Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Crochet Owl Pattern


I saw some owls similar to these while prowling around on Pinterest, last night, but with no link to a pattern.

They were so cute I really wanted to pull out my yarn and hook, and try to puzzle out the pattern right then.  It was late though, so I had to delay until morning, drifting off with owls and patterns on the brain, and waking up at 0'dark 30, tripping through, attempting to gather my supplies without waking the children - ready to crochet.

After a couple of attempts, I'm pretty satisfied with the outcome.  I'm not much of a pattern writer, but occasionally record my attempts here, so as not to lose them, should I ever want to make another.

I neglected once, to record a pattern for a double-finger puppet shark...


...and now have no idea how to make another - bummer!

Anyway, as to the owls...


Using a G hook, and worsted weight yarn, tie on, chain 2, and slip stitch through the first chain to make a loop.
Round 1: Sc 5 into the loop (5 sts)
Round 2: Dc into each of the 5 sc (10 sts)
Round 3: *Sc 1 into the first st and 2 into the next, to increase* repeat between ** four more times, around (15 sts)
Round 4: *Sc 1 into the first two sts and 2 into the next, to increase* repeat between ** four more times around (20 sts)
Round 5: *Sc 1 into the first 3 sts and 2 into the next, to increase* repeat between ** four more times around (25 sts)
Round 6: *Sc 1 into the first 4 sts and 2 into the next, to increase* repeat between ** four more times around (30 sts)
Rounds 7-8: Sc 1 into each st around (30 sts)
Round 9: *Sc in the first 4 sts and decrease 1* repeat between ** four more times around (25 sts)
Round 10:  *Sc in the first 3 sts and decrease 1* repeat between ** four more times around (20 sts)
Rounds 11-12: Sc in each st around (20 sts)
Stuff the ball portion, firmly, with poly-fil.
Round 13: *Sc in the first 2 sts and decrease 1* repeat between ** four more times around (15 sts)
Round 14: Sc in each st around (15 sts)
Round 15: *Sc one, decrease 1* repeat between ** four more times around (10 sts)
Round 16: Sc in each st around (10 sts)
Round 17: Decrease 1 each st around (5 sts)
Round 18: Sc 1, decrease 1, sc the last two sts (4 sts)
Round 19: Decrease 1, decrease 1 (2 sts)
Slip stitch the 2 together, tie off with a long tail.
Weave the crochet hook in from the bottom to pull the loose tail in, a couple of rows below the center (wherever it reaches when the tip is folded over), and back out the bottom.
Tie off securely, and tuck in.

Eyes (make 2):  With white, or even better - glow-in-the-dark yarn (for that little touch of spooky):


Tie on, chain 2, slip stitch through the first chain, to make a loop. 
Sc 4 (or 5 for slightly bigger eyes) into the loop.
Sc 2 into each stitch around (add another row of scs if you like) or
Sl through the next st, and tie off with a long tail to sew.
Sew the eyes, meeting under the beak.
Add a circle of black felt, a button, or black safety eye to the center of each eye for pupils, and you're done (with the first one, anyway).

6 comments:

Angelic Scalliwags said...

You are so clever! I would love to learn to knit and crochet, but honestly I'm not patient enough or careful enough, so I sew instead. I just love how beautiful both crafts look. Maybe when I get older I'll become more patient and more careful. Or maybe it's a personality flaw....

Camie Madsen said...

What talent! I love owls (who doesn't?) and these are adorable. Love the glow-in-the dark eyes! Great job!

Ticia said...

Those are so cute. How is your house not overflowing with adorable stuffies? My kids never get rid of anything I make them, and you've made so many awesome things.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

These are cute! I especially like the glow in the dark eyes.

Jackie said...

Thank you! These are too cute....

Kylie said...

Oh these are delightful, my daughter would love them. If only I could crochet. I did try to learn last year but didn't really persevere with it!