Amigurumi Cow - A Free Crochet Pattern


Cows are one of my daughter's favorite animals, they have officially decided that they will be farmers when they grow up! While we don't have room in our back yard for a real one I knew they would enjoy a plushie friend in the meantime.

These cows are slightly larger than most of my patterns but still work up fairly quickly at 13 inches tall. The legs and body are made as one piece with the head sewn on separately. The neck has a nice proportion to keep it sturdy for hours of play.

And those spots! They may just be my favorite details along with those cute snouts!

Since writing this pattern I have added a duck pattern to join them on the farm. Also added are a mini cow pattern (so you can make your own family) and a mini pig pattern!


I have loved seeing all of your cows in the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook, all the different colors and variations are so cute!

I'd love to know what other farm animals you would like to see? Feel free to leave a comment in the group or message below!

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Pattern


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You may make and sell items made from this pattern but please do not sell, share or reproduce the actual pattern. If you sell finished items online (Etsy, etc) please provide a link to the pattern and credit to me as the designer, thank you. I hope you enjoy this pattern!

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For this pattern I used plastic safety eyes, if you don't have these on hand or prefer crocheted eyes for little ones I recommend this alternative here!

Materials

  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (150g of white yarn; small amounts of brown or black, pink for the nose, and beige for the horns)
  • 3.5mm crochet hook
  • 15mm safety eyes
  • Black crochet/embroidery thread for the eyelashes (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle (I love the bent tips!)
  • Stuffing
  • Stitch markers (a piece of scrap yarn works great!)
Abbreviations (US Terminology)

MC - Magic circle

SC - Single crochet

SC INC - Single crochet increase

INV DEC - Invisible decrease

DC - Double crochet

St(s) - Stitch(es)


*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.*

Legs

Make 2 - Starting with black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the back loops only (24)

Rounds 6-10: SC around (24))

Change to white

Rounds 11-21: SC around (24)

Fasten off on the first leg only. When you finish the 2nd leg proceed to round 22 to join the legs.

Round 22: Chain 3 and attach to the first leg with a SC, SC in the remaining stitches around the leg. When you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 3 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and SC across each of the 3 chains (you will have SC on both sides of the 3 chains now) (54)

(Here's an example of a leg join from Katie the Koala pattern)




This completes your join and is where your next round will start.

Rounds 23-38: SC around (54)

Round 39: SC in the first 7 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 40: SC around (48)

Round 41: SC in the first 6 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 42: SC around (42)

Round 43: SC in the first 5 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 44: SC around (36)

Round 45: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Rounds 46-47: SC around (30)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Head

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 9: SC in the first 7 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (54)

Round 10: SC in the first 8 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (60)

Rounds 11-21: SC around (60)

Here is where we will attach the safety eyes. Place them 6 stitches apart between rounds 17-19. If you would like to add eyelashes I recommend having them in place before securing the backs of your eyes.




Round 22: SC in the first 8 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (54)

Round 23: SC in the first 7 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 24: SC in the first 6 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 25: SC in the first 5 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 26: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 27: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24)

*Continue to stuff the head firmly*

Round 28: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 29: SC in the first st, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Round 30: INV DEC around (6)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end.


Snout

This piece is worked crocheting on both sides of a foundation chain to create an oval shape. You will want to keep your chain fairly tight to help avoid the look of 'holes'.

Ch 10

Round 1: SC in the 2nd chain from hook, SC in the next 7 chains, 3SC in the last chain. Working down the other side of your foundation chain (see picture below), SC in the next 7 chains, complete 2SC in the last chain (which is also the first chain we started with) (20)



Round 2: 2SC in the first st, SC in the next 7, 2SC in each of the next 3, SC in the next 7, 2SC in each of the last 2sts (26)

Round 3: 2SC in the first st, SC in the next 9, 2SC in each of the next 4 sts, SC in the next 9, 2SC in each of the last 3 sts (34)

Rounds 4-7: SC around (34)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Ears

Make 2 with black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 SC

Rounds 2-3: SC around (8)

Round 4: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, rep around (12)

Round 5: SC around (12)

Round 6: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (16)

Rounds 7-13: SC around (16)

Fold ear in half and SC across the top as pictured below, then fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing



Horns

Make 2 with beige

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 9 SC

Rounds 2-7: SC around (9)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Assembling the Head


- Sew the snout centered between the eyes stuffing as you go.

 - Next, sew the ears onto the head at the 6th round on each side.

- Lastly, sew the horns evenly placed between the ears.



Arms

Make 2 stuffing lightly at the bottom and starting with black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (16)

Round 3: SC in the back loops only (16)

Rounds 4-7: SC around (16)

Change to white

Rounds 8-23: SC around (16)

At the end of round 23 pinch the arms flat and SC across the top to close, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Spots

Make 2 of each size

Large Spot

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 sts, 2DC in each of the next 2 sts, rep around (42)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Medium Spot

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12)

Round 3: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (24)

Round 5: SC in the first 2 sts, 2DC in each of the next 2 sts, rep around (36)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing



Attaching Everything Together

 - Sew the head onto the body, making sure to have the facial features centered. Add extra stuffing as you go to keep it firm and less wobbly.

- Next, sew the arms onto the body centered with the head at round 46.

- Lastly, sew a large and medium spot onto the front and back of the body.

You're sweet cow is now complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern, thanks so much for stopping by!




29 comments

  1. thank you for sharing your pattern - I just had a friend ask me to crochet a cow for her daughter :) I look forward to starting this :)

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  2. Thank you, my grandsons will love them.

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  3. Thank you Stephanie!!!!! Its wonderful!!! thanks, thanks.. you are amazing ;)

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    1. Thank you everyone, I’m so thrilled you’ve enjoyed them!!! :)

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  4. Love this pattern, and the story behind it. Can't wait to start working on one of these awesome characters. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing,but I'm having a problem sewing the head onto the body,can you explain how it done or even summit a little video... please

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    1. Hi! I’m hoping to have some videos added in the future but I found a great one for you here that I hope will help in sewing on the head! :)
      Video from the Friendly Red Fox:
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QCcMKdzrn5k

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  6. Pattern is so easy to follow. Had this made in less than 8 hours��

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  7. Hartelijke dank voor het snoezige patroontje.

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  8. How generous of you to share all this work with us. The cow is too cute for words. Thank you!

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    1. You’re welcome! And thank you for your kind words Judy! :)

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  9. Thank you so much for he pattern, I'm learning to read patterns and yours was really easy.

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  10. very cute ty for sharing the pattern

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  11. Hi Stephanie, thank you for sharing this cute pattern! Could you maybe help me with something? I don't understand how I can attach the legs together and end up with 54 stiches, do you perhaps have a video for this?

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    1. Hi! Each leg is 24 stitches and we will do a chain 3 to connect them. As we work around each leg we end up crocheting into both sides of the chain 3 and this gives us a total of 6 more stitches added to the total of legs to end up with 54. I don’t have any videos yet but The Friendly Red Fox has a wonderful video about joining legs in the same method, I hope this helps!

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq43fckHJII

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  12. Hola Stephanie te agradezco un montón, el que hayas compartido tu patrón es muy hermoso. Y trataré de realizarlo. Pero me gustaría saber cómo realizar en un tamaño más grande. Gracias.

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  13. Would you be able to make a doll using this pattern without making the horns, ears etc.?

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  14. On the large spots, I get 30 stitches on Round 5, but only get 40 stitches on Round 6? I'm guessing this is right...right?

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  15. This looks amazing can’t wait to make this easy to follow instructions

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  16. I just adore cows and your pattern is totally awesome! I'm not so good at crochet so I'll see if my Mum is willing to give it go for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. wonderful... thank you for sharing

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  18. Hi, I just LOVE this pattern, and I can't wait to make it! Would it be ok if I featured your pattern on my blog?

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  19. Thank you for this AWESOME pattern! I've been crocheting like crazy to get ready for Christmas. I'm making these adorable cows for all my neices and nephews this year! I've already made 6 and I have one more left to make. I've been playing aroind with the colors and they are turning out so cute! Thanks again!❤️

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  21. Muchas gracias y meda mucho gusto que nos compartas tus creaciones tan hermosas en realidad te agradezco

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