Sunday, 15 July 2012

Stripy Owl Family

A little while ago I came across a delightful stripy cat crochet pattern - 'Caity Cat' by Janette Williams  http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/crochet-cat/ . I loved making it and then couldn't resist adapting the pattern to make an owl.

The Owl & the Pussycat!
I've since made many owls in three different sizes. They are great for using up leftover yarn and as a quick and easy project. I know that the correct term for a group of owls is a 'parliament' but, in this case, I think it feels more like a 'proliferation'!


In response to requests via Ravelry, I have attempted to write up the owl pattern. Please feel free to use it as you wish. I hope it makes sense. I used the 'Medium Owl' pattern for the Owl & the Pussycat.

Stripy Owl Family Pattern:

Pattern uses UK terminology.


Use any yarn with a size smaller hook than is usual, in order to create a tight fabric.
eg DK (8ply) – 3.5mm hook


Change yarn by working the final dc of the previous round to the last yarn over. Yarn over with the new colour yarn and draw through all loops on hook to complete stitch. Tie the ends tightly together on the inside of the body. Continue with new colour.

Straight round = 1 dc in each st around
Increase round = 1 dc in each st to the middle of the first side of the body, 2 dc in middle stitch, 1 dc in each st to the middle of the other side of the body, 2 dc in middle stitch, 1 dc in each st to complete round.  There is no need to be absolutely precise about finding the middle stitch. Go by what looks right by eye.
Double increase round = As increase round but work 2 x 2 dc in middle 2 stitches of each side of the body.
Decrease round = 1 dc in each st to the middle of the first side of the body, dc2tog, 1 dc in each st to the middle of the other side of the body, dc2tog, 1 dc in each st to complete round.

Big Owl:

Base

Yarn A
Ch 21
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch across (20 sts)
Row 2: ch 1, dc in every st across
Row 3-8: Repeat Row 2

Body   (worked in continuous rounds – ie do not join with ss at end of each round)

At end of Row 8 continue around the rectangle working along the short end putting 1 dc into each row end, 1 dc in opposite side of each foundation ch, 1 dc into each row end of last short side.
This forms the foundation round (20+7+20+7=54 sts)
Work 4 straight rounds.
Yarn B
Work 1 straight round, 1 increase round, 2 straight rounds.
Yarn C
Work 4 straight rounds.
Yarn D
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round, 2 straight rounds.
Yarn E
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round, 2 straight rounds.
Yarn F
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round, 2 straight rounds.
Yarn G
Work 1 straight round, 1 double increase round, 2 straight rounds.
Yarn H
Work 1 straight round, 1 double increase round, 2 straight rounds.
Fasten off leaving a long end.
Stuff body firmly. Sew the top opening closed flat using the long end.

Eyes (make 2)

Starting ring: ch 5 and join with ss.
Round 1: ch 1, 10 dc into ring, join with ss.
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each st, join with ss.
Round 3: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in 2nd st,* rep *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Fasten off.
Sew a button onto the middle of each eye and sew eyes onto owl.

Beak

Ch 5
Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook and next 3 ch (4 sts). Turn.
Row 2: ch 1, dc2tog x 2. Turn.
Row 3: ch 1, dc2tog.
Ch 1. Fasten off.
Sew onto owl.

Wings (make 2)

Begin by making a pentagon thus:
Make a loop ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 5 dc into loop, join with ss and pull tight.
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each st, join with ss (10 sts).
Round 3: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in 2nd st*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Round 4: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next 2 sts*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Round 5: ch 1, * 2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3 sts*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Round 6: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next 4 sts*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Round 7: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next 5 sts*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Now make a point:
Ch 1, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 trtr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, ss. Fasten off.
Sew both wings onto owl.

Possible Embellishments

Small 5  Petal Flower

Starting ring: ch 4 and join with ss.
Round 1: ch 2 (counts as 1st htr), 9 htr into ring, join with ss.
Round 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st htr), 2 htr in 1st st, ss in next st, *3 htr in next st, ss in next st*, repeat *to* around, forming 5 petals. Fasten off.

Small 6 Petal Flower

Make a loop ring.
Round 1: [3 ch, 1 dtr, 3 ch, ss in ring] 6 times. Fasten off.

Small Heart

Make a loop ring.
Round 1: ch 2, 3 dtr, 4 tr, 1 dtr, 4 tr, 3 dtr into ring.
Pull ring mostly closed, ch 2, ss into centre hole, pull tightly closed and fasten off.


Medium Owl:

Base

Yarn A
Ch 15
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch across (14 sts)
Row 2: ch 1, dc in every st across
Row 3-8: Repeat Row 2

Body   (worked in continuous rounds – ie do not join with ss at end of each round)

At end of Row 8 continue around the rectangle working along the short end putting 1 dc into each row end, 1 dc in opposite side of each foundation ch, 1 dc into each row end of last short side.
This forms the foundation round (14+7+14+7=42 sts)
Work 3 straight rounds.
Yarn B
Work 1 straight round, 1 increase round, 1 straight round.
Yarn C
Work 3 straight rounds.
Yarn D
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round, 1 straight round.
Yarn E
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round, 1 straight round.
Yarn F
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round, 1 straight round.
Yarn G
Work 1 straight round, 1 double increase round, 1 straight round.
Yarn H
Work 1 straight round, 1 double increase round, 1 straight round.
Fasten off leaving a long end.
Stuff body firmly. Sew the top opening closed flat using the long end.

Eyes (make 2)

Starting ring: ch 5 and join with ss.
Round 1: ch 1, 10 dc into ring, join with ss.
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each st, join with ss.
Fasten off.
Sew a button onto the middle of each eye and sew eyes onto owl.

Beak

Ch 3
Row 1: dc into 2nd ch from hook and next 1ch (2 sts). Turn.
Row 3: ch 1, dc2tog.
Ch 1. Fasten off.
Sew onto owl.

Wings (make 2)

Begin by making a pentagon thus:
Make a loop ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 5 dc into loop, join with ss and pull tight.
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each st, join with ss (10 sts).
Round 3: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in 2nd st*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Round 4: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in next 2 sts*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Round 5: ch 1, * 2dc in 1st st, 1dc in next 3 sts*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Now make a point:
Ch 1, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, ss.  Fasten off.
Sew both wings onto owl.

Baby Owl:

Base

Yarn A
Ch 11
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook and in every ch across (10 sts)
Row 2: ch 1, dc in every st across
Row 3-6: Repeat Row 2

Body   (worked in continuous rounds – ie do not join with ss at end of each round)

At end of Row 8 continue around the rectangle working along the short end putting 1 dc into each row end, 1 dc in opposite side of each foundation ch, 1 dc into each row end of last short side.
This forms the foundation round (10+5+10+5=30 sts)
Work 2 straight rounds.
Yarn B
Work 1 straight round, 1 increase round.
Yarn C
Work 2 straight rounds.
Yarn D
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round.
Yarn E
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round.
Yarn F
Work 1 straight round, 1 decrease round.
Yarn G
Work 1 straight round, 1 double increase round.
Yarn H
Work 1 straight round, 1 double increase round.
Fasten off leaving a long end.
Stuff body firmly. Sew the top opening closed flat using the long end.

Eyes (make 2)

Starting ring: ch 5 and join with ss.
Round 1: ch 1, 10 dc into ring, join with ss.
Fasten off.
Sew a button onto the middle of each eye and sew eyes onto baby owl.

Beak

Embroider a beak onto baby owl.

Wings (make 2)

Begin by making a pentagon thus:
Make a loop ring.
Round 1: ch 1, 5 dc into loop, join with ss and pull tight.
Round 2: ch 1, 2 dc in each st, join with ss (10 sts).
Round 3: ch 1, *2 dc in 1st st, 1 dc in 2nd st*, repeat *to* to end of round, join with ss.
Now make a point:
Ch 1, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, ss. Fasten off.
Sew both wings onto baby owl.




I hope they work up well and you are soon surrounded by your own proliferation of owls!


8 comments:

  1. They are so cute! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Adorable! About how tall would you say each owl ends up?

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    1. Thank you! The height will depend on what yarn and hook size you use - and I guess by your crochet tension as well. But to give you some idea, I've mostly used DK (8-ply) and a 3.5mm hook for the owls in the pictures. Approximate heights: Big owl = 15cm/6 inches; Medium owl = 12cm/4.5 inches; Baby owl = 8cm/3 inches. Hope that helps. Have fun!

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    2. Yes, that does help. Thank you. I'm making a large one for a birthday gift. It is going to be so cute. Thanks for sharing your pattern. i saw the cat on ravelry and i was going to make it, but then saw the owl and fell in love. The cat will have to wait a while :)

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  3. Wonderful pattern. Thank you so much for sharing.

    A very happy and healthy 2014 to you. xx

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  4. Hi, I came across this pattern this morning, and I was so excited to do it- I red through the pattern and I am struggling with the foundation round after row 8. I am new to crocheting and have no one with me to help me.

    Sorry for the trouble.

    Regards, Melissa! :)

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  5. Im currently working on this pattern and just wondered is each round 42 stitches? Thanks :)

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  6. Thank you so much for this fun pattern. I can't wait to make it for my grandson. Thank you for sharing.

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