Ellie’s Unicorn

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Snowdrops Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Unicorn in Snowdrops

How to Knit a Unicorn

What you will need…

Total time – 6 Hours 35 Minutes Each

Complete Size 6 cm Width, 19 cm length, 21 cm height

4mm knitting needles (UK 8, US 6)

Double knitting yarn – Cream, pink, blue, purple and sparkly silver

Sewing up needle

Scissors

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Unicorn Outdoors

Before You Start…

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

ssk = ‘slip, slip, knit’. Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Inc = Increase – by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Cast On – I use the thumb method

Cast off – K wise or P wise according to pattern. US – bind off

B&t tightly – Break off yarn and thread yarn through the remaining stitches on needle, pull up tightly and fasten off

Sl2tog – Slip two stitches together from the left needle to the right

psso – pass slipped stitches over (over the knitted stitch)

TOP TIP

There are lots of variations of this so take a look at ‘Make it Different’ below to help you choose your design before you get started.

Choosing different brands of yarn for each colour means that some of the pieces might be bigger/smaller than expected. Shouldn’t make too much of a difference so good to use up some old oddments of yarn.

When sewing on the mane/tail tail pieces – use the loose end of the cast on row to fix to the unicorn body/head. This allows the cast off row ‘loose end’ as the free end. As this is a tighter knot it allows a neater and more secure finish.

When sewing up the unicorn horn, begin at the tip and work down towards the cast on edge. This will allow you to stuff it more easily, as you go along.

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Unicorn in Pushchair

How to Make it…

Made from one knitted body piece, one knitted head piece, one knitted neck piece, one knitted horn piece, four knitted leg pieces, and two knitted ear pieces. Six small knitted lengths are needed in total to make up the tail, and a further seven variable knitted lengths to form the mane. All pieces are sewn together with added stitching for the facial features and buttock detailing.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Snowdrops Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Unicorn in Snowdrops

Body Piece

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Body Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 1

Time – 65 Minutes

Piece Size 16 cm x 13 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Cream

Cast on 4sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (8sts)

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 9 rows

Next row (K2, K2tog) to the end (24 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 9 rows

Next row (K2, K2tog) to the end (24 sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, K2tog) to the end (16 sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to the end (8sts)

B&t tightly

Head Piece

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Head Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 1

Time – 60 Minutes

Piece Size 15 cm x 9 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Cream

Cast on 4sts

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (8sts)

P 1 row

Inc Kwise into every St (16sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K1, Inc Kwise) to the end (24sts)

P 1 row

Next row (K2, Inc Kwise) to the end (32sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

K 11, ssk, K 6, K2tog, K 11 (30sts)

P 1 row

K 11, ssk, K4, K2tog, K 11 (28sts)

P 1 row

K 11, ssk, K 2, K2tog, K 11 (26sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 rows

K 2, (K2tog, K 2) to end (20sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2 (K2tog, K 1) to end (14sts)

P 1 row

Next row K2tog to end (7 sts)

B&t tightly

Neck

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Neck Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 1

Time – 10 Minutes

Piece Size 9 cm x 3 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Cream

Begin at bottom of neck and using cream yarn, cast on 20 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 5 Rows

Cast off Kwise

Horn

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Horn Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 1

Time – 5 Minutes

Piece Size 3 cm x 4 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Sparkly Silver

Cast on 7 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row K 1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K 1 (5 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row K2tog, K 1, K2tog (3 sts)

sl2tog, K 1, psso and fasten off

Legs

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Leg Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 4

Time – 15 Minutes Each

Piece Size 6.5 cm x 7.5 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Cream and Sparkly Silver

Begin at top of leg and using cream yarn, cast on 11 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 15 Rows

Break of yarn and join on sparkly silver

(K 1, inc Kwise) 5 times (up until penultimate st), K 1 (16 sts)

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

Next row K2tog to end (8 sts)

B&t tightly

Tail

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Tail Pieces Sewn Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 6 Separate Pieces for each Tail

Time – 5 Minutes Per Piece

Piece Size 7 cm x 1 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Colour Pink, Purple, Blue

Knit 6 pieces of the following – 2 of each colour yarn

Cast on 16 sts

Cast off Pwise

Ear Piece

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Ear Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 2

Time – 5 Minutes Each

Piece Size 4 cm x 2 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Cream

Cast on 8 sts

Beginning with a P row st-st 3 rows

K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K 1, K2tog (5sts)

B&t tightly

Mane

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Mane Pieces Sewn Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas

Make 7 Separate Pieces for each Mane

Time – 5 Minutes Per Piece

Piece Size Variable 2.5-7cm x 1 cm

Needles 4 mm

Yarn Colour Pink, Purple, Blue

Cast on the correct number of stitches according to the following lengths.

2 lengths in pink, casting on 6 sts

1 length in pink, casting on 12 sts

1 length in blue, casting on 12 sts

1 length in pink, casting on 14 sts

1 length in purple, casting on 14 sts

1 length in pink, casting on 16 sts

Cast off Pwise

Piece it Together…

Sewing-up time – Total of 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Stitching of facial features – Total of 15 Minutes

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Body Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewn Body

Sewing Up

Body Piece – With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at cast on edge, gather up cast on stitches and continue to sew across row ends up to the B&t end, leaving this end open. Turn right side out and stuff firmly, leaving open once again for now.

Tail – Sew together all tail pieces at one end to make a single bunch. Pin this completed tail in position just above the body opening and sew into place. (This will allow loose ends to be easily fastened off inside.) Pull up body end tightly and fasten off.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Tail Completed Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewn Tail
Handmade Knitted Unicorn Tail Positioning Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Tail in Position
Handmade Knitted Unicorn Leg Piece Sewing Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewing Leg

Legs – With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at foot, pull up tightly and continue to sew across row ends up to the cast on edge, leave this cast on edge open. Turn right side out, stuff firmly and then leave open.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Leg Piece Sewn Stuffed Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Completed Legs

Place legs onto body into position and sew into place. Fasten off all other loose ends.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Neck Legs Positioning Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Legs in Position

Buttock Detailing – This is a good time to add on any desired buttock detailing. Waiting until this point ensures it will lie in the correct position.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Buttock Detailing Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Buttock Detailing

Head – With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at cast on edge, gather up cast on stitches and continue to sew across row ends up to the B&t nose end. Turn right side out, stuff firmly and then pull up tightly and fasten off.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Head Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewn Head

Ears – With right side of st-st on the outside, fold the ear piece in half, across the cast on edge. Oversew across row ends, down towards the cast on edge.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Ear Piece Sewn Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewn Ear

Pin the ear pieces either side of the head, lying them flat against the head, pointing forwards. Oversew the ear cast on/cast off edges onto the headpiece. This sewing position allows a neater look from the front view.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Horn Positioning Completed Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Ears and Horn Positioning

Facial Features – Place completed horn into position at the front top of the completed head piece as shown, and sew into place. Leave a long end to allow you to continue as below to complete the facial stitching.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Face Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Facial Stitching

Using sparkly silver yarn, stitch a nose on centrally to the front of the face. Continue to stitch on eyes and mouth as shown in the picture or as per your desired facial expression. Fasten off all loose ends.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Head Completed Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Facial Features

Mane – Sew on the mane pieces individually to allow correct positioning. Fasten just the row ends of these pieces to allow the rest of the mane piece to dangle freely. Begin by sewing on the two shorter ‘forelock’ pieces just behind the horn to allow them to dangle forwards. Pin the next three mane pieces in the sequence (pink, purple and pink, as shown in the picture, and sew these ends into place, centrally to the top/rear of the unicorn’s head. Fasten off these loose ends and leave this completed head to one side while neck is sewn as follows.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Neck Piece Sewn Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Sewn Neck Piece

Neck – With wrong side of st-st on the outside, beginning at cast on edge sew across row ends. Turn right side out, and pin cast off edge to the base of the head, with the row-end seam lying at the top, in-line with the sewn-on mane pieces.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Neck Positioning Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Underside View of Neck

Stuff firmly and sew the remaining two mane pieces to the seam of the completed neck piece in line with mane pieces on the head piece. (See picture.)

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Head Neck Completed Side Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Completing Mane

Pin this completed neck/head piece to the front of the completed body of the unicorn, allowing the neck line to flow smoothly with the front of the body piece. Sew into place and fasten off all loose ends.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Neck Body Positioning Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Pinning Neck to Body
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Completed Unicorn

Make it Different…

There are lots of colour variations possible for your unicorn – both for the body, mane, tail, added buttock detailing and facial features. Varying shades of pink would go well, and definitely more practical than cream!

Experiment with some different facial features to give him your own bit of character. Sleeping, winking, surprised…! Instead of a silver nose, you may also wish to sew on a small button.

Increase the number of cast on stitches for the tail and mane pieces if you would like to make them a little longer.

The mane can be made to fall one side as above, however doubling the length of these (doubling the number of cast on stitches) may allow them to flop either side of the unicorn when fixed centrally. This will allow the mane to be seen from both side views.

The legs could have small rice/weighted bags sewn into the bottoms to make him more sturdy.

Buttock detailing optional! I have done a few stars, but a heart or flower can be embroidered on if you fancy a bit of detailing.
Maybe even add a rainbow accessory for your unicorn – perhaps as a little blanket cover (as shown in picture.) A pretty bow tied around his neck can also complete him as a handmade gift.

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Unicorn Blanket!

Smaller needles to make him a bit smaller but give thicker stronger feel. 3.25mm needles makes the size similar to the knitted reindeer. Making one in this size as well as the one as above, would make a perfect little mum and baby unicorn set.

Handmade Knitted Unicorn Fitting in Knitting Children Craft Ideas
Mum and Baby Sizes

This basic pattern may also be used to make a horse other similar-looking animals, using other colours, and omitting the horn.

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Unicorn & Rainbow
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Knitted Rainbow

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and encouragement.

See the Update info…

All done?

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