Knitted nativity sheep

Knitted nativity sheep
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The sheep’s coats are knitted in textured yarns but you could use a regular cream yarn if you prefer. If you want to use a textured yarn, make sure you choose one that is roughly equivalent to DK yarn so that it will be easy to knit on your regular needles.

There are two sizes of sheep. The larger one is lying down so you do not need to knit the legs. The smaller sheep has legs. The large sheep is approx 4 cm (1½ in) high and 10 cm (4 in) long. The small sheep is approx 5 cm (2 in) high and 8 cm (3¼ in) long.

You will need:
For the doll

  • 10 g (¼–½ oz) of specialist cream yarn that is the equivalent of DK yarn
  • A small amount of beige yarn for the face and ears
  • A small amount of black yarn for the features
  • 10 g (¼–½ oz) of polyester toy stuffing

Equipment:

  • A pair of 3 mm (US 2/3) knitting needles
  • A pair of 2.25 mm (US 1) knitting needles (for the ears only)
  • A yarn needle to sew the sheep together

Large sheep (lying down)
Body and head
Cast on 24 sts in cream.
Work 24 rows in st st, beg with a K row.
Next row: Cast off 5 sts, K to end.
Next row: Cast off 5 sts pwise, P to end and break yarn. [14 sts]
Next row: Join beige yarn and K to end.
Work 5 rows in st st, beg with a P row.
Next row: K1, (s1, k2tog, psso) 4 times, K1. [6 sts]
Break yarn, thread it through the remaining sts,
pull it up and secure.

Ears
Make 2 identical pieces.
Using 2.25 mm (US 1) needles, cast on 3 sts in beige.
K4 rows.
Next row: s1, k2tog, psso.
Break yarn and pull through remaining st.

Tail
Cast on 7 sts in cream.
Cast off 7 sts.

To make up the large sheep
To make up, seam along the chin, front and lower edge of the sheep, leaving the tail end open for stuffing. Stuff and then close the tail end. Sew the ears and tail in place. Embroider two French knots for the eyes and a small Y’ shape for the nose and mouth in black yarn, using the photograph as a guide.

You will need
For the small sheep doll:

  • 10 g (¼–½ oz) of specialist cream yarn that is the equivalent of DK yarn
  • A small amount of yarn for the face and legs
  • A small amount of black yarn for the features
  • 10 g (¼–½ oz) of polyester toy stuffing

Equipment:

  • A pair of 3 mm (US 2/3) knitting needles
  • A pair of 2.25 mm (US 1) knitting needles (for the ears only)
  • A yarn needle to sew the sheep together

 

Small sheep
Body and head
Cast on 22 sts in cream.
Work 20 rows in st st, beg with a K row.
Next row: Cast off 4 sts, K to end.
Next row: Cast off 4 sts pwise, P to end and break yarn. [14 sts]
Next row: Join the yarn for the face and K to end.
Work 5 rows in st st, beg with a P row.
Next row: K1, (s1, k2tog, psso) 4 times, K1. [6 sts]
Break yarn, thread it through the remaining sts, pull it up and secure.

Ears
Make 2 identical pieces.
Using 2.25 mm (US 1) needles, cast on 3 sts in the yarn used for the face.
 K 4 rows.
Next row: s1, k2tog, psso.
Break yarn and pull through remaining st.

Tail
Cast on 7 sts in cream.
Cast off 7 sts.

Legs
Make 4 identical pieces.
Cast on 5 sts in the yarn used for the face.
K 4 rows.
Cast off.

To make up the small sheep
Seam along the chin, front and lower edge of the sheep, leaving the tail end open for stuffing. Stuff and then close the tail end. Sew the ears and tail in place. Sew the legs into small tubes so that the rows of garter stitch run along the length of the leg. Sew the legs onto the body. Embroider two French knots for the eyes and a small ‘Y’ shape for the nose and mouth in black yarn.

  • Project from Knitivity by Fiona Goble www.ivypress.co.uk RRP £9.99. To buy visit www.delamores.com or call 0800 488 0708