Bobble sheep

There are all kinds of different and wonderful sheep breeds out there with all kinds of fur, but when I think of sheep, I always imagine the fluffy ones with curly wool and dark heads.

Crochet pattern: Amigurumi sheep // Kristi Tullus (spire.ee)

When I was looking at novelty yarns to make a sheep, I kept thinking these kinds of yarns might not be available everywhere. And then I realized bobble stitch might work to recreate the effect without sending crocheting sheep fans running around town trying to find the yarn to make theirs.

amigurumi lamb tutorial

The fleece does take a long time to make and uses up a lot of yarn. But the result is totally worth it. So, if you now feel inspired to create some woolly cuteness yourself, pick up a copy of the pattern on kristitullus.com.

crocheted sheep pattern

I picked 100% alpaca wool - it's a bit fuzzy and looks rustic, but feels incredibly soft. I used DK weight yarn (100m = 50g (109yds = 50g) / 8 ply / 11 wpi / 3: light) and a 2,50 mm crochet hook (US size 2/C) and my sheep turned out about 32cm (10 1/2″) tall.

amigurumi sheep pattern

Kristi Tullus

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20 comments

Comment from: miriam [Visitor]
miriam

Hi. How big from head to toe is this piece? Thanks

02/21/15 @ 20:36
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Miriam,

It will depend on the yarn you use, but with a DK weight alpaca wool (100m = 50g (109yds = 50g) / 8 ply / 11 wpi / 3: light) and a 2,50 mm crochet hook (US size 2/C) mine turned out about 32cm (10 1/2″) tall.

Kristi

02/21/15 @ 20:41
Comment from: miriam [Visitor]
miriam

Thank you! Very helpful :)

02/21/15 @ 21:08
Comment from: miriam [Visitor]
miriam

Hi there again :) I have completed step two of the head. Step three says I should have 20 stitches but if I use all my stitches I have way more than that. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

02/25/15 @ 02:55
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Miriam,

After you finish round 2 you should have 15 stitches. This is how round 3 goes:
3: ch, (sc 2, inc) x 5, sl st in 1st sc (20) = chain one, then crochet one sc in each of the first two sitches, then 2 sc-s in next stitch, then one sc in next two stitches, then 2 sc-s in next stitch, keep repeating until the end of the round, slip stitch in the first sc to close round.

And now you should have 20 stitches.

I hope this helps.

Kristi

02/25/15 @ 11:51
Comment from: Alexia [Visitor]
Alexia

is this a free i would love to make it thx

06/08/15 @ 14:47
Comment from: kristi [Member]  
06/13/15 @ 14:53
Comment from: Kylie [Visitor]  
Kylie

Hi Kristi,
I purchased this pattern from ravelry about a month ago as SEWQUTE and I still have not received a copy of the pattern. Maybe my payment did not go through? Can you please check as I cant wait to make it, its soo cute!
Regards
Kylie

07/03/15 @ 02:58
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Kylie,

I will check now and write to you through ravmail.

Best,

Kristi

07/04/15 @ 13:54
Comment from: Jade [Visitor]
Jade

Hi do you sell these bobble sheep I would love to buy one. Thanks

10/19/15 @ 22:06
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Jade,

Take a look here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/200662666/

10/19/15 @ 22:41
Comment from: Kathy Chase [Visitor]  
Kathy Chase

Dear Kristi,
I love, love, love this pattern. I’m learning so much and I am having a great time. But I have a question. At row 8 the pattern says I should have 18 bobbles. I do. But the pattern says I should have 54 stitches and I have 72. Yikes! Soooooo….i’m not sure what I did cause the 18 bobbles came out perfectly. Can you help? Thanks.
Love,
Kathy

09/25/16 @ 00:03
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Kathy,

Since you have exactly 18 extra stitches I am guessing you made an extra sc after each bobble. From round 8 on, the bo, sc and sc each go in a separate stitch, we no longer crochet a sc in the same stitch as the bo.

09/25/16 @ 11:13
Comment from: Stéphanie [Visitor]
Stéphanie

Hi, Kristi.
I am new to the world of crochet and I have a lot of difficulties choosing the right type of yarn for this project since I have not found the yarn you suggest at the store near my home. I bought some yarn the other day in order to begin this pattern, but I think I have chosen a too small yarn. Should I take a yarn adapted for my 2.25 mm crochet or a larger one? What should I look on the package if I do not have access to the same wool as you at the store?
I’m sorry for this very beginner question I really want to make it right !

Thanks again.

10/11/16 @ 21:36
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Stéphanie,

The suggested hook and needle size written on yarn labels is usually given with garments in mind. But when making toys, you’ll want use a hook that is about 1mm smaller than the suggested size. So, pick a yarn that suggests a 3 - 3,5 mm hook on the yarn label, but use your 2,25mm hook instead.

Another way to compare yarn thickness is to look at the weight and length ratio, usually given in meters per skein. You’ll want a yarn that is about 110m/50g (220m/100g).

And when talking about the material, wool, alpaca, camel, acrylic and their blends work best, cotton and linen are too tough for this pattern.

I picked pure alpaca wool because it’s just so soft and slides easily on the hook, but it is quite expensive and might not be readily available everywhere. There are also a lot of different kinds of lambswool, pure merino being the best quality. Acrylic yarns are a lot more affordable, but not quite as nice. And of course there are yarns where the more expensive animal fibers are combined with the more affordable synthetic fibers, some of them are really nice. You’ll just have to look around.

I hope this will help you find the right yarn. And if you have any more questions, do not hesitate to ask, I am always to help.

Kristi

10/11/16 @ 22:47
Comment from: Stéphanie [Visitor]
Stéphanie

Thank you for this quick, simple and clear answer :)

10/11/16 @ 23:25
Comment from: Anita [Visitor]
Anita

Where do you buy your alpaca yarn?

12/22/16 @ 19:26
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Anita,

I buy my yarn from a local yarn store here in Estonia, the one I use now is Alpaca from Alvita - http://www.liann.ee/mod_shop_d69762da81e1d0a33b4d3839e7108eb8_Alpaka-075-tumehall_est

Kristi

12/22/16 @ 21:07
Comment from: Kamilla [Visitor]
Kamilla

Hi Kristi
I saw in another webside that your pattern is available in danish. How do I buy that?

01/01/17 @ 14:10
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Kamilla,

You will have an option of either downloading the English or Danish version (or both) here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/194593342

or here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sheep-17

Kristi

01/01/17 @ 17:57
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