At first attempt, this character was only going to be a bunny but as I finished the bunny I realized with a couple of tiny changes we could also have a fantastic wooly sheep. So now you have both a Wooly Sheep and a best friend Wooly Bunny included in the pattern. The loop stitch, which turns into fringe, is a bit tedious but it’s only every other row for a very short time. You can do it and it’s completely worth the effort in the end. Sit back and enjoy the Wooly Sheep + Bunny ride! This is one of my favorite projects ever.
The yarn I used is our fantastic Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted, you really need a wooly yarn for this project to make the cut loops turn into a scrumptious, squishy coat of wool. This yarn is perfect for making the loop stitch, which is then cut into a fringey coat, because with the woolen spun yarn the fibers grab onto each other and don’t slip. I have made and included in the pattern 5 exclusive video tutorials to help you along the way. The loop stitch video includes how to do the loop stitch holding the yarn in both your right and left hand.
I think you’ll love this one-of-a-kind super-amazing knit toy. It’s really a stunner of a project, and it’s not only for kids but for all sheep and bunny lovers alike. I wish you could reach through the screen to give the samples a good squeeze. They feel so good to hold.
8 1/2 inches from the tip of toe to the top of the head.
Barrett Wool Co. Wisconsin Woolen Spun Worsted, 100% American wool (250 yards / 100 grams); 1 skein each in the colorways Oats (oatmeal) and Birch (creamy white).
Body is in the Oats colorway. Head, legs and hands are in the Birch colorway.
Body is in the Birch colorway. Head, legs, hands and tail are in the Oats colorway.
Approximate amounts used in grams:
Body: About 42 grams used.
Head and Legs: About 15 grams used.
US size 6 / 4.0 mm, set of 4 double-pointed needles OR size to obtain gauge
5.5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
Locking stitch markers
Scissors - preferably sharp and pointy
Pair of 5mm safety eyes (Please note that safety eyes are considered a choking hazard for infants and small children. If concerned use embroidered French knots instead.)
Black embroidery floss or crochet cotton size 3
Wool wash (I use the brand Soak Wash.