Got wool? Show your sheep


Here is my applique pattern for a simple sheep. You can sew it to anything – or even wear it as a badge to show your love. Even though I live in England, I prefer to use U.S. crochet terms and have used a 4mm hook with aran and DK wools, but size up if you want something chunkier.


Body – make a magic ring, ch 3 (counts as dc) and then 11 dc into the ring. (12 dc) Slip st to the top of the ch3 to close the circle and adjust the ring as necessary.

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as dc) and dc into the same st. 2 dc into each st around (24 dc). Sl st as before.

Round 3: ch 3 (counts as dc) and 2 dc into the next st. Then repeat (1 dc into next st, 2 dc into next st) around (36 dc). Close as before with a sl st and your circle is complete. If you want a bigger circle do another round with (dc, dc, 2dc in st) around.

Head – ch 3 and sc in 2nd ch from hook and in last ch (2 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc across (4 sc)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in last st (6 sc)

Rows 4 and 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each st across (6 sc)

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc dec over next 2 sts, sc in next st, sc in next st, sc dec over last 2 sts (4 sc)

Row 7: (to shape ears), turn, ch 3, dc in first st, ch 3 and sl st in same st. Sl st in next 3 sts across, then ch 3, dc in last st, ch 3 and sl st in the same st. Finish off and weave in ends.

I used an aran weight for the body and DK weight wool for the head. Also I prefer the rev side of the circle for the body as it is more rounded and bumpy. I used wiggly eyes for speed and for their movement to get different expressions. I fancy making some more colourful sheep too for The Crochet Crowd’s basketweave basket challenge.

Happy chaining!


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