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Crochet: Owl Decoration

 

 

This quick and simple crocheted owl decoration is worked in the round, like most amigurumi. The owl can be made with or without a loop for hanging at the top.

The owl in the picture was made using DK wool-acrylic blend yarns. A mottled or tweedy yarn works best for the body. Two complimentary solid colours work best for the belly. Some sort of toy stuffing is also needed. I’ve used Sirdar Country Style for the body and eyes and King Cole Majestic for the belly, but a lot of other yarns would work fine.

It’s easiest to make all the smaller pieces first so that they can be sewn on neatly before the stuffing is inserted and the body closed up by the top two rows of stitches.

I’ve used half treble stitches for the body, to give texture, but this open stitch means the stuffing is slightly visible. This is intended as a decoration, rather than a toy.

**UK stitch names used.**

Materials Needed

All Double Knit yarns. Acrylic yarn is fine, but a wool blend or pure wool works particularly well for the body as it gives a fluffy owl texture. All quantities are very small amounts, less than a 25g ball.

  • Grey/beige/natural coloured DK yarn for body and wings.
  • Two complimentary coloured yarns for the belly which contrast with the body yarn.
  • Black and cream yarns for the eyes.
  • A very small amount of yellow to sew the beak.
  • Toy stuffing.

Size 4 crochet hook. Blunt large darning needle for sewing pieces together and sewing beak.

Gauge isn’t important for this project.

Terminology (UK):

(dc) double crochet, (ss) slip stitch, (htr) half treble, (tr) treble, (dtr) double treble, (2htrTOG) crochet two half treble together to reduce

Instructions

Belly (Two colourful, complimentary yarns.)

Round 1: With first colour, 6 dc into a magic loop and pull tight. Finish with ss. (6)

Round 2: 2 htr into each stitch. Finish with ss. (12)

Fasten off. (Loose thread can be worked into next round.) Fasten on with new colour in any stitch.

Round 3: With second colour, 2 htr into each stitch. Finish with ss. (24)

Fasten off, but leave a long thread to sew onto body.

owl-eyes-2.jpg

Eyes (Black yarn and cream yarn.)

Round 1: With black yarn, 6 dc into a magic loop and pull tight. Finish with ss. (6).

Fasten off. (Loose thread can be worked into next round.)

Round 2: With cream yarn, 2 htr into each stitch. (12)

Finish with ss. Fasten off but leave a long thread to sew onto body.

 

owl wings 2

Wings x 2 (Grey/beige yarn. Same as body.)

Round 1: 6 dc into a magic loop and pull tight. Finish with ss. (6)

Round 2: 2 dc into each stitch. Finish with ss. (12)

Round 3: 1 dc in each stitch. Finish with ss. (12)

Repeat for rounds 4-6.

Fasten off with a long thread to sew onto body.

Work in any loose threads left. (Though the backs of the eyes and belly will not be visible in the finished owl, so you don’t need to be too neat with lose ends. They can even be tied at the back.)

Body (Grey/beige yarn. Same as wings.) Starts at bottom of owl. The majority of the body is crocheted with half treble stitch.

Round 1: 6 dc into a magic loop and pull tight. Finish with ss. (6)

Round 2: 2 htr into each stitch. Finish with ss. (12)

Round 3: 2 htr into first stitch. 1 htr into next. Repeat for round. Finish with ss. (18)

Round 4: 2 htr into first stitch. 1 htr into next 2 stitches. Repeat for round. Finish with ss. (24)

Round 5: 1 htr into each stitch. Finish with ss. (24)

Repeat 5 for round 6-10.

Round 11: 2htrTOG. 1htr in next 2 stitches. Repeat for round. Finish with ss. (18)

Round 12: 1htr in each stitch. Finish with ss. (18)

owl parts

At this point, pause crocheting the body and sew on all parts of the owl, beginning with the belly, then the eyes, then the wings. The beak is embroidered with yellow yarn in a triangle, starting with a large stitch across the bottom of the eyes, which is then sewn over, as shown in the picture. Once all pieces are attached firmly, stuff owl, but not too firmly, to avoid making the owl too round. At this point, continue on with crocheting the body.

 

 

Row 1: (NB. This is not a round.) At this point, the front and back of the previous round are fastened together with double crochet stitches to form the flat shape of the head and to seal the stuffing in. (9). Turn.

Row 2: This final line forms the ears. A stitch into each stitch of the previous line as follows: ss, dtr, tr, ss, ss, ss, tr, dtr, ss.

 

 

Fasten off, but if you would like a loop at the top to hang the owl, leave a long length of yarn which you will pull under the crochet and out at the middle. The loop is made with a crochet chain to your desired length and then secured by stitching back into the middle of the owls head. (A chain of 30 will give you a reasonable size of loop.)

 

 

Your owl is finished.

You can play around with different colour options and even try out some real life owls. I did a slightly larger version for a snowy owl.

 

 

Please comment if you find any problems with this pattern. Also let me know if you use it. I’d love to see your creations.

Copyright Notice

Pattern (c) Ambrose Hall 2019. You may not copy this pattern, but feel free to link to this page with credit. You can sell your creations if you are a charity or sole trader. If you are from a larger company, please contact me to negotiate rights. Do not pass off this design as your own. 

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