Sunday, July 2, 2017

Okja the Super Pig amigurumi



Netflix has been putting out some awesome stuff for a while now. Kimmy Schmidt is one of my favorite shows, and there's Orange is the New Black, GLOW, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, House of Cards, and of course Stranger Things! They're also making movies, and the new film Okja is sorta strange, heartwarming, sad, funny, and completely unique. There are big stars on screen and behind the scenes. It's like Free Willy for grownups. The super pig star of the show is a creature named Okja. Okja is a lovable giant pig/hippo/rhino looking animal, and I made him out of yarn. If you want to, here's a pattern!

OKJA
Materials:
  Bulky weight gray yarn (Lion Brand "Hometown USA" -- Dallas Gray)
  Polyester fiberfill
  Black embroidery floss
  8mm brown safety eyes
Tools:
  Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
  Yarn needle
  Embroidery needle
  Quilting pins
  Super glue

*Okja as written measures 10" long. If you would like a smaller doll you can substitute worsted weight yarn and an E hook. Smaller eyes will also be needed.

Pattern:

Body/Head:
Rnd 1: Starting at the back end, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail to close hole.  (6 sts)
Rnd 2: 2 Sc in each st (12 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next st), repeat from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 4: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 5: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 6: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 7-10: Sc into each st.
Rnd 11: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 11 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (39 sts)
Rnds 12-15: Sc into each st.
Rnd 16: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 11 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 17-18: Sc into each st.
Rnd 19: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnd 20: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 21: *(Sc2tog, sc in next 10 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (22 sts)
Rnd 22: Sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next 9 sts (20 sts)
Rnd 23: Sc in 8 sts, sc2tog twice, sc in next 8 sts (18 sts)
Rnds 24-26: Sc in each st.
Rnd 27: *(2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (20 sts)
Rnd 28: Sc in each st.
*Insert a stitch marker to hold your place. Stuff the Body firmly. 
Rnd 29: Sc2tog around (10 sts)
Rnd 30: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Use a yarn needle to sew end closed. Weave in ends.



Muzzle:
Rnd 1: Ch 4. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, 5 sc in last ch, working around to other side, sc in next 2 chs, 5 sc in last ch (14 sts)
Rnds 2-3: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
Pin Muzzle to Head of Okja. Stitch into place with a yarn needle, adding stuffing. Weave in ends.


Ears (Make 2):
Ch 7. Sl st in first st, sc in next 2, hdc in next 2, dc in last ch (6 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Sew to each side of head.



Front Legs (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 3 sc and 4 dc into ring. Pull tail to close ring (7 sts)
Rnd 2: Working into back loops only (BLO) of each st, sc in each st.
Rnds 3-5: Sc into each st.
Rnd 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts (9 sts)
Rnd 7: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st around (10 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Stuff and sew to bottom of Okja as shown.

Back Legs (Make 2):
Rnd 1: Make an adjustable ring, ch 1, work 4 sc and 4 dc into ring. Pull tail to close ring (8 sts)
Rnd 2: Working into BLO of each st, sc in each st.
Rnd 3: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st (9 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc in each st.
Rnd 5: Sc2tog, sc around (8 sts)
Rnd 6: 2 sc in first st, sc in each st (9 sts)
Rnd 7: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Stuff and sew to bottom of Okja as shown.


Tail:
Ch 5. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, hdc in next 2 (4 sts)
Fasten off and leave a long tail. Sew to the back of Okja.




Finishing:
Apply a dab of superglue to the post of each eye and insert into the head as shown. (Using super bulky yarn, it is difficult to use the washer and assemble the eyes, so gluing the eyes into place works better.)

Thread a yarn needle with a strand of gray yarn. Come up beside each eye and stitch a small short stitch over the top of each eye for an eyelid. Weave in ends.

Thread an embroidery needle with black embroidery floss. Stitch nostrils making loop shapes and straight stitches on the muzzle. Stitch a vertical line and two short diagonal lines for the mouth. Refer to photo.



20 comments:

  1. She looks wonderful! Nice job!

    I may have to learn just so I can make one of my own :D

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  2. I thought OKJA was a new movie released based on a huge pig. Are you trying to bring the concept of the pig into knitting. I hope people get inspired by this, cause many loved the movie.

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    1. This pig is crocheted I don't think Allison has any knit patterns on this site.

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  3. Kimmy schmidt is one of my favorite shows as well! it radiates such positivity and every episode makes me so happy and glad for kimmy

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  4. House of cards is a great show and I haven't missed a single episode of it. Your knitting is great and neat. Its so nice of you to share your hand made knitted things here.

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  5. How do we make a version that's a bit bigger than the pattern? This is an awesome pattern btw, it's perfect!

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  8. I just found a typo in the pattern here:

    Rnd 5: *(2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts), repeat from * to end of rnd (30 sts)

    At the end of Round 4, you end up with 24 stitches. At the end of Round 5, the pattern says you should have 30 stitches, but if you follow the "2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts" step, you end up with 32 stitches at the end of Round 5. To end up with 30 stitches at the end of Round 5, the pattern should read, "2 sc in first st, sc in next 3 sts."

    I didn't catch it at first, and I kept ending up with 40 stitches at the end of Round 6 instead of 36 stitches. So I went back and did the match and caught the problem, which is "sc in next 2 sts" when it should be "sc in next 3 sts" in Round 5.

    Thank you for the pattern though, I LOVE this Okja!

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