The story of these piggy bun amigurumi began in October ….. It was supposed to be a challenge between my friend (Margaret) and I, where each of us needs to come out a craft to make these cute little piggy buns (a picture inspired from the dim sum that I dined in).
We set a deadline but I wasn’t able to make it due to my extremely busy lifestyle; copping for renovation, a day job, an updated high traffic blog (thank you, without you seeing this, it ain’t going to be), plus a family of 3 to take care of. So, Margaret went on with her project but I didn’t get anything done… woooppppsss…. and she did a great job, see her piggy bun here.
Today, I am very thankful that Margaret shares her pattern here. She wrote the pattern in English/Japanese term and I converted it to US term. The pattern is easy to read and make, it is meant for beginners with some experiences in amigurumi. I ended up making 2 from her piggy bun amigurumi pattern.
The piggy bun amigurumi is not only cute to display or become one of your ornaments, but I also found out one functional purpose of it. While holding them on my hand, with the size of about 2 1/2″ in diameter, densely stuffed, I find it very suitable to act as a stress ball which you can squeeze it with your palm. If you have used a stress ball before, you will know that it is going to help you to release some tensions of your stress by squeezing it. I knew it as I did quite a lot of squeezing lately.
OK, Margaret, I still owe you mine, sorry that I can’t make it on the deadline we have set but will definitely do it. This day is going to arrive soon as my renovation has come to an end and I am almost settling down in my new house. Stay tuned for my craft on these little piggy buns!
Piggy Bun Amigurumi
Special thanks to my friend, Margaret Richard Mason, for designing this amigurumi piggy bun pattern after being inspired by one of my personal photos while dining in a Cantonese DimSum Restaurant. See her version, here.
Difficulty Level: Easy, need some crochet/amigurumi experiences, must know how to crochet ch, sc, dc & slst
Finished size: approx. 2 1/2″ (D) (light worsted yarn or baby yarn)
Gauge: Not essential as long as the hook size matches the yarn weight for amigurumi.
Materials & Tools:
1. Baby Soft Yarn, Lion Brand, White (for the body), Melon Pink (for ears), and, Pink Lemonade or Creamsicle (for the nose)
2. Crochet hook: 2.5mm, please refer to this tutorial on choosing the right hook size for the yarn on amigurumi
3. 6mm safety eyes, 1 pair
4. Poly-fill or light color stocking for stuffing
5. Stitch marker
6. Tapestry needle
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
ss = slip stitch
[ ] = total stitch on the round
Crochet Pattern (in American terms)
Ears (Melon Pink)
R1 – make a magic ring, then 2 sc in it, turn
R2 – ch, 2 sc in each dc, turn,
R3 – ch, 1 sc in each sc,
R4 – repeat row 3
R5 – decrease. ch, 1 sc into 2 sc together, same for next 2 sc
R6 – decrease. ch, 1 sc into 2 sc together.
Nose (Lemonade Pink or Creamsicle)
R1 – Make a magic ring and 6 sc into ring.
R2 – ch, 2 sc in each dc end with a ss (slip stitch)
R1 – make magic ring, 6 sc into ring to form a circle. Pull the tail to tighten a bit. 
It is make in a continuous circle, do not join ends. Use a marker for each row.
R2 – 2 sc in each dc. 
R3 – Increase, *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat from * until end. 
R4 – *1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat from * until end. 
R5 – *1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat from * until end. 
R6 – *1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat from * until end. 
R7 – *1 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat from * until end. 
R8 – *1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, repeat from * until end. 
R9 – 1 sc in each sc 
R10 – R14 repeat row 9 
Sew nose, eyes and ears
R15 – Decrease, *1 sc in next 6 sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc together, repeat from * until end. 
R16 – Decrease, *1 sc in next 5 sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc together, repeat from * until end. 
R17 – *1 sc in next 4 sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc together, repeat from * until end. 
R18 – *1 sc in next 3 sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc together, repeat from * until end. 
R19 – *1 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc together, repeat from * until end. 
R20 – *1 sc in next 1 sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc together, repeat from * until end. 
R21 – 1 sc in 2 sc together till end. 
R22 – 1 sc in sc and ss to fasten off.
Note: Replace sc with dc for English terms.
Tools and materials needed. You only need a small number of yarns for ears and nose, where you can search them from your stash. A little different in yarn weight is not a problem as they only affect the finished size of them, for example, bigger or smaller ears and nose could be more adorable, so don’t let the limitation stop you from creating.