Aurora the Rainbow Unicorn: Free Unicorn Crochet Pattern

by Shehla Ahmed

A couple of months ago, I played with the idea of creating more amigurumi toys and plushies for unusual creatures. I wasn’t sure how it would work out but I asked you guys what you thought and a lot of you seemed to like the idea. I love magical and mythical beasts, so I thought I would try my hand at creating one that I know everyone loves and I came up with Aurora the Rainbow Unicorn! This rainbow unicorn is the first of my creatures and she is fabulous and confident and excited to be part of the family. I have a few other things in the works too, so if you like this, let me know!  I can’t wait to share more of the little beasties I’ve been working on.

 

 

This unicorn pattern as so much fun to work up, especially for the mane and tail. I started by creating all of the body pieces and assembling everything but the wings. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to include the wings or not, so I made them and waited until the end to attach them. For the hair, I used little bonbons of acrylic yarn. Basically, I attached each strand of hair as a tassel on the head and then I brushed the yarn out until it was fluffy. Finally, I used a little trick I learned to make the hair fall softly and add a little bit of shine to it. I even gave Aurora a little haircut to finish! The entire process was much easier than it sounds, and it will be explained below.

 

 

Before we get into the pattern, here is a little background on unicorns. Like most unicorns, the rainbow unicorn has a golden horn which possesses many magical and medicinal properties. It is said that a unicorn can heal even the most deadly diseases and work improbable cures. A rainbow unicorn has the extra ability to manipulate light and air, which helps it travel farther and faster. As the rainbow unicorn jumps from one location to the next, it leaves behind only a trace of colored light to mark its path, also known as a rainbow.

 

 

The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.

 

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Materials:

  • #4 medium weight yarn in a body color (A) β€”I used 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in white
  • #4 medium weight yarn in a color for the hooves, horn, and wings (B) β€” I used a golden yellow
  • Lion Brand Bonbons – or any lightweight acrylic in rainbow colors
  • 9mm safety eyes*
  • 3.00mm crochet hook
  • Locking stitch markers*
  • Tapestry needle*
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Pet grooming brush
  • Hair straightener

 

Abbreviations:

 

Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Ambitious beginner/Intermediate
  • Sizing: 13 inches tall / 9.5 inches sitting
  • Gauge: 4 stitches/inch x 5 rows/inch

 

 

 

Aurora the Rainbow Unicorn Crochet Pattern

 

 

Body:

 

Round 1: With Yarn A, SC 6 into a magic loop and pull the loop closed (6 stitches).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each stitch (12).

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (18).

Round 4: SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (24).

Round 5: SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (30).

Round 6: SC 4, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (36).

Rounds 7-19: SC around (36). Add stuffing as you go. It’s easier to stuff as you make the shapes than to go back and try to stuff it evenly afterward.

Round 20: SC 4, decrease once. Repeat all the way around (30).

Round 21: SC all the way around (30).

Round 22: SC 3, decrease once. Repeat all the way around (24).

Round 23: SC all the way around (24).

Round 24: SC 2, decrease once. Repeat all the way around (18).

Round 25: SC all the way around (18).

Round 26: SC 2, decrease once. Repeat all the way around (14).

Rounds 27-33: SC around for 7 rounds and add stuffing as you go. Bind off, leaving a long tail yarn for joining the head on later.

 

 

Head:

Round 1: With Yarn A, SC 6 into a magic loop (6).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (12).

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (18).

Round 4: SC 2, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (24).

Round 5: SC 3, increase into the next space. Repeat all the way around (30).

Rounds 6-10: SC around (30)

Round 11: SC 3, decrease. Repeat all the way around (24). Add in the stuffing.

Round 12: SC 2 together all the way around (18).

Rounds 13-20: SC around (18).

Stuff firmly and determine where the eyes will go by making a small mark with a marker (which will be covered up later). Then, remove the stuffing and insert the safety eyes where you marked them to go, and stuff the head again, firmly. Once you close the backings, they won’t open, so be sure you’re happy with it!

Round 21: Decrease all the way around (9)

Round 22: Decrease all the way around, and then SC the last stitch (5). Pull yarn through remaining stitches and bind off.

 

Horn:

Round 1: With Yarn B, chain 13. Slip stitch to the first space to form a loop (12).

Round 2-4: HDC around for 3 rounds (12).

Round 5: Decrease all the way around (6).

Round 6-7: HDC around (6).

Round 8: Decrease all the way around (3).  Then bind off and leave a long tail for joining to the head later.

 

 

Arms (make 2):

Round 1: With Yarn B, SC 6 into a magic loop (6).

Round 2: Work 2 SC into each space (12).

Round 3: SC 1, increase into the next space. Repeat around (18).

Rounds 4-7: SC around (18).

Round 8: SC 1, decrease. Repeat around (12).

Round 9: SC around (12). Then bind off and stuff firmly to make the hoof. Switch to Yarn A to work the arm.

Round 10: SC 1, decrease. Repeat around (8).

Rounds 11-21: SC around, stuffing as you go. Bind off, and leave a long tail for joining the arm to the body.

 

Legs (make 2):

Next, work the legs the same way as the arms, but make the legs 2 rounds longer than the arms (SC around for rounds 11-23).

 

 

Wings

 

The wings are a little bit tricky here. I used the same 3.00mmm hook and this pattern from Frog Hooker to make one side of the wing, but this pattern looks different on both sides. So to make the other wing, I actually had to work the pattern with my left hand (I’m right-handed) so that I would have a mirror image. It took a little finessing, but it worked out really well!

Once you have both halves of the wings done, use the tail of one and sew them together down the middle, making sure the wings are facing the right way. Then, place a pipe cleaner along the top edge of the wings in the V and trim it to size. With yarn B, attach the new yarn to center of the V and slip stitch around the pipe cleaner to secure it. Then, SC all around the wings. This will give the wings a gold edge and trap the pipe cleaner so they stay upright. Then, bind off and trim the excess yarn.

 

 

Construction:

 

Now that we have all the pieces, let’s put the rainbow unicorn together! First, place the head on the body and secure it in place for now using stitch markers or pins. Use the tail yarn from the body piece and sew the head on going through both loops on the neck and one space on the head. Once you go all the way around, secure the yarn and hide the excess inside the head.

 

Next, line up the limbs using the pictures here as a guide and sew them on as well. Use the tail ends of the legs/arms and press the tops flat together. Thread your needle through the two spaces of the limb and through one stitch on the body and continue around. You’re basically using the whip stitch to secure them. Finally, sew on the horn to the top of the head. Make sure it’s as centered as possible!

 

Don’t add the wings yet. They’ll get in the way as you do the hair.

 

 

Mane & Tail

 

Now to really make this rainbow unicorn a rainbow unicorn, we need to give her some hair! To do this, I cut several strips of the rainbow bonbon yarns to about 10 inches. I used between 20-30 strip for each color, but add as much as you want. Then, fold each strip in half use the looped end to pull it through a space on the head with your hook. Then bring the tails through the loop like a tassel. This takes awhile, but just add the hair in sections all down the head. Be sure to add hair around the base of the horn too! I added a couple of pieces in front of the horn to give my rainbow unicorn some bangs.

 

Then add some of the last color (pink) to the base of the body as a tail. I tried to arrange this as a circle, but it’s a grid so get as close as you can.

 

 

Fluff it out

 

You can leave the hair as it is, or you can brush it out to make it super soft and sort of like real hair. To do this, I started by untwisting each strand of yarn into its individual ply. I twisted each strand in the opposite direction that it’s already twisted, and then I used my nail to separate the plies and set them aside. Put on a TV show and work through all the colors, because this does take a long time.

 

 

 

After you’ve finished that, use a pet brush to gently brush out all the hair, working with one color at a time. You can also use a regular hair brush, but a pet brush is MUCH easier to clean and it’s the perfect size for this. As you brush, you’ll see the yarn fluff up and a lot with collect on the brush. Brush through all the curls and get it fluffy, then you can add more yarn and repeat to bring back some volume if you like.

 

 

To finish off the fabulous ‘do use a hair straightener on a low heat setting to smoothe down the hair. The yarn won’t burn on a low heat, it’ll just get flattened and shinier, just like real hair does. Straighten all the hair and then brush it out one more time to finish. When I brushed all the hair straight out, I also used a sharp pair of scissors to give a trim and even out the edges. Finally, cut a few inches of the pink yarn and wrap it around the base of the tail a few times like a ponytail. Then tie a knot and hide the ends inside the body.

 

 

Finally, move the hair to the side and sew on the wings.

 

And you’re done!

 

I know this is kind of a long process but I think the result is completely worth it! I love the way my rainbow unicorn plushie turn out and I had so much fun taking the finished pictures πŸ™‚

 

 

Related: Crochet Giraffe Pattern

 

 

Thank so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and give it a try. I really had fun making something different, even though it takes longer than some other projects. If you want more like this delivered right to your inbox, along with tips, freebies, and blog updates every week, sign up using the box below! Also, let me know in the comments what other mythical creatures you’d like to see patterns of and I will make that happen.

 

See you soon πŸ™‚

 


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4 comments

Amanda Edgeworth August 9, 2019 - 11:56 am

Thank you for another amazing pattern. I really love her hair, beautiful!

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Shehla Ahmed August 26, 2019 - 1:12 pm

Thank you! The hair was definitely the most satisfying part πŸ™‚

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Lalka Crochetka June 13, 2018 - 10:58 pm

I like your Aurora Unicorn … especially her hair πŸ™‚ It is lovely idea and I have to try to make it πŸ™‚

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Shehla Ahmed June 18, 2018 - 11:51 am

Thank you! Her hair is my favorite too. It takes some time but it’s worth it!

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