Memphis the Moo-Cow – Free Crochet Pattern

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My brother and his wife recently welcomed their new baby boy, Memphis, to the family! They decided on a cow theme in his nursery, so of course I had to make him something! What better time to create a cow crochet pattern?

You can easily customize this cute amigurumi cow crochet pattern in traditional colors, or make themed amigurumi cows, such as a strawberry cow, chocolate cow, or blueberry cow, to just name a few. This little cow crochet pattern has so many possibilities! 

amigurumi cow crochet pattern in a standing position with brown hooves and black spots

I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern available here on my blog! An ad-free, formatted PDF version of this crochet pattern is also available for purchase here:


I made this cow crochet pattern with Premier Yarns Just Chenille, which you can find at your local Dollar Tree! Premier is also now selling the Just Chenille yarn in a cone, for an even better price than the Dollar Tree. I’ve really enjoyed using the Just Chenille yarn. It is very similar to Parfait Chunky, but just a bit thinner.

Premier Yarns Just Chenille
close up of cow crochet pattern with big black eyes, brown horns, and a pink nose

I would classify this cow crochet pattern as “advanced beginner”. It would be helpful to have had some experience with amigurumi before creating this project.

amigurumi cow in a standing position

Be sure to save this crochet cow pattern to your project queue on Ravelry. I love seeing your finished projects!

Memphis the Moo-Cow Crochet Pattern

COW CROCHET PATTERN SPECIFICS

Measurements: Approximately 6” tall (sitting) or 9” tall (standing)
Gauge: Not necessary for this pattern; see notes
Hook Size: 4.0mm (G) crochet hook
Other Tools: tapestry needle/yarn needle, stitch markers, scissors
Yarn Weight:  Super Bulky (6)
Yarn Used: Premier Yarns Just Chenille
Yardage: color A (pink): 6 yds, color B (white): 65 yds, color C (shown as black): 16 yds, color D (shown as brown): 29 yds, small amount of black worsted weight yarn for tail
Other Materials: poly-fil stuffing, 12mm safety eyes

ABBREVIATIONS

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
SC = single crochet
SC2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together (invisible decrease is recommended)
DC = double crochet

SPECIAL STITCHES

SC2tog (using invisible decrease method): Insert hook into front loop of the first stitch. Insert hook into front loop of second stitch. Yarn over. Draw through the first two loops on hook. Yarn over. Draw through both loops on hook.

COW CROCHET PATTERN NOTES

  • Checking your gauge is not required for this pattern. Use a hook that is smaller than the size recommended for your yarn weight. This will ensure that your stuffing will not show through the stitches.
  • All pieces are worked in the round. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of each round.
  • Body, head, arms, and legs require stuffing. Stuff each piece as you work to ensure piece is completely filled. Do not add stuffing to the ears, tail, or horns.
  • See tutorial photos.

COW CROCHET PATTERN

Using 4.0mm (G) hook:

Head

Using color A (pink):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

Using color B (white):

R5-6: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R7: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (21 sts)

R8: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (24 sts)

R9: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (27 sts)

R10: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 5 sts. Repeat from * an additional 2 times. Add a st marker to the last worked st. 1 SC in each of the next 9 sts around. (30 sts)

The added st marker, and the st marker at the beginning of this round helps to indicate the front of the face. The 9 sts between the two st markers sit flat and indicate the bottom of the head. If using safety eyes, insert eyes between R8 and R9, with 7 sts between. You can now remove your second st marker. See tutorial photos.

R11: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (36 sts)

R12-14: 1 SC in each st around. (36 sts)

R15: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 4 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R16: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R17: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R18: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R19: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Fill head with stuffing.

R20: *SC2tog. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand. Weave yarn in and out of remaining sts. Pull tight to close. Tie off and weave in ends.

Ear 1

Using color C (shown as black):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R5-6:1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R8: Fold the ear closed, leaving 1 unworked st at the beginning of the fold. Working through both sides, to close the ear, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 2 unworked sts at the end of the fold. (3 sts) See tutorial photos.

Insert hook through the remaining 2 unworked sts, pinch the bottom of the ear to bring each end together, and working through both sides, join the ear with 1 SC. See tutorial photos.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Ear 2

Using color C (shown as black):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (6 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

R5:1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Using color B (shown as white):

R6: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (9 sts)

R8: Fold the ear closed, leaving 1 unworked st at the beginning of the fold. Working through both sides, to close the ear, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 2 unworked sts at the end of the fold. (3 sts) See tutorial photos.

Insert hook through the remaining 2 unworked sts, pinch the bottom of the ear to bring each end together, and working through both sides, join the ear with 1 SC. See tutorial photos.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Horns (make 2)

Using color D (shown as brown):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2: 1 SC in each st around. (4 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Body

Using color B (shown as white):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R5: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (30 sts)

R6-11: 1 SC in each st around. (30 sts)

R12: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 3 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R13-15: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R16: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Fill with stuffing.

Legs (make 2)

Using color D (shown as brown):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (24 sts)

R5: work in the back loops only, 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R6: 1 SC in each st around. (24 sts)

R7: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

Using color B (shown as white):

R8-9: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R10: *SC2tog, 1 SC in each of the next 7 sts. Repeat from * around. (16 sts)

R11-15: 1 SC in each st around. (16 sts)

Fill with stuffing.

R16: Fold the leg closed. Working through both sides, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st on each side. See tutorial photos. (7 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Arms (make 2)

Using color D (shown as brown):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

R4: Work in the back loops only, 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R5: 1 SC in each st around. (18 sts)

R6: *SC2tog, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (12 sts)

Using color B (shown as white):

R7-13: 1 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

Fill with stuffing.

R14: Fold the arm closed. Working through both sides, 1 SC in each st across, leaving 1 unworked st on each side. See tutorial photos. (5 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Tail

Using color B (shown as white):

R1: Begin with 4 SC in a magic ring. (4 sts)

R2-8: 1 SC in each st around. (4 sts)

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Attach 3 strands of black worsted weight yarn and tie to end of tail.

Spot 1

Using color C (shown as black):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

*Note that R3 has fewer stitches than the previous and is not a “complete” round. You will not work in every stitch from R2. This is to achieve the different shapes for the spots.

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC I next st. Repeat from * an additional time. (6 sts)

Sl st into the next st.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Spot 2

Using color C (shown as black):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

*Note that R4 has fewer stitches than the previous and is not a “complete” round. You will not work in every stitch from R3. This is to achieve the different shapes for the spots.

R4: 2 SC in next st, 1 SC in each of the next 2 sts, 2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next st. (7 sts)

Sl st into the next st.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

Spot 3

Using color C (shown as black):

R1: Begin with 6 SC in a magic ring. (6 sts)

R2: 2 SC in each st around. (12 sts)

R3: *2 SC in next st, 1 SC in next st. Repeat from * around. (18 sts)

*Note that R4 has fewer stitches than the previous and is not a “complete” round. You will not work in every stitch from R3. This is to achieve the different shapes for the spots.

R4: 2 DC in next st. (2 sts)

Sl st into the next st.

Cut yarn, leaving long strand for sewing. Fasten off.

ASSEMBLING THE COW CROCHET PATTERN

Attach head to body so that the nose is facing straight out, attaching body to approximately R10-16 of the bottom of the head.

Attach each ear pointing downward, over R14-15, leaving about 10 sts between each ear. Ears will be in line with the eyes.

Attach horns on the inside of each ear, leaving 1 stitch between the ear and horn, over R14-15.

Attach legs over R4-5 of body, with each inside end of the legs touching in the middle. Using color D (brown), embroider lines for the hooves between R4-7.

Attach arms over R11-15 on each side of the body. At the top of the arms, leave approximately 8 sts between each arm across the front of the body. At the bottom of the arms, leave approximately 15 sts between each arm across the front of the body. Using color D (brown), embroider lines for the hooves between R3-6.

Attach tail to the back of the body on R5.

Attach spots around body of the amigurumi cow as desired.

*Note: Safety eyes and noses pose a choking risk for babies; therefore, if making this toy for a baby, I recommend using yarn, felt, or embroidered details.

cute crocheted cow amigurumi being held

I hope you’ve enjoyed this cute amigurumi cow pattern! After you’ve finished making this cow crochet pattern, you might want to add some of my other farm animal crochet patterns to your collection!

In addition to this cow amigurumi, I also have free crochet patterns for a horse, chicken, and pig!


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Nicole

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9 Comments

  1. I think all of your patterns are precious!!! I especially love the cow and plan to start it as soon as I finish the project I am working on now. (a sweet little unicorn) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful patterns with me. Kathy

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