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 pattern: Small owl // Kristi Tullus (sidrun.spire.ee)

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, with DK weight linen and cotton blend (50g = 100m) and a 2,50 mm crochet hook (US size 2/C).

 

Skills required

• Single crochet stitch
• Half double crochet stitch
Magic ring
Crocheting in spiral
Increasing
Decreasing
Finishing and joining pieces.

 

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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 = [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.

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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.

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Fasten and hide all yarn tails. And done!

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I would love to see how your little owls turn out. Post a photo to my Facebook page or leave a comment below.

 

Copyright © 2013-2016 TÜ Spire. All rights reserved.
Please do not post this pattern to your website or blog, instead post a link to http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/free-pattern-crocheted-owls 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://spire.ee).

Feel free to sell items made with this pattern.

Kristi Tullus

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47 comments

Comment from: María del carmen peña [Visitor]
María del carmen peña

adoro los búhos lo voy a hacer gracias por compartir también quisiera si no es molestia un patrón de corazones esos que van rellenos desde ya gracias por todos los trabajos tan bellos !

11/08/13 @ 02:33
Comment from: jennifer [Visitor]
jennifer

thank you for such a beautiful project

11/09/13 @ 14:25
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

You are very welcome!

11/09/13 @ 14:52
Comment from: Lori [Visitor]
Lori

I think you owl is so cute. I was making one and got to row 18. It doesn’t make sense. The stitches do not add up to 20.

12/02/13 @ 05:42
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Lori,
20 is the total number of stitches you will be left with after you fasten off, mid row.
Kristi

12/02/13 @ 10:03
Comment from: Lori [Visitor]
Lori

Thanks I figured it out after I sent the message.

12/02/13 @ 17:58
Comment from: Irina [Visitor]  
Irina

Hi, this is just an amazing owl!! I very much want to make one for my sister, she loves these birds)) Is there a video on making them by any chance? I’m a complete beginner. Thank you!

02/01/15 @ 23:18
Comment from: Hanna [Visitor]
Hanna

Hi!
There is something I must be doing wrong because in the 4th row my stitches don’t add up to 28 but 22 (sc 4, inc x 3, sc 8, inc x 3, sc 4). Am I missing something? Please help!

02/17/15 @ 23:24
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Hanna,

On the first few rounds there are both regular increases (two sc in the same stitch, inc) and double increases (three sc in the same stitch, inc3) and I am guessing you either did a regular increase instead of a double increase somewhere or maybe missed one?

So, this is how the first five rounds go:

1: mr, sc 6 = (6) - start with a magic ring and crochet six single crochet stitches into the loop.

2: (sc, inc3 x 2) x 2 = (14) - crochet one sc in the first stitch, then three sc-s into each of the the next two stitches (so you have six sc-s in two stitches), repeat one more time.

3: sc 3, inc3 x 2, sc 5, inc3x 2, sc 2 = (22) - crochet one sc in each of the first three stitches, then three sc-s in each of the next two stitches, then one sc in each of the next five stitches, then three sc-s in each of the next two stitches, then one sc in each of the next two stitches.

4: sc 4, inc x 3, sc 8, inc x 3, sc 4 = (28) - crochet one sc in each of the first four stitches, then two sc-s in each of the next three stitches, then one sc in each of the next eight stitches, then two sc-s in each of the next three stitches, then one sc in each of the next two stitches.

5: sc 6, inc x 2, sc 12, inc x 2, sc 6 = (32) - crochet one sc in each of the first six stitches, then two sc-s in each of the next two stitches, then one sc in each of the next twelve stitches, then two sc-s in each of the next two stitches, then one sc in each of the next six stitches.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you are still having trouble and I will try to help you figure this out.

Kristi

02/17/15 @ 23:46
Comment from: Hanna [Visitor]
Hanna

Thank you very much!

After your explanation I discovered that I was confussing incx3 and inc3 in the forth row ^^UU. So now I just finished the body.

Hope I’m better trying to make the rest of the owl.

Again thank you for the design and for the helo

02/19/15 @ 01:01
Comment from: Grace Keogh [Visitor]  
Grace Keogh

Love these owls Kristi!! But even more so I love the way you personally respond to peoples queries in your comments, that gives your blog such a personal touch.

02/22/15 @ 23:51
Comment from: Daniela [Visitor]  
Daniela

Just wonderful!
Very nice and easy, I love how you presented the pattern. 😍😍😍

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

03/14/15 @ 22:26
Comment from: Marie Janse v Rensburg [Visitor]
Marie Janse v Rensburg

That is beutifull

03/27/15 @ 16:38
Comment from: Ashley [Visitor]  
Ashley

I was wondering where you get your eyes for these? I’m always doing stuffed animal projects and I can’t ever find eyes for them!

04/06/15 @ 04:04
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Ashley,

I buy most of my simple black eyes, noses and joints from here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/6060

But if I am looking for colorful eyes, I usually go for glasseyesonline.com, theirs are the nicest I have found: http://www.glasseyesonline.com

Kristi

04/06/15 @ 12:10
Comment from: Allison [Visitor]
Allison

Gracias!!! Que bello buho! muy bien explicado el patrón. Bellisimos tus diseños!!☆♡☆♡☆♡☆♡☆

04/09/15 @ 00:33
Comment from: Liz [Visitor]  
Liz

Thanks for the pattern. I never crochet before this kind of things. I did know how to make the stitches, but now I learne how to make a magic ring and in- and decrease on a very simple and nice way. Thaks a lot for the useful instructions. My little owl isnt the nicest one, but I love the fact I made it.

05/03/15 @ 17:30
Comment from: cris barbosa do brasil [Visitor]  
cris barbosa do brasil

Parabens lindo projeto.

07/20/15 @ 23:01
Comment from: LaiLai [Visitor]  
LaiLai

I am a self/YouTube taught crocheter. :) so this maybe a silly question but….. I have made it to the last row (18) on the body. I want to make sure I understand. To the best of my understanding I am only supposed to complete 6 stitches and the last should e a slip stitch? Thank you in advance for any help!

07/31/15 @ 03:37
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi LaiLai,

Yes, make only six stitches and then fasten off mid row. This way the end of the last round is at the top right hand corner instead of middle of the back, which makes sewing up the top seam a lot easier and the result much nicer.

Kristi

07/31/15 @ 12:06
Comment from: ELVIRE [Visitor]
ELVIRE

trop mignon ne connaissant pas l anglais j espère pouvoir me débrouiller
merci cordialement
elvire

08/26/15 @ 21:34
Comment from: Therezze [Visitor]
Therezze

Thank you for sharing this pattern. I’ve made this winking owl and he’s a favourite. I crocheted the eyes so there’s no chance of the eyes being chewed off.. Will make a smaller one next and put a bell inside 👏

09/12/15 @ 16:19
Comment from: tammy [Visitor]
tammy

AWESOME pattern - so tiny & cute!!! Perfect for a small bit of beautiful fingering yarn!
Thank you for sharing the pattern and awesome photos - very helpful!
xx

11/09/15 @ 00:55
Comment from: Genesis [Visitor]
Genesis

Thank you for the pattern. My mother loves owls and I wanted an inexpensive gift to give her. She already had many figurines and I have recently started going back to crotchet, so this little guy is perfect :D

12/09/15 @ 20:49
Comment from: Vanina [Visitor]
Vanina

Thank you very much for the pattern its lovely, my best wishes for you

12/11/15 @ 02:43
Comment from: Manu [Visitor]  
Manu

Such a cute little owl, thank you for sharing the pattern! I made a mobile for my baby girl and at 3 months old she loves looking at (and “talking” to) her colourful little owls while we change her diaper. I’m now crocheting another one with a little bell inside the body to hang in her stroller.

Best wishes from Switzerland :)

02/03/16 @ 23:10
Comment from: MariA [Visitor]
MariA

I love your owls Thanks 💙

02/12/16 @ 17:05
Comment from: Dorota [Visitor]  
Dorota

Hello Kristi,
Few days ago, me and my daughter, started to crochet your owl - yellow one. Today, when I opened your website I received a little surprise - the yellow owl is gone :-( What can I do? I have started owl, with one wing - (right wing) and can’t finish :-( Could you send me pattern for this owl via email? I can pay for it.
Best wishes from Poland :-)

04/10/16 @ 23:26
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Dorota,

I’m so sorry, I will send you the old pattern now so you can finish your owl.

Kristi

04/11/16 @ 10:08
Comment from: Katalin [Visitor]  
Katalin

Hello Kristi!

I made the yellow owl a few months ago, and I would like to make another one for my friend. Can you send me the old pattern? To make the same as the other one.

Thanks and best wishes from Hungary. :)

Kata

04/11/16 @ 10:53
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi everyone!

I’ll post the old wing pattern here, in case anyone wants use it or has an unfinished owl. The rest of the pattern is the same.

Left wing
1: mr, sc 6 (6)
2: inc x 2, [sc, hdc], [hdc, dc], [dc, tr, tr]

Fasten off and weave in the yarn tails.

Right wing
1: mr, sc 6 (6)
2: [ch 3, tr, dc], [dc, hdc], [hdc, sc], inc x 2

Fasten off and weave in the yarn tails.

Crochet a round of sc-s around the wing: attach the yarn with a sl st, continue crocheting around the wing, increasing after every two stitches around the round end, crochet one sc in each stitch along the sides, crochet 4 sc-s in the stitch at the tip of the wing. Fasten off cleanly - http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/tutorial-finishing-an-open-piece

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04/11/16 @ 11:10
Comment from: Dorota [Visitor]
Dorota

Hello Kristi,
Thank you very much :-)
You are the best ;-)

04/11/16 @ 23:08
Comment from: Jo [Visitor]
Jo

I finished an owl body last night and when I came back today the pattern had updated! Thought I was going mad for a minute!

04/11/16 @ 23:47
Comment from: Amanda [Visitor]
Amanda

Hello! After reading comments I realized the pattern changed and updated! I thought I was going crazy too. Haha I did somehow mess up when I copied it to Word. Can you tell me the last row #18 for the yellow owl?? I have sc, dec, sc4, fasten off, (20)… well that’s not right! Haha
Thanks!

04/14/16 @ 04:58
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Amanda,

That is right :) We fasten off mid-row so the last sc would be at the corner instead of middle of the back, that makes sewing a lot easier and nicer too.

Because everyone crochets a bit differently, you may need to add or skip a single crochet stitch or two. Take a look at the note and photo after the body pattern:

“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.”

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04/14/16 @ 09:10
Comment from: Amanda [Visitor]
Amanda

Thanks! That makes sense now!! :D

04/14/16 @ 19:53
Comment from: Daiana [Visitor]  
Daiana

Buenas tardes!Soy nueva en ésto y me cuesta comprender los términos, se podría agregar un dibujo con el patrón del cuerpo? Gracias. Saludos

04/16/16 @ 00:14
Comment from: Rhonda [Visitor]
Rhonda

Oh my goodness….I’m a very seasoned crochet lady but this pattern starting with the body drove me nuts…too confusing on when to do 3 increases and 2 increases….had to take out 4 times..wish it was just a little more clear…stitches just do not add up. Moving on to another pattern, I don’t like getting this frustrated…sorry

05/02/16 @ 18:34
Comment from: Doris [Visitor]  
Doris

Very cute. I saw a similar little owl with a piece of lace under his nose, I would say about an inch long. He was a gagged owl. There are things I like about both. If I post the owl I make, I will give you both credit. Thank you for sharing.

05/03/16 @ 09:53
Comment from: Jenni [Visitor]  
Jenni

I made one of you little owls in purple now my sons would like rainbow colors different sizes. Do you have a larger pattern? I would be happy to purchase. The purple one came out so cute. (Except for the Pom Pom on the ears I couldn’t get it to look right.)

Thanks,
Jenni

05/08/16 @ 05:37
Comment from: Julie Rodgers [Visitor]
Julie Rodgers

I’m crocheting your owl but can’t figure out Row 17…..the stitches don’t add up to 21….i’ve tried over and over but they only add up to 20!!! Please help x

05/20/16 @ 00:13
Comment from: Miranda [Visitor]
Miranda

Do you have a copy of this in printable form? Maybe a pdf without photos? I would love to make a few of these and would rather not try to copy/paste to word and risk losing something.

Thanks!

05/20/16 @ 00:29
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Julie,

I’m so sorry, I missed the sc at the end, it should be:
Round 17: sc 11, dec, (sc 3, dec) x 2, sc = [21]

Thanks for letting me know!

Kristi

05/20/16 @ 09:52
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Miranda,

I put together a printable version for you. You can download it here: http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/media/blogs/a/patterns/Small_owl.pdf
or here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hh5nft0o723yn6r/Small_owl.pdf?dl=0

Kristi

05/20/16 @ 10:30
Comment from: Julie Rodgers [Visitor]
Julie Rodgers

Thanks x

05/20/16 @ 10:45
Comment from: Nickie Knapp [Visitor]
Nickie Knapp

I love this pattern! Such a cute owl! Do you have a pattern for a larger version - like 8″ high? I would like to make a mama and some babies. I’m not very good at figuring out how to modify patterns to make them come out larger.

08/06/16 @ 23:53
Comment from: Edlira [Visitor]
Edlira

Thank you Xristi for sharing your lovely pattern with us.

08/11/16 @ 00:07
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