These cute and colourful piggy pot holders have brightened up my kitchen in three different countries and have now come to rest in Oslo. Originally they were crocheted from an old pattern of my mum’s, but this has since been lost. I’ve recreated the instructions myself so that I could make fun Christmas gifts for friends and family. If you know basic crochet they are really simple to make, so have a go! You can learn how to do basic crochet in a circle here.
I’ve used leftover yarn from other projects, so the colours are more fun than anatomically correct. While they would look great in two shades of pink and a pale blue trim, I also love them in black and red with a mint trim. Have fun and see how bright and fun the end result can get!
Cotton yarn in three different shades, machine washable at 60 degrees celcius/hot
Heads — 50 grams (with lots to spare)
Bodies — 100 grams (with lots to spare)
Trim — leftovers
Crochet needle 3 (European)
My yarn has a knitting tension of 22 sts per 10 cm (check the label). Change the needles to match your yarn and take into account that you need your work to be quite tightly crocheted in order to protect from the heat. Also, adjust the number of rows according to the weight of your yarn — if you are using thicker yarn, don’t crochet as many rounds.
1. Make a slip knot, crochet 5 slip stitches. Join into a loop with a slip stitch, 1 slip stitch
2. 10 single crochet around the circle, join with 1 slip stitch in the first single crochet on the row, 1 slip stitch
3. 2 single crochet in every stitch around the circle, join, 1 slip stitch
4. 3 single crochet, *2 single crochet in the next stitch, 3 single crochet. Continue from * until the end, join, 1 slip stitch
5. 4 single crochet, *2 single crochet in the next stitch (ie in the middle of the increase on the previous row), 4 single crochet, Continue from * until the end, join, 1 slip stitch
6. Continue to increase like this until there are 13 stitches between the increases.
Now it’s time to make the ears:
7. Left ear: 1 slip stitch, 7 single crochet, 1 slip stitch, turn
8. 7 single crochet, 1 slip stitch, turn
9. 1 single crochet in the second stitch (skip 1 stitch), 3 single crochet, 1 single crochet in the last stitch (skip 1 stitch), 1 slip stitch, turn
10. 5 single crochet, 1 slip stitch, turn
11. 1 single crochet in the second stitch, 1 single crochet, 1 single crochet in the last stitch, 1 slip stich, turn
12. 1 single crochet in the second stitch, 1 single crochet in the last stitch. Cut the thread and pull through the loop. Fast the end.
13. In a contrasting colour, crochet picot stitches around the head: *Crochet 3 chain sts, one slip sts in the first chain sts, 1 slip sts in the second sts on the head. Continue from * all around the head. Cut the thread and pull through the loop. Fasten the end.
14. Crochet or embroider the facial features with a contrasting colour. I used the crochet needle to make the chain stitches on the snout and mouth, while a needle was easier to handle on the nostrils and eyes.
1. Start and continue as for the head until there are 20 sts between the inreases. Now it is time to make the feet. Start with the right foot: 1 slip stitch, turn.
2. 8 single crochet, 1 slip stitch, turn
3. As row 2
4. Skip one sts, 1 single crochet in next stitch, 4 single crochet, skip one stich, 1 single crochet in the last stitch, 1 slip stitch, turn
5. 6 single crochet, 1 slip stitch, turn
6. 1 single crochet in the second stitch, 2 single crochet, 1 single crochet in the last stich, 1 slip stitch, turn
7. 4 single crochet, 1 slip stitch, turn
8. 1 single crochet in the second stitch, 1 single crochet in the last stich, cut the thread and pull through the loop.
11. Left foot: Make is as the first, placed on the other side of the body (ref photograph). Both legs should be placed between two increases.
12. In a contrasting colour, crochet a row of picot stitches all around the body, making a hanging loop between two picot stitches at the top like this: 20 slip stitches, 1 slip stitch in the same stitch as where the loop started in the head, 1 slip stitch, 25 single crochet around the loop (beginning in the right side), 1 slip stitch in the same stitch as where the loop started on the head. Continue with the picot edge around the head. Cut the thread, pull through the loop and fasten the end.
PS: As you can see in the photograph on the left above, I crochet in the ends as I go. You can do this every time you have a thread end. Simply hold the end down to the edge and crochet over it with your regular stitches for about 5 cm. Cut off the thread close to the work and continue crocheting as normal.
Steam the two pieces flat before you sew the head to the body. Make a second pot holder following the same pattern.
Here’s my pig litter at various stages of completion — The colour combinations are black/pink/blue, blue/pink/red and black/red/mint respectively: