This is a pattern for Knit Unicorn Rainbow Game. This is a fun DIY unicorn game for little ones! You’ll go over the rainbow where there is a hungry unicorn that wants to eat treats. It helps kids learn color recognition and other great skills while playing. The knit game mat becomes a bag for easy storage of the entire thing.
Make the Pattern for the Knit Unicorn, Then Have Fun and Learn!
This is a really great project for toddlers and slightly older kids. It’s a DIY game that teaches a variety of different skills including:
- Color recognition
- Social sharing by taking turns
- Fine motor skill development
- Age-appropriate strategizing
And your kids aren’t the only ones who will develop their fine motor skills with this game. When you use the pattern for the Knit Unicorn game, you’re also keeping up those skills for yourself as a knitter!
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Unicorns Are Magical
Obviously, you could make this game with other animals/creatures as well. However, unicorns are really magical, special creatures that add to the fun of the game for many kids. The colorful designs and the horse-like animal make kids smile.
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Knit Unicorn Rainbow Game Supplies:
Here’s what you’re going to need to complete the pattern for the Knit Unicorn Rainbow Game design:
US 7 (4.5 mm) Circular or DPN Needles
Crochet hook (optional)
Tapestry (yarn) Needle
A small amount of fiberfill
Colorful Pom Poms -20 total, 4 of each color
Red Heart Super Saver
OR Mary Maxim Starlette Yarn
Color A: White
Color B: Baby Pink
Color C: Pale Plum (Purple)
Color D: Light Blue
Color E: Tea Leaf (Green)
Color F: Lemon (Yellow)
Color G: small amount of black yarn for stitching
K2tog- knit two together
Kf&b- knit in front and back of the stitch
M1- Make One
4 x4 inches: 23 rows x 16 stitches
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Instructions for the Knit Unicorn Rainbow Game
Unicorn Hand Puppet
Rnd 1: With white yarn cast on 40, join and work in the round. 40 sts
Rnd 2: Purl in each stitch around. 40 sts
Rnd 3-14: Knit in each stitch around. 40 sts
Rnd 15: K15, (m1, k2) three times, m1, k19. 44 sts
Rnd 16: Knit in each stitch around. 44 sts
Rnd 17: K15, (m1, k3) three times, m1, k12. k2tog four times. 44 sts
Rnd 18: Knit in each stitch around. 44 sts
Rnd 19: K42, (m1, k1) twice. 46 sts
Rnd 20: K42, (m1, k2) twice. 48 sts
Rnd 21: K42, (m1, k3) twice. 50 sts
Rnd 22: K42, (m1, k4) twice. 52 sts
Rnd 23-29: Knit in each stitch around. 52 sts
Rnd 30: K6, (k2tog, k6) three times, k2tog, k 20. 48 sts
Rnd 31: K6, (k2tog, k5) three times, k2tog, k 19. 44 sts
Rnd 32: K6, (k2tog, k4) three times, k2tog, k 18. 40 sts
Rnd 33: K2tog, k23, k2tog, k13. 38 sts
Rnd 34: Knit in each stitch around. 38 sts
Bottom Mouth Piece
Rnd 35: K3, place next 23 stitches on the placeholder, thumb cast on 13, k12. 28 sts
Rnd 36-44: Knit in each stitch around. 28 sts
Rnd 45: (K2tog, k1) twice, k2, (k2tog, k1) four times, k2, (k2tog, k1) twice. 28 sts
Rnd 46: K2tog twice, k2, k2tog four times, k2, k2tog twice. 12 sts
Rnd 47: Kitchener stitch for the last 12 stitches. Place 6 stitches on each needle, cut yarn, and place onto a yarn needle. Follow Kitchener’s instructions at end of the pattern.
Top Mouth Pieces
Rnd 35: Place the held stitches back onto needles. With the right side of knitting facing, join yarn and k23, thumb cast on 13. 36 sts
Never done a thumb cast on? Visit Thumb Cast On Instructions and Video.
Rnd 36-45: Knit in each stitch around. 36 sts
Rnd 46: (K2tog, k2) twice, k2, (k2tog, k2) four times, k2, (k2tog, k2) twice. 28 sts
Rnd 47: (K2tog, k1) twice, k2, (k2tog, k1) four times, k2, (k2tog, k1) twice. 20 sts
Rnd 48: K2tog twice, k2, k2tog four times, k2, k2tog twice.12 sts
Kitchener stitch for the last 12 stitches. Place 6 stitches on each needle, cut yarn, and place onto a yarn needle. Follow Kitchener’s instructions at end of the pattern.
Stitch two heart nostrils onto the front of the top mouth. Stitch eyes on top of puppet on rounds 31-34
Uniorn Knit Horn
Rnd 1: With Yellow Yarn, cast on 12 and work in the round. 12 sts
Rnd 2-3: knit. 12 sts
Rnd 4: *K2tog, k4; repeat * around. 10 sts
Rnd 5-6: knit. 10 sts
Rnd 7: *K2tog, k3; repeat * around. 8 sts
Rnd 8-9: knit. 8 sts
Rnd 10: *K2tog, k2; repeat * around. 6 sts
Rnd 11-12: knit. 6 sts
Rnd 13: *K2tog, k1; repeat * around. Fasten off and use tail to weave through 4 stitches and bind off, weave in ends. Stitch horn onto top middle of puppet at rounds 27-31. 4 sts
Uniorn Knit Tongue
Row 1: With pink yarn cast on 8. 8 sts
Row 2-5: Stockinette (purl even rows, knit odd rows). 8 sts
Row 7: K2tog, k4, k2tog. 6 sts
Row 8: Purl. 6 sts
Row 9: K2tog, k2, k2tog. 4 sts
Row 10: Purl. 4 sts
Row 11: Bind off knitwise. Fasten off and weave in end. Using a yarn needle, place tongue on the center of the middle mouthpiece (see picture) and sew in place. Sew the top and bottom mouthpieces together.
Uniorn Knit Ears (Make 2)
Row 1: With white yarn, Cast on 6. 6 sts
Row 2- Row 6: Stockinette (purl even rows, knit odd rows). 6 sts
Row 7: K2tog, k2, k2tog. 4 sts
Row 8: Purl. 4 sts
Row 9: K2tog twice. 2 sts
Row 10: Purl. 2 sts
Row 11: K2tog. Fasten off and weave in end. Sew ears to either side of the puppet’s head. 1 sts
Adding The Mane
Using a cell phone or similar shape, wrap each color of yarn around the phone 24 times and then cut once. On round 24, two strands of yarn will be tied at a time around the 6 centered post knit stitches behind the horn. Using a crochet hook (or knitting needle), pull the center of the strands behind the stitch forming a loop, pull the ends of the strands through the loop, and secure tightly to the puppet.
Repeat these steps (2 strands of yarn per 6 center stitches and 2 rows of each color) down the back of the puppet towards the arm opening.
Unicorn Square Die Instructions
Make 6 squares in colors: 1 purple, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 pink, 2 white.
Row 1: Cast on 10. 10 sts
Row 2-10: Stockinette (purl even and knit odd). 10 sts
Row 11: Bind off knitwise. At the end of row 11 fasten off. 10 sts
Using a yarn needle, stitch a unicorn happy face and a unicorn sick face onto the two white knit dice squares using the photos below as reference. Stitch the sides of the squares together to form a cube. Before stitching the last square closed and stuff with fiberfill (don’t overstuff) and then stitch closed.
Rainbow Carrying Bag
Row 1: With yellow yarn cast on 5 stitches (place stich marker at beginning of round). 5 sts
Row 2: Kf&b around. 10 sts
Row 3: Kf&b around. 20 sts
Row 4: Knit. 20 sts
Row 5: Kf&b, k1; repeat around. 30 sts
Row 6: Knit. 30 sts
Row 7: Kf&b, k2; repeat around. 40 sts
Row 8: Knit. 40 sts
Row 9: Kf&b, k3; repeat around. 50 sts
Row 10: Knit. 50 sts
Row 11: Kf&b, k4; repeat around. 60 sts
Row 12: Knit. 60 sts
Row 13: Kf&b, k5; repeat around. 70 sts
Row 14: Change to green yarn and knit. 70 sts
Row 15: Kf&b, k6; repeat around. 80 sts
Row 16: Knit. 80 sts
Row 17: Kf&b, k7; repeat around. 90 sts
Row 18: Knit. 90 sts
Row 19: Kf&b, k8; repeat around. 100 sts
Row 20: Knit. 100 sts
Row 21: Kf&b, k9; repeat around. 110 sts
Row 22: Change to blue yarn and knit. 110 sts
Row 23: Kf&b, k10; repeat around. 120 sts
Row 24: Knit. 120 sts
Row 25: Kf&b, k11; repeat around. 130 sts
Row 26: Knit. 130 sts
Row 27: Kf&b, k12; repeat around. 140 sts
Row 28: Knit. 140 sts
Row 29: Kf&b, k13; repeat around. 150 sts
Row 30: Change to purple yarn and knit. 150 sts
Row 31: Kf&b, k14; repeat around. 160 sts
Row 32: Knit. 160 sts
Row 33: Kf&b, k15; repeat around. 170 sts
Row 34: Knit. 170 sts
Row 35: Kf&b, k16; repeat around. 180 sts
Row 36: Knit. 180 sts
Row 37: Kf&b, k17; repeat around. 190 sts
Row 38: Change to pink yarn and knit. 190 sts
Row 39: Kf&b, k18; repeat around. 200 sts
Row 40: Knit. 200 sts
Row 41: Kf&b, k19; repeat around. 210 sts
Row 42: Knit. 210 sts
Row 43: Kf&b, k20; repeat around. 220 sts
Row 44: Knit. 220 sts
Row 45: Kf&b, k21; repeat around. 230 sts
Row 46: Change to white yarn and knit. 230 sts
Row 47: Kf&b, k22; repeat around. 240 sts
Row 48: *yo, k2tog, k8; repeat * around. 240 sts
Row 49: Kf&b, k23; repeat around. 250 sts
Row 50: Bind off knitwise, fasten off and weave in ends. 250 sts
Bag Closure Tie:
Crochet or I-cord Tie:
With pink yarn, braid, chain with a crochet hook, or create an -icord approx. 60 inches, leaving a tail on each end. Weave through the chain 1 space of round 48. Using a pompom maker create a pompom, using the tail ends of the chained tie to secure the pompom on each side.
Benefits of The Knit Unicorn Game:
The Unicorn Treat Game helps preschoolers with color recognition, develop fine motor skills, social skills in taking turns, and strategic thinking skills. For advanced children, the winner must collect one pompom of each color.
How to Play The Knit Unicorn Treat Game:
Knit Kitchener Instructions:
Hold the needles parallel with the tips pointing in the same direction and the purl sides facing inwards.
Insert the threaded tapestry needle into the first stitch on the needle closest to you as if to purl and pull it through, leaving the stitch on the needle.
Then insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit, leaving the stitch on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
A. Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, while slipping it off the end of the needle.
B. Insert the needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, but this time, leave it on the needle. Gently pull the yarn through.
C. Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, and slip it off the end of the needle.
D. Insert the needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, and leave it on the needle. Pull the yarn through.
Repeat steps A-D until two stitches remain. Complete step A and then go to step B.
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