I wanted an owl for a project and found some really qute ones in this post, by very talented swedish blogger Annika hwo runs the blog Svarta Huset.

I wanted to share my project with you and asked her if I she would allow me to translate the pattern for the owl. She agreed. lucky for us!

The owl I made comes from a beautiful decoration for baby carriages. After some thought I realised I have to translate the whole decoration by Svarta Huset or you would miss out!

I will show you my project in a separate post.

I cannot stress enough, the pattern below is not by me, it is by Annika at Svarta Huset! I merely have translated it to english, using her original pictures. All credit for the beautiful design belongs to Annika!

You need:

  • Hook size D, or 3
  • Yarn in at least 2 matching colours appropriate for hook size
  • Scraps of white, black and orange yarn for eyes and beak
  • Needle for sewing and weaving in ends
  • Round elastic band in colour matching your yarn. (See pic below)
  • Stitch marker or safety pin.
  • Stuffing for owl and balls.
  • 2 rings to fasten decoration onto baby carriage.
Stitches:
Wings, make 2:
Ch 6
R 1: Turn. 1 sc in every stitch starting with second stitch (st) from hook. (5 st)
R 2-4: Turn. Ch 1. 1 sc in every st. (5 st)
R 5-6: Ch 1. Skip first st. 1 sc in each st. (4 st in r 5 and 3 st in r 6)
Using second colour, crochet sc around the wing on 3 sides, leaving bottom without (see pictures). To avoid weaving in ends you can crochet over the ends as in picture.

 

Leave a long tail, about 32 inches, or 80 cm on one of the wings. This will be used to embroider the small v’s on the owl’s tummy.

 

Owl body:

You will be crocheting in rounds without joining the rounds

Ch 2

R 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook.

R 2: 2 sc in every stitch. Place a marker in first sc to know were round starts and move it along as you crochet. (Annika does not move hers along as you can see in her pics.) (12st)

R 3: 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (18 st)

R 4: 1 sc in each of first 2 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (24 st)

R 5: 1 sc in each of first 3 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (30 st)

R 6: 1 sc in each of first 4 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (36 st)

R 7: 1 sc in each of first 5 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (42 st)

R 8- 17: 1 sc in every st.

 

In next round you will fasten wings by inserting needle in both wing and body when doing your sc. Start with wing with long yarn end. You will also be making the holes were the elastic band will go.

R 1: Add wing starting with first st: 2 sc, ch 1, skip 1 st,  2 sc. Now do 16 sc between wings. Start adding second wing. 2 sc, ch 1 skip 1 st, 2 sc. 16 sc between the wings.

 

R 2: 1 sc in each of first 3 st, 1 sc2tog. Repeat rest of round. For instruction of sc2tog see pic below.
R 3: 1 sc in first of 2 st, 1 sc2tog. Repeat rest of round.

Use long yarn tail to embroider the small v’s on owl tummy. Space evenly.

Weave in ends on inside of owl and leave tail in bottom of owl’s inside.

 

 

Continue with body. 7 rounds with 1 sc in every st.

 

 

Eyes:

White of eye, make 2:

With white yarn, ch 2.

R 1: Ch 6 in second sc from hook.

R 2: 2 sc in every st. (12 st). Fasten off. Leave tail long enough to sew eye onto owl. Weave in middle yarn end.

 

Pupil,make 2:

With black yarn ch 2.

R 1: 4 sc in second ch from hook. Fasten off. Leave tail long enough to sew pupil to white of eye. Weave in middle yarn end.

Sew pupil to white of eye.

 

If you want your owl to have closed eyes, skip pupil and just embroider white of eye.

 

Now place and sew eyes to body of  owl. Embroider a small beak. The pic below shows weaving in ends on wrong side of work.

Fill lower part of owl with stuffing.

 

Cut about 28 inches, or 70 cm, of elastic band. To prevent elastic band to unravel and make it easier to pull through owl you could paint the ends with small amount of clear nail polish.
Pull elastic band through owl.
Add more stuffing.
Close owl by crocheting together. See pic below.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.

 

 

Balls:

The rounds are not joined.

Ch 2

R 1: 6 sc in second ch from hook.

R 2 2 sc in every st. Place stitch marker in first st and move it along your work, to keep track of first st. (12 st)

R 3: 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (18 st)

R 4: 1 sc in first 2 st, 2 sc in next. Repeat rest of round. (24 st)

R 5-7: 1 sc in every st.

R 8: 1 sc in each of first 2 st, 1 sc2tog, repeat rest of round.

R 9: 1 sc in first st, 1 sc2tog in next, repeat rest of round.

Pull elastic band through ball (bottom to top, se second pic below) and fill with stuffing.

 

 

R 10: sc2tog the whole round. Fasten off. Weave in ends,

 

 Make more owls and balls as needed.
When done with all owls and balls it is time for ear tassels.
Fold 4 pieces of yarn double. Thread loop throug ear, back to front. Pull yarn ends through loop. Pull tight. Cut ear tassels to good looking length.

 

Add rings to to fasten decoration on baby carriage.

Here are som inspiration pics by Annika: