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FREE PATTERN: Small owl

I first wrote a pattern for this little owl three years ago, but I decided to take new photos and update the pattern a bit, making the wings simpler.

Free crochet owl pattern

You don't need much yarn for this owl, which makes it a great project to use up any scrap yarn. It doesn't include any complicated stitches or techniques, but the small details can be a bit fiddly to make.

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Size

About 6cm (2 1/3") tall, when crocheted with DK weight linen and cotton blend (50g = 100m) and a 2,50 mm crochet hook (US size 2/C).


Skills required


You will need

  • Yarn. I used DK weight cotton-linen blend and cotton-acrylic blend, 50g = 100m (50g = 109yd) / 8 ply / 11 wpi / 3: light. You will need about 10g of beige and a couple of grams of pink, purple and white yarn.
  • 2,25 - 3,50 mm crochet hook (US hook size 2/C - 4/E) or according to the yarn. 
  • Polyester fiberfill, wool, wadding etc. for stuffing.
  • Cotton embroidery floss. 
  • 9 mm safety eyes or buttons, beads, felt etc.
  • Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.

Abbreviations

  • mr, sc n = magic ring – crochet n single crochet stitches into the adjustable loop.
  • ch = chain stitch.
  • sl st = slip stitch.
  • sc = single crochet stitch (double crochet stitch in UK and Australia). 
  • hdc = half double crochet stitch (half triple crochet stitch in UK and Australia).
  • sc (or ch, hdc) n = crochet n single crochet stitches (or ch, hdc), one in each stitch. 
  • inc = increase – crochet two single crochet stitches in the same stitch.
  • inc3 = double increase – crochet three single crochet stitches in the same stitch. 
  • dec = decrease – crochet two stitches together using the invisible decrease method
  • (sc 4, inc) x n = repeat the pattern between parentheses n times. 
  • [36] = number of stitches in a round after finishing round.


Notes

  • Work in a continuous spiral, do not join rounds or turn your work, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.
  • Use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to mark the end or the beginning of a round. Move the marker up after completing each round.
  • All stitches are worked into both loops, unless instructed otherwise in the pattern.

 

Eye patch – safety eye

With white yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 7, sl st in first sc = [7]

Insert the safety eye into the loop and draw the loop tightly closed around it.

Round 2: ch 1, inc x 7 = [14]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off cleanly.

Eye patch – embroidered eye

With white yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 7, sl st in first sc = [7]
Round 2: ch 1, inc x 7 = [14]

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off cleanly.

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Body

With beige yarn:

Round 1: mr, sc 6 = [6] 
Round 2: (sc 1, inc3 x 2) x 2 = [14] 
Round 3: sc 3, inc x 3, sc 4, inc x 3, sc 1 = [20] 
Round 4: sc 4, inc x 3, sc 7, inc x 3, sc 3 = [26] 
Round 5: sc 5, inc, (sc 1, inc) x 2, sc 8, inc, (sc 1, inc) x 2, sc 3 = [32]
Rounds 6-10: sc in each stitch = [32]

Place a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) between the 18th and 19th stitch on round 11 and leave it there. This marks the center of the face, use it as a guide when placing the eyes.

Rounds 11-12: sc in each stitch = [32]
Round 13: sc 10, dec, sc 14, dec, sc 4 = [30]
Round 14: sc 14, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 8 = [28]
Round 15: sc 6, dec, sc 18, dec = [26]
Round 16: sc 3, dec, sc 11, dec, sc 8 = [24]

Attach the eyes to either side of the stitch marker. Sew the eye patches to the head.

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Embroider the eye(s) and beak.

Tip! Sew the eye patches to the head, embroider the eye(s) and beak and add any other embellishments before you start stuffing the body – this way you can fasten all yarn tails securely with a knot inside the body.

Round 17: sc 11, dec, (sc 3, dec) x 2, sc = [21]
Round 18: sc 5, dec, sc 1, leave the rest of the stitches unworked = [20]

Slip stitch in next stitch. Before you fasten off, flatten the opening and make sure the last stitch is at the corner. You may need to add or skip a single crochet stitch or two.

Cut the yarn, leaving a long yarn tail for sewing, and fasten off. Stuff the body firmly and sew the opening closed.

Wings

With pink yarn:

Round 1: ch 6, starting in 2nd chain from hook: sc 3, hdc, 6 hdc in first ch, rotate and work into the chains from the other side: hdc, sc 3, sl st in 1st sc with purple yarn = [14]

Tutorial: Crocheting the first round around a chain

With purple yarn:

Round 2: ch, sc 5, inc, (sc 1, inc) x 2, sc 4, sc in sl st at the end of the last round = [18]

Fasten off cleanly and weave in the yarn tails. Sew the wings to the body, making a few stitches around the round end.

Cut a few pieces of yarn and draw them through the corner. Make a knot and push it close to the body. Cut off the extra yarn.

And done!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below, I am always happy to help.

I would love to see how your little owls turn out, so do post a photo to my Facebook page or tag me in your social media posts, I'm @kristitullus on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

 

Copyright 2013 TÜ Spire. All rights reserved.

Please do not post this pattern to your website or blog, instead post a link to https://kristitullus.com/blogs/blog/free-patterns-small-owl. You MAY use this pattern as a teaching aid in any free class or e-course, or as part of a free crochet pattern, provided you credit me as the designer (Kristi Tullus, http://kristitullus.com).

Feel free to sell items made with this pattern.

 

 

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