Topsy-Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys
Blanket: 4 inches by 4 inches
Pigs: 1½ inches long, 1 inch wide
Kids and adults alike will love this cute and clever play on an old foodie favorite. It’s been a perennial in my household—I’ve baked those tiny hot dogs until the dough around them was golden brown more times than I would like to admit. Some of my kids even took them to school for lunch—once another mom telephoned me for the recipe!
With my long history with edible pigs in a blanket as well as knit pigs and knit blankets, I had to combine these favorites for an adorable reversible. I attached the pigs to the blanket with a stitch or two, but it would be fun to have a few separate piggies, too. So grab your fingering-weight yarn (new or leftover) and get started on your own knit pigs in a blanket!
Sample is knit in the discontinued Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton 4-ply Naturally Dyed (100% organic cotton; 50 grams/180 yards/165 meters), fingering weight; 1 hank each in Brazilwood #756 and Medium Indigo #758.
Alternate yarn suggestion: Quince and Co. Finch (100% wool; 50 grams/221 yards), fingering weight, 1 skein each in Dogwood #135 and Glacier #105.
Blanket: U.S. size 3 (3.25 mm) circular, straight, or two double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge
Pigs: U.S. size 2 (3 mm) double-pointed needles, set of four, or size to obtain gauge
Detachable stitch markers
Ruler or tape measure
Black embroidery floss
Blanket: 7 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Pigs: 7½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
© 2022 Susan B. Anderson / Artisan · Reproduced with permission. · “Excerpted from Topsy-Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys by Susan B. Anderson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2013.”
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With Medium Indigo and two double-pointed needles used to work back and forth, cast on 28 stitches.
Rows 1 and 2: (k2, p2), repeat to the end of the row.
Rows 3 and 4: (p2, k2), repeat to the end of the row.
Repeat Rows 1–4 until the Blanket measures 8 inches from the cast-on edge.
Bind off in the k2, p2 pattern. Cut the yarn and pull the end through the remaining stitch. Set aside.
PIGS (Make 3)
Starting at the back end of the body with the set of four double-pointed needles and Brazilwood, cast on 9 stitches, placing 3 stitches on each of the three needles.
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Rnd 1: Knit.
Rnd 2: Kfb in each stitch (6 sts per needle, 18 sts total).
Place a stitch marker on Round 2 and leave it there. Knit every round until the body measures ¾ inch above the stitch marker.
At this point, place the end from the cast-on stitches on a yarn needle. Take some stitches to close the hole and pull the end to the inside and trim. Stuff the Pig with fiberfill and continue to add stuffing until the end.
Decrease Rounds for the Face and Snout:
Rnd 1: (k1, k2tog), repeat to the end of the round (4 sts per needle, 12 sts total remain).
Rnds 2 and 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: (k1, k2tog, k1), repeat on each needle (3 sts per needle, 9 sts total remain).
Rnd 5: Knit.
Rnd 6: Purl.
Rnd 7: (k1, k2tog), repeat on each needle (2 sts per needle, 6 sts total rem).
Finish any remaining stuffing. Cut the yarn and place the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches and tighten to close up the hole. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
EARS (make 2)
With one of two double-pointed needles, pick up 3 stitches with Brazilwood on either side of the center of the top of the head.
Work back and forth with the two needles.
Rows 1–4: Knit.
Row 5: Sl1, k2tog, psso (1 st rem).
Cut the yarn and pull the end through the remaining stitch. Weave the end into the ear toward the body. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
With a double-pointed needle, pick up 2 stitches with Brazilwood at the back end of the body. Work in I-cord for ½ inch.
Next row: K2tog (1 st rem).
Cut the yarn and pull the end through the remaining stitch. Place the end on a yarn needle. Weave the end through the tail and tighten to make the tail curl up. Pull the end to the inside and trim.
With a length of black embroidery floss placed on a yarn needle, take 2 tiny straight stitches, 1 for each eye. For the nostrils, take 2 tiny horizontal straight stitches on the end of the snout.
With a cut length of Brazilwood placed on a yarn needle, take several stitches to attach each of the Pigs with their snouts facing toward the center (or however you’d like them arranged) on one end of the Blanket. Pull the ends into the Pigs and trim to stay inside.
Fold the Blanket in half so the Pigs are on the outside. Place one of the ends on a yarn needle and use the mattress stitch to seam the sides of the Blanket together. Repeat on the other side of the Blanket.