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Crochet Owl Free Pattern – Otis the Owl

Close up image of Crochet owl made with faux fur yarn and this free crochet pattern.
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Finally! A crochet owl free pattern! WOO!

Once and a while, I’ll come up with a new amigurumi pattern and my husband will say ” how have you not done an owl design yet?”. My answer is always along the lines of “I don’t know” or ” there are already so may crochet owl free patterns out there..”. I had always wanted to design a crochet owl but to be honest, I just didn’t feel inspired to create one… until I saw the Mishka Fable Fur colourway. It reminded me of barn owls and I knew I needed to make an amigurumi owl with it.

Those that know me well, know that my absolutely favourite animals are owls. I am obsessed. Some of my favourite gifts I’ve ever received were opportunities to go and spend the day with birds of prey. I’ve been so fortunate to have had these experiences to do training exercises with a variety of owl, hawk, falcon and eagle species. Everytime I get to spend time with birds of prey, I am in awe and learn something new. I guess I just waited to create one because nothing felt right.

Picture of a woman holding a snowy owl on her arm.
I couldn’t resist sharing at least one photo of me with an owl. Me with Elsa the Snow Owl. One of my absolute favourites!

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Once I got my Mishka coloured Fable Fur yarn, I just knew an amigurumi owl had to be the next free crochet pattern in my faux fur yarn amigurumi series. (In case you’ve missed it, you can get the other patterns from this series so far here: Kaya Koala, Crochet Koala Keychain, Seth the Sloth, Flikka Flamingo, Taran Tarantula, Gnorman the Gnome and Salty the Seal.)

If this is your first time working with faux fur yarn, you may want to check out my tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarn. You can read that post HERE or you can check out the video version below.

The pattern for Otis the Owl is a quick and simple pattern. He is a tiny little guy and is about 4 inches tall. You’ll need some Fable Fur yarn in the colourway Mishka and some Brava Worsted Yarn in the colour Brindle from We Crochet (crochet.com). I asbolutely love both these products from We Crochet.

Amigurumi Owl made with faux fur sitting on top of a ball of fable fur yarn

Believe it or not, I used to be super intimidated by working with faux fur yarns. But I was really inspired by them and had so many ideas that I decided to give them a try even though I was terrified I may not be able to see my stitches. I am so glad that I did! Fable Fur yarn has now become one of my absolutely favourite products to work with to date. They don’t pay me to say that and I don’t endorse products I’m not happy with. I just really love working with these products.

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Crochet Owl Free Pattern – Otis the Owl

Picture of an amigurumi owl that was made with this crochet owl free pattern sitting in the palm of a hand

Get an ad-free PDF version of this pattern HERE on Ravelry or HERE on Etsy.

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate


Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • ST = Stitch
  • SL ST = Slip Stitch
  • MC = Magic Circle
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase
  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease
  • FO = Finish Off

Finished Size: 

  • Approximately 4” tall

Gauge: 

  • 4 sts x 5 rows = 2” – Not vital to project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes that stuffing can be seen through. 

Notes:

  • The project is worked with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 
  • Pieces are worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise noted.


Pattern:


Head

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Rounds 3 – 5: SC around (12) – Place safety eyes in Row 4 with 2 sts between them
Add stuffing.

Round 6: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
FO leaving a long tail to sew up the hole.  Add a bit more stuffing and sew up the hole.  Weave in ends.

Body


Round 1:
Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)
Rounds 3 – 6: SC around (12)
Add stuffing.

Round 6: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
FO leaving a long tail to sew up body onto the bottom of the head  Add a bit more stuffing and sew body onto head.

Wings (make 2)

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)
Pull the circle tight but do not join. FO, leaving a long tail and sew onto either side of the bird, near the neck.

Beak:


Round 1: Using Brava Worsted in Brindle and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC.  CH 3 and DC 3 into the MC. (3)

Turn and join last ST to the top of the CH 3 with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the face. Using the tail from the creation of the MC, sew the CH 3 to the last DC to close up the back of the beak.  Sew onto face between the eyes and weave in ends.

Step 1 of the crochet owl beak
Crochet Owl Beak Step 1 (before the sl st)
Step two of the beak
Crochet Owl Beak – Step 2 – SL ST to top of CH 3
Sewing up the back of the crochet owl beak
Crochet Owl Beak – Step 4 – Seam up the “back” of the beak
Seaming up the back of the crochet owl beak
Continuing to sew up the back of the crochet owl beak
Back of the beak completely seamed up.
Back of the crochet owl beak, completely sewn up.

Feet

Row 1: Using 3.5mm hook and Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle, CH 3. In 2nd CH from hook, SC.  SC in next ST. Turn. (2)
Row 2: CH 1. SC in each ST. Turn. (2)
Row 3:  CH 1. SCINC in each ST. Turn. (4)
Row 4: CH 4. SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST 2. SL ST in the next SC of Row 3.  CH 4. SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST 2. SL ST in the next SC of Row 3. CH 4 SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST 2. SL ST in the last SC of Row 3.  SL ST down the side of the foot, placing a SL ST in the end of each row. 
FO leaving a long tail to sew onto body.  Sew feet onto the bottom of the body so the toes just peek out the front.

Completed Crochet Owl Foot
Completed Crochet Owl Foot
view of the crochet owl feet created in this free crochet pattern and sewn to the bottom of the project.
I’m loving his little feet so much!

Finishing Touches

The fur may cover up the eyes a bit so take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the fur around the face so they are easier to see. 

Check out some of my other Free Faux Fur Crochet Patterns:

Seth the Sloth, Kaya the Koala, Crochet Koala Keychain.


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