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:
**If you’d prefer a downloadable or printable version of this pattern, an inexpensive, formatted, and ad-free PDF can be purchased HERE.**
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- 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.
Stitches and Terms:
MR – Magic Ring
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together.
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Body (make 2 panels):
Row 1: Ch 31, Sc 30 (30 sts)
Rows 2-20: Sc across (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):
*Work in continuous rounds*
Rnd 1: MR 4 sc (4 sts)
Rnd 2: [Sc, inc], repeat [ ] once (6 sts)
Rnd 3: [Sc 2, inc], repeat [ ] once (8 sts)
Rnd 4: [Sc 3, inc], repeat [ ] once (10 sts)
Rnds 5-6: Sc around (10 sts)
Rnd 7: [Sc 3, dec], repeat [ ] once (8 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc around (8 sts)
Rnd 9: [Sc 2, dec], repeat [ ] once (6 sts)
Slst to next st and tie off.
Horn (make 1):
*Work in continuous rounds*
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!
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119 thoughts on “Ragdoll Unicorn Free Crochet Pattern”
I’m loving your rag doll style amigurumi and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Also, high-fives for contacting the designer (although she wasn’t the original designer) to avoid stepping on any toes 😉 Shows great character!
Thanks, Maria! We have some fun ideas coming down the pipe, so stay tuned! 🙂
I can not wait to try this pattern. Thank you so much 😁😁😁
This looks similar to a giraffe I made my son about fifteen years ago. so maybe it started as a giraffe. Got it from a book from my library, May have been crochet toys. My niece likes unicorns so maybe I will have to make this.
That’s so interesting! Yes, I can definitely see how it may have originated as a giraffe : )
I would love to see a dragon and a dinosaur done in the ragdoll style. Something I know my grandson would love.
Linda, you read our minds! Our next pattern is a little dinosaur in this ragdoll style, which will be released hopefully next week : ) Stay tuned!
This could also be turned into a cute giraffe since April was born today.
Absolutely! What a great tribute to April : )
I made one. It’s so cute! Thank you for the pattern 🙂
I asked who of my friends wanted one and got 4 answere! First one’s done! I love it, and I’m sure the recipient will too. One will be for a baby girl who has a big brother. I believe I’ll make him a pony so he’s not left out!
Haha, wow, you will be busy! They do make such wonderful gifts!
I love this too. I that it’s the simplistic nature of the ragdolls that everyone love. Unicorns are not my favorite, but they are definitely
the favorites of my 2 year old and 22 year old, granddaughters. Thank you for the pattern, Jillian. ))
Absolutely, there’s something so charming and vintage about this ragdoll style of amigurumi. So glad you are enjoying the pattern, Linda!
I love this and have twin grandbabies, a boy and a girl coming this summer and can’t wait to make these for them. Can you use a larger size hook to make them a little bigger? Thanks for the pattern!
You could probably go up to a size 4.00mm hook but I wouldn’t recommend going any larger than that with worsted weight yarn, as the stitches won’t be tight enough. Although, you could also increase your yarn size to a bulky yarn if you wanted to give that a try! In either event, congratulations on your grandbabies!
Thank you, I will go up one hook size and just make sure my stitches aren’t loose!
I’m stuck on the ears. They are not working out. Do you join after each round or work continuous ?
Hi Kristen, the ears are worked in continuous rounds. Is there a particular round you can’t get to work out? I’ll update the pattern to make that clearer!
When the pattern says : sc, inc. What exactly am I doing? Do I sc 1 then increase in the next stitch and go back to sc?
Yes, that’s right. So for round 1 you have a magic ring with 4 sts. For round 2, you will sc in the first st, inc in the next st, sc in the third st and inc in the last st for a total of 6 sts for round 2. I find it helps to use a stitch marker to mark the first st of each round so I know when I’ve come back around.
I ended up joining the rounds. For what ever reason I wasn’t able to work continuous rounds. I just kept the same count and joined then chained up 1.
Same here. I’ve been working on the ears all night and still can’t get past round one. I’m so sad because I’ve already done the body and legs and I’m stuck on the ears!
I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble with the ears. I have changed the pattern slightly to try to make things a bit clearer. Is there something in particular I can try to help clarify?
Thank you so much! I was able to figure it out and just finished my unicorn. My little girl is gong to love it! Thank you!
I love it! I also think it’s great you corroborated with the other designer! It shows your integrity and I love how the crochet community supports each other!
Thank you so much for this pattern! I am in love! I am tagging you everywhere when I make them so that people come here… you are a rock star! And have inspired the heck out of me! 😀
Aw, yay! 😀 Thank you so much, Ruth! I’m so glad you are getting inspiration and are enjoying the patterns! I couldn’t ask for more!
Absolutely loving these ragdoll patterns. keep up the good work
I’m stuck on how to do the mane, I’ve never done anything with “hair” before.
What part about the mane do you seem to be stuck on? I’ll try to clarify further if I can! Essentially, you are making a cow hitch knot in each stitch.
think if I left the mane off and made a short poofy tail it could pass as a llama??…… I do 🙂
Omg, absolutely! Genius!
I’d love to make that cute unicorn 🙂 Could you tell me how many yards of the main color are needed? I can’t see if you specified it. Thanks!!
You’ll need about 100g of the main colour (approximately 160 yards) 🙂
Thank you 🙂 Your toys are really cute and original!!
Thank you for sharing this lovely pattern, just made one for my 9 year old and will surely be making more. 🙂
You’re very welcome, Siobhan! So glad you’re enjoying the pattern!
Hi! I’m struggling with the placement of the tail. Can you possibly show a picture of which stitches the tail is pulled through?
Thank you 😊
Hi Samm, the tail is essentially placed through the five stitches surrounding the corner. Here’s a link to a picture which shows a closer view:
Ragdoll Unicorn – Tail
Hope that helps! If not, I will try to clarify further!
Is that called a cow hitch knot?
Yes, that’s right!
I feel like I am missing something, If my math is right the neck, rows 21-34 would be 14 rows but that looks way too short.
It might look a bit odd until you complete the head as well! The head adds an extra 13 rows, so the back of the neck (where the mane will go) will actually be almost double the height of what it is after row 34. I hope that helps!
Has anyone tried it in bulky? Someone wants a BIG unicorn and I think it may work…
I think that would be amazing! I have seen one done in the Bernat Blanket yarn and it turned out super squishy and huggable!
How much off white yarn did you use for the main part? I need to get some and wasn’t sure how much order. Thanks!
I believe I used about 100g (two skeins) of the main Off White colour, however, depending on how loosely you crochet, you might want to play it safe and order 150g (three skeins). 😀
HI! Thank you so much for the pattern. I love it! I am having trouble attaching the two body pieces properly because I am left handed. I can’t get the V part of the sc stitch to face forward (face the panel with the face embroidered-make sense?). Any ideas on how I can make it work??? Thanks!
Would crocheting around the body panels in the opposite direction help? i.e going clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. For example, you could start at the neck, then go up towards the head, attach the ears, the horn, then down around the head and down the body, attach the legs, then up the back of the unicorn. Stop there and stuff and then finish by joining at the neck where you started. Let me know how that goes! If not, I will try to think up some other ideas to help out the left-handers!
That’s what I was thinking too, but I was worried about assembling things out of the order of the directions. I will give it a shot and let you know! Thanks so much for the quick response, I was going crazy trying to finish this beauty for my little girl!
Did you do an eye and mouth on both sides? Great pattern!
I did the face on just one side, but you could certainly add it on both sides!
the part that not have the face embodery is the right “face” of the work or you see the reverse?
I was wondering the exact same thing. Thank you so so so much for sharing this pattern! I’m finishing it right now. I’ll post a picture on instagram, tell me how to get credit to you when I do so you can see the results too!
You’re very welcome! I’d love to see your finished Unicorn so please feel free to tag @spinayarncrochet on Instagram and use the hashtag #spinayarncrochet on your posts! 😀
I made a “2-faced” unicorn ragdoll from your pattern. My granddaughter loves it. One side was sleeping, one side was awake and smiling. I’d love to send you photos of it but I don’t know where to send it. I am not Instagram. Thanks for the pattern LOVE IT.
Hello, I plan to make a whole village of fairies / elves. Houses, elves, fairies, animals, scenery (with trees, trains, mills, streets, neighborhoods …. etc ….) can you help me find patterns free? tx
Try looking on Ravelry.com. I bet they will have lots of what you’re looking for! : )
I can’t wait to make this, and I have never found another jillian before, do you get everyone spelling it with a gee too lol? Xx
Yes! Haha, story of my life! Good to see another “J” Jillian! 🙂
I love this and have made two already! I was wondering if you had a sized down version pattern? I was thinking I could figure it out but thought I’d ask first 😉
I haven’t designed any smaller versions of this pattern, unfortunately! However, you could easily make it smaller by using a light weight yarn and a 2.25mm hook! That way you don’t need to alter the pattern. I do know some other readers have altered it slightly to make it smaller as well, though 🙂
I made a smaller version. Just less rows. 🙂
Making an Amigurumi Unicorn at this time for my son. And because his cousin’s birthday is coming up and who loves unicorn too, I’m thinking of making this Ragdoll Unicorn for her. Can’t wait to make this
Hello… It’s been a year that I didn’t update after I made the ragdoll unicorn. My niece love it when she received it as my birthday gift to her. I love it too and gonna make again next time. Thank you for the pattern and other pattern. You are amazing
Just finished this tonight. Super easy and wayyyy cute!
I used blanket yarn so it turned out probably over 2 ft tall. *I had to use a pool noodle to support her neck and head*
Love how she turned out.
That sounds absolutely amazing! Feel free to share a picture over on the Spin a Yarn Crochet Facebook page!
Just finished this and love the pattern!! It’s much bigger then expected too! Good for hugs ♡ It did feel like it took me forever to complete it though lol! How long, on average, would you say this project takes?
That’s a good question! I think it depends largely on your crochet style and level. I would suggest a leisurely crocheter would complete this project in 6-8 hours of work, whereas a more focused crocheter could probably finish it in 4-6! Since I tend to break up my crocheting in chunks, an hour or two here and there, I would usually finish a project like this over 2 or 3 days : )
Hola, me encanta tu unicornio y he aprovechado a tejer uno para un reto que tenía sobre este tema. He puesto en mi blog un enlace a tu patrón para que te visiten. Muchas gracias.
Hi! I’m really enjoying making this but also stuck on the ears! What does’inc’ stand for??
“Inc” is the abbreviation for increase. You will make two sc into the same stitch. 🙂
I just want to say that I’m finishing my third unicorn, and I LOVE this pattern! Thanks so much for sharing your design talent with us!!!
Yay! Thanks, Michelle! That’s so lovely to hear! You’re very welcome 😀
Love you sweet unichorn!
But how mutch yarn do I need of every colour?
You’ll need about 100g of the main body colour and less than 50g for the accent colours.
Hi!! I just made this and love it! You say we need 100g of yarn…but how many yards? I am looking at the Bernat yarn on line and it’s only giving me the amount of yards. Thanks!
One 50g skein of Bernat Handicrafter is 80 yards. You‘ll need 2 skeins (160 yards). 🙂
So much fun to make and the result was great. Thanks heaps for sharing this pattern with us. I can’t wait to try some of the others!
Love this pattern, today i recieved a picture of the third kid i made happy with one of this! thanks for sharing
Buenos días, soy una abuela que casi que lloro haciendo este bello Unicornio, mi problema radica en el montaje de las piernas, que no logro hacer, por favor si puedes ayudarme, en algún tutorial con foto o en YouTube, muchasgracias
Hi, I’m a little confused about the row count for this pattern. At the moment, I’ve completed 10 rows of sc for the body and the dimensions look right. If I did 20, the body would be taller than it is wide. The image also looks like 10 rows of sc to me. Where am I going wrong? Thanks!
You’re not doing anything wrong; the body is made up of 20 rows of sc stitches. Just keep going!
The pictures can be deceiving because each distinct block of stitches looks like a “row”, but it is actually 2 rows; one forward and one back.
Hello, your unicorn is awesome, thank you!!! But I have some problems with matching legs and body( Could you please send photos, how this toy should look from behind?
Hi! Thank you so much for this adorable pattern! I was able to follow each step exactly!
I am left handed, so I reversed the panels to be able to follow along with attaching things to the body 🤪 I wish I could post a pic, but I cannot figure out how to do it! Thanks again!
Made it. Love it. Posted a pic on your FB page. Your patterns are GREAT!
I’m a total beginner. Want to know if you could help me in facing in the right way the two part. I did not understand how to sew the legs.
Thanks in advance
Each panel will have a right side and a wrong side. It doesn’t matter which side of the panel you pick as the right or wrong side (the only difference is that your Unicorn may be facing to the left instead of the other way). Essentially, whatever side you choose to embroider the face onto will be the “right” side for the front panel. Since the right/wrong sides of the panels will be the inverse of each other (so that all the yarn tails are on the inside), the right and wrong side will be the opposite for the back panel.
I’ve made the panels but can’t figure out how to SC the panels together (I’m a beginner). Can you recommend a video that shows how to SC panels so that my edges look like yours? Thank you!
Hi! Yes, check out this video tutorial: https://spinayarncrochet.com/video-tutorials/how-to-join-panels/
Hope that helps!
Love this pattern! I am making 3 unicorns. One is completed and has gone to its new owner, a friend’s granddaughter. The other two are works in progress for Christmas gifts.
This turned out INFINITELY better than my last unicorn, and it’s so pretty! Thank you for the simple pattern!
I’m so glad to hear that! You’re so welcome!