sheep free crochet pattern
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Sheep Crochet Pattern

Hello and welcome to the free version of my sheep crochet pattern!

I’m sure Shelly the Sheep will make a great addition to your amigurumi collection.
I hope you’ll enjoy crocheting her as much as I did.

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About the pattern

Terminology
This pattern is written in American terminology.

Size
The sheep will be approx. 9 cm/3.5” tall and 7 cm/2.8” long if using the indicated hook and yarn. If you want it to be larger or smaller, you could use a different yarn weight and adjust the hook size accordingly.

Construction
The legs are crocheted on the body. The ears, head and tail are sewn on. The nose and mouth is embroidered.

Techniques
For this pattern, you will need techniques such as the magic ring, invisible sc decreases, changing colors, and closing rounds.

Tips and tricks

  1. You crochet in seamless spirals.
  2. Crochet as tightly as you comfortably can. This will ensure your amigurumi will have the right scale and no filling will show through any gaps. If you tend to crochet quite loosely, try using a smaller-sized hook.
  3. Small amigurumi, such as this are not suitable toys for a small child under 3. If this amigurumi will be played with please don’t use safety eyes. You can instead embroider the eyes with yarn or embroidery thread. Although they are called “safety eyes” they can be removed and swallowed by young children.
  4. Have fun! In my opinion, crocheting shouldn’t be just about the result, but mainly about enjoying the process.

Materials

  • Cotton yarn in DK / light worsted weight in white and grey [I used Rico Creative Ricorumi DK in Cream 002 and Mouse Grey 059]
  • Wool yarn in 4 Ply / fingering weight in off-white [I used Drops Alpaca in Off White 0100]
  • Boucle yarn in Aran / worsted weight in off-white [I used Drops Alpaca Boucle in Off White 0100]
  • 2.5mm crochet hook / Size B-1 or C-2 depending on how tightly you crochet
  • 5mm safety eyes
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Fiberfill
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Large-eyed sewing needle
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
Sheep crochet Pattern

Instructions

If you need more guidance for any part of the pattern you can watch the accompanying video tutorial here.

Crochet the forelegs (make 2)

The legs don’t need to be filled with fiberfill.

Start with gray or whichever color you choose for the hooves.

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)

Rnd 2: In BLO: 8 sc (8) (change color to white in the last sc)

Rnd 3: [2 sc, dec]*2 (6)

Rnd 4: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 5: [2 sc, inc]*2 (8)

Rnd 6: [2 sc, dec]*2 (6)

Rnd 7 and 8 (2 rnds): 6 sc (6)

Fasten off.

Crochet the hind legs (make 2)

The legs don’t need to be filled with fiberfill.

Start with gray or whichever color you choose for the hooves.

Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8)

Rnd 2: In BLO: 8 sc (8) (Change color to white in the last sc)

Rnd 3: [2 sc, dec]*2 (6)

Rnd 4: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 5: [2 sc, inc]*2 (8)

Rnd 6: [2 sc, dec]*2 (6)

Rnd 7: 6 sc (6)

Rnd 8: [2 sc, inc]*2 (8)

Fasten off.

Crochet the body

Use both, 4-Ply / Fingering Alpaca and Boucle Aran / worsted Alpaca yarn held together.

6 ch

Rnd 1: 4 sc (starting in 2nd ch), 4 sc in last ch, 3 sc in other side of chain stitches,
3 sc in last ch (14)

Rnd 2: Inc, 3 sc, 4 inc, 3 sc, 3 inc (22)

Rnd 3 (see detailed instructions below): 8 sc, 6 sc around foreleg, 2 sc, 6 sc around foreleg, 9 sc, 8 sc around hind leg, 2 sc, 8 sc around hind leg, sc (50)

In rnd 3, you will crochet the legs on. I guide you through the steps of this round with the help of the images below and on the next page.

The beginning of the round marks the back of the body. The color change on the legs marks the back of the legs. The hooves should face in the opposite direction when they are crocheted on. Sc in the next 8 stitches of the round (belly).

Start single crocheting in the first foreleg in the stitch at the back of the leg that is slightly inward-facing. I started joining it at the 2nd st of the foreleg.

Sc in all 6 stitches of the foreleg. Sc in the next 2 stitches of the belly.

Sc in the other foreleg, in the stitch at the back that is slightly inward-facing.
For me, this was again the 2nd st of the foreleg.

Sc in all 6 stitches of the foreleg. Sc in the next 9 stitches of the belly.

Sc in one of the hind legs at the center of the inner leg. (I started in the 2nd st of the increase at the inner side of the leg.)
This will ensure that the hoof faces forward. Sc in all 8 stitches of the hindleg.

Sc in the next 2 stitches of the belly.

Start single crocheting in the other hind leg at the center of the inner leg. (I started in the last st of the leg)

Sc in all 8 stitches of the hindleg. Sc in the last st of the round.

Rnd 4: Dec, 4 sc, dec, 14 sc, dec, 4 sc, dec, 8 sc, 2 dec, 8 sc (44)

Rnd 5: Dec, 3 sc, dec, 12 sc, dec, 3 sc, dec, 8 sc, dec, 8 sc (39)

Fill the top third of the legs with the yarn ends.

Rnd 6 to 8 (3 rnds): 39 sc (39)

In the next round, you will crochet the neck opening. The opening should be centered at the front of the body. Therefore, it is important to skip the 8 stitches that are centered in the front of the body. Mark the 8 center stitches with two stitch markers.

You may need to change the number of sc you make before and after the neck opening by +-3. [img 12] This is because we all have slightly different tension when we crochet, and if you are using a different yarn type or brand it might produce a slightly different result.

Rnd 9: (+-3) 7 sc, 5 ch [img 13], sk 8, (+-3) 24 sc (36)

Rnd 10: Dec, 3 sc, dec, 5 sc in back loops of chains, [dec, 3 sc]*3, 4 sc, dec, 3 sc (30)

Rnd 11: [3 sc, dec]6 (24)

Fill the body with fiberfill and continue filling as you go.

Rnd 12: [2 sc, dec]*6 (18)

Rnd 13: [sc, dec]*6 (12)

Rnd 14: 6 dec (6)

Fasten off and close round.

Crochet the neck

Join the Alpaca 4 Ply and Alpaca Boucle held together at the side of the neck opening, in the stitch right next to the first skipped stitch (that is already crocheted in).

Rnd 1: 8 sc, sc in the stitch left next to the last skipped stitch (that is already crocheted in), 5 sc in the chain stitches, sc in the stitch in which you first joined the yarn (15)

Rnd 2: 15 sc (15)

Rnd 3: [3 sc, dec]*3 (12)

Rnd 4: 12 sc (12)

Fasten off, leaving long yarn ends for sewing.

Fill the neck with fiberfill.

Crochet the head

Before starting to crochet the head, set aside 2 x 30cm/12” long pieces of white yarn for the eyelids. You will need them when inserting the safety eyes before the head is finished.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring in white (6)

Rnd 2: [inc, sc]*3 (9)

Rnd 3: 9 sc (9)

Rnd 4: [inc, 2 sc]*3 (12)

Rnd 5: 12 sc (12)

Rnd 6: [inc, 3 sc]*3 (15)

Rnd 7: 2 sc, [inc, 4 sc]*2, inc, 2 sc (18)

Rnd 8 and 9 (2 rnds): 18 sc (18)

Secure the last stitch before embroidering the nose and mouth.

Embroider the nose and mouth

Embroider the nose, using an approx. 30cm/12” long piece of black embroidery floss and a large-eyed sewing needle.

When embroidering, stitch through the fibers, not in between stitches.
This way you have more control over the position of the stitch because the thread does not have room to move around.

Insert the needle near the center of the magic ring, from the inside out.

Embroider a V-shape on round 1 of the head.

Make a small vertical downward stitch to connect the nose and mouth.

Make a 2-round long stitch on each side to embroider the mouth.

Tie the thread ends together inside the head.

Insert the safety eyes

Insert the safety eyes in between rounds 7 and 8 with approx. 6 stitches space in between. Don’t secure them yet. First, embroider the eyelids.

Thread one of the yarn strands you set aside earlier on a yarn needle.
Insert it at the outer corner of the eye, from the inside out. Then stitch through the inner corner of the eye, from the outside in.

Repeat the stitch once more to make the eyelid bolder.

Tie the yarn ends together inside the head and secure the safety eye.

Repeat these steps on the other side.

Fill the head with small portions of fiberfill, then with the yarn and thread ends.

Continue crocheting as follows:

Rnd 10: Sc changing to Alpaca 4 Ply and Alpaca Boucle held together, 17 sc (18)

Rnd 11: [dec, sc]*6 (12)

Add more fiberfill.

Rnd 12: 6 dec (6)

Fasten off and close the round.

Crochet the ears in white (make 2)

Ch 4

Hdc in 2nd chain from hook, dc in 2 remaining chains (3)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end for sewing.

Crochet the tail in Alpaca 4 Ply and Alpaca Boucle held together

Ch 5

Hdc in 2nd chain from hook, dc in 3 remaining chains (4)

Fasten off, leaving a long yarn end for sewing.

Assembly

Pin the ears on round 10, at the border between the cotton yarn and the Boucle yarn, at eye level.

Sew them on with the bases pinched together, using the yarn ends.

Sew the head on with the back of the head aligning with the neck, using the long yarn ends of the neck.

Sew on the tail centered at the rear side, using the yarn ends.

Weave in all the yarn ends.

Congratulations! Shelley the Sheep is now complete!

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Happy crocheting!
Stella xx

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