Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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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