Free Crochet Unicorn Pattern

Unicorns.  What isn’t there to love about them? They’re magical, regal, pretty, and loved by all. So when a friend suggested I create a unicorn pattern who was I to say no?


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Terms (US Terms)

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

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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. Sc all (12)
  24. Dec in each stitch (6)
  25. Sc all
  26. Fasten off leaving a long (12”+) tail


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 between rows 7 and 10*
  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 the body with the tail from the body.

Legs (4)

  1. *In hoof color* 5 in MR
  2. Ch 1, inc in all, slst to end (10)
  3. Ch 1, sc all (10)
  4. Switch to body color
  5. Sc for 10 rows. Do not ch 1 at the start of each row, simply continue on with the next row.
  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)

To put a personal twist on your unicorn, you can make the back legs a little longer or wider by adding rows or stitches. Or, of course, you can continue as the pattern is written.



  1. Wrap yarn around the cardboard or your hand 10 times or to desired thickness.
  2. Tie a 5” piece of yarn through the loop of one end of the tail.
  3. Weave the ends of the 5” 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 1” from the end, tie a piece of yarn to secure the braid.
  6. Add a ribbon to the tail if desired.

Feel free to leave the tail unbraided, I braid the tail for added security and to prevent any strands from coming loose. I find this especially helpful is the unicorn is destined to be a child’s lovey.

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 the 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.



  1. For a mane with seven sections: With mane/tail color, cut fourteen 10” 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.



  1. 7 in MR
  2. Sc in front loops only (7)
  3. Sc all
  4. Sc all
  5. Dec 1, sc remaining st (6)
  6. Dec1, sc remaining st (5)
  7. Sc all
  8. Dec 1, sc remaining (4)
  9. Dec 1, sc remaining st (3)
  10. Dec 1
  11. Fasten off

*OPTIONAL: Stuff horn in row 6 and 8.

Sew all parts together, weave in any loose ends, and enjoy your finished unicorn! I had a lot of fun making this pattern and an excellent time working with my pattern testers! Just look at how great they did!

Unicorn tested by Amy.
Unicorn tested by Leah.

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