We are loving ragdoll-style amigurumi lately! Which means we have a couple more patterns coming your way in this style. Today, it’s the Ragdoll Unicorn! Our Ragdoll Unicorn amigurumi has been one of our most popular posts over on Instagram and we totally get it; magic, sparkles, and rainbows? Yep, the unicorn is our spirit animal too.
Actually, this amigurumi has a bit of a back story. Like most designers, I get a lot of inspiration for designs from current trends, social media and, of course, the crochet community. A while back (before this blog even existed), I saw an Instagram post of a crocheted unicorn that was just so adorable, but there was no mention of a designer. I searched and searched for a pattern but came up with nothing. What’s a crochet addict to do when you can’t find a design but just have to have it? Design it yourself! So that’s what I did. Using the picture as inspiration, I designed my own pattern and also made various additions/adaptions to it. A few weeks later, I happened upon another Instagram post of a similar amigurumi unicorn and, luckily, the poster tagged the designer. So, I reached out to the designer to ask if she would mind if I posted my own pattern here on the blog, since it was inspired by a picture of hers. The designer told me that her design was based upon yet another post that she had seen on social media of a similar amigurumi, which had inspired her. She said she shared her pattern privately with a few followers, but otherwise did not post it anywhere online. She had no objections to us posting our version here, as she said other crocheters have told her that they’ve also seen iterations of this design, describing it as “vintage” without any one original designer. Phew! That’s quite a journey for one little unicorn amigurumi : ) Isn’t it wonderful how much inspiration and creativity the crochet community provides each other?
So, all of that is to say, I think this pattern is the result of many incarnations of different patterns and designers. While I have not seen any other versions of this pattern anywhere and it is completely of our own design, if anyone knows of an original designer for this style, please let us know in the comments so we can credit our inspiration to them!
In any event, here is our version of this beautiful Ragdoll Unicorn amigurumi pattern.
Just a note before starting: This pattern has several separate pieces (13 pieces, not including the mane and tail) so there is a fair amount of sewing, assembling and attaching. But the result is truly worth it!
The finished measurements are approximately 36 cm (14 inches) tall and the body is about 16 cm (6 inches) wide.
Let’s get started. Here’s what we used:
- 3.5mm hook
- Bernat Handicrafter yarn (worsted weight) in Off White for main colour;
- Bernat Handicrafter yarn (worsted weight) in the following colours for the mane and tail:
- Chamomile (pale pink)
- Robin’s Egg (blue)
- Aloe Vera (green)
- Vanilla Bouquet (yellow)
- Bernat handicrafter yarn (worsted weight) in White for the horn;
- Embroidery/crochet thread or yarn in black for mouth and eye;
- Tapestry needle.
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Body (make 2 panels):
Row 1: Ch 31, Sc along (30 sts)
Rows 2-20: Sc along (30 sts)
Now you will start the neck. You will only crochet part way along the previous row (11 sts) before chaining and turning.
Rows 21-34: Sc 11 (11 sts)
Now you will start the head.
Row 35: Ch 10, Sc 9 along chs and then sc 11 (20 sts)
Rows 36-47: Sc along (20 sts)
Tie off. Repeat for second panel.
Legs (make 8 panels but work in twos, as explained below):
Row 1: Ch 6, sc along (5 sts)
Rows 2-20: Sc along (5 sts)
Tie off first panel. Repeat rows 1-20 for second panel. Do not tie off second panel. Put both panels together and sc around the entire piece, starting in the top left corner. (Sc, ch, sc) in each corner. Begin stuffing the leg when you’ve crocheted about half way up the third side of the piece. Continue stuffing a little after every few stitches. Slst to beginning st to close. Tie off, leaving a short tail for later.
Ears (make 2):
Rnd 1: MR 4 sc (4 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc, inc. Repeat around (6 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 2, inc. Repeat around (8 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 3, inc. Repeat around (10 sts)
Rnds 5-6: Sc around (10 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc 3, dec. Repeat around (8 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc around (8 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc 2, dec. Repeat around (6 sts)
Slst to next st and tie off.
Horn (make 1):
Rnd 1: MR 4 sc (4 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc 3, inc (5 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc 4, inc (6 sts)
Rnd 4: Inc, sc 5 (7 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc around (7 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 6, inc (8 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc around (8 sts)
Slst to next st and tie off.
Step 1: Eye and Mouth
The first thing we did was stitch on the eye and mouth.
For the eye, we used black embroidery thread and started four rows down from the top of the head, and starting 3 stitches in from the left. Our eye spans 5 stitches across.
For the mouth, we used black embroidery thread and started nine rows down from the top of the head and two stitches in from the right.
Step 2: Legs, Horn and Ears
Cut off three lengths of Off White yarn about 30 cms (12 inches) each. Put them aside for later.
Place the two body panels together, matching up all sides.
**Make sure the face of your Unicorn is facing you as you crochet around the outside of the piece.**
Starting in the middle of the left-hand side of the Unicorn (beneath where the tail will be), begin attaching the panels together by single crocheting around the outside using Off White yarn. Stop before you get to the corner. Pull up a long loop and leave this for now.
Now, with your tapestry needle and a length of Off White yarn that you set aside earlier, place the legs all in a row between the panels and attach them by sewing through all three pieces; the top panel, the leg, and the bottom panel. Sew all the way across all four legs. Tie a knot to secure, hiding the tails between the panels of the body.
Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting around the outside of the body. (Sc, ch, sc) in the corner. When you get to the legs, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only; since this portion is already sewn shut, it’s for aesthetics only. Once you are past the legs, continue single crocheting both panels together as normal.
Crochet up the neck. In the corner of the neck and head (i.e. the inverted corner), Sc 2 (without the chain space).
(Sc, ch, sc) in each corner of the head.
Crochet about 7 stitches across the top of the head and then stop. Place the horn between the panels and sew in place the same way you did for the legs, using a length of Off White yarn that you set aside earlier.
Place the ears in the top left corner of the head and sew in place the same way you did for the legs and horn.
When finished attaching the ears, continue single crocheting around the outside of the body. (Sc, ch, sc) in the corner of the head. Remember, when you get to the horn and ears, simply sc in the stitches of the front panel only, since this portion is already sewn shut.
Stop half way down the neck. Stuff the body.
When stuffing is finished, continue crocheting around the outside. Sc 2 (without ch space) in the inverted corner of the neck and back.
Top up stuffing if necessary. Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Finally, attach the mane and tail as follows:
We attached the mane by cutting 12 lengths of yarn of each colour (5 colours for a total of 60 lengths of yarn). Each length is about 45 cms (18 inches) long. Starting in the stitch immediately to the left of the horn, fold over two lengths of yarn and use your hook to pull both loops through the stitch. Pull the yarn ends through the loop to make a knot. We switched colours every 6 stitches for a total of 30 stitches across the head and down the neck.
Our colours in order from the top are: pink, purple, blue, green and yellow.
For the tail, we wanted the yarn to be more bunched together so we used 6 lengths of each colour, folded them over and pulled all 6 loops through one stitch. Each length is about 38 cms (15 inches) long.
Start in the stitch to the right of the corner stitch where the tail will go. So, for ours, the pink yarn is in the first stitch, the purple is in the corner stitch, and the blue, green and yellow yarn is in each of the following 3 stitches along the left side of the body.
After attaching, trim the mane and tail so all the yarn is more or less the same length. We positioned the first three pink stitches of the mane (next to the horn) to fall behind the unicorn’s head. You can style your Ragdoll Unicorn’s mane and tail any way you wish! Braids or twists would also look beautiful.
That’s it! You are done!