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My Little Owl Amigurumi roosting in her tree...my jewellery tree that is! Hope she doesnt borrow too much of my jewellery...

My Little Owl Amigurumi roosting in her tree...my jewellery tree that is! Hope she doesn't borrow too much of my jewellery...

This cute little owl is the second amigurumi I have ever made, and she is quite delightful! I made her by using this free pattern from roman sock’s Instant Crochetification page.

It really is a nice easy pattern for beginners to amigurumi and crochet (like me!), mostly because you don’t have to follow a specific set of counting instructions to make it. You just keep crocheting increasing rounds until the base circle looks big enough for you, then just single crochet (which gives you the sides of the owl) until the height is the same measurement as the diameter of the base (use a ruler to check).

You then stuff it, pop on eyes, sew it up and make the ears pointy, then do the different coloured nose. Don’t worry, she explains all that – go on, go to her website and get the free pattern! I am not going to write out her pattern in full, that would be stealing 😛

Some things aren’t too clear, such as how to make the ears pointy. Which is actually good for a beginner (like me) because you can just put stitches in however you like until the ears look ear-like (for an owl of course)! The same with doing the nose, and a few other bits. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the techniques properly or your skills aren’t too great. This is the type of owl that will look cute regardless of how good you are.

So go on then: experiment and get yourself an owl amigurumi for your effort!

My Little Owl getting wisdom like all little owls do...and The Little Prince is indeed a fantastic source.

My Little Owl getting wisdom like all little owls do...and The Little Prince is indeed a fantastic source.

For those of you who aren’t sure of the basic ratio for “increasing” when doing a round in crochet, I’ll save you the time I spent looking and will give it to you:
[remember the “single crochet” here is the  US version, the equivalent stitch in Aus/UK terms is “double crochet”]

-Start: chain 2
-RND 1: 6 single crochet in the second chain [6 stitches total]
-RND 2: 2 single crochet in each single crochet [12]
-RND 3: 1 single crochet in next stitch, then 2 single crochets in the following stitch. Repeat [18]
-RND 4: 1 single crochet in next stitch, 1 single crochet in following stitch, then 2 single crochets in next stitch. Repeat [24]
-RND 5: 1 single crochet in stitch, 1 single crochet in stitch, 1 single crochet in stitch, 2 single crochets in stitch. Repeat [ 30]

You can see that to continue your ratio to make a wider circle, you just follow the same pattern you can see emerging above (i.e. an additional single crochet in a single stitch is added before each increase for each new round).

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