So I admit I had to google fact check if black sheep really do exist or if it’s just a term I embrace often.
They are real!
A black fleece is caused by a recessive gene, so if a white ram and a white ewe are each heterozygous for black, about one in four of their lambs will be black. In most white sheep breeds, only a few white sheep are heterozygous for black, so black lambs are usually much rarer than this.
So I can truly say black sheep are my favourite now
I create these patterns for gifts and used traditional sheep colours, I may need to make myself one in black!
Click on each photo for the patterns