Come Full Circle and Knit a Sheepcomments (1) May 23rd, 2008
After recently visiting a fine-wool sheep farm, Foxfire Holler, I was inspired to have my very own little lamb to cuddle and care for. The problem is that I live in town that prevents me from keeping actual livestock on my property. No problem! I’ll create my own out of some of the beautiful, natural, handspun yarn form the beautiful Lincoln Corriedale and Merino sheep I enjoyed meeting.
CHOOSE A YARN & STUFFING
Body: I used the handspun, natural color thick and thin yarn spun from a Lincoln Corriedale sheep. A thick bouclé or loopy wool would work great as well.
Face and legs: The natural color merino single ply was my choice. I doubled it to make it closer to a worsted weight. Any worsted weight yarn would be fine.
Eyes and mouth: Use a worsted-weight yarn in a color darker than the face
Knitting needles: The recommended needle sizes are a size one and a size three. Keep the needle size small for tight stitches, as they help prevent the stuffing from peeking through. Feel free to go up in size if you’d prefer.
Tapestry needle: for finishing
Gage: Gage will vary depending on the yarn and needle size used.
Size: The dimensions of the finished sheep is 4 inches high by 5 inches long.
STEP BY STEP
Body: With size 3 needles, cast on 17 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 17 rows.
Row 18, 20, 22: dec 1 st at beginning and end of the row (k2tog).
Row 19, 21: Knit across.
Row 23: Switch to a size 1 needle and worsted-weight yarn to make the face. Cut body yarn leaving an 8-inch tail. Weave in cast on yarn tail.
Face: Work 8 rows in stockinette stitch with the worsted-weight yarn. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch tail for finishing. Thread the needle onto a tapestry needle and through the stitches on the needle from the opposite end; then pull tight to create the nose. Thread the needle with the darker yarn to create the eyes and mouth. I just used one stitch for each eye and a curved stitch for a happy smile. With the remaining 6-inch face yarn tail, sew together the face edges using invisible seaming. Weave in this yarn tail.
Legs: With the size 1 needles, cast on 8 stitches, and knit in stockinette stitch for 10 rows. Cut the yarn leaving an 8-inch tail for finishing. Thread the needle onto a tapestry needle and through the stitches on the needle from the opposite end; then pull tight to create the foot. With the remaining yarn tail, sew together the leg edges, using invisible seaming for all four legs.
Keep this tail but weave in the cast-on tails on each foot. Stuff legs, tamping firmly with the top of the knitting needle.
Ears: With size 1 needles, cast on 3 stitches with the yarn used for the body. Knit 5 rows in stockinette stitch. Cut yarn, leaving a 4-inch tail. Thread the needle onto a tapestry needle, through the stitches on the needle from the opposite end, and then pull tight to create the ear. Keep this tail, but weave in the cast on tails.
Body/face: Stuff the face, tamping down firmly with the top of the knitting needle. Thread the needle with the remaining tail of yarn from the body, and sew together the body edges using invisible seaming leaving a hole to allow you to stuff the cavity of the body. Stuff it nice and fat, and finish off the remaining open stitches. Weave in the remaining yarn.
Legs: Sew on the legs firmly. Weave in the remaining yarn tails.
Ears: Sew on the ears firmly. Weave in the remaining yarn tails.
Tail: Finish off with a fluffy strand of yarn for a happy, wagging tail
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