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Help drought-stricken farmers with woolly jumpers for lambs

Aussie farmers are in need of woolly jumpers to keep their lambs alive – and you can help!

We’re calling for BHG readers to grab their needles and hooks to create woolly warmers for our drought affected Aussie farmers and their little lambs.

As the worst drought in almost a hundred years stretches on, the creator of Facebook page Lamb Jumpers “Helping Our Farmers” Marie Knight has come up with a fabulous way for Aussies to help.

As lambs’ struggle to regulate their own body temperature like human children, the jumpers provide comfort and warmth.

Although the jumpers are small, they’re making a huge difference in the lives of these gorgeous little lambs, and in turn, helping our farmers.

To help, simply crochet or knit a jumper and send it to the below address as soon as possible – instructions are below, all you need to do is get those hands moving.

Lamb Jumpers c/- Coonabarabran Times 44 Dalgarno St Coonabarabran NSW 2357

Knitting Pattern

8ply washable

Acrylic is recommended as it is easy washable 

  • Back

Cast on 48 stitches 
Rib 20 rows
Stocking stitch 20 rows
Cast on 10 to each end of the next 2 rows
Rib 20 rows
Cast off

  • Front

Girls – same as back
Boys – stocking stitch 6 rows only

  • Sew up sides and shoulders
  • Adjust to make bigger or smaller where required

Crochet Pattern

Acrylic is recommended as it is easy washable 

  • Small 10 ins [25.5 cm]
  • Medium 16 ins [40.5 cm]
  • Large 24 ins [61 cm] 

Sizes 4 mm (US F) and 4.5 mm (US G) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE 14 dc and 8 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger hook.

INSTRUCTIONS

Stripe Pat

1 row A, 1 row B, 1 row C, 1 row D, 1 row E and 1 row MC. Rep last 6 rows for stripe pat throughout. 

Neck Ribbing: With MC and smaller hook, ch 8 loosely.

1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn.

2nd row: Working in back loop only of each st, work 1 sc in each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn. Rep last row 30 (46-70-82) times more omitting turning ch at end of last row.

Body: Change to larger hook.

1st row: (RS). Ch 3 (counts as first dc). Work a further 33 (49-73-85) dc across long edge of neck ribbing. 34 (50-74-86) dc. Join A. Ch 3. Turn. Cont in stripe pat as follows:

2nd row: 1 dc in first dc – inc made. 1 dc in each dc to last dc. 2 dc in last dc – inc made. Ch 3. Turn. Rep last row 2 (6-10-16) times more. 40 (64-96-120) dc.

Shape Leg Opening: First Side: Next row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in each of next 4 (7- 11-15) dc. 5 (8-12-16) dc. Ch 3. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.

Next row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in next dc and each dc to end of row. Ch 3. Turn. Rep last row 1 (3-5-5) time(s) more omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off. 

Center Section: Next row: With RS facing, miss next 4 (7-9-12) dc, join yarn with ss in next dc. Ch 3. 1 dc in each of next 21 (33-53-63) dc. 22 (34-54-64) dc. Ch 3.

Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.

Next row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in next dc and each dc to end of row. Ch 3. Turn. Rep last row 1 (3-5-5) time(s) more omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off.

Second Side: Next row: With RS facing miss next 4 (7-9-12) unworked dc, join yarn with ss in next dc. Ch 3. 1 dc in each of next 4 (7-9-12) dc. 5 (8-10-13) dc. Ch 3. Turn.

Next row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in next dc and each dc to end of row. Ch 3. Turn. Rep last row 1 (3-5-5) time(s).

Joining Row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in next dc and each dc across Second Side. Ch 4 (7-9- 12) loosely. 1 dc in each dc across Center Section. Ch 4 (7-9-12) loosely. 1 dc in each dc across First Side. Ch 3. Turn.

Next row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in each of next 4 (7-9-12) dc. 1 dc in each of next 4 (7-9- 12) ch. 1 dc in each of next 22 (34-54-64) dc. 1 dc in each of next 4 (7-9-12) ch. 1 dc in each of next 5 (8-10-13) dc. 40 (64-96- 120) dc. Ch 3. Turn.

Next row: Miss first dc. 1 dc in next dc and each dc across. Ch 3. Turn. Rep last row until work from Joining Row measures approx 4½ (7-10½-11½) ins [11.5 (18- 26.5-29) cm] ending with RS facing for next row and omitting turning ch at end of last row.

Shape Belly: Next row: Ss in each of first 7 (10-15-19) dc. Ch 3. 1 dc in each of next 27 (45-67-83) dc. Ch 3. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. 28 (46-68-84) dc.

Next row: Miss first dc. (Yoh and draw up a loop in next st. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook – dc2tog made. 1 dc in next dc and each dc to last 3 dc. Dc2tog over next 2 dc. 1 dc in last dc. Ch 3. Turn. Rep last row 3 (6-9-11) times more. 20 (32-48- 60) dc. 

Cont even until work from 1st row after Neck Ribbing measures 10½ (16-22-25) ins [26.5 (40.5-56-63.5) cm] omitting turning ch at end of last row. Fasten off. Sew seam from Neck Ribbing to Belly shaping. 

Back Edging: With RS facing, MC and larger hook, join yarn with ss at seam. Ch 1. Work 1 row sc evenly around Belly shaping and back edge, working 3 sc in corners. Join with ss to first sc. Fasten off.

Leg Edging: With RS facing, MC and larger hook, join yarn with ss in any st of Leg Opening. Ch 1. Work 1 row sc evenly around Leg Opening. Join with ss to first sc. Fasten off.

Leg Bands: With MC, ch 6 loosely.

1st row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1. Turn.

2nd row: Working in back loop only of each st, work 1 sc in each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn. Rep last row until work from beg measures 5 (6-8-9½) ins [12.5 (15- 20.5-24) cm]. Fasten off. Sew leg band seam. Sew leg band to leg edging.

*Note: this is a US pattern

This article originally appeared on Better Homes and Gardens.

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