Meet Hoot the Owl! This adorable little owl stands almost 5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide when finished. This pattern is worked from the bottom of the owl to the top, then the eyes, nose/beak, wings, and ears are added after. I hope you enjoy making this little guy as much as I did!
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- Worsted weight yarn – I used Red Heart Soft yarn, but you can use any worsted weight yarn of your choice. I used a main owl color (charcoal), two accent colors (teal and grape), white for the eyes, and yellow for the beak.
- Safety eyes – I used 12mm size.
- 4.0 mm (G6) crochet hook (I honestly love my new Clover Amour hooks!!!)
- Fiber Stuffing
- Yarn needle
- Ch – chain
- Sl St – slip stitch
- SC – single crochet
- HDC – half double crochet
- INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remining loops on hook. There are many tutorials on this on YouTube. Check one out if you’d like to see the invisible decrease in action.
- Magic Circle – Make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chain 1 of the pattern.
- Joining – at the end of each round, be sure to join by making your slip stitch in the top of the first single crochet stitch of the round, instead of in the chain 1 space. This will create a more hidden seam.
- Starting each round – start each round in the same stitch as the chain 2. Do not skip to the next stitch. For example, at the end of round 1, join to the top of the first single crochet, chain 1, and then start the next single crochet stitch of row 2 in the same stitch as the chain 2.
- Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round before joining. Complete last single crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through last step of the single crochet. So your single crochet will go like this: insert hook into last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new color, pull through both loops on hook.
Round 1: In main owl color, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring, join to first SC, ch 1 (6)
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12)
Round 3: 2 SC in first, SC in next, repeat around, join, ch 1 (18)
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, join, ch 1 (24)
Round 5: 2 SC in first, SC in next 3, repeat around, join, ch 1 (30)
Round 6: 2 SC in first, SC in next 4, repeat around, join, ch 1 (36)
Round 7: 2 SC in first, SC in next 5, repeat around, join, ch 1 (42)
Round 8: 2 SC in first, SC in next 6, repeat around, join, ch 1 (48)
Round 9: 2 SC in first, SC in next 7, repeat around, join, ch 1 (54)
Rounds 10-20: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (54)
*For rounds 10-20 alternate between your main color and two accent colors. I did teal, purple, then grey. I finished alternating after the end of round 20 (a purple round) so round 21 would be back in the main owl color. Change color at the end of each round, before joining. See color change instructions above. *
The rest of the pattern will be completed in the main owl color.
Round 21-31: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (54)
Round 32: SC in first 4, INV DEC, repeat around, join, ch 1 (45)
Round 33: SC in first 3, INV DEC, repeat around, join, ch 1 (36)
Round 34: SC in each, join, ch 1 (36)
Round 35: SC in each, join, ch 1, fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the top closed (36)
At this point, I lightly stuffed the bottom of my owl, but did not stuff as far up as the eyes would be sewn on. Do not close top of owl yet. Make the eyes and nose/beak and sew on before closing.
Round 1: In one of your accent colors, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring, change color to white before joining to first SC, ch 1 (6).
Insert safety eye into center of the ring, and pull tight to close ring around it.
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12)
Round 3: 2 SC in first, 1 SC in next, repeat around, join, ch 1 (18)
Round 4: 2 SC in first, SC in next 2, repeat around, change to second accent color and join, ch 1 (24)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around, join to first SC, fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat. (24)
Chain 4, SC in 2nd chain from hook, HDC, DC, fasten off leaving a long tail to sew onto hat. (3)
Round 1: Chain 6, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next 2, HDC, 7 HDC in last chain. Working on the other side of the chain, HDC, SC in last 3 stitches, join to first SC, ch 1. (15)
Round 2: SC in first 5, 2 SC in next 6, SC in last 5 (last SC will be in join space from the previous round), change color to second accent color, join, ch 1. (22)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around, including in the join space from the previous round. (23)
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER!
Now that you have made all the parts of the owl, first follow the instructions to sew the eyes and nose onto the owl, then stuff and close the top, and then add the wings and ears.
Center the eyes on the owl and pin in place. When you are happy with where you have placed them, secure your safety eyes by pushing the post through to the inside of the owl and attach the backs. If you are having trouble getting your safety eye through both layers, you can just put it through the eye layer only, however it might not be as secure as if you put it through both layers. If you are doing it this way, make sure your ring is pulled as tight as possible around the post of the safety eye and will not loosen so the safety eye pops out.
When your safety eyes are in place, sew the eyes onto the hat. Sew the nose between the two eyes, closer to the bottom. Weave in the ends of your yarn and hide inside owl.
Next, finish stuffing your owl and then close the top of the owl by weaving your yarn needle back and forth between the two inner/back loops only. As one side was more closed, I added some more stuffing and used my finger to push it to the closed side. Then, when the top was about 3/4 of the way closed, I added more stuffing to the last part to make sure there would be an even amount of stuffing on both sides. Weave in ends.
Use your yarn needle to attach the wings to the sides of the owl. I attached mine about 3 stitches up from the bottom of the eye. Also, I only sewed the top 3-4 stitches so only the top of the wings are held down and the bottoms curl up. If you’d like to have the wings less movable, you can decide how much of the wing to sew. Weave in ends.
Cut two 12-inch strands of yarn in each of your accent colors (4 strands total). Use your yarn needle to draw the yarn halfway through the last stitch on each side of the owl. Now use the ends to make a knot and push it as close to the owl as possible. Make sure the knot is nice and tight and then use scissors to cut the ends to your desired length. I did about an inch.
You’re finished! I hope that you are in love with the adorable little owl you have just created!
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