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Baby Soft Sheep Toy

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This Baby Soft Sheep Toy is just calling your name. Make this little sheep for your small child. It's made with Simply Soft from Caron worked in rounds.

Baby Soft Sheep Toy
Baby Soft Sheep Toy
This image courtesy of Caron.com

Intermediate

Crochet Hook: G/6 or 4 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Toy measures approximately 9 1/2"/24cm tall x 9 1/2"/24cm long

Materials:

  • Caron International's Simply Soft (100% Acrylic): 4 oz (A), 4 oz (B)
    • Shown in: #9702 Off White (A) and Caron International's NaturallyCaron.com Country (75% Microdenier Acrylic/25% Merino Wool; 3 oz/85g, 185yds/169m skein): 4 1/2 oz (B) Shown in: #0016 Charcoal (B)
  • One size US G-6 (4mm) hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 2 off-white buttons—1"/25mm diameter
  • 2 black buttons—2 3/4"/70mm diameter
  • Yarn needle

 

GAUGE
Gauge is not critical for this project.

 

STITCHES USED
Chain (ch), single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st)

 

SPECIAL STITCHES

double-loop-st: Wrap yarn around index finger twice and hold behind work, insert hook into indicated stitch and between the yarn wraps and your finger, remove your finger from wraps and draw wraps through stitch (leaving part of each wrap on other side of fabric to form loops), yarn over and draw through all loops on hook. Note: Loops form on side of fabric that is facing away from you.

double-loop-st2tog: [Wrap yarn around index finger twice, insert hook into next stitch and between the yarn wraps and your finger, remove your finger from the wraps and wraps through stitch (leaving part of each wrap on other side of fabric to form loops)] twice, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.

sc2tog: Single crochet 2 together – Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, (2 loops on hook), insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

 

NOTES

1. Stuff sheep as work progresses, unless otherwise instructed.

2. Pieces are worked in continuous rounds; do not join and do not turn at end of rounds. Place a marker to indicate beginning of round and move marker up as work progresses.

3. Work tightly so stuffing won't show between stitches.

 

BODY

With A, ch 2.

Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as work progresses.
Round 2: Work 2 double-loop-sts in each st around—12 sts.
Round 3: [Double-loop-st in next st, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 6 times—18 sts.
Round 4: [Double-loop-st in next 2 sts, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 6 times—24 sts.
Round 5: [Double-loop-st in next 3 sts, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 6 times—30 sts.
Round 6: [Double-loop-st in next 4 sts, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 6 times—36 sts.
Round 7: [Double-loop-st in next 5 sts, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 6 times—42 sts.
Round 8: [Double-loop-st in next 6 sts, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 6 times—48 sts.
Rounds 9–25: Double-loop-st in each st around.
Round 26: [Double-loop-st in next 6 sts, double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—42 sts.
Round 27: [Double-loop-st in next 5 sts, double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—36 sts.
Round 28: [Double-loop-st in next 4 sts, double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—30 sts.
Round 29: [Double-loop-st in next 3 sts, double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—24 sts.
Round 30: [Double-loop-st in next 2 sts, double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—18 sts.
Round 31: [Double-loop-st in next st, double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—12 sts.
Round 32: [Double-loop-st2tog] 6 times—6 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Complete stuffing body. Use tail to sew opening closed.

 

HEAD

With B, ch 2.

Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook—6 sc. Place a marker for beginning of round. Move marker up as work progresses.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around—12 sc.
Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—18 sc.
Round 4: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times—24 sc.
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—30 sc.
Round 6: [Sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—36 sc.
Rounds 7 and 8: Sc in each sc around.
Round 9: [Sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—42 sc.
Rounds 10–19: Sc in each sc around.
Round 20: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times—48 sc.
Round 21: [Sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 6 times—54 sc.
Round 22: Sc in each sc around.
Round 23: [Sc in next 7 sc, sc2tog] 6 times—48 sts.
Round 24: [Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sc] 6 times—42 sts.
Round 25: [Sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—36 sts.
Round 26: [Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc] 6 times—30 sts.
Round 27: [Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—24 sts.
Round 28: [Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] 6 times—18 sts.
Round 29: [Sc in next st, sc2tog] 6 times—12 sts.
Round 30: [Sc2tog] 6 times—6 sts.
Round 31: [Sk next st, sl st in next st] 3 times—3 sts.
Fasten off.

 

FLEECE ON TOP OF HEAD

With A, ch 2.
Rounds 1–5: Work Rounds 1–5 of body—30 sc.
Round 6: [Double-loop-st in next 4 sc, 2 double-loop-sts in next st] 4 times; in the following, work double-loop st, but wrap yarn around two fingers instead of one (for longer loops), [double-loop-st in next 4 sc, 2 double-loop-sts in next sc] twice—36 sts.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

LEG (make 4)

With B, ch 2.
Rounds 1–6: Work Rounds 1–6 of head—36 sc.
Round 7: Working in front loops only, sc in each sc around.
Rounds 8 and 9: Sc in each sc around.
Round 10: [Sc in next 5 sc, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sc] 3 times—33 sts.
Round 11: [Sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog] 3 times—30 sts.
Round 12: [Sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts] 3 times—27 sts.
Round 13: [Sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog] 3 times—24 sts.
Round 14: [Sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts] 3 times—21 sts.
Rounds 15–24: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

EAR (make 2)

Note: Do not stuff ears.

With B, ch 2.
Round 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Round 2: Sc in each sc around.
Round 3: [Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times—9 sc.
Round 4: [Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times—12 sc.
Round 5: [Sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc] 3 times—15 sc.
Round 6–12: Sc in each sc around.
Round 13: [Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] 3 times—12 sts.
Round 14: [Sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog] 3 times—9 sts.
Round 15: Flatten piece and work through both thicknesses, sc evenly across to seam.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

TAIL

With A, ch 2.
Rounds 1–3: Work Rounds 1–3 of body—18 sts.
Rounds 4–6: Double-loop-st in each st around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

FINISHING

Sew legs to lower side of body. Stack black buttons on top of white buttons and sew to head. Sew hair to top of head, placing longer loops in front for bangs. Sew ears to top of head. Sew head to front of body. Sew tail to back of sheep, near top of body.
Using yarn needle, weave in all ends.

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This was a lot of fun and easy once you got the hang of it. It is big.

I secured the legs by inserting a knitting needle up through the bottom center of the leg and then up through the body securing with the needle point cover. Then I sewed the legs on with a double strand of heavy duty thread using a curved upholstery needle. Be careful to go through the "fabric" of the body and not the loops.

I secured the legs by inserting a knitting needle up through the bottom center of the leg and then up through the body securing with the needle point cover. Then I sewed the legs on with a double strand of heavy duty thread using a curved upholstery needle. Be careful to go through the "fabric" of the body and not the loops.

can you give me any further instructions for making up the sheep I have finished all the parts but there are not a lot of instructions for making up Thanks

I am making this for my new GRANDAUGHTER. Thank you much!

Oh my goodness, it's Shaun the Sheep!! I'll HAVE to make this for my daughter and for my friend, the big Shaun the Sheep fan!

Oh my goodness, it's Shaun the Sheep!! I'll HAVE to make this for my daughter and for my friend, the big Shaun the Sheep fan!

Made this for a friend - loved it! Very easy, too.

I used a heavy felt for the eyes

This is one of the CUTEST things I have seen on this site and I will be making it for my next project. Thanks!

I have used this "loop stitch" for over 30 years to make booties. It also works up great on sweaters, but be careful it is easy to snag on. Also the loops make the sweater bulky in shape and will put pounds on you so I tend to stick to making things for the kiddos with this stitch. I found this pattern in a hardback book published in the 40's and the book belonged to my great grandmother.

I think this little sheep is the cutest, however I have the body almost completed and was working on the head, doing exactly the instructions and it is way to large for the body, what am I doing wrong! My grandson is coming into the world in a few days and I want to be able to take this to the hospital with me for him. I have the right amount of sts as I go. Help me out if you can. thank you

Have you tried a smaller hook? I tend to crochet more loosely than the gauge so I have to change to a smaller hook. That usually works for me.

Super Adorable!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern. =o)

sooo cute. is there a sweater/jacket pattern with the loop stitch for children/adult?

This is really cute, but I would discourage anyone to sew buttons onto a toy for a baby, or under 3 yrs old. It is a choking hazard. I would suggest crocheting or sewing eyes into the pattern, possibly like cross stitch, or crochet the eyes separately but when you sew them on make sure they're on good becuase babies like to chew the things that stick out on a toy.

So adorable, and yet... Trying to make this for my son for Christmas and it's proving somewhat disastrous. Head, tail, legs, ears all fine and cute. I even crocheted eyes to sew on. But the body.. I CANNOT get it to come out without gaping holes! I sewed the head & etc on, hoping to spot-fix the problem, but the head and legs were too heavy; pulled at it and made it worse. This is really discouraging; it was going to be a big present for him. What am I doing wrong??

This is just cute beyond cute !!!! I'm going to try making it with that new pom pom yarn- in pink I think! TOO CUTE!!!!

i'd love to see how that turned out!

Oh, please post a picture!!! Will be the cutest thing ever!

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