Sometimes, you get an idea in your head about a project, but the finished product just doesn’t look the way you imagined. Other times, what you end up with is EXACTLY what you pictured in your head. Luckily, the sleepy time owl stuffed animal is the latter. It’s soft, huggable, and SOOOOO cute!

What you need:

Yarn:

  • For owl, bulky yarn in two different colors. I used Loops & Threads Charisma in Taupe (A) and Off-white (B), one skein each
  • Eyes: worsted weight, in white, plus a bit of black yarn to sew the sleepy eyes
  • Beak: bulky, in orange
  • Night cap: worsted weight. I used Red Heart Super Saver in Jade, but whatever you have will work

I hook

F hook (night cap)

Yarn needle, to sew on your pieces

Poly-fil to stuff the owl. I also use old t-shirt scraps leftover from making t-shirt yarn.

Time needed for project: About 2 episodes of The Crown on Netflix (3-4 with the night cap)

Finished size: approximately 10″ tall.

Stitches used:

HDC=Half Double Crochet

sc= single crochet

sc2tog=single crochet decrease

DC= double crochet

fpdc= front post double crochet

tr= triple crochet

HDC2tog= half double crochet decrease

 

Owl body:

With Color A, form a loop, ch 2

Rd 1: 8HDC in loop, join, ch 1 (does not count as first HDC)

Rd 2: 2 HDC in each stitch (16), join, ch 1

Rd 3: 2 HDC in 1st st, 1 HDC in next, repeat around (24), join, ch 1

Rd 4: 2 HDC in 1st, 1 HDC in next 2, repeat around (32), join, ch 1

Rd 5: 2 HDC in 1st, 1 in next 3, repeat around (40), join, ch 1

Rd 6: 2 HDC in 1st, 1 in next 4 (48), join, ch 1

Rd 7-23: 1 HDC in each st (48), join, ch 1

*** Change to Color B after rd 17***

Stuff with polyfil and/or scraps of fabric or t-shirts, and sc the top together

*Note: I like to sew all my pieces (except for the hat) on to the owl before stuffing and closing. So if you’re like me, after round 23, remove your hook, but don’t fasten off. Make your wings, eyes, and beak, sew them on, then come back to stuff and close.

Wings (make 2)

With Color A, Ch 6

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across (5)

Row 2: sc2tog, sc, sc2tog (3)

Row 3: sc across (3)

Row 4: sc2tog, sc (2)

Row 5: sc2tog

Ch 1, and sc around. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew onto the owl

Eye (make 2)

With white yarn, form a loop and ch 2 (Does not count as first DC)

Rd 1: 12 DC in loop, join, ch 2

Rd 2: 2 DC in each st (24), join, ch 2

Rd 3: 2 DC in 1st, 1 in next st, repeat around (36), join, fasten off, leaving long tail to sew on to the owl

With a yarn needle, use the picture to sew on your sleepy eyes.

Beak

With orange yarn, ch 6. Tr in 4th ch from hook, DC, sc, fasten off, leaving a long tail. Sew on to the owl.

 

Night cap (optional)

With worsted weight yarn and F hook, foundation row DC 31, join together without twisting, ch 2

Rd 2: fpdc in each st (31), join, ch 2

Rd 3: HDC in each st of rd 1 (behind rd 2), join, ch 1

Rd 4: HDC in each st of rd 3, join, ch 1 (and at the end of each subsequent row)

Rd 5-7: HDC in each st around (31)

Rd 8: HDC2tog in 1st 2 st, HDC in next 13, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 14 (29)

Rd 9: HDC in each st

Rd 10: HDC2tog, HDC in next 12, HDC in remaining 13 (27)

Rd 11: HDC in each st around

Rd 12: HDC2tog, HDC in next 12, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 11 (25)

Rd 13: HDC in each st

Rd 14: HDC2tog, HDC in next 11, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 10 (23)

Rd 15: HDC in each st

Rd 16: HDC2tog, HDC in next 10, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 9 (21)

Rd 17: HDC in each st

RD 18: HDC2tog, HDC in next 10, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 7 (19)

Rd 19: HDC in each st

Rd 20: HDC2tog, HDC in next 5, HDC2tog, HDC in next 4, HDC2tog, HDC in next 4 (16)

Rd 21: HDC in each

Rd 22: HDC2tog, HDC in next 3, HDC2tog, HDC in next 3, HDC2tog, HDC in remaining 4 (13)

Rd 23: HDC in each

Rd 24: HDC2tog, HDC in next 2, HDC2tog, HDC in next 2, HDC2tog, HDC in last 3 (10)

Sew together and add a pom-pom or tassle.

Sew your hat on the owl and give it a good snuggle.

 

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