Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Daisy the Cow - Free Amigurumi Pattern

I'm so excited to be sharing this pattern The last one I did was back in May for Steve the Octopus. Now I present to you Daisy the Cow

I had an old school friend contact me on Facebook and asked if I could make a cow for her young son as they are his favourite, I agreed and set about designing this pattern

Anyone who has made the elephant posted on Stephanie's "All About Ami" blog will realise the pattern looks similar I loved that with the elephants the legs were crocheted straight on It's so much easier once you get your head round it!

Here's what you need to get started:

White, Black and Pink Yarn, scissors, 2.5mm crochet hook, stitch marker, yarn needle, and some eyes, I always use safety eyes on my projects so they're not accidentally pulled off.

Abbreviations used:
sc - single crochet
hdc - half double crochet
dc - double crochet
tc - triple crochet
slst - slip stitch
inc - increase
dec - decrease

The only technique used outside of these is crocheting on both sides of a chain

Body - White Yarn
Chain 9 - foundation chain
Round 1 - 7sc, 3sc in next, then working on other side of chain, 6sc, inc in last (18)
Round 2 - inc, 6sc, 3 inc, 6sc, 2 inc (24)
Round 3 - 8sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, 11sc (27)
Round 4 - inc, 9sc, inc, 2sc, inc, 2sc,inc, 6sc, inc, sc, inc (33)
Round 5 - 2sc, inc, 6sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 11sc, inc. 2sc, inc (39)
Round 6 - inc, 11sc, inc, 4sc,inc,4sc, inc,8sc, inc, 3sc, inc, 3sc (45)
Round 7 - 15sc, inc, 5sc, inc, 5sc, inc, 17sc(48)
Round 8 - 2sc, inc, 14sc, inc, 6sc, inc,6sc, inc, 8sc, inc, 4sc, inc, 2sc (54)
Round 9 - 4sc, inc, 7sc, inc, 7sc, inc, 7sc, inc,17sc, inc, 5sc, inc, sc (60)
Round 10 - 6sc, inc, 8sc, inc, 8sc, inc, 8sc, inc, 18sc, inc,6sc,inc (66)
Round 11 - sc around (66)
Round 12 - inc, 17sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 11sc, inc, 7sc, inc, 7sc (72)
Round 13 - sc around (72)
Round 14 - 2sc, inc, 18sc, inc, 10sc, inc, 10sc, inc, 12sc, inc, 8sc, inc, 6sc (78)
Round 15 - sc around (78)
Round 16 - 4sc, inc, 19sc, inc,11sc, inc, 11sc, inc, 13sc, inc, 9sc, inc, 5sc (84)
Rounds 17 & 18 sc around (84)

Then the body needs to be divided for the leg chains, carrying on from the last stitch of round 18, chain 6, skip 20 stitches and then join with a slip stitch, repeat 3 times until you have 4 leg holes and a central "belly" hole

Legs - White Yarn
All the legs are crocheted the same. For the first leg you crochet can be continued from your last leg chain.

Round 1 - 20 sc of body, 6sc of leg chain (26)
Round 2 - sc around (26) 
Round 3 - 18sc, dec, 6sc (25)
Round 4 - 17sc, dec, 6sc (24)
Round 5 - (dec, 2sc)x6 (18)
Round 6 - (dec, sc) (12)
Round 7, dec around (6)
Sew closed hole.

Repeat for the other 3 legs, the start of each leg is the stitch of the body closest to the leg you've just finished. 

Head - Start in White Yarn
Chain 10 - foundation chain
Round 1 - 9sc on either side of the chain (18)
Round 2  - inc around (36)
Round 3-8 [6rounds] - sc around (36)
Change to Pink Yarn
Round 9 - inc, 5sc (42)
Round 10 - inc, 6sc (48)
Round 11 inc,7sc (54)
Round 12 inc, 8sc (60)
Round 13 &14 (60)

This is what the head will look like at this point, to make the ears of the cow you need to put some stitches between the 2 ends of the original foundation chain to pull them up.

The difference may not be that noticeable but will be once it is stuffed. At this point you also need to add on the eyes, and some french knots for nostrils if you want to add them.

Round 15 - (dec, 3sc)x12 (48)
Round 16 - (dec, 2sc)x12 (36)
Round 17 - (dec, sc)x12(24)

Stuff the head

Round 18 - dec around(12)
Round 19 - dec around (6)
If there is a small hole sew closed.

If you do not seem to have noticeable points for the ears, you can add in some stitches going from the base of the head to in between the ears to lower it.

Now you need to sew the head onto the body. As all the legs are the same it doesn't matter which way round the body is.You need to sew it so at least 1/2 the height of the head stands above the body of the cow.

Cow Splotches

These splotches can just be random patterns made in black wool. If you are making it for someone special, you could consider making some little crochet initials. Here are the ones I have used:

Round 1 - 6sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2 - inc around (12)
Round 3 - inc, sc (18)
Round 4 - inc, 2sc (24)
Round 5&6 - 5sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 4hdc, 2dc, 3slst 3hdc, slst, 2sc (24)

Round 1 - 6sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2 - inc around (12)
Round 3 - inc, sc (18)
Round 4 - inc, 2sc (24)
Round 5&6 - 5sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 8hdc, 4sc, 2hdc, sc (24)

Round 1 - 6sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2 - inc around (12)
Round 3 - inc, sc (18)
Round 4 - inc, 2sc (24)
Round 5&6 - 5slst , 10dc, 4slst,5dc (24)

Chain 7 - foundation chain
Round 1 - 6sc on each side of chain(12) chain 1
Round 2 - inc around (24) chain1
Round 3&4 - 9slst, 5dc, hdc, 3slst, dc, 3tc, 2dc (24)

Sew the splotches wherever you want on the cow body/legs

If you want to add a tail to your to your cow (not recommended if its being given to a child), cut 4 pieces of yarn twice the length you want the tail to be, mine were 6 inches. Fold them in half and using your crochet hook pull the folded end through the stitch were you want the tail to start

Then pull the loose ends through the loop sticking out to form the knot

Then tie the strands together towards the ends to form  a tuft

Stuff the body making sure you put enough stuffing into the legs.

Last Bit!

The colour used for this is down to preference, you can use white, but I chose to use pink, in place of adding any udders

Round 1 - 6sc in a magic circle (6)
Round 2 - inc around (12)
Round 3 - inc, sc (18)
Round 4 - inc, 2sc (24)

The sew into the gap between the legs, this is also 24 stitches so it should fit perfectly

And its finished!

I'd love to know and see pictures if anyone makes a Daisy of their own 

I'm on Instagram and Twitter as @craftycharlotte 


Please feel free to use this pattern to make your own cow(s), but please do not sell the pattern or anything created from it (special circumstances will be considered, please contact me). Please also do not post this pattern anywhere else, if you want to share it please provide a link back to this site.Thanks

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