I made this knitted sheep for my little baby granddaughter for Christmas. She is only 5 months old and it is almost as big as she is, I see, in the photos my son sent. Well, not quite as big as she is, but I’m not exaggerating by much. I forget how small a new baby is!
I really wanted to make her a sheep toy, and I don’t really know why…It sort of makes sense, doesn’t it – sheep toy? Wool? Yarn? Knitting? Sheep! They go together, don’t they?
Merry First Christmas to Leona!
Materials note, if you are interested. I made the sheep with Plymouth Encore yarn, which is a blend of acrylic and wool, and it is washable. I recommend this yarn for softness and durability – I’ve made lots of items with it over the years and it never fails me.
I bought a pattern and then proceeded to make a lot of adaptations to fit my own needs. It was knitted flat and then seamed – I don’t like working in the round very much, because I learned to knit flat (back in about 1966 or so), and I don’t mind sewing seams, but there are lots of sheep patterns out there done in the round, too.
Wonderful! I am sure she will love it!
In the photo she was hugging it and could barely reach around it. It was hilarious. The latest I hear she is chewing on it so I guess she likes it!
This is absolutely gorgeous, Claudia! Not only is your granddaughter sure to love it but it has the feel of an item that will become an heirloom.
Thank you. It’s a cute little creature. I hope she will like snuggling with it for a long time. I know my favorite dolls were ones I had from a very young age (I remember a little guy named Buster who I think was partially filled with sawdust if you can believe that, times sure have changed, and a chicken that my grandmother made me that I still have…).
I still have two of my significant cuddly toys, My mother still has her childhood teddy bear though my Granddad had to replace parts and sew it up so much that I don’t think any of it is original to the 1950s.
I still have that chicken my grandmother made. it is in a few pieces, though. My Raggedy Ann was loved to death decades ago.
Looks so comfy for a child to hold.
Thank you. It was nice and soft and puffy, very huggable, I thought.
Thank you. It’s been a while since I made a knitted creature. Now I have a reason. It was fun to do this project.
I wish I still had some of my childhood favorites. A gift to treasure! (K)
I still have the chicken my grandmother made me, though it is in several pieces now. Raggedy Ann fell to bits a long time ago.
Ah a perfect wee gift for a wee maid.
I hope she enjoys it, it is a soft huggable kind of little toy, and I did enjoy making it, it’s been a long time since I did a knitted toy (or any kid item, to be sure).
Adorable, quirky and not at all ‘gray’
Thank you. I’ve used this shade of gray before and I always have liked it – it’s got a nice warm tone to it. I considered the traditional white or cream sheep color…but I thought it might get dirty too fast . Real sheep look fine that way but this little guy, not so much, I thought!
It looks so comforting and cozy!
Thank you. I hope she likes it. It was very soft and squishy, good for hugging.