Rams and Yowes by Kate Davies

Kate Davies Design

This lap blanket features a handsome flock of 48 rams and 120 yowes (ewes). It is worked in all 9 natural shades of fingering weight wool yarn and celebrates the marvelous, many-hued variety of Shetland sheep.

Construction notes
This blanket is knit as a simple, steeked colorwork tube. When the body of the blanket is complete, the steek is cut, and stitches are picked up for the garter stitch edging. Increases and decreases create mitred corners, which fold to the back of the work, creating a neat facing inside which the steek is completely hidden. The blanket edge is then finished with an icord, for a professional-looking finish.

Kit includes pattern and selected yarn in quantites as outlined below.

 Fingering Weight

DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN:  Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight by Jamieson & Smith (100% Shetland Wool; 50g/188yd): 11.25 Skeins as divided: 2 skeins Black, 2 skeins Moorit, 1.25 skeins Yuglet, 1 skein of each of the following: White, Gaulmogot, Katmollet, Mooskit, Sholmit, & Shaela

ALTERNATE YARN: NatureSpun Fingering by Brown Sheep Co. (100% USA Wool; 50g/310yd): 11 Skeins as divided: 2 skeins Pepper, 2 skeins Latte, 1 skein of each of the following: Charcoal, Natural, Aran, Ash, Toffee Bar, Stone, Grey Heather.  100% USA yarn. 

NEEDLES: Size US 2.5 / 3mm 28" circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge for working blanket body and two US 2.5 / 3mm 45-70" circular needles for working edging.
OTHER TOOLS:  Crochet hook and waste yarn in contrasting color for steek. Stitch markers of two types, a and b. Tapestry needle for sewing down facing and weaving in ends.
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced
GAUGE: 7.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: 36" x 36"

YARDAGE: 
376 yards of black and moorit (2 balls of each) 230 yards of yuglet (1.25 balls)
188 yards each of white, gaulmogot, katmollet, mooskit, sholmit, and shaela. (1 ball of each).  

Images Courtesy of Kate Davies Designs 

A Note from Yarn Loop-Because Jamieson & Smith is not distributed in the USA, we have done extensive research on this pattern and the yarn substitution needed.  We are confident that the Brown Sheep NatureSpun Fingering will give you wonderful results with this beautiful blanket.  However, if you would like to receive the original yarn, please contact us for pricing and shipping lead times.  Please remember that this yarn will be shipped from the UK and may take an extra week to 10 days in transit.  Because shipping is quite high, please visit the Rams & Yowes Ravelry page to see if anyone else in your area would like to purchase at the same time (which reduces shipping for both of you!).


Category: Blanket, Colorwork, Fair-isle, Fingering, Home, Throw, Wool

Type: Pattern


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