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Make a pig soft toy: free knitting pattern

pig to knit from 'Knit your own Farm' book - Free knitting patterns - Craft - allaboutyou.com

Measurements

Length: 20cm (8in)
Height to top of head: 9cm (3½in)

You will need

• Pair of 3¼mm (US 3) knitting needles
• Double-pointed 3¼mm (US 3) knitting needles (for holding stitches)
• 25g (1oz) of Rowan Pure Wool DK in Dew 057 (D)
• Tiny amount of Rowan Pure Wool 4ply in Black 404 (B) for eyes, nose and trotters
• 2 pipecleaners for legs

Abbreviations

alt alternate
approx approximately
beg begin(ning)
cm centimetres
cont continue
foll(s) follow(s)(ing)
g grams
icos including cast (bound) off stitch. After casting (binding) off the stated number of stitches, one stitch remains on the right-hand needle. This stitch is included in the number of the following group of stitches.
in inches
inc work into front and back of next stitch to increase by one stitch
k knit
k2(3)tog knit next two (three) stitches together
oz ounces
p purl
p2(3)tog purl next two (three) stitches together
rem remain(ing)
rep repeat
rev reverse
RS right side
st(s) stitch(es)
st st stocking (stockinette) stitch
w&t wrap and turn. Knit the number of stitches in the first short row. Slip the next stitch purlwise from the left-hand to the right-hand needle. Bring the yarn forward then slip the stitch back onto the left-hand needle. Return the yarn to the back. On a purl row use the same method, taking the yarn back then forward.
WS
wrong side
[ ] work instructions within square brackets as directed
* work instructions after asterisk(s) as directed

Right back leg

With D, cast on 4 sts.
Beg with a k row, work 6 rows st st.
Row 7: K1, [inc] twice, k1. (6 sts)
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Inc, k4, inc. (8 sts)
Row 10: Purl.**
Row 11: K1, [inc] twice, k2, [inc] twice, k1. (12 sts)
Row 12: Purl.
Row 13: K1, [inc] twice, k6, [inc] twice, k1. (16 sts)
Row 14: Purl.*
Row 15: Cast off 8 sts, k to end (hold 8 sts on spare needle for right side of body).

Left back leg

Work as for right back leg to *.
Row 15: K8, cast off 8 sts (hold 8 sts on spare needle for left side of body).

Right front leg

Work as for right back leg to **.
Row 11: K1, [inc] twice, k2, [inc] twice, k1. (12 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.***
Row 15: Cast off 6 sts, k to end (hold 6 sts on spare needle for right side of body).

Left front leg

Work as for right front leg to ***.
Row 15: K6, cast off 6 sts (hold 6 sts on spare needle for left side of body).

Right side of body and head

With D, cast on 18 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Inc, p16, inc, with WS facing p6 from spare needle of right front leg. (26 sts)
Row 3: K25, inc, with RS facing k8 from spare needle of right back leg, cast on 1 st. (36 sts)
Row 4: P36, cast on 14 sts. (50 sts)
Row 5: K49, inc. (51 sts)
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Cast off 3 sts, k47 icos, inc. (49 sts)
Row 8: P47, p2tog. (48 sts)
Row 9: K2tog, k45, inc. (48 sts)
Row 10: P46, p2tog. (47 sts)
Row 11: K46, inc. (48 sts)
Row 12: Purl.
Row 13: K2tog, k46. (47 sts)
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: K2tog, k45. (46 sts)
Row 16: Purl.
Row 17: Cast (bind) off 5 sts, k to end. (41 sts)
Row 18: P39, p2tog. (40 sts)
Row 19: K2tog, k36, k2tog. (38 sts)
Row 20: P2tog, p34, p2tog. (36 sts)
Row 21: Cast (bind) off 5 sts, k29 icos, k2tog. (30 sts)
Row 22: P2tog, p26, p2tog. (28 sts). Cast off.

Left side of body and head

With D, cast on 18 sts.
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: Inc, k16, inc, with RS facing k6 from spare needle of left front leg. (26 sts)
Row 3: P25, inc, with WS facing p8 from spare needle left back leg, cast on 1 st. (36 sts)
Row 4: K36, cast on 14 sts. (50 sts)
Row 5: P49, inc. (51 sts)
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Cast off 3 sts, p47 icos, inc. (49 sts)
Row 8: K47, k2tog. (48 sts)
Row 9: P2tog, p45, inc. (48 sts)
Row 10: K46, k2tog. (47 sts)
Row 11: P46, inc. (48 sts)
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: P2tog, p46. (47 sts)
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: P2tog, p45. (46 sts)
Row 16: Knit.
Row 17: Cast (bind) off 5 sts, p to end. (41 sts)
Row 18: K39, k2tog. (40 sts)
Row 19: P2tog, p36, p2tog. (38 sts)
Row 20: K2tog, k34, k2tog. (36 sts)
Row 21: Cast off 5 sts, p29 icos, p2tog. (30 sts)
Row 22: K2tog, k26, k2tog. (28 sts). Cast off.

Tummy

With D, cast on 1 st.
Beg with a k row, cont in st st.
Row 1: Inc. (2 sts)
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: [Inc] twice. (4 sts)
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Inc, k2, inc. (6 sts)
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Inc, k4, inc. (8 sts)
Work 41 rows st st.
Row 49: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts)
Work 7 rows st st.
Row 57: K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.
Row 61: [K2tog] twice. (2 sts)
Row 62: P2tog and fasten off.

Tail

With D, cast on 20 sts.
Cast (bind) off.

Ear (make 2 the same)

With D, cast on 5 sts.
Row 1 (forms ridge on RS): Knit.
Row 2: Inc, k3, inc. (7 sts)
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: K3, inc, k3. (8 sts)
Work 3 rows st st.
Row 8: K2tog, k4, k2tog. (6 sts)
Row 9: Purl.
Row 10: K2tog, k2, k2tog. (4 sts)
Row 11: Purl.
Row 12: [K2tog] twice. (2 sts)
Row 13: P2tog and fasten off.

To make up

Sewing in ends
Sew in ends, leaving ends from cast on and cast (bound) off rows for sewing up.

Legs
With WS together and whip stitch, fold each leg in half and sew up legs on RS, starting at trotters.

Body
Sew along back of pig and 5cm (2in) down bottom.

Tummy
Sew cast-on row of tummy to where you have finished sewing down bottom, and sew cast-off row to nose. Ease and sew tummy to fit body. Leave a 2.5cm (1in) gap between front and back legs on one side.

Stuffing
The pig is an animal that needs to be well stuffed. Pipecleaners are used to stiffen the legs and help bend them into shape. Fold a pipecleaner into a U-shape and measure against front two legs. Cut to fit approximately, leaving an extra 2.5cm (1in) at both ends. Fold these ends over to stop the pipecleaner poking out of the trotters. Roll a little stuffing around pipecleaner and slip into body, one end down each front leg. Repeat with second pipecleaner and back legs. Starting at the head, stuff the pig firmly, then sew up the gap. Mould body into shape.

Tail
Attach tail to start of bottom. The pig’s tail will curl naturally, so simply twist it around into a pig-like curl.

Ears
With knit side uppermost, sew cast on row of each ear to top of head, approx level with centre of front legs and with 3 rows between ears. The ears should flop forwards.

Trotters
With B, sew 2 sts vertically down front of each trotter.

Eyes
With B, make a tiny horizontal stitch for each eye, 4 rows below centre seam.

Nostrils
With B, sew tiny stitches for nostrils.

This pattern is from 'Knit Your Own Farm' by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne (Pavilion Books, £12.99). Buy it online for just £10 including free UK p&p. Order from store.pavilionbooks.com and enter discount code KYOFARM1 at the checkout.

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