I am telling you, this was good fun to make, as well as super easy, as I only used one type of variegated yarn for the body. The eyes are two minute circles of white felt and some black cotton thread for the closed eyelids. The beak is a little bit of DK yarn. And that's it! My very first crochet owl!
Would you like to make your own? Here's a pattern in UK terminology (dc = US sc, htr = US hdc, tr = US dc):
You will need:
3mm crochet hook
Any DK yarn. The one I used was Sirdar Snuggly Smiley Stripes, which I think may have been discontinued
White sewing thread
Black crochet thread
Yellow/orange DK yarn
The pattern is worked amigurumi-style, which means you do NOT join to the beginning of a row with a slip stitch, but directly work the first stitch of the next row into the first stitch of the previous row. You may want to use stitch markers to keep track of where you are.
Row 1: Make a magic ring, ch1, 6dc (6 stitches)
Row 2: 2 dc in each 6 dc from previous row (12 st)
Row 3: 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat 5 times (18 st)
Row 4: 1 dc in next two dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat 5 times (24 st)
Rows 5-12: 1 dc in next 24 stitches
Row 13: 1 dc in next dc, dc2tog in the front loop of the next two stitches (this is to make the decrease invisible) (18 st), do not fasten off
Row 14: 1 dc in next st, 2 htr in next 2 stitches, 2 tr in next 2 stitches, 2 htr in next 2 stitches, 2 dc in next 2 stitches, 2 htr in next 2 stitches, 2 tr in next 2 stitches, 1 dc in next stitch, slip stitch to first dc, do not fasten off. Stuff the body roughly up to 2/3 of its height, making sure the bottom is generously filled.
Pinch together opening at the top, each 2 dc-group in the centre facing each other, and trebles forming pointed ends (use pictures as a guide), using working loop from final row, slip stitch between the dc-group opposite, ch25, slip stitch to final slip stitch from row 14. Fasten off and weave ends in.
Cut two circles in white felt. Pin them into position on top half of body, using pictures as a guide. Stich them on with sewing needle and matching sewing thread. With yarn needle, around 30-40 cm of black crochet thread, and using drawing below as a guide, insert needle at back of body, pulling it out at 1. Make sure you keep loose tension on the thread throughout all steps. Insert it into 2, pulling out at 3. Insert it into 4, pulling it out at 5. Insert it into 6, pulling it out at 7 and finally insert it into 8, pulling it out anywhere in the body. Cut all loose thread ends.
With 30-40 cm of yellow DK yarn on a yarn needle, and using drawing below as a guide, insert needle at back of body, pulling it out at 1. Insert it into 2, pulling it out in 3. Insert it in 4 (same place as 2), pulling it out in 5. Insert it in 6 (same place as 2 and 4), pulling it out in 7. Insert in 8, pulling it out anywhere in the body. Cut all loose threads.
And you're done! I hope you enjoy making this little fella. Please send me photos of your work if you do, I would love to see tour take on this pattern :)
Thanks for reading and see you soon!