Fairytale Series – Stanley the Unicorn

A few weeks ago, I was at Joann fabrics looking at buttons. I was just looking for some simple white ones, but they have some of the cutest buttons there, and I can never resist looking at all of them. I found a set with a fairy, a unicorn, a dragon and some flowers, and it was so adorable that I bought it. I didn’t have any plans to use the buttons, but I had been wanting to crochet a unicorn, so I decided the button was a good base. Then I decided I had to make the dragon. Then I figured I should make the fairy to go with them, and I had to add the flowers too just so I would have the whole set. Here are the buttons, and here are my crocheted recreations.

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As a kid, I was obsessed with unicorns. My bedroom was covered in them, and I drew them every chance I got. I eventually grew out of that obsession, but lately I’ve been noticing everything unicorn again. So first up, is my pattern for Stanley the Unicorn.

*SIDE NOTE* I have horrible lighting in my house, so I don’t usually take pictures of my work “in progress.” There were a few pieces of each of these patterns, though, that I knew would benefit from in progress pictures. So I took some in my bedroom with my cell phone, using the terrible lighting that I have in there. They aren’t the best pictures, but I figured that they’re better than nothing.

Abbreviations:

ch: chain

sc: single crochet

sl st: slip stitch

inc: increase (2 single crochets in one loop)

dec: decrease (pull yarn through loop, pull yarn through second loop, yarn over and pull through all loops)

Materials needed (with affiliate links):

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in white, silver heather, periwinkle and sky blue

I (5.25mm) crochet hook

18mm safety eyes

Yarn needle

Poly-fil 

This pattern is worked “in-the-round”, and stitches are worked through both loops unless otherwise noted. 

Head:

With white, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch , repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (50 stitches)

Rows 10-17: Sc in each stitch around. (50 stitches)

Row 18: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * around. (45 stitches)

Row 19: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 20: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 21: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 22: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 23: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil.

Snout

With silver heather, ch. 7.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in the next 4 across. Work 3 sc’s into the last ch, then turn and sc on the other side, working 2 sc’s into the last ch. (15 stitches)

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Row 2: Work 2 sc’s in the first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc’s in each of the next 3 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, 2 sc’s in last stitch. (20 stitches)

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Row 3: Work 2 sc’s in each of the first 2 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, 2 sc’s in each of the next 3 stitches, sc in next 7 stitches, 2 sc’s in last stitch. (26 stitches)

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Rows 4-5: Sc in each stitch around. (26 stitches)

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Tie off.

Ears

With white, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 4 sc inside of circle. (4 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch , repeat from * around. (6 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (8 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (12 stitches)

Rows 6-10: Sc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Tie off. Lay flat.

Horn

With periwinkle, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 4 sc inside of circle. (4 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch around. (4 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch , repeat from * around. (6 stitches)

Row 4: Sc in each stitch around. (6 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (8 stitches)

Row 6: Sc in each stitch around. (8 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Row 8: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Row 9: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (12 stitches)

Rows 10-14: Sc in each stitch around. (12 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil.

Now you should be ready to assemble the unicorn’s head.

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Position the snout onto the face where you want it. I like to use straight pins to hold it in place while I sew.

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Be sure as you’re stitching it on that it doesn’t get crooked.

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Before you close it up completely, stop and stuff it with poly-fil.

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Once the snout is sewn on, position the eyes where you want them.

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I like to wait to put the backs on the eyes until I have the head completely done. Once those backs are on, there’s no going back. When sewing the ears on, pull the sides in so that it’s pinched down at the bottom.

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Last, sew the horn onto the center of the head.

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This is the point where I would normally put the backs on the eyes. If you want to sew eyelashes on, and turn your unicorn into a girl, be sure to do them before you put the backs on the eyes.

Body:

With white, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch , repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 6: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Row 7: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (40 stitches)

Row 8: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 6 stitches, repeat from * around. (35 stitches)

Rows 9-11: Sc in each stitch around. (35 stitches)

Row 12: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 5 stitches, repeat from * around. (30 stitches)

Row 13: Sc in each stitch around. (30 stitches)

Row 14: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 15: Sc in each stitch around. (25 stitches)

Row 16: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 17: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil.

Back Legs:

With silver heather, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch , repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (25 stitches)

Row 5: In front loops only, *dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 3 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Rows 6-7: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Switch to white.

Rows 8-9: Sc in each stitch around. (20 stitches)

Row 10: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 11-14: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 15: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Rows 16-19: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil.

Front Legs:

With silver heather, ch 3. Sl st to first ch to create circle. (Instead, you can perform the “magic circle” if you’d like.)

Row 1: ch 1, 10 sc inside of circle. (10 stitches)

Row 2: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next stitch , repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Row 3: *Inc in first stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (20 stitches)

Row 4: In front loops only, *dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. (15 stitches)

Rows 5-6: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Switch to white.

Rows 7-12: Sc in each stitch around. (15 stitches)

Row 13: *Dec in first 2 stitches, sc in next stitch, repeat from * around. (10 stitches)

Rows 14-17: Sc in each stitch around. (10 stitches)

Tie off. Stuff with poly-fil.

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Sew body onto head. Then sew back legs on, then front legs. For the unicorn, I sewed his legs on so that they go sideways when he sits.

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Using the sky blue yarn, attach the main and tail. I cut the tail hairs about 14 inches long, and the main hairs about 7 inches long, but you can really make them as long or as short as you want.

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For more information on attaching hair, you can check out my Amigurami Tips and Tricks post. It also has some other great information that could be useful when working with these patterns.

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And there you have your Stanley the Unicorn. Be sure to stay tuned for the other patterns in this series.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! You’re welcome to sell items that you make using my patterns, as long as you don’t post the pattern anywhere else, and link back to my page if you’d like to. If there are any mistakes, or something is unclear, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. Or message me on Facebook. If you create any unicorns of your own, be sure to post a photo on my Facebook page so I can see. I love seeing all of the things people are creating, and I’d love to see the different variations that people make of these.

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7 thoughts on “Fairytale Series – Stanley the Unicorn

  1. Thank you so very much for sharing your talents with us – I am actually humming and smiling as I picture my granddaughter’s smiling face when I make her a Stanley the Unicorn of her very own!! I am so looking forward to the rest of your Fairytale Series – thank you so, so much for helping me to make lovely gifts for my family and friends.

  2. You’re very welcome. I have so much fun figuring out how to make things, and it makes it even more fun when I can share with other people. I hope your granddaughter loves it!

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