We love pillows of all sheeps and sizes! As if our Bobble Sheep Pillows weren’t already cute enough, we’re adding a new lamb-sized sheep to our flock… the Bobble Sheep in Partridge!

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Bobbles might just be the most playful stitch in knitting, and they certainly make a fantastic knobbly sheep fleece. To knit this little friend, you work the body of bobbles in the round, shaping it with simple increases and decreases, then pick up and knit the head, ears, and tail in a thinner contrast yarn. Baa-utiful!

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For such a huggable a project, soft and squishy Partridge is an excellent choice. A single ply of incredibly sumptuous 100% merino wool, Partridge is a worsted weight, which is thinner than either our Super Soft Merino or Gentle Giant versions and, thus, knits up a more diminutive sheep.

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Pick up a Bobble Sheep Pillow Bundle in Partridge and add a new baby lamb to your happy flock of Bobble Sheep Pillows!

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Designed for Purl Soho by Laura Ferguson.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoBobbleSheepPillow and #PurlSohoPartridge. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Materials

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Our Bobble Sheep Pillow Bundle now comes in a Partridge version, which includes…

  • Main Yarn: 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Partridge, 100% merino wool, in either Heirloom White or Wrought Iron. Each skein is 131 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 260 yards required.
  • Contrast Yarn: 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Good Wool, 100% dyed Andean highland wool, in the color Coastline Gray. Each skein is 383 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 75 yards required.

You’ll also need…

Gauge

  • 14 stitches and 20½ rounds = 4 inches in Bobble Stitch (see Notes, below) with Main Yarn on larger needles, unblocked
  • 17 stitches and 30 rounds = 4 inches in garter stitch with Main Yarn on larger needles, unblocked
  • 26 stitches and 36 rounds = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with Contrast Yarn on smaller needles, unblocked

NOTE: To avoid running short of Partridge, be sure to recycle the yarn from your swatches.

Size

Finished Dimensions: Approximately 13½ inches long (from chest to rear) x 8½ inches tall (from top of back to bottom of belly)

NOTES

BOBBLE STITCH: FOR GAUGE SWATCH

NOTE: For ease of counting stitches, count on the wrong side of the swatch.

Cast on a multiple of 4 + 1 stitches.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Knit to end of row.

Row 1 (right Side): K2, *MB (see below), k3, repeat from * to last 3 stitches, MB, k2.

Row 2: Knit to end of row.

Row 3: *MB, k3, repeat from * to last stitch, MB.

Row 4: Knit to end of row.

Repeat Rows 1–4 to desired length.

Bind off knitwise, but do not cut yarn.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

K3TOG [KNIT 3 TOGETHER]

Insert right needle into next three stitches knitwise, knit all three stitches together as if they were one stitch. [2 stitches decreased]

MB [MAKE BOBBLE]

NOTE: For a photo tutorial on how to make this particular bobble, please click here.

Knit into next stitch, leaving it on left needle, [(yarn over, knit 1) into same stitch] 2 times; turn work so wrong side is facing you, k5; turn work so right side is facing you, knit 2 together (k2tog), return stitch to left needle, slip remaining three stitches of bobble over the k2tog stitch, knit that stitch.

SK2P [SLIP 1, KNIT 2 TOGETHER, PASS SLIPPED STITCH OVER]

Slip 1 purlwise, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch and off needle. [2 stitches decreased]

PATTERN

NOTE: The photos accompanying this pattern are of the Super Soft Merino version of the Bobble Sheep Pillow.

BODY

BEGIN AT BELLY

With crochet hook and scrap yarn, use a Provisional Cast On to cast 46 stitches onto larger double pointed needles.

Distribute stitches on three double pointed needles, place a unique marker for end of round and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: With Main Yarn, knit to end of round.

Round 2: [P21, place marker (pm), k2] 2 times.

Round 3: Knit to end of round.

Round 4: [Purl to next marker, slip marker (sm), k2] 2 times.

SHAPE BODY

NOTE: Change to circular needles when necessary.

Round 1: [Make 1 left (m1L), k2, *make bobble (MB, see Notes), k3, repeat from * to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, k2, make 1 right (m1R), sm, k2] 2 times. [4 stitches increased]

Round 2: [M1L, purl to next marker, m1R, sm, k2] 2 times. [4 stitches increased]

Rounds 3–8: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. [78 stitches]

Round 9: [K2, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, k2, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 10: [M1L, purl to next marker, m1R, sm, k2] 2 times. [4 stitches increased]

Round 11: [K1, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 2 stitches before next marker, MB, k1, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 12: Repeat Round 10.

Round 13: [*MB, k3, repeat from * to 1 stitch before next marker, MB, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 14: Repeat Round 10.

Round 15: [K3, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 4 stitches before next marker, MB, k3, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 16: Repeat Round 10. [94 stitches]

WORK EVEN

Round 1: [K2, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, k2, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 2: [Purl to next marker, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 3: [*MB, k3, repeat from * to 1 stitch before next marker, MB, sm, k2] 2 times.

Round 4: Repeat Round 2.

Repeat Rounds 1–4 two more times.

SHAPE BACK

NOTE: Change to double pointed needles when necessary.

Round 1: K2, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 3 stitches before next marker, sk2p (see Notes), sm, k2, k3tog (see Notes), **k3, MB, repeat from ** to 2 stitches before next marker, k2, sm, k2. [90 stitches remain, 4 stitches decreased at head]

Round 2: Knit 2 together (k2tog), purl to 3 stitches before next marker, sk2p, sm, k2, k3tog, purl to 2 stitches before next marker, slip slip knit (ssk), sm, k2. [6 stitches decreased: 2 at tail, 4 at head]

Round 3: K3, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 5 stitches before next marker, MB, k1, sk2p, sm, k2, k3tog, k1, **MB, k3, repeat from ** to next marker, sm, k2. [80 stitches remain, 4 stitches decreased at head]

Round 4: Repeat Round 2. [74 stitches remain]

Round 5: *MB, k3, repeat from * to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, k2, sm, k4, **MB, k3, repeat from ** to 1 stitch before next marker, MB, sm, k2.

Round 6: [K2tog, purl to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, k2] two times. [4 stitches decreased: 2 at tail, 2 at head]

Round 7: K1, *MB, k3, repeat from * to next marker, sm, k5, **MB, k3, repeat from ** to 2 stitches before next marker, MB, k1, sm, k2.

Round 8: Repeat Round 6. [66 stitches remain]

Round 9: K2tog, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 1 stitch before next marker, MB, sm, k2, **MB, k3, repeat from ** to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, ssk, sm, k2. [64 stitches remain, 2 stitches decreased at tail]

Round 10: Repeat Round 6. [60 stitches remain]

Round 11: K2tog, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 2 stitches before next marker, MB, k1, sm, **k3, MB, repeat from ** to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, k2. [58 stitches remain, 2 stitches decreased at tail]

Round 12: Repeat Round 6. [54 stitches remain]

Round 13: K2tog, *MB, k3, repeat from * to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, k2, sm, k4, **MB, k3, repeat from ** to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, ssk, sm, k2. [52 stitches remain, 2 stitches decreased at tail]

Round 14: Repeat Round 6. [48 stitches remain]

Round 15: K2tog, *MB, k3, repeat from * to next marker, sm, k5, **MB, k3, repeat from ** to 3 stitches before next marker, MB, ssk, sm, k2. [46 stitches remain, 2 stitches decreased at tail]

Remove end-of-round marker and slip last stitch of last round onto left needle.

Cut yarn, leaving a 30-inch tail.

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Divide stitches in half, sliding 23 stitches to each end of circular needles or arranging them onto two double pointed needles.

Holding the needles parallel to each other, use Kitchener Stitch to graft together the two sides of the Back.

Weave in the ends.

HEAD

NOTE: You will notice in the following pictures that we next stuffed the Bobble Sheep and closed the Belly. However, we recommend making the Head, Ears, and Tail before you stuff the Sheep and graft the Belly. Live and learn!

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Orienting the Body right side up, locate the Neck section, as shown above. This strip of stockinette stitches is where you will work the Head.

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NOTE: To pick up 3 stitches in one stitch, as instructed in the following round and later in the patttern, pick up and knit one stitch, yarn over, insert needle back into same stitch and pick up and knit one more stitch.

Pick-Up Round: Using Contrast Yarn and smaller double pointed needles, starting at bottom of Neck, pick up 3 stitches in each of next 15 stitches along left side of Neck, pick up and knit two stitches along top, rotate Body and pick up 3 stitches in each of 15 stitches along right side of Neck. [92 stitches]

Distribute stitches on four double pointed needles, place a unique end-of-round marker and join for working in the round.

Set-Up Round: K16, [pm, k30] 2 times, pm, knit to end of round.

Decrease Round 1: K1, m1L, knit to next marker, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, knit to last stitch, m1R, k1. [2 stitches decreased]

Decrease Round 2: Knit to first marker, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before third marker, ssk, sm, knit to end of round. [2 stitches decreased]

Repeat Decrease Rounds 1 and 2 five more times. [68 stitches remain]

Decrease Round 3: Knit to next marker, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, knit to end of round. [4 stitches decreased]

Repeat Decrease Rounds 2 and 3. [58 stitches remain]

Repeat Decrease Round 2 one more time. [56 stitches remain]

Decrease Round 4: K2tog, knit to next marker, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, knit to last 2 stitches, ssk. [6 stitches decreased]

Repeat Decrease Round 4, removing first and third marker. [44 stitches remain]

Decrease Round 5: K2tog, knit to 2 stitches before next marker, ssk, sm, k2tog, knit to last 2 stitches, ssk. [4 stitches decreased]

Repeat Decrease Round 5 two more times. [32 stitches remain]

Cut yarn leaving a 16-inch tail.

Divide stitches in half, placing first 16 stitches on first double pointed needle and second 16 stitches on second double pointed needle. Use Kitchener Stitch to graft together two sides of Head.

Weave in the ends.

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EARS

RIGHT EAR

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Orient the Body with Head pointing to the left. Using Contrast Yarn and smaller double pointed needles, pick up 18 stitches for Right Ear as follows…

Count four stitches down from top of Head (just above a bobble), pick up 3 stitches in this stitch and in the next two stitches above it (9 stitches picked up so far), then rotate Body pick up 3 stitches in each of the stitches next to those you just picked up, working back towards the starting point. [18 total stitches]

Distribute stitches on three double pointed needles, place marker, and join for working in the round.

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Knit 4 rounds even.

Remove marker and turn work.

NOTE: You will now work back and forth in rows, turning the work at the end of each row.

Row 1 (inside of ear): Purl to end of row.

Row 2 (outside of ear): Knit to end of row.

Rows 3–5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 one time, then repeat Round 1 one more time.

Row 6:  K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. [2 stitches decreased]

Row 7:  Purl to end of row.

Rows 8–19: Repeat Rows 6 and 7 six more times. [4 stitches remain]

Row 20: Ssk, k2tog. [2 stitches remain]

Bind-Off Row: P2, pass first stitch over second. [1 stitch remains]

Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitch.

Weave in the ends.

LEFT EAR

Orient the Body with the Head pointing to the right. Using Contrast Yarn and smaller double pointed needles, pick up 18 stitches and work Left Ear as for Right Ear.

TAIL

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With Main Yarn and larger double pointed needles, pick up 12 stitches as follows…

Pick-Up Row: With rear of Body facing you, count 5 stitches down left side from end of Back. Starting there, pick up and knit 5 stitches up left side, with a second double pointed needle, pick up and knit 2 stitches along ridge of Back, and with a third double pointed needle, pick up and knit 5 stitches down right side of the rear. [12 stitches]

NOTE: You will work the Tail flat in rows, turning the Sheep at the end of each row.

Rows 1–4: Knit to end of row.

Row 5: Bind off 1 stitch, knit to end of row. [1 stitch decreased]

Rows 6–8: Repeat Row 5 three more times. [8 stitches remain]

Bind off knitwise.

STUFF + CLOSE BELLY

Loosely stuff Body with Poly-Fil, then slip stitches from Provisional Cast On onto two ends of circular needles or onto two double pointed needles, dividing them in half. With Main Yarn, use Kitchener Stitch to graft Belly closed.

LEGS

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Using Contrast Yarn and smaller double pointed needles, pick up 26 stitches at one end of the Belly, as follows…

Pick-Up Round: Starting at one of Belly, pick up 3 stitches in each of 4 stitches along one side of the Belly [12 stitches], pick up and knit 1 stitch in center of Belly seam, rotate Body and pick up 12 stitches along other side of Belly (3 stitches in each of 4 stitches), then pick up and knit one stitch in center of seam. [26 total stitches]

Distribute stitches on three double pointed needles, place a marker and join for working in the round.

Round 1: [K12, p1] 2 times.

Repeat Round 1 until Leg measures 4 inches from Pick-Up Round.

Next Round: [K11, ssk] 2 times. [2 stitches decreased]

Cut yarn, leaving a 10-inch tail.

Divide stitches in half, placing first 12 stitches on one double pointed needle and second 12 stitches on a second double pointed needle. Use Kitchener Stitch to graft two sides of Leg together.

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Make a second Leg at the other end of Belly.

Weave in the ends and you are all finished with your Bobble Sheep Pillow!

Bobble Sheep Pillow In Partridge | Purl Soho
Bobble Sheep Pillow In Partridge | Purl Soho