June 2, 2020

Round Plush Unicorn

By Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!"
      For those who love cute things, this Unicorn is the perfect size to hold on your palm or attach to your bag as a keychain and be your traveling companion. You can also make a small blanket and attach it to make a lovey for your little one.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
approx. 4"height x 3.25"length

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size: 3.5mm (E)
*Worsted Weight Yarn: Soft White (42yds), Petal Pink (12yds), Gold (4yds), Turqua (10yds), Tea Leaf (10yds) & Passion Flower (10yds)
*Stitch Markers to mark your rounds
*Fiberfill
*Black Round Domed Buttons or Safety Eyes (10mm)
*Tapestry Needle
*Matching Thread
*Individual Fake Lashes (optional)

PATTERN NOTES - must-read...
 Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round/row indicate the total number of stitches.
 Always use stitch markers to mark your rounds.
 There's no need to sl st and/or ch when going to the next round unless stated to do so.
 Always do the 1st stitch where you slip stitch from the previous round.
 The chain, in the beginning, does NOT count as one stitch unless stated otherwise.
 You slip stitch on the first sc, not on top of the chain 1.

SPECIAL STITCHES 
Invisible join - this VIDEO explains how to do this technique.

Note: If you're going to be using safety eyes, place them before closing the body. I'm using round domed buttons.
HEAD/BODY with soft white
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in each st around (12)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (18)
  Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (24)
  Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st around (30)
  Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st around (36)
  Rnd 7: sc in next 11 sts, 2sc in next st around (39)
  Rnd 8-13: sc in each st around (39)
  Rnd 14: sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog around (36)
  Rnd 15: sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog around (30)
  Rnd 16: sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog around (24)
Start stuffing the head/body moderately firm.
  Rnd 17: sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog around (18)
  Rnd 18: sc in next st, sc2tog around (12)
  Rnd 19: sc2tog around (6)
F/O and leave a tail for closing. Add any bits of stuffing need it to finish shaping the head/body. Weave in the tail through the final round and draw up tight to close. Secure and weave in the ends.

FEET starting with petal pink; make 2
  Rnd 1: 5sc in magic ring (5)
  Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2sc in next st* repeat from * to * 1 more time, sc in last st, in last st change to soft white (7)
  Rnd 3: working in back loops for this round only sc in each st around (7)
  Rnd 4: sc in each st around (7)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

ARMS starting with petal pink; make 2
  Rnd 1: 5sc in magic ring (5)
  Rnd 2: sc in each st around, in last st change to soft white (5)
  Rnd 3: working in back loops only for this rnd sc in each st around (5)
  Rnd 4: sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts (4)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

EARS with soft white; make 2
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4)
  Rnd 2: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (6)
  Rnd 3: sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next st around (8)
  Rnd 4-5: sc in each st around, join to the 1st st with the invisible join (10)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

HORN with gold
  Rnd 1: 4sc in magic ring (4)
  Rnd 2: sc in each st around (4)
  Rnd 3: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (6)
  Rnd 4-5: sc in each st around (6)
  Rnd 6: sc in next st, 2sc in next st around (9)
  Rnd 7: sc in next st around (9)
FO, leaving a tail for sewing.

SNOUT with soft white
  Rnd 1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
  Rnd 2: sc in next st, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, 3hdc in next st, sc in next st (10)
  Rnd 3: sc in next 2 sts, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts, 3hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, join to the 1st st with the invisible join (14)
F/O, secure and weave in the ends.

MANE with various colors & make as many as you like
(I used petal pink, turqua, tea leaf & passion flower)
  Row 1: ch19, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2sc in next ch, *sc in next ch, 2sc in next ch* repeat from * to * across (27)
FO, leaving a tail for sewing.

TAIL with 2 colors of your choice; make 1 of each
(I used petal pink and turqua)
  Row 1: ch10, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch, 2sl st in next ch, *sl st in next 2 chs, 2sl st in next ch* repeat from * to * across (12)
FO, leaving a tail for sewing.


ASSEMBLE
     I recommend pinning the pieces in place before sewing them to make sure you have them in the position you like best before sewing. (Most people like to use the yarn at the end of the finished pieces to sew them in place, but I personally like to use matching thread).
     TIP...For anything that I’m going to be using felt, I like to first sketch it out on a white paper and make a stencil of what I need. Then cut it out. Then tape the stencil to the felt and cut it out.
     FEET...if you haven't already stuff them lightly. Place them between round 14 and 16; approx 1.25" apart.
     ARMS...no need to stuff them. Align them to the feet and place them on round 11 and 12.
     EARS...there's no need to stuff them, simply flatten them out. Place them in round 4 and 6. This part is optional...use some makeup blush and a q-tip to add some color to the ears.
     HORN...if you haven't already stuff it lightly. Place it between the center of the ears; round 3 and 5. Using black embroidery floss or thread, wrap it around, between each round. F/O, secure and weave in the ends.
     EYES...I'm using the rounded domed buttons since I have no crafts stores around my area that sell safety eyes. I'll be placing them between round 8 and 9; approx. 1" apart.
     SNOUT...stuff lightly. Place it between round 11 and 14 with the hdc's facing down.
     MANE...play around with the strands and place them however you like. the possibilities are endless.
     TAIL...twist both pieces together and sew the ends together so it won't untwist. Place it in round 15 over on the back of the body, find the center.
     NOSTRILS...using black embroidery floss or thread, embroider slanted lines on the snout.
     EYELASHES...If you have fake lashes glue them in the back of the eyes. Or you can embroider them using black embroidery floss or thread.

GLOSSARY:
ch/s:chain/s || sc: single crochet || hdc: half double crochet || sl st: slip stitch || st/s: stitch/es
sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together || rnd: round || f/o: finish off



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- Janet

This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "damn it Janet, let's crochet!" (June 2020). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use. Please do not resell or distribute it.

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