Monday, June 14, 2010

Wings for Owls

I have been crocheting along with Karla at Itsy Bitsy Spider in the Great Owl Crochet-Along. If you pop over here and follow the instructions you could enter her totally cool giveaway.

Because I can never quite manage to follow a pattern to the letter I made wings for my owl and here is my attempt at providing the pattern for anyone who is interested.

I cannot take full credit for this design, although I made this pattern up I am sure the idea came from a picture in a Japanese Amigurumi book a bought a few years ago and now cannot find anywhere.

I am trying US notation for these instructions although it is not what I usually use so please let me know if I stuff it up.

All you really need is 4 basic circles.

Owl Wings 1

The observant among you will notice that I absentmindedly broke off the red yarn on the dual coloured circles - do not do this, make sure you leave enough to sew it onto the body.

The circles are made in a spiral, I start with the magic loop for preference but you can just use 2ch if it suits you better. The brown circles have 5 rounds and the red and beige have 7 rounds, and the circles all follow the same basic sequence:
1. 6 sc
2. 2 sc in each st (12 total)
3. 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next st repeat (18 total)
4. 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 2 st repeat (24 total)
5. 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 3 st repeat (30 total)
6. 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 4 st repeat (36 total)
7. 2 sc in the first st, 1 sc in the next 5 st repeat (42 total)

I prefer to make and stuff the body first before I add all the bits, but if you are following Karla's pattern exactly you can sew on the wings at the same time as the tummy patch.

Now take the stripey circle and fold it in half, make sure the bit where the stripes jog when you change colour are hidden towards the back. Attach the half circle to the body of your owl folded side upwards.

Owl Wings 2

You stitch from halfway round the semicircle up to the fold and then down along the straight edge to the centre. Leave the back edge open, like below.

Owl Wings 3

Next you add the top circle, place it over the top half of the folded circle and stitch it on.

Owl Wings 5

You can vary the size of the circles to suit your own owl, looking at this one I think maybe I should have made the brown one one row smaller.

Once you have sewn on both wings then this what you should have.

Owl Wings 6

The eyebrows were crocheted directly onto the already stuffed body I don't really know how to write instructions for them I just made it up on the spot.

If any of this does not make sense please ask questions, I have never written instructions before so I might miss things that seem obvious to me but not to you.

Owl Wings 7


  1. Lucy -- thank you so much for posting this! I'll definitely share a link back from my blog to let everyone know!

  2. Amazing--I love it--plan to use your wings and the eyebrow idea on my little owl. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Ha, ha so cute - now if only he could scare away cockatoos!