Sheepy Draughts... and a Wolf Too
“Somewhere on the train from Aberdeen to Inverness (Scotland), there was a little hill with a flock of sheep having a nap in the sun. Some of the sheep were white, some were dark. And they were scattered all over the hill like a checkerboard. They were playing Sheepy Draughts, for sure.
Whether you choose to play the draughts with your loved ones, or teach a young child how to play the “sheep and the wolf”, whether you build tall “towers” of sheep with a toddler, or simply use the checkerboard as a cosy blanket or a playmat, the possibilities are endless to enjoy the Sheepy Draughts.”
Message aux francophones: Si l’anglais n’est pas votre premiere langue, mais que vous souhaitez vous lancer et tricoter un de mes designs, n’hesitez pas ! Je peux vous aider a traduire des passages qui vous poseraient probleme, et, si il y a une demande suffisante, me lancer dans la traduction complete de mes modeles.
7-Page Pattern includes:
Detailed written instructions to create the checkerboard and the sheep to play International Draughts.
Also includes the rules to play “the sheep and the wolf”. (Note that there is no actual “wolf” included: a “black” sheep pretends to be a wolf for the duration of the game.)
The link to two animated slideshows demonstrating a game won by the sheep and a game won by the wolf can be found on the designer’s blog.
The checkerboard blanket / playmat measures approximately 84 cm x 84 cm (33 in x 33 in). Each sheep measures approximately 5 cm (2 in) across, and 3 cm (1 1/4 in) high.
Sample shown uses New Lanark Pure Wool DK.
A small amount of the yarn is felted to create the heads of the sheep pieces. If planning on substituting the yarn, take this in consideration.
The checkerboard alone requires:
- (A): 5 x 50g, in Shade Ecru (white)
- (B): 1 x 50 g, in Shade Pebble (light grey)
- (C): 5 x 50 g, in Shade Gritstone (darker grey)
- (D): 1 x 50 g, in Shade Natural Black (Black)
The checkerboard and all the sheep pieces require:
(A): 7 x 50g, in Shade Ecru (white)
(B): 3 x 50 g, in Shade Pebble (light grey)
(C): 6 x 50 g, in Shade Gritstone (darker grey)
(D): 3 x 50 g, in Shade Natural Black (Black)