Project #044: Comet the Unicorn

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian
Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian

The most magical CAL in the galaxy kicks off on Wednesday, 21 November 2018!

It’s time to sign up and start preparing your supplies so we can all crochet Comet the Unicorn together!

🦄 Click here to join in!🦄

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian
Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian


Comet’s crochet along is going to be hosted at Hooked On Sunshine. It will also be available on Ravelry. If you have any questions, all the info you could ever need is at Comet’s sign-up page.

When the CAL is over, I’ll list the full pattern for purchase at my Etsy store (and for South Africans at my Projectarian shop).

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian


This magical babe’s pattern has been a very long time in the making! I started by designing my first Nomadic Galaxy Pony in early 2016. That inspired me to try little unicorns as well so Tiny Hoof was conceived soon after.

TINY HOOF | Tiny Unicorn by Projectarian

Over the years I’ve tried to improve on the design every time I make a new Galaxy Pony so she’s been evolving for a while!

Here’s a little gallery of her evolution, starting with Jewel in June 2016 and finishing with Helia in January this year


So many people asked for her pattern but I was very reluctant to release it because her design isn’t conducive to a mainstream pattern. She’s quite difficult to make, using embroidery, needle felting, complicated sewing, and special supports in her legs to be able to stand.

I also felt like her design was unique and special. My brand is still very small so to be frank, I didn’t want to hand her over for somebody else to be able to make before I’d even had a chance to benefit from all the hard work I’d put into designing her myself.

I’m still nervous about releasing her so soon but with your help, she can grow my little business a little bigger and I can bring you even more magic!

Cue the creation of Comet –

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian


When I designed Comet, I wanted her to still have the elegant and realistic shaping everyone was after from my Galaxy Ponies, but at the same time she had to be a design that anyone can make. And that was T O U G H!

Even with my accumulated  experience, it still took me two months to design and write her pattern – the longest I’ve ever dedicated to a single design! That’s excluding the actual editing of the pattern document and having it tested (that whole process is currently only in the beginning stages). To give you a comparison, Atlas the Lion Cub took me about 2 weeks to design.

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian


But Jessie, what do you mean it took 2 months to design Comet?


Well I mean the total number of days I spent working on her was about 60; re-making each little element over and over and over, figuring out what stitch to place where – until the shaping was exactly the way I wanted it. Her body took about 15 tries (that’s just the area between her neck and legs) – at 109 stitches around, that’s pretty time consuming! Her head took about 20 tries. All her other features were a bit easier except the hair, which I technically only did about 5 times but it was a LOT of hair to redo every time!

Comet’s prototype surrounded by the shrapnel left over from all the failed attempts. I had already recycled most of it back into her body by this stage.

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian

I finally got the hair to work and was so sad to be left with these off-cuts of  precious hand dyed merino wool!


Each attempt also includes scribbling down the pattern just “in case it works this time”! Then when it did finally work, I typed it out quickly because relying on a fat stack of notes with 20 similar head patterns is asking for trouble.

When her prototype was complete at long last, I made a second unicorn to check my design – and good thing too because I had somehow managed to lose the final version of my body pattern and the hair didn’t work out at all when I switched to a different yarn.

Then *finally!* I made the third unicorn, so that I could photograph each little step of the process as I went, so that you my friend, will have an-easy-to-follow pattern in the end! In the process I decided the colours I chose weren’t working so I switched them up.

Which meant I ended up with two finished beauties…

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian

…which also means there are TWO yarn kit options for you to make Comet with!
Click here to see


This project was incredibly difficult which also made it suuuuper satisfying when I eventually got everything right.  I’m awfully happy with how she turned out, and although greater works of art do exist in the world, she is my great work for now, and I’m really proud. To me she’s beautiful and special and I still don’t want to give her over to the world!!

My little shooting star.

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian


I cried from relief and accomplishment after I finished her. And then I posted some pictures of my precious little darling on Instagram. The reaction was a massive tidal wave of love and appreciation for her – it was so overwhelming that I cried again!

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian


After ALL that hard work and emotional frustration, it would mean the world to me if her pattern does really well!

🦄 If you’d like to help me get Comet out there, please share a link to the pattern or links to this post, crediting Projectarian as the designer.

🦄 You can share an image from this post on any social media (there are sharing buttons at the end of this post), and there’s even a pic below that you can pin to your Pinterest board.

🦄 Invite all your crochet friends to join the CAL, and get the word out in your crochet groups so that other members can share her with their friends. (Remember not to share the pattern file itself with anyone.)

Creating awareness for Comet’s pattern will help my brand grow so I can bring you more of this goodness in the future!

Comet the Unicorn | by Projectarian

SIGN UP FOR COMET’S CAL

If you sign up NOW you’ll get the Early Bird bonus, which includes 2 fun colouring pages of Comet for the kids (or yourself!) and a 10% discount on your next Projectarian pattern purchase at Hooked on Sunshine’s shop!

Thanks for joining our adventure!

xxx
Jessie & Comet

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Everything I’ve read and see all your creations, you my dear are the artist of the year in my opinion! Comet the unicorn is simply stunning! I can’t wait to start your CAL Nov 21st. I’ll be slow going since I’ll be having Carpal Tunnel surgery beforehand.

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Carol D

She is darling! What a charmer! All your hard work is so apparent! But so worth it – the finished product is just beautiful!

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Pamela

I’ve never done a cal but definitely will be joining this one. I’m a slow crocheter with lots in the go but Comet is a must do!

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Vany

Bom dia… Amei seus trabalhos.
Moro no Brasil, e gostaria de ter seu livro.