This little owl was inspired by my first knitting project. Here I adapted the pattern using single crochet stitches for kids who are learning to crochet. Because the owl’s body needs a 10″ rectangle, this project works up a lot faster than knitting a scarf. You can make an owl for yourself and your best friend. (But don’t give the owl to children who may chew off the button eyes or felt feet.)
Select Your Yarn
If you know someone who knits or crochets, you may want to ask them if you can go through their yarn stash, the yarn they haven’t yet worked into a project. The owl is small and doesn’t require a full skein of yarn.
You will want a worsted weight acrylic yarn (like Red Heart Super Saver). You can use a solid color or a multicolor yarn. Multicolor yarn is good for hiding small imperfections.
You can also use an eyelash yarn (like Lion Brand Yarns Fun Fur). You will hold the worsted weight yarn together with the eyelash yarn, treating the two of them like a single strand of yarn. This isn’t hard to do. While using an eyelash yarn by itself can be difficult, holding the two strands together is easier. This fuzzy yarn also helps hide small mistakes.
- You’ll want your two yarns. (If you don’t want to add the fuzzy eyelash yarn, that’s okay, your owl will still be cute.)
- Size J or K crochet hook
- Polyester fiber fill
- Yarn needle
- 2 one-inch buttons for eyes
- Needle and thread for the eyes
- Scraps of felt for the beak and feet
- Fabric glue
Crochet an Amigurumi Owl
Amigurumi is a Japanese word for a crocheted stuffed toy. Amigurumi animals tend to be cute.
Chain 13 stitches
Skip the first stitch and single crochet across (12 stitches). Chain 1 and turn.
Repeat until your rectangle is approximately 10″ long. Fold it in half; this is how tall your owl will be. If you want it taller, work another inch or two. Fasten off.
Finish Your Toy Owl
Thread the yarn needle with only 12″ of the worsted weight acrylic yarn. Sew one side, the bottom, and half of the other side. Pause to stuff the shape with the polyester fiberfill. Don’t overstuff or the filling will poke through the stitches. Finish sewing the owl’s body shut.
Cut two 6″ pieces of yarn to tie ear tufts. Wrap one piece of yarn around one corner and tie tight. Bring the ends of the yarn around to the other side and tie again. Repeat one or two more times and then add a double knot. Tuck the excess yarn into the owl’s body. Repeat to make the second ear.
Sew on the two eyes using needle and thread.
Cut a triangle of felt for the beak and glue in place.
For the feet, I cut triangles of felt and glued them to the base of the rectangle. You can cut whatever shape you’d like for the feet.
After you’ve made one owl, you may want to make her some friends in other colors!
Photos and pattern by Susan Caplan McCarthy