Project: Knit Flying Pig Mittens

You know what they say about when pig fly? That’s how I felt about my chances of ever getting a ribbon at the Minnesota State Fair. Well, these flying pigs certainly removed those doubts.
Flying Pig Mittens
Hearts are a pretty traditional pattern in Scandinavian patterns, the addition of the pigs adds a whole lot of whimsy.
Since these were for competition I wanted to do something special for the cuff, so I added a hemmed picot edging and a band of pattern before the ribbing. The hemmed edge gives a very neat finished look.
Flying Pig Mittens
Let’s review my tips on working with multiple colors.

  • Your yarn will get twisted. I found that letting it untwist after every few rows saved my sanity. Yes, it adds a little time to your knitting, but it’s so worth it.
  • Twist your yarns together every third or forth stitch. This will keep you from having long floats, keep a more even gauge and a have a neater inside.
  • Vary where your twists are from row to row. When you do a twist in the same place over multiple rows it has a better change of showing through to the front.
  • Do not twist your yarns at the stitch markers on the row before you will do an increase for the thumb. The increases are made by picking up the yarn between the stitches. If you twist here is it is really hard to get the yarn to pick up.
  • Do not twist your yarns between the decrease for the top of the hand and the thumb. I twist here has a tendency to show through to the front of the mittens when worn.

Flying Pig Mittens

Flying Pig Mittens
This pattern makes a woman’s size 8 mitten.

Download a pdf version of the Flying Pig Mittens Pattern


  • Sock weight yarn in red & white or off-white, 1 ball about 260 yards each
  • 4 double-pointed needles in size 2 & size 1 (or sized needed to get gauge)
  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • scrap yarn


  • K = knit
  • P = purl
  • K2tog = knit two stitches together
  • Pm = place maker
  • Sm = slip maker
  • M1r = make one right
  • M1l = make one left
  • Ssk = slip slip knit

Gauge: 9 stitches and 11 rows per inch


Using smaller needle, cast on 72 stitches. Divide between 3 needles. Join together to form a circle. Place a stitch marker to mark end of row.
Rows 1 – 4: Knit
Row 5: *k2tog, yo repeat from * until end of round
Rows 6 – 9: Knit
Row 10: Fold the cuff inside at row 5, pick up the edge of each cast on stitch and knit it with the corresponding stitch on the needle making a hemmed cuff.
Row 11: Purl
Rows 12 – 14: Knit
Rows 15 – 20: work cuff chart

(To make any of the charts larger click on the chart and save it to your computer. Then you can zoom in.)

Rows: 21 – 23: knit
Start working in k2, p2 until desired length.


Change to bigger needles.
Follow the directions below while following hand chart for the colorwork pattern.

Row 1: Kfb, k23, kfb, k23, kfb, k23 (75 stitches)
Row 2: Knit 37, pm, m1r, k1, m1l, pm, k37 (77 stitches)
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit 37, sm, m1r, k3, m1l, sm, k37 (79 stitches)
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: k37, sm, m1r, k5, m1l, sm, k37 (81 stitches)
Rows 7-8: Knit
Row 9: k37, sm, m1r, k7, m1l, sm, k37 (83 stitches)
Rows 10-11: Knit
Row 12: k37, sm, m1r, k9, m1l, sm, k37 (85 stitches)
Rows 13-14: Knit
Row 15: k37, sm, m1r, k11, m1l, sm, k37 (87 stitches)
Rows 16-17: Knit
Row 18: k37, sm, m1r, k13, m1l, sm, k37 (89 stitches)
Rows 19-20: Knit
Row 21: k37, sm, m1r, k15, m1l, sm, k37 (91 stitches)
Rows 22-23: Knit
Row 24: k37, sm, m1r, k17, m1l, sm, k37 (93 stitches)
Rows 25-26: Knit
Row 27: k37, sm, m1r, k19, m1l, sm, k37 (95 stitches)
Rows 28-29: Knit
Row 30: k37, sm, m1r, k21, m1l, sm, k37 (97 stitches)
Rows 31-32: Knit
Row 33: k37, sm, m1r, k23, m1l, sm, k37 (99 stitches total, 25 stitches between markers)
Row 34: k37, put stitches between makers on a scrap piece of yarn, pick up one stitch, k37 (75 stitches on needles)
Row 35: k37, k2tog, k36 (74 stitches)
Rows 36-71: knit
Row 72: ssk, k33, k2tog, ssk, k33, k2tog (70 stitches)
Continue decreasing in this manner (the amount of stitches between the decreases will be two less each row) until 6 stitches remain. Cut the yarn leaving about a six-inch tail. Put the tail on a tapestry needle. Weave through 6 remaining stitches. Pull tight. Weave tail inside.

I chose to carry the white yarn throughout the whole thumb even though it wasn’t used until the top. This kept the whole mitten the same thickness.

Row 1: Put the 25 thumb stitches on the larger needles. Knit. Pick up and knit two stitches from the hand. Place round marker to mark end of round.
Row 2: k25, k2tog (26 stitches)
Row 3-11: knit
Row 12-20: knit while following chart

Row 21: ssk, k9, k2tog, ssl, k9, k2tog (22 stitches)
Continue decreasing in this manner until four stitches remain. Cut the yarn leaving about a six-inch tail. Put the tail on a tapestry needle. Weave through 6 remaining stitches. Pull tight. Weave tail inside.

Make the second hand:
Follow the directions above, but work the chart below instead.


Copyright 2012 Kathy Lewinski
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14 Comments to Project: Knit Flying Pig Mittens
    • Seanna Lea
    • When I took my class with Jared Flood (I know, I was beside myself!), he suggested not twisting the floats. Instead we were directed to work with the balls on each side of you and to simply pull the next color consistently from underneath. It worked very well and resulted in a lot less twisting and a much more even gauge from my experience. So, there are no rules for this either as long as it works for you!

      • Kat
      • Seanna – I do just pull from underneath each other when the colors change ever 2 or less stitches. It’s when I have the longer floats that I twist.

    • NameTina S
    • I love these mittens! I am not a skilled knitter so I could never make them myself but I’d love to have a pair. I’m saving the pattern in the event that I meet a knitter who is skilled enough and willing to knit them for me! I’ll pay someone!!!! These are simply adoreable!

    • Marybeth Potts
    • These are sooooooooooo adorable I can hardly stand it! Congratulations on your accommplishment and state fair ribbon!! Be very proud of yourself! And thank you SO much for sharing the pattern with us.

    • Lisa Crozier
    • Christmas present for my youngest! She is in her first year of vet school. She worked on a hog farm in 2011 for her summer internship and fell in LOVE with SWINE! Her focus in vet school will eventually be on swine! Too cool!

      Congrats on the ribbon!

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