I know that in person pigs can be… well, a bit much. But in theory, pigs are just amusing. Their pot bellies and stubby snouts, their floppy ears and rosy hue, their lollygagging in the mud and snorting in the dirt, it’s all totally lovable!
That’s why designing this Big Pink Pig was so much fun. The third in my collection of my giant gumdrop animals, this one is maybe my favorite! I love the cool mystery of the Big Snowy Owl and the sweet innocence of the Big Cuddly Bunny, but this guy has it all. He’s goofy and mischievous with a deep well of knowingness.
Knit up in Blue Sky’s extra cuddly Bulky, the Big Pink Pig comes together in no time, all ready for hugs and snuggles! – Whitney
- 5 skeins of Blue Sky’s Bulky, 50% Alpaca and 50% Wool. This color is Blossom. (Another option: 2 skeins of Cascade’s Magnum, 100% Wool in the color Cotton Candy.)
- A 20-inch, US #15 circular needle.
- A set of US #15 double pointed needles.
- 2 bags of stuffing.
- 2 buttons (for the eyes), 1 1/4 inches in diameter. I used Riche’s Medium Felt Buttons, color Grey (Or try Ecru, Brown, Pink or Olive!). Other good alternatives would be Dill’s Marbelized Buttons or Large Ridged Buttons.
- Scrap yarn (for the nostrils). I used Blue Sky’s Bulky, color Grey Wolf.
- Scrap yarn (to sew on buttons). I used Koigu’s KPM Needlepoint Yarn, color #2405.
- A jumbo stitch marker and a jumbo removable stitch marker (both optional).
2 1/2 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette
15 inches from ground to top of head
38 inches in circumference
With the double pointed needles, cast on 8 stitches.
Place a stitch marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist your stitches.
Round 1: Knit into the front and back (kfb) 8 times. (16 stitches)
Round 2: Purl.
Round 3: *P1, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)
Round 4: Purl.
Round 5: *P2, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (32 stitches)
Round 6: Purl.
Round 7: *P3, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (40 stitches)
Round 8: Purl.
Round 9: *P4, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)
Round 10: Purl.
Round 11: *P5, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (56 stitches)
Switching to the circular needle…
Round 12: Purl.
Round 13: *P13, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (60 stitches)
Purl 6 rounds.
Knit 28 rounds.
Next Round: K12, place a removable stitch marker (or a piece of scrap yarn) on the 12th stitch, knit to end of round.
Knit 8 more rounds.
Next Round: *K8, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (54 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds.
Next Round: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds.
Next Round: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (42 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds.
Next Round: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (36 stitches)
Knit 2 rounds.
Turn the piece inside out and weave in the ends. Then turn it right side out and fill the pig with a bag of stuffing.
The Pig’s Left Ear
Remove the stitch marker, and slip the last 5 stitches you knit onto a double pointed needle.
With a second double pointed needle, knit the next 5 stitches.
Rearrange these 10 stitches onto three double pointed needles (3 stitches on two and 4 stitches on the third).
Join for working in the round.
Round 1: *K1, kfb, repeat from * to end of round. (15 stitches)
Round 2-5: Knit.
Round 6: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)
Rounds 7 and 8: Knit.
Round 9: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (9 stitches)
Round 10: Knit.
Round 11: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (6 stitches)
Round 12: Knit.
Round 13: *K2tog, repat from * to end of round. (3 stitches)
Cut yarn and sew it through the remaining 3 stitches.
The Pig’s Right Ear
Orient your pig so that the ear you just made is on the right (as in the above picture). Use the back circular needle to slip 8 stitches from the front needle.
Slip the next 10 stitches (from the needle with 18 stitches) onto three double pointed needles (3 stitches on two and 4 stitches on the third).
With right side facing you, join new yarn and *K1, kfb, repeat from * to end of row. (15 stitches)
Now join for working in the round and work as for Left Ear, starting with Round 2.
Finish stuffing your pig, making it firm and plump. I didn’t stuff the ears, but I did make sure to have enough left over for the snout!
Slide 8 stitches to one end of the circular needle and the other 8 to the other end.
Cut a piece of the Main Yarn about 24 inches long. Thread it onto a tapestry needle and graft the two sides of the pig’s head together using the Kitchener Stitch.
As you weave in the tails, sew closed the holes at the base of the ears.
Starting with the stitch marked by the removable marker and using double pointed needles, you’re going to pick up 18 stitches in a circle. The marked stitch is the bottom right corner of the circle.
I found it helpful to first work out the circle in duplicate stitch with some scrap yarn. My circle is 8 stitches wide and 10 stitches high. Here it is:
To start, pick up and knit the ladder of the marked stitch.
Continue to pick the ladders of each stitch that forms your circle, removing the scrap yarn as you go. Add a new needle every 6 stitches and make sure to spin your pig so that what will be the right side of the snout is always facing you.
Now join for working in the round and remove the stitch marker.
Knit 3 rounds.
Purl 1 round.
Next Round: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)
Knit 1 round.
Stuff the snout.
Next Round: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (6 stitches)
Next Round: Repeat last round. (3 stitches)
Cut the yarn and thread it through the remaining 3 stitches.
Use scrap yarn to sew two nostrils into place.
Cast 6 stitches loosely onto the circular needle.
Row 1: Knit into the front, back and then the front again of each stitch. (18 stitches)
Bind off in purl.
Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch.
Use the ends to sew the tail onto the back of your pig.
With a piece of dark scrap yarn, attach two buttons for the pig’s eyes.
Weave in any ends and you’re done!