The Lamb Cup is a free crochet pattern for an adorable miniature lamb basket by Nana’s Crafty Home!
I mentioned my love of all things lamb when I designed the Sheep Granny Square Blanket. And probably because I have always loved them, one of my (I mean my grandkid’s favorite 😉) shows is Shaun the Sheep. This fun show is frequently requested at our house and is much loved by all – even the adults. We all know the theme song by heart and I will even catch myself singing it later 🤪. You know those kid’s shows where the tune is so catchy and you’ve heard it so often you can’t get it out of your head? At least this one doesn’t make me crazy like some I might mention. Anyone else agree that the “Hot Dog Song” falls into that category??? Good luck on getting that one out of your head!
I wanted to surprise the kids for Easter this year with this little lamb cup that reminds me a bit of Shirley – the sheep that always gets stuck everywhere. And how perfect – she gets filled with candy!
This sheep cup is small enough to fit in your hand but large enough to hold enough candy for a pretty good sugar rush. It’s a great idea for a quick make – a lot faster than making a large basket. Especially if you have a lot of kids to give to.
These would also make a lovely idea for a little baby shower gift basket. Add those little personal items – diaper rash cream, moisturizer, washcloth, etc.
I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn* for my little lambs – but you could certainly use any scraps of yarn you have on hand. This is a great way to use up those scraps!
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Lamb Cup Miniature Easter Basket Free Crochet Pattern
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
- Red Heart Super Saver, Weight 4/Medium (100% acrylic) 7 oz/364 yds
- White 1.3 oz / 68 yards (Color A)
- Black 0.2 oz / 10 yards (Color B)
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
1 stitch marker
2 small buttons for eyes
Approximate finished size: 3” wide at base x 3” tall
MC = magic circle
ch(s) = chain(s)
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
BLO = back loop only
WS = wrong side
RS = right side
sl st = slip stitch
bo = bobble (see special stitches section below)
yo = yarn over
- Base is worked in seamless rounds. Do not slip stitch join at the end of each round. Use stitch marker to place in first stitch of each round.
- Face and ears are crocheted as separate pieces and then sewn to cup at the end.
Bobble (bo): *yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops* repeat from * to * two times (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Beginning bobble (b-bo): ch 2 (counts as first st of bo), *yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops,* repeat from * to * one time (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
Round 1: (RS) With Color A, ch 1, 6 sc in MC. (6)
Round 2: 2 sc in each st around. (12)
Round 3: *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around. (18)
Round 4: 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 sc in last st. (24)
Round 5: *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 3 st,* repeat from * to * around. (30)
Round 6: 1 sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, *1 sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * to last 2 st, 1 sc in last 2 st. (36)
Round 7: (end of seamless rounds) Working in BLO, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to first st. Turn. (36)
Rounds 8 – 15 are worked from the WS of the cup.
Round 8: Now working in both loops for remainder of side, ch 1, 1 sc in same st, *bo in next st, 1 sc in next st,* repeat from * to * around to last st, bo in last st, sl st to 1st st. Do not turn.
Round 9: B-bo, *1 sc in next st, bo in next,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 sc in last st, sl st to first st.
Round 10 – 15: repeat rounds 8 – 9.
At the end of round 15, TURN.
Round 16: Now working on the RS, ch 1, 1 sc in each st around, sl st to 1st st.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Round 1 – 3: With Color B, repeat rounds 1 – 3 of the Cup Base.
At the end of round 3, sl st to next st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Weave in remaining end.
For eyes, sew buttons to RS of face where desired with embroidery thread.
Using embroidery thread, embroider the nose on RS of face.
With long tail for sewing, sew face to RS of cup. Weave in end.
Ears (make 2)
Round 1: With Color B, ch 4, 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 4 hdc in last ch, now working along bottom of chain, 1 hdc in next 2 chs. (8)
Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing. Weave in remaining end.
With long tail, sew ears to top edge of face on either side.
Weave in any remaining ends.