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Free Crochet Owl Pattern and January Musings

January 31, 2019

January 2019 is over, and how fast this month went. I have a sweet little Free crochet pattern for you today! A sleepy crochet owl motif that you can use to embellish your projects, or you can add a pin to make a pretty brooch. It is another pattern that I have been making for years and wanted to share so you can all make them! Scroll down for the pattern.

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I started the month very productive, but seem to be struggling in the last week. But that’s ok. Today the weather in Ireland is bitterly cold with frigid rain, but the stove is lit so I plan to get a few hours work completed on the computer before I venture out again.

I know I have too many projects on the go, and that always makes me panic! I am trying to work my way through the various stages – design the project – decide on colours (and change my mind so many times) – make the project – write pattern, and so on. Focus is my buzz word…….

I am so enjoying seeing pictures of my latest free shawl pattern appearing on social media. Thank you so much to anyone who made the pattern and shared pictures!

You can find the free crochet pattern here Halo Shawl

I am just finishing writing up the pattern for a new shawl design and sending it to the tech editor. I loved making this so much and Scheepjes Whirl was the perfect yarn. I used the colour ‘Red Velvet Sunrise’ Here is a sneak peek! It was drizzling and cold on the day of the photo shoot but we managed to get some great pictures. All thanks to my talented son and his lovely partner. I just run around and fiddle with the draping of the shawl……

That is enough rambling from me. I must thank the lovely Peggy who contacted me on Ravelry, asking if I had a pattern for the owls. It gave me the push to write it up, and then she kindly tested the pattern for me!

Sleepy Owl Crochet Pattern

The pattern is in US crochet terms with UK terms in Abbreviations.


Abbreviations (US terms)

Ch                Chain

SC                Single crochet

DC               Double crochet

Rep              Repeat

Sl st             Slip stitch

Abbreviations (UK terms)

Ch                Chain

DC               Double crochet

TR                Treble crochet

Rep              Repeat

Sl st             Slip stitch


  • I used a cotton DK yarn (Paintbox Cotton DK) for the body of the owl, and a fingering/4 ply cotton (Scheepjes Cotton 8) for the eyes. You can of course, use any weight you like but I find the lighter weight yarn makes a neater eye.
  • Whatever yarn weight you use, just make sure to use the matching hook. A smaller hook than recommended works best to give a firm gauge
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle to sew pieces together and embroider the details

It makes a much neater finish to the circles, if you use an invisible join (you can find a tutorial on google – note to self to make a tutorial!)

Body of owl

Round 1: Magic ring, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc into ring. Pull centre to close tightly. Join to top of 1st dc (just after ch 2. It stops the gap on next row!) – 12 dc

Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around. Join to top of 1st dc – 24 dc

Round 3: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2 sc in next st, (1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. Join to beg ch 1, fasten off yarn – 36 sc

Place 2 markers (I use scraps of yarn) to help later when attaching wings. Add marker to any stitch, skip 15 sts and add 2nd marker to next st.

Eyes (make 2)

You can use a contrast colour for round 2 if you like

Round 1: Magic ring, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc into ring. Join with sl st to 1st dc (as before, the dc after ch2) – 12 dc

Round 2: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 2sc in next st, (1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. Join to beg ch 1, fasten off yarn.


Join yarn in marker on left side of owl body.

Ch 1, 1 sc in same st, 2 hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, [1 dc, ch 2, sl st] in next st, fasten off.

Working on other side of owl body, join yarn in st 4 sts before marker.

Ch 2, 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, [1 sc, ch 1, sl st] in next st (marked stitch), fasten off.

Sleepy Eyes

Using black yarn, make back sewing stitches just inside round 2 on eye, to form the shape of the ‘sleepy eye’. See picture for details.

Place both eyes on body and sew into place with white yarn.


Using yellow yarn, make a few up and down stitches between the eyes, and 2 or 3 stitches across the top of the beak to form the shape. See picture for details. Weave in all threads.

Sometimes I add a few more little stitches in a contrast colour to the body to look like feathers…just a detail that can also be included if you want. See the following picture for some more ideas for making crochet owls. I made little wings (ch 7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, dc, dc, tr into remaining chains, fasten off) and sewed them onto the body. The owl on the right has little black circles sewn on to the eyes. Have fun experimenting!

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I hope you enjoy this Free pattern!

If you make this pattern, be sure to tag me in your photos so I can see it too, @anniedesigncrochet or #anniedesigncrochet  – I can’t wait to see what colours you use!

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