As a new-to-crochet crafter, I love small projects that let me practice new skills while creating something in a relatively short amount of time.
This absolutely adorable owl fit the bill perfectly!
The pattern is considered “beginner,” with an estimate of 2 hours creation time. I think it took me a bit longer than that, but I didn’t really keep track.
The instructions are very basic, but clearly written, with some photo illustrations of various steps at the end (which I like, as it means less scrolling during the pattern!).
The primary skill needed is single crochet. I had to look up a tutorial for a crochet magic ring to start the project, and I had to click on the link (included in the tutorial) for the invisible decrease. Both skills were easy to pick up, although the magic ring took me a couple of attempts to get started!
I’m rather incapable of following a recipe or pattern exactly as written…so, much as I enjoyed the tutorial, I did make a few changes:
I poured around a quarter cup of dry beans into the body before stuffing it, which gives the owl a great hand feel and makes it sit nicely unassisted.
For the ears, I crocheted a couple of tufts directly onto the top of the head (two double crochets and one chain to pull them together). I then tied a knot and frayed the ends of the yarn; I wasn’t sure I was going to keep the look, but I ended up loving it and I think it gives my owl a lot of spunky personality.
Rather than making the eyes with a single crochet magic ring and two more rounds of increased single crochets (which looked too much like a spiral for my taste, at least the way I did it for the wings, which had the same instructions as the eyes), I made a magic ring with double crochet. It took me a couple of tries to get the tension consistent enough for two matching eyes. Mine still aren’t perfect, but I was happy enough with them in the end.
For the bill, instead of sewing on a shape made of felt, I used orange yarn and stitched a very simple bill directly onto the face.
I’m not completely in love with the way my wings came out, so I might try a different wing approach next time.
Overall, I’m thrilled with how cute my owl is, and with how easy it was to make! I know I’ll be making more-they would make absolutely perfect baby shower gifts!