Perfect Amigurumi Gift for crocheters and Knitters

Perfect Amigurumi Gift for crocheters and Knitters.  I have been trying to come up with fresh gift ideas for friends and family and this makes it high on my list.  

Perfect Amigurumi Gift for crocheters and Knitters
Photo of cute Amigurumi sheep knitting the fleece of another sheep

While going thru pictures of quite projects I ran across a blog post by Sarah of Fugly crochet.  It was this fun little lamb.  I did change the type of yarn used to a fuzzy yarn.  

The yarn I used had been in my stash for several years.  Since it was just one small skein I really didn’t know when I would be able to use it.

If you shop at Joann’s you may have seen this yarn a few years ago.  It’s called Sensations, Beautiful.  It was made by Joanns and is a 5 Bulky weight yarn.  

I used it up and then I used a discontinued yarn from Paton’s Divine for my knitting sheep.  Don’t worry you can substitute Paton’s Classic roving yarn (wt 5) .   Paton’s Classic roving would work well for this pattern.  

I only used the other yarns because I am on a never ending quest to use up my stash.   The face and feet were done using Yarnspirations Simply Soft yarn in grey.    Both yarns are available at Yarnspirations and several hobby and yarn stores.

You can find the link for the fat sheep that was designed by Sarah here at Fugly crochet.  (The one whose fleece is being knitted)  

It was such a fun project and it inspired me to come up with another sheep pattern.  I wanted to make something fun and whimsical.  

So I designed a friend for it.  This is a fun project for those people who love to crochet and knit.  

The small square that the sheep is holding in the photo is just a knit stitch repeated each row to create the garter stitch but if you don’t knit you can substitute single crochet rows for the knit.  See instructions for changes.

Since using this yarn makes it a little harder to see your stitches you will probably need to feel where the stitches are actually formed.  

This might be a little more difficult for beginners.   Remember, if you prefer you can use a regular weight 4 (medium) yarn that is not fuzzy.  You will have a different look.

Perfect Amigurumi Gift for crocheters and Knitters (continued)

Supplies needed:  

Crochet Hook  3.5mm  (F hook) (for body, head, ears, and feet)

small amounts of polyfil stuffing

small amount of black yarn or black embroidery thread

yarn needle

2 toothpicks (to make knitting needles)

stitch marker

approx. 1 3/4 oz of Paton’s classic roving yarn for each sheep  (sheep body)

Approx. 1 oz of Yarnspirations Simply Soft yarn in grey

Optional small knitted square: Small amount of creme color yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s wool) and 

Knitting needles 3.25mm (US3) if knitting the small square sheep is holding   Or Crochet Hook size 2.75mm ( C size) if crocheting square.

Instructions are for the sheep that is knitting.    The pattern for the standing sheep belongs to Sarah of Fugly Crochet.  Here pattern link can be found here:  Sarah’s sheep pattern.

I have made every attempt to ensure this pattern is error free.  If you find an error I apologize, please let me know in the comments.  Thank you.

To begin:   Using 3.5 crochet hook and the classic roving.  You will be using a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.   Place the stitch marker in the first stitch of every round.

Perfect Amigurumi Gift for crocheters and Knitters (continued) 

Head:  Using Paton’s classic roving yarn 

Magic circle, sc 6 into circle and pull shut  (6 stitches)

Rnd 2:  2 sc in each stitch (increase)  12 stitches

Rnd 3:  2sc, (increase), sc, sc  ( 16  stitches)

Round 4: sc in ea stitch,  Before closing last sc change to grey color

Round 5: sc in ea stitch

Round 6:  *2sctog (decrease),  sc in next 2 stitches*, repeat from * to * ( 12  stitches)

Round  7:  Repeat Row 6 ( 9 stitches)  Stuff with poly-filling.   You will need to add a little more before you close your last round.

Round 8:  *2sctog*, repeat from * to * 4 times, sc in last stitch… fasten off leaving long tail.  You can add more stuffing if neeeded.  Weave long tail in and our of last stitches.  Weave in tail and trim.

Embroider face using black embroidery thread of splitting a med weight yarn into 2 plus and using as embroidery thread.  Please see photo for reference.

Body:  Using Paton’s Roving (or fluffy yarn) in creme color

Magic circle:  6 sc into circle, pull shut  (6 stitches)

Round 2:  2 sc in each stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3:  *2 sc in next stitch , sc* repeat from * to * ((18 stitches)

Round 4: * 2 sc in next stitch, sc *, repeat from * to * (24 stitches)

Rounds 5- 10 : sc in ea stitch (24 stitches)

Round 11:  *sc2tog, sc in next 2 stitches,* repeat from * to *  (18 stitches)

Round 12: *2sctog, sc in next stitch*, repeat from * to *, (12 stitches).  Stuff body  after this round.  You may need to add a little more before closing final round.

Round 13: *2sctog 6 times)   (6 stitches)  Fasten off leaving a long tail to weave in and out of last round of stitches and to sew body to head.

Feet:  (make 4) with Simply Soft grey yarn 

Magic circle:  6 sc into circle, pull shut  (6 sc)

Round 2:  * 2sc (increase), sc *, repeat from * to *  ( 9  stitches)

Round 3-5:  sc in ea stitch, fasten off after round 5 leaving a tail to sew feet onto body.

Stuff firmly with Poly-fil

Ear:  (make 2) with Simply Soft grey yarn

Magic circle:  6 sc into circle, pull circle shut (6 sc)

Round 2:  2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)

Fasten off after round 2 leaving a tail to sew ear onto head of sheep.

Fold in hold and sew one one edge to head (see photo for reference)   I sewed mine onto the first grey round after the roving.

Finishing:   Sew feet to bottom of body.  If you don’t do the little knitted or crochet square you can stand the sheep up on its 4 feet.


Knitted square:  With 3.25mm knitting needles cast on 10 stitches

Row 1- 6: knit in each stitch, bind off after last row leaving a tail to attach to standing sheep.

Crochet square:  with 2.75mm (C hook) chain 11, row 1, sc in each stitch, fasten off leaving long tail of yarn to attach tail to standing sheep.

Using 2 toothpick, thread the last row or work onto the toothpicks and criss-cross in front center of square.  Poke the ends of the toothpicks onto the top feet of the sheep.   Attach yarn tail to standing sheep.   Enjoy!

Optional:  You may  use  a small bristle brush to lightly brush the white yarn on your sheep.  It will help fluff it up, especially if you are using regular medium weight yarn.


2 Responses to Perfect Amigurumi Gift for crocheters and Knitters

  1. Karen April 7, 2019 at 2:27 pm #

    Do you still do the hats and scarves for the orphanage?

    • Yolanda April 23, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

      No, I haven’t done it for a couple of years. Maybe this fall I will do it again.

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