So, Easter is on its way and once more I must delve into the deep underworld known as “Easter Basket”. You know its frightening, admit it. In any case I must fill these baskets with humble offerings to appease my children in order to insure a peaceful Spring— that IS why I have to do this, right?
So after making the previously mentioned hackey sacks (that I must still fill with hackeys mind you as they are empty and hackey-less) I figured my kids still needed more that wasn’t candy. Sure you can call me a blasphemer all you want but I know what candy does to my kids and they’re still young enough to not notice anything that may potentially scar their psyches so I figure I’m good.
So I got to work. I decided that one will get a sheep (sure I know that lambs are more appropriate, but those lambs do grow up and this way I’m teaching my kids that they’ll get old… a la Logan’s Run Style). The other may get a sheep too, or a chicken… I’m not sure yet. I already started casting on for a second sheep for my nephew while I still have the construction deeply ingrained in my head. So I present to you…… Carrick The Sheep (or …errr….Ram…cause its a boy and all that).
Carrick is ironically made using acrylic yarn (muhahahaha… I AM evil) worsted weight. I have no idea what brands as I used just whatever I had in my stash. Red Heart probably for the Black and Grey… white was inherited yarn with no label. I rarely write patterns so this is really my first attempt at such.
Work 5 or so rows in a 4 x 1 rib (5 or so being what you think will be long enough, this is half the bottom of the sheep you are making)
Work the next section in Seed/Moss Stitch for however long you want or until the piece measures 5 1/2 inches
Repeat the 4×1 rib (this will be the other half of the stomach)
Fold so that the two ribbing edges touch and seam the ribbing edges to one another to make a tube. The seamed ribbing ends have made Carrick’s stomach.
Seam up one side until almost the top, pinch the top and sew so that the seam will look like a really long “T”. You’ll have to pardon that I don’t know what this is called.
Seam up the other side leaving an inch opening, this will be the chest and neck
Using Size 4 DPNs, pick up 15 stitches and work 2 rows in Seed/Moss Stitch. You don’t have to, I just like seeing sheep have necks that allow them to eat grass.
Stuff body with Polyfill
Switch to black
Do 2 rows in Stockinette
Make one stitch increase on each needle
Decrease one stitch on the “cheek” needles
Decrease one stitch on all needles
Knit around for 3 or so rows (knit until Carrick’s snout is as long as you like it to be)
Stuff neck and head with Polyfill
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches.
Using Black and the DPNs, pick up 6 stitches on the bottom for the leg knit 8 rows (or until you have legs long enough to your liking) stuff the leg with Polyfill, break yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Do this 4 times (unless you want a three legged sheep or whatever) in the appropraite places.
Using DPNs and the white yarn, pick up 3 stitches at the top of the butt “T”, Knit in Seed/Moss stitch for about 3 rows, or until the tail is as long as you like.
Using the tapestry needle and the black yarn make a big knot, sew through the top of Carrick’s head, make another big knot… these are the ears (make sure to be able to weave in the extra yarn ends)
Using the tapestry needle and white yarn make french knots on the top of the head for curls (you don’t need to…. I just wanted to)
Using DPNs and grey yarn, CO 3 stitches and make an I-cord for 20 rows, Break off yarn and thread through stitches. Using the flat end (the cast on edge) yarn tail, attach to Carrick’s head. Loop around to get the horn and stitch to keep in place. Do the same for the 2nd horn. Weave in ends.