Author:
Erin Greene

Erin Greene's love for all things crochet, bizarrely began in college with her career ending basketball injury, and her desire to remain productive and continue challenging herself. She is now the crochet artist and owner behind ekayg, in Buffalo, New York, specializing in designing unique toy patterns for babies and children, thanks to the constant inspiration from her four young children. Among the crochet patterns, and the occasional craft or recipe, she also blogs weekly, sharing her faith, in the hopes of sharing the love of Jesus with her love handmade goodness!

Unicorn Hand Puppet Pattern

Maker
3/7/2018

I am Erin, owner and designer at ekayg. I have been crocheting for almost 15 years, but it was during a difficult financial time in our lives, that I began making children's toys, because I really wanted our children to be able to have cute and creative toys for birthdays and holidays. Now, I really enjoy being able to share many of those patterns with others!  

Supply List

Lion Brand Vanna's Glamour, Gold, approximately 10 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, White - approximately 83 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Pink - approximately 15 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Dusty Purple - approximately 5 yrds

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, Dusty Blue - approximately 5 yrds

Small amount of any green, for optional leaves.

Small amount of worsted weight black yarn for the eyes and nostrils.

Crochet hook size G - 4.25mm

Tapestry needle

Key

Terms and abbreviations to know:

Magic ring

Rnd, rnds - round, rounds

St, sts - stitch, stitches

Sl st - slip stitch

Sc - single crochet

Hdc - half double crochet

Dc - double crochet

Inc - increase, 2 sts in same st

BLO - back loop only

Invsc2tog - invisible single crochet 2 together; this is essentially a decrease, but done in such a way as to make the continuous stitching smoother, and the decrease not as noticeable.

Insert hook into front loop only of next stitch, DO NOT yarn over.Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops.

Notes:

This pattern is worked from the top down, in the rnd, with no joining. The arms, snout, ears, and hair are made separately and sewn on. The eyes and nostrils are embroidered on with black worsted weight yarn. Pictures throughout can give more details into the process. The horn can be made in the same color as the body, or changed. The Glamour yarn, used for this horn, is a fine weight (2), so you need to work two strands together for this pattern.

Size:

This is one size, fitting child through adult, but if you wish to make it smaller for a smaller child to play with, simply tighten gauge or go down a hook size.

Gauge:

7 sts across and 8 rnds down = approximately 2 inches

Pattern 

Body, beginning with horn, in Gold

If you are using the recommended Vanna’s Glamour Gold, crochet with 2 strands together. Cut approximately 5 yrds of your Gold. Then grab second strand from your skein. 

Holding the strands together, begin with a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 4 sc in magic ring; 4 sts

Rnd 2: BLO (inc, sc in next st)2x; 6 sts

Rnd 3: BLO sc in each st around; 6 sts

Rnd 4: BLO (inc, sc in next 2 sts)2x; 8 sts

Rnd 5: BLO sc in each st around; 8 sts

Rnd 6: BLO (inc, sc in next 3 sts)2x; 10 sts

Rnd 7: BLO sc in each st around; 10 sts

Rnd 8: BLO (inc, sc in next 4 sts)2x; 12 sts

Rnd 9: BLO sc in each st around; 12 sts

Pull White through to complete last st of rnd 9. Fasten off Gold, and complete body in White.

Rnd 10: BLO inc in each st around; 24 sts 

Working through both loops now throughout the rest of the pattern.

Rnd 11: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnds 12-13: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 14: (inc, sc in next 4 sts)6x; 36 sts

Rnds 15-20: sc in each st around; 36 sts

Rnd 21: (invsc2tog, sc in next st)12x; 24 sts

Rnd 22: sc in each st around; 24 sts

Rnd 23: (inc, sc in next 3 sts)6x; 30 sts

Rnd 24: sc in each st around; 30 sts

Rnd 25: sc in next 4 sts, inc in next st, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, inc in next st, (sc in next 4 sts, inc) 2x, ch 4, sk next 4 sts, inc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, inc in last st; 36 sts, counting the chs

Rnd 26: sc in next 6 sts, sc into each of the 4 chs (using the back loop under the chs will create a neater look in the sts for sewing on the arms later), sc in next 14 sts, sc into each of the 4 chs, sc in next 8 sts; 36 sts 

Rnds 27-42: sc in each st around; 36 sts  

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Arms (Make 2)

Begin with Pink and a magic ring.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring; 6 sts

Rnd 2: inc in each st around; 12 sts

Rnd 3: BLO sc in each st around; 12 sts

Pull White through to complete the last st of rnd 3, and fasten off Pink

Continue in White

Rnds 4-13: sc in each st around; 12 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew onto the arm holes in the body.

Ears (Make 2)

The ears are each made in two parts; a back, and a front. The back is made in all white. The front begins with pink for the center. Make the back first. Then, make the front, and attach it to the back as instructed.

Back, in White

Ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across; 3 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sk first st, sc in next 2 sts; 2 sts

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, sk first st, sc in last st; 1 st

Do not turn, sc 2 down the side of the ear, sc 2 in the bottom corner, sc 1 across the bottom, sc 2 in the corner, sc 2 up the opposite side of the ear, sc into the top st of the ear, sl st to join, and fasten off; 10 sts around

Front, begin in Pink

Ch 4

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across; 3 sts

Row 2: ch 1 and turn, sk first st, sc in next 2 sts; 2 sts

Row 3: ch 1 and turn, sk first st, sc in last st; 1 st

Pull White through to complete final sts of row 3, and fasten off Pink

Do not turn, sc 2 down the side of the ear, sc 2 in the bottom corner, sc 1 across the bottom, sc 2 in the corner, sc 2 up the opposite side of the ear, sc into the top st of the ear, sl st to join, but do NOT fasten off; 10 sts around

Place front of ear on top of your back ear, and sc around, through both the front and back, to join, in each st around. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew ears on top of the head, to the sides of the horn.

Snout (Pink)

The snout is worked in the rnd, but around a base ch to elongate and create an oval.

Ch 8

Rnd 1: turn and inc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 chs, 3 sc in last ch, turn work to crochet on the bottom side of the ch, sc in next 5 chs along the bottom, sc in last ch, do not join; 16 sts

Rnd 2: inc in next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, inc in next 3 sts, sc in next 5 sts, inc in last st; 22 sts

Rnd 3: (inc, sc in next st)2x, sc in next 5 sts, (inc, sc in next st)3x, sc in next 5 sts, inc in next st, sc in last st; 28 sts

Sl st to beginning st of rnd 3, and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew nostrils onto the snout with black yarn. Then sew the snout onto the center of the face.

Eyes in Black

Place eyes between rnds 17 and 18, centered on the face above the snout. See the pictures for guidance. I began in the far corner, leaving a tail there to use later for the bottom lash. To get the curve of the eye to stay up, place your yarn there, and pin it to itself by pulling your black yarn back through the head AND through the the top of the curve, then back into the head. 

Optional: Leaves (make 2, any green in worsted weight yarn)

I think the floral crown looks great either way! If you decide to make the leaves, make them and sew them on BEFORE the flowers, so the flowers are layered over top. These are made in a rnd, around a base chain.

Ch 5

Rnd 1: turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, in last ch (sl st, ch 1, sl st), and turn to work on the other side of the ch, sc in next ch on the opposite side, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Flowers (make 3, 1 in each color, Pink, Dusty Purple, and Dusty Blue)

Ch 13

Row 1: turn and work (sc, hdc, dc) in 2nd ch from hook, (dc, hdc, sc) in next ch [(sc, hdc, dc) in next ch, (dc, hdc, sc) in next ch] 5 more times; 36 sts

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Spiral this row together into your flower. Sew the spiral together in the shape of the flower. Sew the flowers on AFTER sewing on your leaves, putting the pink one in the middle to give it space from the pink in the ears. 

I hope you've enjoyed making this as much as I have! You can find many of my free patterns on my blog! Feel free find me on Facebook or Instagram, for new pattern releases, pattern sales, and more puppets to add to your collection soon! 

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