Knitting Pattern | Woolly Sheep Toy

Chinese New Year is on February 19th and we thought we’d welcome in the Year of the Sheep with this woolly sheep knitting pattern. Kung hei fat choi!

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Sheep’s height is 5in (13cm)

Gauge (Tension): 26 sts and 32 rows to 4in (10cm) measured over stockinette (stocking) stitch on size 3

Please see the end of this post for loop knitting technique.

This charming sheep has the fleece for its back and head knitted in one piece, with another piece for the underbelly. Please note that it isn’t a suitable toy for babies and very young children to play with.

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BODY

Using size 3 (3.25mm/UK10) needles and A, cast on 42 sts, placing markers between sts 11 and 12 and between sts 30 and 31. Do not slip markers as you knit, leave them on the first row to use when sewing up.

** Row 1 K1 tbl into each st to end.

Row 2 K1 tbl, loop st into each st to last st, k1 tbl.

Rep these 2 rows 4 times more.

SHAPE BACK LEGS

Next row Cast off 6 sts, k1 tbl into each st to end.

Next row Cast off 6 sts, loop st into each st to last st, k1 tbl.

Patt 8 rows.

SHAPE FRONT LEGS

Next row Cast on 6 sts, k1 tbl into each st to end.

Next row Cast on 6 sts, k1 tbl into first st, loop st into each st to last st, k1 tbl.

Patt 8 rows.

Next row Cast off 6 sts, k1 tbl into each st to end.

Next row Cast off 6 sts, loop st into each st to last st, k1 tbl. *** 30 sts.

SHAPE HEAD

Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll alt row. 16 sts.

Patt 12 rows.

Bind (cast) off loosely by k1 tbl into each st.

UNDERBELLY

Using size 3 (3.25mm/UK10) needles and A, cast on 22 sts and place a marker between sts 11 and 12.

Work as given for body from ** to ***. 10 sts.

Bind (cast) off these 10 sts loosely by k1 tbl into each st.

HEAD

Using size 3 (3.25mm/UK10) needles and B, cast on 18 sts and work 2 rows in st st, starting with a k row.

Inc row K4, M1, (k1, M1) twice, k6, M1, (k1, M1) twice, k4. 24 sts.

P 1 row.

Inc row K5, M1, k3, M1, k8, M1, k3, M1, k5. 28 sts.

P 1 row.

Inc row K6, M1, k3, M1, k10, M1, k3, M1, k6. 32 sts.

P 1 row.

Inc row K7, M1, k3, M1, k12, M1, k3, M1, k7. 36 sts.

Work 11 rows in st st, starting with a p

Dec row K7, k2tog, k1, ssk, k12, k2tog, k1, ssk, k7. 32 sts.

Work 3 rows in st st.

Dec row K6, k2tog, k1, ssk, k10, k2tog, k1, ssk, k6. 28 sts.

P 1 row.

Dec row K5, k2tog, k1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1, ssk, k5. 24 sts.

P 1 row.

Dec row K3, (k2tog, k2) 5 times, k1. 14 sts.

P1 row.

Bind (cast) off.

EARS (MAKE 2)

Using size 3 (3.25mm/UK10) needles and B, cast on 10 sts and work 2 rows in st st, starting with a k row.

Inc row K1, M1, k8, M1, k1. 12 sts.

P 1 row.

Inc row K1, M1, k12, M1, k1. 14 sts.

Work 3 rows in st st.

Dec 1 st at each end of next and every foll alt row to 8 sts.

P 1 row.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.

BACK LEGS (MAKE 2)

Join the body to the underbelly at back leg seams by matching markers. Join rem centre back seam.

With RS of work facing and using size 3 (3.25mm/UK10) needles and A, pick up and knit 20 sts evenly around back leg

of body.

** Dec row K4, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k4. 18 sts.

Change to B and work 8 rows in st st, starting with a k row.

Dec row K1, (k2tog) 8 times, k1. 10 sts.

Dec row P1, (p2tog) 4 times, p1. 6 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. ***

Front legs (make 2)

With RS of work facing and using A, pick up and knit 20 sts evenly around front leg of body.
Work as given for back legs from ** to ***.
Join front leg seams, leaving neck open.
Finishing
Stuff the body making sure the legs are firm. Join centre back head seam. Join head at cast on edge, making sure the back seam is in the middle. Stuff the head firmly and join top seam. Fold the ears in half and join the seam. Attach to each side of the head at the beginning of the head decreases. Attach the loop stitch head piece to front of black head by sewing cast off edge between ears. Position the head into the neck opening and sew loop stitch fabric around head. Embroider two eyes using A.

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This pattern has been excerpted from The Knitting and Crochet Bible.  

Happy knitting!

 

sarahsig

 

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13 thoughts on “Knitting Pattern | Woolly Sheep Toy

  1. Hi Sarah, Thank you, it does help a lot but still unable to complete it. Where are the instructions on how to do the loop stitch. Sorry to be obtuse but if its not here others can’t follow it either.
    Kung hei fat choi to you and yours

  2. Hello Sarah

    Perhaps I’m misreading the pattern but the 12 cast off stitches for the body leaves 30 stitches not 20 as the pattern notes. Have I missed something in the reading of the pattern? Lovely pattern can’t wait to see it completed.

    Many thanks

  3. Hi,
    We’ve had a pattern check and this is a typo – it should read 30 not 20. Thanks for alerting us – hope you can carry on with the pattern now. Please show us the final sheep!

  4. Hi,

    I am a little confused. When shaping the head, should I decrease by 1 stich every row and alt row of the pattern until 16 sts remain (which is 14 rows) and then patt 12 rows? Just need to be sure. Thank you in advance for your kind answer!

  5. Hi Jane,
    The loop knitting instructions are at the bottom of the blog post. It isn’t actually a separate head piece it’s an extension of the body.
    sarah

  6. I have found the shaping of the head totally confusing the number of rows suggested above seems too many and the make up of the head and neck are not clear

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