How to knit a lamb jacket

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You can buy ‘woolover’ jackets to keep newborn lambs warm, but you can also make your own from scratch, or re-purpose an old jumper.

Words: Lynne Sheridan

Finished size
Back length = 35cm
Bib length = 19cm

10mm width eastic, 36cm length – join with a lap of 15mm

Double knitting wool (avoid synthetics they do not breath like wool does)

Needles = 6mm

For double knitting wool jacket, knit in moss or garter stitch to finished size (this keeps the cover flat)

Stitches for back = 48 stitches, knit to 35cm length.

Stitches for bib = 10 stitches, increasing at the end of each 3rd row till there are 18 stitches, then knit to length 19cm.



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Completed lamb jacket

Thread elastic 1cm from neck edge of the back and the bib(the widest end ), lap the join stitching the join flat to make a flat seam.

Now with the narrow end of the bib stitch the side edge to the back panel side edge, starting 20cm from the neck edge of the back panel. This seam needs to be about 2cm long and should be flat. This has to be done on both side edges of the bib and back panel.

Remember to wash the woollen jackets to the manufacturer’s instructions, gentle woolwash is ok but stretch it out to shape, otherwise expect shrinkage. Repeated washing will over time change their shape and this is a pattern that can be played with to get larger sizes if required.


Old jerseys can come in very handy – even if they have shrunk, they cut up really well for these jackets.
Cut up an old jersey to the panel sizes ( 35cm x 30cm) and zigzag the raw edges to stop the knitting coming undone. I usually use the rib end of an old jersey for the neck part and then construct the jacket the same as for the knitted jacket instructions. The bib (19cm x 8cm) can be made in a similar manner.


I have even used the sleeves of a big jersey and simply left it intact, but cutting out the necessary slots for arms and rear underbelly, thread through the elastic and they are done. Ribbed cuffs give the polo neck look and fit really snugly but you need an adults jersey for this one.


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