|Sleepy Owl cushion, waiting to be knitted and snuggled onto a sofa near you!|
Sleepy Owl is a sofa or armchair dwelling companion for the knitter, reader or viewer of television. Sleepy Owl is unsure of his status re: whether he is a cushion or a toy. Sleepy owl is about 25cm by 25cm, excluding ears.
For the owl:
Chunky or bulky yarn and corresponding needles. I used Paton’s Shadow Tweed. One 100g ball made an owl cushion.
6.5mm knitting needles
Fiberfill for the owl stuffing
Contrast yarn for embroidery of eyes and beak (you could also use embroidery floss or buttons for eyes)
For the embellishments:
4ply yarn in however many colours you would like to use (I used 3 complimentary tweedy colours)
3.5mm crochet hook
Abbreviations/knitting and crochet techniques:
K2tog – knit two stitches together
Treble crochet in this pattern (for the owl tummy feathers) refers to
treble crochet, equivalent to US double crochet. UK
Magic loop cast on for crocheting in the round – the tummy feathers are crocheted in rows but the magic loop is the perfect beginning as it’s for a semi-circle.
Body (make two)
Using 6.5mm needles, cast on 34 stitches.
Knit every row for 50 rows (or more if you would prefer a tall owl!)
Row 51: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches, K2tog (32 stitches)
Row 52: Knit (32 stitches)
Row 53: Knit 2tog, knit to the last two stitches, K2tog (30 stitches)
Row 54: Knit (30 stitches)
Row 55: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches, K2tog (28 stitches)
Row 56: Knit (28 stitches)
Row 57: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches, K2tog (26 stitches)
Row 58: Knit (26 stitches)
Row 59: K2tog, knit to the last two stitches, K2tog (24 stitches)
Row 60: Knit (24 stitches)
Ears (make two)
Using 6.5mm needles, cast on 12 stitches
Knit 10 rows or however many rows needed with your gauge to make a square.
|The two pieces each of owl body and ear.|
Crocheted Owl tummy feathers (make 9, 3 in each colour or all in same colour – what ever you prefer!)
Using the magic ring to begin, make 3 stitches and close the loop
Row 1: Chain 2, 3 treble crochet into the first stitch, 2 treble crochet into the middle stitch, 3 treble crochet into the third stitch, turn
Row 2: Chain 2, 3 treble crochet into the first stitch, 2 treble crochet into each stitch until the final stitch, 3 treble crochet into final stitch.
Cut 20cm tail of yarn from your crocheted semi-circle (feather!) and draw through the loop on the crochet hook to cast off.
Alternatively semi-circles of fabric, ribbon or knitted semi-circles could be used as tummy feathers and of course you can use more than 9 and layer them together.
Stitch the 2 sides of the owl body together with mattress stitch beginning with the sides and bottom of the owl. Leave the top open so you can attach the ears to the slopey side bits of the top of the owl head area.
Before attaching the ears to the owl body, fold them in half and seam down one side of the ear like this to make a triangle:
|Seaming one side of the ear to make a triangle.|
Attach the ears to the sides of the owl’s head with mattress stitch.
|All stitched together ready to be filled with squishy Fiberfill goodness!|
Sew up the owl’s head neatly so the seam doesn’t show. I did a kind of mattress stitch however I’m sure
would also work. kitchener
|Mattress stitch the top after stuffing with Fiberfill.|
Attach the tummy feathers by stitching them to the body of the owl with the 20cm tail and weave in the cast-on end.
Embroider the eyes and beak in a contrasting colour.
Settle your owl onto the sofa for a relaxing nap!
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