Knitting Experiment: Pig PJs Are Finished

It only took me four tries to knit pajamas for my thrift store piggy bank. Improving on earlier attempts, I came up with a rough pattern to follow.

My quasi-accurate road map for this project.
My quasi-accurate road map for this project.

I was halfway through knitting my third try according to this pattern when I decided I didn’t like the cast-on I was using to close up the ear and leg holes. It was too loose and messy looking. So I unraveled everything and knit it one more time using a different cast on, and I finally got results I liked.


I was particularly happy when I realized I could embroider the pajamas after they were stitched onto the pig; that way I could see where I was putting my flowers and how the whole thing would look in the end.


I love how this project came out. Yes, it took multiple ugly attempts before I settled on a yarn and a pattern that did what I wanted, but all that trial and error is part of the reason I’m so satisfied now. If it had worked on the first try, I don’t know that I would appreciate the finished product as much.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “Knitting Experiment: Pig PJs Are Finished”

    1. I’ve been knitting for decades, so I’ve had plenty of practice. In my experience, practice can match or beat talent. It just takes time. I’ve just started trying things like this because I’ve gotten bored knitting the same old stuff all the time… Thanks for your comment!


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