Free Crochet Horse Pattern

 

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Horses have been called the noblest of creatures, and it’s easy to see why. If you are a horse lover then you must try this free crochet horse pattern. It is a very easy pattern to follow and you can have lots of fun creating a crazy hair-do for this cute Amigurumi horse. 🙂

 

Free Crochet Horse Pattern – Notes

Skill level: intermediate crochet skills and knowledge

Finished size when seated: 23cm / 9 inches with 3mm = C/2

Finished size from ears to toes: 30.5cm / 12 inches with 3mm = C/2

Free Crochet Horse Pattern – Materials and Equipment

Yarn I used:

– Fine Sport #2 = 4 ply

– 55% cotton and 45% acrylic

– 2x ball of light brown yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 07 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of dark brown yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 70 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of green yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 29 – (50g/160m)

– 1x ball of white yarn – YarnArt Jeans – colour 62 – (50g/160m)

 

I like to purchase my YarnArt Jeans from Amazon HERE or from Etsy HERE. If you would like to check some great substitutes for YarnArt Jeans then have a read of my Best Yarn for Making Amigurumi tutorial. You can find the substitutes towards the end of the article.

Or just simply use any 100% cotton that will work just as well. You can also use 100% acrylic if you prefer to work with this type of yarn.

Other materials used: polyester fibre fill

Crochet hook: I used 3mm = C/2, if using different weight of yarn then refer to hook size recommendations on the yarn but go one size smaller. I highly recommend this ergonomic crochet hook set from Amazon as it comes in a stylish case and with other accessories such as stitch markers etc.

Other equipment used: scissors, yarn needle, pins with large heads, stitch marker or thin yarn to use instead, 12mm safety eyes

Choking hazard warning: the use of safety eyes or buttons poses a choking risk for children under the age of 3 therefore I recommend using embroidery instead.

 

Free Crochet Horse Pattern – Abbreviations Used

This free crochet horse pattern is written using US crochet terminology

– MR: magic ring

– ST: stitch

– SC: single crochet stitch

– HDC: half double crochet stitch

– DC: double crochet stitch

– TC: triple crochet stitch

– CH: chain stitch

– SL: slip stitch

– INC: increase = two single crochet stitches in the same stitch

– L INC: large increase = three single crochet stitches in the same stitch

– DEC: standard decrease

– INV DEC: invisible decrease = insert the hook into the front loop of the first stitch (two loops on hook) and immediately insert it again into the front loop of the next stitch (three loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook (two loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through the two loops on the hook to finish your invisible decrease

– BLO: back loops only

– FO: fasten off

– (…..) x 6: repeat the pattern inside the brackets by the given number (in this example, repeat the pattern in the brackets 6 times)

– {…}: number shown inside these brackets equals the number of total stitches at the end of each round

Free Crochet Horse Pattern – Let’s Get Started!

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How to Crochet the Ears

Crochet from the top of the ear downwards.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: (SC in next ST, INC) x 3 {9}

R3: SC in each ST around {9}

R4: (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 3 {12}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 3 {15}

R6: (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 3 {18}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 3 {21}

R8-R10 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {21}

R11: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {18}

R12: (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {15}

R13: SC in each ST around {15}

R14: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {12} and FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing, do not stuff the ears

How to Crochet the Head

Starting from the nose to the back of the head.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 6 {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 6 {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 6 {48}

R9-R15 (7 rounds): SC in each ST around {48}

R16: (SC in next 14 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {45}

Change yarn to light brown colour

R17: SC in next 8 ST, INC, (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 6 ST {51}

R18: SC in next 9 ST, INC, (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 6 ST {57}

R19: SC in next 10 ST, INC, (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 5, SC in next 6 ST {63}

R20: INC, SC in next 28 ST, INC, SC in next 8 ST, INC, SC in next 24 ST {66}

R21-R28 (8 rounds): SC in each ST around {66} – leave your stitch marker in at the start of R20 & R27 as you will need to refer to it when placing the eyes and making the mane

R29: (SC in next 9 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {60}

R30: (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {54}

R31: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R32: (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {42}

You can now place the eyes:

– stuff the head well first

– it helps to use pins with large heads to first mark the spots where the eyes will be placed – you can make a decision whether you are happy with the placement and if it looks symmetrical before you insert the safety eyes; the safety eyes usually make a large hole in between the stitches so it is not recommended to change the placement of the eyes once they are in (Pic H1)

– place the eyes between rounds R20 and R21

– first eye – count 25 stitches from your marker at the start of R20 and place the eye between ST25 and ST26

– second eye – count 44 stitches from your marker at the start of R20 and place the eye between ST44 and ST45

– you can now insert the safety eyes but do not put the safety backs on yet (Pic H2)

 

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Sculpting the eyes (indented eye look):

– take a long piece of yarn and thread your needle

– remove the left eye; place the needle in a stitch next to the left eye hole (Pic H3)

– remove the right eye; come across the side with the needle and place it into a stitch next to the right eye hole; pull all the way through till the yarn tail is not showing

– place your needle in a second stitch next to the right eye and come across the side with the needle again (Pic H5)

– repeat the process back and forth between the two eye holes while pulling on the yarn tightly each time you come across the side

– you will need to repeat this about three times until you achieve the indented eye look you want and then you can weave the yarn in (Pic H7)

– place the eyes back in the holes; remove some or most of the stuffing and place the safety backs on making sure they snap in place tightly

– you can now re-stuff the head (Pic H8) and continue crocheting R33

R33: SC in each ST around {42}

R34: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R35: SC in each ST around {36}

R36: (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {30}

R37: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

R38: (SC in next 2 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {18}

R39: (SC in next ST, INV DEC) x 6 {12}

R40: SC in each ST around {12}, close the hole using a yarn needle and weave the yarn end in

How to Crochet the Bridle

We will start with a chain and then will SC into it.

R1: Chain 51 STs and join the chain with a SL ST to make a circle {51}

R2: Chain 1 ST and SC in each ST around (insert your hook through the back bump of each ST too); join with a SL ST; FO and weave yarn end in {51} (Pic B1)

R3: Attach the yarn to ST15 of the circle (Pic B2), chain 44 STs and SL ST into ST37 and again into ST38 of the circle (Pic B3)

R4: SC in each ST of the second chain (insert your hook through the back bump of each ST too); join with a SL ST into ST14 of the first circle; FO and weave yarn ends in {44} (Pic B4)

You may need to adjust the number of chain STs in R1 and R3 to ensure the bridle is a good fit depending on how well you stuffed the head.

Sew the bridle to the head as shown in the photos. I attached the front part to R16 & R17 of the head.

 

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How to Crochet the Body

Starting from the bottom of the body to the top.

R1: MR – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 6 {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 6 {36}

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8: (SC in next 6 ST, INC) x 6 {48}

R9: (SC in next 7 ST, INC) x 6 {54}

R10: SC in each ST around {54}

R11: (SC in next 8 ST, INC) x 6 {60}

R12: (SC in next 9 ST, INC) x 6 {66}

R13: (SC in next 10 ST, INC) x 6 {72}

R14: SC in each ST around {72}

R15: (SC in next 11 ST, INC) x 6 {78}

R16-R21 (6 rounds): SC in each ST around {78}

R22: (SC in next 11 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {72}

R23-R24 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {72}

R25: (SC in next 10 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {66}

R26: SC in each ST around {66}

You can now start stuffing the body

R27: (SC in next 9 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {60}

R28: SC in each ST around {60}

R29: (SC in next 8 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {54}

R30-R31 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {54}

R32: (SC in next 7 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {48}

R33-R34 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {48}

R35: (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {42}

R36-R37 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {42}

R38: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R39-R40 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {36}

R41: (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {30}

R42: SC in each ST around {30} and FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing

 

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How to Crochet the Arms

Starting from the bottom of the arm upwards.

R1: Magic ring – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 6 {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 6 {36}

R7-R9 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around – crochet R7 into back loop of each ST {36}

R10: (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {30}

R11-R12 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {30}

R13: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

Change yarn to green colour now

R14: SC in each ST around {24}

Change yarn to light brown colour now

R15: SC in each ST around {24}

You can now start stuffing the arm

R16: (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {21}

R17-R19 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {21}

R20: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {18}

R21-R23 (3 rounds): SC in each ST around {18}

R24: INV DEC, SC in next 16 ST {17}

R25-R26 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {17}

You can now stop stuffing the arm

R27: INV DEC, SC in next 15 ST {16}

R28-R29 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {16}

R30: INV DEC, SC in next 14 ST {15}

R31-R32 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {15}

R33: SC in next 3 ST and then SC the opening together to close the arm, FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing

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How to Crochet the Legs

Starting from the bottom of the leg upwards.

R1: Magic ring – 6 x SC into the ring {6}

R2: INC in each ST around {12}

R3: (SC in next ST, INC) x 6 {18}

R4: (SC in next 2 ST, INC) x 6 {24}

R5: (SC in next 3 ST, INC) x 6 {30}

R6: (SC in next 4 ST, INC) x 6 {36} – leave your stitch marker in at the start of R6 as you will need to refer to it when crocheting the horse shoe

R7: (SC in next 5 ST, INC) x 6 {42}

R8-R9 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around – crochet R8 into back loop of each ST {42}

Crochet the white horse shoe after R9 – follow the pattern in the next section and then come back to R10

R10: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {36}

R11-R12 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {36}

R13: (SC in next 4 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {30}

Change yarn to green colour now

R14-R15 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {30} – change yarn to light brown colour after R14

You can now start stuffing the leg

R16: (SC in next 3 ST, INV DEC) x 6 {24}

R17: SC in each ST around {24}

R18: (SC in next 6 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {21}

R19-R20 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {21}

R21: (SC in next 5 ST, INV DEC) x 3 {18}

R22-R23 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {18}

R24: INV DEC, SC in next 16 ST {17}

You can now stop stuffing the leg

R25-R26 (2 rounds): SC in each ST around {17}

R27: INV DEC, SC in next 15 ST {16}

R28: SC in each ST around {16}

R29: SC the opening together to close the leg and FO leaving a long piece of yarn for sewing

How to Crochet the Horse Shoe

We will surface crochet the shoe using slip stitches.

Step 1: Count 2 STs from the start of R6 of the leg and insert the hook into the leg between ST2 and ST3; draw a loop through

Step 2: Insert your hook into the next ST, yarn over, pull the yarn through and SL ST

Step 3: Continue to SL ST in circle until you have 29 STs in total

Step 4: Tie a knot with both yarn ends on the wrong side of the piece and continue to crochet R10 of the leg

How to Make the Mane

We will attach 3 lines of mane starting from the front of the head towards the back of the head.

I recommend making the mane after you have assembled your toy.

Step 1: Cut the yarn into pieces – 15cm / 6 inches long each

Step 2: Insert your hook through a ST at the top of the head (between R27 & R28); use 2 pieces of yarn, fold them in half and draw a loop through the ST (Pic M2)

Step 3: Pull the yarn ends through the loop and tighten (Pic M3)

Step 4: Continue to attach another 2 pieces of yarn in the next ST – attach a line of 18 loops going from the front of the head towards the back while alternating colours between light and dark brown – skip the bridle if it is in the way

Step 5: Attach 2nd and 3rd line of mane next to the 1st one (18 loops each) using the same technique

Step 6: Cut the mane into desired length

You can adjust the number of lines or the number of loops in each line depending on how thick you would like the mane to be.

 

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How to Make the Tail

We will use the same technique that we used to make the mane.

I recommend making the tail after you have assembled your toy.

Step 1: Cut the yarn into pieces – 15cm / 6 inches long each

Step 2: Use the same technique that we used to make the mane but use 3 pieces of yarn for each loop – attach 2 loops between R17 & R18, 3 loops between R16 & R17 and another 2 loops between R15 & R16 while alternating colours between light and dark brown

Step 3: Cut the tail into desired length

Free Crochet Horse Pattern – Assembly

Head and ears: Pin the ears to the head first to make sure they are symmetrical from the front, side and the back too. Sew the ears to the head. I placed the ears between R28 and R30.

Head and body: Pin the body to the head first making sure that the head is in the centre from the front and back. Sew the body to the head adding more stuffing if needed.

Arms: Pin the arms to the body in a forward facing angle (at about 45°) making sure both arms are symmetrical from the front and back. Sew the arms to the body. I placed the arms between R32 and R39 of the body.

Legs: Turn the body upside down with the nose facing away from you. Pin the legs to the body as shown in the photo below making sure they look symmetrical. The best way to ensure you are happy with the placement of the legs is to sit your toy up and adjust the placement of the legs if needed. Sew the legs to the body. I placed the legs between R2 and R9 of the body.

Nostril embroidery: To embroider the nostrils you need to use a long piece of the light brown yarn – I embroidered the nostrils between R8 & R9 leaving 5 STs between them.

 

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Free Crochet Horse Pattern – Your Finished Crochet Toy:

You have now finished your toy! I hope you found my free crochet horse pattern easy to follow and enjoyed making the horse!
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4 Comments

  1. Hi! When I make the horse, is it alright to not make the horse shoe? Or is it not okay? I just want to be sure that’s all. Thanks!

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    • Hi Hope, you can leave the horse shoe out if you don’t want to make it. You will just follow the pattern for making the legs and will skip the part for the horse shoe. 🙂 Hope this helps.
      Love, Petra

      Reply
  2. I would like to make the horse
    Could I use red heart heart super saver
    Would it make the horse larger
    Or why would you not use that
    How much larger would it be

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    • Hi Gladys,
      Thank you for your comment. You can use Red Heart Super Saver yarn to make the horse. I use cotton blend due to personal preference but 100% acrylic is fine to use as well. Just make sure you use a hook which is one size smaller than the recommended size and keep your stitches tight as acrylic tends to stretch sometimes. The Red Heart Super Saver yarn is thicker than the yarn I used so the toy will be definitely bigger. I would guess that the toy will be about 40% bigger, i.e. 32cm / 12.5 inches tall but please bear in mind this is just an estimate.
      Love, Petra

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