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Fluffy Sheep Sweater

Children will love feeling the soft fluffy black-face sheep on this rural landscape sweater.

This sweater is perfect for any boy or girl who loves animals.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: 2 (4, 6, 8) Shown in Size 4. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. Note: For ease in working, circle all numbers pertaining to your size.

Finished Measurements: Underarm = 28 (30, 32, 34) inches


Lion Brand Cotton-Ease (Art. 700) 50% cotton, 50% acrylic; 3-1/2 ounces (100 grams); 207 yards (189 meters); medium weight

  • 1 (1, 1, 2) balls #169 Pistachio (A)
  • 2 (2, 3, 3) balls #107 Candy Blue (B)
  • 1 ball #153 Licorice (C)
  • 1 ball #100 Vanilla (D)

Lion Brand Polarspun (Art. 360) 100% polyester; 1-3/4 oz. (50 grams); 137 yards (125 meters); worsted weight

  • 1 ball #100 Snow White (E)

Needles & Extras

  • Size 7 (4.5 millimeters) needles
  • Size 7 (4.5 millimeters) 16-inch circular needle
  • Size 8 (5 millimeters) needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Stitch holders
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle


18 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches (10 centimeters) with larger needles in Stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row). TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.


1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Sweater patterns

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2. Fence Pattern. Row 1: With D, *k1, sl 3 (these will be A); rep from * to end. Row 2: With D, *sl 3, p1; rep from * to end. Rows 3, 7, and 11: With B, *sl 1 (this will be D); k3; rep from * to end. Rows 4, 8, and 12: With B, *p3, sl 1; rep from * to end. Rows 5, 6, 9, and 10: With D, knit.

Notes: Work all decreases one stitch in from edge as follows: at beg of RS row, dec = ssk; at end of RS row, dec= k2tog; at beg of WS row, dec=p2tog; at end of WS row, dec = ssp. Work first and last stitch in St st for selvedge. Inc Row: K2, M1, k to last 2 sts, M1, k2.

3. Back. With smaller needles and A, cast on 64 (68, 72, 76) sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 1 inch, ending on a WS row. Change to larger needles and work in St st for 1 inch, ending on a WS row. Next Row: With A, k7 (9, 11, 13); work Row 1 of Chart A; with A, k9; work Row 1 of Chart B; with A, k9; work Row 1 of Chart C; with A, k7 (9, 11, 13). Cont working charts as established in St st, ending with Row 18 of charts. With A, work 4 rows of St st, ending on WS. Work Fence Pattern until complete. With B, work even in St st until piece measures 8-1/2 (9-1/4, 10, 10-3/4) inches from beg, ending with a WS row. Shape armholes: Bind off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 54 (58, 62, 66) sts. Work even until armhole measures 4-1/2 (4-3/4, 5, 5-1/4) inches ending with a WS row. Shape back of neck: Work 20 (21, 22, 23) sts, place center 14 (16, 18, 20) sts on holder for Back neck, attach another ball of yarn and work remaining 20 (21, 22, 23) sts. Working both sides at same time, work in St st and dec 1 st at each neck edge 3 times [see Notes] -- 17 (18, 19, 20) sts. Work even until armhole measures 5-1/2 (5-3/4, 6, 6-1/4) inches. Place sts on holders for shoulders.

4. Front. Work as for Back until armhole measures 3-1/2 (3-3/4, 4, 4-1/4) inches. Shape front of neck: Work 23 (24, 25, 26) sts, place center 8 (10, 12, 14) sts on holder for Front neck, attach another ball of yarn and work remaining 23 (24, 25, 26) sts. Working both sides at same time, work in St st and bind off 2 sts on each neck edge 1 time, then dec 1 st on each neck edge every row 4 times [see Notes] -- 17 (18, 19, 20) sts. Work even until Front measures same length as Back. Place sts on holder for shoulders.

5. Sleeves (make two). With smaller needles and B, cast on 28 (30, 32, 34) sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 1 inch, ending on a WS row and inc 4 (4, 6, 6) sts evenly spaced on last row -- 32 (34, 38, 40) sts. Change to larger needles and St st. Work Inc Row [see Notes] every 4th row 7 (1, 0, 0) times, then every 6th row 2 (8, 3, 0) times, then every 8th row 0 (0, 5, 8) times -- 50 (52, 54, 56) sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 10 (12, 13, 14)" from beg. Bind off all sts.

6. Finishing. With RS tog, join shoulders with 3-needle bind-off. Neckband: With RS facing, using B and circular needle and starting at right shoulder, pick up and k5 along right Back; k14 (16, 18, 20) sts from Back neck holder; pick up and k5 along left Back; pick up and k14 along left Front; k8 (10, 12, 14) sts from Front neck holder; pick up and k14 along right Front; place marker and join -- 60 (64, 68, 72) sts. Work k 1, p1 rib in rounds for 1 inch. Bind off loosely in rib. Sew Sleeves onto body. Sew side and underarm seams. Weave in loose ends.

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