By Melissa Mall
Photos: Melissa Mall
“Little pig, little pig, let me in!”
“No, no, not by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin!”
“Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in!”
Piggy puppets go flying as the big bad wolf pretends to blow them away, and my two preschoolers giggle delightedly. Not bad for a few scraps of yarn, right?
These simple puppets have been designed to eliminate as much assembly as possible, with ears and tails crocheted right onto the little yarn bodies. Because who has time to sew when the wolf has houses to blow down?
Size: One Size
- Red Heart Super Saver [100% Acrylic; 364yd/333m per 7oz/198g skein]; Rose Pink (20 yds), Gray Heather (10 yds), White (5 yds), Small Amount Black
- 6-strand Embroidery Floss, 6 yds pink, small amount blue
- H/8 (5.00mm size) hook
- 4/2.00mm hook
- Small amount stuffing or fiberfill
- Yarn Needle
Gauge: Gauge is not significant in this design – just make sure your puppets fit on your fingers!
Note: Puppets are worked in a continuous spiral, do not join rnds unless directed.
Rnd 1: With pink RHSS and H hook, make a magic loop: place 8 sc in center. Pull tight. (I recommend crocheting over your end so you don’t have to weave it in later.)
Rnds 2-8: Sc in each st around.
Sl st 2 sts, finish off.
Join, ch 2, hdc, sl st across 2, ch 2, hdc in next space, sl st in same space. Finish off. (See illustration at right for help.)
With pink embroidery floss and small hook join at back, wherever you’d like the tail to be. Ch 11. Make 2 sc in each ch across. Finish off, secure to puppet body.
With pink embroidery floss and small hook, ch 3. Make 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join rnd. Finish off, leaving a tail of thread. Sew nose to pig body.
With blue embroidery floss, embroider eyes where desired.
Rnd 1: With gray yarn and larger hook, make magic loop: place 12 sc in center and pull tight. (I recommend crocheting over your end now so you don’t have to weave it in later.)
Rnds 2-10: Sc in each st around.
sl st 2 sts, finish off.
Rnd 1: With white yarn and larger hook, make a magic loop. Place 8 sc in center and pull tight.
Rnds 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st around. (8 sc) Join rnd.
Row 4: Ch 1. Working in front loop only, place 2 sc in each of the next 5 sts. Finish off.
With gray join for ears (see pig diagram for help). Ch 3. Hdc in same spot, sc in same spot, sl st in next spot, sc in same spot, hdc in next spot, ch 3, join at base of stitch, finish off.
Stuff nose, sew to body. Weave in ends. With black yarn, embroider nose and eyes.
About the Designer
Melissa Mall is an at-home mom with four sons eight and under. They have just completed yet another transcontinental move – hopefully it will be their last!!! You can keep up with their ordinary adventures over at her blog, or take a peek at her crochet patterns and tutorials at Inner Child Crochet.
Pattern & images © Melissa Mall. All rights reserved.