Free Crochet Pattern: Horse

I am so excited to release my first free pattern on the blog! This pattern has been tested by two wonderful pattern testers (they’re on Instagram, check them out! @michaela_moza_stitchesbymim and @karla27_matamala) and I am so excited to finally release it!

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First, a little backstory. This pattern came about for two different reasons. First, I had crocheted a cow for my elder son’s Halloween costume last year. It was as adorable as it sounds ๐Ÿ˜‰ One day he was playing with it and said, “Want horse?” I told him we didn’t have one but that I would make one. He lost interest pretty quickly and happily played with his other toys. However, I still wanted to make a new pattern and a horse sounded like a good project to tackle. I’ve also loved horses and wanted one SO BAD as a child, but we lived in town (still do) so I’ve never gotten a horse. By crocheting one I can fulfill that life-long dream. Okay, not really but I still wanted to crochet a horse!

So, without further aideu, here is the EllieKayCrochet FREE Crochet Horse Pattern!

Housekeeping: Please always give me credit for the creation of this pattern. The finished products are yours to do as you wish, but the pattern is my intellectual property. Thank you!

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Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn (body color, hoof color, mane/tail color)
  • Size G (4.0mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Safety eyes (or yarn to embroider eyes)
  • Yarn for nostrils
  • A 4โ€ piece of cardboard to construct tail (optional)

Terms

  • Sc – single crochet
  • MR – magic ring
  • Inc – increase
  • Dec – decrease
  • Slst- slip stitch
  • โ€œ – inch
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Ch – chain

Body (1)

  1. Sc 6 in MR (6) *place stitch marker and move with each round
  2. Inc in each stitch (12)
  3. Sc 1, inc (18)
  4. Sc 2, inc (24)
  5. Sc 3, inc (30)
  6. Sc 4, inc (36)
  7. Sc all
  8. Sc all
  9. Sc all
  10. Sc all
  11. Sc all
  12. Sc all
  13. Sc all
  14. Sc all
  15. Sc all
  16. Sc all
  17. Sc 4, dec (30) *secure tail to body*
  18. Sc all (30)
  19. Sc 3, dec *begin stuffing* (24)
  20. Sc all (24)
  21. Sc 2, dec (18)
  22. Sc 1, dec (12)
  23. Dec in each stitch (6)
  24. Fasten off leaving a long (12โ€+) tail

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Head (1)

  1. 6 in MR (6)
  2. Inc in each stitch (12)
  3. Sc 1, inc (18)
  4. Sc 2, inc (24)
  5. Sc all
  6. Sc all
  7. Sc all
  8. Sc all
  9. Sc all
  10. Sc all *embroider or place safety eyes*
  11. Sc all
  12. Sc all
  13. Sc all
  14. Sc all
  15. Sc 3, inc *begin stuffing*
  16. Sc all
  17. Sc all
  18. Sc 3, dec (24)
  19. Sc 2, dec *embroider nostrils* (18)
  20. Sc 1, dec (12)
  21. Dec each
  22. Fasten off and weave in end. Sew the head to body with the tail from the body.

Legs (4)

  1. *In hoof color* 10 in MR
  2. Ch 1, sc all, slst to end (10)
  3. Ch 1, sc all (10)
  4. Switch to body color
  5. Sc for 10 rows
  6. Stuff the leg completely and sew to body OR stuff partially, and sew to body. Either fold the top of the leg flat and sew it to the body or sew to the body (pattern picture has legs folded flat)

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Tail

  1. Wrap yarn around the cardboard or your hand 10 times or to desired thickness.
  2. Tie a 5โ€ piece of yarn through the loop of one end of the tail.
  3. Weave the ends of the 5โ€ piece of yarn into the body and weave in the ends to secure it.
  4. Clip the end loop of the tail.
  5. Braid the tail to 1โ€ from the end, tie a piece of yarn to secure the braid.
  6. Add a ribbon to the tail if desired.

Ears (2)

  1. Chain 5
  2. Sc in 2nd chain from hook
  3. Hdc in next 2 stitches
  4. Sc 3 in the last stitch
  5. Turn to work in theย other side of the chain
  6. Sc 1
  7. Hdc in next two
  8. Slst into the last stitch
  9. Sew to head and weave in any loose ends.

Mane

  1. For a mane with seven sections: With mane/tail color, cut fourteen 3โ€ pieces of yarn.
  2. In the stitches in the back of the head, insert the crochet hook under a stitch, fold two pieces of yarn in half, and pull the loop through, leaving some yarn on each side of the stitch. (pictures 1-2)
  3. Pull the loose ends through the loop and tighten. (pictures 3-4)
  4. Repeat this until all seven sections are complete.
  5. Trim the mane if desired.

Sew all parts together, weave in any loose ends, and enjoy your finished horse!

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Thank you so much for reading and checking out my first pattern! I am so excited and I would love to hear if you made it. Tag me in your finished photos on Instagram and Twitter! (@elliekaycrochet)

*This pattern is the intellectual property of EllieKayCrochet (Elizabeth Steingass). You are free to sell the finished product of the pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Please give credit to me/the pattern when selling/sharing the finished product.*

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