Moo Moo


Spring is in the air and what better way to celebrate than to crochet a cute buddy to keep you company!  Whenever I drive by farms, I always like to look out the window and gaze at the cows grazing in the field.  My favourite cow has to be a Holstein - the black and white patches are just too cute!

I used mostly the cotton Bernat handicrafter yarn for the cow - (with the black and pink yarn coming from leftover yarn I have hanging around) 

Materials:

Bernat handicrafter scents yarn in Chamomile
Bernat handicrafter cotton yarn in White
Black yarn or black embroidery thread
Pink yarn or pink embroider thread
1 pair of safety eyes
1 yarn needle
3.5mm Crochet hook
Fibre fill

Instructions:

Head - start with Chamomile
The head is made by crocheting in the round (oval style) 
1.  ch 6, turn
2.  sc in each st along the chain
3.  2 sc in the first st, sc along each st until you reach the end - then 2sc in the last st of the chain, turn
4.  sc in each st along the chain
5.  2 sc in the first 2 st, sc along each st until you reach the end - then 2 sc in the next 2 st of the chain, turn
6.  sc in each st along the chain
7.  sc in each st, working in rounds  until you have 6 rounds in Chamomile. - switch to white and continue to crochet in the round until you have 10 rounds.  After one round of white, attach the safety eyes.
8.  Since the head shape is an 'oval', you can decrease the stitches at the top of each oval.  For the next round, start with a decrease, then work your way around to the other end of the oval.  Once you reach the other end, decrease and continue until you reach the beginning of the round.
9.  repeat the decreasing process (as per step 8) for the next 2 rounds.  Fasten off.
10.  Stuff the head with fibre fill.  Next, thread the yarn needle with white yarn and close off the top of the head, using whip stitches.


Body - white yarn

R1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: *2 sc in next st* - repeat 6 times (12st)
R3: *sc in first st, 2 sc in next st* - repeat 6 times (18st)
R4: *sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next st* - repeat 6 times (24st)
R5: *sc in first 3 st, 2 sc in next st* - repeat 6 times (30st)
R6-R7: sc even for 30 st
R8:*sc in first 3 st, sc2tog in next st* - repeat 6 times (24st)
R9: *sc in first 2 st, sc2tog in next st* - repeat 6 times (18st)
R10:*sc in first st, sc2tog in next st* - repeat 6 times (12st) - close off and leave a long tail for sewing.  stuff body tightly with fibre fill.


Legs - make 4

With chamomile yarn
R1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: *2 sc in next st* - repeat 6 times (12st) - change to white yarn
R3-R5:  sc even for 12 st - close off , stuff, and leave a long tain for sewing

Ears - make 2

With white yarn:

1.  ch 5
2.  sc along each st in the chain, turn
3.  sc around (10 st total) - fasten off.

Black patch:

With black yarn:
R1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
R2: *2 sc in next st* - repeat 6 times (12st)  - fasten off

Pink patches:

With pink yarn
R1: ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook - fasten off


Putting it all together:

The body should be tilted horizontally so that the open end attaches to the back of the cow's head.  Sew the body to the back of the head using white yarn.

Stitch the black patch above the left eye and the 2 pink nostrils towards the bottom of the cow's head.  Attach the ears by sewing the corners of the ears to the corners of the cow's head.

Position the legs so that they are equal distance apart for the front and hind legs  Sew them on with white yarn.




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