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Sam the Ram
July 1993, Revised September 1994.
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
- 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
- Stitch holders -- several, these need to be flexible -- yarn is good
- Stuffing -- 16+ ounces of polyester fiberfill of a color
that matches the fleece
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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