Magical Madeleine the Unicorn

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What are your hopes for 2019? I’m hoping for a magical year, and to celebrate I’ve decided to share this pattern for Magical Madeleine the Unicorn!

PS. Like my free patterns? I recently wrote a children’s book, All the Ways You’re Important to Me, that contains 10 adorable crochet patterns in the back. I’d love for you to take a peek!


Some notes before we get started!

Materials:

  • 1 skein worsted-weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft) of your choice in:
    • Off-white
    • Light pink
    • Lilac
  • Small amount of gold yarn for horn (I used 2 strands of Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour Yarn in Topaz)
  • Small amount of black worsted-weight yarn or embroidery floss to embroider eyes and mouth
  • US F/3.75mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fiberfill for stuffing

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Size: Approximately 15 inches from the tips of her toes to the top of her horn and 4 inches across the widest part of her middle.

Pattern Notes: Unless otherwise specified, this pattern is worked using the amigurumi method. Rounds are worked in a continuous spiral. No need to slip stitch at the end of a round and chain one before beginning the next one. To keep track of where I’m at in the pattern, I use a brightly colored paperclip as a stitch marker in the first stitch of each round. Also note that while gauge isn’t particularly important when working up amigurumis, I do tend to be a tight crocheter, so I usually have to start with a slightly larger hook than patterns call for. If you have a loose or standard gauge and you feel like your stitches look too loose with the F hook, simply size down your hook until the stitches look nice and tight for you!

Construction: Body is worked first, followed by head, ears, horn, arms, and legs, which are then sewed together. Mane and tail are worked last.

Abbreviations (US terms):

  • ch: chain
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • sc: single crochet
  • inc: single crochet increase (2 single crochet stitches into the same stitch)
  • dec: single crochet decrease (crochet 2 crochet stitches together)
  • st: stitch(es)
  • [number]: indicates number of stitches in each round or row

Pattern

 

Body

With off-white,

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring [6]

Round 2: inc in each st around [12]

Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) around [18]

Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) around [24]

Round 5: (inc, sc in next 3 st) around [30]

Round 6: (inc, sc in next 4 st) around [36]

Round 7: (inc, sc in next 5 st) around [42]

Round 8: (inc, sc in next 6 st) around [48]

Round 9: (inc, sc in next 7 st) around [54]

Rounds 10-18 (9 rounds): sc in each st around [54]

Round 19: (dec, sc in next 16 st) around [51]

Round 20: sc in each st around [51]

Round 21: (dec, sc in next 15 st) around [48]

Round 22: sc in each st around [48]

Round 23: (dec, sc in next 6 st) around [42]

Round 24: sc in each st around [42]

Round 25: (dec, sc in next 5 st) around [36]

Round 26: sc in each st around [36]

Round 27: (dec, sc in next 4 st) around [30]

Round 28: sc in each st around [30]

Round 29: (dec, sc in next 3 st) around [24]

Round 30: sc in each st around [24]

Stuff body. Continue stuffing as you go.

Round 31: (dec, sc in next 2 st) around [18]

Round 32: (dec, sc in next st) around [12]

Round 33: dec around [6]

Finish off. Stitch top hole closed and weave in ends.

 

Head

With light pink (starting at snout),

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring [6]

Round 2: inc in each st around [12]

Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) around [18]

Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) around [24]

Round 5: (inc, sc in next 3 st) around [30]

Rounds 6-10 (5 rounds): sc in each st around [30]

Change to off-white

Round 11: (inc, sc in next 4 st) around [36]

Round 12: (inc, sc in next 5 st) around [42]

Round 13: sc in next 14 st, (inc, sc in next 6 st) twice, inc, sc in next 13 st [45]

Round 14: sc in next 14 st, (inc, sc in next 7 st) twice, inc, sc in next 14 st [48]

Round 15: sc in next 14 st, (inc, sc in next 8 st) twice, inc, sc in next 15 st [51]

Round 16: sc in next 14 st, (inc, sc in next 9 st) twice, inc, sc in next 16 st [54]

Rounds 17-27 (11 rounds): sc in each st around [54]

Round 28: (dec, sc in next 7 st) around [48]

Referring to pictures below, with small amount of black worsted-weight yarn, embroider eyes between Rounds 14 and 19 and mouth between Rounds 2 and 3. With small amount of light pink yarn, embroider cheeks below eyes. With small amount of lilac worsted-weight yarn, embroider two X’s for nostrils between Rounds 2 and 3.

Round 29: (dec, sc in next 6 st) around [42]

Round 30: (dec, sc in next 5 st) around [36]

Round 31: (dec, sc in next 4 st) around [30]

Round 32: (dec, sc in next 3 st) around [24]

Round 33: (dec, sc in next 2 st) around [18]

Stuff head. Continue stuffing as you go.

Round 34: (dec, sc in next st) around [12]

Round 35: dec around [6]

Finish off. Stitch top hole closed and leave long tail for sewing head to body.

 

Ears (make 2)

With off-white,

Round 1: sc in magic ring [4]

Round 2: (inc, sc in next st) twice [6]

Round 3: (inc, sc in next 2 st) twice [8]

Round 4: (inc, sc in next 3 st) twice [10]

Round 5: (inc, sc in next 4 st) twice [12]

Round 6: sc in each st around [12]

Round 7: (inc, sc in next 5 st) twice [14]

Round 8: sc in each st around [14]

Round 9: (inc, sc in next 6 st) twice [16]

Round 10: sc in each st around [16]

Round 11: (dec, sc in next 6 st) twice [14]

Round 12: (dec, sc in next 5 st) twice [12]

Finish off. Do not stuff, fold ear flat, leaving a long tail for sewing ear to head.

 

Horn

With gold,

Round 1: 4 sc in magic ring [4]

Round 2: inc, sc in next 3 st [5]

Round 3: inc, sc in next 4 st [6]

Round 4: inc. sc in next 5 st [7]

Round 5: sc in each st around [7]

Round 6: inc, sc in next 6 st [8]

Round 7: sc in each st around [8]

Round 8: inc, sc in next 7 st [9]

Round 9: sc in each st around [9]

Round 10:  inc, sc in next 8 st [10]

Round 11: sc in each st around [10]

Round 12: inc, sc in next 9 st [11]

Round 13: sc in each st around [11]

Finish off, stuff, and leave a long tail for sewing horn to head.

 

Arms (make 2)

With light pink,

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring [6]

Round 2: inc in each st around [12]

Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) around [18]

Rounds 4-8 (5 rounds): sc in each st around [18]

Change to lilac

Round 9: sc in each st around [18]

Round 10: (dec, sc in next 4 st) around [15]

Change to off-white

Rounds 11-16 (6 rounds): sc in each st around [15]

Round 17: (dec, sc in next 3 st) around [12]

Begin stuffing arm. Continue stuffing as you go.

Rounds 18-32 (15 rounds): sc in each st around [12]

Fold flat and sc 6 st across to close. Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing arm to body.

 

Legs (make 2)

With light pink,

Round 1: 6 sc in magic ring [6]

Round 2: inc in each st around [12]

Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) around [18]

Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) around [24]

Rounds 5-9 (5 rounds): sc in each st around [24] 

Round 10: (dec, sc in next 6 st) around [21]

Round 11: (dec, sc in next 5 st) around [18]

Change to off-white

Rounds 12-16 (5 rounds): sc in each st around [18]

Round 17: (dec, sc in next 4 st) around [15]

Begin stuffing leg, continue stuffing as you go

Rounds 22-34 (17 rounds): sc in each st around [15]

Round 35: (dec, sc in next 3 st) around [12]

Rounds 36-37: sc in each st around [12]

Fold flat and sc 6 st across to close. Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing leg to body.

 

Making Up:

Sew ears to head between Rounds 24-26 approximately 10 stitches apart.

Sew horn to head, centered, between Rounds 17-20.

Sew head to body.

Sew arms to body 2 to 3 rounds under neck.

Sew legs to underside of body, making an approximate 90 degree angle so the legs will splay and she can sit up on her own. 

Now the part that will test your patience! To make up mane, cut approximately 200, 7-inch lengths of worsted-weight yarn in lilac and light pink. Insert crochet hook between two stitches, fold one length of yarn in half and pull up a loop, pull both ends through loop and pull tight to secure. Repeat approximately 200 times until your mane is the length and fullness you desire.

To make the tail, repeat the process you used to make the mane with approximately 2 lengths of lilac and light pink yarn.

I would love to see your finished work! Tag me on Instagram (@handcraftingalife) or share in the comments below!

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Magical Madeleine the Unicorn is provided free by Cassandra Rendon with the intention of adding a little magic to the start of 2019. Please feel free to make and give away or sell any amigurumis made from this pattern, but please keep in mind that copying this pattern for your own commercial use is not allowed (plus it’s just kind of a jerk move). For additional information, please contact Cassandra Rendon on her blog (wordpress.com/handcraftingalife) or on Etsy (etsy.com/shop/lascosaschiquitas).

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