Mini Amigurumi Cow - A Free Crochet Pattern




I love when my girls give me inspiration for designing a new pattern! They have loved their amigurumi cows and requested baby cows to make a family.

When I shared these little ones with you in the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook, I was so encouraged by your responses! There will definitely be more mini amigurumi patterns in the future! 

In most of my patterns I make the head separately and sew it on. I like this for the reason of strengthening the neck and reducing the wobbly head we try to avoid.

I have good news for you! The legs, body and head are all made in one piece with this pattern! Yes, you can jump for joy! 

Being only 7 inches tall, the weight of the head is reduced and will still keep its strength as one piece! Be sure to stuff the body, neck and head firmly to keep that strength!

If you are new to crocheting stuffed animals, head over to my Tips to Learning Amigurumi page to get started. I go over a lot of the common techniques you'll see in the pattern, plus photos to help you through it!

Be sure to also join the Grace and Yarn Crochet Group on Facebook if you haven't already! You can share your work and ask any questions you have along the way!

If you plan to make this for a little one under 3 I recommend these crochet eyes as an alternative to the plastic safety eyes!

Pattern

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If you're interested in making the whole family you can find the free pattern for the larger amigurumi cows here and a discounted PDF combo pack in my Etsy shop!



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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! 

Materials
  • Size 4 worsted weight yarn (50g of white yarn, small amounts of brown or black, pink for the nose, and beige for the horns) 
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook (these are my favorites!)
  • 9mm safety eyes 
  • Black crochet/embroidery thread for eyelashes (optional) 
  • Scissors and tapestry needle
  • 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. The legs, body and head are made as one piece. 

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 5

Round 1: SC in the 2nd chain from hook, SC in the next 2 chains, 3SC in the last chain; working down the other side of the foundation chain (see picture for reference), SC in the next 2 chains, complete 2SC in the last chain (which is also the first chain we started with) (10 SC)



Rounds 2-3: SC around (10 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

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 back loops only (12 SC)

Rounds 4-5: SC around (12 SC) Change to white

Rounds 6-12: SC around (12 SC)

Fasten off (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 13)

*Round 13 joins the legs together and starts the body, we will not be making a chain to connect the legs.

Round 13: Attach to the first leg with a SC (I like to make sure both color changes are facing the same way, I make this the back of the mini cow). SC around the first leg and then the second leg (24 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start, from here we will work the body.



Rounds 14-20 SC around (24 SC)

Round 21: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

Round 22: SC around (18 SC)

Round 23: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12 SC)

Round 24: SC around (12 SC)

*Here is where we will start the head*

Round 25: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

Round 26: SC in the first 2 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)

Round 27: SC in the first 3 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)

Round 28: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, repeat around (36 SC)

Rounds 29-33: SC around (36 SC)

NOTE: Here is where we will attach the facial features. Place the safety eyes 4 stitches apart between rounds 31-32. (For the girl version, I recommend sewing on the eyelashes before securing your safety eyes). Sew the nose piece centered between the eyes.



Round 34: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (30 SC)

Round 35: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (24 SC)

*Continue to stuff the head and neck firmly

Round 36: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (18 SC)

Round 37: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, repeat around (12 SC)

Round 38: INV DEC around (6 SC)

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

Ears<

Make 2

With black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 7 SC

Rounds 2-3: SC around (7 SC)

Round 4: SC INC in each stitch around (14 SC)

Rounds 5-7: SC around (14 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing, fold ear in half and sew across to close the ear as pictured.
 



Horns

Make 2

With beige

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 SC

Rounds 2-5: SC around (8 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Arms

Make 2 stuffing lightly at the bottom

With black or brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC in the first st, SC INC in the next, repeat around (9 SC)

Round 3: SC in the back loops only (9 SC)

Round 4: SC around (9 SC) Change to white

Rounds 5-11: SC around (9 SC)

At the end of round 11 pinch the arm flat and make 4 SC across the top to close, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body.



Spots

Make 3

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC, join with a slip stitch to the first SC, ch 1

Round 2: *2 DC in the same stitch, ch1, 2 SC in the next stitch*, repeat 2 more times, join with a slip stitch to the first SC (12 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing

Attaching everything together-

- Sew the arms onto the body centered with the head at round 23

- Sew the ears onto the head at round 4 on each side

- Next, sew the horns evenly spaced between the ears

- Lastly, sew your spots onto the body (I placed two on the front and one on the back)



Your mini 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! 

Thanks for stopping by!
~Stephanie

5 comments

  1. CAN'T WEIGHT TO TRY THIS PATTERN.

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  2. bonjour c'est possible d'avoir les explications en français.
    Merci

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  3. Hi Stephanie. I can't wait to make several for our church's OCC boxes. But . . . You have "INV DEC" as a stitch in your pattern. Is that made like a regular dec st? "Inquiring minds, like to know!" ;-)

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    1. Hi, great question! The Invisible decrease is a little bit different than a regular decrease stitch, you will use the front loops in your decrease instead of both loops. If you’d like more information on it I have included it in my tips page here:
      https://www.graceandyarn.com/2018/06/tips-to-learning-amigurumi.html?m=1

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