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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
8cm tall.
Mobile as shown is approximately 48cm in
length by 18cm across. Finished length can be
adjusted to suit requirements.

Cast on
Cast off
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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  • Counting_Sheep_Mobile.pdf 333 KB [ Download ]
  • How to make a mobile. Counting Sheep Mobile - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cast on 14 stitches in chunky weight yarn in
    chosen colour using 6.5mm knitting needles.
    Knit 24 rows in knit stitch. Cast off. Do not cut
    the tail ends, leave long for sewing the piece
    together later.

  • How to make a mobile. Counting Sheep Mobile - Step 2
    Step 2

    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.

  • How to make a mobile. Counting Sheep Mobile - Step 3
    Step 3

    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

  • How to make a mobile. Counting Sheep Mobile - Step 4
    Step 4

    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.

  • How to make a mobile. Counting Sheep Mobile - Step 5
    Step 5

     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
    end yarn.
     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

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