Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Amigurumi Cow - A Free Crochet Pattern






My daughters have always loved to watch me make new animals and before I started blogging, I would make many of them as custom orders or for craft fairs. 




They would wait patiently for their turn to come! Now that I'm blogging they are getting a lot more animals added to their collection and a sweet cow was high on their list of requests.

This pattern is what I hope will be the first of many fun farm animals, so stay tuned for more in the future. 



Give these cows your own added touch by changing up the colors or adding a sweet bow (like the one used on Holly the Honey Bear)!

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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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Pattern:

- Save this pattern on Pinterest here
- An ad-free printable PDF is available in my Etsy or Ravelry shop

If you're interested in a smaller version check out the free pattern for my mini cows or make a whole family! A discounted PDF combo pack is also available in my Etsy shop!



New to amigurumi? Be sure to check out my tips and materials page to help you get started!

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)

· 3.5 mm crochet hook

· 15mm safety eyes

· Black crochet/embroidery thread for eyelashes (optional)

· Scissors and tapestry needle

· Stuffing 
(Poly-Fil and Morning Glory are my top favorites!)


· Stitch markers

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)

This cow measures about 13 inches tall. If you would prefer not to use safety eyes you can visit my Crochet Eyes Tutorial in the 15mm size, it's a great alternative!

*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 and Body-

Legs: Make 2 - Using black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (12 SC)

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

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

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

Rounds 6-10: SC around (24 SC) Change to white

Rounds 11-21: SC around (24 SC)

Fasten off (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 22)

*Round 22 joins the legs together and starts the body

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



Rounds 23-38: SC around (54 SC)

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

Round 40: SC around (48 SC)

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

Round 42: SC around (42 SC)

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

Round 44: SC around (36 SC)

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

Rounds 46-47: SC around (30 SC)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Head-

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12 SC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rounds 10: SC in the first 8 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (60 SC)

Rounds 11-21: SC around (60 SC)


NOTE: Here is where we will attach the safety eyes. Place them 6 stitches apart between rounds 17-19. (If you would like eyelashes you will want to sew them on before securing your safety eyes)

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

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

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

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

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

Round 27: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (24 SC) *Continue to stuff the head firmly

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

Round 29: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12 SC)

Round 30: INV DEC around (6 SC)

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

Nose/Mouth-

 This piece is worked crocheting on both sides of the foundation chain to create an oval shape, you will want to keep your chain fairly tight to help avoid the look of ‘holes’, we will also be working in the round

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 the foundation chain (see picture to the right), SC in the next 7 chains, complete 2SC in the last chain (which is also the first chain we started with) (20 SC)




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

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

Rounds 4-7: SC around (34 SC)

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 SC)

Round 4: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (12 SC)

Round 5: SC around (12 SC)

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

Rounds 7-13: SC around (16 SC)

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 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Assembling the head-

-Sew the nose/mouth piece on the head centered between the eyes, feel free to use pins to hold into place. Stuff the nose lightly just before sewing is complete.

-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

With black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (16 SC)

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

Rounds 4-7: SC around (16 SC) Change to white

Rounds 8-23: SC around (16 SC)

At the end of round 23 pinch the arm flat and make 8 SC across the top to close, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body.

Spots-

 Make 2 of each size

Large spot-

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each round (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

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

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

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

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 round (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

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

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

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.






Your cow is complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern. 


Let me know if you have any questions with this pattern or any of my other patterns, I would be happy to help! 




Thank you, 

Stephanie

26 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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