Sue the Ewe by Rita O'Connell

Sue the Ewe

February 1998
Sport (12 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette [see notes below]
US 4 - 3.5 mm
410 - 610 yards (375 - 558 m)
13.5 x 13" / 34 x 33 cm
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Summary Ewe, texture, cable, rib, ruffle, lace, rated Advanced. Companion to Sam the Ram.


  • Wool is recommended (after all, it is a sheep)
  • Cream for body -- about 300 yards (274 m)
  • Light brown heather for face & legs -- about 110 yards (101 m)
  • Optional: a few yards (or meters) of black for eyes
  • any color lightweight (sock or fingering) for shawl -- about 200 yards (183 m)

Gauge The stockinette stitch pattern needs to be a little denser than usual. Gauge is not too critical, as long as it is 6 or more stitches per inch (2.5 cm).

Needles and Notions

  • 2 sets of US 4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles
  • 1 or 2 cable needles/holders
  • Optional: short (16 to 24 inch / 41 to 61 cm) circular needle (for sheep)
  • Optional: a straight or circular needle for Sue’s Shawl.
  • Darning needle
  • Stitch markers, including at least 5 that can be pinned or tied onto the needle (e.g., small safety pins or loops of contrasting yarn)
  • Stitch holders -- several, these need to be flexible -- yarn is good
  • Stuffing -- 12+ ounces of polyester fiberfill of a color that matches the fleece

Notes The designer has her own line of patterns, Earth Heart Designs, but Sam and Sue are published by 3 Kittens Needle Arts. This pattern is available on the 3 Kittens Needle Arts website.

From the designer’s pattern introduction Sue is designed to be a friend to Sam the Ram, my previous sheep design. Sam was inspired by a drawing on a note card of a sheep wearing an Aran-patterned sweater. Sue has the same body shaping, and the same cable down her back, but her horns are smaller (and optional), and because she wears a shawl, I felt that a simpler fleece design than Sam’s was appropriate. She also still needed some little thing to make the design complete, and ruffles on the leg cuffs seemed to be the final feminine touch.

Known Errata (We are in the process of updating the Sue the Ewe pattern, and when it is done, we will send an update to all who have purchased the pattern via Ravelry.)

  • Neck Directions - Row 1: replace “39 sts evenly spaced” with “38 sts evenly spaced”

  • Belly directions - Row 1, final stitch count on needles should be 122 (not 106)

  • Shawl directions - Row 69, remove P1