07 August 2010

Chichester the Pig

Chichester the Pig was born when someone asked me for 26 knitted pigs for an event and I was forced to come up with a pattern that I could knit 26 times without it making me crazy. For me, this means no sewing. I'd just finished making some Mini Aliens from Barbara Prime's pattern and thought her no-sew techniques would be excellent for the borrowing for this project.

A German translation by Julie Röder is available here, and Jen Sloan's adaptation for knitting on two needles is here.



This pattern assumes you know how to knit in the round (using your favourite method, be it DPN, two circulars or magic loop), purl, increase (kfb, kfbf), decrease (k2tog, k3tog), and long tail cast on. I used DK but you could use any yarn, just upsize (or downsize, if you're a masochist) the needles appropriately.



Make bobble (ear): Kfb, turn work, purl 2 sts, turn work, k2tog
Make bobble (leg): Kfbf, turn work, purl 3 sts, turn work, knit 3 sts, turn work, purl 3 sts, turn work, k3tog
Kfbf: knit into front of next st, then knit into back of the st, then into front again. Makes 3 sts from 1.


Round 1: On 3.25mm needles and using DK yarn, long tail cast on 6 sts.
Round 2: Purl around
Round 3: Knit around
Round 4: Kfb around (12 sts)
Round 5: Knit around
Round 6: (Kfb, K1) around (18 sts)
Round 7: Knit around
Round 8: Knit 2 sts, make bobble (ear), knit 3 sts, make bobble (ear), knit 11 sts

Round 9: Knit around
Round 10: Knit 11 sts, make bobble (leg), knit 3 sts, make bobble (leg), knit 2 sts
Rounds 11-13: Knit around
Round 14: Knit 11 sts, make bobble (leg), knit 3 sts, make bobble (leg), knit 2 sts
Rounds 15-16: Knit around
Round 17: K2tog around (9 sts)
Stuff
Run yarn through remaining sts with tapestry needle and fasten. Poke the yarn end out of the pig's bottom and cut it short to make a tail.


I stitched the eyes with black yarn but you could use beads or little circles of black felt glued on. Or googly eyes.

Variations:




Pig Pig (yes, I'm still conjoining everything. What of it?)

Follow the pattern as above until the end of round 14. Then:

Round 15: Knit around
Round 16: (K2tog, K1) around (12 sts)
Round 17: Knit around
Round 18: K2tog around (6 sts)
Round 19: Knit around
Round 20: Purl around
Run yarn through remaining stitches. Use the yarn tail to try and make this snout look like the snout at the other end.



Baby Pig for Piggybacking Purposes (OK, I think this is the smallest I can make pigs)


Make bobble (baby leg): Kfbf, turn work, purl 3 sts, turn work, k3tog


Long tail cast on 3 sts
Round 1: Purl around (this is fiddly. Persevere.)
Round 2: Knit around
Round 3: Kfb around (6 sts)
Round 4: (Kfb, K1) around (9 sts)
Round 5: Knit around
Round 6: K1, make bobble (ear), k1, make bobble (ear), K2, Kfb, K2 (10 sts)
Round 7: knit around
Round 8: K6, make bobble (baby leg), k1, make bobble (baby leg), k1.
Round 9: knit around
Round 10: K6, make bobble (baby leg), k1, make bobble (baby leg), k1.
Round 11: Knit around
Round 12: K2tog around
Stuff (with a pointy thing)
Run yarn through remaining sts and make tail as per big pig.



Wingalid Pig


For the wings, with DK yarn and a 3mm hook:
Ch 4
Skipping first ch, sc 3 into ch, turn work
*ch3, sc*, repeat twice more
fo, attach to side of pig

I'm happy for you to sell Chichesters made from my pattern, please just include a link to my pattern if selling online.