In this picture I’ve inserted my needle into the space used to work into a stitch ( there are 2 strands of yarn above the needle and 1 below)
ROUND 3 for this round attach a new colour in any space between the 2 dc clusters of round 2 and chain 3 ( counts as 1 dc). work 2 further dc into the same space
here’s what your circle should look like now. You should have 14 three dc clusters, then slip stitch to initial 3 chain and fasten off……….
and here’s the back. Some of the tails I have crocheted over can simply be snipped off , others will need weaving in with a needle.
Crocheting over the initial centre tail allows you to pull the centre tightly closed so no stuffing shows through.
I always weave this end in securely too.
ROUND 4 in this round we will start to shape the owls head. The stitches of this round are worked into the stitches of round 3 ……I’m showing with my needle where your hook needs to go in this picture……
Attach a new colour using a slip stitch and chain 2. NOTE the picture shows the wrong stitch to join into! sorry about that . You need to join between the clusters i.e one stitch to the left of the one shown….
in the next stitch make 2 dc
make 1 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, then 2 dc in the next stitch……
1 dc in each of next two stitches , then 2 dc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch then 1 sc in each remaining stitch around……….
Slip stitch into initial 2 chain ……
ROUND 5 chain 1 and work 2 dc in next stitch…….
1 dc in next stitch…….
1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in each of next 3 stitches…….
1 hdc in next stitch, 1 dc in next and 2 dc in next………
Right we are getting there now.
Next onto the eyes. These are easy too.
simply chain 3 then work 11 hdc into the first chain. The picture shows me making the first hdc……
Here’s what mine looked like when all 11 hdc were made…….
Then you simply pull on the initial yarn tail and a nice neat little “eye” will appear……….
make a second eye in the same way then pull the centre as tightly closed as possible and securely weave in the centre tail on both eyes………
For the pupil of the eyes I’ve used black beads, as it’s what I had and they will not be used as toys, but safety eyes would be good too……….
There , doesn’t that make a difference, suddenly your owl looks much better………
Next to join the two sides and stuff.
With the wrong sides together ( right sides out ) and using the long tail of yarn sew around your owl, leaving about 5cm open to add stuffing……..
Now he’s almost finished , but still needs his all important ear tufts……..
take some yarn in the same colour as the edge of your owl ( or any colours you like really ) , enough to fold into 4 and have a about 8 inches ( 20 cm ) to work with……..
find the middle of your bunch and insert your hook through several stitches in the corner of your owls head. The hook needs to be inserted from the back to the front. Pull through a loop and feed the yarn through this and pull tight……..
Repeat at the other corner and your owl should look like this……..
Then simply trim the yarn to make his tufts……That’s better !
For fuller tufts you could use more strands of yarn. You could also use a mixture of colours as I have done here……..
Next onto the wings. These are optional. I think these guys look cute without them too……
But if you like the wing look , here’s how its done.
To begin chain 8 then insert your hook in the second chain from the hook ( I’ve indicated the correct spot with my needle)
In this final chain make 1 hdc, chain 1 , slip stitch , chain 1 and make 1 more hdc.This make the top of your wing. The chain will have opened up a bit by now like this first picture, but you can pull the tail of yarn and it will close up like I’ve done in the second picture……….
Now you are working your way down the other side of the initial chain. Make 1 dc in each of the next three stitches ( first picture ) then 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches ( second picture )
Here is this cute owl in the snow…..the only other thing I’ve done in this picture is to add a hanging loop made by chaining 25 and stitching to the centre of his head………..
As usual I hope there are no mistakes in this tutorial. It’s taken me quite a while to get right .
Enjoy hooking up a little crochet fun lovelies.