A FREE pattern by Annette Morrison (cheewawamomma)
This pattern is a bit more complicated than my usual patterns. The combination of single crochets and treble crochets make the nubby texture of the sheep. Basically, you are creating a ball, with the normal increases and decreases, but you are throwing in the trebles approximately every second or third stitch, depending on the row. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy-peasy lemon-squeezy!
I used Red Heart Worsted Weight yarn, and a 3.5 hook.
sl st - slip stitch
In a magic ring:
1. (2sc, 1 tr) twice (makes 6 stitches total in magic ring)
2. (1sc, 1tr) in each stitch around. (12 stitches)
3. (1sc, then (1tr, 1sc) in next stitch) around. (18 stitches)
4. (1sc, 1tr, then a sc inc) around. (24 stitches)
5. (2sc, 1tr, then a sc inc) around. (30 stitches)
6. (2sc, 1 tr) around. (30 stitches)
7. (1sc, 1tr) around. (30 stitches)
8-9 Repeat row 6 and row 7. (30 stitches each row)
10. (1tr, 2sc, sc dec) around. (24 stitches)
11. (1sc, 1tr, dec) around. (18 stitches)
12. (1sc, dec around). FO. (12 stitches)
With black, join with a sl st in the last sc on row 12. Ch 1.
1-4. Sc around. (12 stitches each row)
5. Sc dec around. FO. (6 stitches)
Stuff head and weave in ends.
Ears and Tail. Make 3.
Chain 4. Hdc in third chain from hook, sl st in last stitch. FO.
On the underside of sheep, join with a sl st in one of the stitches where you think the leg should be. The legs are crocheted directly to the sheep!
Chain 5, then FO. Weave in end.
Repeat for the other 3 legs.
Sew on the Ears and tail.
Embroider eyes on. Alternatively, you could use safety eyes, just insert them before you sew up the snout.
Voila! You have a little sheepy! Make a flock! Wouldn’t they be cute hanging on a Christmas tree?! Enjoy, and feel free to make them and sell them at craft fairs, although I’d appreciate credit, and I’d also appreciate it if you didn’t sell them online. Don’t be baaaa-d! (Sorry for that, I’m in a mood!)