Cracker the Old English Sheepdog


4.44 out of 5

Knitting pattern instructions to knit Cracker the Old English Sheepdog.

Cracker is knit using the loop stitch and does not need special yarn to make him. 150g of cream and 100g of grey double knitting yarn is needed.

Here are instructions for loop stitch taken from the pattern.

Loop Stitch (L) : Insert the right knitting needle in to the stitch as though to knit it. Stick out your left thumb towards your right hand and at a right angle to your body about 3-4cm away from the needles. Wrap the yarn around the needle as though to knit the stitch and bring the yarn around your thumb. Holding the loop with your thumb, take the yarn back over the needle the way that it came and knit into the back of the same stitch. You now have created two stitches from this. Take the rear stitch and pull over the second and off the needle, leaving one stitch remaining. The loop should be about 8cm long in total or 4cm in half.

Needle Size Required : 3mm Single Point Needles

Yarn Required : Double Knitting

Main Colours Required : 100g Grey, 150g Cream

Extras Required : Toy stuffing,toy eyes and toy nose

Completed Dimensions : 21cm high, 32cm from nose to tail and 19cm wide approx.

Skills Used : Cast on, knit, purl, increase by knitting into the front and back of stitch, decrease by knitting two stitches together, cast off, sewing pieces together, loop stitch.

Pattern Language : English


9 reviews for Cracker the Old English Sheepdog

  1. 5 out of 5


    Love cracker,so does every one I’ve showen him too

  2. 4 out of 5


    I love Cracker I only hope I can do him justice!

  3. 5 out of 5


    Love knitting by post patterns always well explained and original. Have not made this. Up yet but really looking forward to doing so

  4. 4 out of 5


    My wife made this one and it looks very realistic. The shaggy look is just like the real dog.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Easy to do once you got into it.

  6. 3 out of 5


    The actual knitting of Cracker the Old English Sheep dog was OK but I found the instructions for the making up of the dog difficult to understand, and although I have tried to get in touch with you, you have not replied to my Email requests re this problem.

  7. 5 out of 5


    We have not tried these patterns personally, but our customers love them all.

  8. 5 out of 5


    found it hard to follow the instructions for the loop stitch but a look at Youtube rectified what I was doing wrong. He’s coming along nicely. Cant wait to finish him.

  9. 4 out of 5


    Have just finished cracker,easy to knit up ,instructions are easy to follow.
    He is really cute

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