Hi, all! Last week we promised a new ragdoll-style pattern for you. Unfortunately, this post is not it (lol, sorry!) Turns out, we are waiting on some safety eyes to arrive in the mail that we need for our upcoming patterns. We were hoping to get them last week, but they didn’t arrive in time (should have sprung for express shipping!).
So, instead, we are bringing you the pattern for this cheerful little rainbow! The mane and tail of our Ragdoll Unicorn has put us in the mood for all things rainbow, it seems! It’s a great little project if you’re looking for something quick to whip up. His full name is Roy G. Biv…..get it?! (*insert Bad Pun Dog meme here*) Sadly, our rainbow is not exactly accurate in the colour department but he sure is cute : )
Here’s what we used:
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Bernat Handicrafter cotton in the following colours:
- Robin’s Egg
- Aloe Vera
- Pale Yellow
- Black yarn for mouth
- Light weight pink yarn for cheeks
- Safety eyes
- Tapestry needle
Stitches and Special Terms (US terminology):
Ch – Chain
Slst – Slipstitch
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together (when working in the round, I use an invisible decrease).
*Work in continuous rounds*
With Lavender, ch 24. Join to the first ch to make a circle.
Rnd 1: Starting in the same ch, sc 24 around (24 sts)
Rnd 2: Sc, inc. Repeat around (36 sts)
Switch to Robin’s Egg (blue) coloured yarn. To change colours seamlessly, insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop in Lavender. Then yarn over using Robin’s Egg and pull through both loops. Continue with Robin’s Egg.
Rnd 3: Sc 2, inc. Repeat around (48 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc 3, inc. Repeat around (60 sts)
Switch to Aloe Vera (green).
Rnd 5: Sc 4, inc. Repeat around (72 sts)
Rnd 6: Sc 5, inc. Repeat around (84 sts)
Switch to Pale Yellow:
Rnd 7: Sc 13, inc. Repeat around (90 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc 14, inc. Repeat around (96 sts)
Switch to Chamomile (pink).
Rnd 9: Sc 38, dec three times, sc 42, dec three times, sc 4 (90 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc 38, dec, sc 42, dec, sc 4 (86 sts)
Slst to next st and tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing closed later.
Assembly and Stuffing:
You should now have a big circle with a hole in the middle. Your circle should naturally fold in half to make the half-circle/rainbow shape. Match up all sides. Cut a length of Lavender yarn and, with your tapestry needle, stitch the purple edges together. Secure with a knot and hide the tail inside the piece.
Place your safety eyes, mouth and cheeks. We placed the mouth at Rnd 2 and the eyes between Rnds 4 and 5. Tie a knot to secure and hide the tails inside the piece.
For the cheeks, we simply sewed some light pink yarn around one stitch beneath each eye. Tie a knot and hide the tails inside the piece.
Begin stitching the top (pink edges) together at one end using the leftover tail. Stuff as you go. Continue stuffing a little after every few stitches. When finished, poke the tail back inside the piece using the back of your tapestry needle.
Clouds (make 2) in white:
We used THIS free cloud appliqué pattern from Pattern-Paradise.com, using Cloud #1 (5 puff cloud) for both.
We turned our clouds upside-down so the single puff is pointing down and covering the tips of the rainbow. Stitch your clouds onto the ends of your rainbow by stitching all around the outside. However, when you reach the outer-most puff of each cloud, do not sew all around the edge of that puff, but rather, let it stick off the end of your rainbow.
Roy the Rainbow would make a great bag charm or keychain! You could make him even smaller with some light weight yarn and a 2.25mm hook.
That’s it! Enjoy!
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