Lucky Pig Basket

Lucky Pig Basket

Before 2010, I have to admit that the Chinese New Year or Lunar Year was only a fun fact or small talk for me. I knew my sign and knew it was usually around my birthday but that was pretty much all. What happened in 2010? I started dating this cute vietnamese guy that I now call my husband. My in laws celebrate the lunar year so for the last nine years so do I. Now that we have our daughter, she is 2 years old,  it became even more important. Speaking of my daughter she is having kind of a pig phase lately and since it is also the pig year, I had to make a pig project. My first pattern on here was the unicorn basket and it’s been doing so great on Pinterest and Etsy that I thought making a pig version would be fun. So let’s get into this and crochet that cute little Lucky Pig Basket !

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Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in pink
  • 6mm crochet hook for the basket and tail
  • 4mm crochet hook for the ears and nose
  • Black yarn or thread for the eyes and nose details
  • tapestry needle

Measurements

  • 5 inches in diameter and 3 inches for the height.

 

 

 

Abbreviations:

US terms

ch : chain

sl st : Slip Stitch

Sc : Single Crochet

Hdc : Half Double Crochet

Dc : Double crochet

Inc : Increase (2 stitches in the same space)

Dec  : Decrease (crochet 2 stitches together)

( )- the number of stitches at the end of the round

 

Notes

  • For the basket and tail I used a double strand to make the basket stiffer and hold his shape better.
  • The ears and nose are made with a single strand.

 

Pattern

We will begin crocheting the base of the basket (working in joined rounds):

Using 6 mm hook and pink yarn. (Double strands)

Round 1: Ch 1, 8 hdc in Magic Ring.  Sl st to first hdc (8).

R2: Ch 1. *Inc*, rep 8 times.  Sl st to first hdc (16).

R3: Ch 1. *Hdc 1, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (24).

R4: Ch 1, *Hdc 2, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (32).

R5: Ch 1, *Hdc 3, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (40).

R6: Ch 1, *Hdc 4, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (48).

We will now begin crocheting the body of the basket (still working in joined rounds)

R7: Ch 1, Hdc in back loop only around, Sl st to first hdc (48).

R8-14: Ch 1, Hdc around, Sl st to first hdc (48).

Fasten off and weave ends in.

** If you want to make your basket bigger simply continue after round 6 to increase your rounds until the desire size (for example the next round would be Ch1, *Hdc 5, Inc*, rep 8 times. Sl st to first hdc (48sts) and the next one Hdc 6 etc etc ). **

 

 

Tail

Using 6 mm hook and double strand of pink yarn

Ch9, 2dc in each chain across (16)

Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew.

 

 

Ears (make 2)

Using 4 mm hook and a single strand of yarn

Ch 12 leaving a long tail to sew

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and across. (11)

R2: Ch 1, turn.  Dec, 7 sc, dec. (9)

R3: Ch 1, turn.  Dec, 3sc, dec. (5)

R4: Ch 1, turn. Dec, sc, dec. (3)

R5: Do not ch1, turn, 2 sc (2)

R6: Do not ch1, turn, sc (1)

R7: Ch 1, Sc around the whole piece and slip stitch to frst sc.

This last row makes a nice and clean edge to the ear, it also gives it a little curve for a more natural looks.

Fasten off and weave that end in.

Nose

Using 4 mm hook and a single strand of yarn

Ch 7

Round 1: sc into the second chain from the hook, 4sc, 3sc into last chain, going on the other side of the chain 4sc, 2c in last chain join to the first sc with a sl st. (14)

R2: inc, 4sc, inc in the next 3sc, 4sc, inc in the next 2sc join to the first sc with a sl st (20)

R3: sc, inc, 4sc, *sc, inc* 3 times, 4sc, *sc, inc* 2 times. (26)

Fasten off, leaving long tail to sew.

Using a piece of black yarn and a tapestry needle make 2 vertical lines in the middle of the nose.

 

Assembly

I like to pin everything before sewing it on to make sure I love the way it’s look. Maybe you’ll want the ears more apart or closer, so I really suggest you pin them before.We will sew the ears first, then the nose and finally the tail.

Sew the ears 8-9 stitches apart on the edge of the basket.

Then center the nose between those ears and at one row from the bottom, sew it on.

Center your tail at the back of the basket and sew it on. You can also take the time roll the corkscrew curl properly if necessary.

Using a piece of black yarn and a tapestry needle embroided 2 arcs to make the eyes. I made mine between the point of the ears and one of the lines of the nose.

If you haven’t done so already make sure to weave your ends in and secure everything you need to be secure and guess what? You’re done! You now have an adorable pig basket to add to your decor, children rooms or to use for the 2019 Chinese New Year.

As always, if you create something from my pattern make sure to use the #cozylittlemess and tag me at @cozylittlemess so I can see what you’ve made !!

  

This pattern is an original pattern by Valérie Prieur-Côté of Cozy Little Mess (January 2019). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use but please DO NOT sell the pattern or distribute it.  

You may sell products made from this pattern but please clearly credit the design to me, Valérie Prieur-Côté from Cozy Little Mess, and provide a link to my blog www.cozylittlemess.com.  Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

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