This cozy, no-sew sheep has crocheted limbs and head and a pom-pom body.
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Step 1: You'll Need...
Two colours of yarn - one for the body and one for the appendages
A pom-pom maker (the one I used was fancy and hinged, but you can also use two cardboard doughnut shapes)
A crochet hook (to match the size of the yarn you are using for the legs and head)
Step 2: Crochet the Legs
Crochet 6 sc in a magic ring
Crochet 1 sc in each stitch around until the leg is the length you want it, mine were short and stubby and only two rounds of this.
Change to the body colour and do one more round of 1 sc in each stitch. Make sure that you start and end with lots of extra yarn.
Tie the two long ends together, and tuck any other loose ends into the leg. Make sure to keep the two strands that are to body colour loose, as you'll need them to join the legs to the body.
Make three more for a total of 4 legs.
(I am using the American terminology, so sc, or single crochet, is done like this)
Step 3: Crochet the Head
This part is much easier if you use a stitch marker. You can just use a paperclip or small piece of yarn or something of the sort.
Sc 6 in magic ring. Put the stitch marker in the loop on your hook.
Make 2 sc in each stitch, until you come back to the stitch marker. Move the stitch marker to the loop on the hook. (You should be able to count 12 stitches now.)
Make 1 sc in each stitch. Just like with the legs, you can do this as many or few times as you want, depending on personal preference. I did 4 rounds.
In the body colour, do one more round or 1 sc in each stitch and fasten off, again starting and ending with long tails.
Next the sheep needs eyes! You can do these however you want. For each eye, I just cut a piece of cream coloured yarn, put my crochet hook through the head from the inside, and pulled one end through. Then I pulled the other end through a nearby hole, and tied the two ends together, hiding them on the inside of the head.
Tuck in all the ends that aren't the two long ones (they'll be needed to attach the head to the body). If the sheep's head isn't sufficiently puffy yet with all these ends, you can add a little stuffing.
Step 4: Making the Pom-pom - Wrapping
This sheep has a splendidly poofy pom-pom body.
Wrap the pom-pom maker with the yarn in the colour you want for the body. Wrap it many times so it can be nice and puffy! And try to distribute the yarn fairly evenly around the pom-pom maker.
Step 5: Making the Pom-pom - Snipping
When the yarn is all wrapped, cut between the two discs of your pom-pom maker.
Slip a long piece of yarn between the discs and tie it tightly, double knotting.
Don't take the pom-pom maker off yet!
Step 6: Attach the Head
This is where the very long ends are come in. Use them to tie the sheep's head securely to the body, in the same way as the first strand was tied.
Step 7: Attach the Legs
The legs are attached in the same way as the head. They'll all be in a row, but that can be adjusted later.
Try to tie them in a position that makes sense compared to the head - i.e., not directly across from the head and not touching it, either.
Step 8: Free the Sheep!
Gently slide the sheep out of the pom-pom maker.
Also gently, twist the legs so that there are two pairs.
Or you can leave them all in a line, but whatever you do, be gentle with your sheep. They are very sensitive.
Step 9: Finishing Touches
If your sheep's head seems oddly detached from the body, you can fasten it more tightly by pulling the nearest string through a loop at the top of the head and then tying it to another string.
Trim all the long pieces of yarn. I wanted to be able to hang my sheep, so I left the two longest pieces and tied them together to make a loop.
Step 10: Ta-Da!
Your sheep is complete! Now you can go on pastoral gallivants, or just set your sheep down and smile at them in a friendly way.
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