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Cuddly Cow

Updated: Feb 29

Hey everyone! Welcome back to a new Free Pattern Friday!! Today I would like to share with you my Cuddly Cow pattern! This pattern is so cute and cuddly (hence the name) and I’ve been loving designing it! I actually started designing it quite a long time ago, but I got whatever the pattern designer equivalent of writer’s block is and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it, scared it might not turn out the way it looked in my head! See, I had started on the body portion and it was such a cute, chubby foundation for the head that I was scared that any head I designed couldn’t possibly match up to the cute little body! But in the end, I got over that fear, and made a plushie that I’m actually very proud of!

This pattern is somewhere in between beginner and intermediate, but I will try my best to walk you all through the pattern as clearly as possible! My favorite part of this pattern is how customizable it is! You can make a regular kind of cow with black and browns, or you can make a fantasy cow, like the cute and popular strawberry cows or blueberry cows! You can make them with worsted weight yarn, velvet yarn, or blanket yarn to customize the cuddle factor. And you can also change what features you give your cow! Don’t want udders or horns? Nix ‘em! Add more spots! Do whatever you want, it’s your cow!

Now, with all that, let’s gather all of our supplies and start making our new cuddly friend!


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~If you have any questions about the pattern, or you just want to send me a picture of your finished project please contact me at crochet_things@yahoo.com! Feel free to make and sell these, but please do not mass produce! If you would like to share this pattern, please link to this page, but please do not reprint it on your site. Also, please credit me when using this pattern by tagging me @cutiepie_crochet on Instagram. Thanks, and have lots of fun making your new plushie friend!~




For this pattern you will need:

-Worsted weight yarn (size 4)

-Polyester Fiber Fill

-3.75mm crochet hook

-Yarn needle

-Scissors

-Stitch markers

Abbreviations:

Mr- magic ring

St- stitch

Sc- single crochet

Inc- increase (sc twice in one stitch)

Dec- decrease (sc two stitches together)

Hdc- half double crochet

Dc- double crochet

3 in 1 st- three stitches into one space



Head:

In main color

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: (sc 2, inc)x6 [24]

Round 5: (sc 3, inc)x6 [30]

Round 6: (sc 4, inc)x6 [36]

Round 7: (sc 5, inc)x6 [42]

Round 8: (sc 6, inc)x6 [48]

Rounds 9-14: sc around [48]

Round 15: sc 14, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 10, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 14 [54]

Round 16: sc 14, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 12, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 14 [60]

*place eyes in between rows 14 and 15, I like to line them up with the last inc before the sc 12, and the 1st inc after the sc 12 of round 16*

Rounds 17-18: sc around [60]

Round 19: sc 14, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 12, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 2, dec, sc 14 [54]

Round 20: sc 14, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 10, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 14 [48]

Round 21: (sc 6, dec)x6 [42]

Round 22: (sc 5, dec)x6 [36]

Round 23: (sc 4, dec)x6 [30]

Round 24: (sc 3, dec)x6 [24]

Round 25: (sc 2, dec)x6 [18]

Tie off, hide string. Stuff head evenly, making sure to stuff cheeks so that they stand out and arent wrinkly!


Horns (make two):

In secondary color

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: sc around [6]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc) [9]

Round 4: sc around [9]

Tie odd, leaving long tail for sewing.


Ears (make two):

In main color

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: (sc 2, inc)x6 [24]

Tie off, leave long tail for sewing.


Nose:

In secondary color

Round 1: ch 6

Round 2: on one side of chain, sc 4, inc, flip chain and work on un worked side, sc 4, inc. You are now working in the round. [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: (sc 2, inc)x6 [24]

Round 5: (sc 3, inc)x6 [30]

Round 6: (sc 4, inc)x6 [36]

Rounds 7-8: sc around [36]

Tie off, leave long tail for sewing. Stuff lightly.


Legs (make two, but do not tie off the second one):

Starting in your secondary color:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: BLO sc around [18]

Round 5: sc around [18]

*Switch to main color*

Rounds 6-7: sc around [18]

Do not tie off second leg!

Round 8: ch 1, sc into any stitch on row 7 of the first leg, sc around both legs and both sides of the chain. [38] (if you need a video on how to do this, I used the same technique for the Frog Blob Pattern and there’s a video there <3)

Round 9: sc around [38]

Round 10: inc, sc 17, inc x2, sc 17, inc [42]

Rounds 11-13: sc around [42]

Round 14: (sc 6, inc)x6 [48]

Rounds 15-21: sc around [48]

Round 22: (sc 6, dec)x6 [42] n

Rounds 23-24: sc around [42]

Rounds 25: (sc 5, dec)x6 [36]

Rounds 26-27: sc around [36]

Round 28: (sc 4, dec)x6 [30]

Round 29: sc around [30]

Round 30: (sc 3, dec)x6 [24]

Round 31: (sc 2, dec)x6 [18]

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing. Stuff body to desired firmness, stuffing evenly.




Arms (make two):

*Starting in secondary color*

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: BLO sc around [18]

Round 5: sc around [18]

*switch to main color*

Rounds 6-13: sc around [18]

Round 14: (sc 4, dec)x3 [15]

Round 15: sc around [15]

Round 16: (sc 3, dec)x3 [12]

Round 17: sc around [12]

Round 18: sc opening in half

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing. stuff lightly.


Spots:

Large:

Round 1: mr 8 [8]

Round 2: sc 3 in 1 st, sc 1, hdc 4 in 1 st, sc 2, hdc inc, sc 2 [14]

Round 3: sc and hdc in 1 st, hdc and sc in 1 st, sc 2, (hdc, dc, dc, hdc) all into 1 st, sc 3, hdc 3 in 1 st, hdc, sc 4 [21]

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing.


Small:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x 3, hdc 3 in 1 st, hdc 3 in 1 st, sc 1 [13]

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing.


Heart:

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: ss, hdc 3 in 1 st, sc 1, (sc 1, ch 1, sc 1) in 1 st, sc 1, hdc 3 in 1 st

Ss into first st of round 2, tie off, leaving long tail for sewing.



Tail:

ch 6

starting in second stitch from hook, sc 5

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing, tie contrasting yarn to end of tail, brush out if desired.


Udders:


In secondary color

Round 1: mr 6 [6]

Round 2: inc x6 [12]

Round 3: (sc 1, inc)x6 [18]

Round 4: (sc 2, inc)x6 every 6th st will be a bobble st. [24]

Round 5: (sc 3, inc)x6 [30]

Round 6: sc around [30]

Tie off, leaving long tail for sewing. stuff lightly.


How to add a cute little butt to your cute little cow:

Start by stuffing your cow, then pull up a string where you want your butt to start and then pull it through where you want it to end, then pull it back up through where you started, pulling tight. Tie off and hide string, then redistribute stuffing so that the butt doesn't look wrinkled and then you are all done!



Assembly:

I like to start by adding the horns and ears and nose to the face, and then attach the head to the body, lining up the center of the face with the center of the body. If you are adding a bum to the cow, do so before you attach the head and body to make it easier on yourself! After that, I like to add the arms and then all the spots, and lastly I like to add the tail! And then you are all finished! Assembly takes a little while, but honestly it's so worth it to have the cuddliest little cow!



I hope you enjoyed today's pattern and I hope to see you here next Monday for our new Mini Pattern Monday! I hope you have fun making your Cuddly Cow and if you do, you should email me at crochet_things@yahoo.com or tag me on Instagram @cutiepie_crochet and show me your finished plushies! <3

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