Jennifer the Unicorn

After months spent crocheting scarves, I decided I wanted a new challenge. I was scrolling through Pinterest and came across this adorable crocheted unicorn:


Being in the Peace Corps means keeping a tight budget, but after some debate with myself, I decided I could shell out $6.50 for the pattern. I bought it at this etsy shop.

This was by far the longest and most complicated project I have ever attempted. I had unicorn body parts strewn across my room for weeks.


I was unsure of where to find cotton stuffing here in Kosovo. I went into a shop in the next village over, where I often buy my yarn. The man who works at the store knows me by now. I didn’t know how to explain what I wanted in Shqip, so I googled a picture and showed him. He suggested cutting a pillow apart and using the stuffing. Brilliant!

I hit a few glitches along the way. One of my unicorn’s arms is slightly longer than the other — oops. Her head was lolling to one side, so I crammed more stuffing in at the last minute. The pattern calls for the use plastic “safety eyes,” but I have no idea where to find such a thing. After testing several other ideas, I settled on crocheted closed eyes.

Ultimately, I am pretty happy with how she turned out.

As I said on my Instagram post, I have decided to name my unicorn Jennifer (after myself). It’s the most ubiquitous name from the year I was born, and the 1980s were a heydey for unicorns, so why not?


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