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Sam the Ram


RELEASE DATE:  July 1993, Revised September 1994.

DESCRIPTION:  Sam is a dark-faced, dark-legged, standing-on-four-legs, stuffed sheep about 13.5 inches long by 13 inches tall, with horns, Aran-patterned (i.e., cabled) cream-colored "fleece", and  ribbing-cuffed legs.

Sam was inspired by a drawing on a note card of a sheep wearing an Aran-patterned sweater.  As soon as I saw the drawing, I knew I had to try to duplicate that look in knitting.  In my version, the Aran-patterning is clearly the fleece, and not a separate sweater.

SKILL LEVEL:  Advanced -- I caution you that  the directions are complex, but I hope you find the finished product to be worth the effort.


  • YARN:  Please use wool (after all, it is a sheep)
    • Cream sport weight yarn for body -- about 300 yards 
    • Heathered gray sport weight yarn for face & legs -- about 110 yards
    • OPTIONAL -- a few yards of black wool for embroidering eyes. 
    • 2 sets of Size 4 double point needles OR size to achieve a gauge of 6 or more stitches per inch in stockinette stitch
    • 1 or 2 cable needles/holders
    • OPTIONAL -- a short (16-24 inches) circular needle in same size as sheep, but 6-7 double-point needles are needed for at least the first rows because of the sharp corners
    • OPTIONAL -- 1 set of Size 3 double point needles (or 1 size smaller than those needed to meet the stockinette stitch gauge).  Use these for the cuff ribbings.
    • Darning needle
    • Stitch markers, including at least 5 that can be pinned or tied onto the needle (e.g., small safety pins or loops of contrasting yarn)
    • Stitch holders -- several, these need to be flexible -- yarn is good
    • Stuffing -- 16+ ounces of polyester fiberfill of a color that matches the fleece

GAUGE:  The stockinette stitch pattern needs to be a little denser than usual.  Gauge is not too critical, as long as it is 6 or more stitches per inch.

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