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Have Ewe Any Wool?

by Chris de Longpré

have ewe any wool
» photos: Brandy Fortune
Intermediate

My whimsical stuffed ewe came to life as the result of the many, many requests I’ve received over the years to create a sheep. Knitters seem to like sheep (for some reason). When I start a new stuffed toy design, I first think about the distinguishing features of the animal I’m creating. It’s a bit like drawing a cartoon. I pick one or two characteristics as the focal point for my design.

For the sheep, I knew that a woolly texture was necessary, but what else makes a sheep a sheep? The ears! Until I sewed on the sheepy ears she wasn’t a true ewe.

Determining the distinguishing features I will use in a design is the most creative part of the process. Once on the needles, you’ll hear lots of giggling from my studio as the personality of the design emerges. Designing toys takes me to my happy place, and there’s no place I’d rather work.


Finished Measurements

7 inches tall when seated.

Materials

Filatura Di Crosa Flying (sheepy yarn) [1.75 oz./50 g] () [37% Alpaca/37% Wool/25% Acrylic/1% Polyamide; 82 yards/75 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram ball];

#01 Cream (sheepy yarn); 1 ball (55 yards)

Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride (smooth yarn) [4.0 oz./113 g] () [85% Wool/15% Mohair; 190 yards/174 meters per 4 ounce/113 gram ball];

#M11 White Frost (MC, smooth yarn); 1 skein (45 yards)
 #M05 Onyx (CC, smooth yarn); 1 skein (3 yards)

Recommended needle sizes

US #6/4mm dpns (set of 4), or 2 circular needles, or 1 long circular needle (depending on preferred circular knitting style)

Notions

Tapestry needle
High quality Polyfil stuffing (Soft n Sassy by Joann's is recommended)

Gauge

20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches

Pattern Notes

Knit circularly from the bottom to the tip of the nose. Ears, legs, and tail are constructed separately and sewn on. Features are embroidered last.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, simple embroidery

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Bottom

With sheepy yarn cast on 6 sts. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Kfb around: 12 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: Kfb around: 24 sts.
Rnds 4 and 5: Knit around.
Rnd 6: * Kfb, k1; repeat from * around: 36 sts.
Rnds 7-9: Knit around.
Rnd 10: * Kfb, k2; repeat from * around: 48 sts.
Rnds 11-14: Knit around.
Rnd 15: * Kfb, k3; repeat from * around: 60 sts.

Body

Rnds 1-4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: * K2, ssk, k12, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 54 sts.
Rnds 6-8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: * K2, ssk, k10, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 48 sts.
Rnds 10-12: Knit around.
Rnd 13: * K2, ssk, k8, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 42 sts.
Rnds 14-15: Knit around.
Rnd 16: * k2, ssk, k6, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 36 sts.
Rnds 17-18: Knit around.
Rnd 19: * K2, ssk, k4, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 30 sts.
Rnds 20 and 21: Knit around.
Rnds 22: * K2, ssk, k2, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 24 sts.
Leaving sts on the needle(s), stuff body.
Rnd 23: K2tog around: 12 sts.

Detail

Back Neck

Note: Back Neck is worked flat over 8 Sts at center back; round begins at center of these 8 sts.
Set Up Row: Knit the first 4 sts of the next round. Turn. * Pfb, P1; repeat from * 3 times more: 12 sts. Turn.
Row 1: Sl 1, k11.
Row 2: Sl 1, p11.
Rows 3-11: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 a total of 4 times, then Rep Row 1 once more.

Shape Crown (Cont working flat)
Row 1: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, k3, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, p4, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, k5, ssk, k1, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, p5, p2tog, turn.
Row 6: K5, ssk: 6 sts.

Break sheepy yarn. With MC smooth yarn, from the RS, pick up and knit 8 sts along the left side of neck; knit 4 sts at center front neck; pick up and knit 8 sts along the right side of neck; knit 3 Sts from crown. Rnd now begins at center crown, with 3 unworked Sts: 26 sts.

Detail

Face

Resume working in the round.
Rnd 1: K11, k2tog twice, k11: 24 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: K3, k2tog 4 times, k2, k2tog 4 times, k3: 16 sts.
Rnd 4: Knit around.
Rnd 5: K1, k2tog, (k2, k2tog) 3 times, k1: 12 sts.
Rnds 6-8: Knit around.
Leaving sts on the needle(s), stuff neck, head, and face.
Rnd 9: K1, k2tog, (k2, k2tog) twice, k1; repeat from * around: 9 sts.
Rnds 10-12: Knit around.
Leaving sts on the needle(s), stuff nose. Break yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull up and tie off.

Ears (worked flat, make 2)

With MC smooth yarn cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Kfb twice, k1: 5 sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: K1, kfb twice, k2: 7 sts.
Row 5: Purl across.
Row 6: K1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1: 5 sts
Row 7: Purl across.
Row 8: Knit across.
Row 9: Purl across.
Row 10: Ssk, k1, k2tog: 3 sts
Row 11: Purl across.
Row 12: Ssk, k1.
Bind off remaining sts. Repeat for second ear.
Sew ears in place on either side of crown.

Features

With CC smooth yarn, make eyes with lazy-daisy stitches. Make nose with straight stitches. With sheepy yarn, embroider 4 or 5 loops on crown, between ears.

Tail (worked flat)

With sheepy yarn, cast on 3 sts.
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Kfb twice, k1: 5 sts.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across.
Row 5: Purl across.
Row 6: Kfb, k1, k2tog: 3 sts.
Row 7: Purl across.
Row 8: Ssk, k1.
Bind off remaining sts. Sew to bottom of back.

Legs And Feet (worked in the round, make 4)
With sheepy yarn, cast on 9 sts. PM and join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnds 1-6: Knit 6 rnds.
Rnds 7-24: Switch to MC smooth yarn and knit 18 rnds.
Foot
Rnd 1: K3, kfb, k4, kfb: 11 sts.
Rnds 2-5: Knit around.
Rnd 6: K3, k2tog, k4, k2tog: 9 sts.
Rnd 7: Knit around.
Leaving sts on the needle(s), stuff foot, leaving leg unstuffed. Break yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull up and tie off. Repeat for other legs and feet. With CC smooth yarn, sew a loop from the back of the foot at center, over the toe, and back to center back. Pull up tight and tie off. Referring to photo, sew to body.

FINISHING

Weave in ends.

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Longpre

Chris has been publishing patterns under the trade name Knitting At KNoon Designs, LLC since 2003. She knitted her first stuffed toys in 2006 and hasn’t been able to stop the flood of new toy ideas since. Watch for her new book of toys in 2012 in her Timeless Knits series. You can see more of Chris’s work at her website.

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