Anna’s Shawl

A few months ago my friend was going through a hard time. Being the knitter/crocheter that I am, I always feel the need to make a “comforting” gift when I see my friends hurting. It’s a way for me to express my love and concern, and I usually spend the time praying for them while I’m making their gift. And that was how my new crochet shawl design was born.

Available for free on this new post here. (Ravelry link here to purchase a low cost pdf)

Make Anna’s Shawl for yourself or someone who needs a little bit of comfort in her life.

Want more patterns? Visit my shop here to see my available designs, like the Swiss Cross baby blanket pattern.

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Straight Granny Blanket [Free Pattern]

The first free pattern I ever posted on my blog was the Straight Granny. Having crocheted for numerous years, I had come up with my own formula for the traditional square granny, but sometimes the square shape seemed awkward for a blanket. So I came up with a recipe to make a straight granny square.

Using this again after so long, I decided to revamp the pattern and offer it in PDF format for free. It’s now sized for a baby blanket, with instructions for sizing to any desirable width and length. I have included a list of materials with some Amazon affiliate links to my favorite products to use. Click on this link here to find the updated post with the free pattern.

Materials:

You can also link to Straight Granny on Ravelry here.

Want more patterns? Visit my shop here to see my available designs, like the Big Heart baby blanket.
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First Blogiversary Pattern

Guess what? Today is Kounting Sheep’s blogiversary. One year ago today, I started this blog with no idea how much I would become connected to the yarn community and not knowing that people would actually be reading my blog. And now, here I am a year later, celebrating with a free pattern that I know people will actually see.
Meet Ellie, the first Kounting Sheep. She may look shy, but her coat would suggest otherwise. This isn’t your ordinary sheep, she’s a Kounting Sheep with personality. She’s here to help celebrate being “one;” maybe more Kounting Sheep will join her in the years to come?
Ellie The Kounting Sheep
Amigurumi Crochet

Materials:

  • Small amounts of wool in two colors: Main Color (MC) and Contrasting Color (CC)
  • Size F Crochet Hook
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
  • Small amount of Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing


Gauge: Not essential for this project. If you notice your stitches are too loose, change to smaller hook to ensure stuffing will not come out.

Head:
With MC, Ch 2. 6 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 1: 2 sc in each sc around. Do NOT join, place marker to mark end of rnd, continue working in spiral.
Rnd 2: (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 3: (1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 4: (1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) repeat around.
Rnd 5: 1 sc in each sc around. Change to CC in last sc.
Rnd 6-9: 1 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 10: (sc in next sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, dec.
Rnd 11: Dec around, sc in last st.
Start Body:
Rnd 12-13: 2 sc in each st around. Change to MC in last sc.
Rnd 14: Sc in each sc around. Change to CC in last sc.
Rnd 15: Sc in each sc around. Change to MC in last sc.
*Note: Continue alternating colors every round from here to the end, including decreasing rounds.
Rnd 16-23: Repeat Rnd 14-15 4 times more.
*Note: Stuff sheep while decreasing.
Rnd 24: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, sc in last 2 sc.
Rnd 25: (Sc in next sc, dec) around to last 2 sc, dec again.
Rnd 26-27: Dec around. Fasten off. Sheep should be fully stuffed and completely closed.

Ears (Make 2):
Ch 5, 2 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch. 4 sc in last ch, turn so bottom row is facing up. 2 sc in each loop across. Join to first sc.

Tail:
Ch 4, 2 sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch. 4 sc in last ch, turn so bottom row is facing up. 2 sc in each loop across. Join to first sc.
Legs (Make 2 in MC, 2 in CC)
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 8 sc in second ch from hook.
Rnd 2-7: Sc in each sc around. Fasten off.
Finishing:
Sew on ears to each side of the head and tail onto bottom, using pictures for placement. Stuff legs firmly and sew legs onto underside of sheep, with the 2 MC legs as front legs and the 2 CC legs as back legs. Embroider face onto sheep using CC. Tie bow around one ear.

Note: Due to the nature of Amigurumi crocheting, your finished piece may vary from my finished piece. Feel free to change pattern to fit your style, and make sure to send your crochet friends to this link. If you have any questions or find any errors, please let me know.