I have been wanting to share this little Suffolk Sheep pattern © with you and thought it would be a nice addition for your nature tables or a new member for your handmade farmyard, it really is an easy beginner pattern, basically 2 rectangles knitted in garter stitch and after everything is sewn up, you will have a little sheep.
- White hand spun Merino yarn
- Black Merino yarn for the ears
- 4 mm knitting needles
- Wool needle for sewing up
- Fleece for stuffing
Cast on 17 stitches and knit a square, approx 32 rows. You can check if you have a square by folding one corner of your knitting across to the other corner, thus folding a triangle, if a perfect triangle is formed, then you know you have a perfect square.
Fold the square in half, in the photo above, the fold is on the right hand side. Start sewing left from the fold, half way down the opening.
Pinch the two edges of the knitting from where you have stopped sewing together to form a leg and sew along the edges.
Repeat on the other side, now you have two legs.
After you have sewn both of the front legs, sew down the underside of the body but not completely. This must be left open for stuffing. Sew the back of the sheep, (down the back edge) and pinching both of the legs separately together and sewing them as you did for the front legs.
This is the body of your sheep on the wrong side. Both pairs of front and back legs are visible, Now turn your sheep onto the right side.
Stuff the body and when it is firm, sew up the tummy.
The Body sewn up and stuffed.
Cast on 9 stitches and knit 12 rows,
Thread your needle through your cast off edge and pull tight as seen in the photo below.
Now you have a nice round edge.
Finished sheep head, the round front of the head on the left and sewn curved underside. Stuff this with fleece. Sew onto the front of the body.
Sew on the tail.
With your black yarn sew a small loop to weave the ears. Just weave in and out of the loop.
Weave in and out both loops for the ears.
and he is finished!
I hope you enjoy knitting this little character and if you do, please pop by my Mamma4earth Ravelry group and post your photo in the finished items thread, it would be wonderful to see your finished projects:) I am very excited to share that my Ravelry group has grown to a wonderful 250 members and I am so happy that my dear friend Carle‘ has agreed to help me on my group as a moderator. Pop by over there and say hi if you have a chance:)