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Hibou

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Say hello to Hibou! Or I suppose ‘Bonjour’ would be more appropriate for this little owl, since his name is French! Hibou loves the snow, but not so much the cold, so he has donned a little toque (a Canadian term for a winter hat) and matching scarf so he can play outside in the snow all night long (owls are nocturnal after all!).

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

U.S. Terminology

Stitches

Materials

Hook: 3.5 mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight: Approx. 120 yards- Grey, Purple, White, Red, small amount of yellow (I used Caron Simply Soft Party)

9 mm Safety Eyes or Embroidered Eyes

Polyfill

Needle

Optional: Stitch Markers and pins

Other Notes:

Magic Ring alternative- if you do not feel comfortable doing a magic ring, you can also chain 2 and work the indicated number of stitches into the first chain

Continuous Rounds– all components except for the toque and scarf are worked in continuous rounds

Picot Stitch– the feathers of the wings are made using a picot stitch, marked as P in the pattern. To make a picot stitch, CH 3, and SL ST into 3rd CH from hook. Each picot stitch is made after a SC, followed by a SC in the next stitch.

 

Pattern:

Beak:

In yellow colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC into MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC, 4 SC (6 st)

R3: SC around (6 st)

SL ST to first stitch of previous round and FO, leaving a tail for sewing on later. If your beak has trouble holding its shape, stuff with a bit of polyfill.

 

Eyes: (make 2)

In white colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

SL ST to first stitch of previous row and FO. Leave long tail for sewing on later.

 

Head:

In Purple colour yarn:

R1: 5 SC into MR (5 st)

R2: INC SC around (10 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x5 (15 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x5 (20 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x5 (25 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x5 (30 st)

R7: (5 SC, INC SC) x5 (35 st)

R8: (6 SC, INC SC) x5 (40 st)

R9-15:  SC around (40 st)

R16: (6 SC, INV DEC) x5 (35 st)

R17: (5 SC, INV DEC) x5 (30 st)

R18: (4 SC, INV DEC) x5 (25 st)

R19: (3 SC, INV DEC) x5 (20 st)

At this point, we will pause to put together and attach the eyes. With one of your safety eyes, attach to the white circle, one round out from the centre (between rounds one and two), but do not attach the washer to the back! Repeat to make a second eye. Both safety eyes (with the white circles attached) should be now attached to the head of the owl, between rounds 13 and 14. See picture of owl face for positioning. The white circles should be about 2-3 stitches apart, and sit between rounds 10 and 17 (or in a position of your liking!). Once you like the positioning of your eyes, lightly stuff the head with polyfill.

Once your head has a bit of shape, you can now sew the white circles of the eyes in place and weave in the ends. Finally, pin the beak between the two eyes in a position you like, and sew in place. Weave in ends. At this point you can finish making the rest of the head.

Eyes

R20: (8 SC, INV DEC) x2 (18 st)

FO, leaving a long tail of yarn.

 

Body:

In Grey colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

R6: (4 SC, INC SC) x6 (36 st)

R7: (5 SC, INC SC) x6 (42 st)

R8- 18: SC around (42 st)

R19: (5 SC, INV DEC) x6 (36 st)

R20: (4 SC, INV DEC) x6 (30 st)

R21: 3 SC, INV DEC) x6 (24 st)

Stuff the body firmly.

R22: (2 SC, INV DEC) x6 (18 st)

FO, and weave in ends. Sew the head to the body

 

Wings: (make 2)

The body of the wing is made by crocheting a circle which is then folded in half to form the edge, then crocheted across the edge.

You will be making 8 picots on each wing. See ‘Other Notes’ for how to make a picot.

In purple colour yarn:

R1: 6 SC into MR (6 st)

R2: INC SC around (12 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x6 (18 st)

R4: (2 SC, INC SC) x6 (24 st)

R5: (3 SC, INC SC) x6 (30 st)

Pinch sides closed and 15 SC across through top of stitches of both sides. Make sure that the first SC is made through the first and last stitch of the previous row, otherwise you may not be able to get all 15 SC in!

R6: CH 1, turn. ({SC, P}, SC) x8 the SC after the final picot is made in the same stitch as the previous SC. (16 st)

FO, leaving a long tail for sewing. Pin your wings to either side of the body, with the feathers facing forwards. Sew the wing to the body, several stitches down and across, creating a triangle (See diagram).

Sewing Lines

Toque/Hat:

The toque is worked in rows. The CH 2 does NOT count as a stitch. If you would like the toque to be slouchier, or to have a larger brim, add additional chains and equivalent HDC across.

In red colour yarn:

R1: CH 18, HDC in 3rd CH from hook, and HDC across (16 st)

R2: CH 2, Turn. HDC in BLO across (16 st).

Repeat R2 until you reach 22 rows, or when the toque fits snuggly when wrapped around the head. Once it is the length that you like, FO, leaving a long end for weaving in. Pinch in half (the last row and your starting chain should be touching, otherwise you have folded the wrong way!) and sew together to make a tube, through the chain stitches from the starting end, and loops closest to the seam on your finishing end. Once the two ends are sewn together, use the remaining yarn to close up one side of the toque by weaving your needle in and out all the way around the top of the opening, pulling tight on your yarn every few stitches. Once you have made it all the way around the top, you can stitch through the top a few more times back and forth to make sure it is closed well. Tie a knot and weave in ends. Flip your toque so the inside becomes the outside for a more polished finish!

Place the toque on your owl in a position you like, rolling up the brim. Pin toque in place and roll down brim. Using a needle and piece of yarn that is the same colour as your toque, weave in and out around the toque in line with where the brim will fold up (to hide the stitches). Work your way 1 or 2 times around the toque so it is secured to the head and weave in ends. Fold your brim back up. (see below photo)

Sewing Lines 2

Ears: (make 2)

In purple colour yarn:

R1: 4 SC into MR (4 st)

R2: (SC, INC SC) x2 (6 st)

R3: (SC, INC SC) x3 (9 st)

R4: SC around (9 st)

FO and leave tail for sewing. Pin the ears to the toque and head in a position you like (I placed mine just slightly above the brim on each side of the head), and sew in place, making sure to sew through both the toque and head so that it is secure. Weave in ends.

 

Scarf:

The scarf is worked in rows. The CH 2 does NOT count as a stitch

In red colour yarn:

R1: CH 6, HDC in 3rd CH from hook and HDC across (4 st)

R2: CH 2, turn. 4 HDC in BLO (4 st)

Repeat R2 until you reach 35 rows, or when the scarf is a length you like. FO and weave in ends. Wrap the scarf around your owl to keep him warm!

 

Thank you so much for making this pattern! If you run into any problems or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through Facebook or Instagram! Please remember to tag me @thecozychipmunk #thecozychipmunk so I can see your completed creation!

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