Knit by Bit: pom pom sheep for President’s Day
This pom pom sheep is a perfect project for little ones – make a whole flock to celebrate President’s Day and Woodrow Wilson’s flock.
During World War 1, the south of the White House was the home to a flock of 48 sheep. Some might think that would be a strange sight, but President Woodrow Wilson and his family were committed to helping the war effort. In addition to saving costs on mowing the lawn, they raised over $50,000 for the Red Cross.
Above: sheep on the south lawn of the White House
Even though I live in London now, I want to remember my American History with this simple pom pom sheep tutorial. It’s so easy, even little ones can make these sheep.
– White or off white wool: I used Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool
– Yarn needle
– A small amount of black 4 ply yarn or embroidery thread (I used Classic Elite Ava)
– 4 mini clothespins per sheep
– A fork
First, we’ll start off by making one pom pom with the fork. Wrap yarn around the fork tines until it’s about half an inch thick.
Next, use the yarn needle to thread the yarn through the middle of the tines and loop it several times to secure the pom pom.
Cut the yarn, and slide the pom pom off the fork. Trim the edges until you have a nice pom pom shade for the sheep body.
Repeat the process to make the pom pom, but for this second one, only snip one side of the pom pom. It will look like this:
Next, you will be tying the two pom poms together to act as the sheep’s head and body.
Next, use your yarn needle to sew a face on the sheep. Trim the head pom pom as you see fit, and clip the clothespins to the body of the sheep.
You can make a flock as big as President Woodrow Wilson’s – but they probably won’t mow your grass for you.
Will you be making a pom pom sheep for Presidents Day?
Last updated: February 23rd, 2016.