Whether you’re going to market or staying home, you’ll love this little pig hat knitting pattern!
My mom was cleaning recently and found my piggy bank in one of their closets. She texted a picture and I remembered how much I loved that thing! He’s a sweet little blushing pig with closed eyes, a shy smile and an inexplicable pink and white striped sweater. And the crazy thing is, it’s an old school ceramic piggy bank, you know, the kind that doesn’t have a cork or anything in the bottom. And do you know what that means?!?! It means there’s no way to get the money out without breaking it. And by it, I mean HIM, because my piggy bank was the cutest little guy ever and I considered him a person. Unfortunately he is also full of pennies so he weighs a ton. I’m sure the combined total is less than $5 but still it’s a tough choice! Anyway, all joking aside, his sweet face inspired this adorably little pig hat for baby V complete with sweet sleepy eyes. I think it turned out just so darn cute! Remember, if you make one, please share it with me! Scroll on down for the free pattern!Looking for the pattern? Here's how it works: This pattern is available for free in one size right here on my site (keep scrolling down). Or you can purchase an upgraded PDF pattern that is ad-free and easy to print in just one or two nicely formatted pages. The PDF printable also contains instructions for additional sizes including 0-3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 2T+! You can purchase the PDF patterns either via Etsy or Ravelry. There is a very small fee for the PDF version and this helps me keep Little Red Window running! Thank you so much for loving my patterns!
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Gauge: 20 st. = 4 inches
Worsted weight yarn in Dusty Rose (light pink) and Charcoal
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
Using long-tail cast on, cast on 72 stitches onto your circular needles with the pink yarn color. Join to knit in the round and knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch in a rib stitch for 5 rounds.
Knit until the hat is about 5 inches long.
Decrease (divide the stitches between 3 double pointed needles and knit with the 4th):
Round 1: (k6, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: Knit all stitches
Round 3: (k5, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 4: Knit all stitches
Round 5: (k4, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 6: Knit all stitches to the end of the round.
Round 7: (k3, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Round 8: Knit all stitches to the end of the round
Round 9: (k2, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 10: Knit all stitches
Round 11: (k1, k2tog) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 12: Knit all stitches
Round 13: k2tog repeat to the end of the round
Cut yarn, pull through loops and close. Weave in ends.
To knit the pig ears (make 4):
Using your double pointeds as straight needles, cast on 11 stitches. Leave a long tail to stitch the ears to the hat.
Row 1: purl all stitches
Rows 2-7: knit even rows, purl odd rows
Row 8: k2tog, k7, ssk
Row 9: p2tog, p5, p2tog
Row 10: k2tog, k3, ssk
Row 11: purl all stitches
Row 12: k2tog, k1, ssk
Row 13: purl all stitches
Row 14: k3tog, cut yarn and pull the end through the loop, weave in that end.
To assemble the ears:
Hold two ears wrong sides (purl sides) together and use one of the cast on tails to carefully stitch them together around the edges. Then use the other cast on tail to securely stitch the ear to the hat.
To make the snout:
Using your double pointeds as straight needles, cast on 4 stitches. Leave a long tail to stitch the snout to the hat.
Row 1: kfb 4 times
Row 2: purl all stitches
Row 3: kfb, k6, kfb
Row 4 – 8: purl even rows, knit odd rows
Row 9: k2tog, k6, ssk
Row 10: purl all stitches
Row 11: k2tog, k2tog, ssk, ssk
Bind off and weave in end.
Use the long cast on tail to stitch the snout to the hat.
To add the nostrils and eyes:
Using a yarn needle and the charcoal yarn stitch two long vertical stitches for the nostrils. Then to make each eye, make a long horizontal stitch but leave it loose so it can curve downward. Then stitch through that yarn and outward to make the eyelashes and hold that curve in place. (I’m sorry, that second picture is kind of creepy, I promise, no pigs were harmed in the making of this tutorial!)
And that’s it! Put it on your little piggy!
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