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25 Adorable & Free Crochet Cow Patterns

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Cows are undeniably cute, and even more so when reimagined as soft, cuddly yarn creations. These crochet cow patterns are not just whimsical and fun, they’re free too! You’ll find everything from loveable cow plushies for the kids to quirky cow hats, slippers, and even some practical potholders.

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Free Crochet Cow Patterns

Crochet cows are classic amigurumi projects that are great for giving to babies, kids, or even cow-loving adults! In this post, you’ll find a list of our favorite crochet cow patterns for all skill levels. And we’re here to give you tips along the way, from picking out the best yarn to mastering the basic crochet stitches. 

Variety of patterns. Most of the patterns in this list are cow amigurumi (in nearly every shape and size!) Beyond adorable amigurumi cows, this list also includes practical designs like cow hats, slippers, and potholders.

Beginner-friendly. Even if you’re just learning how to crochet, you can make a crochet cow if you can work a few basic stitches and techniques! This list has patterns for both beginners and intermediate crafters. 

Versatile projects. Besides being perfect for children’s toys and gifts, crochet cows also make fun farmhouse decor and can be popular for selling at craft shows, too. After all, who wouldn’t want these cute cow creations?

25 Free Crochet Cow Patterns

Enjoy these free crochet cow patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!

Supplies You’ll Need 

Here are some supplies you might need to make your crochet cow:

  • Crochet hook
  • Yarn
  • Polyfill
  • Embroidery thread
  • Other notions (tapestry needle, felt, stitch markers, scissors, etc.)
  • Safety eyes (Please note that safety eyes are a choking hazard for children under 3. If you plan to give your crochet cow to a child, it’s best to replace the safety eyes with embroidered eyes.)

Keep in mind that each pattern is different, so you’ll want to check out the supplies list for your specific design before you start.

What is the best yarn for crochet cow patterns?

Both cotton and acrylic yarns are good choices for making amigurumi cows. Worsted weight yarn works well, but choosing a finer yarn (such as sport or DK) or thicker yarn (such as bulky or super bulky) is a simple way to adjust the size of your project.

  • Cotton yarn is great for amigurumi because it has excellent stitch definition. It’s also durable and holds up well, which is especially important for children’s toys.
  • Acrylic yarn is softer to work with, affordable, and offers many different color options.
  • Bulky or super bulky blanket yarn creates an extra soft and cuddly project. But keep in mind that this fluffy yarn can be more challenging to work with, as it’s harder to keep track of your stitches.

You can find yarn for your project at your local craft store or on crochet.com, lionbrand.com, amazon.com, and more. Some of our favorite choices for amigurumi yarn include Lion Brand Feels Like Butta, Red Heart Super Saver, and Stylecraft Special DK.

Crochet Techniques for Crochet Cow Patterns

It’s always a good idea to read through your pattern before getting started to ensure you’re comfortable with all the techniques and stitches necessary. Here are some of the techniques and stitches you might need to know to make your crochet cow:

Is a crochet cow plushie a good beginner project? 

While a crochet cow might not be the first project we’d recommend for absolute beginners, it’s certainly doable for beginners who have some experience with basic crochet stitches and techniques, including making a magic circle, increasing, decreasing, and seaming.

Some of the best beginner patterns in this list include the Easiest Cow Amigurumi Pattern Ever – Mia Moo Moo (#3), Cleo the Crochet Cow (#20), and the Crochet Cow Hat (#12).

Tips and Tricks for Crochet Cow Patterns

Last but not least, let’s talk about some tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Choose the right pattern for your skill level.

Check the suggested skill level on your pattern and read through the instructions to ensure you’re comfortable with the required stitches. It’s no fun to be in the middle of a pattern and not know how to work the next step.

Follow these amigurumi tips.

If you’ve never tried amigurumi before, here are a few tips to help you out! Firstly, it’s a good idea to use a smaller hook size than usual when making amigurumi. This helps keep your stitches tight so that no fiberfill falls out.

In addition, avoid overstuffing your project (which leads to a stiff cow) or under-stuffing it (which leads to a floppy plushie). Stuff the toy as you go so you get just the right amount.

Take precautions to avoid frustrating mistakes.

We always recommend using stitch markers to help you keep track of your stitches and rounds.

And if you’re crocheting a wearable (or you want your finished cow to be a specific size), make a gauge swatch before getting started. This will tell you whether you need to use a larger or smaller hook size to achieve the correct finished size for your project.

Keep your project safe for kids.

If you plan to give your cow to a child under 3, trade out the safety eyes for embroidered eyes. If there are any other add-ons that could pose a choking hazard, either remove them or embroider them instead.

More Crochet Patterns

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