Make pigs fly by adding a pair of wings to amigurumi, a Japanese term for whimsical crocheted creatures. Crocheting wings is a quick and creative project that can train you to make butterflies, dragonflies and fairies. Once you have the basics, you can adjust the scale of the wings to fit the amigurumi you already own. This is a great way to use up yarn remnants taking up space in your stash.
Things You'll Need
- Tapestry Needle
- Size H (5.00 Mm) Crochet Hook
- Worsted Weight Yarn Of Your Choice
- Size F (3.75 Mm) Crochet Hook
Amigurumi with Wings
Choose a crochet pattern or project to make. You can use one of the free patterns for winged amigurumi from the Inner Child Crochet or All Free Crafts websites, or a butterfly or dragonfly pattern from the Crochet Pattern Central website for free.
Crochet your base for the project. For example, if you are making the Winged Pig from the All Free Crafts website, you must crochet the pig first.
Crochet the foundation chain for your wings using the size F crochet hook and a worsted weight yarn. The Golden Snitch pattern from the Inner Child Crochet website has a foundation chain of two stitches, but the Winged Pig pattern has a four-stitch foundation chain. Check your chosen pattern to determine the correct number of stitches to chain.
Build on your foundation chain by working single crochets in each stitch. Increase where indicated by doing two or more single crochets in one stitch. Both the Winged Pig pattern and the Golden Snitch pattern call for the increases at the ends of the rows rather than the middle.
Follow the pattern instructions to create the shape of the wing. The Winged Pig pattern instructs you to add chains at specified intervals throughout to give the wings a feathered look, while the Golden Snitch pattern has a smooth edge.
Tie off the yarn at the end of the pattern and weave the ends into the piece. Ends can be needle-felted into place to keep them from slipping out over time if desired.
Two-Dimensional Butterfly Wings
Choose a pattern to work, such as the Beginner's Butterfly pattern at the Crochet Spot website.
Crochet your foundation chain using the size H crochet hook and worsted weight yarn of your choice. The Beginner's Butterfly pattern calls for a four-stitch foundation chain, so chain four and join the ends of the chain with a slip stitch in the first chain. You will have a small ring.
Build on your foundation chain as indicated in the pattern by chaining three more stitches and crocheting three triple crochet stitches into the center of the circle. Chain three again and join with a slip stitch in the center of the ring.
Continue building onto the wing by chaining two stitches and crocheting two double crochet stitches into the center of the ring. Chain two more stitches and join with a slip stitch into the center of the ring again. Single crochet five stitches along the inside edge to secure the wing.
Fasten off your yarn and weave in the ends. Repeat the above steps to create a second wing. You can then bind the two wings together to create a butterfly, or you can stitch them onto another crocheted piece with a tapestry needle.
Use smaller hooks and finer yarn to create smaller wings for little projects.
Linda Becksterhed is a professional writer with a legal and crafting focus. She handled creation and distribution of fan newsletters from 1998 to 2001 and maintains an entertainment blog. She is a paralegal and an accomplished fiber artist, specializing in yarn, spinning fibers and crochet and knit designs.