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Picture of Cow Tipping, the Humane Way
It's Saturday night and you're bored.  We've all been there: your friends have tried to float idea after idea, but nothing really seems to appeal.  Then, in desperation, someone says, "let's go cow tipping!" and you have a brief chuckle.

...but really, who has cows near where you live anyway?  ...and does that even work?  ...plus, you're pretty sure that you read somewhere that cow tipping is a good way to injure yourself and the animal.  Not cool.

Luckily, I've provided you with directions to make your own cow tipping toy.  Convenient and cruelty-free!


...of course, if you want a cow ready-made, I do have such a thing available, too:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91397223/cow-tipping-toy-with-noisemaker



Materials:
  • US Size J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook, or size needed for gauge of about 6 sts by 5 rows = 2" x 2" working in single crochet 
  • Bulky weight yarn in Black and White, less than 100 yds of each (I used two strands of Lily Sugar'n Cream held together)
  • Stuffing (I used polyester fiberfill)
  • Two 12 mm Black Safety Eyes
  • Noisemaker Can ("Moo can")
  • Needle and Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle




 
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Step 1: Pattern

Picture of Pattern
Leg:
Make 4 using Black yarn

Round 1: sc 6 in magic ring, sl st to close round {6}
Round 2: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, [inc] around, sl st to close round {11}
Round 3: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 1, [inc, sc 1] around, sl st to close round {17}
Round 4: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 5, [inc, sc 5] around, sl st to close round {20}
Round 5: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {20}
Round 6: ch 1, sc around, sl st 2, clean fasten off {20}


Body:
Make 1 using White Yarn

Round 1: sc 6 in magic ring, sl st to close round {6}
Round 2: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, [inc] around, sl st to close round {11}
Round 3: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 1, [inc, sc 1] around, sl st to close round {17}
Round 4: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 2, [inc, sc 2] around, sl st to close round {23}
Round 5: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 3, [inc, sc 3] around, sl st to close round {29}
Round 6: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 4, [inc, sc 4] around, sl st to close round {35}
Round 7: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 11, [inc, sc 11] around, sl st to close round {38}
Round 8: ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 12, [inc, sc 12] around, sl st to close round {41}
Round 9 through 12: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {41}
Round 13: ch 1, sc around, sl st 2, clean fasten off {41}


Ear:
Make 2 using Black yarn

Round 1: ch 3, sc 1, sc 3 in 1, continue around to other side of chain, sc 2 in 1, sl st to close round {6}
Round 2: ch 1, sc 1, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 1, sl st to close round {8}
Round 3: ch 1, sc 1, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 2, sl st to close round {10}
Round 4: ch 1, sc 1, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 3, sl st to close round {12}
Round 5: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {12}
Round 6: ch 1, sc around, clean fasten off {12}


Head:

Top:
Make 1 using White yarn

Round 1: ch 10, sc 8, sc 3 in 1, continue around to other side of chain, sc 7, sc 2 in 1, sl st to close round {20}
Round 2: ch 1, sc 8, inc, inc, sc 8, inc, inc, sl st to close round {24}
Round 3: ch 1, sc 8, inc, sc 11, inc, sc 3, sl st to close round {26}
Round 4: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {26}
Round 5: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {26}
Round 6: ch 1, sc 4, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 8, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 4, sl st to close round {22}
Round 7: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {22}
Round 8: ch 1, sc around, clean fasten off {22}


Nose:
Make 1 using Black yarn

Round 1: ch 10, sc 8, sc 3 in 1, continue around to other side of chain, sc 7, sc 2 in 1, sl st to close round {20}
Round 2: ch 1, sc 8, inc, inc, sc 8, inc, inc, sl st to close round {24}
Round 3: ch 1, sc 8, inc, sc 11, inc, sc 3, sl st to close round {26}
Round 4: ch 1, sc around, sl st to close round {26}
Round 5: ch 1, sc 5, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 8, dec, sc 1, dec, sc 3, clean fasten off {22}


Tail:
Make 1 using Black yarn

ch 10, hdc 1 in 3rd loop from hook, ch 2, sl st 1 in chain just made, ch 3, sl st 1 in same space as hdc, sl st 7


Spot:
Make 1 using Black yarn

ch 5, sc 1, hdc 1, dc 1, tr 6, continue around to other side of chain, tr 2, [tr 2, dc 1, hdc 1] in 1, clean fasten off




Hi. I love that cow! How big is it when finished? I can't tell from the pictures. I would like it for a miniature manger scene. I'll use a smaller weight yarn to reduce it, but I'd like to know how much smaller she needs to become.

MissCindy made it!1 month ago

Thank you so much for your pattern! I've seen it before and I knew I wanted to make it someday.

It was a gift for friends who are going abroad for no one knows how long. I wanted to make them something Dutch to take along on their journey.

I changed the colours, gave her a tiny lock of hair and made a keyring on her back. Now she looks like a Dutch dairy cow. :D

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Tierasche2 years ago
Now, when you say "ch 1, sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, sc 5". Does the the first sc in the sl st count towards the 5?
needlenoodles (author)  Tierasche2 years ago
No. You make a sc 1 in same space as prev. sl st, then sc 5
ayork42 years ago
No matter how many times I try the legs, it just isn't making any sense to me.
If you have 17 stitches in round 3 and you increase 5 times in round 4 there is no way that makes 20 stitches - is there a miscount there, or am I just doing something wrong?

Also - instead of closing off each round with a slip stitch and having to do a chain to start the next round, wouldn't it be easier to just work in a continual round?

Please help :) I really want to make this turn out!
needlenoodles (author)  ayork42 years ago
Ah, I left the pattern in shorthand, I think that's the problem.

"[inc, 5] around" means "[increase, then single crochet 5 times] until you get to the end of the round" instead of "increase five times".

I've edited the pattern to make that (hopefully) a bit clearer.


As for working in continuous rounds versus joined rounds, you certainly could do that if you so desire. Just leave out the sl st at the end of the round, and replace the ch with a sc at the start of the round. I tend to use joined rounds instead of continuous rounds in pieces with a relatively small number of stitches and/or rows. This is because the "seam" left by joined rounds tends to be less visible in pieces with a small number of rounds, and the slight horizontal slant left by continuous rounds tends to be more visible in pieces with a small number of stitches.

Hope that helps!
Ralph1152 years ago
Hi needlenoodles,
Making this for a friend going to the UK (from SA) who loves cows. Wonder if you might be so kind as to help me out a bit.

I am confused with Round 1 of the Ear, Nose and Head.

"ch 3, sc 1, sc 3 in 1, continue around to other side of chain, sc 2 in 1, sl st to close round"

Instructions says to "ch 3, sc 1," BUT WHERE ? in which chain or how do I make the sc?(Am I suppose to sl st the 3 ch into a circle) Same as with "sc 3 in 1" ? or sc 2 in one ? (Is this a back and forth motion?)

Sorry, any help from anyone would be great ;)
Okay, after about 5 tries, I think I figured it out.
ch 3, sc 1 in the second chain, sc 3 in first chain (so as to turn around the chain and continue on the other side of the chain), sc 2 in 1 (inc) and sl st to close around.

Thanks anyway. Sorry for the bother :)
And thank you for the pattern!
needlenoodles (author)  Ralph1152 years ago
Yep, you got it! :)
rlynk2 years ago
i want to make this, but where did you get the little moo can? i'd make it even if i didn't have one, but i'd really prefer to do it with the moo.
needlenoodles (author)  rlynk2 years ago
I can find them on Amazon.com by searching for "moo can"

Something like this should work:
http://www.amazon.com/Country-Can-In-Despicable-Movie-July/dp/B0006GK9NQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337572493&sr=8-1

As for finding "moo cans" in stores, this particular one I found at the dollar store. I've also seen them at some of the smaller, independently owned toy shops in my area (look for places that have kid's instruments and noisemakers that *aren't* mostly electronic :) )
messirose2 years ago
i have tried to make this cow many times, but i am very confused with the pattern :(
needlenoodles (author)  messirose2 years ago
I'm very sorry to hear it, and would be happy to help if I can. Would it be possible to let me know a little more specifically where you're running into trouble?
Win Guy2 years ago
I love it! Great job, needlenoodles! I'm always looking out for your patterns, I love them so much! A quickquestion, though... Where did you get the moo can? I can't find it much of anywhere.
Thanks,

Win Guy
needlenoodles (author)  Win Guy2 years ago
This particular "moo can" I found at the dollar store. I've also seen them at some of the smaller, independently owned toy shops in my area (look for places that have kid's instruments and noisemakers that *aren't* mostly electronic :) )

Failing that, you can find them on Amazon.
Something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Country-Can-In-Despicable-Movie-July/dp/B0006GK9NQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331436804&sr=8-1

would probably work.
Carleyy2 years ago
Oh man, the title of this made me giggle. Very cute!
Ha, that is so cute!
Aww! That is an adorable little cow. Great photos, too!