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Free Pattern for Cynthia's Sheep

Cynthia

Size
Sheep stands 16cm high.

What you need


A pair of 3¼mm knitting needles.
Double knitting yarn: 50g beige, 25g cream, small amount of black for features.
Amounts are generous but approximate.
Acrylic toy stuffing.
Knitters marking pins for sewing up.

Abbreviations
alt alternate.
beg beginning.
cm centimetres.
foll following.
garter-st garter-stitch. Knit every row.
inc increase. Knit into front then back of stitch.
k knit.
k2 or 3 tog knit 2 or 3 stitches together. If these stitches are the very last in the row
then work together through back of loops.
k-wise knit-ways.
m1 make 1 stitch. Pick up the horizontal loop between the needles and work into the
back of it.p purl.
p2tog p 2 stitches together. If these are the very first in the row then work together
through back of loops.
sts stitches.
stocking-st stocking-stitch. Knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side.
tbl through back of loop.
( ) repeat instructions between brackets as many times as instructed.

Method


Sheep


BODY
Begin at lower edge using the thumb method and beige, cast on 36 sts and work in
garter-st.
Garter-st 2 rows.
Inc row: (k1, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k1) twice 44 sts.
Next and next 2 foll alt rows: k.
Inc row: (k1, m1, k2, m1, k16, m1, k2, m1, k1) twice 52 sts.
Inc row: (k1, m1, k3, m1, k18, m1, k3, m1, k1) twice 60 sts.
Inc row: (k1, m1, k4, m1, k20, m1, k4, m1, k1) twice 68 sts.
Garter-st 25 rows.
Dec row: k2tog, k30, (k2tog) twice, k30, k2tog 64 sts.
Garter-st 3 rows.
Dec row: k2tog, k28, (k2tog) twice, k28, k2tog 60 sts.
Garter-st 3 rows.
Dec row: (k2tog) twice, k22, (k2tog) 4 times, k22, (k2tog) twice 52 sts.
Garter-st 3 rows.
Dec row: (k2tog) twice, k18, (k2tog) 4 times, k18, (k2tog) twice 44 sts.
Cast off in garter-st.

LEGS make 4
Begin at lower edge using the thumb method and cream, cast on 16 sts.
P 1 row.
Inc row: k1, (m1, k2) to last st, m1, k1 24 sts.
Beg with a p row, stocking-st 13 rows.
Cast off 6 sts at beg of next 2 rows 12 sts.
Dec row: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog 10 sts.
Dec row: p2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog 8 sts.
Cast off.

HEAD
Begin at top edge using the thumb method and beige, cast on 16 sts and work in garterst.
Inc row: (inc k-wise) to end 32 sts.
Garter-st 7 rows.
Dec row: k6, (k2tog) twice, k12, (k2tog) twice, k6 28 sts.
K 1 row.
Change to cream and continue in stocking-st.
Next row: (k1 tbl) to end.
Next and next 2 foll alt rows: p.
Inc row: k6, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k6 32 sts.
Inc row: k7, m1, k1, m1, k16, m1, k1, m1, k7 36 sts.
Inc row: k8, m1, k1, m1, k18, m1, k1, m1, k8 40 sts.
Beg with a p row, stocking-st 7 rows.
Dec row: (k3, k2tog) to end 32 sts.
Next and next 2 foll alt row: p.
Dec row: (k2, k2tog) to end 24 sts.
Dec row: (k1, k2tog) to end 16 sts.
Dec row: (k2tog) to end 8 sts.
Thread yarn through remaining sts, pull tight and secure.

EARS make 2
Using the thumb method and cream, cast on 18 sts.
K 1 row.
Dec row: k6, (k3tog) twice, k6 14 sts.
Cast off k-wise.

TAIL
Using the thumb method and beige, cast on 8 sts and work in garter-st.
Garter-st 6 rows.
Shape next row: (k2tog) twice, k2, inc into last 2 sts.
Garter-st 5 rows.
Shape next row: inc into first 2 sts, k2, (k2tog) twice.
Garter-st 5 rows.
Shape next row: (k2tog) twice, k2, inc into last 2 sts.
Garter-st 5 rows.
Dec row: (k2tog) to end 4 sts.
Thread yarn through remaining sts, pull tight and secure.

MAKE UP AND FEATURES
Body - Fold cast on stitches of body in half and over-sew, fold cast off stitches in half
and over-sew. Join row ends leaving a gap, stuff body and close gap.
Legs - Fold cast on stitches of legs in half and over-sew. Join straight row ends and stuff legs and sew to body.
Head - Join row ends of head and stuff and with this seam at centre back, over-sew top
edge. Pin and sew head to body.
Ears - Fold cast off stitches of ears in half and over-sew. Fold row ends in half and catch in place. Sew ears to head at each side.
Tail - Join row ends of tail and sew one end to body.
Features - To make eyes, tie 2 knots in 2 lengths of black yarn, winding the yarn round 6
times to make the knots. Check that the knots are the same size. Tie eyes to head with 3
clear knitted stitches in between and run ends into head. Work nose and mouth in colour
to match eyes, working a 'v' shape for nose and a long stitch from nose to centre of
underneath for mouth. To begin and fasten off invisibly for the embroidery, tie a knot in
the end of yarn and take a large stitch through work coming up to start the embroidery,
allowing knot to disappear through knitting and be caught in the stuffing. To fasten off,
take a few stitches back and forth through work inserting needle where yarn comes out.

Knit as a newborn baby gift

Cynthia's sheep design by Sarah Keen © 2009



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