I have loved the Juniper Moon Sheep Stash idea since it came out. But I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until this year. I was so excited yesterday when I got home I saw that I got my sheep in the mail!
here. The best part for me is that a portion of the profits will be donated to Heifer International, an organization I admire very much. If you’re wondering what to get someone, their gift catalog has many great gifts that keep on giving.
I admired Susan B Anderson’s sheep so much, but I couldn’t just copy the idea. Then I knew…here she is:
Here is how I did it. You may need to make modifications for your yarn, needles, tension, and size sheep. But do what I did…knit a little, try it on the sheep and continue or adjust as needed…see my outline (I hesitate to call it a pattern).
Bobble Baa Baa
I used an aran weight yarn and US# 5 Double Pointed Needles
Using the long-tail cast on, cast on 12 sts (4 per each of 3 needles)
Being careful that your stitches are not twisted, join for working in the round and knit 2 rounds of K2, P2 ribbing (my next one may become 2-3 rounds of reverse stockinette stitch…you know, purl on the right side, knit on the wrong…)
Bobble Round 1 (K1, MB*) around
Bobble Round 2: Knit around
Bobble Round 3: (MB*, K1) around
*Here is how I made the bobble (totally stolen from the Purl Bee blog).
K1, Yo, K1, Yo, K1 in to the next stitch (5 loops now coming out of one stitch) Turn (wrong side facing you) and knit 5. Turn again (right side facing) K2tog, then return the stitch to the left hand needles and one, by one, pass the next 3 stitches over the K2Tog stitch.
Continue knitting bobble rounds 1-3 until the “sweater” fits the sheep up to behind the front leg. Now you’re going to work flat, going back and forth, until the sweater fits…
Bobble Row 1 (K1, MB*) across
Bobble Row 2: Purl back
Bobble Row 3: (MB*, K1) across
You can end with ribbing or a curling stockinette or reverse stockinette stitch. Bind off and sew the seams of the sweater around the sheep’s neck. Next one, I may increase slightly for the last portion…but experiment and have fun.
Weave in ends and love her.