Cuteness alert: Rosie the knitted unicorn

Suzie Blackman
Tuesday, 19 November 2013

This little lady was recently brought into existence…

Magic unicorn

She was created following this pattern: Snow White the Unicorn by Cutie Patooties, which is available for $5.

I have previously shied away from making toys out of a dislike for fiddly seaming and work that’s “bitty”. When I was asked if I’d take a commission for a knitted unicorn I decided to meet the challenge and I’m glad to report that this was a pleasure to make.

The pattern is thorough, detailed and exceptionally well thought out. The toy has a real personality and it’s all down to getting the right placement and proportion of the features, which the pattern gives great guidance on.

I was sceptical about the knitted horn, but even that worked out. I put as much wadding into it as I could, but even so I think that knitting some fine craft wire in with the silver yarn would give the best result.

I am least happy with the mane. I followed the instructions and I’m a little disappointed with how visible the knots are. If there’s a knack to this I didn’t figure out what it was – further research required.

Overall I am delighted with how it turned out and I will be making more, probably multi-coloured horses a-la My Little Pony.

Some tips for knitted toy success:

  • Leave long cast-on tails to use for joining together later
  • Mattress stitch everything – even the join of the horn to the head is virtually invisible on my unicorn
  • Stuff pieces with small amounts of wadding at a time – it gives a much more even shape
  • Fine mohair yarn and silver thread held together with ordinary yard add an extra bit of magic
  • Take care to get the placement of limbs and features exactly right – these give the toy its personality
  • For young children, sewn or embroidered eyes are preferable to buttons or studs and remember to choose washable yarns

The author

Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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