Sunday, 10 November 2013

How to Make Tiny Owls

A new approach today. Vicky and Stu went to a craft fair yesterday.  Look at how festive the stall looked!

It was a good day - especially for Christmas tree ornaments and key rings and some things need restocking. So I thought I would produce the stages of one of these things here.
I am about to make a phone charm, key ring bag decoration sort of thing.
To join in you will need:

The yarn is some lovely variegated 3ply but any small amount of fine yarn from your stash will do, a 2.5mm hook a pair of self adhesive eyes and a clip on key chain. The pile of greyish stuff is stuffing ( surprise!). You will also need a big eyed needle and some scraps of contrasting yarn for beak and feet.

1. Make a magic circle and make one chain before working 8 dc in the ring.mark the first dc so that you know where the row starts.
2. Working in a spiral 2dc into each dc all the way round, you should now have 16 stitches but if you have got one or two more it won't matter.

3. Work 7 rounds of 1dc in each stitch.

4. double crochet 2 together at the beginning of the next round work 6 dc and then dc 2 tog then 6 dc. This should get you back to the start of the next round - it is not too drastic if it doesn't just add a few more dc.
5.Work 2 more rounds of dc.
6. At the start of the next round work 3 tr in the first stitch work 1 dc in each of the next 5 sitches ( or until you get to half way round and then work 3 tr in the next stitch, dc in each stitch until you reach the first 3tr. fasten off.

7. Stuff and sew across the top.
8. Add two googly eyes and embroider beak and feet with contrasting colour.

9. Sew him onto the key chain.

10. and finally make him a friend.

One of the many things that I really like about handmade things is the way in which things take on a character of their own even though you think you have made them in exactly the same way. One of these looks snooty and one looks vaguely dreamy. Here is another crochet puzzle: spot the deliberate (I wish) mistake or the difference between these two little friends.
I don't write patterns often so some of this may be incomprehensible if so please get in touch and I will try to help you out. But if you don't have the time or the inclination to make your own owls we can make them (or any other small creature) for you.

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