Free Crochet Cow Pattern




Happy Monday friends! These two have been a long time in the revising! About 2 years ago I released one of my all time favorite designs (this amigurumi cow here) and it's been on my heart to give them a little revamp.

So today I am re-releasing their pattern with updated step by step pictures and a few new details to make their process go smoother.

What's changed? They now have a tail (why they never had one to begin with is beyond me but I'm on it now!

I've also updated the pattern to have the legs, body and head as one piece which was a request I often received for these guys. Less sewing is always a plus!

These sweet farm friends are quite squishy at 13 inches tall, this can vary based on hook size, yarn selection and tension. They're perfect for cuddles!

Stay tuned later this week for an updated version on the mini cows, I'm so excited with how they turned out! Plus, they're so much easier on the hands to make now at the perfect in between size. (Update: You can find the mini version here!)

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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For this pattern I used plastic safety eyes, if you don't have these on hand or prefer crocheted eyes 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/eyebrows (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.*


Nose/Mouth –

With pink

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)

Rounds 6-7: SC around (30)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing onto the head. With a small piece of black yarn and tapestry needle, make a ‘v’ for each nostril on round 4 about 3-4 sts apart.





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)

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 (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 22 where we will join the legs and start the body)

Round 22: SC in the next 8 sts (this will align our color changes to be at the back when our join is complete). 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 again. You will have crocheted on each side of the chain. (54 SC) 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)

Round 48: SC in the first 4 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 49: SC in the first 5 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 50: SC in the first 6 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 51: SC in the first 7 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (54)

Round 52: SC in the first 8 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (60)

Round 53: SC in the first 9 sts, SC INC in the next, rep around (66)

Rounds 54-64: SC around (66)

NOTE: Here is where we will attach the facial features. Place the safety eyes 11 stitches apart between rounds 60 and 61. Add eyebrows/eyelashes to your liking before securing the backs of your safety eyes.

Nose - Sew the nose centered between the eyes adding stuffing as you go.






Round 65: SC in the first 9 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (60)

Round 66: SC in the first 8 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (54)

Round 67: SC in the first 7 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (48)

Round 68: SC in the first 6 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42)

Round 69: SC in the first 5 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36)

Round 70: SC in the first 4 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30)

Round 71: SC in the first 3 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24) 

*Continue to stuff the head firmly

Round 72: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18)

Round 73: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Round 74: INV DEC around (6)

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 8 SC

Rounds 2-3: SC around (8)

Round 4: SC in the first stitch, 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 8 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each st (16)

Rounds 3-4: SC around (16)

Round 5: SC in the first 2 sts, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12)

Rounds 6-7: SC around (12)

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 8 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (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 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)

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 round (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





Assembly-


- Sew the ears onto the head at the 6th round on each side.

- Next, sew the horns evenly placed between the ears stuffing as you go.

- Sew the arms onto the body centered with the head at round 46.

- Sew a large and medium spot onto the front and back of the body.

- Lastly, cut 3 strands of your accent color and 3 strands of white approximately 10 inches long to make the tail. Using your crochet hook, pull the strands through a center stitch on the back of your cow and braid to your desired length. Secure with a knot and trim as needed.




Your cow is complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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