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Rainbow Unicorn Lovey Blanket Crochet Along Part 1

Mini Crochet Along – Free Crochet Pattern

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HOW A FREE CROCHET ALONG WORKS

PREAMBLE

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HEAD

Make one. Using colour (PRINCE BLUE GREY), make a magic circle.

Helpful hint: we are working in rounds.

Round 1 – nose

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 6 into mc, place st marker in 6th sc and continue to work in the round (6 sc).

Helpful hint: move the stitch marker (or use a running marker) and place in the last stitch of each round; this will help keep your stitch count correct and help with round counting. Because we are working quite tightly in the round, I weave my starting tail in whilst working round 2.

Round 2

*Sc 2 into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (12 sc).

Round 3

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (18 sc).

Round 4

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (24 sc).

Round 5

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (30 sc).

Round 6

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (36 sc).

Rounds 7 – 8

Sc into next 36 sts (36 sc).

Round 9 – nostril placement

Helpful hint: for the next few rounds we are going to work some stitches into the back loop only (BLO) so read the instructions carefully. We will add the nostrils to the nose later in the pattern.
Sc into next 10 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 2 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 6 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 2 sts, sc into BLO of next st, sc into next 12 sts (32 sc, 4 BLO sc).

Round 10 – nostril placement

Sc into next 11 sts, sc into BLO of next 2 sts, sc into next 8 sts, sc into BLO of next 2 sts, sc into next 13 sts (32 sc, 4 BLO sc).

Helpful hint: the placement of the nostrils is done. Take a tailor’s pen (or stitch markers) and carefully mark the 4 sts for each nostril so that it is easier to see where the BLO are when we add the nostrils later in the pattern.

Round 11 – change colour at end of round

Helpful hint: refer to the Preamble about how to change colours.

Sc into next 36 sts, (colour change to NATURAL) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (36 sc). Cut (PRINCE BLUE GREY) leaving a 15 cm tail.

Helpful hint: do not work in the (PRINCE BLUE GREY) tail whilst doing the next round, work it in when you do round 13.

Round 12

Helpful hint: make this round slightly loose or go up half a hook size if your tension is very tight, so that you do not struggle to make round 13.

Using colour (NATURAL), ss into next 36 sts (36 ss).

Helpful hint: work in the (PRINCE BLUE GREY) tail whilst doing the next round.

Round 13 – working into round 11 and center of slip stitches from round 12

Helpful hint: make the single crochet stitches for this round into the middle of the slip stitch from the previous round AND into the single crochet stitches from round 11.

Sc into next 36 sts (36 sc).

Helpful hint: work in the (NATURAL) starting tail whilst doing the next round.

Round 14

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (42 sc).

Round 15

Sc into next 42 sts (42 sc).

Round 16

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (48 sc).

Rounds 17 – 18

Sc into next 48 sts (48 sc).

Round 19

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (54 sc).

Rounds 20 – 22

Sc into next 54 sts (54 sc).

Round 23

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 8 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (60 sc).

Round 24

Sc into next 60 sts (60 sc).

Round 25

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 9 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (66 sc).

Rounds 26 – 29

Sc into next 66 sts (66 sc).

Helpful hint: we are going to make the nostrils now before continuing with the head. Place a stitch marker into the loop on your hook so that your work does not unravel whilst making the next section.

NOSTRILS

Using colour (PRINCE BLUE GREY), join into the 1st FLO from round 9 (on your right side).

Helpful hint: you will be working into both sets of four unworked FLO from rounds 9 and 10 for the nostrils, forming little crescent shapes using single crochet stitches. Work with the nose of the unicorn facing you.

Row 1 – FLO

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc into FLO of same sp, sc 2 into FLO of next st from round 10 (one round up), sc 2 into FLO of next st, sc into FLO of next st from round 9 (6 FLO sc). Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Repeat for second nostril.

Round 30

Helpful hint: I like to use the invisible single crochet decrease technique (inv sc2tog), but you can use whichever decrease technique you like. The instructions on how to do the invisible decrease will be found under abbreviations in the Preamble.

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (60 sc).

Round 31

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (54 sc).

Round 32

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (48 sc).

Round 33

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (42 sc).

Round 34

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (36 sc).

Round 35

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (30 sc).

Round 36

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (24 sc).

Helpful hint: you can stuff the head now, and then just add more stuffing in before you close off after the last round. The head should be firm, be careful not to overstuff.

Round 37

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 5 more times (18 sc).

Round 38

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (12 sc).

Round 39 – back of head

*Inv sc2tog*, rep *.* 5 more times (6 sc). Cut yarn, use a sewing needle to sew end through FLO of each st, pull tight and weave in end.

HORN

Make one. Using colour (PASTEL CW PRINCE BUTTERCUP) / (BRIGHT CW SUNRAY), make a magic circle.

Round 1 – tip

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 3 into mc, place stitch marker in 3rd st and continue to work in the round (3 sc).

Helpful hint: move the stitch marker (or use a running marker) and place in the last stitch of each round; this will help keep your stitch count correct and help with round counting. Because we are working quite tightly in the round, I weave my beginning tail in whilst working round 2.

Round 2

*Sc 2 into next st*, rep *.* 2 more times (6 sc).

Rounds 3 – 4

Sc into next 6 sts (6 sc).

Round 5

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next st*, rep *.* 2 more times (9 sc).

Rounds 6 – 7

Sc into next 9 sts (9 sc).

Round 8

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (12 sc), cut yarn leaving a 20 cm tail.

Helpful hint: we will lightly stuff the horn when we attach it to the head in Part 3.

EARS

Make two. Using colour (NATURAL), make a magic circle.

Helpful hint: we are working in rounds.

Round 1

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 6 into mc, place st marker into 6th sc and continue to work in the round (6 sc).

Helpful hint: move the stitch marker (or use a running marker) and place in the last stitch of each round; this will help keep your stitch count correct and help with round counting. Because we are working quite tightly in the round, I weave my starting tail in whilst working round 2.

Round 2

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next st*, rep *.* 2 more times (9 sc).

Round 3

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (12 sc).

Round 4

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (15 sc).

Round 5

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (18 sc).

Round 6

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (21 sc).

Rounds 7 – 8

Sc into next 21 sts (21 sc).

Round 9

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (18 sc).

Round 10

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (15 sc).

Round 11

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 2 more times (12 sc).

Rounds 12 – 14

Sc into next 12 sts (12 sc).

At the end of round 14, ss the opening closed in BLO (6 ss). Cut yarn leaving a 20 cm tail.

MANE

Make one. Using colour (PASTEL CW BABY PINK) / (BRIGHT CW CRIMSON), leaving a 20 cm starting tail, ch 30.

Row 1

Hdc into 3rd ch, hdc 2 into same sp (first 2 chs counts as hdc), hdc 3 into next 27 chs (84 hdc), cut yarn leaving a 15 cm tail.

Repeat instructions for each of the following colours:

(PASTEL CW PRINCE SALMON, PRINCE BUTTERCUP, MINT, PRINCE BLUE BELL, VIOLET, LAVENDER) / (BRIGHT CW ORANGE, SUNRAY, NEW GRASS, SKY, INDIGO, DEEP PURPLE).

HOOVES AND FRONT LEGS

Make two. Using colour (PRINCE BLUE GREY), make a magic circle.

Helpful hint: we are working in rounds.

Round 1

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 6 into mc, place stitch marker in 6th sc and continue to work in the round (6 sc).

Helpful hint: move the stitch marker (or use a running marker) and place in the last stitch of each round; this will help keep your stitch count correct and help with round counting. Because we are working quite tightly in the round, I weave my beginning tail in whilst working round 2.

Round 2

*Sc 2 into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (12 sc).

Helpful hint: with my patterns, I usually always start with an increase in the 1st stitch, so if your increase stitch falls in the first stitch of the increase stitch from the last row, your stitch should be correct.

Round 3

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next st*, rep *.* 5 more times (18 sc).

Round 4

*Sc 2 into next st, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 5 more  times (24 sc).

Round 5

Sc into next 24 sts (24 sc).

Round 6 – change colour at end of round

Helpful hint: refer to the Preamble about how to change colours.

Sc into next 24 sts, (colour change to NATURAL) by finishing off the last st with the new colour (24 sc). Cut (PRINCE BLUE GREY) leaving a 15 cm tail.

Helpful hint: do not work in the (PRINCE BLUE GREY)  tail whilst doing the next round, work it in when you do round 8.

Round 7

Helpful hint: make this round slightly loose or go up half a hook size if your tension is very tight, so that you do not struggle to make round 8.

Using colour (NATURAL), ss into next 24 sts (24 ss).

Helpful hint: work in the (PRINCE BLUE GREY) tail whilst doing the next round.

Round 8 – working into round 6 and center of slip stitches from round 7

Helpful hint: make the single crochet stitches for this round into the middle of the slip stitch from the previous round AND into the single crochet stitches from round 11.

Sc into next 24 sts (24 sc).

Helpful hint: work in the (NATURAL) starting tail whilst doing the next round.

Round 9

Sc into next 24 sts (24 sc).

Round 10

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 10 sts*, rep *.* 1 more time (22 sc).

Round 11

Sc into next 22 sts (22 sc).

Round 12

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts*, rep *.* 1 more time (20 sc).

Round 13

Sc into next 20 sts (20 sc).

Round 14

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts*, rep *.* 1 more time (18 sc).

Round 15

Sc into next 18 sts (18 sc).

Round 16

*Inv sc2tog, sc into next 7 sts*, rep *.* 1 more time (16 sc).

Round 17

Sc into next 16 sts (16 sc).

Helpful hint: you can firmly stuff the hand section before continuing with the arm section.

Rounds 18 – 37

Sc into next 16 sts (16 sc). At the end of round 37, firmly stuff the front leg. Ss the opening closed in BLO (16 ss). Cut yarn leaving a 30 cm tail.

Helpful hint: we will attach the front legs to the lovey blanket in Part 3.

RAINBOW

Make one. Using colour (PASTEL CW BABY PINK) / (BRIGHT CW CRIMSON), make a magic circle.

Round 1

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 8 into mc, place st marker in 8th sc and continue to work in the round (8 sc), ss into 1st st.

Round 2

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), sc 2 into same st, *sc 2 into next st*, rep *.* 7 more times (16 sc), ss into 1st st, cut yarn but do not weave in ends.

Round 3 – colour change

Using colour (PASTEL CW PRINCE SALMON) / (BRIGHT CW ORANGE) start in any st with a ss, sc 2 into same st, sc into next st, *sc 2 into next st, sc into next st*, rep *.* 6 more times (24 sc), cut yarn but do not weave in ends.

Round 4 – colour change

Helpful hint: I will refer to a single crochet increase for the next few rounds. A single crochet increase is when you make two single crochet stitches into the same stitch.

Using colour (PASTEL CW PRINCE BUTTERCUP) / (BRIGHT CW SUNRAY) start in any st directly after sc inc with a ss, sc 2 into same st, sc into next 2 sts, *sc 2 into next st, sc into next 2 sts*, rep *.* 6 more times (32 sc), cut yarn but do not weave in ends.

Round 5 – colour change

Using colour (PASTEL CW MINT) / (BRIGHT CW NEW GRASS) start in any st directly after sc inc with a ss, sc 2 into same st, sc into next 3 sts, *sc 2 into next st, sc into next 3 sts*, rep *.* 6 more times (40 sc), cut yarn but do not weave in ends.

Round 6 – colour change

Using colour (PASTEL CW PRINCE BLUE BELL) / (BRIGHT CW SKY) start in any st directly after sc inc with a ss, sc 2 into same st, sc into next 4 sts, *sc 2 into next st, sc into next 4 sts*, rep *.* 6 more times (48 sc), cut yarn but do not weave in ends.

Round 7 – colour change

Using colour (PASTEL CW VIOLET) / (BRIGHT CW INDIGO) start in any st directly after sc inc with a ss, sc 2 into same st, sc into next 5 sts, *sc 2 into next st, sc into next 5 sts*, rep *.* 6 more times (56 sc), cut yarn but do not weave in ends.

Round 8 – colour change
Using colour (PASTEL CW LAVENDER) / (BRIGHT CW DEEP PURPLE) start in any st directly after sc inc with a ss, sc 2 into same st, sc into next 6 sts, *sc 2 into next st, sc into next 6 sts*, rep *.* 6 more times (64 sc), cut yarn leaving a 30 cm tail but do not weave in ends.

Helpful hint: we will use the tail end to stitch the rainbow together.

FINISHING THE RAINBOW

Fold the rainbow in half and using a sewing needle stitch rainbow together by attaching the inside loops from round 8 together. At the same time carefully folding all the yarn tails inside the rainbow. Then sew a few more stitches together, adding some stuffing as you go along – be careful not to overstuff the rainbow – you do not want the stuffing to show through your stitches. Do not cut the yarn tail.

Helpful hint: we will use the yarn tail to attach the rainbow to the lovey blanket in Part 3.

POM POM

Make three. Using colour (GIRL BABY PINK) / (BOY CRIMSON), make a magic circle.

Helpful hint: we are working in rounds.

Round 1

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc 6 into mc, ss into 1st st (6 hdc).

Round 2

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), hdc 2 into same sp, *hdc 2 into next st*, rep *.* 4 more times, ss into 1st st (12 hdc).

Round 3

Ch 1 (does not count as a st), *sc2tog*, rep *.* 5 more times (6 sc).  ) cut yarn, use a sewing needle to sew end through FLO of each st, pull tight. Do not weave in the tail as we will use it to attach the pom poms to the lovey blanket.

Helpful hint: we will attach the pom pom to the lovey blanket in Part 3.

 

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