I finally finished my Very Large Crochet Wild Mustang Horses and Large Unicorn! They are my largest crochet amigurumi project to date, and I made 3 of them! I love them all! I have entered the large crochet Unicorn and the Black Beauty into the San Diego County Fair for the year 2018. I think you are going to have a lot of fun if you make your own unique large horse. Black Beauty is the sturdiest out of the 3 large horses, and in the video tutorial, I show what I put inside of her legs and body to make her so sturdy. If you are making the crochet large horse for a small child, I wouldn’t recommend putting the craft wire into the body.
If you would like to purchase the PDF written pattern, here is the direct Ravelry link:
This crochet large horse measures: Sitting height: 23”(with legs down) length 28”
Nicole asked me where she could purchase her safety doll eyes. I recommend these online sites to get your safety doll eyes:
If you would like to make your own large horse eyes, here is the free PDF download for the eye measurements:
You may have questions about why I used craft wire and other items in “Black Beauty” and “Twinkle Toes.” I made “SeaBiscuit” (The brown horse) to show that you could make these large crochet horses with only craft stuffing. I wouldn’t recommend anything else, other than craft stuffing, inside of the horses, if you are making them for small children. At the end of this blog post, I talk about the craft wire and other items inside my horse and unicorn, and why I used these items.
Helenmay Crochet Large Wild Mustang Horse and Large Unicorn Part 1 of 5:
If you like the freeform crochet that I added to Black Beauty, Sea Biscuit, and Twinkle Toes the Unicorn. I used the paid written pattern by Chudova Irene. I used my 3.75mm crochet hook for the freeform crochet on my crochet large horses. According to Chudova, the level of difficulty is “very hard.” Personally, I found it very easy to follow her written pattern and pictorials. I found her to be a very good teacher through her written pattern. It is your choice if you would like to attempt it. Here is the direct link to purchase: Fifi the Bear, pattern by Chudova Irene
My experience purchasing the paid written pattern from Chudova Irene: I notified her that I wanted to purchase the written pattern. She emailed me the paypal link to pay her, and I then paid her in Russian Rubles through paypal. I waited approximately 30 minutes, and I eventually received the written pattern via email. So, it was a little different then purchasing a written pattern through Ravelry.
I was able to follow her written pattern easily, and she has a lot of pictures in her pattern. I absolutely loved her pattern, and now I plan on incorporating a lot of her crochet freeform into my crochet work.
If you plan on giving your crochet horse as a gift, you may like the movie, and books that I recommend below, to go with your horse.
On Amazon Prime, you may love the documentary “Wild Horse, Wild Ride.”
Synopisis of Wild Horse Wild Ride: “Invites us into the world of horse trainers–both amateur and professional–as they participate in the Extreme Mustang Challenge. One hundred trainers have 100 days to tame 100 wild mustangs—horses never touched by humans. The crowning event is a competition in Texas where the horses’ skills are showcased with the hope of helping each one find a permanent home.”
Wylene Wilson Davis was amazing! I couldn’t believe the magic she could perform with a horse. It was beautiful to watch. All of the other horse trainers were incredible also and the bond that they developed with their Mustangs was heart warming.
This Horse Movie is a must have for the Horse Lover’s collection.
“Most of us know the legend, the tall, handsome chestnut racehorse whose string of honors runs long and rich: the only two-year-old ever to win Horse of the Year, in 1972; winner in 1973 of the Triple Crown, his times in all three races still unsurpassed; featured on the cover of Time, Newsweek,and Sports Illustrated; the only horse listed on ESPN’s top fifty athletes of the twentieth century (ahead of Mickey Mantle).
Here is the book that tells the racehorse’s story.
Here are some other books that I recommend to go with your Crochet Horses:
One of my favorite classic books, Black Beauty Classic Book
This book recommendation is a winner of the Newberry Honor Book Award.
Here is my personal favorite book by one of America’s most renowned Horse Men.
If you would like some Unicorn book recommendations, go to my blog post:
For a free written pattern for my littlest crochet magical unicorn, here is the direct link to the blog post:
I forgot to put the chains and rows for the body in video tutorial Part 2 of 5:
Helenmay Crochet Large Wild Mustang Horse and Large Unicorn Part 2 of 5:
I forgot to put the number of chains and rows for the body panels in the Part 2 of 5 video tutorial. I wrote it out here for you too:
Bottom Panel and 2 side panels ( Make 3 total):
- Chain 76 and 28 rows. Measurements approx 6.5 inches x 19 inches.
Front of the body and back of the body (Make 2 total panels):
- Chain 29 and 28 rows. Measurements approx 6.5 inches x 7 inches.
Top back panel with/without zipper (Make 1 total panel):
- Chain 49, the video tutorial will show how to place the zipper. If you aren’t using a zipper then 28 rows. Measurements approx 7 inches x 12 inches.
Helenmay Crochet Large Wild Mustang Horse and Large Unicorn Part 3 of 5:
Helenmay Crochet Large Wild Mustang Horse and Large Unicorn Part 4 of 5:
Helenmay Crochet Large Wild Mustang Horse and Large Unicorn Part 5 of 5:
If you like the crochet rose that I sewed on the side of the bridle, here is the direct link:
The crochet heart that I used on my crochet horse/unicorn is the same one that I used for my Crochet Heart Headband. Go to time 8:28 in the video tutorial:
If you are making a zipper pouch, you may want to put your own handmade label on the inside. Here is what mine look like:
This video tutorial shows how I made my handmade labels:
You may want to check out The Cloud Foundation Online Store make sure to read their story too. They have beautiful horse pendants that would be gorgeous on your large crochet horse!! The Cloud Foundation is on Amazon Smile too.
The following horse bolo ties are on Amazon:
You can add your favorite bolo tie to your horse.
Another Bolo Tie Design.
Another gorgeous Bolo tie design.
Need a bandana? This Horse Bandana is beautiful!
Here are some more pictures of my “Black Beauty” Large crochet horse. I added a crochet pouch for the classic “Black Beauty” book. I added more Freeform crochet, a horse bolo tie, and I added a label to her saddle that says “One of a Kind.” Her Bandana is from Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2018.
In my Facebook group, Marilynn asked me: “How long does it take u to
I responded: “Hi Marilynn! It is so funny, because I must have been asked this 3 to 4 times while waiting in line to turn them in to the Home and Hobby section at the county fair. I really want to tell people how long it took, but I honestly don’t know the real crochet time that it would take to make one. I can only give an estimate because I work on several crochet projects at the same time throughout the day depending on the crochet project, and no, I don’t sit and crochet all day long every day..lol…( I seriously think that some people believe that). I do crochet a lot, which is obvious from my YouTube Channel. I will try to give you a reasonable time estimate for one crochet large horse, which still allows for you to carry on with the rest of the activities in your life (Meaning approximately 2-3 hours of crochet time a day). You may be able to finish it faster, or it may take you longer, but I doubt it will take you more than 2 months. This is approximately how long I think it would take a very slow crocheter: 1 week for the horse head, 1 week for the horse body, 1 week for the horse legs, and 1 week for decorating your horse. It should only take approximately 1 month to complete your crochet large horse. I hope that helps!”
I made these crochet large horses and unicorn as an heirloom. For those trying to sell them, I saw a large plush unicorn in the toy store for $199.00. These finished handmade crochet large horses and unicorn should be sold for more than that. “Seabiscuit” my large brown crochet horse went into storage. “Black Beauty” and “Twinkle Toes” went to a horse charity, and “Aurora” went to a horse charity on the east coast of the United States.
In my Facebook Group, Rachel asked “I will be starting this when I get back from my holiday . What sort of wire are you using video three and what were the tubes for ? Xx”
I replied: “I used a 12 gauge floral wire because it is very malleable and still sturdy. I didn’t want to put something too rigid in their bodies (Could be dangerous). The 12 gauge wire will coil around itself very easily (so I am not worried about it breaking free and protruding from the body, and it is still sturdy). Of course, you are still putting a wire in the body so I still recommend not putting it in, if the horse is for a small child (Just to be extra safe). I was trying to think of a way to add malleability and sturdiness without putting something very rigid (and dangerous) in their bodies. I was walking through the hardware store trying to find something, when I saw the inexpensive plastic tubing used for plumbing! It was perfect! I could also cut it easily with a pair of scissors. It covered the craft wire easily and fulfilled its purpose: keeping the malleability and adding sturdiness. It also covers the craft wire well. It would be very difficult for the craft wire to break free of the tubing. If I were to make another one, this is the method I would use again. “Black Beauty” is very sturdy! Let me know if you have any questions as you build your crochet horse/unicorn.
I used floral tape to cover the coiled craft wire. You may like this deal that comes with craft wire for flower making.
The other surprise that you may find that I used in “Black Beauty” is the floral styrofoam,
which is optional to use.
The styrofoam is lightweight and sturdy. You can also easily cut it in half. You only need half for one horse or unicorn. I put half of one of these in the body of “Black Beauty.” I wanted to see if it would help make her sturdier and possibly stand. She was able to stand easier than any of the others, but it was still work trying to get her to stand. I put the styrofoam block in one of the empty pillowcases before putting it in the body of “Black Beauty,” but you can feel the styrofoam block. So, I would recommend poly foam instead like Leslie Passman did for her finished crochet “Black Beauty” that she entered into my Crochet Outstanding Amigurumi Contest for the year 2019.
This is the order that I did everything: I put craft stuffing on the bottom of the body, sewed the legs on with yarn (This helps secure the legs a little closer to the body. I still had the craft wire holding the legs to the body, but it wasn’t enough for me. I didn’t want wobbly legs, so I still sewed the legs on with the yarn too. If you have a zipper pouch, make sure that the crochet pouch is pulled out of the body before sewing the legs on), I then placed the styrofoam block on top of the craft stuffing and craft wires, and then placed even more stuffing on top of, and all around, the styrofoam block. The zipper pouch went back in easily, and I was able to fill it with items that I show on video tutorial. I could still feel the styrofoam in the body of Black Beauty when I finished, but it didn’t bother me. If you think that you wouldn’t like that, you may want to omit the styrofoam.
Leslie Passman shared a picture of her finished crochet “Black Beauty” horse and she said that she used poly foam in her horse, which I thought was sheer genius.
Click on the picture above, or here, to go to the affiliate link for poly foam. Prime eligible!
This Horse Soap would be perfect for the guest bathroom!
Here is the bulk purchase of the same soap!
CStone left a comment below and mentioned that the zipper on the back of the crochet horse could resemble the DUN gene. The DUN gene is ” a dilution gene that affects both red and black pigments in the coat color of a horse. The dun gene has the ability to affect the appearance of all black, bay, or chestnut-based horses by lightening the base body coat and suppressing the underlying base color to the mane, tail, legs, and primitive markings.” If you would like to read more about it, here is the direct link: Wikipedia
I love the cowboy hat that I added for my crochet horse, if you would like a similar one, click the picture above, or here (It does not have a butterfly on the front of the hat).
The gorgeous hat above, click here, or the picture.
The hat above, click the picture, or here.
If you would like to learn more about the Cloud Foundation and to donate to their charity, Here is a direct link to the Cloud Foundation. Another way to donate to their charity is by making purchases through Amazon Smile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. Remember to pick the charity that you would like to make donations to with your purchases on Amazon Smile.
Pryor Mountain Wild Horses. 1968-2018, celebrating 50 years protecting the Pryor Mountain Wild Horses.
If you like the gold rings that I used on the bridle, I used 23mm hollow metal ring-gold. Here are direct links to purchase similar items on Amazon Prime:
If you like the little heart shaped buckle in the picture above, click on the picture, or this direct link to purchase: Cute heart shape for bridle
I made “Aurora” in the picture above for the paid Crochet PDF written pattern, which can be found in Ravelry: Crochet Large Amigurumi Mustang Horse
If you made a Crochet Extra Large Magical Unicorn, then you may want a free PDF Unicorn Test to go with it: