Pig Potholder and Towel Topper PatternDateline: 11/1/97
Worsted Weight Yarn; for safety's sake, cotton should always be used (will not melt) for making potholders; acrylic may be used for the towel toppers.
2 1/2 oz. medium pink
small amounts of contrasting colors, light pink and dark pink
For potholder: plastic ring
Size G crochet hook
Finished size: 7" round
Pig Potholder or Towel Topper:
Make 2 basic circles in medium pink for pig.
Basic Circle (make 2)
Rnd 1: ch 4, join with sl st to form ring; ch 3, 12 dc in ring, join with sl st in the top of the ch 3.
Rnd 2: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, 2 dc in ea dc around, join with sl st.
Rnd 3: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 4: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, join with sl st.
Rnd 5: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, dc in last 3 dc, join with sl st.
Rnd 6: ch 3, dc in same st as ch 3, *dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat * * around, dc in last 4 dc, join with sl st.
End off. Weave in ends.
Snout: With light pink yarn, ch 5.
Rnd 1: Working in back loops only, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in next ch; then, working on other side of chain, sc in remaining loop of next ch, 3 sc in next loop, join with sl st in 1st sc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, sc in next sc; (2 sc in next sc) 3 times; sc in next 2 sc; (2 sc in next sc) 3 times, join with sl st in 1st sc of this rnd.
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1, sc in next 2 sc; (2 sc in next sc) 3 times; sc in next 5 sc; (2 sc in next sc) 3 times, sc in last 2 sc, join with sl st in 1st sc of this rnd.
Rnd 4: ch 1, working in back loops only for this round, sc in same st as ch 1, sc in ea sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc. This last round folds back to make the snout three dimensional.
Fasten off, leaving a 9" tail. With large-eye needle, sew snout to basic circle front.
Ears: (Make 2) With dark pink, ch 7, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea ch across. (6 sc).
Row 2: ch 1, (pull up a loop in 1st sc, pull up a loop in 2nd sc, yarn over hook, pull through 3 loops on hook - sc dec made); sc in next 2 sc, work sc dec in last 2 sc.
Row 3: ch 1, work a sc dec in 1st two sc, work a sc dec in last two sc.
Row 4: ch 1, work a sc dec in remaining two sc. End off.
Row 5: Attach medium pink yarn at end of row 1; sc in end of starter ch, sc in end of ea row along side of ear; (sc, ch 1, sc) in st at top, sc in end of ea row along other side of ear, ending at opposite end of starter ch row.
Row 6: ch 1, turn; sc in next 6 sc; next, work a (sc, dc, sc) in the sc at the point of the ear; sc in next 6 sc. End off, leaving an 8" tail for sewing ear to head.
Eyes: Sew on purchased wiggley eyes, round black buttons or make these crocheted eyes:
(Make 2) ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc to join. End off.
Sew eyes on over upper half of rnd 2 of basic circle front.
Optional: Sew a large round dark pink button to each side of the face for rosy cheeks.
Mouth: With black yarn or embroidery floss, embroider mouth shape below the snout on basic front.
For Potholder: Holding wrong sides of two basic circles together, attach main color in any stitch. Working sc through both thicknesses (to join the circles), sc in ea dc around. End off. Weave in ends.
Sew ears to top edge.
Attach main color yarn to a plastic ring. sc around ring to cover. End off, leaving a 7" tail; sew to back of potholder, near top edge, in middle.
For Towel Topper: Find center of basic circle front. From that center point, count over 15 stitches to the left. Attach main color yarn in that 15th stitch. Holding the two basic circle pieces with wrong sides together; ch 1, working through both thicknesses (to join circles), sc in next 48 dc. Now working through stitches of front circle only, sc in last 30 dc. End off. Attach yarn at first unworked dc of back circle; working through the stitches of back circle only, ch 1, sc in remaining 30 dc. End off.
Prepare dish towel: Refer to the Stained Glass Towel Topper pattern in the 04/12/97 feature for detailed directions for gathering towel edge.
Position gathered towel within the opening at bottom of the two circles. Pin in place. With regular sewing needle and thread by hand, or with sewing macine, sew edge of circle back to the towel, then sew circle front edge in place over towel.
For hanging towel topper: Attach a length of ribbon at top of head; or sc around a large plastic ring, sew ring to back of head, near top, in middle.
Pig Potholder and Towel Topper Patterns copyright © 1997 Sandi Marshall.
Free for your own personal use only.
Patterns are not to be sold or redistributed in any form. All rights reserved worldwide.
Adding different crocheted pieces to the basic circle will make different animals.
Another pattern in this series, the cat,
is found in the 7/12/97 feature.
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