Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Knitted Sheep

Small in size. Big on texture. This knitted sheep has it all--cables, twists, seed stitch and bobbles.


It's a sampler of sorts and that's what I love about it.

Pattern: Petite Sheep by Melanie Elizondo
Purchased At: Black Sheep Wool Co. for $4.00
Yarn: Dalegarn Heilo
Colors: Natural and Charcoal Gray
Needles: US 3 DPNs
Size: Small (4" tall x 6" in length)

I'd recommend this project to knitters with intermediate skills. It's involved, but because it's small, it can be finished relatively quickly. I spent three evenings on the knitting and saved the sewing and stuffing for the daylight hours. The finishing, by the way, is minimal--only two seams along the belly.


This was the first project I've ever knit that has bobbles and I really loved making them.

I changed the way the legs are finished. Instead of using the recommended U-bolt in each leg, I use chenille covered wires (pipe cleaners)--bent into a U-shape--two for each set of legs. This gives the legs structure like the bolt, without being heavy and floppy.

If you want a copy of this pattern, you will need to contact Black Sheep Wool Company. I believe this pattern is exclusive to their shop.

To give you a size perspective, I took a picture of the sheep with a knitting/sheep themed gift my neighbor gave me for taking care of her house while she was out of town.

Cottage Creations Pattern Books, Wool Wash,
Sheep Towel, Sheep Tape Measure


She's not a knitter, but she knows what I like!

22 comments:

  1. What an interesting knitted sheep. You are right about the different textures. It is a knitted sampler. Very cool.Nice work!
    Your neighbor knows you well!
    Did you need to evacuate? You have been in my prayers. I hope all is well.

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  2. What a cute little sheep! I like the cables and texture too.

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  3. What a great neighbor!!! The sheep sounds like a great project to learn something new!

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  4. Wow, is that ever cute, and a wonderful way to showcase the different knitting stitches and techniques.

    I've never seen anything like it before. Nice job.

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  5. What a cute sheep, and nice job! I agree that your neighbor knows you well! I hope you aren't too soggy down there!

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  6. Oh my gosh! That sheep is so cute! I think this is the first time I have ever wanted to knit a little animal before!

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  7. He's cute!

    Have you seen these patterns? http://www.blackberry-ridge.com/samsue.htm

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  8. Melanie does such fun designs. Good work!

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  9. That sheep is adorable! What a nice neighbor you have:~D

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  10. mamagarrett11:34 AM

    That is so cute. Might have to try that one myself!

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  11. That is adorable! I would love to try to make one. You did fine and fast work, too!

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  12. I like that little sheep! Glad to hear that Edouard didn't turn into anything more serious. It's funny - I always thought if we needed to use our generator, it'd be in the winter because of an ice storm, not in the middle of summer!

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  13. How terribly cute!

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  14. I LOVE that little sheep!!!

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  15. I think your little sheep is just darling. I'm going to mention it on my blog later in the week. Would you mind if I borrowed your photo or would you prefer that I just provide the link to your blog post? I'll give the link even if you say I can use the photo.

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  16. Adorable! I love sheep, especially knitted ones!

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  17. The knitted sheep is adorable!!! I'm going to have to get that pattern. You did a great job on stuffing it.

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  18. how beautiful, you are an artist!

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  19. I just followed the link from Ravelry to check out how you finished this adorable sheep! :)

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  20. Oh my gosh...I love love love that sheep!!!

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Thank you for commenting!
~Tracy