Pigwig is a knitted little girl piglet. I wanted to design a child's toy that was almost completely seamless, but cute and appealing.
My inspiration came from my oldest daughter as she was when she was 3 years old. Toddlers have this wonderful way in which they stand, with little milk bellies out and proud and little feet planted wide. They are completely unselfconscious about their tummies and I tried to capture this in the design of this piglet.
Other than sewing the ears to the head and the head to the body, there is only one tiny 3 stitch seam, which is in a place that is invisible, so Pigwig has no ugly sewn together bits. The rest of her is knitted in one piece. Her "stockings" are knit as part of her, and are not separate...similarly the shoes are part of the foot and not removable.
The dress is knitted from the bottom up in the round on a Magic Loop. There is a small seam (or you can do a Kitchener graft if you prefer) under each sleeve.
Because this is a stuffed toy, you will be better off using a slightly smaller needle than generally recommended, as you want the knitting to be denser, to prevent the stuffing popping out. This is why I recommend you use 2.75mm needles.
:: Skills Requirements ::
To knit this little piglet, you will need to know how to do the following:
Basic knitting stitches, eg K, P, K2tog, P2tog, M1, Kfb, SSK, cast on, cast off, yo.....
2.Judy's Magic Cast On
3. Magic Loop Knitting
4. Crocheting a chain on top of knitted fabric
5. Shadow wrapped short rows
6. Knitting back and forth on a Magic Loop
7. Backward loop Thumb Cast On
8. Picot Cast On with a twist
Whatever appeals to you in terms of embellishments and decoration for Pigwig. I have chosen to do basic embroidery and some embroidered flowers and running stitch, but you can choose whatever you like. There are many tutorials on the Web that will demonstrate these techniques and I won't specifically focus on showing them.
Basic sewing skills...you will be sewing the head and ears on, using spare yarn and a tapestry needle.
Fair isle Knitting...there are countless Youtube videos...just search for tutorials ? If you haven't gotten to grips with Fair Isle knitting, you can just knit in stocking stitch...
Gauge is not important...just make sure your tension remains the same throughout your knitting ?
:: Materials Requirements ::
Colourspun hand-dyed superwash 100% merino DK weight Yarn (#3 Light weight) 210m/100g (230 yards/100g)
Colors: Piggy pink color +/-70g
Shoe/Dress pink +/-60g
Pale blue for the stockings +/- 50g
Small amount of spring green for dress
Oddments of other colors of your choice for embroidering the flowers on her shoes, embellishing your Pigwig
Oddments of yarn to be used as waste yarn
You can substitute the yarn...try to use a yarn that has a similar yardage to a 100g skein. You can choose any colors that you like ?
See the Ravelry Yarn Standards chart here:
Circular Knitting Needles: You need two sets of circular needles (at least 32" in length) Size 2.75mm
Polyester Stuffing Small nosed pliers
Embroidery thread or small amount of black yarn for eyes
Pair of wire looped glass eyes 9mm diameter (optional)**
Crochet Hook 2.00mm
Two DPN's (optional)
Teaspoon/Haemostats/large tweezers (optional)
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I left full-time medical practice when my first daughter was born, and wanted to make some cute outfits for her. That led to learning a host of new skills in various crafts, including sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, photography, decorating, making artist teddy bears, embroidery, quilting etc etc...the list is never-ending :)