Monday, February 13, 2012

Pattern: Owl Appliqué

I saw a similar cute owl on Pinterest somewhere, but couldn't seem to find an actual pattern.  So...I created my own!  Here's the how-to:

Yarn Needed: worsted weight scraps
Hook Size: I

Begin with the circle portion of the owl's body.

Round 1: With Colour A, work 6 hdc in a magic ring.  Join to with slip stitch to magic ring ch 1.

Round 2: Ch 2.  2hdc in 1st hdc, 1 hdc in next hdc.  Repeat 3 times.  Join with slip stitch to top of ch 2.

Round 3: Join Colour B. Ch 2.  2 hdc in each hdc around.  Join with slip stitch to top of ch 2.

Round 4: Join Colour C.  Ch 3.  dc in each hdc around.  Join with slip stitch to top of ch 3.
Round 5: Ch 1.  sc in each dc around.  Join with slip stitch to ch 1.

Now for the head.

Row 6: Ch1, 12 sc across.

Row 7 (worked on the backside): Ch1, turn.  12 sc across

Row 8: sl in 1st stitch, sc in next stitch, 2hdc in next stitch, shell (2dc, tc, 2dc) in next stitch, hdc in next 4 stitches, shell in next stitch, 2hdc in next stitch, sc in next stitch, sl in last stitch.

Row 9: ch1, turn.  sc in first 5, sl next 2 together, ch1, 2sc, sl, 2 sc, sl, 2sc, sl 2 together, ch, sl in same stitch, 3sc

Row 10: ch 1, turn and sl in each stitch around, sl 2 tog in the points of the 'ears'

Round 1: 8hdc in magic ring.  Join.
Round 2: ch 1.  5 sc in next 5 stitches.  fasten off.  (Make two.)

Lay the eyes on your appliqué.  When you're happy with their placement, stitch them down.

Attach three pieces of yarn to the tip of each "ear."  Hold them together as one strand and tie on the fringy pieces with a slip knot.

Now he's looking much more owly.  Just a few stitches to finish this off.

Finally, use black yarn to stitch on some eye detail and a little beak.

...And (in honour of Valentine's Day), make your owly guy a friend!


  1. what size hook would you recommend using? I tried to see the size you used, but I couldn't tell.

  2. Hey Nicole,

    I used an I hook for both owls. It was all worsted weight yarn, but the variegated yarn wasn't quite as thick and it didn't work up quite as nicely. I would say H or I....depending on the stiffness/softness of the yarn.

    Great question. I'll add that info into my post!


  3. These owls are lovely! And the tutorial is clear and looks easy to make it.
    Congrats :)
    Have a nice day,

  4. I love this thank you for sharing it! I also have looked and looked for the pattern that didn't exist before now!

  5. beautiful!
    Have nice day

    Québec city

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  7. I'm having a problem with this pattern from Round 4 on. It curls up, because there are no further increases to keep it flat around.


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