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How To Crochet a Horse A free Crochet Horse Pattern.

A free Crochet Horse Pattern. Crochet a Realistic looking horse or Pony with this vintage FREE PATTERN. You can crochet a stuffed toy horse to look just like your own. 

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There are so many wonderful vintage patterns out there, and either they state that they need a specialized hook or yarn that is no longer available yet if we just give them a try turn out to be pretty good Crochet Patterns, Like this Crochet Horse
This is a vintage crochet pattern originally printed in The Star Book No. 39 by the AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY. I cannot find an original place to link to but I found this pattern in an old knitting book from our local charity shop. 

However, I found Ravelry has a designer showcase on a lot of their books, but alas no crochet horse pattern. 
If someone can help me to link it up that would be great, I just love the vintage patterns, still as relevant today as yesteryear. 
You can see a full rundown of the patterns they do have stored for this company HERE
 
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I love horses and have tried many horse patterns, but always left feeling slightly disappointed by the outcome, the best one I had come across was a My Little Pony FREE PATTERN, but it still looked very cartoonish.

I wanted a finished horse the well....looked like a horse. This is one I made to look like my own Clydesdale horse. Reggie. 

My Niece loves him and I am requested frequently to make horse owners similar to their horses.

Once I decided on my yarn and hook size, ANY you choose depending on how big or small you want your horse. I used a 4.0mm hook and Double knit Yarn.

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FREE Crochet Horse Pattern (vintage)

I just followed the instructions, there is a LOT of breaking yarn and starting again, I would love to make this a Simpler pattern, Maybe in the future,  however, I just followed exactly as per the instructions below.

 I would advise making sure you are fully concentrating!!! as it IS very full-on instructions line by line.

(I think the only bit you get confused at is visualizing the pieces, (SEE Photo for Help), and once I saw how they turned out I was mad at myself for trying to make it difficult. 

It really IS EASY, and actually turned out to be a very simple crochet horse pattern

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This is the Pattern as Follows.

Materials Required—The following AMERICAN THREAD COMPANY Products:

9 ½" HORSE. (Top of head to feet) "STAR" PEARL COTTON, Size 5. 60 yd. Balls. 8 Balls White and 1 Ball Red. Steel Crochet Hooks No. 4 and 8. Work with two strands of thread.
13 ½" HORSE. "DAWN" KNITTING WORSTED, 1 ¼ oz. Skeins. 4 Skeins Brown and 1 Skein Tangerine or Orange. Bone Crochet Hooks No. 3 and 6. Work with single yarn.
Cotton or Kapok for filling.
17 ½" HORSE. "STAR" COTTON YARN, 100 yd. Skeins. 7 Skeins Black and 1 Skein White. Crochet Hooks No. 6 and G. Work with double yarn.
BODY.
With White and Large Hook ch 38 and work 37 s c on ch. Ch 1 to turn each row.  
2nd and 3rd Rows—2 s c in first s c, 1 s c in each remaining s c.
4th and 5th Rows—1 s c in each s c.
6th Row—Increase 1 s c at beginning of row and work 2 rows even.
9th and 10th Rows—Increase 1 s c at beginning of each row.  
11th Row—Increase 1 s c at beginning of row and work 4 rows even.
16th, 17th and 18th Rows—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of each row. 
19th RowStart Neck—Work 1 s c in each of the first 17 s c, ch 1, turn.
20th Row—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of row, 1 s c in each remaining s c of neck.  
21st Row—1 s c in each s c. Repeat the 20th and 21st rows 3 times.
28th Row—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of row, 1 s c in each remaining s c, ch 12 for head, turn.  
29th Row—11 s c on ch, 1 s c in each s c of neck.
Next 14 Rows—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of each row, break thread.

LOWER SECTION OF FACE. Attach thread at neck edge in the 28th row and in the first st of the ch 12 and work 1 s c in each of the next 10 sts of ch, 2 s c in last st, ch 1, turn and work 3 more rows even.  
5th Row—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of row and work 1 row even.
Next 4 Rows—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of each row, break thread. Attach thread in first s c of 18th row and work 1 s c in each of the next 14 s c, ch 1, turn. Decrease 1 s c and work 1 s c in each of the next 13 s c, ch 1, turn, decrease 1 s c and work 1 s c in each of the next 12 s c, then work 1 s c in each s c across back, 1 s c in each row of neck, 1 s c in each s c at top of head, continue working around head and down the front to the first row without breaking thread.

START FRONT LEG. 2 s c in first s c of opposite side of ch 38, 1 s c in each of next 8 sts, ch 1, turn.
2nd Row—Decrease 1 s c, 1 s c in each of the next 9 s c.  
3rd Row—Increase 1 s c at beginning of row.
4th Row—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of row. Repeat the 3rd and 4th rows 3 times.
11th Row—1 s c in each s c.  
12th Row—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of row. Repeat 11th and 12th rows 3 times, then work 6 more rows even, break thread.

HIND LEG. Attach thread in 13th st from end of row, work 1 s c in each of the next 12 sts, ch 1, turn, and work 2 rows even.
4th Row—Increase 1 s c at beginning of row, 1 s c in each remaining s c.  
5th Row— Decrease 1 s c at beginning of row, 1 s c in each remaining s c. Repeat the 4th and 5th rows once and work 1 row even.
Next 8 Rows—Decrease 1 s c at beginning of each row and work 10 more rows even, break thread. Attach thread at top of head at face, work 1 s c in each of the s c of top of head to back of neck, ch 1, turn. Work 1 s c in each s c across top of head, down front of face, around mouth and up to under neck, ch 1, turn. Work 1 more row of s c all around head then work about 5 s c down back of neck, break thread. Work another section in the same manner.

UNDER SECTION. Work 2 under sections following the first 5 rows of the body. Then work front and hind leg on each section.
EARS. Ch 2, 1 s c in first st, ch 1 to turn.  
2nd Row—2 s c in s c.
3rd Row—2 s c in first s c, 1 s c in next s c. Work 8 more rows increasing 1 s c at beginning of each row, then work 1 s c in each row down one side, 3 s c in the first st, 1 s c in each row up opposite side, break thread.

TAIL. Ch 6, join and work 1 s c in each st, without joining rows and working in back loop of st only work 1 s c in each s c for 14 rows.
I did not Do this I made Tail as I would on a blanket fringe.

FRINGE. * Draw up a loop on hook about 3 inches or length desired, hold loop on hook, s c in next s c, draw up another loop on hook, s c in same s c, draw up another loop on hook, s c in next s c, repeat from * twice. Work a few loops in the same manner in about 3 or 4 rows for under part of tail, break thread. Cut loops.

MANE. Ch 51 and work 50 s c on ch, then work fringe same as tail fringe.
I DID NOT DO THIS! I made mane as I would a fringe on a blanket.
BLANKET. With 1 strand of Red and Small Hook ch 46 and work 45 s c on ch.  
2nd Row—Ch 3, turn, * 2 d c in same space with ch 3, skip 3 s c, s c in next s c, ch 3, repeat from * across row. (Ch 3 to turn each row.)
3rd Row—2 d c in same space with ch 3, s c over the ch 3 of shell, * ch 3, 2 d c in same space, s c over the ch 3 of next shell, repeat from * across row. 
Attach White and work 1 row of White, 2 rows of Red, 1 row of White, 2 rows of Red, then work 1 row of shells all around blanket. Work a band of 2 shells to fit around the horse.



TO ASSEMBLE HORSES. Lay the under sections on body sections matching legs. Sew around both legs and to body, then place both body sections together, leaving center of the under section open for filling. Fill and sew together. Sew Tail, Ears and Blanket in position.

 Fold Mane in half, cut loops and sew in position. Embroider eyes or use buttons are sewn into a small piece of white felt.

BRIDLE AND REINS are made to fit. 
Using a single strand of Red, make a ch long enough to fit around the mouth, join and work a row of s c on ch. The Bit is a ch to fit from one side of band in mouth and attached to the opposite side. 

Work for a band around the head, across the front of head and reins made of 2 rows of s c, break thread.

 Please note this is NOT my own pattern This is An Old Vintage Pattern re-visited,

How do you fancy a DIY horse hat? And crochet a hat for a HORSE. 
Yes that is a thing. 
Free crochet Horse Hat Pattern here 


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