Knit a sheep mobile
Basic knit and sewing stitches create this
simple cot mobile using double knitting (dk)
and chunky weight yarns in contrast colours.
Five cute sheep take on a personality of their
own with their embroidered features, legs
walking in the air as they float round and
around, suspended on a circular hoop.
The sheep are approximately 10cm long and
Mobile as shown is approximately 48cm in
length by 18cm across. Finished length can be
adjusted to suit requirements.
Knit and purl stitches
Knit two together
Make one stitch
Sewing slip stitch and French knots
This project could use spare chunky and DK yarn left over from other projects.
For information the following yarns were used in the photos.
Rowan ‘Cocoon’ Scree # 803 x1 100g ball
Rowan ‘Cocoon’ Polar # 801 x1 100g ball
Stylecraft Pure Luxury Merino DK Slate # 3638
x1 50g ball
Stylecraft Pure Luxury Merino DK Ivory #3631
x1 50g ball
6.5 mm (US
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You Will Need
Cast on 13 stitches in dk yarn in chosen colour
using 3.25 mm needles. Leave a long tail end
for use later.
Row 1: k (right side)
Row 2: p
Row 3: k1, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k1. (11 stitches)
Row 4: p1, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p1. (9 stitches)
Row 5: k1, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. (7 stitches)
Row 6: p
Row 7: k
Continue alternating with a purl row, then knit
row (stocking stitch) until row 15 right side
Row 15: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1. (5 stitches)
Row 16: p
Row 17: k2tog, k1, k2tog. (3 stitches)
Row 18: p
Row 19: k
Row 20: p
Row 21: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1. (5 stitches)
Row 22: p
Row 23: k1, m1, k3, m1, k1. (7 stitches)
Row 24: p
Row 25: k
Row 26: p
Row 27: k
Row 28: p
Row 29: Cast off.
Fold over the ear tab, sew edges together
using the tail end of thread, join the cast off
and cast on edges to form the back of the
head, turn down the other ear tab and sew.
Thread the tail end to the back as shown in the
picture. Embroider mouth details and the
French knot eyes using a tapestry needle and
contrast yarn. Join the head down the side
seam and use a small amount of stuffing to fill,
sew the other side seam and thread the tail
end through to the back as shown ready for
sewing to the body section.
Cast on 4 stitches in dk weight yarn in chosen
colour using 3.25mm double pointed needles.
With the stitches needle in the left hand, slide
the stitches to the right end, bring the working
yarn around the back of the work and knit the
four stitches onto the right hand needle (do not
turn the work). Pull the working yarn tight
across the back of the work. Slide the stitches
to the other end of the needle (do not turn
work) and bring the working yarn across the
back of the work, knit the four stitches pulling
firmly the working yarn across the back. The
result will be a tube shape. The cast on end
will be the foot end of the leg. Continue knitting
rows in this way until the leg measures about
2cm. Cast off. Make four per sheep.
Keep the tail ends long, use a tapestry needle
to thread the cast on tail end up through the
leg so the two ends are at the ‘top’ of the leg
these will be used to sew
Cast on 4 stitches using chunky weight yarn in
chosen colour and size 6.5mm knitting
needles. Use knit stitch and work rows until the
work measures approx. 58cm and fits easily
around the outside edge of the hoop. Cast off.
Slip stitch the cover onto the hoop with the
seam on the inside edge of the hoop, join the
ends neatly and weave in loose ends.
Fold the sheep body section in half
lengthways, join the cast on and cast
off edges together using slip stitch.
Attach the four legs on either side of
the seam at appropriate positions
using the tail ends of thread from the
legs. Tidy and secure ends on the
inside of the body section out of sight.
Once the legs are attached sew the
vertical back seam using the tail end
of chunky yarn. Secure but do not cut
the thread, leave a ‘tail’ at the top of
the sewn seam.
Position the head on one side of the
body. Secure using the tail ends of
yarn. Fill the body with stuffing and
close up the seam with the chunky tail
Cut five lengths of cotton dk yarn
approx. 65 cm long for the hanging
strings. Thread one through the back
of each sheep with a tapestry needle,
go down and pick up one loop from
the underside seam and thread back
up, tie off in a knot and hide the end
though the knitting. (Threading
through to the underside will prevent
the hanging string from ‘pulling up’ the
back of the sheep).
Place four of the sheep at equal
spacing around the hoop and alternate
hanging lengths to balance. Using a
tapestry needle secure the hanging
threads through the hoop and cover.
Draw up the loose threads and tie in a
knot above the hoop. Add the fifth
sheep to the middle of the hoop
hanging freely, adjust height to suit
and secure to the main knot. Make a
loop from the spare threads for
hanging purposes. Tidy any loose