Ox and Cow – Free Crochet Pattern


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After the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the Year of the Ox.

The Ox is the second of all zodiac animals. 

According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. 

The Ox was about to be the first to arrive, but Rat tricked Ox into giving him a ride. 

Then, just as they arrived, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox. Thus, Ox became the second animal.

In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal. Because of its role in agriculture, positive characteristics, such as being hardworking and honest, are attributed to it.

The Chinese New Year will start on February 12th of 2021, and it will last until January 31st of 2022. 

The Yin energy, specific to the Chinese zodiac sign of Ox, will be quite poignant.

This year is going to be lucky and also perfect to focus on relationships, whether we are talking about friendships or love.

And this time again, the Russian designer Pilulya_radosti manages to surprise us also with these free Ox and Cow patterns which I suggest you to crochet them together.

Materials:

  • White and black felt
  • Half-beads for eyes 0.4 cm
  • Wire 1 mm thick 
  • Neodymium magnet 
  • A piece of fur
  • A small decorative bell
  • Red craft foam (cow lips)
  • Cotton yarn 200m / 50 g – hook No. 1.5.
  • YarnArt Jeans – hook number 1.25 (for horns)

Abbreviations: 

The abbreviations you can find here.

Body ox

With body color yarn.

1. 6 sc in MR

2. (1 sc, inc) х 3 (9).

3. 9 sc.

4. (2 sc, inc) x 3 (12).

5. 12 sc.

6. (3 sc, inc ) x 3 (15).

7-9. 15 sc (3 rds).

10. (4 sc, inc) х 3 (18).

11. 18 sc.

12. (5 sc, inc) x 3 (21).

13. 21 sc.

14. (6 sc, inc) x 3 (24).

15. 24 sc.

Change to pants color.

16. (7 sc, inc) x 3 (27).

17, 27 sc.

18. (8 sc, inc) x 3 (30).

19. 30 sc.

Crochet to the side of the pants:

5 sc, 1ch, turn, 6 sc, 1ch, turn, 6 sc, 1ch, on the side of the leg of pants:

2 sc, 1slst in the first sc of the leg of the pants.

Second leg of pants:

2slst, 6 sc, 1ch, turn, 6 sc, 1ch, turn, 6 sc, 1ch,  on the side of the leg of pants:

2 sc, 1slst in the first sc of the leg of pants.

Cut the thread, fasten.

Body cow

With body color yarn.

1. 6 sc in MR

2. (1 sc, inc) х 3 (9).

3. 9 sc.

4. (2 sc, inc) 3 (12).

5. 12 sc.

6. (3 sc, inc ) x 3 (15).

7-9. 15 sc (3 rds).

10. (4 sc, inc) х 3 (18).

11. 18 sc.

12. (5 sc, inc) 3 (21).

13. 21 sc.

14. (6 sc, inc) x 3 (24).

15. 24 sc.

16. (7 sc, inc) x 3 (27).

17, 27 sc.

18. (8 sc, inc) x 3 (30).

19. 30 sc.

20. 15 sc, 15 sc in BLO, 1slst. FO. Cut the thread! 

For the remaining half-loops of the 20th row, crochet a skirt.

For this:

1. Attach the thread to the first half loop and crochet 2sc in each loop (30).

2. 1ch, turn,  30 sc. FO. Cut the thread.

Muzzle and head – ox and cow

With cream color yarn.

1. 5ch and from the 2nd ch from the hook: 3 sc, 4 sc in the same stitch, and on the other side of the chain: 3 sc, 1inc (12).

2. inc, 2 sc, 4 inc, 2 sc, 3 inc (20).

3. (1 sc, inc) х 2, 2 sc, (1 sc, inc) х 4, 2 sc, (1 sc, inc) x 2 (28)

4-6. 28 sc (3 rds).

7. (5 sc, dec) x 4 (24).

8. (4 sc, 4 dec) x 2 (16).

Change in body color yarn.

9-15. 16 sc (7 rds).

16. (2 sc, dec) x 4 (12).

17. (1 sc, dec) x 4 (8).

Stuff only the cream muzzle.

Cut the thread, pull the hole with a needle.

 

Horns (make 2) – ox and cow

With horn color yarn:

1. 6 sc in MR

2-9. 6 sc (8 rds).

Cut the thread, leave a tail for sewing.

Cut off a 6.5 cm wire, insert into the head and make 2 loops at the ends of the wire.

Put the horns on the wire and sew in a circle.

Slippers (make 2) – ox and cow

With slipper color yarn.

1. 6 sc in MR

2. 6 sc

3. (1 sc, inc) х 3 (9).

4-5. 9 sc (2 rds).

6. (1 sc, dec) х 3 (6)

Cut the thread, leave a tail for sewing. Close the opening!

 

Legs – ox and cow

With cream color yarn.

Make a chain of 60 ch. Sew the slippers at the ends of the chain. Divide the chain in half and sew it to the center of the magic ring  of the body.

 

Put the magnet inside the body.

– cut a triangle out of felt, glue the edges of the triangle.

– glue the triangle inside the body to the back by inserting a magnet inside.

You can make a knot and hang the toy on the tree.

 

Hands (make 2) – ox and cow

With horns color yarn.

1. 6 sc in MR

2. 6 sc.

Change in body color yarn.

3-7. 6 sc (5 rds).

Fold in half and crochet: 3sc. FO. Leave a tail for sewing.

Sew the hands on the sides of the body.

Tail – ox and cow

Take a 20 cm piece of thread, fold it in half, and twist each end of the thread individually clockwise. Fold both ends of the thread together and tie a knot.

Secure the ponytail at the back with a loop.

Assembly – ox and cow

  • Sew the head to the 3rd row of the body from the top.
  • Glue white felt and the eyes.
  • Glue a little bit of fur.
  • Cut the craft foam (lips) and glue it (only for cow).
  • Make a smile with a black thread
  • Glue the black felt nostrils.
  • Decorate with a bow on the tail (only for cow).
  • Decorate your toy with a bell.

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