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Rainbow Cuddles Crochet Unicorn Pattern

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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.

Here's lookin' at you! Free pattern for a crochet unicorn | www.1dogwoof.com

As with all my other patterns, please do not distribute, sell, reprint or otherwise give away this pattern.  You can sell finished products using this pattern, but please link back to this post and give proper credit in your listing.  Let’s all play nice and respect each other’s hard work, right?

Love the colors on this crochet unicorn. Free pattern! | www.1dogwoof.com

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 curly cues from different colored yarns.  I don’t have a specific pattern for these – I played with the types of curly 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.

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Mane and Tail Assembly:

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

crochet_unicorn-2

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

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curlie cue tail, crochet unicorn | www.1dogwoof.com

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.

crochet_unicorn-4

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.

An explosion of color on this crochet unicorn | www.1dogwoof.com

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!

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Crochet unicorn, free pattern! | www.1dogwoof.com

Crochet unicorn, free pattern | www.1dogwoof.com

Who wouldn't want this adorable and colorful crochet unicorn? Free pattern too! | www.1dogwoof.com

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320 Comments

  1. Jo

    I read through (MOST) of the comments, but didn’t see my question posted… so for those of you who have made this adorable Unicorn, my question is about the tail… the instructions say (and the pic shows) to use BOTH tails to attach the curlicues… so I’m assuming that’s the beginning and ending tails… but the pattern DN say to stitch back across the CH (maybe on the other side??) back to the beginning…

    So I was wondering if u are all folding the tails in half, to form loops, so the beginning and ending yarn tails are together? Appreciate the help!

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    • Jo

      DUH!! Thanx to ChiWei, who took the time to contact me off board to point out that I’m an idiot (my words, LOL, NOT hers!!). Can you tell it’s been a while since I did any crochet? Here I’m thinking “if I stitch across the row and end off, I have a tail at either end…”

      She gently pointed out that if I did a CHAIN first, then stitched across the row, LOL, my beg and ending tail would be on the same end. (sigh) Senior’s moment!! Back to crochet – and stop laughing at me!!! LOL

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    • Katrina Huitt

      I love all your poo patterns! I have made the star, and I made oalf, now I am making the unicorn! I love it! Very easy to follow directions I can’t wait till I finish! I am using yarn I have on hand, so the colors will be different. I think my granddaughter is going to enjoy this very much!

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    • Katrina Huitt

      Hi! I know the curly tail pattern is hard but so simple! Do your chain then crochet the half double or what ever stitch . Then when you get to the end, it should spiral around. No connection until you finish. You should have both tails at one end. This are the ends you connect together. Then place it on where you want. Good luck!

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    • Katrina Huitt

      Ok I figured out exactly how to make the curls. Chain 30 then you can do two in each stitch, three in each stitch, or four in each stitch. You can do single, double or tripple crochet stitch. You should just play with the combination you like. Oh and it is just one row, you can do a second, but that is also your choice. I it doesn’t turn out right stretch the chain stitching it should look just like a ruffled edge. It will curl inside of the previous stitches. I hope you can figure it out! Reply if you need more help or click the link to her curl page.

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  2. Natalie

    Thank you so much. I made one for my niece on her birthday and she loves it.

    Reply
  3. Ari

    I just made one of these with a white body and pastel rainbows for a 3 y/o. Fantastic pattern and not a stitch out of place. Thank you for putting this together I love it!

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    • Katrina Huitt

      I went to Amazon and looked at that unicorn, it is knitted, that is why the stitches look so big. You can do the same by using a hook like an m and it would have the same effect. It just depends on the technique of the loopy worker (we all just weave in different patterns in different directions). The tightens and hook size really matters. Looser stitches will let the fierberfill to come through, tighter stitches or using double strand yarn will make it stiff and almost keep the shape. You decide how you want the look. Oh and if you want you can take the shape and do a fabric lining.

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  4. Katrina Huitt

    I love all your poo patterns! I have made the star, and I made oalf, now I am making the unicorn! I love it! Very easy to follow directions I can’t wait till I finish! I am using yarn I have on hand, so the colors will be different. I think my granddaughter is going to enjoy this very much!

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  5. Paula

    Hi not sure if I missed this info somewhere but how much yarn /number did balls would you recommend for this project?
    Need to know how much to buy.
    Thanks

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