Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Wee Sheep - pattern now available!

Hi, Knitters,
I am back again today with the last of my new holiday patterns. I want to quickly mention that the Waiting for Winter Mitt-along starts today (click here for the knitalong). Sign ups are open through the ending date of January 5th so you can join in anytime. The Tiny Tree pattern jumped all the way up to #11 on the Top 20 Hot Patterns on Ravelry yesterday. That was exciting to watch. Thank you, once again, for all of the support and fun this past week. I appreciate it so much as it makes my job so much fun.

Now onto the new ornament/toy pattern called, Wee Sheep. The Wee Sheep was originally designed for a couple of toy-making workshops I was teaching and it has sat in my files ever since. I finally got around to having it test knit and ready to be published. This is a fun and tiny knit that uses very little worsted weight yarn. I am estimating that the body uses less than 75 yards and the head and feet much less. Leftovers are perfect for the Wee Sheep. Fun holiday colors or variegated yarns will work great, as well. I have knit these sheep in natural, gray, black and brown so far. I am thinking a green and red one for my tree for this season.

The Wee Sheep measures in at a little over 3 inches tall. I knit mine at 5.5 sts per inch using US size 6 double-pointed needles. The Twisted Loop stitch is used to make the woolly coat. The instructions for this stitch are clearly written out, step-by-step, in the pattern but I also have a video tutorial if you want to see it being done. Click here to see the video tutorial for the Twisted Loop stitch!

The feet and tail are simple bobbles stitched on to the bottom and backside. The ears and hair are picked up and knit right onto the head. This really is a sweet little sheep that you can whip up in no time at all. I think it is the perfect desk companion for your knitter friends to take to the office as well as a toy for any age baby, child or adult! The Wee Sheep is perfect for a hanging ornament or as a toy, either way.

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best, susie


Anonymous said...

Ok now THAT is too cute!

gotta make some of those


Debbie1085 said...

You are one busy designer... Since you have released two patterns this week, can we assume you're going to release another one like maybe the string along animals or the baby cardigans?? Love your work!

Unknown said...

seriously cute! Love this pattern!

Renee Anne said...

That is adorable and you've now inspired something for my Giraffe. Poms and I are not friends and I'm thinking I can do a straight knitted version of the loop stitch (which may or may not already exist somewhere) instead of the twisted version...though the twisted version may work, too. I'll have to try it out.

Suzanne said...

could ewe be any more talented?

Anonymous said...

I love how you sewed such happy, joyful expressions on the little sheep. They are delightful!

Unknown said...

Are there anything cuter than this? The answer is no!

Jackie - Luna Grey Fiber Arts said...

This would be perfect for my mother-in-law who used to run a sheep farm and collects all things sheep. She would flip!!!

idiosyncratic eye said...

Sheep are always cute but these ones are the greatest. :)

Marcye said...

Well he's a cutey! I'm going to have to make a few of these ;-).

Susan, I would like to learn more about design. Have you published any books on this subject or can you recommend any?

Thanks! Marcye

Susan B. Anderson said...

marcye - i have not published any design books and i can't think of any i've seen or read to recommend..... maybe someone else will chime in.

Anonymous said...

You have released a bunch of patterns. What about those adorable string animals?? Pretty please!!


Dana S. Whitney said...

Congratulations on your Best Blog Knitters Award-- don't know how I missed you. LOVE the sheep and bunnies and can't wait to read more. Maybe I WILL give socks a try. (I over reached with a Lucy Neatby pattern and have been becalmed ever since. ;-)