Last year I decided to sponsor a potbelly pig at a sanctuary in Tennessee. Since I live in Canada that means I will probably never meet him. That doesn’t mean I don’t love him.
I sent him candies for his birthday and valentines but I want to make him something as well.
Pigs LOVE to snuggle under blankets when it’s chilly outside. I love to crochet. A match made in heaven.
It will be a good way to use up the mountains of acrylic yarn I have sitting around and keep him warm too.
In The Beginning
I take terrible photos of my work so this spring I will learn to take better ones. In the meantime this is the start of the blanket for my boy James.
Before I could start the blanket I had to get his dimensions. Now James is a potbelly pig so should be smallish. Turns out his Mom was part farm pig so he weighs 418lbs and is 4 foot 7 long and 4 foot 8 around. He still has a couple of years of growing to do. Even the lady running the sanctuary was surprised by his size.
In order to make him a blanket that will be usable next winter I have decided to go with 6 feet by 5 feet. A large rectangle will do.
The other thing I needed to do is figure out what stitches I wanted to use. Pigs little hoofs can get caught in things with holes so I chose half double crochet stitches. HDC are nice and solid so there should be no piggy toes sticking out.
Other Decisions and Considerations
I am trying to make the blanket in a multitude of colors and blocks. Making something this big would be too hot to do it all in one piece.
I am hoping to use blues and reds and possibly greens and yellows. It will be bright but my James is a superstar so he can pull it off.
If you decide to make blankets to donate to shelters or sanctuaries be aware of one thing. Pigs love blankets, eating and ROOTING. A pigs natural inclination is to root. Rooting their blankets is just normal for them. This causes wear and tear on the blankets. Use a sturdy yarn that will hold up to heavy use.
There are so many rescues and sanctuaries out there doing such amazing work. I am sure they would love to have some blankets donated for all their babies. Here is a list of some of the ones I follow: