A wool sheep, knitted with sheep’s wool

bobble sheep 1

This project is seriously adorable – I can’t believe what those designers at Purl Bee come up with!  The pattern and the overall concept is ingenious, not something I would have ever been able to think up myself.  The free pattern is on Purl Bee, and it knit up wonderfully with the recommended yarn – four skeins of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino, color Heirloom White (this is really soft and lovely bulky-weight yarn to work with), and one skein of Blue Sky Sport Weight Alpaca yarn, color Black.

bobble sheep

I used the recommended US 11 needles, although I started and ended with 12″ circulars instead of dpns (which I avoid whenever possible).  You really need to use soft, pliable yarn, because making five-stitch bobbles isn’t exactly easy on the hands!  It’s pretty time-consuming, too, so this guy took a lot longer to knit than I anticipated, but I’d say it still fits within the definition of a “quick” project.

bobble sheep 3

The bobbled portion of the sheep is knit in one piece, kitchener stitched at the top and bottom (after stuffing).  As the pattern recommended, I stuffed him very lightly, so he’s more like a soft squishy pillow than a stuffed animal; I think that, if I’d tried to stuff him really full and solid, it would have pushed his proportions all out of shape.

All of his appendages are knit on US 3 dpns, by picking up stitches on the body, and then kitchener stitching them closed at the end (they’re knit in the round, but not stuffed – this means no sewing or seaming, yipee!

bobble sheep 4

I shortened his legs a little – 3″ instead of 4″, and I added eight stitches the final half inch, to give the appearance of hoofs – but in retrospect, I’d go with the four-inch length – I hadn’t realized how his legs would need to be long enough to stick out when he’s sitting on them, in order to be able to see them.

He’s so adorable, I’d love to knit more as birthday presents for children of any age, but I don’t think I can handle all those bobbles again!  Knitting him once was definitely worth it, though – I highly recommend giving it a try.

 bobble sheep 5

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7 comments on “A wool sheep, knitted with sheep’s wool

  1. Found your post through Ravelry — your sheep looks wonderful! I am so enamored with this pattern. I just finished the body… so I’m getting ready to tackle the head and feet.

  2. This is amazing! I hope mine turns out half as good as yours! I am so scared of starting the head. I have only picked up stitches like this a few times, primarily on the ankle of socks and I know it can lead to unsightly holes. Any tips on consistent pick up of stitches for the appendages? Gorgeous pictures!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

    • I was really nervous about that step too, but it turned out that it didn’t make too much difference how and where I did the pick-ups, because the bobbles hide the first pick-up row, and it didn’t really impact the shape of the head overall. Just dive in – I’d love to see a finished photo!

  3. Your sheep looks wonderful. I was wondering what kind of material you used to stuff your sheep, and whether it poked out of the bobbles at all?

    • I just used polyester stuffing, and I didn’t have any problem with it poking out of the bobbles – maybe because the polyester doesn’t easily separate or shred.

  4. Would like to make this Bobble wool sheep.

  5. Gudny Jonsdottir

    May 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm Reply

    wonderful sheeps

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