Please note that this listing is for a PDF knitting pattern, and not the finished sweater and toy.
This sweet little pattern bundle for children is perfect for the rainbow unicorn lover in your life. Sized from 6 months up to 12 years, this delightful colorwork pattern is ready to accompany them to the playground with a charming knitted friend, who has a tiny unicorn nugget toy in his own pocket!
One of the best parts of childhood is friendship and how easily it is made and kept. This charming little hoodie with optional accompanying unicorn (with matching sweater and tiny unicorn nugget toy!) is perfect for the little sweetie in your life. ♥
Each night when I tuck my four-year-old into bed, we pray that she dreams about rainbows, unicorns, and rainbow unicorns. Every little girl loves unicorns, and not much could be better than a unicorn with a matching sweater that is the perfect size for hugging! ♥
Every fall and spring I make sure my kids have a hooded jacket they can throw on when it’s chilly or drizzling outside. Wool can hold up to 30% of its weight in water before feeling wet, so it’s actually perfect for a drizzly day!
Main Sweater Color (MSC)
Barrett Wool Co. Home Fingering (100% American Wool; 370 yd (338m)/100g skein) in Ellie Gray
Sizes: 6m (12m, 2, 4) [6, 8, 10, 12]
600 (688, 838, 924) [1075, 1264, 1475, 1625] yds / 1524 (1748, 2129, 2347) [2731, 3211, 3747, 4128] m of a fingering weight yarn for the child’s sweater.
Add approx. 50g (200 yds / 183 m) for the Tiny Unicorn Sweater.
Contrast Colors (Rainbow)
Madelinetosh Twist Light (75% Superwash Merino Wool/ 25% Nylon) in Cactus Flower
Kim Dyes Yarn Fino Sock (80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon) in Warmth
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% Superwash Merino) in Candlewick
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% Superwash Merino) in Grasshopper
Clark and Elle Three Ply (100% Superwash Merino) in Andaman Sea
Quince and Co. Chickadee (100% American Wool) in Frank’s Plum
10 (10, 20, 20) [20, 30, 30, 30] g of each CC needed for child’s sweater. Add approx. 5g for Tiny Unicorn Sweater.
Main Unicorn Color (MUC): Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Aran 100% Superwash Merino Wool
In Color #817
2 skeins or 300 yds/ 274 m of an aran weight yarn is needed to complete the unicorn and nugget.
Unicorn Contrast Color (UCC): West Yorkshire Spinners The Croft Shetland Colours Aran100% Shetland Island Wool
In the Tresta colorway
1 skein or 90 yds/ 82 m of an aran weight yarn is needed for the unicorn.
Sweater Pattern Notes
The Friendship Sweater is a hooded stockinette sweater worn with 4-6” positive ease and worked from the bottom up with colorwork details at the hem, and rainbow stripes on the yoke and on the sleeves. Except for the sleeves, the sweater is worked flat, so the colorwork is worked back and forth. (I used scrap yarn for the rainbow!)
The Tiny Unicorn Sweater is meant to custom fit the Happy Glitter Pants Unicorn and to match the child-sized Friendship Sweater. (It is also knit from the bottom up with colorwork knit flat.) And it’s just so darn cute!
Other Sweater Materials
- Highlighter or pen to mark directions for the size you are making throughout pattern
- 24 and 32-inch US #3/3.25 mm circular needle (gauge needle) or size required to get gauge
- DPNs for sleeves US #3/3.25 mm (set of 4 or 5 OR your chosen sleeve needle)
- Spare US#3 circular needle for attaching sleeves (any length)
- waste yarn
- tapestry needle
- Lots of stitch markers
- Five to eight 10-15mm buttons (depending on sweater size and how many buttons you want)
- Four additional matching buttons (for the Tiny Unicorn Sweater)
Sizes: 6m (12m, 2, 4) [6, 8, 10, 12]
To Fit Chest Measurement: 18 (19, 21, 23) [25, 27, 28, 30]” / 45.5 (48.5, 53.5, 58.5) [63.5, 68.5, 71, 76] cm
Finished Garment Chest Measurements: 22.25 (24.75, 27.25, 27.25) [29.5, 32, 32, 34.5]” / 56 (58.5, 63.5, 68.5) [73.5, 78.5, 81.5, 86.5] cm
Shown on a four-year-old child in size 4 with a 23” / 58.5 cm chest and worn with 4.25” / 11 cm positive ease. See schematic for more measurements.
Start knitting the sleeves and check your gauge in the round to save time!
23 sts/ 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch knit in the round
22.5 sts/ 34 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch knit flat
Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.
Unicorn Pattern Notes
Happy Glitter Pants the Unicorn is a sweet little stuffie pattern worked in aran weight yarn, starting with the body. The head, ears and horn are knit separately and whipstitched on, but the arms and legs are picked up from the body and knit from there.
Other Unicorn Materials
US #7/ 4.5 mm set of 5 DPNs or size required to get gauge
16-inch US #7/ 4.5 mm circular needle (optional for the fattest part of the body)
Black embroidery floss
Lockable stitch markers
Poly fil stuffing
Optional: poly pellets for the bottom and hooves
Unicorn Height: 12.5”/31.75 cm seated and 17”/43 cm “standing”
Circumference: 19.5”/45.5 cm at widest point
14.75 sts/24.5 rows = 4” in st st in the round