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Sheep Kristi Tullus, http://sidrun.spire.ee Size 32 cm (10 1/2") tall, with DK weight alpaca wool

Sheep

Kristi Tullus, http://sidrun.spire.ee

Size

32 cm (10 1/2") tall, with DK weight alpaca wool and a 2,50 mm crochet hook.

Difficulty

3. Intermediate – includes some more complicated crochet stitches.

Skills required

Crocheting in spiral, crocheting in rounds, chain, slip, single and double crochet stitch, increasing and decreasing.

Contact Info

Pattern includes unlimited support from me over email or Skype. Crochet photo and video tutorials and helpful tips are available on my website.

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helpful tips are available on my website. kristi@spire.ee http://sidrun.spire.ee a0kristi Copyright © 2014 TÜ

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Copyright © 2014 TÜ Spire. All right reserved. Contents of this document MAY NOT be copied, reproduced, altered, published or distributed in any way. You MAY sell finished products made with this pattern, provided you credit me (KristiTullus, http://sidrun.spire.ee) as the designer.

Tip! You can use the same pattern to make larger or smaller toys by using
Tip! You can use the same pattern to make larger or smaller toys by using
Tip! You can use the same pattern to make larger or smaller toys by using

Tip! You can use the same pattern to make larger or smaller toys by using finer or bulkier yarn. Pick a crochet hook at least a size smaller than suggested on the yarn label and crochet tightly enough to achieve a tight gauge that will not allow the stuffing to show through the fabric. You may also need to adjust the size of the safety eyes.

Materials & Tools

Yarn. I used DK weight 100% alpaca wool,

100 m = 50 g (109 yds = 50 g) / 8 ply /

11 wpi. You

will need about 90 g of yarn for the fleece and about 40 g for the limbs and ears.

2,25 - 2,75 mm crochet hook (US size 1/B - 2/C) or according to the yarn.

Polyester fiberfill, wool, wadding etc. for stuffing.

12 mm (1/2") safety toy eyes or buttons, beads, felt etc.

Cotton embroidery floss.

Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.

Abbreviations

• Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker. Abbreviations • mr, • sl st = slip stitch (single

mr,

sl st = slip stitch (single crochet stitch in UK and Australia).

ch = chain stitch.

sc = single crochet stitch (double crochet stitch in UK and Australia).

bo = bobble stitch – crochet 5 double crochet stitches together in the same stitch (see page 10).

inc = increase – crochet two single crochet stitches in the same stitch.

inc3 = double increase – crochet three single crochet stitches in the same stitch.

dec = crochet two single crochet stitches together using the invisible decrease (see page 10).

sc2tog = crochet two single crochet stitches together using the regular method.

sc (or sl st, ch etc.) n = make n single crochet stitches (or sl st, ch etc.), one in each stitch.

sc + bo = crochet all stitches in the same stitch.

(sc 4, inc) x n = repeat the pattern between parentheses n times.

(sc 4, inc) x 6 (36) = number of stitches in a round after finishing round.

sc n = magic ring – crochet n single crochet stitches in to the adjustable loop (see page 11).

Notes

Work in a continuous spiral, do not join or turn, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.

Use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to mark the end or the beginning of a round.

All stitches are worked in to both loops, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.

Color Code

A – Yarn for the fleece, in this example ivory.

B – Yarn for the limbs and ears, in this example dark gray.

Head

The fleece is crocheted in rounds, starting each row with a chain and joining each round with a sl st through the first stitch. Do not count them as stitches. Crochet the first sc or bo in the first stitch.

With A:

1:

mr, sc 10, sl st in 1 st sc

(10)

2:

ch, (sc, bo + sc) x 5, sl st in 1 st sc

(15)

3:

ch, (sc 2, inc) x 5, sl st in 1 st sc

(20)

4:

ch, (sc, bo + sc) x 10, sl st in 1 st sc

(30)

5:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(30)

6:

ch,

(bo + sc, sc) x 15,

sl st in 1 st bo

(45)

7:

ch, (sc 4, inc) x 9, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

8:

ch, (sc 2, bo) x 18, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

9:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

10: ch, sc, bo, (sc 2, bo) x 17, sc,

(54)

11:

sl st in 1 st sc ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

12:

ch, (bo, sc 2) x 18, sl st in 1 st bo

(54)

13:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

14:

ch, (sc 2, bo) x 18, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

15:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

16:

ch, sc, bo, (sc 2, bo) x 17, sc, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

17:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(54)

18:

ch, (bo, sc 2) x 18, sl st in 1 st bo

(54)

19:

ch, (sc 4, dec) x 9, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

20:

ch, (sc 2, bo) x 15, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

Fasten off. Attach yarn B with a slip stitch in the first stitch and continue crocheting in spiral.

With B:

21:

sl st (counts as first stitch), sc 13, sc2tog, (sc 2, sc2tog) x 4, sc 13

(40)

22:

sc in each stitch

(40)

23:

(sc 6, dec) x 5

(35)

24-25: sc in each stitch

(35)

26:

sc 2, dec, (sc 5, dec) x 4, sc 3

(30)

27:

sc in each stitch

(30)

Attach safety toy eyes between rounds 24 and 25, leaving 14 stitches (count 13 holes) between them (see page 5).

Start stuffing the head. Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rounds, stuffing the head firmly.

28:

(sc 4, dec) x 5

(25)

29:

sc in each stitch

(25)

30:

sc, dec, (sc 3, dec) x 4, sc 2

(20)

31:

(dec, sc 8) x 2

(18)

32:

(sc, dec) x 6

(12)

33:

dec x 6

(6)

Finish stuffing. Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail, and fasten off. Pick up all remaining stitches and close the opening (see page 5).

Body

The fleece is crocheted in rounds, starting each row with a chain and joining each round with a sl st through the first stitch. Do not count them as stitches. Crochet the first sc or bo in the first stitch.

With A:

1:

mr, sc 10, sl st in 1 st sc

(10)

2:

ch,

(sc, bo + sc)

x 5, sl st in 1 st sc

(15)

3:

ch, (sc 2, inc) x 5, sl st in 1 st sc

(20)

4:

ch, (sc, bo + sc) x 10, sl st in 1 st sc

(30)

5:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(30)

6:

ch,

(bo + sc, sc) x 15,

sl st in 1 st bo

(45)

7: ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

8:

ch, (sc 2, bo) x 15, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

9:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

10: ch, sc, bo, (sc 2, bo) x 14, sc,

(45)

11:

sl st in 1 st sc ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

12:

ch, (bo, sc 2) x 15, sl st in 1 st bo

(45)

13:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

14:

ch, (sc 2, bo) x 15, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

15:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

16:

ch, sc, bo, (sc 2, bo) x 14, sc, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

17:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(45)

18:

ch, (bo, sc 2) x 15, sl st in 1 st bo

(45)

19:

ch, (sc 13, sc2tog) x 3, sl st in 1 st sc

(42)

20:

ch, (sc 2, bo) x 14, sl st in 1 st sc

(42)

21:

ch, sc 4, sc2tog, (sc 2, sc2tog) x 8, sc 4, sl st in 1 st sc

(33)

22: ch, sc, bo, (sc 2, bo) x 10, sc,

(33)

sl st in 1 st sc 23: ch, (sc 3, sc2tog) x 6, sc 3,

(27)

24:

sl st in 1 st sc ch, (bo, sc 2) x 9, sl st in 1 st bo

(27)

25:

ch, sc in each stitch, sl st in 1 st sc

(27)

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail, and fasten off. Stuff the body firmly.

Arms (make 2)

With B:

1:

mr, sc 6

(6)

2:

inc x 6

(12)

3:

(sc, inc) x 6

(18)

4:

(inc, sc 2) x 6

(24)

5:

sc 8, dec, (sc, dec) x 2, sc 8

(21)

6:

sc in each stitch

(21)

7:

sc 10, dec, sc 9

(20)

8:

sc 7, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 6

(18)

9:

(dec, sc 7) x 2

(16)

10: sc 7, dec, sc 7

(15)

Stuff the hands firmly. Make a long vertical stitch along the front of the hoof, draw it very tight and knot the yarn ends together (see page 7-8).

Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rows, stuffing the arms lightly about half way up.

11: sc 4, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 4 12-14: sc in each stitch 15: sc 6, dec, sc 5 16-18: sc in each stitch 19: sc 6, dec, sc 4 20-28: sc in each stitch 29: sc 9, dec

(10)

(11)

(11)

(12)

(12)

(13)

(13)

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Finish stuffing.

Legs (make 2)

With B:

1:

mr, sc 6

(6)

2:

inc x 6

(12)

3:

(sc, inc) x 6

(18)

4:

(inc, sc 2) x 6

(24)

5:

(sc 3, inc) x 6

(30)

6:

sc 10, dec, (sc 2, dec) x 2, sc 10

(27)

7:

sc 11, dec, sc, dec, sc 11

(25)

8:

(sc 7, dec) x 2, sc 7

(23)

9:

dec, sc 9, dec, sc 10

(21)

10:

sc 9, dec, sc 10

(20)

11:

(sc 5, dec) x 2, sc 6

(18)

12:

sc 8, dec, sc 8

(17)

Stuff the feet firmly. Make a long vertical stitch along the front of the hoof, draw it very tight and knot the yarn ends together (see page 7-8).

Keep adding a bit of fiberfill after every few rows, stuffing the legs lightly.

13: sc 7, dec, sc 8

(16)

14-15: sc in each stitch

(16)

16: sc 7, dec, sc 7

(15)

17-19: sc in each stitch

(15)

20: sc 7, dec, sc 6

(14)

21-29: sc in each stitch

(14)

30: (sc, dec) x 4, sc 2

(10)

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Finish stuffing.

Ears (make 2)

1:

mr, sc 6

(6)

2:

(inc, sc) x 3

(9)

3:

(sc 2, inc) x 3

(12)

4:

sc, inc, (sc 3, inc) x 2, sc 2

(15)

5:

(sc 4, inc) x 3

(18)

6:

sc 2, inc, (sc 5, inc) x 2, sc 3

(21)

7-12: sc in each stitch

(21)

13:

dec, sc 9, dec, sc 8

(19)

14:

sc in each stitch

(19)

15:

sc 14, dec, sc 3

(18)

16:

dec, sc 6, dec, sc 8

(16)

Fold the ear in half and crochet over the top with single crochet stitches (see page 8). Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off.

Head

a ) Attach safety toy eyes after finishing round 27.

Tip! If your gauge is on the looser side, put a thin layer of your stuffing material between the fabric and washer to keep them from showing through the fabric.

and washer to keep them from showing through the fabric. 1. Attach the eyes between rows

1. Attach the eyes between rows 24 and 25, leaving

14 stitches (count 13 holes) between them.

and 25, leaving 14 stitches (count 13 holes) between them. 2. Make sure you are satisfied

2. Make sure you are satisfied with the placement of the eyes before pushing the washer in to place.

b ) Finish the head and stuff it firmly. Close the opening by picking up all the remaining stitches and pulling the center tightly closed.

remaining stitches and pulling the center tightly closed. 1. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail,

1. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and draw the end

through the loop. Thread the yarn tail on to a yarn needle.

through the loop. Thread the yarn tail on to a yarn needle. 3. Grab the yarn

3. Grab the yarn and pull until the hole is tightly closed.

3. Grab the yarn and pull until the hole is tightly closed. 2. Insert the needle

2. Insert the needle from the center and under the front loop only. Draw the yarn through. Pick up all the remaining stitches.

Draw the yarn through. Pick up all the remaining stitches. 4. Insert the needle into the

4. Insert the needle into the center and bring the yarn to the bottom of the head.

c ) Use yarn to shape the head.

c ) Use yarn to shape the head. 1. Insert the needle from the bottom of

1. Insert the needle from the bottom of the head and

bring it up right next to the eye.

bottom of the head and bring it up right next to the eye. 3. Grab the

3. Grab the yarn tails and tug gently, pulling the eye in

just a bit.

d ) Embroider the nose. Draw each stitch quite tight.

a bit. d ) Embroider the nose. Draw each stitch quite tight. 1. Insert the needle

1. Insert the needle from the bottom of the head and

bring it up just above the last round. Make a vertical

stitch and bring the needle up where the nose starts.

stitch and bring the needle up where the nose starts. 2. Go about half way around

2. Go about half way around the eye and insert the

needle right next to the eye. Bring it to the bottom of the head.

right next to the eye. Bring it to the bottom of the head. 4. Knot the

4. Knot the yarn tails together. Do the same with the

other eye.

the yarn tails together. Do the same with the other eye. 2. Go under the vertical

2. Go under the vertical stitch.

3. Insert the needle where the nose ends and bring it up where the mouth

3. Insert the needle where the nose ends and bring it up

where the mouth begins.

where the nose ends and bring it up where the mouth begins. 5. Insert the needle

5. Insert the needle where the mouth ends and bring it

to the bottom of the head.

where the mouth ends and bring it to the bottom of the head. 4. Go under

4. Go under the vertical stitch.

to the bottom of the head. 4. Go under the vertical stitch. 4. Knot the yarn

4. Knot the yarn ends together under the head.

Tip! Finish embellishing the head before you sew it to the body. This way you can fasten all yarn tails securely with a knot under the head.

Arms & Legs

a ) Finish the hoofs, stuff firmly and make a stitch along the front.

the hoofs, stuff firmly and make a stitch along the front. 1. Finish the hoof and

1. Finish the hoof and stuff it firmly. Insert the needle

from the top, leaving a short tail.

Insert the needle from the top, leaving a short tail. 2. Go straight down and insert

2. Go straight down and insert the needle just above

the first round.

3. Bring the yarn back up. Grab the yarn tails and draw the stitch very

3. Bring the yarn back up. Grab the yarn tails and draw

the stitch very tight.

Ears

up. Grab the yarn tails and draw the stitch very tight. Ears 4. Knot the yarn

4. Knot the yarn tails together.

a ) Finish the ears, fold them in half and crochet over the top with single crochet stitches.

half and crochet over the top with single crochet stitches. 1. Fold the ear in half.

1. Fold the ear in half. Insert the hook through all four

stitches.

the ear in half. Insert the hook through all four stitches. 3. Crochet over the opening.

3. Crochet over the opening.

hook through all four stitches. 3. Crochet over the opening. 2. Yarn over and draw up

2. Yarn over and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw

through all loops.

and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through all loops. 4. Cut the yarn,

4. Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off.

Assembling the sheep

a ) Finish all the pieces. Sew the arms and legs to the body and ears to the head.

Tip! Sew the head to the body first. Use sewing pins to attach the pieces to the head and body before sewing to find the right placement and get a symmetrical result.

1. Pin the body to the head before sewing, to make sure you will get

1. Pin the body to the head before sewing, to make

sure you will get a symmetrical result. Sew the head to the body.

you will get a symmetrical result. Sew the head to the body. 3. Push the top

3. Push the top of the arms flat and insert the needle

through both stitches.

the arms flat and insert the needle through both stitches. 5. Sew the legs to the

5. Sew the legs to the body just above the second row

of bobbles, a bit more to the front of the body.

second row of bobbles, a bit more to the front of the body. 2. Add a

2. Add a bit more stuffing before closing the seam.

body. 2. Add a bit more stuffing before closing the seam. 4. Sew the arms to

4. Sew the arms to the sides of the body just below

the last row of bobbles.

to the sides of the body just below the last row of bobbles. 6. Sew the

6. Sew the ears to the head.

b ) Finish sewing and hide all yarn tails.

Tip! You can weave in any loose yarn ends or fasten them more securely with a knot and hide inside the pieces (see page 13).

Crochet Stitches

Bobble Stitch

Crochet 5 double crochet stitches together in the same stitch.

5 double crochet stitches together in the same stitch. 1. Yarn over once. 4. Yarn over

1. Yarn over once.

stitches together in the same stitch. 1. Yarn over once. 4. Yarn over and draw through

4. Yarn over and draw through

the first two loops on the hook.

Invisible decrease

through the first two loops on the hook. Invisible decrease 1. Insert the hook under the

1. Insert the hook under the front

loop of the first single crochet stitch.

Do not yarn over.

loop of the first single crochet stitch. Do not yarn over. 2. Insert the hook through

2. Insert the hook through the stitch.

Do not yarn over. 2. Insert the hook through the stitch. 5. Repeat in the same

5. Repeat in the same stitch four more times until you have five half finished double crochet stitches on the hook.

have five half finished double crochet stitches on the hook. 2. Insert the hook under the

2. Insert the hook under the front loop of the second stitch and pick it up onto the hook.

loop of the second stitch and pick it up onto the hook. 3. Yarn over and

3. Yarn over and draw up a loop.

pick it up onto the hook. 3. Yarn over and draw up a loop. 6. Yarn

6. Yarn over and draw through all

six loops on the hook. Use your finger to push the bobble to the front of your work.

your finger to push the bobble to the front of your work. 3. Yarn over and

3. Yarn over and draw through

the first two loops. Yarn over and

draw through all loops.

Amigurumi Essentials

Magic Ring

A magic ring is a way to begin crocheting in round by crocheting the first round in to an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight. Alternatively you can chain 2, crochet n single crochet stitches into the second chain from hook.

n single crochet stitches into the second chain from hook. 1. Make a loop an inch

1. Make a loop an inch from the

yarn end. Grab the join with

your thumb and forefinger.

the yarn end. Grab the join with your thumb and forefinger. 4. Pull the yarn tight.

4. Pull the yarn tight. This does

not count as the first single crochet stitch.

This does not count as the first single crochet stitch. 7. Continue crocheting over the loop

7. Continue crocheting over the

loop and the yarn tail until you have the required number of sc for the first round, usually six.

required number of sc for the first round, usually six. 2. Insert the hook through the

2. Insert the hook through the

loop from front to back, yarn over

and draw up a loop.

the loop from front to back, yarn over and draw up a loop. 5. Start the

5. Start the first sc . Insert the

hook through the starting loop from front to back.

the hook through the starting loop from front to back. 8. Grab hold of the yarn

8. Grab hold of the yarn tail and

pull until the center is tightly

closed.

the yarn tail and pull until the center is tightly closed. 3. Yarn over and draw

3. Yarn over and draw through

the loop.

is tightly closed. 3. Yarn over and draw through the loop. 6. Draw up a loop.

6. Draw up a loop. Yarn over and

draw through both loops.

Finishing an open piece

This is a way to finish an open piece that will later be sewn to another closed or open piece. If you need to leave a yarn tail for sewing, stop after step 2.

you need to leave a yarn tail for sewing, stop after step 2. 1. Make a

1. Make a slip stitch in the next stitch. Cut the yarn and draw the yarn tail through the loop.

Cut the yarn and draw the yarn tail through the loop. 2. Insert the hook through

2. Insert the hook through the next stitch. Grab the yarn and draw the yarn tail through the stitch from back to front.

draw the yarn tail through the stitch from back to front. 3. Insert the hook through

3. Insert the hook through the

next stitch and draw the yarn tail

through the stitch from front to back.

Stuffing the pieces

Stuffing is what gives your finished amigurumi the shape, so take your time. Loosen the stuffing between your hands and add a little bit at a time. Keep adding until your piece is firm and holds shape. If you start getting lumps, pull out all the stuffing, loosen it and start over. If you can see the stuffing through the fabric, you have overstuffed. Then it is best to start over and stuff more lightly.

Sewing an open piece to a closed piece

This is a method for sewing an open piece to a closed piece. When pieces are different color, use the yarn you used for the open piece to sew it to the closed piece.

you used for the open piece to sew it to the closed piece. 1. Bring the

1. Bring the needle up through the fabric under a stitch of the open piece. Go down through both loops of the stitch and into the same hole.

through both loops of the stitch and into the same hole. 2. Bring the needle back

2. Bring the needle back up directly under the next stitch.

2. Bring the needle back up directly under the next stitch. 3. Draw the yarn tight

3. Draw the yarn tight after every

stitch. Make sure your stitches are parallel to one another.

Fastening with a knot and hiding the yarn tail

This tutorial will show how to knot the yarn tail and hide it inside a piece. This method can be used when the yarn tail and the main piece are the same color.

when the yarn tail and the main piece are the same color. 1. Bring the yarn

1. Bring the yarn up through the

fabric after you have finished sewing.

yarn up through the fabric after you have finished sewing. 4. Make a double knot. Do

4. Make a double knot. Do not

push the first knot close to the fabric.

double knot. Do not push the first knot close to the fabric. 7. Pull lightly until

7. Pull lightly until the knot disappears

into the fabric.

7. Pull lightly until the knot disappears into the fabric. 2. Insert the needle under one

2. Insert the needle under one

loop of a stitch right next to the hole.

needle under one loop of a stitch right next to the hole. 5. Cut off the

5. Cut off the loop end.

of a stitch right next to the hole. 5. Cut off the loop end. 8. Pull

8. Pull lightly on the yarn tail and

cut it off close to the fabric.

lightly on the yarn tail and cut it off close to the fabric. 3. Pull until

3. Pull until you have a small loop.

close to the fabric. 3. Pull until you have a small loop. 6. Insert the needle

6. Insert the needle into the same hole, going up and through the piece.

needle into the same hole, going up and through the piece. 9. Yarn tail will completely

9. Yarn tail will completely disappear into the fabric