Udora Unicorn Pillow | Free Crochet Pattern
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Have you noticed how unicorns are on the rise again? Then again, I’m not sure if they’ve ever not been. There’s just something enchanting about the idea of unicorns.
So I thought I’d do something with that interest and this is what I have to share with you! I’m actually so excited about sharing this one, and I’m hoping all of you will love it as much as I do!
Here it is, the Udora Unicorn Pillow!!
I’m pretty ecstatic about how this design turned out, and that’s a rarity for me, as you probably already know. It’s chunky and squishy, everything that a pillow should be, and I always love a chance to embellish with flowers and other elements.
After recently purchasing a couple of skeins of Knit Pick’s Tuff Puff for the first time (see this post), I went straight to work on my idea. As always, I had my proverbial fingers crossed, hoping it would look like the picture in my head.
The 100% wool was so lovely to work with. I love that it’s one ply, making it look that much more chunky, and natural too, as if it were just spun for me. I tried to refrain from constant ripping, and did do some of the base work in another yarn to save the Tuff Puff from premature fuzziness. But surprisingly, it could handle more than I figured. However, I am glad the design didn’t take too much hassle.
The Udora Unicorn Pillow is really basic, starting with an oval and increasing just enough for a rounded nose. I was afraid the eyes were going to be tricky, and expected to have to rip them out a number of times. But I got one eye right the first time (like, crazy, huh?) and only had to rip a few stitches for the other. And that’s good, because I was doing it around 11 o’clock and I doubt my patience would have lasted.
In designing the horn, I wasn’t sure if it should be long and skinny or short and squat. It turned out short and squat, which really looks cute, if I don’t mind saying so myself.
I chose to do the flowers in a cotton yarn because it just seemed right. Here you have a super bulky yarn like Tuff Puff adding a squishy, fuzziness to the overall feel, and then to top it off with a no pill yarn like Dishie in slightly muted hues. It just goes.
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Udora Unicorn Pillow
Skill level Easy
Finished Size 10” long x 8” wide x 4” thick
Super Bulky yarn
– about 170 yards – (I used 2 skeins of Knit Pick’s Tuff Puff)
Medium weight yarn
– about 10 yards of gold/yellow and a small amount of black – (I used regular acrylic yarn)
– about 5 yards each of cotton yarn in pink, light pink, purple, light purple – (I used Knit Pick’s Dishie)
Crochet hooks G/4.00mm, H/5.00mm, and L/8.00mm
2 5/8” buttons
Sewing needle & thread
With super bulky yarn and size L hook,
4 sc + 4 rows = 2” square
Round 1: with super bulky yarn and size L hook, ch 7, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 4 ch, 3 sc in last ch, working along opposite side of ch, sc in next 4, sl st in first sc: 14 sc
Round 2: ch 1, turn, * sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * once, sl st in first sc: 20 sc
Round 3: ch 1, turn, sc in next sc, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc *, sc in next 6, repeat from * to *, sc in next 5 sc, sl st in first sc: 24 sc
Round 4: ch 1, turn, sc in next 6 sc, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc *, sc in next 8, repeat from * to *, sc in next 2 sc, sl st in first sc: 28 sc
Round 5: ch 1, turn, sc in next 3 sc, * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc *, sc in next 10, repeat from * to *, sc in next 7 sc, sl st in first sc: 32 sc
Round 6 – 18: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 32 sc
Round 19: ch 1, turn, sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 15 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st in first sc: 34 sc
Round 20 – 21: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc: 34 sc
With the yarn needle and a long strand of black yarn doubled over, sew the eyes about midways down the face, taking into account the horn and flowers that you will sew near the top.
Sew on the buttons for the nose near the bottom, but not at it.
Tip: if you find placing the eyes and nose difficult to position at this point, try stuffing the pillow and using stitch markers to represent where you would like to position them. Then unstuff and add the embellishments.
Finishing Pillow and Ears
Stuff pillow almost full. Create ears by flattening the corners of the pillow, and sewing through both layers from the side to the top, creating a small triangle. Once you have done this to both sides, stuff the rest of the way. Sew the top closed.
The horn is worked in a spiral, so I recommend using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
Round 1: with gold yarn and size H hook, make an adjustable ring, 4 sc in ring: 4 sc
Round 2: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc, repeat from * around: 6 sc
Round 3: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc, repeat from * around: 8 sc
Round 4: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc, repeat from * around: 10 sc
Round 5: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc, repeat from * around: 12 sc
Round 6: sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 7: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc, repeat from * around: 14 sc
Round 8: sc in each sc around: 14 sc
Round 9: * 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc, repeat from * around: 16 sc
Round 10: sc in each sc around: 16 sc
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff with ends and fiberfill.
FLOWER (make 4, one in each color)
Row 1: with cotton yarn and size 7 hook, ch 17, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and across: 15 hdc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, * (sc, dc) in next hdc, (dc, sc) in next hdc, repeat from * across, sc in last hdc: 29 sts
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Begin folding strip in a spiral to create a flower. With one of the ends, sew through bottom row to secure flower.
Position horn at the center of the head, just below the last round of the pillow. Use the long tail to sew the horn on. Position flowers up against the horn and sew them on close so that they are touching each other. For better stability, sew them to each other in a few places as well.
And that’s it for the Udora Unicorn Pillow! What do you think? I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and my design, and will come back soon for more fresh crochet patterns!
This is an original pattern created and designed by Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. You are welcome to copy the pattern for personal use but do not sell the pattern, distribute, or reprint it. Feel free to share a link to the pattern. You can sell products made from this pattern but please credit me, Amy Yarbrough of Ginger Peachy. Do not mass produce or factory manufacture using my pattern. Thanks for respecting the wishes of the designer, and be sure to ask me if you have any questions regarding this copyright.
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