Thursday, January 17, 2013

Amigurumi Nativity: Crocheted Sheep Pattern

Sheep #1 and Sheep #2

Here are the previous nativity patterns: Mary and baby Jesus, Joseph, Angel.

Sheep Amigurumi Pattern

Notes on this pattern:
  • My patterns are free and may not be sold. Please do not reproduce or repost patterns or instructions from CraftyCattery.com without my permission. For information on selling items created from my patterns, please view the FAQ.
  • All of the pattern is crocheted in amigurumi-style continuous/spiral crochet.
  • I like to make all the accessories first so they are ready to be sewed on when I make the body. That's why they're listed first in the pattern.
  • The finished size of both sheep is 3 inches.
  •  I originally designed Sheep #1 using a super bulky yarn. Because it may be difficult for others to find a similar yarn, I designed Sheep #2 to be made with the same yarn I've used for all the other nativity figures.
Materials needed:
  • For Sheep #1: Size H (5.00 mm) and size I (5.5 mm) crochet hooks, super bulky weight yarn in white for the body (I used Bernat On the Fringe in "Snow") and bulky weight yarn in tan for the legs and head (I used Lion Brand Jiffy in "Camel").
  • For Sheep #2: Size H (5.00 mm) crochet hook, bulky weight yarn in white for the body and a tan color for the legs and head. I used Lion Brand Jiffy in "White" and "Camel."
  • Yarn needle
  • Stuffing
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
  • Rnd = round, when doing continuous crochet
  • sc = single crochet
  • st = stitch
  • sts = stitches
  • ch = chain
  • slp st = slip stitch
  • sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together, aka a decrease. (I recommend using falwyn's invisible decrease when possible.)
Sheep #1
Sheep #1 Pattern:

Sheep #1 Legs
Make four with spiral crochet in tan color with the H crochet hook.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4 sts).
Rnd 2: sc around (4 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] two times (6 sts).
Rnd 4: sc around (6 sts).
Rnd 5: sc 5, slp st 1 in last st.
Bind off, leaving tail to use to sew leg to body.

Sheep #1 Head
Make one with spiral crochet in tan color with the H crochet hook.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4 sts).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (8 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] four times (12 sts).
Rnd 4: sc around (12 sts).
Rnd 5: sc 4. To form first ear: ch 3, turn, sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain, then sc in foundation stitch (the same stitch from which the chain was formed). sc 3. To form second ear: ch 3, turn, sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain, then sc in foundation stitch (the same stitch from which the chain was formed). sc 4. slp st 1 in last stitch.
Bind off, leaving long tail to use to sew head to body.

A Few Notes on Sheep #1 Body: The super bulky yarn may make it difficult to see your stitches. If you accidentally skip a stitch in a round, you can made it up by increasing at the end of the round. If you do too many stitches in a round, you can fix it by decreasing at the end of the round. The super bulky yarn should hide mistakes like that, so as long as you end up with the correct number of stitches at the end of the round, you should be alright. Also, you may not be able to do falwyn's invisible decrease since you can't see the stitches - regular decreases should work fine instead.

Sheep #1 Body
Make one with spiral crochet in white color with the I crochet hook.
Rnd 1: 8 sc in magic ring (8 sts).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (16 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] eight times (24 sts).
Rnd 4: sc around (24 sts).
Rnd 5: sc around (24 sts).
Rnd 6: sc around (24 sts).
Rnd 7: [sc2tog, sc 1] eight times (16 sts).
Stuff the head and legs and sew them to the body. Your body may end up looking different than mine, but I found it worked best for Sheep #1 to have the opening in the body facing up, putting the legs on the bottom and the head on one side. Stuff the body.
Rnd 8: [sc2tog] eight times (8 sts).
Rnd 9: [sc2tog] four times (4 sts).
Bind off, closing hole and weaving in tail.

Sheep #2
Sheep #2 Pattern:

Sheep #2 Legs
Make four with spiral crochet in tan color with the H crochet hook.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4 sts).
Rnd 2: sc around (4 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] two times (6 sts).
Rnd 4: sc 5, slp st 1 in last st.
Bind off, leaving tail to use to sew leg to body.

Sheep #2 Head
Make one with spiral crochet in tan color with the H crochet hook.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring (4 sts).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (8 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] four times (12 sts).
Rnd 4: sc around (12 sts).
Rnd 5: sc 4. To form first ear: ch 3, turn, sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain, then sc in foundation stitch (the same stitch from which the chain was formed). sc 3. To form second ear: ch 3, turn, sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain, then sc in foundation stitch (the same stitch from which the chain was formed). sc 4. slp st 1 in last stitch.
Bind off, leaving long tail to use to sew head to body.

Sheep #2 Body
Make one with spiral crochet in white color with the H crochet hook.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring (6 sts).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12 sts).
Rnd 3: [2 sc in next st, sc 1] six times (18 sts).
Rnd 4: [2 sc in next st, sc 2] six times (24 sts).
Rnd 5: [2 sc in next st, sc 3] six times (30 sts).
Rnd 6: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 7: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 8: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 9: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 10: sc around (30 sts).
Rnd 11: [sc2tog, sc 3] six times (24 sts).
Rnd 12: [sc2tog, sc 2] six times (18 sts).
Stuff the head and legs and sew them to the body. Your body may end up looking different than mine, but I found it worked best for Sheep #2 to put the head opposite the opening (so the opening is on the sheep's butt). Once the head is in place, you can position the legs below it.
Rnd 13: [sc2tog, sc 1] six times (12 sts).
Stuff the body.
Rnd 14: [sc2tog] six times (6 sts).
Bind off, closing hole and weaving in tail.

7 comments:

creatiepje said...

This nativity is so cute. I will surely try to make it myself if I can understand the english description.
I'm used to Dutch patterns

Cat Carlisle said...

Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions. I will do my best to help!

Jeanne said...

Thank you so much for your nativity patterns. They are the best ones I've found, plus they're free. Just wanted to let you know how much they're appreciated :)

Theresa said...

Absolutely Adorable!!! Thank you I have been looking for a special nativity to give my mom and now I know this is the one... what's better than the baby Jesus and being handmade. Love it.

Cat Carlisle said...

Thanks, glad you like it!

Mia said...

Thanks a lot. I have made a wonderfull christmas group.

Donna said...

I love your patterns! I wish they didn't have the orange background which causes so much color printing, but other than that they are great! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and not charging! You have certainly not hid your talent under a bushel and hopefully you feel blessed for following the Lord's command!

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