Small Amigurumi Owls Crochet pattern by Kristi Tullus, http://sidrun.spire.ee
Size About 6,5 cm (2.6”), with worsted weight yarn and a 2,25 mm crochet hook (US size 1/B).
Skills required Pattern is written in English, using standard US crochet terminology. Single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, triple crochet stitch, chain stitch, slip stitch, increasing and decreasing.
Materials & Tools
• Yarn. I used worsted weight cotton, 92m/50g (100yds/50g) / 10 ply / 9 wpi / 4: medium. • • • • •
You will need about 17g or 31m (34yds) of yarn – 12g for the body and 5g for details. Crochet hook, 2,25 – 2,75 mm (US size 1/B – 2/C) or according to the yarn. Stuffing – polyester fiberfill, wool, wadding etc. 9 mm (1/3”) safety toy eyes or buttons, beads, felt etc. Embroidery floss. Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker.
Tip! You can use the same pattern to make larger or smaller toys by using finer or bulkier yarn. Pick a crochet hook at least a size smaller than suggested on the yarn label.
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Abbreviations • • • • • • • • • •
1: = number of the round. mr, n = magic ring – crochet n single crochet stitches in to the adjustable loop. sc = single crochet stitch. sc n = make n single crochet stitches, one in each stitch. inc = increase – make two single crochet stitches from the same stitch. inc3 = double increase – make three single crochet stitches from the same stitch. dec = decrease – crochet two stitches together using the invisible decrease method. (sc 4, inc) x 6 = repeat the “sc 4, inc” pattern six times. [hdc, dc, dc] = crochet all these stitches in to one stitch. (sc 4, inc) x 6 [1/3] (36) = number of stitches in a round after finishing said round.
Notes • Do not join at the end of each round, work in a continuous spiral (except eye patches). • Use a stitch marker or a piece of yarn to mark the end or the beginning of a round. • All stitches are worked in to both loops, unless stated otherwise in the pattern.
Body 1: 2: 3: 4: 5:
mr, 6 (sc, inc3 x 2) x 2 sc 3, inc3 x 2, sc 5, inc3 x 2, sc 2 sc 4, inc x 3, sc 8, inc x 3, sc 4 sc 6, inc x 2, sc 12, inc x 2, sc 6
Eye patch – safety eyes Note! Join all rounds with a slip stitch (sl st) to get perfectly round eye patches.
(6) (14) (22) (28) (32)
1: ch 5, join with a sl st to form a ring 2: ch 1, sc 7, join round with sl st (7)
Place a stitch marker (or a piece of yarn) in to the 19 stitch on round 11. This marks the center of the face.
6-12: sc in each stitch 13: sc 10, dec, sc 14, dec, sc 4 14: sc 14, dec, sc 4, dec, sc 8 15: sc 6, dec, sc 18, dec 16: sc 2, dec, sc 11, dec, sc 9 17: sc, dec, sc 8, dec, sc 3, dec, sc 6 18: sc, dec, sc 4, fasten off
(32) (30) (28) (26) (24) (21) (20)
Make a slip stitch in to the next stitch. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail and draw the end through the stitch. Attach safety eyes and then stuff the body. Leave the top seam open for now.
Eye patch – embroidered eyes Note! Join all rounds with a slip stitch (sl st) to get perfectly round eye patches.
1: mr, 7, join round with a sl st 2: ch 1, inc, around
Fasten off cleanly (see page 3) and weave in the yarn tails on the wrong side. http://sidrun.spire.ee
Make sure your safety toy eyes will fit through the center snugly. You may need to increase or decrease the number of chain stitches in the first round.
3: ch 1, inc around
Fasten off cleanly (see page 3) and weave in the yarn tails on the wrong side.
Left Wing 1: mr, 6 2: inc x 2, [sc, hdc], [hdc, dc], [dc, tc, tc]
Cut the yarn and weave in the yarn tail. Finish the edge by crocheting around it with single crochet stitches (see page 4-5).
Right Wing 1: mr, 6 2: [sl st, ch 3, tc, dc], [dc, hdc], [hdc, sc], inc x 2
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Eye patches a) For safety eyes, start with a chain and form a ring. For embroidered eyes, start with a magic ring.
1. Chain 5, join with a slip stitch through the first chain to form a ring.
2. Start the second round with a chain stitch. Crochet 7 single crochet stitches in to the ring.
3. Make sure the back bar of your safety eye will fit through the center snugly.
b) Use this method for a clean finish – eye patches, wings.
1. Finish the last sc. Cut the yarn and pull the yarn tail through the loop.
2. Thread the yarn tail onto a needle. Inset it through the next stitch from back to front.
3. Insert the needle in to the previous stitch from the top, between the loops and behind the stitch (the vertical bar).
4. Grab the yarn and pull until the top loop is the same size as other stitches.
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Face b) Attach safety eyes, sew on the eye patches and embroider the beak and eye(s).
1. Place a stitch marker in to the 19th stitch on round 11. This marks the center of the face.
2. Attach the eyes to either side of the stitch marker.
3. Make sure you are satisfied with the placement before pushing the washer in to place.
4. Leave the top seam open. This way you can fasten yarn ends securely on the wrong side.
5. Sew the eye patches to the body.
6. Embroider the eye(s) and beak.
Wings a) Finish the edge by crocheting around it with single crochet stitches. Sew the wings to the body.
1. Finish the last stitch, cut the yarn and draw the end through the loop. Weave it in on the wrong side.
2. Insert the hook through the first stitch, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through the loop. Continue crocheting with sc-s.
3. Increase after every two stitches. Make four single crochet stitches in to the stitch at the tip of the wing.
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4. Finish off cleanly and weave in the yarn tails.
5. Sew the wings to the body with matching yarn. Make a few stitches through the center and sew over the top edge.
NB! If you are left handed and crochet from left to right, you will have to switch the wings.
Finishing touches a) Close up the seam. Fasten the yarn tail with a knot and hide it inside the body. Add ear tufts to the corners of the body.
1. Add a bit more stuffing and close up the top seam, using the long yarn tail left on the body.
2. Bring the yarn to the side of the body. Fasten with a knot and hide the yarn tail inside the body.
8. Cut a few pieces of yarn, split them and draw through the corner. Push the knot close to the body. Cut off long ends.
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Basic Amigurumi Techniques. 1. Magic Ring – Starting a piece with an adjustable loop: A magic ring is a way to begin crocheting in the round by crocheting over an adjustable loop and then pulling the loop tight. Alternatively you can chain 2, crochet n single crochet stitches in to the 2nd chain from hook.
1. Make a loop an inch from the yarn end. Grab the join with your thumb and forefinger.
2. Insert the hook through the loop from front to back, grab the yarn and draw up a loop.
3. Yarn over and draw through the loop.
4. Pull the yarn tight. This does not count as the first single crochet stitch.
5. Start the first sc. Insert the hook through the starting loop from front to back.
6. Draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through the loop.
7. Continue crocheting over the loop and the yarn tail until you have the required number of sc for the first round, usually six.
8. Grab hold of the yarn tail and pull until the center is tightly closed.
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2. Finishing an open piece that will be attached to another piece: This is a way to finish an open piece that will later be sewn to another closed or open piece. If you need to leave a yarn tail for sewing, stop after step 2.
1. Make a slip stitch in the next stitch. Cut the yarn and pull the yarn tail through the loop. Insert the hook through the next stitch.
2. Grab the yarn and draw the yarn tail through the stitch from back to front.
3. Insert the hook through the next stitch and draw the yarn tail through the stitch from front to back.
3. Stuffing the pieces: Stuffing is what gives your finished amigurumi the shape, so take your time and make sure all pieces are stuffed firmly and evenly. Loosen the stuffing between your hands and add a little bit at a time. Keep adding until your piece is firm and holds shape. If you start getting lumps, pull out all the stuffing, loosen it and start over. If you can see the stuffing through the fabric, you have overstuffed. Then it is best to start over and stuff more lightly.
4. Sewing an open piece to a closed piece: This is a method for sewing an open piece to a closed piece. When pieces are different colors, use the yarn you used for the open piece to sew it to the closed piece.
1. Bring the needle up through the fabric under a stitch of the open piece. Go down through both loops of the stitch and in to the same hole.
2. Bring the needle back up directly under the next stitch. Pull the yarn tight. This makes the stitch almost invisibly small.
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5. Fastening with a knot and hiding the yarn tail: This tutorial will show how to knot the yarn tail and hide it inside a piece. This method can be used when the yarn tail and the main piece are the same color.
1. Bring the yarn up through the fabric after you have finished sewing.
2. Insert the needle under one loop of a stitch right next to the hole.
3. Pull until you have a small loop.
4. Make a double knot. Do not push the first knot close to the fabric.
5. Cut off the loop end.
6. Insert the needle in to the same hole, going up and through the piece.
7. Pull lightly until the knot disappears in to the fabric.
8. Pull lightly on the yarn tail and cut it off close to the fabric.
9. Yarn tail will completely disappear in to the fabric
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