If pigs could fly… – english version

Flying knitted piglets

I had one of these piglets when i was a baby and my mum just gave me one for my birthday so i desided to try them myself. When i was a kid my mum got the pattern from a anthroposophical book by freya jaffke for parents who want to make toys from natural materials.  (i could not find it in english…)

You can do this pattern with every kind of yarn and needles. the thicker your yarn, the bigger your piglet.

For the body:

Cast on 24 st and knit 2 rows.
Now start the butt:
Knit 11, make 1, knit 2, make 1, knit 11
knit the next row.
K 12, m 1, k 2, m 1, k 12
Knit next row.
K13, m 1, k 2, m 1, k 13
Knit next row. you should have 30 st.

Cast off 6 st on both ends.
Knit 10 rows.
Make 6 st on both sides.
And knit 6 rows.
Cast off the 6 st on every side.

Now start the head:
Knit 4 rows,
K 6, k 2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, k 6,
Knit one row,

K 5, k 2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, k 5,
Knit one row,

K 4, k 2 tog, k 2, k 2 tog, k 4,
Knit one row,

Continue until you only have 6 st left and cast off.

For the ears:

Cast on 5 st,
Knit 6 rows. (i wanted my ears to be big, so i did 6 st and knitted 7 rows)
K 2 tog, k 1, k 2 tog.
Knit one row,
Slip 1, k 2 tog, drag the first st over the other one and close it.
You need two ears of course.

For the wings:

There is no right wing size, so this pattern is more of an example than a pattern. My mama-pig is on the bigger side and has very small wings, others are small and have big wings. Every pig has its individual cuteness!
I used 7 st but it depends on the yarn you want to use. If it is as thick
as the yarn you made the piglet out of, you should probably use more.
Cast on 7,
Knit 2 rows,
Knit 2, make 1, knit to the last two sts, make 1, knit 2
K 1 row
K 2, m 1, k to the last two sts, m 1, k 2,
K 2 rows,
K 1, knit 2 tog, k to the last 3 sts, k 2 tog, k 1
Continue until you only have 5 sts left.
K 2 tog, k 1, k 2 tog,
Slip 1, k 2 tog, slip the first one over the knitted and close the wing.


Sew the pigs legs to tubes and close its nose and belly.
Now you can put wool inside and close it.

Also the ears and wings need attaching. (it looks very cute if you fold the ears) and if you want a tail: just cochet 6 chain st

You have finished your flying piglet!
Visit the pattern page on ravelry. There are some photos of amazing flying pigs there, pure magic!
And now – have fun knitting!
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