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Crochet the Cutest Festive Sheep Ornament

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Welcome to I Love Yarn week!

I Love Yarn Day [3]

To kick off I Love Yarn Day week we’re sharing this adorable pattern from Jennifer Dickerson [4] of Fiber Flux [5].

Festive Sheep Ornament

The Festive Sheep is the perfect addition to any yarn lover’s holiday d├ęcor. A big, cozy sheep is adorned with a fun scarf to celebrate the winter season. This ornament could be hung on a tree, but also would be a perfect gift topper for any yarn lovers you may know. Easily made with small amounts of yarn, it makes a great stash buster too!

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Sizing:

Sheep measures about 4 inches across.

Abbreviations:

sl st: slip stitch

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

dc: double crochet

tr: treble crochet

st: stitch

 

Materials:

 

Instructions:

 

Note: Components are crocheted first then assembled. Photos will walk you through the assembly process below.

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Body:

Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 12 dc into center of ring.

Round 2: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in first stitch. Work 2 dc in next stitch and in each stitch around entire circle. Join with sl st to close round.

Round 3: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in first stitch. Work 2 dc in next stitch and in each stitch around entire circle. Join with sl st to close round, then chain 12. Join with a sl st in same st to create a hanging loop. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

Scarf Circle:

Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 12 dc into center of ring.

Round 2: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in first stitch. Work 2 dc in next stitch and in each stitch around entire circle. Join with sl st to close round. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

 

Scarf Tails (Make Two):

Note: Scarf on each sheep are solid, but you could also make yours striped, etc)

Ch 10.

Row 1: In the 2nd ch from hook, work a sc. Work a sc in each ch across row to the end.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Work a sc in each stitch across entire row. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Fringe (optional): Because the scarf is so tiny, all I did was tie on several strands of yarn to each end, securing with a knot. Then, trim straight across to make fringe even.

 

Head:

Ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 12 dc into center of ring.

Round 2: Ch 1 and work 1 sc in first st. Work 2 sc in each st around entire circle. Fasten off.

To make top of sheep’s head, tie on a new color (shown in white in pictures). Ch 1 and work a sc in first st. In the next three sts, work 2 sc in each. Ch 1 and turn. Work a sc in each stitch across. In the last st, also work a sl st to finish off row. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Face:

For the eyes you can make them with a French Knot as shown. Other cute options include: buttons, safety, eyes, beads, a small piece of felt, or even googly eyes. The nose/mouth was embroidered using backstitch and ends tied to the back. No need to weave ends, just snip them short because they’ll be hidden after assembly.

 

Ears (Make Two):

Ch 8

Row 1: In the 2nd ch from hook work a sl st. In the next ch, work a sc, next ch work a dc, next ch work a tr, next ch work a dc, next chain work a sc, and in the last ch work a sl st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Feet (Make Two or Four):

Note: feet can be placed how you’d like and are worked right onto the largest circle (not as a separate component). Each foot is worked over three stitches.

Tie on yarn where you’d like for the foot to be. Ch 1 and work a sc in first, second, and third st. Ch 1 and turn. Work a sc in each st across. Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

Assembly:

I found it helpful to lay everything out then attach all of the parts. You can either sew everything together with a piece of matching yarn and a tapestry needle, or glue the parts with fabric glue or hot glue.

 

Place largest circle on the bottom.

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Place scarf tails as shown or make them go off to the side.

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Place scarf circle next.

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Place ears as shown.

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Place head on top.

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Attach everything together, if you are gluing, be sure to wait until glue is completely dry before hanging.

Be sure you check out Jennifer’s Blog [4] for other great patterns!

What do you plan on crocheting for the holidays?