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Crochet Unicorn Gift Card Holder

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Personally, I don’t like giving gift cards. I think a gift card can cut both ways – it gives the recipient the flexibility to purchase something for herself, but it can also signal a lack of thought in gift-giving. But I also understand that there are times when you just don’t know what to get, even after giving it a lot of thought. So, gift cards can be your graceful way out. In cases like that, a beautiful crochet unicorn gift card holder is the perfect wrapper. We all know that person who loves unicorns, or someone who has those magical qualities of putting up with us. Plus, everyone needs a unicorn in their life, either this one, or her larger unicorn sister. And after making this, no one can say you didn’t put time, thought, effort and love into giving that gift!

Unicorn Gift Card Holder | www.1dogwoof.com

I’ve decided that it’s good to have little projects on hand, like this Unicorn Gift Card Holder, to keep me motivated in the face of some large and daunting yarn fiascos, like blankets and sweaters. This little guy came about as I was thinking about my Snowman Gift Card Holder on the drive to work one day, and wondering if I should make a summer version. I mentioned it at the office, and a friend suggested that I should make a unicorn one, because they’re so hot these days, especially after Starbuck’s unicorn frappucino.

Unicorn Gift Card Holder | www.1dogwoof.com

This unicorn gift card holder is modeled after my stuffed unicorn and has the same basic look, along with the same rainbow mane. The difference is that, this unicorn is made to hold a card, so even though the head and body are worked in the round, they are unstuffed and flattened out. I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, which offers a great variety of bright, vibrant colors. And yes, I had all these colors in my stash!

 

The order in which the pieces are made doesn’t really matter, as they are all assembled bit by bit. The eyes and nostrils are carefully embroidered on to the head before closing the head off. In the instructions below, I say to add the ears on separately, but if you’re clever with your yarn, you could pull the yarn through the head, lock a chain stitch where the ears are, and then crochet the ears directly onto the head without cutting and starting over. I just fiddled with it until it worked.

Rainbow unicorn Gift Card Holder | www.1dogwoof.com

 

The horn was a beast to make, mostly because it was so small! I used some glitter crochet thread I had already, but any fine yarn will do, like Lion Brand BonBons yarn. For the horn, I decided to start with a foundation single crochet round because I couldn’t quite see my chain stitches if I did it the other way. You can start any way you’d like! The trick to a sharp point on the horn is to use this method of closing up amigurumi, but instead of pulling it back through the horn, you want to emphasize the ‘bump’ and pull upwards and outwards to get that pointy tip. You’ll need to draw the yarn back through the horn in order to fasten it off, but doing so lightly won’t make the horn stubby.

Crochet a unicorn gift card holder to go with a Rainbow Unicorn!

The 2 arms are identical, with the back of the piece being the inside of the arm. This just means that you’ll attach the arms at different points to the body. Sew the left arm onto the body starting at Round 17, attaching downwards the feet. Sew the right arm onto the body starting at Round 14, attaching upwards towards the head. Each arm starts with chain stitches in white, then half double crochet stitches until the last stitch, when you switch to the pink/hoof color yarn. Work the hoof stitches all in the last chain stitch, then switch to white to work back up the arm. I carried both the pink yarn tail and the white active yarn through the hoof stitches. I also used the tails to close up any holes and gaps left in my work.

Unicorn gift card holder arms

The head and body pieces are both flattened, and the head is completely closed up, so use the yarn tail on the body to connect the body to where the pink and white sections join on the head. This allows the head to flop a bit and also helps the gift card stay in place and maybe even hide it a bit.

Where to sew the body to the head.

Lastly, cut a bunch of colored yarn sections to use for the mane. Hold 2 yarn pieces together and tie a larks knot to stitches on the head to create a fuller mane. Using 1 yarn piece gives a bit of a straggly look. I tried for approximately 2 rows of each color, skipped the row where the body joins the head, and tied one more row of mane hair below the body join.

Attaching mane

Unicorn mane

 

This project is small but it does take time because of all the different pieces that need to be sewn together. The mane also takes quite a bit of time and patience. But once you’re done, you have a pocket full of cuteness!

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Make your gift extra special with an adorable crochet unicorn gift card holder. Free crochet pattern at www.1dogwoof.com

Supplies

Abbreviations

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet decrease: Insert hook into front loop of next st. Without yarning over, insert hook into front loop of next st. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining loop on hook.

Pattern Notes

  • Skill level Intermediate for complexity of small pieces and joining.
  • Gauge doesn’t matter on this project.
  • Overall size is approximately 8 inches tall.
  • Pattern is worked in seamed rounds, from the bottom up.
  • Project is worked in the round, but flattened when finished, not stuffed.

Crochet Unicorn Gift Card Holder Instructions

BODY:

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (24)

Round 5-6: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 7: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (30)

Round 8-11: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (30)

Round 12: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (24)

Round 13: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 14: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each of next 8 st. Ch 8, skip 8 st. Work 1 sc in each of remaining 8 st. Join with sl st to first st. (24)

Round 15-16: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (24)

Round 17: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog] 6 times. Join with sl st to first st. (18)

Round 18: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 4 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (15)

Round 19: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Round 20: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Flatten the body and close off the opening with sl st across.

HEAD:

Round 1: In pink, work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)

Round 4-5: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. Switch to white. (18)

Round 6-7: In white, ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (18)

Round 8: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 4 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (15)

Round 9: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join with sl st to first st. (15)

Round 10: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (12)

Stop to embroider on eyes on Round 9 and nostrils on Round 3 using thin black yarn (Lion Brand BonBon yarn).

Round 11: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (9)

Round 12: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 1 sc2tog] 3 times. Join with sl st to first st. (6)

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch. Sew end through front loops of each of 6 st around. Pull tight to close off the head.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

EARS (Make 2):

  • Flatten out the head. Join white yarn on either side of the head at Round 11.
  • Ch 2. Work 1 hdc into same st as join.
  • Fasten off and weave in ends.

 

HORN:

Round 1: Using thin yarn (Lion Brand BonBon in Yellow), work 9 foundation single crochet stitches. Work in a continuous spiral.

Round 2-3: Work 1 sc in each st around. (9)

Round 4: Work 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each remaining st around. (8)

Round 5: Work 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each remaining st around. (7)

Round 6: Work 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each remaining st around. (6)

Round 7: Work 1 sc2tog, 1 sc in each remaining st around. (5)

Cut yarn and pull through last stitch. Sew end through front loops of each of 5 st around. Pull tight upwards from the horn to create the sharp tip.

Fasten off and sew ends back through the center of the horn.

Use either tail end to sew horn to the head at Round 11 of the head. Weave in remaining ends.

ARMS (Make 2):

  • With white yarn, ch 10.
  • Starting from the 3rd ch from hook, work 1 hdc in next 7 st. Switch to pink.
  • With pink yarn, work [2 hdc, ch, 3 hdc, ch, 2 hdc] in last st. Switch to white.
  • With white yarn, work 1 hdc in next 6 st, 3 hdc in last st.
  • Join to first hdc with sl st.
  • Cut a long tail for sewing to the body, and fasten off.

FEET (Make 2):

Start with a long tail for sewing to the body.

Round 1: Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join with sl st to first sc. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join with sl st to first sc. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc into next st, 2 sc into next st] 6 times. Join with sl st to first sc. (18)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLY:

  • Attach each feet to body at approximately Round 4 of body.
  • Attach each arm to either side of the body so that the ‘armpit’ lines up with the slot for the gift card. The first stitch for the right arm starts at ~Round 14. The first stitch for the left arm starts at ~Round 17.
  • Attach the body to the back of the head piece where the pink and white yarn join, at Round 6.
  • Add rainbow mane by tying lark knots in each stitch at the back of the head.

Crochet unicorn gift card holder - to make any gift spectacular! Free crochet pattern at www.1dogwoof.com

Unicorn Gift Card Holder | www.1dogwoof.com

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9 Comments

  1. Catherine

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  2. terry

    the unicorn gift card holder is absolutely precious! perfect for the grandchildren. you could add a loop on the back and hang it on the Christmas Tree and when the card is gone it could be a keepsake for their future Christmas Trees.

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  3. Hannah

    Thanks for sharing this, its really a good giveaway and perfect project for me to try. I have just started sewing and crocheting six months back and so far i have made small items. Really much thanks for the comprehensive post. I will try this on the weekend.

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  4. Deb Codding

    What a very talented lady you are! Thank you so much for the free tutorials. My grandchildren love to look at your blog and then tell me what they want me to make them. I love this gift card idea. I thought I might modify it to hang on the Christmas tree with a photo behind the gift card, or something similar.

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  5. Susan Gayeski

    Thank you for such a cute pattern. Made it for my granddaughter for her birthday. Going to make more for sure!

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  6. Liz

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent. My granddaughters will love these

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  7. run 3

    Thanks for a great video!

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  8. ajagames

    My grandchildren have adored all of the hats I’ve made using your well-written instructions! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

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