How to Crochet an Owl Appliqué: Free Pattern

A Free Pattern to Crochet, Chelsea,

an Owl Appliqué.

Hi everyone!  It’s time to unveil what’s behind the question mark in last week’s “Sneak Peak” #1.  I bet it’s been driving you crazy with curiosity,  hasn’t it? 😉    For those of you who may need a fresher.  Here’s the picture I showed you last week.

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You’ll have to come back next week to see what’s behind question mark #2, but any guesses on what #1 could be?  Oh… silly me… I gave it away in the post title!  LOL.

Let me to introduce you to Chelsea!

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Yes, I realize that Chelsea is not a real person.  She’s an owl.  An owl appliqué at that.  You see, I have a tendency to name inanimate objects.  Think of it as a leftover habit that I had since childhood when I named my teddy bears, Barbie dolls, and comfort blankets.    Although I think people tend to do this as young children, most ultimately grow out of it.  I never did.  As a teenager I named my stereo system Harold, my first car “The Trashmobile”, my favorite pair of sneakers Lucy, etc…  Now as an adult, my iPod is Sam, my car is Nikki Angel, my piggy bank is Larry, and so on and so forth.  You get the point.

I suppose that when I have a particular attachment to an item, for whatever reason, I often “humanize” it by giving it a name.  And I am attached to Chelsea.  Chelsea is my first crochet project that is not entirely from a pattern.  And I am super proud of her!   Now, I did build her from several patterns and not entirely on my own.  Baby steps people!  Baby steps!   😀   But, I did have to figure out how to do the feet, beak, & wings on my own, change some patterns, and use my wits to pull several patterns together to create this beauty.  I say that deserves some credit, don’t you?

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Now, before I break my arm patting myself on the back, let me show you how I put Chelsea together.  Feel free to create her twin or an owl that is uniquely your own.

Step One.   The Body.

I used a slightly modified version of a free  owl coaster pattern by Bonna Chaplin found on Ravelry.com.  I followed the pattern EXACTLY, until step #9.  Originally step #9 called for 5 rows, worked Wrong Side (WS) then Right Side (RS).  I extended this to 8 rows.  This would make the head, where the eyes were to be placed, taller.  I did NOT add the trim.

Yarn:  medium 4 worsted weight, brown

Hook:  G6 (4.25mm)

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Step Two.  The Eyes.

For the most part I made this up, except for the sides of the eyes (steps 5-11), which I took, in part, from a free owl basket pattern I found on Simple Crochet and Crafts.  Here’s what I did:

Yarn:  medium 4 worsted weight, black, white, brown

Equipment:   Hook E4 (3.50mm), tapestry needle, straight pins

Abbreviations:  Chain (ch),  Single Crochet (sc), Slip stitch (slp st), Yarn Over (y0)

Pattern:

1.  Make a magic ring with black yarn.  ch 1, 4 sc into ring, slp st into first sc (4 stitches)

2. ch1 (counts as 1st sc), sc in same sc, (2 sc in each sc) around, slp st into the first sc (10 stitches)

3.  Attach white yarn using a slp st, ch 1, 2 sc in ch 1, sc in next sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around, slp st into the first sc (18 stitches)

4. sc around, slp st into the first sc, (18 stitches)

5.  Turn eye over so the wrong side is facing you.

6.  Attach brown yarn to where the white yarn ended using a slp st

7.  Sc in 2nd st from hook; hdc in next 2 sts; dc in next 2 sts.

8.  Sc in 2nd st from hook; hdc in next 2 sts; dc in next 2 sts.

9.  When you get to the 6th st, do the following: yo, insert hook through loop, yo, pull hook through loop (you have 3 loops); yo and pull through 1 loop (3 left on hook); yo and pull through 2 loops (2 left on hook); yo and pull through 2 loops (1 left on hook).

10.  Now ch 3, insert hook through 1st ch you made and sl st. Sl st 3 going down that tall last st you made. Ch 1 and sc 1 in the st right next to that tall one. Sl st inserting hook only through one of the loops (the one that’s further from you; if this were facing you, it would have been the front and not back loop of the st) until the end of the round. Fasten off.

11.  Weave in all loose ends.

12.  Repeat steps 1-11 for second eye.

13.  Place eyes on owl, I found it helpful to pin them into place with a straight pin.

14.  Thread tapestry needle with pink yarn and turn owl over so the wrong side is facing you.

15.  Sew pink yarn through the eye, spacing stitches evenly.  I did nine stitches per eye.

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Step Three.  The Beak.

1.  Thread a tapestry needle with orange yarn & insert it into the center st 1-2 rows below the bottom of the eyes.

2.  Sew vertically from the center st up 2 rows and into each of 5 sts to create a triangle.

3.  Use tapestry needle to sew orange yarn horizontally across the top of the triangle, making 2 stitches.

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Step Four.  The Heart.

1.   Get a piece of fabric & iron it flat.  I used a fat quarter from quilting supplies.

2. Create a heart from a piece of paper by folding the paper in half, drawing one side of the heart, & cut it out.

3.  Fold the fabric & pin the folded paper heart to the fabric.

4.  Open the folded fabric heart & use just a tiny amount of fabric adhesive to put it on the owl’s belly.

5.  Stitch the heart onto the owl belly using threaded yarn.

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Step Five.  The Feet.

I could not find any feet patterns that were remotely close to what I wanted.  So I made this one up.

Hook:  E6 (3.350mm)

1.  Slp stitch orange yarn to the bottom of the owl.  Place the two  feet evenly apart.

2.  Ch 4, insert hook through 1st ch you made and sl st. Sl st 4 going down that tall last st you made. Slp st into the same st on the owl where you made the original slp st to attach the yarn.

3.  Repeat #2 two more times.

4.  Fasten off.

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Step Six. The Wings.

Know what?  There just aren’t many owl wing patterns out there!  If there are, I couldn’t find them.  So folks, I just had to “wing” it.

Hook:  G6 (4.25mm)

1.  Ch 5.

2.  Sc across starting in the first ch from the hook, ch1.

3.  Turn, sc across, ch 1.

4. Turn, 2 sc in each sc across, ch 1.

5. Turn, sc across, ch 3.

6.  Sc down the ch 3, skip the next sc, sc in next sc, ch 3.

7.  Repeat #6 to the end of the wing.

8. Sc around the sides & bottom of wing.  Fasten off.

9.  Pin wings to owl.

10.  Sew wings onto owl.

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So, what do you think?  She’s one beautiful bird, isn’t she?  When I started this project I honestly had no idea how it was going to turn out or for what purpose I was creating it.  I just wanted to do something different.  To spread my crochet wings so to speak.  In the end, I think this pattern makes a lovely appliqué.  Perhaps I will put it on a quilt or a pair of coveralls someday.  Who knows?  The possibilities are limitless! 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it.  Be sure to check back soon to find out what’s under question mark #2!

Until next time.  Happy Crocheting!

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