Lily turned 3 at the weekend and we had a pony / unicorn party to celebrate. She had a pony castle cake, a pony dress (we will look at that next week) and for all her friends, we gave a small unicorn or pony toy
instead of a party bag. Around the middle of June, I started searching for a pattern for a small unicorn or pony toy that I could use. I wanted them to be cute, cuddly, brightly coloured and also small, I did have 20 to make of them after all. After loads of searching, I either found small toys that were not really cute or really cute large ones. Not finding what I wanted I decided to make my own pattern.
It actually didn’t take too long to design what I wanted. I made the head first, it has join as you go ears and horn (if you are making the unicorn version) and is then sewn to the body. The body has join as you go limbs. The tail and mane are made and sewn on at the end. It also uses minimal amounts of stuffing and 10mm safety eyes.
I actually learnt about the yarn under technique whilst making these unicorns. Essentially when you make you single crochet, every time you would normally yarn over, you yarn under instead. This makes a much tighter stitch with less gaps which makes it perfect for amigurumi as there is less chance of the stuffing coming through. This is a technique I will definitely be using in the future, and when this weather cools down a little I will do a video tutorial to demonstrate this technique and its benefits.
I have recently discovered, Hobbycraft’s new knitcraft In the Zone yarn and I really love it. Its so soft and its colourful and was perfect for this project. It comes in 6 colours and I used all of them across the ponies, although my favourite I think has to be the rainbow coloured unicorn. Its just so bright and cheerful and everything a small unicorn should be! If you don’t have access to this particular yarn, it is a tubular 100% polyester yarn, similar to Bernat home Maker Dec or James C Brett’s Noodles. I think either one of them would work well for this project too.
As usual, I also made a larger version of the project in Blanket Yarn. The pattern worked up really well in Aldi’s Baby Yarn in the Purple and Pink spot and is even more soft and cuddly in this version. As long as you adjust your hook size accordingly, any yarn will work for this pattern, just realise you may need to adjust the size of your safety eyes too. I think I used 15mm safety eyes and a 6mm hook for the larger version.
The kids all really loved their unicorns and ponies and Lily enjoyed her party. If you want to make your own unicorn or pony too then you can find the pattern for them here. Whichever size of yarn you chose to use I would love to see your unicorns, so please post your pictures on any of my social media channels for me to see.
Finally to celebrate the release of this pattern I have two spare balls of the Knit Craft in the zone yarn to give away, one in pink and one in white. This will easily make you 2 unicorns or ponies or one of each. I’ll also include 2 pairs of safety eyes so all you need to get this project started is a little stuffing and a 4mm hook. I’ll be running the competition off my facebook page and to enter, I would love to know which of the unicorn or ponies you would make with this giveaway. The competition will run until the end of Saturday 28th June 2018 and I will announce the winner on my facebook page on Sunday. More details can be found on my Facebook page later today.
I hope that you have enjoyed the unicorns and ponies this week as much as we have in this family. Join me next week when I share with you the Pony Tutu Dress I made for Lily’s birthday in more detail.