Wilbur Pig is the second of three animal pillow pals I’m sharing this week as part of the Christmas in July Make Along! This adorable crochet amigurumi pig is a simple, beginner-friendly crochet project, and the round pillow form makes stuffing easy peasy, too.
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Theodore Bear (at left) was the first pillow pal in this series, and today I’m sharing Wilbur Pig. The third pattern in this series for the Spot Dog Pillow Pal is available here.
Confession: Don’t tell the other Pillow Pals, but Wilbur is my favorite. I really love his face and ears and how the colors combined. I hope you’ll love him, too.
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Wilbur Pig Pillow Pal
Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Underground Crafter
Wilbur Pig is the second of three amigurumi animal pillow pals made using Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Inserts for the 2019 Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter!
- Fits a 16” (40.5 cm) round pillow form.
- Red Heart Super Saver yarn (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein in 373 Petal Pink (CA), 1 skein in 3950 Charcoal (CB), and 1 skein in 312 Black (CC), or approximately 364 yd (333 m) in CA, 30 yd (27.5 m) in CB, and 5 yd (4.5 m) in CC in any medium weight yarn.
- US Size G-6/4 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge. I used a handmade wooden NELSONWOOD crochet hook.
- Fairfield Poly-Fil Premier 16” Round Accent Pillow Insert.
- Fairfield Poly-Fil Fiber Fill.
- 12 mm round black safety eyes – 1 pair.
- Clover Quick Locking Stitch Marker set, or locking stitch markers.
- Yarn needle.
- Exact gauge is not critical for this project. Stitches should be tight so that pillow doesn’t show through.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
- bl – back loop only
- CA – Color A
- CB – Color B
- CC – Color C
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- pm – place stitch marker
- rep – repeat
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.
-  Repeat instructions between brackets as indicated.
- Project is crocheted in the round with the right (front) side facing up.
- Ch 1 at beginning of Rounds does NOT count as a stitch.
- Unless otherwise directed, move stitch marker up each Round to mark position.
- When choosing colors, note CA is the main color of the Face and Back; CB is the color of the Muzzle; and CC is the color of the Nostrils.
- A photo tutorial for joining with the whipstitch is available here.
- A photo tutorial for joining with a single crochet seam is available here.
- With CB, ch 12.
- Round 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch, sc in next 9 ch, 4 sc in next ch, pm in second of 4 sc, turn to crochet along undworked side of foundation chain, sc in next 9 ch, 2 sc in next ch, pm in last st, do not join, begin to work in unjoined spirals.
- Round 2: 2 dc in first st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in each st across to marked st, 2 dc in marked st, pm in second of 2 dc.
- Rounds 3-4: Rep Round 2 twice.
- Final Round: Hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.
Ears (Make 2)
- With CB, ch 2.
- Row 1: Turn, skip 1 ch, 2 sc in next ch. (2 sts)
- Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 sc in last st. (3 sts)
- Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and in each st across to last st, 2 sc in last st. (Increases by 1 st)
- Rows 4-14: Rep Row 3, 11 times until 15 sts remain. Fasten off CB with long yarn tail (approximately 18”/46 cm) for seaming.
Back and Front
- With CA, make 1 Back piece and 1 Front piece using the Animal Pillow Back (Step Six) and Front (Step Seven) instructions here.
- Tip: Use locking stitch markers to “pin” pieces into position before sewing in place.
- Thread yarn needle with CC and sew 2 Nostrils on Muzzle.
- Position Muzzle on Front. Thread yarn needle with yarn tail from Muzzle and join Muzzle with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to Front, stopping to stuff Muzzle with fiber filling before closing seam.
- Position safety eyes. Attach firmly by securing washers on back.
- Position first Ear on right side of Front. Join with whipstitch (see Pattern Notes) to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
- Position second Ear in relation to first Ear on Front. Join with whipstitch seam to front loops of Front using yarn tail.
- With yarn needle, weave in yarn tails on inside of Front.
- Position Front and Back so the wrong sides are touching with the right side of the Front facing you. Join Front and Back with sc seam (see Pattern Notes) working through both layers, stopping once pillow is about half joined to insert pillow form. Continue to join with sc seam. Sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off CA.
- With yarn needle, weave in ends.