Owl Knitting Pattern

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Make a plush little owl with this free owl knitting pattern.

The owl is made in a number of separate pieces and then stitched together.

A little crochet knowledge is also required if you want to crochet the jacket.

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are knit, purl, K2tog and P2tog.

Using mainly knit and purl stitches, it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.

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Owl Toy knitting Pattern

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This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.

Yield: Owl Toy

Owl Knitting Pattern

Owl Toy knitting Pattern

Make a plush little owl with this free and easy knitting pattern.

The owl is made in a number of separate pieces and then stitched together.

Active Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • 1-x Double knit yarn 50g (in your own colour choice) I used grey.
  • Small amount of black double knit yarn for beak and feet.
  • Small amount of white double knit yarn for ears and eyes.
  • Small amount of blue yarn x 2 for the jacket.
  • 2 x small buttons for the eyes.
  • 1 x button for the jacket.

Tools

  • Darning needle
  • Scissors.
  • Toy stuffing.
  • Knitting Needles: 4 mm(US 6) and 4mm crochet hook (US G6)

Instructions

Body – Make 2 pieces >

  1. With double knit yarn (I used grey) and 4mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on 20 sts.
  2. Start with a knit row and continue in stocking stitch until piece measures 5 inches.
  3. Knit 6 – cast off 8 until 6 sts remain
  4. Knit
  5. Purl
  6. Put other 6 stitches on a stitch holder to work later.
  7. Knit
  8. Purl
  9. Change to white yarn and knit
  10. Purl
  11. SKPO knit to last 2 sts K2TOG
  12. Purl
  13. SKPO K2TOG
  14. P2TOG
  15. Take 6 sts on stitch holder and place onto the needles ready to work again and attach yarn.
  16. Knit
  17. Purl
  18. Change to white yarn and knit
  19. Purl
  20. SKPO knit to last 2 sts K2TOG
  21. Purl
  22. SKPO K2TOG
  23. P2TOG

Bottom Circular Piece – Make 1 >

  1. With double knit yarn (I used grey) and 4mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on 8 sts (leave a tail of at least 12 inches for sewing up later).
  2. Purl
  3. K2, (YFON, K1) till end, K1
  4. Work those two rows 5 times
  5. Knit
  6. Cast off in purl leaving another 12 inches tail for sewing up. Stitch centre opening closed so the circle is ready.

Wings – make 2 pieces

  1. With double knit yarn (I used grey) and 4mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on 6
  2. Knit all rows until piece measures 1.5 inches
  3. SKPO – knit to last 2 sts K2TOG
  4. Knit
  5. SKPO, K2TOG
  6. K2TOG

Feet and Beak >

  1. With double knit yarn (I used black) and 4mm (US 6) knitting needles cast on 4
  2. Knit 3 rows
  3. SKPO, K2TOG
  4. Purl 2
  5. K2TOG

Eyes – make 2 pieces >

Using crochet hook 4mm (US G6) and white double knit yarn chain 40

Curl up into a circular shape and stitch into place onto the front body piece of the owl.

Stitch a small button into the center of the coil.

I used black thread to make it look more like an eye.

Jacket >

  1. Using a 4mm (US G6) crochet hook and double knit yarn chain 41
  2. Single crochet 3 rows of dark blue
  3. Single crochet 3 rows of light blue
  4. Single crochet 3 rows of dark blue
  5. Add a small button to one side so the jacket can be fastened.
  6. Alternatively, you can knit the jacket – using 4mm (US 6) knitting needles and double knit yarns in your colour choice.
  7. Knit 3 rows of dark blue
  8. Knit 3 rows of light blue
  9. Knit 3 rows of dark blue
  10. Knit 3 rows of light blue
  11. Knit 3 rows of dark blue

Add a small button to one side so the jacket can be fastened.

Making up >

  1. On the front piece of the body stitch the eyes and beak into place.
  2. Place the body front sides together and stitch around leaving the bottom opening.
  3. Turn the right sides out and stuff the body with toy stuffing until it is as full as you wish.
  4. Place the circular bottom with the right side facing outwards. Stitch around the edge.
  5. Place the wings onto the front body piece and sew into place.
  6. Sew feet onto the front side of the body.
  7. Fasten jacket around the owl’s body.

Notes

Gauge -  18 sts and 24 rows in 4×4 inches / 10x10cm

Abbreviations >

K – knit

P – purl

P2tog – purl 2 stitches together

Sts – stitches

Garter stitch – every row knit

Stocking stitch – knit 1 row (front), Purl one row (back)

K2TOG – knit 2 stitches together

SKPO – slip one stitch; knit one stitch, and pass slipped stitch over knit stitch.

M1 – make one stitch

YFON – yarn forward over needle

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