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Fuzzy Highland Cow – Free Amigurumi Pattern

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This cow was so fun to make. The yarn I used makes this cow look 100x cuter – and as a bonus this was the easiest, most realistic fuzzy yarn I’ve ever tried. I used the yarn Fable Fur in the color Mishka from crochet.com. You can get it here: https://www.crochet.com/yarn/fable-fur/c/5420367

Supplies:
4/Medium weight yarn in… (The fuzzy yarn is from crochet.com)
Fable Fur (Mishka, 2 skeins)
Light Brown
Black

4mm & 5mm crochet hook
10mm safety eyes, tapestry needle, scissors, bell (optional), and stuffing.

Additional Information:
Difficulty: Easy
We start by making the head of the cow, which works into the body. They are one piece. We then make the nose, mouth, horns, ears, arms, and legs. Next, we make the tail and add an optional bell. Finally, we sew on nostrils!

Please also note that if you’re using the bulky, furry yarn, that the hook sized suggested DO matter. We will go between a 4mm and 5mm hook at times.

Stitch count is easy when using this yarn! Just be sure to count your stitches the entire time you’re crocheting, rather than at the end of the round. This makes it easier to follow along. If you notice you need to add or decrease a stitch, it should be no problem. You don’t have to redo the entire round, you can just add or decrease that stitch in the last stitch of the round.

Head/Body:

In Fuzzy Yarn & 5mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 3: *Inc, Sc* all around (18)
Round 4: *Inc, Sc 2* all around (24)
Round 5: *Inc, Sc 3* all around (30)
Round 6-9: *Sc* all around (30)
Round 10: Sc in the next 12 st. Sc in the next st and add a different colored stitch marker to the sc just made. This marks where we will place the eye. Sc in the next 4 st. Sc in the next st and add a different colored st marker to the sc just made. Sc in the next 12 st (30)
Round 10 Eye Markers Pictured Below

Round 11: Sc in the next 7 st, Repeat *Increase in the next st, Sc in the next st* 4 times, Sc in the next 7 st, Repeat *Increase in the next st, Sc in the next st* 4 times (38)
Round 12-13: *Sc* all around (38)
Round 14: Sc in the next 7 st, Repeat *Dec, Sc in the next st* 4 times, Sc in the next 7 st, Repeat *Dec, Sc in the next st* 4 times (30)
Round 15: *Dec, Sc 3* all around (24)
Round 16: *Dec, Sc 2* all around (18)
Add safety eyes in the marked areas in Round 10 now

Round 17: In the FLO (Front Loop Only), *Sc* all around (18)
Round 18: *Sc* all around (18)
Round 19: *Inc, Sc 2* all around (24)
Round 20-21: *Sc* all around (24)
Round 22: *Inc, Sc 3* all around (30)
Round 23: *Sc* all around (30)
Round 24: *Inc, Sc 5* all around (35)
Round 25-28: *Sc* all around (35)
Round 29: *Dec, Sc 5* all around (30)
Round 30: *Dec, Sc 3* all around (24)
Round 31: *Dec, Sc 2* all around (18)
Stuff here

Round 32: *Dec, Sc* all around (12)
Round 33: *Dec* all around (6)
Finish off.

Nose:

In Light Brown Yarn & 4mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 3: Sc in the next st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the next 3 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the next 4 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the last st (15)
Round 4: Sc in the next 2 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the next 4 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the next 4 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the next 2 st (18)
Round 5: Sc in the next 3 st, *Inc* in the next 2 st, Sc in the next 8 st, *Inc* in the next 2 st, Sc in the last 3 st (22)
Round 6: Sc in the next 3 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the next 14 st, *Inc* in the next st, Sc in the last 3 st (24)
Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing. Pin to the cow as shown. Sew on.

Mouth:

In Light Brown Yarn & 4mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 3: *Sc* all around (12)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold the piece in half and pin to the cow as shown. Sew on.

Horns: (Make 2)

In Light Brown Yarn & 4mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Sc* all around (6)
Round 3: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 4-5: *Sc* all around (12)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Pin to the head of the cow as shown and sew on.

Ears: (Make 2)

In Fuzzy Yarn & 5mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Sc* all around (6)
Round 3: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 4-8: *Sc* all around (12)
Round 9: *Dec* all around (6)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Fold in half (Pic 2). Sew where you folded (Pic 3). Pin each ear to each side of the head (Pic 4). Sew on.

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3. 4.

Legs: (Make 2)

In Black Yarn & 4mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 3: *Inc, Sc* all around (18)
Round 4: In BLO (Back Loop Only), *Sc* all around (18)
Round 5-6: In BOTH Loops, *Sc* all around (18)
Switch to fuzzy yarn and continue using 4mm hook
Round 7-15: *Sc* all around (18)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff the leg now. Pin legs to each side of the cow as shown and sew on.

Arms: (Make 2)

In Black Yarn & 4mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 3: In BLO (Back Loop Only), *Sc* all around (12)
Round 4-5: In BOTH Loops, *Sc* all around (12)
Switch to the furry yarn now. Continue using a 4mm hook.
Round 6-14: In BOTH Loops, *Sc* all around (12)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Stuff now. Pin the arms to each side of the cow as shown and sew on.

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Tail End:

In Black Yarn & 4mm Hook

Round 1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6)
Round 2: *Sc* all around (6)
Round 3: *Inc* all around (12)
Round 4-6: *Sc* all around (12)
Round 7: *Dec* all around (6)
Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set aside for now.

Tail:

In Fuzzy Yarn & 5mm Hook

Row 1: Ch 23. Sc in the 2nd Ch from hook. Sc in the next 21 st (22)
Finish off. Insert the tail into the tail end (Pic 1) and sew them together (Pic 2). Pin onto the cow as shown (Pic 3). Sew on.

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3.

Bell Assembly: (Optional)

In Red Yarn

Take the bell (Pic 1) and insert a needle with yarn into the middle of it (Pic 2). You will have two ends of yarn on each end of the bell. Pull them around the neck of the toy cow (Pic 3) and tie a firm knot a few times, cutting off any excess yarn (Pic 4). Done!

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3. 4.

Nostrils:

In Black Yarn

Insert needle where shown (Pic 1) and pull out on the left side of the nose as shown (Pic 2). Reinsert needle in the top left of the nose (Pic 3) and pull out on the opposite side (Pic 4). Reinsert needle into the bottom right of the nose (Pic 5) Done!

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Done! If you made a highland cow I would LOVE to see! You can show me by “trying” it on Pinterest.

16 Comments

  1. What weight is the Fable Fur Mishka yarn you used in? I thought you said it was in 4/medium weight but I could only find it in Super Bulky.

  2. Also, how many skeins of the furry yarn does this project need?

    1. Hi there Nomel, you will need 2 skeins of the Fable Fur in the color Mishka. It’s super bulky (size 6) for the fuzzy Fable Fur yarn, but depending on the type of fuzzy yarn you use the size could vary. The fuzzy Fable Fur yarn is a bit thicker compared to other fuzzy yarns I’ve used in the past. Please use 4/Medium weight yarn in the colors light brown and black. I hope this can help and of curse please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, I saw this pattern and I thought it was so cute that I actually started crying. It’s super adorable and I hope I can try it out some day!

    1. Aww that’s so awesome to hear that you liked the cow so much! I hope you can try it out, and if you do let me know! I’d love to see it πŸ˜„

  4. This pattern is absolutely adorable and I love the one that I’m working on!! Is there one less increase round on the arms (12 sts instead of 18 sts)? Looking at the picture it looks like the arms are smaller than the legs even though the written pattern seems to be the same as the legs!

    1. Hi there Natalie, I’m so happy to hear that you love the cow you’re making! That’s so great to hear 😍 For the part that you mentioned, there is supposed to be one less increase round! I corrected that part, so now it should be perfect. Let me know if you have any questions! I would also loooove to see your finished cow πŸ₯°

      1. I definitely thought so based on the pictures. Thank you for confirming it for me and for creating such an amazing pattern! I finished my cow a couple days ago and she came out great! I posted about her on my crochet Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/CD2PoNwpvYd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

  5. Hello Olive! I LOVE this pattern! I have finished everything except two arms and one leg, and it looks like I’m running out of yarn, even though I used Fable Fur in the color Mishka. Am I doing something wrong?

    1. Hi there, Sima! I’m so happy that you like this pattern πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your question, I hope I can help!

      The cow uses up 2 skeins, did you by chance only order 1 skein? πŸ™ If you are using 2 skeins, it may come down to hook size or tension. I used a 5mm crochet hook for most of the pattern, but we use a 4mm crochet hook for the arms and legs! This should use up less yarn and make the arms and legs smaller in size.

      However, depending on your tension you may use up more yarn, meaning it will run out quicker. Try to use a firmer tension if possible! I hope this was able to help, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions! I want to make sure you can finish your cow ❀️

  6. Hi, Olive! I love all of your patterns.😁 When I seen this cow, I thought of my zodiac sign, Taurus. The animal for it is a bull, so I kept looking for free bull patterns and I couldn’t find any. I went to your website and found this cow with horns, so I thought it was a bull and absolutely fell in love with it.❀ Not to get off topic, but can you make a Plague Doctor? I want to make one for my brother and can’t find a free Plague Doctor Doll crochet pattern.

    1. Hi there, Felicity! I’m really happy to hear that you liked this pattern! Haha I think this cow could work out as a bull, maybe you could think of it as a baby bull? Doesn’t that sound adorable? 😍 I know patterns can be hard to find sometimes, but you’re so creative to see this cow and imagine it as your zodiac sign! Now that I look at it, I could see it as a bull, too πŸ™‚ I hope you give this one a try, I know some people dislike using fuzzy yarns, but I PROMISE it’s worth it to make this pattern!

      Awww that’s so sweet of you to want to make Plague Doctor for your brother! I don’t have a pattern for it, but I saw my friend make one and it turned out really cool! She used this pattern (bonus because it’s free!) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plague-doctor-amigurumi

      Keep me updated if you make your bull, I’m excited to see how it turns out!

      1. Thank you, that pattern is cool and I think he will love it! πŸ˜€

  7. Hi!
    I found this pattern on Pinterest and absolutely love it πŸ’–πŸ’– I made one for my friend who graduated and she loved it as well!
    I recently set up and Etsy and was wondering if I’d be able to use your beautiful pattern to customize and sell these adorable cows to others. I would of course put the link to your original pattern with full credit going to you. If you’re not ok with me using your pattern that’s perfectly fine! I’ll just make a bunch of these cows for myself :))

    1. Hey there, Queniece! Thanks so much for your incredible support, it makes me to happy to hear that you love this pattern. Your friend is lucky to have you around, that’s such a sweet gift you made her! I bet she’ll keep her cow around forever πŸ™‚

      I think it’s really cool that you like this pattern so much, you want to make it for your Etsy shop! I would love if you used my pattern to make fuzzy cows for others, so go ahead 😁 I only ask that you don’t sell the actual written pattern, but anything you crochet from it you can sell ❀️ You gotta share a picture with me of your fuzzy cows, I would LOVE to see your work! I feel like if you made one in fuzzy pink people would go crazy over it. Good luck on your Etsy shop, I know you’ll do awesome!

      Olive

      1. Definitely!! Thank you so much! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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