Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sheldon the Sheep




After Yarndale, my head was full of all things wooly, and what better way to commemorate the first festival than with my own tribute - Sheldon the Sheep!  This is my very first attempt at designing my own amigurumi, so please let me know if you spot any mistakes, or if anything is unclear.  

I would love to hear what you think of Sheldon - good or bad - so please leave me a comment at the bottom of the page.



Notes
Pattern written in UK crochet terms (UK dc = US sc)
All rounds are worked in a continuous spiral
Abbreviations:
dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet decrease 
Lpst = loop stitch
Lp2tog = loop stitch decrease

You are welcome to make Sheldon the Sheep for gifts or to sell, but please credit the pattern back to Curly Girl Coop.

Materials
Size 6.0mm (US J) crochet hook
Safety eyes
Tapestry needle
Stuffing
Chunky weight yarn in cream (150g)
Chunky weight yarn in grey (50g)
Chunky weight yarn in black (50g)

Body (in cream)
Crochet in the back loop only.
Round 1: magic ring. (6)
Round 2: Lpst twice in each st.  (12)
Round 3: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next st.  Repeat from *5 times.  (18)
Round 4: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next 2 sts.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (24)
Round 5: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next 3 sts.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (30)
Round 6: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next 4 sts.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (36)
Rounds 7-11: Lpst in each st.  (36, 5 rounds)   
Round 8: *Lp2tog, lpst in next 4 sts.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (30)
Round 9: *Lp2tog, lpst in next 3 sts.  Repeat from *5 times.  (24)
Begin stuffing
Round 10: *Lp2tog, lpst in next 2 sts.  Repeat from *5 times.  (18)
Round 11: *Lp2tog, lpst in next st.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (12)
Continue stuffing
Round 12: *Lp2tog.  Repeat 5 times.  (6)
Round 13: Lp2tog next and 4th st, and fasten off, pulling knot to inside.

Head (in cream)
Crochet in back loop only. 
Round 1: magic ring.  (6)
Round 2: Lpst twice in each st.  (12)
Round 3: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next st.  Repeat from *5 times.  (18)
Round 4: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next 2 sts.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (24)
Round 5: *Lpst twice in next st, lpst in next 3 sts.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (30)
Rounds 6-7: Lpst in each st.  (30, 2 rounds)
Round 8: *Lp2tog, lpst in next 3 sts.  Repeat from *5 times.  (24)
Begin stuffing 
Round 9: *Lp2tog, lpst in next 2 sts.  Repeat from *5 times.  (18)
Continue stuffing
Round 10: *Lp2tog, lpst in next st.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (12)
Fasten off with long tail.

Face (in grey)
Round 1: magic ring.  (6)
Round 2: *3dc in first st, 2dc in next st, dc in next st.  Repeat from * once.  (12)
Round 3: dc in first st, 2dc in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts.  (18)
Round 4: dc in first 2 sts, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc in last 2 sts.  (24)
Round 5: dc in first 3 sts, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc in next 7 sts, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc, 2dc, dc in last 4 sts.  (30)
Rounds 6-8: dc in each st.  (30, 3 rounds)
Round 9: dc in first 3 sts, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc in next 7 sts, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc in last 4 sts.  (24)
Attach the safety eyes at round 8, spaced 4 stitches apart.
Round 10: dc in first 2 sts, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc in next 4 sts, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc, 2dctog, dc in last 2 sts.  (18)
Begin stuffing
Round 11: dc in first st, 2dctog in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, 2dctog in next 3 sts, dc in last 2 sts.  (12)

Ears
Make 2
In grey
Round 1: magic ring.  (3)
Round 2: 2dc in each st.  (6)
Round 3: *2dc, dc in next st.  Repeat from *3 times.  (9)
Rounds 4-10: dc in each st.  (9, 7 rounds).

Legs
Make 2
In black
Round 1: magic ring.  (6)
Round 2: 2dc in each st.  (12)
Round 3: *2dc, dc. in next st  Repeat from * 5 times.  (18)
Rounds 4-6: dc in each st.  (18, 3 rounds)
Round 7: *2dctog, dc in next st.  Repeat from * 5 times.  (12)
Round 8: dc in each st.  (12)
Round 9: *2dctog, dc in next 2 sts.  Repeat from * 2 times.  (9)
Stuff feet firmly
Change to grey, lightly stuff legs as you go along
Rounds 10-34: dc in each st. (9, 25 rounds)
Fasten off with long tail.

Arms
In black
Round 1: magic ring.  (3)
Round 2: 2dc in each st.  (6)
Round 3: *2dc, dc in next st.  Repeat from *2 times.  (9)
Rounds 4-5: dc in each st.  (9, 2 rounds)
Round 6: *2dctog, dc in next st.  Repeat from * 2 times.  (6)
Stuff hands firmly
Change to grey
Rounds 7-25: dc in each st.  (6, 19 rounds)
Fasten off with long tail.

Finishing
  • Attach face to head by joining to each stitch, then attach ears to head.
  • Attach legs to underside of the body. 
  • Attach arms to top of body.
  • Attach head to body.  

CONGRATULATIONS!  
You have made yourself a super Sheldon the Sheep!

I'd really like to see your finished Sheldon's so be sure to send me pictures or post to Ravelry

104 comments:

  1. He's adorable! I can't wait to make one. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

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    1. Hi Diane, Thank you so much! He's the first pattern I've ever written so I'm glad that you like him :)

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  2. He's so cute...and Sheldon is a very great name for him =)......I can't crochet but I hope one of my Ravelry Friends can do this for me, because I must have a Sheldon for my own ;)
    Greetings from Germany...Bettina

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    1. Hi Bettina, I thought he suited Sheldon too :) I'm glad you like him and hope you find someone to make him for you soon x

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    1. Thanks Mary, I might be biased but I agree! :)

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  4. Just found your blog--headed over from Ravelry! I simply love this little guy! He has so much personality! Happy to have found you! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This is a fabulous Sheep!! Love it! Thank you for sharing :) I have shared too - and I hope to make him one day! Rhondda

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    1. Thanks for the nice comments and for sharing the Sheldon love Rhondda :)

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  6. Absolutely FAB....I would love to give this a go, I find written patterns very tough, but i would be prepared to suffer Brain-ache for this one!
    Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. That's really kind, thanks Lucy. I couldn't help but be inspired by all those wooly creatures up North! x

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  7. He looks great, but for those of us who are relatively new to crochet can you please explain what loop stitch is. Thank you...then I can create my very own Sheldon!!

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    1. Hi Bev, I've also written a loop stitch tutorial with photos and a video to try and help you through it. You can find it by pasting this address in your search bar http://curlygirlcoop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/loop-stitch-tutorial.html , or at the top of the page, in the 'Patterns & Tutorials' section :)

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    2. Thank you, I was just about to hit Google to look for directions. Still learning to crochet so the loop stitch is a new one for me. Sheldon is beautiful, thanks for sharing this pattern.

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  8. Love your curly little sheep. Great job on your pattern writing. I'd love to give Sheldon a go - Sher in Philly USA (www.flythecoopcrafts.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comments Sher, I was worried about writing the pattern so I'm glad you like it :)

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  9. PLEASE explain loop stitch! I can crochet reasonably well but need guidance re that stitch - Thanks

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    1. Hi Edna, I've tried to help with a video and photo tutorial for the loop stitch. You can paste this address into your search bar http://curlygirlcoop.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/loop-stitch-tutorial.html or head to the top of my page and find it under 'Patterns & Tutorials' :)

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  10. This is just over the top cute! I want to stop all projects and make one RIGHT NOW! Love, love, love! Thank you! Annette

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    1. Ahhh Annette that's such a nice thing to say, thank you so much. I'd love to see a photo if you do make him :)

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  11. oh i adore this one! I ll make one immediately after I ve finished crocheting my scottie dog :D

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    1. Ooooh I;d love to see a picture if you do x (and a picture of your scottie dog too!)

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  12. Thank you for the pattern Leah, I am going to have a go over the Christmas/Summer holidays when it is too hot for me to go outside too much

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    1. That sounds like a great idea, be sure to send me a picture when you're done :)

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  13. Fantastic! I will make him for me! Yes that's right... me! It will make a change!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like him Kerry, I think Sheldon will make an excellent present to yourself :)

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  14. I completed my first "Sheldon" and there will be many more to come! I posted on my blog today (with a link to your pattern), also added him to my account in Ravelry (I am "azshere" over on Ravelry). What an absolute delight to make! Thank you!!!!!! Hugs, Annette

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    1. Wow! That was super speedy! I've been over to your blog and seen your Sheldon and he looks fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to make him x

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  15. So adorable. I can knit but not crochet - just can't get it :-(

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    1. Karen I'm the complete opposite - if I ever try and knit it ends up in a big holey mess!

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous ... will be getting my yarn at the weekend and will then have to learn how to do loop stitch ... that's a new one I have not come across but love him, love him, love him xx Joy xx

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    1. Hi Joy, I'm glad you love him! I'd love to see a picture when your done :)

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  17. Thanks a lot! I love love love Amigurumies!!!!
    Kisses from Brazil!

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    1. Me too! It's nice to make other things but I always come back to amigurumi :)

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  18. He is adorable! I will be making him soon!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I'm glad you like him, I'd love to see a picture when you've finished him :)

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  19. He's absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for the pattern. :-)

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    1. I'm glad you like him. I think he's pretty cute too ;)

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  20. I just found your blog, was posted on Knitting Paradise. I LOVE SHELDON!! I have a friend who had to give up her sheep due to finances. I will made her a Sheldon or two possibly three. I know he will bring many smiles to her. I rescue donkeys, would love to see you design one. Thanks for sharing Sheldon. ***missmaggi***

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    1. Hi Missmaggi, thank you for your lovely comments about Sheldon, I hope he makes your friend happy :)

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  21. Sheldon is THE CUTEST. And I love your blog - found him and it via the Yarndale facebook page. I'm a HUGE Lucy Attic fan too. Her tutorials are the best, I've recommended them to so many people. Her join-as-you-go method will totally convert you to granny squares if you get fed up with adorable animals any time soon (no!). Anyway, sorry, I'll stop waffling - I want to make a Sheldon at the weekend - did he use up the whole of the yarn you quote? Cos I'm hoping to make him from stash - if i can't he'll have to wait til next weekend :( Thank you so much for sharing him! Keep on hooking!
    rasberet x

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  22. Hi Rasberet, I completely agree, it's Lucy's bright colours and easy tutorials that really got me into crochet and her ripple blanket pattern is brilliant! As much as I want to try something new, I always go back to the ripple when I make a blanket as a gift. I really try with granny squares, I think it's that I'm just too lazy to deal with all those ends!

    Good question about the yarn; to be honest, I was pretty generous in my yarn allowance as I crochet very tightly and so wanted to allow for people that have a bit more relaxed approach. He took me exactly one ball for the cream body (100g) but only a smidge of grey and black.

    I'd love to see your Sheldon when he's finished :D

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  23. Wat een prachtig schaap! Wat heb ik genoten van jouw prachtige blog!
    Sylvie

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    1. Hi Sylvie, sorry it's taken me so long to translate your comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to come and read my blog ( I didn't know I had any international readers!) and I'm glad you like Sheldon :) x

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  24. I love it! So I'm new to crochet and was going to use some left over yarn size 4 or medium weight yarn, should I go down a needle size? I understand it will be a bit smaller witch is fine. Thanks

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    1. Hi Mary-Beth, I think the best way to determine which hook to use for amigurumi is to do the first few rounds and then hold the piece over the palm of your hand. If you can see through it to your skin, then you probably need to go down a hook size, if not, the stuffing will show through your toy at the end.

      Hope this helps, Leah x

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  25. Love him, could you explain what you mean by a magic ring please.

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    1. The magic ring is a nice way to start when working in the round so that you don't end up with the hole at the top as you would if you started by chaining 2 and then crocheting 6 double crotchets in the second chain from the hook.

      This is a YouTube video similar to the way I make a magic ring: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kvjYPFBP85c&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkvjYPFBP85c

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    2. Sorry computer problems! Try the link in the comment above, although there are lots of different ways of making a magic ring, and I watched quite a few you tube videos until I found one I could figure out! Hope this helps, Leah x

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  26. He is lovely thank you for the pattern I am looking forward to making a few of these Mel S

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    1. That's really nice of you to say, thank you :) I'd love to see some pictures of your flock when you're done! x

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  27. just to clarify then....I am in the US so anytime you pattern says DC I should SC?

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  28. Hello Leah, pleased to meet you. I'm a "crochet addicted". When I saw your sheep some days ago, I joined your blog and I tried to make my own Sheldon, but I'm really bad following patterns (I love to "invent"), so at the end I made it similar but with some differences (for example, I didn't use the loop stich).
    In some days I'll publish it in my blog (teixinteixint.blogspot.com). If you agree, I'll mention you make the pattern and I'll link it to your blog.

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  29. Hi Nuria, always pleased to meet a fellow crochet fan:) of course I would be happy for you to post on your blog about Sheldon; I'll be sure to come over and take a look x

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  30. Cudny baranek, dziękuję za schemacik :) pozdrawiam

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  31. Hi.
    I just finished my sheep :)
    http://madebyrogilds.blogspot.dk/2014/02/sofie-far.html

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    1. Your Sheldon looks fantastic! I've been trying to translate your blog into English but Google translate isn't being very helpful! :)

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  32. Lovely! I was wondering if you allow me to translate your pattern to spanish, for those people in my country which don't understand english properly (with a link to the original source, of course). This is my blog, in case you want to see previously my style: www.ElGalloBermejo.blogspot.com

    Thank you!

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    1. Hi Sonia, thanks for offering to translate this pattern into Spanish - that would be brilliant! I appreciate you taking the time to do this :)

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  33. Hello, Sheldon is adorable, this was my first crochet project and I found it hard, but in the end it came out kind of cute. I did the crochetting spiral, I don't know if that is the way you had to do it, but it kinda worked. So if you have any tips for me I wil be crochetting another one for my son. Thank you for sharing Sheldon with us.

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    1. Hi Kareen, sorry for not getting back to you sooner, I've only just spotted this post. Yes, I work in the spiral too (I get in a right muddle if I join at the end of each round!) so it sounds like you were doing it just right :)

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  34. [URL=http://www.freebits.nl/view.php?filename=196sheldon_het_schaap.jpg][img]http://www.freebits.nl/images/196sheldon_het_schaap.jpg[/img][/URL]

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    1. sorry I tried to post a picture of my version of Sheldon but it does not seem to work well. Thanks for the lovely pattern, it was a bit difficult with the loop stitch and I was mostly struggling on how to decrease in the loop stitch (in the end I found it works best if you only make the loop in the last stitch). Let me know if you'd like me to translate the pattern in Dutch?

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    2. Hi Katinka, I'm glad you like the pattern. The loop stitch can be a bit fiddly but eventually you get into the rhythm of it. I would be very happy for you to translate the pattern in Dutch - thank you very much :)

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    3. bonjour
      j'adore votre petit mouton je vais en faire un pour mon petit fils
      merci pour votre créativité

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  35. hi Sheldon is soo cute
    this was my first crochet project and have loved creating Sheldon for nephew ;-)
    I did a double loop stitch for body, thanks for inspiring me to tackle a new craft.
    many thanks for creating Sheldon

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    1. I'm so glad you liked him and well done for tackling the loop stitch on your first project - I'm very impressed! :)

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  36. Hi Leah thx for the pattern I've done it
    Just to tell you it's single crochet not dc and there is a mistake
    in the 9 round of the face (are 30 stiches so 8 sc not 7)
    Thanks a lot it's so cute

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  37. This is so cute! I would love to make it, I just need some help with the loop stitch. Could you please explain it??

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  38. He is so cute. I'm going to give him a try. Thank you.

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  39. Love this little fellow, can't wait to get started. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Hi, I can't seem to figure out how to do he loop stitch decrease. :( can you help me out?

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  41. Thanks a lot for your pattern. It tooks me time but I did it. Love it !!

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  42. Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern - you can see my Zelda here: http://myupperpenthouse.blogspot.dk/2014/08/hklet-far-i-loop-stitch.html

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  44. Hello, I made my first "Sheldon", thanks for sharing this pattern. My Sheldon goes for charity. suloistasekametelisoppaa.blogspot.fi/2014/10/sairaalakamut.html

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  45. I'm working on Sheldon....his face seems way too large for his head and body....the head is the size of a tennis ball and the body the size of a softball....and his head is about the same as the body. I used the Redheart instructions for the double crochet for the face....I'm thinking I should redo with single crochet. Thanks for any help.

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  46. This is so cute; I almost have all the parts done! Can you tell me a little bit more about attaching the different parts? Did you sew them together with a big tapestry needle? I'm not sure how to attach them stitch for stitch. Thanks so much for the pattern; it was fun to learn the new stitch (loop!)

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  47. Hi Leah Sheldon is the first animal I have ever made after teaching myself to crochet and I love him. Are we allowed to sell the finished sheep? I have a pic of the ones I have made but don't know where to send pic to. Thank you for the pattern. Val

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  48. Hi! I have the head and body done. (He's adorable!!) Since it's not noted, I have to ask--when doing the face/ears, do you work in both loops or just the back loop? Thanks!

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  50. Absolutely love Sheldon! My mom made it and she gave me the link so i could make it myself.. I just learned to crochet 2 weeks ago so the body and head was a bit challenging at first, but those 2 parts are completed! Can't wait to see the final result.
    Thank you for sharing this beauty!

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  51. Sheldon so cute, may i have ur permission to use pattern as crochet group ��

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  52. Hi
    Love the pattern and am just about to start making my own Sheldon! I know how to do the loop stitch, but I don't understand how doing the 'loop stitch' on every round works. Surely that would produce a loop on the inside as well as the outside?

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  53. I made Sheldon for my Dads 71st birthday, and he loved him! Going to make one for myself now. Thank you for a great pattern.

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  54. I have two questions that perhaps others who have made this can answer. First, the magic ring. What does it mean by six? Do I cast on 3 then sc 6 times to make the ring? Also do you connect the body parts with a tapestry needle? Thank you.

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  55. I did not read the other comments so please forgive me if this question has already been answered. What is the completed size of Sheldon the Sheep? I am looking for his length from head to toe. Thanks!

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  56. Hello! Thank you for your pattern. Sheldon was a joy to make. However, I wanted to point out that for his hands. Rounds 3 & 6, there is an error. The instructions should be repeated 3 times instead of twice. Thanks again!

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  57. I found this pattern in a German crochet magazin and made my own cute sheep. I did make a few changes to make him fit in more with the particular breed of sheep we have were I live. http://lilmissawesome.bplaced.net/?p=610

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  58. How do you do loops please never tried doing them thanks lorraine

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  59. How do you do loops please never tried doing them thanks lorraine

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  60. a big thank you for this tutorial ! I was looking for a tutorial with a sheep for a long time . the one is beautiful .I have translated in French but I do not regret sorry for my broken English

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  61. Sheldon is adorable! Could you tell me what size safety eyes you used please?

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  62. Really sweet sheep! Thanks for the pattern :)!

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  63. thank you for this, I'm going to make it for my grandson who adores a programme on Irish TV called Séan the Sheep

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  64. With the magic ring it says 6, is this 6 dc or sc into the magic ring?

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    1. UK terms are used Laura, so if you are used to US terms you will be doing 6xsc into the magic ring

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