Once my eyes were opened to the world of amigurumi, I must say I’ve been a hooking fool!
My dogs could not find their toy and I knew of a spare squeaker laying around the junk drawer, so I whipped them up a squeaky ball in no time!
I had to make something else so I scoured the Nerdigurumi site for more patterns I could try. I collected pigs most of my life so it was natural I was drawn to this little piggy pattern: http://nerdigurumi.com/2010/08/legend-of-zelda-toon-link-play-set.html#more-758.
I wasn’t interested in making the Link character and I figured I may actually have enough pink yarn left after the dog toy for the pig as it should be fairly tiny.
I had very limited crochet pattern reading skills to this point, so I had to take my time to decipher the pattern “language” as I went. I found numerous helpful tutorials, either written or video, on the Internet for every stitch and technique I came across. I think a very helpful thing to learn with the amigurumi is the magic ring, so that you are not left with holes in your work. Maybe I am a slow learner, but it took me several tries before I got the knack for it! It turned out that I kept making the ring backward with the string end facing the wrong way, once I got that straight it was rather easy to do. This link is to a video tutorial that was helpful in making me realize my mistake in the first few seconds!
This little piggy came out cute as a button!
Once my little piggy was done I was loathe to stop crocheting and since I had a small tan yarn ball, maybe I could try making another little project? I stuck with Nerdigurumi’s site as I figured why stray from patterns that I now understand?
So I made this little guy using this pattern:
With a little tweaking he could easily become a Rabbid, from Rayman Raving Rabids video game!
Interestingly enough, I had the safety eyes from years ago when my daughter sewed a stuffed pig and it needed eyeballs. I don’t recall why we had to order bulk but we did and so now I have brown safety eyes-a-plenty for little projects such as this, I guess it was meant to be!
I was a bit disappointed with my embroidery skills for his mouth. As a young girl I was an avid embroiderer, but alas embroidery is also a skill that stays sharp only when honed!