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Angry Bird - Happy Pig

posted Jan 3, 2012, 5:46 AM by Heidi Narum   [ updated Jan 3, 2012, 5:46 AM ]
 
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Bird

I think this washable wool blend will work nicely for the golf club project – it is tough and washable. I made the entire sock on size 6 needles until I got to the beak. I used size 5 double pointed because that is what they had at the store and I think it made a denser fabric for stuffing.  I changed the beak and work each on as row 2 (decreasing after the first stitch and before the last stitch on every other section) with a knit row in-between. I think it came out great. I did not do Kitchener stitch but just ran the yarn through and after tying a tiny knot I hid the end inside the beak. (I did a similar finish on the feathers.) I think it is pointer this way. I tried doing the duplicate stitch and using a crochet hook to add the eye details but I was not happy with either technique. I ended up embroidering with a chain stitch and using French knots for the pupils. Both the bird and the pig came out so cute and an interesting presentation idea for the wine.

 
 
Happy Pig  http://ravel.me/NarumKnits/9l16w
 

Pig

The pig is part of a set I made to cover wine as a Christmas present for my father. I modified the bird pattern. I used size 5 circulars and double pointed for the entire project. After knitting the sock in green yarn I added the ears by making a rectangle 5 stitches wide by 20 rows long. Fold in half and sew up one side making a sort of pocket with a round edge at the top and the CO and BO edges on the bottom. Sew these edges to the pigs head in a semicircle. For the nose I CO 24 stitches and then distributed them evenly among 4 double pointed needles. Knit 10 rounds evenly before decreasing by (K2, K2tog) repeat to end – Knit next round – (K1, K2tog) repeat to end – K next round – K2 tog repeat for 2 rounds. Run end through open stitches, pull tight and fasten on wrong side. I think it would have made a flatter surface if you skip the knitting rounds and only do the decrease rounds. Make two French knots for the nostrils on the nose. Attach in center of face. Using a chain stitch embroider the eyes and eyebrows. Finish off using French knots for the pupils and mouth.

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