Piggy scarf

As I’d mentioned earlier, I decided to do the piggy scarf after being unsatisfied with the final material of my earlier scarf. The piggy was so adorable that I just had to make it! When I was done I was almost tempted to keep him for myself.

My completed scarf

This is my first pattern. So, if something doesn’t work out, please ask. Feel free to point out any mistakes that you find.
The pattern is listed below:

Craft: Crochet
Level: Beginner/Easy

Materials:
1 skein of light pink 8-ply wool
A little bit of darker pink
button/safety eyes for the eyes
5 mm crochet hook
tapestry needle

Note: You can use any weight of wool/yarn as you like. Local shops here do not really know the different types and stock them mostly as 4-ply/8-ply etc.


Stitches/Abbreviations used:
Stitch (st)
Single crochet (sc)
Half double crochet (hdc)
Crocheting in the round
Decrease/Stitch together (tog)
Fasten off (FO)

Gauge: Gauge is not important in this pattern we can adjust the length of the feet accordingly at the end. The length is determined by the number of rows that you crochet. Decide for yourself what length you want your own scarf to be.

How the bottom looks when worn

Pattern
We start from the base of the face and continue in one piece till we split the body at the end for the legs.


Face/Body
To begin: Chain 6
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 3 chs, ch 1 and turn (5st)
Row 2: 2 sc in 1 st, sc in next 3, 2 sc in last st, ch1 and turn (7st)
Row 3: 2 sc in 1 st, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last st, ch1 and turn (9st)
Row 4: 2 sc in 1 st, sc in next 7, 2 sc in last st, ch1 and turn (11st)
Row 5: 2 sc in 1 st, sc in next 9, 2 sc in last st, ch1 and turn (13st)
Row 6: 2 sc in 1 st, sc in next 11, 2 sc in last st, ch1 and turn (15st)
Row 7: sc in each st across, ch1 and turn (15st)
Row 8-18: sc in each st across, ch2 and turn (15st)
Row 19: hdc in each sc across, ch2 and turn (15st)
Repeat Row 19 till the scarf just about reaches the desired length and you are ready to make the feet.
Row x:  hdc in each sc across, ch1 and turn (15st)


Feet
For the first foot: Continue on the body of the scarf already made
Row x1: sc in 5st across, ch1 and turn (5st)
Row x2-x9: sc in 5st across, ch1 and turn (5st)
Row x10: sc in 3 st across, sc next 2tog , ch1 and turn (4st)
Row x11: sc in 2 st across, sc next 2tog, ch1 and turn (3st)
Row x12: sc in 1 st across, sc next 2tog, FO (2st)

For the second foot:
Start on Row x and skip 5st after the first foot. Start on the 6th st.
Alternatively, you can count 5sts from the other end of Row x and start at the 5th st.
Note: make sure you start on the same side you did the first foot so that the feet are symmetrical.

the ears

Row x1: sc in 5st across, ch1 and turn (5st)

Row x2-x9: sc in 5st across, ch1 and turn (5st)
Row x10: sc in 3 st across, sc next 2tog , ch1 and turn (4st)
Row x11: sc in 2 st across, sc next 2tog, ch1 and turn (3st)
Row x12: sc in 1 st across, sc next 2tog, FO (2st)

Ears – make 2
To begin: Chain 6
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 4ch, ch1 and turn (5st)
Row 2-3: sc in 5st across, ch1 and turn (5st)
Row 4: sc in 3sc across, sc next 2tog , ch1 and turn (4sc)
Row 5: sc in 2st across, sc next 2tog, ch1 and turn (3st)
Row 6: sc in 1st across, sc next 2tog, ch1 and turn (2s1)
Row 7: sc next 2tog, FO (1st) 

the face before attaching the ears

Snout
To begin: Chain 5
Round 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea of next 3ch, sc again in last ch and work in the back ridge of your foundation chain, 4sc across, sc again in last back ridge. (10st)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st (20 st)
Round 3: *2 sc in 1 st, 1 sc in next st*, continue from *to * till last st, FO (30 st)

Attach all the pieces using the tapestry needle, taking care that the snout starts from the lower part of the face where the face is almost done widening. I hope the picture helps demonstrate what I mean.

Figuring out the placement for the ears

Use the light pink to add the 2 lines for the nostril. Can be done either before joining pieces or while joining pieces.

The ears can be placed last. Align them with the eyes.

Hope this makes sense!

Please tell me how you like it by leaving a comment!
Thanks.

Update: I added more pictures, including a close up of the face for placement.

Copyright Rohini Joseph

Animal scarves

My version of the puppy scarf
I recently met my nieces for the first time this month. They’re 9 and 2 and amazingly share the same birthday!
My husband and I had never met the younger one, while the elder one was a preschooler when her parents moved to the US. As a fledgling crocheter, I was looking for projects to hone my skills, while also coming up with personalised gifts for them. We decided to make scarves for the kids as they are easy and can be used even later. My pictures aren’t very good as our cameras are horrible! Note to self: Buy a proper camera.

For the elder one I came across this lovely Wiener puppy scarf by randomheartsx on crafster (Click here for her pattern). I modified the pattern a little bit as I wanted to try out different stitches and give it a little more texture.

I came across this amazing pic on  Showtellshare. These scarves were actually knit, but I decided to make up something similar in crochet.
Our inspiration
We’d recently adopted a kitten and in that heady new parent phase, my husband suggested I make a kitten scarf (click here for pattern) for my younger niece. She is all of 2 years, and cute as a doll!


It took me about 2 months to finish this, what with a few miss tries when I learnt to change colour properly and a bunch of other projects on hand. In the end, I was rather happy with how it looked; there were hardly any ugly ends floating about!


Kitten scarf, before the ends were tucked in
The lil porker all ready for its new owner
However, we weren’t very happy with the feel of the scarf and decided to make another one. We only had a month or so before the kids were to visit and we were worried if there would be enough time.
The lil piggy just seemed to call out to us as we looked at the picture wondering what to attempt next and that’s what we went with finally.
I am very glad we made the pig (Click here for the pattern). As we found out later on, the little one just loves anything pink. Bonus!
I couldn’t finish it in 1 month though, and just about managed to finish it in two. The week before we gave them away was crazy!

We finally decided to give all three scarves to the girls so they could use them jointly. The puppy and the piggy were almost the same length, while the kitten was rather short.

Mr Piggy and Miss Kitten getting ready for their new owners
I hope to add a few more pics once their mom sends me some with the kids. 
Copyright Rohini Joseph

Revival

I recently quit my corporate job after spending about 5 years working as an editor. Before I even think of taking up something else, I’m rewarding myself with a few months of ‘me’ time. I hope to finish a few projects that remain unfinished since my wedding, besides showcasing a few new ones.
It feels so good to really put down your own words instead of just modifying someone else’s!
Copyright Rohini Joseph