small crochet sheep with a fluffy hair cap

Small Crochet Sheep Free Pattern

Let’s crochet this little amigurumi lamb together!

I’ve been wanting to add a crochet sheep to our collection for a while. There’s something so cute about these wooly little creatures. Plus, as crocheters and our love for wool, sheep have an even more special place in our hearts don’t they?

So when I began making the Kozu Palm Pets small crochet animals series, I decided very early on that the series had to include a little sheep (or, rather, a lamb, I suppose). Initially, I was a bit baffled about how to go about doing it. I knew I wanted it to have a textured look to show off it’s cute wooly exterior. But I didn’t want to the pattern to be difficult (or painful to crochet!) because I don’t like things that are overly complex – I love simple amigurumi patterns that have a bit of an oomph factor!

I finally settled on a wooly cap to give the wooly feels and left the sheep’s body plain white, to make it easier to crochet. And let me just tell you, I’m OBSESSED! This little sheep is just so stinkin’ CUTE! I thought I couldn’t love it anymore until I made it with velvet yarn – and OMG – the soft wooly feels were next level!

We hope you love this guy as much as we do!

small crochet animals
Don’t miss the rest of the small crochet animals in the series!

About this Small Amigurumi Sheep Pattern

This small amigurumi sheep pattern is just 4 inches tall using DK yarn and a 2.75mm crochet hook. However, the sky is the limit! My little fluffy sheep crocheted with velvet yarn and a 3.25mm crochet hook turned out to be 6 inches of furry softness. If you want it to be bigger, no worries. Try a larger crochet hook! And the best part? This sweet little lamb takes just a couple of hours to crochet, no matter what yarn you use – so it’s an amazing last minute crochet gift.

My favourite part about the pattern (aside from its simplicity) is the wooly hair cap. I love the texture that it has. The texture comes from the 3-DC-Bobble stitch (which is a super easy stitch, as we explain the our special stitches section). The only bit that I would caution is that you should just make sure you keep a consistent tension when making the bobble, especially if you’re using a velvet yarn, to ensure that you don’t have loose strands. If you’re having trouble with hair cap fitting (this can happen due to differences in tension – but it has been tested by our pattern testers and it worked for them all!), you can just use a larger or small hook to get it to fit better.

This sheep is a low-sew pattern, as you crochet the arms in as you go. However, for that to work, you need to ensure that you complete the pattern in the order that it is written, with the arms crocheted before you begin working on the legs.

We hope you enjoy this pattern as much as we do! Happy crocheting!

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Small Crochet Sheep Free Pattern

This pattern is for your personal use only and cannot be sold, copied, or reproduced without the designers’ permission. You may sell finished objects made from this pattern in small quantities but please give credit to chaicoffeecrochet.com as the pattern designer.

Tools & Supplies that You will Need to Crochet a Sheep

  • Yarn: You need a small amount of yarn in white and beige
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two pairs of 7 mm safety eyes

Crochet Sheep: Stitches Used and Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms and crocheted in continuous rounds unless specified otherwise.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

HDC: half double crochet

3-DC-Bobble: See special stitches

Special Stitches

3-DC-Bobble:

We will be using this stitch in the hair cap of your sheep. A 3-DC-Bobble refers to a single bobble stitch that is constructed as follows:

  1. Yarn over. Insert hook into the next stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (2 loops on your hook)
  2. Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (3 loops on your hook)
  3. Yarn over. Insert hook into the same stitch. Pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (4 loops on your hook)
  4. Then yarn over and pull through all four loops.

Finished size: Approximately 4 inches tall, using DK yarn and a 2.75mm hook

How to Crochet a Small Sheep

Arms (make 2)

Do not stuff

Using beige

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2-6 (5 rounds):  SC around (6)

Now pinch the two ends of the arm together, chain one, and 3 SC through both sides to close the arm. If this is your first time doing this, see our tutorial on how to attach arms onto amigurumi without sewing. Fasten off.

Legs

Using beige

Stuff the legs lightly as you go.

Round 1: 4 SC into a magic circle (4)

Round 2: INC in each stitch (8)

Round 3: SC around in BLO (8)

Round 4: SC around (8)

Fasten off. Make sure that you’ve pulled the magic circle tight so that stuffing doesn’t escape from it.

Repeat rounds 1-4 for the second leg but don’t fasten off.

Body

Change to white. Stuff as you go. Now we will begin joining the legs (see our tutorial on how to join legs)

Round 5: Chain 2 and SC in the next unworked stitch of the first leg. Place a stitch marker in this stitch to mark the start of your round. SC in the remaining 7 stitches of the first leg until you reach the chain, SC in each of the 2 chains, SC in the 8 stitches of the next leg, and SC on the other side of each of the two chains until you reach your stitch marker. (20)

We will be crocheting in the tail in the next round.

Round 6: 19 SC, (Ch 4 and starting from the second chain on your hook, sl st, 2 HDC), SC in the last stitch of the round (20 plus the tail)

Check that the tail is centered to the back of you’re the body. If it isn’t, adjust its placement so that it is.

back of the crochet sheep with a short tail

Round 7-10 (4 rounds): SC around (20)

Round 11:(8 SC, INV DEC) twice (18)

Round 12: SC around (18)

During the next round (Round 13), you will crochet the arms into your sheep on either side of the body by crocheting through both the body and the arm. See the tutorial on how to do this.

Round 13: SC around (18)

Change to beige

Round 14: (SC, INV DEC) six times in BLO (12)

Head

Round 15: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 16: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 17: (3 SC, INC) six times (30)

Round 18-24 (7 rounds): SC around (30)

Now embroider on the nose. If you’re using safety eyes, insert them between Rounds 19 and 20, eight stitches apart. Ensure that you have stuffed the body well, especially the neck.

crochet lamb body

Round 25: (3 SC, INV DEC) six times (24)

Round 26: (2 SC, INV DEC) six times (18)

Round 27: (SC, INV DEC) six times (12)

Ensure that you have stuffed the head well.

Round 28: INV DEC six times (6)

Fasten off and leave a tail. Insert the needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.

Ears (Make 2)

Using beige

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 3: (2 SC, INC) three times (12)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds) : SC around (12)

Round 6: (2 SC, INV DEC) three times (9)

Round 7: (SC, INV DEC) three times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Insert the needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.

crochet ears for lamb

Pinch the ears together at the bottom and sew it together.

Hair cap

crochet haircap with texture using 3-DC-bobble

Using white

The hair cap is worked in joined rounds and uses 3-DC-Bobble stitches (see special stitches at the start of hte pattern). The chain 1 and sl st in each round do not count as stitches.

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle. Sl st to the first SC.

Round 2: Ch 1. INC in each stitch around. Sl st to the first SC. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. (SC, 3-DC-Bobble) six times. Sl st to the first SC. (12)

Round 4: Ch 1. INC in each stitch around. Sl st to the first SC. (24)

Round 5: Ch 1. (SC, 3-DC-Bobble) twelve times. Sl st to the first SC. (24)

Round 6: SC around (24)

Round 7: Ch 1. (SC, 3-DC-Bobble) twelve times. Sl st to the first SC. (24)

Round 8: SC around (24)

Round 9: Ch 1. (SC, 3-DC-Bobble) twelve times. Sl st to the first SC. (24)

Round 10: SC around (24)

Fasten off and sew the hair cap on your sheep’s head. Sew the ears onto the hair cap on each side.

small amigurumi sheep

Your small crochet sheep is now complete! Don’t miss the other small animals in the Kozu Palm Pets series.

How long does it take to crochet this sheep?

This sheep should take approximately two to three hours to crochet, depending on your speech. Either way, it’s a really fast crochet pattern!

Is it easy to crochet this mini crochet lamb pattern?

This sheep is quite simple in that the body is very basic and uses just simple amigurumi techniques. However, the hair cap may be a little tricky for a beginners, as it uses a mix of single crochet stitches and 3-DC-Bobble stitches. Still, even that shouldn’t be too difficult and we explain how to do a 3-DC-Bobble stitch. So while I wouldn’t recommend it for an absolute beginner, I would say if this isn’t your first project, go ahead and give it a try!

If you’re looking for really easy amigurumi patterns, you could try out Juna Series of easy crochet animals.

What do I do if the haircap that I crocheted doesn’t fit the sheep?

The haircap has been designed to fit the sheep and has been tested by our pattern testers. However, sometimes, due to a variation in tension, it is possible that it doesn’t fit. No worries at all! Just try remaking it using a larger or smaller hook, depending on whether it is loose or tight. Then it should fit right on!

How can I crochet a large sheep?

If you would prefer to crochet a large sheep, just use a thicker yarn with a larger hook. If you try blanket yarn (or a super bulky yarn) you will end up with a sheep approximately 11 inches tall – how cool is that? Yet it can be crocheted in just a couple of hours, not matter what size yarn you use!

What are other quick patterns that you recommend?

Mini patterns can be addictive – who wouldn’t want something that works up that fast? But don’t worry, we have you covered! If you enjoyed this quick pattern, we would recommend checking out the rest of the animals in the series. Want to try something a little different? Try our popular series of mini crochet dolls that also take just a couple hours to crochet and are just the cutest!