Sometimes someone asks you to make something you never thought you’d ever make. This project was one of those projects. Remember those crochet dollies that used to sit over your nanna’s loo roll? And when you learn how to crochet you swear you’ll never make them? I never ever thought I’d make a toilet paper cover; never mind a unicorn toilet paper cover!
Despite reservations about officially being a 90 year old woman, I really enjoyed this project. I was sent an inspiration picture from a friend and thought to myself: I can do that, and I can do it better! (No-one could ever say I was full of myself…) So I ordered the chunky yarn and set myself away!
Unicorn Toilet Paper Cover
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The first thing to note is that I had very specific orders on what the colour of this cosy needed to be but feel free to mix it up and get imaginative! After all, unicorns are known for their rainbows!
The second thing to note is that this is ultimately customizable! I’ve made a basic cosy pattern with a nose and pimped it up with ears and horn from the Rainbow Cuddles Unicorn pattern from One Dog Woof. These are the same parts that I used in my Unicorn Hooded Scarf pattern but made to size rather than doubling up the yarn and hook to make it bigger. This cosy would also look awesome as a pig, a cow, a dog, an octopus… just go wild! You could have a whole farmyarn! And send me pictures, I’d love to see what you come up with!
This project uses about a 100g ball of yarn divided between the colours you use.
King Cole Big Value Chunky yarn in Cream, Pink and Yellow
Small amount of stuffing
2 black buttons
Abbreviations Used (US crochet terms):
- ch chain
- sc single crochet
- dc double crochet
- sl st slip stitch
- st stitch
While this is an intermediate crochet pattern feel free to give it a go if you are more of a beginner but consider refreshing your skills with my Learn to Crochet and Reading a Pattern posts before starting.
Basic Cosy Pattern:
This part of the project is crocheted holding 2 strands of your main colour (in my case cream) and using a 6.5mm crochet hook. To use 2 strands from one ball I simply dug around in the centre of the ball to find the end and held it together with the end from the outside. It can be a bit fiddly when the ball rolls but it works!
If your toilet paper is a different size you can adjust the pattern by adding or removing rows until it fits (I would crochet with the roll beside you to be sure).
6sc into a magic ring
This is really important for that closed circle but if you can’t do it, (or prefer not to) don’t worry; it will be covered with the fringe. Instead you can just ch3, sl st into the first chain to make a loop and do 6sc into this loop
ch1, 2sc into each st, sl st to join
ch1, *2sc into first st, 1 sc into next st* repeat from * to * until end of round, sl st to join
ch1, *2sc into first st, 1sc in next 2 stitches* repeat from * to * until end of round, sl st to join
ch1, *2sc into first st, 1sc in next 3 stitches* repeat from * to * until end of round, sl st to join
ch1, *2sc into first st, 1sc in next 4 stitches* repeat from * to * until end of round, sl st to join
This completes the round lid for the cosy. If you need to add more rows simply add an additional SC inside the asterisks to expand your circle.
Ch 2 (this does not count as first stitch) Dc into back loop of each stitch, sl st to join
Ch 2 (this does not count as first stitch) Dc into each stitch, sl st to join
Repeat round 8. Tie off and weave in ends.
When you crocheted in the back loops in round 7 you made a little ridge; if this ridge is on the inside of your work, now is the time to turn it inside out.
This is also crocheted with 2 strands of yarn and a 6.5 mm hook.
DC into third ch from hook,1 dc into each ch across, 5 dc into final chain. Then crocheting into the other side of the starting chain (to make an oval) dc into each chain across and 4 dc into the end chain, sl st to top of 3 ch.
Ch 2 (does not count as first dc), 1dc into the back loop of each stitch. Tie off leaving a long tail to sew it on.
Crochet the horn and ears from the rainbow unicorn pattern using 1 strand of your secondary colours and a 4mm hook. Tie off leaving a long tail and stuff the horn.
It;s worth noting here that often in amigurumi you work in continuous rounds (explained here) however I prefer to join at the end of each round and chain 1 at the start of the next round. It is entirely up to you which you prefer to use.
Sew nose onto front of cosy, horn above it and ears on either side. I did my nose halfway up the cosy but the inspiration photo had it at the bottom; either will work depending on what you would like it to look like.
Sew on eyes
Create the fringe using instructions from the rainbow unicorn pattern. I filled out every stitch around the horn and in front of the ears; then I fringed a line from the horn all the way down the back: then I padded out this line with one layer of fringe on either side. Be creative with colours and patterns, make it your own!
Get creative guys and please comment below with your pictures and ideas! Personally I’m really hoping someone makes an octopus toilet paper cover so if you do, please show me!
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