Here we go.  A unicorn.  A large, bright and colorful crochet unicorn.  Yeah!  I wanted something LM could grow up with, and it seems our house is filled with small, handheld stuffies.  Well, I wanted a large, super cuddly, takes-up-serious-room-on-the-bed stuffie, so here it is!  He is inspired by the IT’S SO FLUFFY unicorn from Despicable Me, but he is his own unique self.

SUPPLIES:

  • White yarn for the body. I used Caron One Pound in white, which I’ve had since making my granny quilt.
  • Pink yarn for the nose and hooves: Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink – also leftover from who knows when.
  • Scrap yarn in assorted colors, including brown (nostrils) and gold/yellow (horn).  I don’t know the exact colors I used – they are a mix of Vanna’s Choice, Red Heart and Loops and Threads yarn.
  • 12 mm safety eyes *
  • Size H (5.00 mm) hook*
  • fiberfill stuffing
  • embroidery needle
  • scissors
  • stitch marker

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ABBREVIATIONS:

  • sc: single crochet
  • sc2tog: decreasing stitch using single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet

CROCHET UNICORN PATTERN:

The head and body are worked, filled and closed off.  The legs, horn and ears are not closed off and are sewn directly onto the larger piece.

HEAD: 

***Start with pink/nose yarn.
Round 1: Sc 6 into a magic circle. (6)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12)
Round 3: Work *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (18)
Round 4: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (24)
Round 5: Work *1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (30)
Round 6: Work *1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (36)
Round 7-8: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (36)
Round 9: Work *1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (42)
Round 10: Work *1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (48)
***Switch to white/body yarn.
Round 11-12: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (48)
Round 13: Work *1 sc in each of next 7 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (54)
Round 14: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (54)
Round 15: Work *1 sc in each of next 7 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (48)
Round 16-21: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (48)
Round 22: Work *1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (42)
Round 23: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (42)
Round 24: Work *1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (36)
Round 25: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (36)
Round 26: Work *1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (30)
Round 27: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (30)
Round 28: Work *1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (24)
Round 29: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (24)
At this point, you’ll want to embroider on the nostrils with brown yarn.  The are placed 2 rows down from the pink/white border, and spirals across 2 rows.  Stuff the head and then attach the safety eyes between row 21 and 22, about 3 stitches apart.
Round 30: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (18)
Round 31: Work *1 sc in next stitch, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (12)
Round 32: *sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (6)
Close and fasten off.

EARS:

***With white/body yarn:
Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. (6)
Round 2: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (6)
Round 3: Work *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch* 3 times. (9)
Round 4: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 3 times. (12)
Round 5-6: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (12)
Round 7: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 3 times. (9)
Round 8: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (9)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Flatten the piece together and sew onto the head. It’s your choice whether you want the ears pointed inwards or outwards.

HORN:

Round 1: Sc 4 into a magic circle. (4)
Round 2: Work *1 sc into next stitch, 2 sc into next stitch* 2 times. (6)
Round 3: Work *1 sc into each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 2 times. (8)
Round 4: Work 1 sc into each stitch around. (8)
Round 5: Work *1 sc into each of next 3 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 2 times. (10)
Round 6-7: Work 1 sc into each stitch around. (10)
Round 8: Work *1 sc into each of next 4 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 2 times. (12)
Round 9: Work 1 sc into each stitch around. (12)
Round 10: Work *1 sc into each of next 5 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 2 times. (14)
Round 11: Work 1 sc into each stitch around. (14)
Round 12: Work *1 sc into each of next 6 stitches, 2 sc into next stitch* 2 times. (16)
Round 13: Work 1 sc into each stitch around. (16)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail.  Stuff the horn and sew onto the head centered above the eyes and between the ears.

BODY:

Round 1: Sc 6 into a magic circle. (6)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12)
Round 3: Work *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (18)
Round 4: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (24)
Round 5: Work *1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (30)
Round 6: Work *1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (36)
Round 7: Work *1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (42)
Round 8: Work *1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (48)
Round 9-10: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (48)
Round 11: Work *1 sc in each of next 7 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (54)
Round 12: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (54)
Round 13: Work *1 sc in each of next 8 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (60)
Round 14-23: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (60)
Round 24: Work *1 sc in each of next 8 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (54)
Round 25: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (54)
Round 26: Work *1 sc in each of next 7 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (48)
Round 27: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (48)
Round 28: Work *1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (42)
Round 29: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (42)
Round 30: Work *1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (36)
Round 31: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (36)
Round 32: Work *1 sc in each of next 4 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (30)
Round 33: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (30)
Round 34: Work *1 sc in each of next 3 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (24)
Round 35-37: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (24)
Start stuffing the body here.
Round 38: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (18)
Round 39: Work *1 sc in next stitch, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (12)
Round 40: *Sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (6)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing to the head, approximately 3 or 4 rows down from the top of the head.

FEET:

***With pink yarn:
Round 1: Sc 6 into a magic circle. (6)
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each stitch around. (12)
Round 3: Work *1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (18)
Round 4: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch* 6 times. (24)
Round 5: Work *1 hdc in each of next 2 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* 8 times. (32)
Round 6-9: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (32)
***Changing to white yarn:
Round 10: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (32)
Round 11-12: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (32)
Round 13: Work *1 sc in each of next 6 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 4 times. (28)
Round 14: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (28)
Round 15: Work *1 sc in each of next 5 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 4 times. (24)
Round 16-18: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (24)
Round 19: Work *1 sc in each of next 2 stitches, sc2tog next 2 stitches* 6 times. (18)
Round 20: Work 1 sc in each stitch around. (18)
Fill with fiberfill and sew onto body using a whip stitch, securing tightly.  The amount of stuffing you choose to use will determine how dangly the legs are.

TAIL:

Make curlie cues from different colored yarns.  I don’t have a specific pattern for these – I played with the types of curlie cues I could make. Here’s the basic outline:

Leaving a long tail at the beginning, ch 30. Work 3 hdc into the 2nd chain from hook. Work hdc in each chain across. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.

I experimented with different chain lengths, using hdc or sc and working either 2, 3, or 4 of the same stitch into each chain.

MANE AND TAIL ASSEMBLY:

With the two tails held together, insert hook into where you want the attach the curlie cue and pull the two tails up in a loop. Pull both the tails and the curlie cue through the loop. This is also called a lark’s head knot, where you pull both ends through its own loop.

I used the tail of the very last curlie cue to wrap around all the curls to hide the attached ends, tied a knot and tucked it back into the body.

The mane is attached using the same lark’s head knot technique.  Cut pieces of yarn about 5 to 6 inches long.  Holding two strands of yarn together, insert your hook where you want to attach the yarn, and pull the two strands through enough to make a loop. Pull all 4 ends through the loop and tighten. Repeat over and over with different colored yarn.

I attached the yarn pretty densely along the back of the head and the top of the body, just about in every stitch available. I started with the pink yarn along/around the horn and then worked my way back in rows, progressing through the different colors.

The finished piece is quite large, probably close to 15 inches sitting and even more when he’s held up with legs somewhat dangling.  Hopefully, he’ll be around to cuddle for a good long time!

SOURCE: http://www.1dogwoof.com/rainbow-crochet-unicorn-pattern/