Unicorns are wonderful, magical creatures, and it is no surprise that kiddos off all ages want to be one. Use the following crochet patterns to make ears and a unicorn horn to add to any crocheted cardigan, blanket, pillow, scarf, etc!
Unicorn Horn & Ears Crochet Patterns
Unicorn horns can be tricky to crochet. When crocheting a horn, we need to make sure it is pointy enough that it is absolutely obvious exactly what it is. (Let’s just say my first attempt was – ahem – not suitable for work. Yikes!) I also love the added effect of wrapping the yarn tail around the horn several times to create a spiral, and then using that yarn tail to exaggerate the point as much as possible. After many attempts I can safely say that at first glance this is, in fact, a unicorn horn. Yay!
For this tutorial I am using Brava Worsted yarn in “white” and scrap yellow I had on hand. You certainly don’t need much, so I suggest rooting around in your scrap bin for a nice, bright yellow or gold. You will also need a bit of Poly-fil or stuffing. If you don’t have actual stuffing on hand, this would be a great opportunity to use up yarn scraps!
The cardigan pictured here is the 4/5T size of the Painted Canyon Cardigan. ♥
Round 1: Magic circle, ch-1, 4hdc in circle. Join to top of first hdc with sl st (4)
Round 2: Ch-1, 2hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st (8)
Round 3: Ch-1, * hdc in next, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st (12)
Round 4: Ch-1, * hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st (16)
Round 5 – 9: Ch-1, hdc in each st around. Join to top of first hdc with sl st (16)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Flatten the ear and form into a horse ear shape.
With a G/4mm hook…
Round 2: 2sc in each st around. (8)
Rounds 3 – 5: sc in each st around. (8)
*go ahead and weave in the tail from the Magic Circle now, while you still can!
Round 6: * 2sc in first, sc in next 3 sts * repeat between * * one more time. (10)
Rounds 7 – 12: sc in each st around. (10)
Round 13: 2sc in first, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in next, sc in next 2 sts, 2sc in last. (14)
Rounds 14 – 20: sc in each st around. (14) If you like, you can make the horn taller by continuing sc rows until desired height is reached.
Sl st to next st and pull yarn all the way through. Leave a good 20″ or so for making the spiral. Stuff the horn making sure it’s pointy! Use the yarn tail and wrap it tightly around the horn to give it a spiral effect. Use a yarn needle to weave the yarn out and through the point, pulling to help it to become even more pointy. Form the ears (fold them in a bit) and sew to either side of the horn.
Add rainbow colored mane (or whatever color you want) by cutting pieces of yarn ~10″ long, in the same manner as you would cut to make fringe. (Here’s a quick tutorial for cutting multiple strands at once!) To attach the mane, I use my crochet hook to feed two strands of yarn through, then tie a secure knot. Grab two more strands of yarn, feel them through another spot along the top of the hood and tie a secure knot. Keep adding strands to the mane until it is nice and full!
Unicorn Horn & Ears Video Tutorial: