To wrap up our Winnie the Pooh mouse ears set, we now have Piglet!! You can find ALL of the main 4 here on the blog:
The design for Piglet was so much more difficult for me. Maybe it's because I am less familiar with him. Maybe it's because he is much more simply drawn, or maybe it's just because his face was harder to do with puffy paint, and looked odd without the ears. But no matter, we did it! I could not make the face without the ears, as I mentioned, and the puffy paint placement is critical for the look, but overall, this is not a difficult pattern to make! And for fun, I have added an acorn, as it was Piglet's snack of choice. But it can easily be left off the headband if a simpler look is preferred. Let's get started!
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, Pink
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, Rose Shock
Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, Pink Grapefruit
Small amounts of light and dark brown for acorn
Crochet Hook Size E-3.50mm
3-dimentional Puffy Paint in Black
Craft Plastic Headbands, 1-inch tapered
Terms and abbreviations to know:
ch, chs - chain, chains
st, sts - stitch, stitches
rnd, rnds - rnd, rounds
sl st - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
inc - increase, 2 sc worked into the same st
dec - decrease, work 2 sts together to make 1 sts
sc2tog - a decrease, specifically with sc
mini puff st - this is a puff st made with the sc, made to be smaller than the common puff st with dc.
Notes: I used a LOT of Puffy Paint for this project, but I felt it made things easier. You can always sew the black stripes on instead, if you'd prefer, but being a novelty item that won't be too heavily worn or need washing, the puffy paint was perfect!
Headband, in Pink, Make 2 (in order to get the proper fit over a tapered headband, you have to make 2 pieces to be sewn together at the top middle)
**Special Note: Because keeping track of sts and rnds at the same time can be a struggle, I have included the total number of sts for each section where there are no increases, so all you need to do is count the sts, and not the rnds! Also, before each inc rnd, be sure to test out the fit on the headband. It will be tight, and it should be, but if you don't stretch it out a bit, as you go, it will be very difficult to fit on when finished. Lastly, trying it on as you go will let you know if you need more or less rnds toward the end, depending on how tightly you crochet and the yarn you use the final number of rnds may vary. You should come close to center with each piece, so there's room to sew them together.
Begin with magic ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnds 2-8: sc in each st around; 6 sts (42 sts)
Rnd 9: inc, sc in next 5 sts; 7 sts
Rnds 10-16: sc in each st around; 7 sts (49 sts)
Rnd 17: inc, sc in next 6 sts; 8 sts
Rnds 18-24: sc in each st around; 8 sts (56 sts)
Rnd 25: inc, sc in next 7 sts; 9 sts
Rnds 26-37: sc in each st around; 9 sts (126 sts) - This final number may vary, depending on the yarn used, how much it stretches, or your gauge. Just keep trying the pieces on until they meet about halfway. You don't want any slack, so they should be sewn together, taut.
Put them on the opposite ends of the headband, pulling them to meet in the middle. Seamless sew them together (pictures below). But to seamlessly sew, you will be sewing into each st twice. Line them up so that the final sts of the rnds align with the first sts on the opposite side. Insert your hook into the first open st across from where the tail begins. Insert hook into same st on bottom, new st on top. Then new st on bottom, same st on top; same st on bottom, new st on top. Do this, always going through the same piece first, so that you're not going back and forth, but always start by going through the piece on the side where your tail began. Knot and weave in ends on the bottom side of the headband.
*Note: Before making the mouse ears, you will be making the Piglet ears, so that they can be sewn into your light pink mouse ear. Follow the order as written, and there shouldn't be any confusion!
Piglet's Ears, in Pink Grapefruit, Make 2
Rnd 1: turn and sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sl st into next ch, sc into next ch, sc2tog, hdc in next 3 chs, dc in next ch, 4 dc in last ch, turn work to crochet on the other side of the ch, dc in first ch, hdc in next 3 chs, 2 sc, sc in next st, sl st in next 3 chs, sl st to top of the ear
Rnd 2: sl st int next 2 sts, sc2tog, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts, hdc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st, sl st in next 4 sts up to the point. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set aside for assembly.
First Ear, in Pink, Make 2 to stitch together
Begin with a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 8 hdc in magic ring, join with sl st to first st; 8 sts
Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, join with sl st to first st; 16 sts
Rnd 3: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 24 sts
Rnd 4: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 32 sts
Rnd 5: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 40 sts
Rnd 6: ch 1, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts)8x, join with sl st to first st; 48 sts
After making the first piece, sew Piglet's ears to the wrong side of the first panel, just at the top. After the second panel, do not fasten off, but instead begin to sl st around your two pieces, to connect them, making a thicker ear. Sl st all the way around, right through the Piglet ears to secure them. Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Nose, in Pink Grapefruit
Row 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; 5 sts
Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across; 5 sts
Row 3: ch 1 and turn, dec, sc in next st, dec; 3 sts
Row 4: ch 1 and turn, dec over all 3 sts; 1 st
Do NOT turn. Sc around the whole nose, two in each of the bottom corners. When you get to the top, sc in top st, sl st in first st of rnd, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the center of the first ear, slightly toward the bottom, top of nose just below the center of the circle.
*Note: You can use the picture below to paint on the face! I did this, obviously, before attaching to the headband. I would advice attaching to the headband first, if you want the product to be assembled sooner. Otherwise, you have to let the paint dry for about 24 hours before sewing, because it will get smeared!
Second Ear, in Rose Shocking, Make 2 to stitch together
Repeat instructions from first ear.
Once sl stitched together, simply use your black puffy paint to paint the stripes onto the ear!
I have had many people ask me with the other ears, about how I sew them onto the headband to make them stand up. Hopefully the pictures below can help with this a bit.
I sew the front AND the back side of the ear down to the headband, spread about a half inch wide. This flattens the bottom of that circle out a bit, so that it's no longer perfectly round, but gives it a sturdier base for your ear.
Acorn, (OPTIONAL) beginning with Honey (any light brown and dark brown for the bottom and top will do)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts
Rnd 2: (inc, sc in next st)3x; 9 sts
Rnd 3: sc in each st around; 9 sts
Rnd 4: (inc, sc in next 2 sts)3x; 12 sts
Rnd 5: sc in each st around; 12 sts
Attach darker brown, and fasten off Honey.
Rnd 6: in darker brown, 12 mini puff sts; 12 sts
Rnd 7: 6 invsc2tog; 6 sts
Rnds 8-9: sc in each st around; 6 sts
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew your acorn, as pictured, to the dark pink ear AND down to the headband, on the inside of that ear.
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