Gray Sheep

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.

18 thoughts on “Gray Sheep

  1. Claudia McGill Post author

    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…).

  2. Laura (PA Pict)

    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.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    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).

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    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!

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