- Wool is recommended (after all, it is a sheep)
- Cream for body -- about 300 yards (274 m)
- Light brown heather for face & legs -- about 110 yards (101 m)
- Optional: a few yards (or meters) of black for eyes
- any color lightweight (sock or fingering) for shawl -- about 200 yards (183 m)
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 (2.5 cm).
Needles and Notions
- 2 sets of US 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles
- 1 or 2 cable needles/holders
- Optional: short (16 to 24 inch / 41 to 61 cm) circular needle (for sheep)
- Optional: a straight or circular needle for Sue’s Shawl.
- 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
From the designer’s pattern introduction 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.