Dolly's Kids by DROPS Design

Crocheted sheep in DROPS Merino Extra Fine.

Tags: animals, toys,

DROPS design: Pattern me-059-bn
Yarn group B
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SIZE:
The sheep is approx. 15 cm = 6” high.

MATERIALS:
DROPS MERINO EXTRA FINE from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group B)
50 g color 05, light grey
And use:
50 g color 01, off white
Or use:
50 g color 04, medium grey

And use for nose and mouth:
Some left-over dark grey.

CROCHET GAUGE:
20 single crochets in width and 20 rows vertically = 10 x 10 cm = 4” x 4”.

CROCHET HOOK:
DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 3.5 mm = US E/4
Hook size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm = 4” switch to larger hook. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm = 4” switch to smaller hook.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
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EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:

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CROCHET TIP-1:
The rounds are worked without any transition (ie: like a spiral). You work in the round, without any stop between rounds, and there is a marker at the beginning of the round – you do not work any slip stitches at the end of round.
CROCHET TIP-2:
It’s important that the single crochets in between the treble crochets on the sheep’s body are worked tightly, so that the treble crochets become bobbles. If you want larger/more defined bobbles, work double treble crochets instead of treble crochets.


CROCHET TOGETHER-1:
WORK 4 DOUBLE CROCHETS TOGETHER TO 1 DOUBLE CROCHET AS FOLLOWS:
* Make 1 yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, pick up yarn, make 1 yarn over and pull yarn through the 2 first loops on hook *, repeat from *-* 3 more times, make 1 yarn over and pull yarn through all 5 loops on hook (= 3 double crochets decreased).

CROCHET TOGETHER-2:
WORK 2 SINGLE CROCHETS TOGETHER INTO 1 SINGLE CROCHET AS FOLLOWS:
*Insert hook in next stitch, pick up yarn *, repeat from *-* one more time, make a yarn over and pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook = 1 single crochet decreased.
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START THE PIECE HERE:

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SHEEP - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
Piece is worked in the round from top of head and down, then cast on for body and work downwards to the legs. Then fill the sheep with some cotton wool and sew together under stomach, then work top of head to together while working the ears.

HEAD/BODY:
Work 19 chain stitches on hook size 3.5 mm = US E/4 with light grey.
ROUND 1: Work this row into a ring by working 2 single crochets in first chain stitch, then work 1 single crochet in every chain stitch = 20 single crochets on round. Insert a marker at beginning of round.
ROUND 2: Work 1 single crochet in each stitch – read CROCHET TIP-1 in explanation above
ROUND 3: Work 1 single crochet in each of the next 3 stitches, 1 half double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochets and 1 treble crochet in next stitch, 1 treble crochet and 2 double crochets in next stitch, 1 half double crochet in next stitch, then work 1 single crochet in each of the next 13 stitches - 4 stitches have been increased for nose = 24 stitches on round.
ROUNDS 4 and 5: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch. REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE!
ROUND 6: Work 1 single crochet in each of the first 4 stitches, work the next 4 stitches together into 1 stitch - read CROCHET TOGETHER-1 in explanation above, work the next 4 stitches together into 1 stitch - read CROCHET TOGETHER-1 in explanation above, then work 1 single crochet in the next 12 stitches - 6 stitches have been decreased for nose = 18 stitches on round.
ROUND 7: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch. Cut the yarn and switch to off white (color on body).
ROUND 8: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch.
ROUND 9: Work 17 new chain stitches, turn piece and work back in these chain stitches as follows: In the 2nd stitch from hook work 2 half double crochets, work 2 half double crochets, in each of the next 2 stitches, (= the tail), this is the tail - 13 chain stitches remain.
Work 1 single crochet in every chain stitch and then work 18 single crochets around the neck, then work single crochets towards the tail in same chain stitch row but on opposite side as follows: 1 single crochet in each of the 13 chain stitches towards the tail. Now begin and end round under the tail, and there are 44 stitches around the body.
ROUND 10: Lift the tail so that the body can be worked in the round. Begin to work 1 single crochet in first stitch and then 1 treble crochet in next stitch, – read CROCHET TIP-2 in explanation above, repeat these 2 stitches around the entire body.
ROUND 11: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch.
Repeat ROUND 10 and 11 until body measures approx. 8.5 cm = 3 1/4” - make sure to finish with ROUND 11.
Cut the yarn and switch light grey. Now work the legs of the sheep, begin mid back.

FIRST LEG = RIGHT BACK LEG.
ROUND 1: Work 1 single crochet in the first 7 stitches, work 7 chain stitches.
ROUND 2: Work 1 single crochet in the first of the 7 single crochets, this is now a circle, and continue piece in the round with 1 single crochet in every single crochet and 1 single crochet in every chain stitch = 14 stitches. Insert a marker at beginning of round.
ROUNDS 3 and 4: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch.
ROUND 5: Now work all stitches together 2 by 2 - read CROCHET TOGETHER-2 in explanation above = 7 single crochets on round.
ROUNDS 6 and 7: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch Cut the yarn. Fold the circle flat together and sew hole together so that leg is flat and wide in the same direction as body.

SECOND LEG = RIGHT FRONT LEG:
Skip 8 stitches (= mid under stomach).
ROUND 1: Work 7 single crochets in the front 7 stitches on the right side of body, and then work 7 chain stitches.
ROUND 2: Work 1 single crochet in the first of the 7 single crochets, this is now a circle, and continue piece in the round with 1 single crochet in every single crochet and 1 single crochet in every chain stitch = 14 stitches. Insert a marker at beginning of round.
ROUNDS 3 to 4: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch.
ROUND 5: Now work all stitches together 2 by 2 - read CROCHET TOGETHER-2 in explanation above = 7 single crochets on round.
ROUNDS 6 and 7: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch. Cut yarn. Fold the circle flat together and sew hole together so that leg is flat and wide in the same direction as body.

THIRD LEG = LEFT FRONT LEG:
ROUND 1: Work 1 single crochets in each of the front 7 stitches on the left side of body, and then work 7 chain stitches.
ROUND 2: Work 1 single crochet in the first of the 7 single crochets, this is now a circle, and continue piece in the round with 1 single crochet in every single crochet and 1 single crochet in every chain stitch = 14 stitches. Insert a marker at beginning of round.
ROUNDS 3 and 4: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch.
ROUND 5: Now work all stitches together 2 by 2 - read CROCHET TOGETHER-2 in explanation above = 7 single crochets on round.
ROUNDS 6 and 7: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch. Cut the yarn. Fold the circle flat together and sew hole together so that leg is flat and wide in the same direction as body.

FOURTH LEG = LEFT BACK LEG:
Skip 8 stitches (= mid under stomach).
ROUND 1: Work 7 single crochets in the last 7 stitches at the back on the left side of body, and then work 7 chain stitches.
ROUND 2: Work 1 single crochet in the first of the 7 single crochets, this is now a circle, and continue piece in the round with 1 single crochet in every single crochet and 1 single crochet in every chain stitch = 14 stitches. Insert a marker at beginning of round.
ROUNDS 3 to 4: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch.
ROUND 5: Now work all stitches together 2 by 2 - read CROCHET TOGETHER-2 in explanation above = 7 single crochets on round.
ROUNDS 6 and 7: Work 1 single crochet in every stitch Cut the yarn. Fold the circle flat together and sew hole together so that leg is flat and wide in the same direction as body.

ASSEMBLY:
Sew the sheep’s eyes, nose and mouth with a dark grey strand - see picture for placement and shape.
Then fill the sheep with some cotton wool and sew body together mid under stomach. Fill the head with some cotton wool.
Fold the hole at the top of head flat together with face at the front. Work a last row with light grey where head is worked together and work one ear at the beginning and end as follows:
Begin in the first stitch in the right side: In the same stitch work 4 chain stitches, 2 treble crochets, 4 chain stitches, 1 slip stitch = 1 ear.
Then work hole at the top of head together as follows:
Work single crochet through both layers of the flat circle, 1 stitch in every stitch to and with next to last stitch.
In last stitch work the other ear as follows: 4 chain stitches, 2 treble crochets, 4 chain stitches, 1 slip stitch. Cut and fasten the yarn.
HAIR:
Now work hair at the top of head with off white as follows: In first stitch after first ear work: 1 slip stitch, * 4 chain stitches, 1 treble crochet, 4 chain stitches and then 1 single crochet in next stitch *, repeat *-* along the top of the head. Finish by replacing last single crochet with 1 slip stitch in same stitch as last treble crochet.
Cut and fasten the yarn.

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