Crochet Unicorn

Categories: Gifts, Kid Friendly, Doll, Crochet

I know lots of little girls that love unicorns, including my daughter. For Christmas I decided to make her a stuffed unicorn doll. I had the idea to make it shortly before Christmas so I wanted something that I could make fast but I also wanted it to be pretty big. To achieve those two things at the same time I decided to double up the yarn, working with two strands at once and a bigger hook. You could probably get a similar effect with a bulky weight yarn but I used two strands of worsted weight. I attached the arms and legs in more of a teddy bear or doll style rather than the way they would actually be on a unicorn. When I made the horn I used one one strand of regular white yarn and one strand that had a silver thread through it to give the horn a little sparkle. The mane and tail are made with contrasting yarn.

What you need to make this project

Materials
Poly-Fil Premium Fiber Fill
Supplies
Worsted weight yarn, light pink (Big Twist Light Rose)
Worsted weight yarn, purple (Red Heart Super Saver Pale Plum)
Worsted weight yarn, gray (Red Heart With Love Pewter)
Worsted Weight yarn, white (Red Heart Super Saver White)
white yarn with silver thread (Vanna's Glamour Diamond)
small piece of brown yarn
15 mm colored safety eyes, blue
J crochet hook
yarn needle
scissors

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Instructions

  • unicorn-head

Step One

Each of the parts of the unicorn are made separately and sewn together. We will start by making the head. All of the parts are made by holding two strands of yarn together.

With two strands of pink yarn and J hook, begin with magic ring.

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5: 1 sc in each stitch (24 sc)

Round 6: 1 sc in each stitch (24 sc)

Round 7: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 5] repeat around (28 sc)

Round 8: 1 sc in each stitch (28 sc)

Round 9: 1 sc in each stitch (28 sc)

Round 10: [2 sc in first stitch, 1, sc in next 6] repeat around (32 sc)

Round 11-15: 1 sc in each stitch (32 sc)

Place safety eyes between rows 10 and 11, about 4 stitches apart

Begin stuffing and continue stuffing as you work being sure it is completely stuffed before you finish

Round 16: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6] repeat around (28 sc)

Round 15: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5 stitches] (24 sc)

Round 16: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2] (18 sc)

Round 17: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next stitch] (12 sc)

Round 18: sc2tog around (6 sc)

finish off, cut yarn, weave around last stitches and pull to close, weave in end

 

  • unicorn-body

Step Two

Make body:

With two strands of pink yarn and J hook, begin with magic ring.

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next] repeat around (18 sc)

Round 4: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 5: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3] repeat around (30 sc)

Round 6: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4] repeat around (36 sc)

Round 7: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 5] repeat around (42 sc)

Rounds 8-11: 1 sc in each stitch (42 sc)

Round 12:  [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 5] repeat around (36 sc)

Rounds 13-14: 1 sc in each stitch (36 sc)

Round 15: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 4] repeat around (30 sc)

Round 16: 1 sc in each stitch (30 sc)

Round 17:  [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 3] repeat around (24 sc)

Round 18:  [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 2] repeat around (18 sc)

Rounds 19-20: 1 sc in each stitch around (18 sc)

Finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing, stuff well

  • unicorn-legs

Step Three

Make 4 legs:

Start with two strands of gray yarn, when you change to pink continue with two strands

Round 1: in mr, ch 1, 6 sc (6 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch (12 sc)

Round 3: [2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next] repeat around (18 sc)

Rounds 4-5: 1 sc in each stitch around (18 sc)

Change to pink yarn

Rounds 6-7: 1 sc in each stitch around (18 sc)

Round 8: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 7 stitches] repeat (16 sc)

Round 9-10: 1 sc in each stitch around (16 sc)

Round 11: [sc2tog, 1 sc in next 6 stitches] repeat (14 sc)

Round 12-13: 1 sc in each stitch around (14 sc)

Finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing, stuff lightly

  • unicorn-ears

Step Four

Make 2 ears:

ch 2

Row 1: sc in second ch from hook (1 sc)

Row 2: ch 1, turn, 3 sc in stitch (3 sc)

Row 3: ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next, 2 sc in last stitch (5 sc)

ch 1, turn so the side of the stitches is up and sc evenly along the side, work 3 sc in the top stitch, turn and work down the other side

finish off, cut yarn leaving long end for sewing

  • unicorn-horn

Step Five

Make horn

Make the horn holding one strand of white yarn and one strand of white and silver thread together

Round 1: in mr ch 1, 3 sc (3 sc)

Round 2: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches (4 sc)

Round 3: 1 sc in each stitch (4 sc)

Round 4: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 3 stitches (5 sc)

Round 5: 1 sc in each stitch (5 sc)

Round 6: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 4 stitches (6 sc)

Round 7: 1 sc in each stitch (6 sc)

Round 8: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 5 stitches (7 sc)

Round 9: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 6 stitches (8 sc)

Round 10: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 7 stitches (9 sc)

Finish off, cut yarn leaving long ends for sewing

  • ready-to-assemble-unicorn

Step Six

Assemble the unicorn:

Sew the horn onto the head centered a couple of rows behind the eyes

Sew the ears a little  behind the horn and curved slightly

With brown yarn make a couple little stitches on the front of the nose for the nostrils

Sew the head to the top of the body, make sure the body is well stuffed, the body should attach toward the back of the head

Sew the legs to the body, two on the sides at the top of the body and two on the bottom

  • attaching-mane

Step Seven

Add the mane:

To make the mane you will need to cut a bunch of pieces of purple yarn about 8-9″ long. You will need quite a few, depending on how full you make the mane so just start by cutting some and keep cutting more as needed until you have enough.

Hold two pieces together and fold in half, insert your hook through a stitch on the head where you want to put part of the mane, grab the loop and pull through, pull the ends of the yarn through the loop of yarn you just made and pull to tighten (you are making a larks head knot), continue to do this adding mane around the horn, in front of and behind the ears and down the center of the back of the head until it is a full and long as you want.

Trim the hairs in the front around the horn and ears so that they are a little shorter than the rest. I left the back of the mane long, trimming in a few spots if there was a piece that was a little longer than the rest.

  • tail-tassel

Step Eight

Last you will make the tail:

To make the tail I basically just made a big tassel. I borrowed one of my son’s books to wrap the yarn around and wrapped it several times until it was as thick as I wanted it to be. Then I slid it off of the book, tied it at the top leaving some yarn for sewing it onto the body, tied it around the top to hold it all together and cut the bottom loops and trimmed.

Sew the tassel to the back of the unicorn body, be sure to sew several times so that it is secure.