Free Pattern: Chubby Sheep

I’m excited to share my first free pattern on the blog, Chubby Sheep.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

 

This is one of the super secret projects I’ve been working on, in collaboration with Galler Yarns.

I made this using Flore II, an awesome blend of kid mohair, wool, and nylon.  The kid mohair really makes the difference in the final texture.

Just in time for the holidays, the pattern also includes (optional) instructions to transform Chubby Sheep into an ornament or hanging decoration.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.  This pattern was tested by aimeefae, anamoji, ayoung, and ss9904 on Ravelry.  It takes about 5-6 hours to complete.  Enjoy!

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Chubby Sheep Crochet Pattern

by Underground Crafter

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

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This rotund sheep is fun to play with and simple to make. The shape and textured bottom allow it to “sit up” without legs.

Optional instructions are included to transform the sheep into an ornament or hanging decoration.

Finished Size: Approximately 3.75” tall (9.5 cm) from base of body to top of head.

Materials:

  • Galler Yarns Flore II yarn (1.75 oz/50 g/100 yds/91 m/75% kid mohair, 15% wool, 10% nylon/light weight) – 1 skein in each of two colors, or approximately in 100 yds in Main Color and 35 yds in Color B
  • Small amount of embroidery floss for eyes
  • E-4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook or any size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Fiber filling

Gauge: Body through Round 12 = 3.75” (9.5 cm). Exact gauge is not critical for this project but stitches should be small so that fiber filling doesn’t show.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • invdec – invisible decrease – Insert hook in front loop only of each of next 2 sts, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Planet June has a great tutorial here.
  • MC – Main Color
  • pop – 4-hdc popcorn – Hdc 4 times in same st, remove hook from loop and insert hook from front to back of first hdc in group, pick up dropped loop and pull through loop on hook. (See tutorial at end of pattern for details.)
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Rounds
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat after asterisk as indicated.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Pattern Notes

The head and body are worked in spirals without joining. Place stitch marker in last st of each Rnd and move up at the end of each Rnd. Ears are worked in rows and ch 2 does not count as hdc.

Pattern Instructions

Head

  • Beginning at crown, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring. Planet June has a great magic ring tutorial here.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnds 5 & 6: Rep Rnd 3 twice.
  • Rnd 7: Change to CB in last yo of next sc, sc in each st to marker.
  • Rnds 8 – 13: Rep Rnd 3 six times.
  • Rnd 14: *Invdec, sc; rep from * around. (12 sts) Do not fasten off.
  • Create eyes: Thread yarn needle with embroidery floss. Starting with floss inside of the head, stitch two eyes in third row of CB, using photos as a guide. Stuff head firmly with fiber filling.

Finish snout

  • Rnd 15: Invdec around. (6 sts)
  • Rnd 16: Invdec around. (3 sts).
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, sew yarn tail through remaining sts to close snout. Weave in yarn tail through head before finishing off.

Ears (Make 2)

  • With CB, ch 3.
  • Row 1: Turn. 2 hdc in third ch from hook.
  • Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (see pattern notes), hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st. (3 sts)
  • Row 3: Turn, ch 2, hdc in each of next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (4 sts)
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 2, hdc in each of next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (5 sts)
  • Row 5: Turn ch 2, hdc in each of next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st. (6 sts) Do not fasten off. Fold ear in half across Row 5, so that first and last stitch of row are back to back, join with sl st to top of first hdc.
  • Row 6: Do not turn, ch 1, join edge of ear with sc in each of next 3 sts, working through both layers. Fasten off with a 9” yarn tail.
  • Join ears to head: Using yarn needle, join ears to second row of MC (Rnd 5 of head), using photos as a guide. Weave in yarn tail through head before finishing off.

Body

  • Beginning at bottom of body, with MC, start with magic adjustable ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 1, 6 sc in ring, pull the yarn tail tightly to close ring.
  • Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 3: *Pop in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around. (18 sts)
  • Rnd 4: *Sc in each of next two sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 5: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnd 7: *(Sc in next st, pop in next st) twice, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (35 sts)
  • Rnd 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 9: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, pop in next st, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts; rep from *  around. (50 sts)
  • Rnd 11: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around. (55 sts)
  • Rnd 12: *2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 10 sts; rep from * around. (60 sts)
  • Rnd 13: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 14: Sc in each st around.
  • Rnds 15 & 16: Repeat Rnds 13 & 14 once.
  • Rnd 17: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) 3 times, sc, invdec; rep from * around. (55 sts)
  • Rnd 18: *Invdec, sc in each of next 9 sts; rep from * around. (50 sts)
  • Rnd 19: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, pop in next st, sc in next st, invdec; rep from * 3 more times, pop in next st, sc in each of next 7 sts, invdec. (45 sts)
  • Rnd 20: *Invdec, sc in each of next 7 sts; rep from * around. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 21: *(Pop in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts) twice, invdec; rep from * 3 more times, sc in each of next 6 sts, invdec. (35 sts)
  • Rnd 22: *Invdec, sc in each of next 5 sts; rep from * around. (30 sts)
  • Rnd 23: *Pop in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 24: *Invdec, sc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 25: *Invdec, pop in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around. (18 sts) Do not fasten off.
  • Join head to body: Using yarn needle and a 9” strand of MC, join head to body in flat area with fewer popcorns (Rnds 18-22), using photos as guide. Stuff body firmly. Weave in yarn tail from joining into body.

Finish body

  • Rnd 26: *Invdec, sc; rep from * around. (12 sts)
  • Rnd 27: *Invdec. pop; rep from * around. (8 sts).
  • Fasten off with long yarn tail. Using yarn needle, sew yarn tail through remaining sts to close body. Weave in yarn tail through body before finishing off.

Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

Ornament/decorative hanging loop (optional)

  • To use Chubby Sheep as an ornament or decorative hanging, join MC with sl st to any st in center top after assembly.
  • Sc in same st, ch 25, sc to another nearby st in center top.
  • Fasten off. Weave in yarn tail through body before finishing off.

If you like the pattern, show it some love on Ravelry!

Half Double Crochet Popcorn Tutorial

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Chubby Sheep, free crochet pattern by Underground Crafter

© 2011, 2012, 2013 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2011/12/05/free-pattern-chubby-sheep/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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