Hope that helps :)

  3. Thankyou for your wonderful easy to follow pattern. I have just completed the pig and she is gorgeous. Now l will try the elephant for my grandson. Thankyou so much. Sue

  4. Hello Sharon, love your patterns. They are all so adorable. My kids all picked one they want me to make. Already made the big foot pig and dress. Thank you for this wonderful website!

  5. Finished my pig! He came out SO cute! Thank you for the pattern and the very helpful video tutorial :-)

    Turquoise - the name of my piggy - will be our Piggin & Peddlin' mascot at a fundraising craft fair. :-) I can't keep from smiling! :-)

  6. Hi, your pattern,my little Piggie turned out awesome,thank you so much for sharing........

  7. I crocheted this one and it came out awesome. Thank you for the wonderful pattern! I think the girl it is intended for will love it!

  8. I noticed it doesn't say to repeat the sequence or the total # of stitches on row 2 for the mouth & tail, but the video indicates that it does repeat for the whole row. That was kinda confusing.
    I love this pattern - such an adorable little pig! My kids love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I'm glad you found the video helped you through.. my hope is always that the user finds the pattern clear. In the "Read Me" sections above the pattern I explain how to read the rows... and all repeats unless I indicate otherwise. I include photos and a video so if the written instruction isn't clear hopefully the photos or video are.
      Glad your children love the pig :)

  9. just wanted to thank you for all these cute patterns,I luv crocheting these for my grand children,and they luv them,and i'm always ready to make new stuff

  10. Sharon, i love this piggy! Want to make it for my daughter. Hope i will succeed! But i have one question. Do i have to use acrylic yarn? Or can i also use cotton as well. I find it easier to use cotton. Hope I spelled the words right. My English isn't that well.

    1. You can use cotton. I find the acrylic easier to work with, lol funny how we all differ but cotton will work for sure :))

    2. Thank you for responding so quickly! I really love what you do! I have seen your dollhouses too. So beautifull!!! Amazing! Keep making beautiful patterns and houses! You have a gift! Love it!

    3. thank you so much! I really appreciate that :)

  11. Just about finished my PIGGY. I can't thank you enough for all of your well written patterns. I hope you can visualize all of the smiley faces on Christmas morning. I will be giving them to the Salvation Army who in turn will be giving them out to children. I know I have a smiley face just making them. Just imagine all of the hugs you will be getting from the children along with one from me for giving me many happy hours of crocheting. Merry Christmas to you and all of your merry band of crocheters.

  12. Any tips on what to do if you lose your marker? How can you tell when your row ends? Thanks.

  13. Any tips when you lose your marker? How can you tell when your row ends? Thanks.

    1. yes. If you were just doing a row of sc then do your best guess as to how many sc you put into the row and finish the row off, or if the last row you did ended with a 2tog then back it up to that 2tog and start that row over again.. If you were doing a sequence, like say 1sc in the next 2st then 2tog then back it up to your last 2tog and count how many stitches you have and then continue on the sequence until you have the right number of stitches for that row. The same works if you were doing an increase and were putting 2sc into one stitch, if so then back it up very slowly and watch carefully until you see the one stitch that has 2sc in it. Hope that helps!

  14. definitely the cutest toy I've put together so far! thanks for the easy instructions and for sharing the pattern with us :)

  15. Hi : I think in the mouth it must say: Not join the ring. And: (1sc then 2sc in the next st) three times. To get the 9 stitches.
    Sorry for my bad English. Thanks. Hugs.

    1. in the "read me" sections I explain that no part of the pattern joins.. never join, always work in continuous rounds.
      Also in the "read me" section I explain how to read the rows. Every row repeats, so 1sc then 2sc in the next st means repeat 1sc then 2sc in the next st until the row ends and you should have 9st. If there is confusion just view the video. I do all of it in the video :)

    2. Hi. First of all you add the (9) now. And in the mouth, ok not join but not continuous round, because you say "turn". Am I wrong?
      And it's true all is in the video, but I think that both must to say the same.
      I made wrong the mouth until I saw the video. In Spanish translation there is not any 9 too.
      Congratulations and thanks for your tutorial.

    3. the video says the same as the English written pattern... I'm not sure how what is confusing you. The Spanish translation is not done by me, I do not speak Spanish.. if the translation is wrong I will tell the translator that it is wrong. Sorry you had troubles with the mouth

  16. Hi. when making the head on row 19 it says something about crocheting to the marker, but I cant see where it says to add the marker. Can you help? Thank you

    1. You should have been using a marker between rows 1 and 19.. just pull a piece of yarn through the last stitch you put in and move the marker at the end of every row.
      In the "read me" sections at the top of the pattern I do explain that and I also explain it in the video at the very start if that is confusing. Thanks for asking

  17. Thank you for the free pattern. I have a friend who is crazy about pigs. Looking forward to making this for her for her birthday.

  18. Hello, I want to ask you for permission to translate your pattern to Czech language (only text including your rules and link to this page) and publish it on closed FB group about crocheting (or here, or somewhere else, if you want). Thank you in advance for your reply. Michal.

    1. Hi Michal,

      Yes you can do that and if I could have a copy of the translation that would be wonderful too.

      Thanks for asking,

      Sharon Ojala

  19. Can anyone tell me how to print a pattern without also printing all the comments along with it? This uses up so much extra paper and ink. Sharon, your patterns are all beautiful. I can hardly wait to crochet the pigs,etc..!

    1. If you are using the print friendly button to print of the pattern then there shouldn't be any comments included. I have never had comments printed off with the pattern. The green print friendly is at the bottom of every pattern.
      Take the time to review the options you have once you click on that :)

      Thank you very much, I'm so glad you like the patterns and will enjoy them. Happy crocheting!

  20. Hi! :) May I ask if there is any way to make the pig's arms and legs shorter? I think that it might look fatter with their short arms and legs... :) But i'm afraid that the pig does not look good if I shorten them. so i really hope i could get your opinion. This is my first crochet after getting inspired by you and your tutorial videos! You're awesome. Thank you so much for the patterns! Love it :D

    1. yes, you can leave out some of the rows in the arms between 9-16 and some rows between 11-22 of the legs. I can't tell you how many rows, you have to decide what looks good to you for the length.
      I hope that helps and thank you very much for the kind compliments :)

    2. Thanks for your fast reply :)) Okay. Hope it turns out good... Once again, thank you very much! Have a nice day. :D

  21. Cho em hỏi móc 1 con thú mà muốn làm con lớn hoặc nhỏ thì em phải móc như thế nào để có thể tăng kích thước

  22. Hello, Sharon!
    Thanks a lot for this pattern. I've just finished a pig for my doughter. She is only 6m old, so I decided to embroider the eyes with some black yarn.
    I used 100% cotton yarn and it's thin, that's why my pig is less then 8 inches tall.
    Don't know how to post a pic. That's a link to it in my instagram

  23. Thank You so much, i ll try it.

  24. Hello Sharon Ojala....I have news! This was my first year to enter into our local County Fair. I used this pattern and the Little Big Foot Turtle pattern. I used a light weight sport yarn for the pig and she can out gorgeous! The turtle was done in light weight fingering yarn and I came out with the most wonderful teeny tiny turtle. The group of Amigurumi's were well received and hadn't been seen out here before...I won first place blue ribbon and Reserve Grand Champion. Just hope you do a happy dance, as I sure did. (no money involved just loved them ribbons). I'd love to send you pictures but don't know how.

    1. awww, I'm so so happy for you! That is wonderful news for sure!
      It made me smile BIG :)

      It's so great to have ribbons to remember the moment (money would have been nice too though, you could have bought more yarn! lol) Be proud! You did a great job. I love tiny amigurumi too!

      If you have facebook, you can post on Amigurumi Freely or send a pic to my email

      Thanks for the awesome message!

      I'm looking forward to your photo.

  25. Sharon, I can't thank you enough for these amazing and easy to follow patterns. My kids (4&3) keep picking one after another for me to I'll have the whole collection before They are amazing and very easy,and I love how you also have videos to explain things as well. Thank you☺️

  26. The pig dolls are really cute. Would you have a pattern for them but for knitters

    1. I don't know how to knit, sorry, I wouldn't know how to write a knit pattern

  27. Hi! Love your patterns so much! Was wondering how much yarn this pattern uses? Thanks so much!!

    (sorry if this gets posted twice)

    1. I explain more about the amount of yarn I use on my FAQ page right here see question #3

  28. I'm having issues getting your video to load on my kindle. Quick question. Do you crochet in the front, back or both loops?

    1. I will always say in the row itself if we are to work in a certain loop such as a back loop or a front loop. Always work in both loops unless it tells you differently.

  29. Üdvözlet
    Nagyon tetszenek a munkái.Mivel tömi ki őket? Mintákat lehet kérni? Üdvözlet Mariann

  30. I crocheted this pig for a friends little girl with the dresses to go with it. It turned out wonderfully and the little girl was so happy with it. Thank you for your pattern and the video! The video was so helpful when I wasn't sure what I was doing considering this was my first project like this. Thanks again! Can't wait to do the little Owl! I'm doing my soon to be born baby girls room is Owls!

  31. Thank you for the fab pattern, I've just finished the head and body and it's already looking great :-)

    Quick question, when flying the eyes what glue do you use? I'm I. The U.K., at home I have a hot glue gun and I've also got super glue. Would either of these be sufficient?

    1. I've used hot glue before, the only thing about that is you have to be so careful, once hot glue touches yarn you can not get it off.
      I've also used fabric glue, it takes a long time to dry but once dry it's super strong.
      I've also used regular tacky glue which dries faster than fabric glue and is also strong.
      All of those things worked great for me!
      Hope that helps

    2. If you use hot glue and it makes a mess, get yourself some rubbing alcohol. Dampen a rag or cotton ball with the alcohol and dab it right onto the cooled, dry hot glue. The glue will lift right off! Easy peasy! :)

    3. If you use hot glue and it gets messy, grab yourself a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Dampen a rag with the alcohol and dab it onto the cooled dry hot glue and POOF! It comes right off! Easy Peasy! :)

  32. Great, thanks Sharon. I've ordered some tacky glue :-)

  33. I can't thank you enough! 💟💟💟💟💟

  34. I loved making this pig I put the safety eyes in before stuffing it and used yarn instead of felt It came out pretty good Ready to make another one I wanted to show it but nothing works to do that

  35. Hier ben ik heel gelukkig met dit patroontje van snoezige varkentje . Met vriendelijke groet E.J.M.van Oijen de Bruin.

  36. Hello i make it butt , watt is BLO in Muzzle row 5 . I am from Belgium .
    Thank you verry much

  37. pattern is so easy to follow-Thanks so much for sharing it.I have a friend who is feeling down right now-I know this cutie will cheer her up-She loves pigs.

  38. is it possible to just crochet the head of the pig?

  39. bonsoir, merci pour ce tuto ces cochons sont vraiment adorable, je voudrais vous demander si vous accepteriez de me donner l'autorisation de traduire votre tuto afin de le partager sur un groupe facebook "les tuto de castle crochet" sous forme de cal un lien vers votre site serait bien entendu mis sur chacune des pages, et la traduction vous sera aussi envoyer et su-i vous le souhaitez je peut vous ajouter au groupe afin que vous puissiez le voir realise en esperant de tout coeur une reponse positive de votre part, je vous remercie d'avance.

  40. I guess my piggy is too fat because I tried the vest on it after row 15 and it was way too small. I restarted with a chain of 37 and think I need a little help with the rest of the pattern. I have completed the 10 rows of SC ...some assistance would be appreciated

    1. I provided a video for the vest so that would be all the assistance I could provide there but I can add, the yarn you used for the vest must be the same weight as the yarn you used for the pig. If the yarn is a lighter weight then that would account for the smaller size. If you are unsure, do a gauge test.
      4 rows with the pig's yarn and 4 rows with the vest's yarn.
      If the vest yarn is smaller then you know what went wrong, it's a lighter weight yarn.
      Are they the same size? If so then follow the video I provided for the vest.. it could be a simple matter of missing stitches along the way. Keep careful watch where your hook is going.
      I hope this was helpful.

      Gauge test:
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each (12)
      3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
      4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)