A Crochet Owl

A crochet owlThis very cute little owl measures just 8cm x 8cm (c 3.5″x 3.5″) and is very cuddly indeed. I’ve used a chunky/bulky yarn and a 5mm crochet hook for the pattern, which means that it’s exceptionally quick to crochet up. My choice of yarn is Rowan Yarn Classic (RYC) Soft Tweed – this gives the owl a lovely cuddly cosy look & feel. This shade is called Bark – but there are lots of other lovely ones.

Although I am UK-based I have written the pattern using USA crochet terminology. The piece is crocheted with just one stitch throughout – for a UK person this is a double crochet (dc) & the USA it’s single crochet (sc).

When decreasing (2 sc tog) I would really recommend using an invisible decrease – it looks so much better.  This is a really helpful tutorial.

Body
Round 1: Start with a magic circle, and crochet 6 sc in the ring. Alternatively chain 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from the hook. Insert marker.
R2: 2 sc in each sc round, move marker (mm), 12 stitches
R3: *2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, mm, 18 stitches
R4: *2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 2sc, repeat from * around, mm, 24 stitches
R5: *2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 3sc, repeat from * around, mm, 30 stitches
R6: *2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next 4sc, repeat from * around, mm, 36 stitches

R7-8: 1 sc in each sc around, mm, 36 stitches

R9: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 10sc, repeat from * around, mm, 33 stitches
R10: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 9sc, repeat from * around, mm, 30 stitches
R11: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 8sc, repeat from * around, mm, 27 stitches
R12: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 7sc, repeat from * around, mm, 24 stitches
R13: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 6sc, repeat from * around, mm, 21 stitches
R14: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 5sc, repeat from * around, mm, 18 stitches
R15: *2 sc tog, 1 sc in next sc, repeat from * around, mm, 12 stitches

If you want to use safety eyes, insert them now.
Stuff the owl – how much stuffing you use is up to you – I prefer something a bit squidgy for this particular owl.

R16: 2 sc tog until hole is closed.
Fasten off (FO)

Feet
The feet are crocheted together as a whole – so only make one of these!
Chain 9 and turn.
Skip the 1st chain and SS (slip stitch) in the 2nd chain, chain 5, SS in same chain as 1st SS, chain 8, SS in same chain as 1st SS, chain 5. You’ve created your 1st little foot.
SS in next 6 chain.
SS in final chain stitch, chain 5, SS in final chain, chain 8, SS in final chain, chain 5, SS in final chain.
FO.

Wings
Chain 6 & turn
Skip 1st chain, 5 sc, turn
Skip 1st sc, 4 sc, turn
Skip 1st sc, 3 sc, turn
Skip 1st sc, 2 sc, turn
Skip 1st sc, 1 sc
FO

Assembly
Sew the feet to the bottom of the owl (the wide bit!) and the wings on the side. This tutorial at Planet June has some excellent tips on how to sew all the bits together.

Making the face is up to you.  You can use felt like I have, and sew it all on after you’ve put everything together. Or you can use buttons, embroidery, safety eyes. Whatever works for you – a good face can make all the difference to your finished owl.

I hope you enjoy making your owl. All feedback is appreciated.

If you’ve made an owl using this Very Berry free pattern then please come and share it with the Very Berry Makes group on Flickr.

10 thoughts on “A Crochet Owl

  1. I crocheted one of your owls from your fabulous pattern a few moments ago. My tiny pup has one “Hootie” she loves to play with, and now she has a new Hootie to enjoy!
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful patterns!
    Glenda

  2. Oh, I didn’t want you to think I didn’t LIKE the pattern – I DO!

    I just didn’t think I was making it come out right; I didn’t realize that it was supposed to be triangular.

    I have completed a body and when I got to the decrease rounds I did the appropriate number of sc and then did the 2tog instead of doing the 2tog first – for some reason it came out less triangular and now it is stuffed it is rounded.

    Now on to the feet and wings – my daughter is getting the beak and eyes ready in anticipation.

    Thank you!

  3. I have tried this pattern 2 times now and each time the body turns out triangular shaped as you start to decrease the stitches.

    My daughter loves the pattern – I think I will have to find a different pattern to make the ball shape and then make the feet and wings from this pattern.

  4. My daughter is going to have her first baby and is really into owls for the babies room, I plan to make a mobile and these owls will look adorable for it Thank you

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