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Sue the Ewe


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RELEASE DATE:  February 1998

DESCRIPTION:  Sue is a dark-faced, dark-legged, standing-on-four-legs, stuffed sheep about 13.5 inches long by 13 inches tall, with small horns, mistake-stitch-rib-patterned cream-colored "fleece", a cable down the back midline, ribbing-cuffed legs with ruffled edging, and a separate lace shawl.

Sue is designed to be a friend to Sam the Ram, my previous sheep design.  Sam was inspired by a drawing on a note card of a sheep wearing an Aran-patterned sweater.  Sue has the same body shaping, and the same cable down her back, but her horns are smaller (and optional), and because she wears a shawl, I felt that a simpler fleece design than Sam's was appropriate.  She also still needed some little thing to make the design complete, and ruffles on the leg cuffs seemed to be the final feminine touch.

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 
    • Light brown heather sport weight yarn for face & legs -- about 110 yards
    • OPTIONAL -- a few yard of black wool for embroidering eyes
    • Colored fine yarn for shawl (e.g., sock or fingering yarn) -- about 200 yarns 
    • For sheep -- 
      • 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
    • For shawl --
      • Straight or circular Size 4
    • 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 -- 12+ 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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