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Mini Unicorn Amigurumi

 

This little unicorn measures about 5.5 inches tall when sitting, or about 7.5 inches when the legs are extended.  This is great size for a small cuddling or playing buddy for tiny hands and also perfect for traveling in the car or stroller. I love when crochet animals can sit on a shelf when they are not being played with or cuddled. This is why I decided to attach the legs separately, rather than working the legs and body up as one piece.

This pattern is worked in rounds and each section is worked up separately and then sewn together at the end. Have fun!

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Here is the pattern!



Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn – You can use any worsted-weight yarn for this project. I mostly used Caron Simply Soft Party yarn for this project. I love the sparkle in the yarn, and thought it was perfect for a unicorn! For the main body, I used Snow Sparkle. For the mane and tail, I used Fuchsia Sparkle and Grape Sparkle. I used a light pink (non-sparkle) yarn for the ends of the feet and a little bit of golden yellow yarn for the horn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in Mustard).
  • Safety eyes – 8mm size.
  • 3.75 mm crochet hook (I also used a 3.25 hook for the horn and the mane/tail, but you could continue with the 3.75. The difference would be the size might be a tiny bit bigger or the stitches not quite as tight). I love these crochet hooks and use them for all my projects!
  • Yarn needle for sewing pieces together and weaving in ends. Bent needles are great for amigurumi!

 Stitches Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • SC – single crochet
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remining loops on hook. There are many tutorials on this on YouTube. Check one out if you’d like to see the invisible decrease in action.

Important Notes:

  • Magic Circle – Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Chain one and then start making the stitches of round 1 into the ring.
  • Continuous Rounds – this pattern is worked up in continuous rounds, which means that you will not be joining the last stitch of the round with the first one. Instead you need to keep track of where each round started and how many stitches you have made because after each round you move right into the next one (with no join). It is useful to use a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) to mark the start or end of each round to help you keep track.
  • Color Changes – since this pattern is worked up in continuous rounds, your color changes on the arms may be more noticeable. If this bothers you, when you attach the arms/legs, you could line up the place where you can see the color change more towards the body so it’s hidden. As an alternative, there are a bunch of online tutorials you can look up to help make this line much less obvious. Basically, when you change colors, work the last stitch of the first color right up to when you do your last yarn over. Yarn over in the new color and pull through the loop. Next, when you make your first stitch of the next round, instead of making the first stitch a single crochet, you make it a slip stitch, then continue the rest of the stitches of that round as written. If this is confusing, you can look up many tutorials on YouTube to help show it in action.

Head



Add stuffing to the head as you go.

Round 1: In white, make a magic circle, chain 1 and make 6 SC stitches into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Rounds 3-5: SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Rounds 7-8: SC in each stitch around (18)

Round 9: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Rounds 10-15: SC in each stitch around (24)

**Insert safety eyes between rows 10 and 11 – 5 or 6 stitches apart.**

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next 2, repeat around (18)

Round 17: INV DEC, SC in next stitch, repeat around (12)

Round 18: INV DEC around (6)

Make sure you have added lots of stuffing to the head. Then fasten off, sew head closed, and weave in ends.


Ears (make 2)

Round 1: In white yarn, magic circle, chain 1, make 3 SC stitches into ring (3)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (6)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9)

Rounds 4-5: SC in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off, leave a tail to sew ears onto head.

 

Horn

Round 1: In gold/yellow/mustard yarn, magic circle, 3 SC in ring, chain 1 (3)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, 1 SC in next stitch, 2 SC in last (5)

Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch around (5)

Fasten off, leave a tail to sew horn onto head.

*You can add rounds to your horn to make it the length you want*

 

Body

Add stuffing to the body as you go.

Round 1: In white, magic circle, chain 1, make 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (18)

Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (24)

Round 5: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around (30)

Rounds 6-13: SC in each stitch around (30)

Round 14: INV DEC, SC in next 4, repeat around (25)

Round 15: SC in each stitch around (25)

Round 16: INV DEC, SC in next 3, repeat around (20)

Round 17: SC in each stitch around (20)

Round 18: INV DEC, SC in next 2, repeat around (15)

Round 19: SC in each stitch around (15)

Round 20: INV DEC, SC in next stitch, repeat around (10)

Round 21: SC in each stitch around (10)

Round 22: INV DEC, SC in next 3, repeat (8)

Make sure you have added enough stuffing to the body.

Then fasten off, sew body closed, and leave a long tail to sew head onto body.

 

Legs (make 2)

Gently stuff the legs as you go, adding stuffing only to the bottom half of the legs.

Round 1: In pink (or another accent color), magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: SC in each stitch around (12)

Round 4: INV DEC, SC in next 2, repeat around (9)

Change color to white

Rounds 5-14: SC in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing legs onto body.




Arms (make 2)

Gently stuff the arms as you go, adding stuffing only to the bottom half of the arms.

Round 1: In pink (or another accent color), magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (9)

Rounds 3-4: SC in each stitch around (9)

Change color to white

Rounds 5-14: SC in each stitch around (9)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing legs onto body.

Mane

For the mane, I used two more of the sparkle yarns – Fuchsia and Purple (Caron Simply Soft Party). I also used a smaller hook (3.25mm), but you could continue to use the same hook you were using for the rest of the unicorn. I made 8 strands of hair in total that I attached to the head by sewing just behind the horn.

 

Chain 26, SC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. The single crochet stitches will give the chain a bit of a curl. Fasten off, weave in one of the ends. Use the other tail to sew the hair onto the head.

I also made a few pieces of hair that were slightly longer (chaining about 5-8 more stitches) and attached them under the pieces that were a bit shorter.

Tail

For the tail, I used Fuchsia Sparkle and made a chain of 13 stitches. Then I made 2 SC stitches in each chain (starting in the 2nd chain from the hook). Putting 2 single crochet stitches in each stitch gave the tail a tighter curl. If you’d like the curl to be looser, you could just do 1 SC in each stitch, as written in the mane instructions above.

 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER!

Now that you have made all the parts of the unicorn, you need to sew it all together.

1) Attach all of the head pieces together: Attach the ears at around the 4th round from the top/back of the head. I lined up the center of the ears with the eyes.  Attach the horn to the top of the head, slightly in front of the ears.

2) Sew the head to the body: Line up the head on top of the body and sew around each stitch and back and forth through the bottom of the head and the top of the body. The more you sew it, the less head wobbling there will be. Check out The Friendly Red Fox’s post on some tips for sewing heads on amigurumi.

3) Sew the legs onto the body: Line up where you want the legs to be on the unicorn. I lined mine up right at the center of the bottom in the first round and then sewed them a bit on a diagonal towards the back of the unicorn. I also only sewed around the top of the legs so that they could either hang straight or fold up for sitting.  **Note: Depending on where you put the legs, your unicorn may be unable to sit without falling. I pinned the legs in place first and made sure the unicorn could sit, before I sewed the legs on permanently.


4)Sew arms onto the body: Attach the arms under the head in the next round.  I only sewed in the top 2 rounds of my unicorn, so the arms are pretty movable. If you’d like your arms more stationary, you can continue to sew farther down the arms to the body to keep them in the same position.

 

 

5) Attach the mane and tail: Sew the pieces of the main starting at the top of the head, right behind the horn. Only attach at the end of the hair, so the rest of the strand is pretty movable. I kept my strands of hair coming from the top area of the head, but you can put yours wherever you choose. Make sure you secure your ends by hiding them inside the unicorn’s head or by weaving them in to the strand of hair once it is attached. Sew the tail to the back of the unicorn, a couple of rounds up from where the legs start. Hide the end inside the body or weave it into the tail after attaching.

 

6) Add eyelashes to the eyes: using black embroidery thread or yarn and a yarn needle, a few eyelashes around the sides/top of the eyes. Secure the ends inside the body before cutting.

You’re finished! I hope that you are in love with the beautiful little unicorn you have just created!

Here’s a couple more pictures of this cute little unicorn that I couldn’t resist adding!

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