crochet cow cassie

Cleo the crochet cow is a cute and cuddly addition to our Juna Series of free crochet animal patterns. With her rainbow-coloured tank top and her big smile, she would make a wonderful addition to any nursery. This free pattern works up fast, is a good beginner amigurumi pattern, and so cute!

Cleo the crochet cow has been in the making for a while now! When we started the Juna crochet animal series, I knew I wanted to make an amigurumi cow because I just love cows. They’re so cute! I began designing this free pattern in August, initially playing with colour changes for the spots. However, I wasn’t happy with how that turned out and got distracted with other designs and left poor Cleo on the drawing board. However, I picked her up again at the end of last year and am so glad I did! She is just so sweet. I have made her with the traditional black and white colours but one of our wonderful pattern testers made her in light brown with dark brown spots, which looked great if you want to try another variation.

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Materials

  • Yarn: You need less than 100 grams of DK yarn in white and a small amount in black, beige, light pink, light yellow, light green, turquoise, and light orange
  • 2.75 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Two 10 mm safety eyes or you can crochet eyes for children under 3
  • Embroidery thread: A small amount of black for eyelashes, nostrils, and mouth

Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US terms.

Sl st: slip stitch

SC: single crochet

INV DEC: invisible decrease

INC: two SC in the same stitch

BLO: back loops only

HDC: Half double crochet

HDC INC: two HDC in the same stitch

DC: Double crochet

DC INC: two DC in the same stitch

Finished size: Approximately 8 inches tall.

Method

Muzzle

Using light pink yarn.

Round 1: Chain 10. Starting in the second chain from the hook, 8 SC, 3 SC in the next chain as your work turns. Now continue on the other side of the chain. 7 SC and INC in the last chain (20)

Round 2: INC, 7 SC, (INC) in each of the next three stitches, 7 SC, (INC) in each of the next two stitches (26)

Round 3-5 (3 rounds): SC around (26)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Legs (make 2)

Stuff legs lightly as you go.

Begin with black yarn.

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, INC) six times (18)

Round 4: (2 SC, INC) six times (24)

Round 5: SC around BLO (24)

Change to white

Rounds 6-12 (7 rounds): SC around (24)

Fasten off for the first leg.

Repeat rounds 1-12 for the second leg but don’t fasten off. Continue with the body.

Body

Now we will join the legs.

Round 13: Sl st into the first unworked stitch of the first leg. SC in the remaining 23 stitches of the first leg and the 24 stitches of the second leg. (48)

Round 14-19 (6 rounds): SC in each stitch around (48)

Change to light orange.

Round 20: SC around (48)

Round 21: SC around in BLO (48)

Change to light yellow

Round 22-23 (2 rounds): SC around (48)

Change to green 

Round 24-25 (2 rounds): SC around (48) 

Change to turquoise.

Round 26-27 (2 rounds): SC around (48) 

Change to light orange.

Round 28: SC around (48) 

Change to white

Round 29: SC around BLO (48)

Round 30-41 (13 rounds): SC around (48)

At this point, stuff the muzzle and sew it on between rounds 30 and 37, approximately. Insert the eyes between rounds 37 and 38 approximately 11 stitches apart, centred to the muzzle. Once you are happy with the placement, remove the eyes and embroider on eyelashes. Then reinsert the eyes and put on the washer. Embroider on an x for nostrils and a smile on the muzzle. Stuff the body.

crochet cow nostrils made with Xs on top of the muzzle

Round 42: (6 SC, INVDEC) six times (42)

Round 43: (5 SC, INVDEC) six times (36)

Round 44: (4 SC, INVDEC) six times (30)

Round 45: (3 SC, INVDEC) six times (24)

Round 46: (2 SC, INVDEC) six times (18)

Round 47: (SC, INVDEC) six times (12)

Round 48: INVDEC six times (6)

Fasten off. Insert needle in front loop of each stitch and pull tight to close.

Shirt frill

Using light orange yarn.

Turn your cow upside down and attach the yarn to the front loops left from Round 20.

Chain 1. (3 HDC in the same stitch, sl st in the next stitch) twenty-four times around.  Sl st to the first HDC in the round.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Arms (make 2)

Begin with black yarn
Round 1:
6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (5 SC, INC) twice (14)

Round 4-5 (2 rounds): SC around (14)

Round 6: (5 SC, INVDEC) twice (12)

Change to white yarn.

Stuff the bottom of the arms lightly.

Round 7: (4 SC, INVDEC) twice (10)

Round 8-16 (9 rounds): SC around (10)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the arms onto the body between Round 29 and 30.

Straps (make 2)

Using light orange yarn

Chain 7 and fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Sew the straps on each side of the front of the shirt, around the arm and attached to the back.

Horns (make 2)

Using beige yarn.

Round 1: 4 SC into a magic circle (4)

Round 2: SC around (4)

Round 3: (SC, INC) twice (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew the horns on the head, approximately 3 rounds from the top.

Ears (make 2)

Make one in black and one in white.

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: (SC, INC) three times (9)

Round 3: (2 SC, INC) three times (12)

Round 4: (3 SC, INC) three times (15)

Round 5-6 (2 rounds): SC around (15)

Round 7: (3 SC, DEC) three times (12)

Round 8: (2 SC, DEC) three times (9)

Round 9: (SC, DEC) three times (6)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Flatten the ear and sew it closed. Sew the ears on at approximately 7 rounds from the top of the head on either side.

crochet cow from the back with two black spots. one large one on the head and one small one on the left leg

Tail

Use white yarn.

Row 1: Chain 12

Row 2: Starting from the second chain from the hook, 11 SC

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Cut three strands of black yarn, approximately 3 inches in length. Fold them in half and latch them through the end of the tail and cut them so they are approximately a quarter inch each. Trim the tail to your desired length.

Sew the tail on between Round 19 and 20, under the frill.

Large Spots (make 2)

Use black yarn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: INC in each stitch around (12)

Round 3: (SC, HDC, DC INC, HDC) three times. Sl st to the first SC. (15)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Sew one on the front of your cow and one on the back, anywhere you like.

Small Spots (make 2)

Use black yarn

Round 1: 6 SC into a magic circle (6)

Round 2: (SC, HDC INC) three times. Sl st to the first SC. (9)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Sew one on the front of your cow and one on the back, anywhere you like.

crochet cow cassie

Your Cleo the crochet Cow is now complete! We hope you enjoyed this crochet cow free pattern! We would love to see your finished toy, so share them on our Facebook group Amigurumi with Chai Coffee Crochet or tag us on Instagram @chaicoffeecrochet We like to share a selection of makes from our patterns in our stories and highlights.

If you enjoyed this pattern, why not try some of the other animals in our Juna series?

Juna Series crochet animals