Twinkle Toes the unicorn

You will need

3mm Crochet hook

70g of Aran/worsted weight yarn in white or cream

Small amount of contrasting colour (20g) for the hooves

Small amount of very chunky yarn for the hair and scarf

9mm safety eyes

crayon (for the rosy cheeks)

Black cotton/embroidery thread for the eye lashes

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Toy stuffing

10mm crochet hook (just for scarf)

Abbreviations

sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain

2-sc inv dec – single crochet invisible decrease

2-sc inc – increase stitch

dec – decrease

Always move your stitch marker up at the end of each row as you will be working in

continuous rounds.

Stitch count is in ( ) at the end of each row.

HEAD

Using your white/cream colour yarn and 3mm hook

1. 6sc in the magic circle, tighten the loop and place marker   (6)

2. [ 2-sc inc ] rep   (12)

3. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ] rep   (18)

4. [ sc x 2, 2-sc inc ] rep   (24)

5-8. [ sc in each st ]   (24)

9. [ sc x 3, 2-sc inc ] rep   (30)

10. [ sc x 4, 2-sc inc ] rep   (36)

11. [ sc x 15, 2-sc inc x 6, sc x 15 ]   (42)

12-16. [ sc in each st ]   (42)

Place safety eyes now between rows 11 and 12 approx 11 stitches apart, making sure they are exactly where you want them before you attach the backs as you will not be able to adjust their position once they are in place. Stuff now adding a little at a time until quite firm, you can add more as you continue to decrease to close the head.

17. [ sc x 5, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (36)

18. [ sc x 4, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (30)

19. [ sc x 3, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (24)

20. [ sc x 2, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (18)

21. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (12

22. [ 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (6)

Weave through the last 6 stitches to close the head neatly.

Ears x2

1. 5sc in the magic circle, tighten the loop and place marker   (5)

2. [ sc in each st ]   (5)

3. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ] rep *sc in the last st*    (7)

4. [ sc in each st ]   (7)

5. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ]  rep  *sc in the last st*   (10)

6 – 7. [ sc in each st ] rep

Sl st to finish off leaving a long tail. Don’t stuff the ears flatten them.

Horn

1. 4sc in the magic circle, tighten the loop ( you may want to wait to place the marker until the beginning of round 3 as it’s quite tight)

2. [ sc in each st ]   (4)

3. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ] rep   (6)

4. [ sc in each st ]   (6)

5. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ] rep   (9)

6 – 7. [ sc in each st ]   (9)

8. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ] rep  *sc in the last st* (13)

9 – 10. [ sc in each st ]   (13)

Sl st to finish off leaving a long tail. Stuff the horn, use the end of your hook to get the stuffing right up to the point. Pin the ears in place approx. 4 rows behind the eyes and sew in place. Pin the horn to the middle of the head and sew in place.

To make a spiral of yarn around the horn, take a length of yarn (in your contrasting colour) around 30 inches long. Put your needle into the top of the head a few rows behind the horn and bring it out 1 row up in the horn as in picture 1 below. Leave a tail of yarn hanging out and hold this in place with your finger, now tightly wrap the yarn around the horn, it should naturally follow the rows of stitches. (pic 2).

When you get to the top (this is the tricky part) keeping the yarn tightly wrapped onto the horn put your needle into the top of the horn (the very middle stitch may be too tight, so one just below will be fine) and bring it out through the horn and back to where your tail of yarn is hanging out. Making sure the yarn is all still tightly wrapped around the horn make a double knot then hide the yarn tails inside the head and cut.

To make the hair, Take your chunky colourful yarn and wrap it around your fingers about 15-20 times (depending on how much hair you’d like) cut along the bottom fold with your scissors. (picture 1 below) Take a hair strand and fold in half, pull the loop through a stitch on the top of your unicorns head around the horn. Take the ends of the yarn and pull them through the loop to knot them onto the head. Carry on this way putting hair just on the top of the head and a few towards the back to make a little mane. Once the hair is all knotted on you can give her a little trim to tidy it all up. You can now add some eye lashes if you wish using black cotton or embroidery thread as in picture 4 below. Knot and hide the tails of cotton inside the head

LEGS X2

Starting with your contrasting colour yarn. Don’t fasten off on the second leg.

1. 6sc in the magic circle, tighten the loop and place marker   (6)

2. [ 2-sc inc ] rep   (12)

3. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inc ] rep   (18)

4-5. [ sc in each st ]   (18)

Change to Main colour

6-12. [ sc in each st ]   (18)

Sl st to finish off ON FIRST LEG ONLY.

On  2nd leg

13. Ch 3, join to the other leg with a sc and work 1sc in each st around both legs, working a sc in each of the ch 3. Your round will end when you have completed the other side of the ch 3   (42)

Place your marker. You will now be working the body of the unicorn.

14-30.  [ sc in each st ]   (42)

31. [ sc x 5, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (36)

32-33. [ sc in each st ]   (36)

34. [ sc x 4, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (30)

35-36. [ sc in each st ]   (30)

Stuff now adding a little at a time until quite firm, you can add more as you continue to decrease to close the body

37. [ sc x 3, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (24)

38-39. [ sc in each st ]   (24)

40. [ sc x 2, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (18)

41-43. [ sc in each st ]   (18)

Sl st to finish off leaving a long tail. Finish stuffing the sew the head to the body.

ARMS X2

Starting with contrasting colour

1. 6sc in the magic circle, tighten the loop and place marker   (6)

2. [ 2-sc inc ] rep   (12)

In back loops only for ONE round

3. [ sc in each st ]   (12)

**Back to both loops**

4-5. [ sc in each st ]   (12)

6. [ sc x 1, 2-sc inv dec ] rep   (8)

CHANGE COLOUR

7-21. [ sc in each st ]   (8)

Sl st into the next st to finish off leaving a long tail. Stuff the arms in just the hooves. Sew the arms to the sides of the body. Make the tail in the same way as the hair but leave the strands longer and use 2 strands together to make the tail thicker. You should make 2 or 3 knotted hair strands very close together.

To make a simple chain scarf use a large hook 10 – 12 mm and chain 25 with your chunky yarn,

pull each end tight to knot and cut the ends. Fold the scarf in half and put it around the unicorns neck and pull the ends through the loop.

To make the rosy cheeks, take a pink/red crayon and lightly rub the crayon onto the cheeks.

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