Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Owl Crochet Pattern

Owl Crochet Pattern
By Jennifer Orengo from Crochet PR

This pattern came to life when one of my Beginner's Crochet Class students was going to turn 17 years old in just a few days. The other crochet students talked with me and ask if we can organize a little birthday surprise at lunch time. Absolutely I said yes. Then came to my mind: "What I'm going to give as my birthday gift?" Then I said to myself: "Just do it yourself! Remember you crochet! " That night I began to write everything about the owl. I came came out with the pattern and also the pictures of the process. The day of the birthday surprise arrived and guess what, the student love the present. Lot's of love to my student: Nyrlemi!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

- Yarn: 1 for main color, white for eyes, orange for beak and contrasting color for wings and body marks. 
- US I9 hook
- Buttons: 2 black and 2 orange

Finished Size:
- 7 1/2 inches height and owl belly 11 inches.


- Body:
Using main color wind yarn around fingers to form a ring.
Step 1: ch1, 6sc in ring, pull the string.
Step 2: 2sc in each of the following 6sc.
Step 3: *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Step 4: *sc in each of next 2sc, 2sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Step 5: *sc in each of next 3sc, 2sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Step 6: *sc in each of next 4sc, 2sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Step 7: sc in each sc all way around until you have the desired size of belly. Place a mark on the first sc in order to be easily measured. (I used 3 inches on my owl.)

Step 8: *sc in each of next 4sc, scdec in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times. Step 9: sc in each of next 30sc.
Step 10: *sc in each of next 3sc, scdec in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times. Step 11: sc in each of next 24sc.

Step 12: *sc in each of next 2sc, scdec in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Step 13: sc in each of next 18sc.
Step 14: *ss in next sc, sc in next sc, hdc in each of next 2sc, dc in each of next 2sc, hdc in each of next 2sc, sc in nextsc*, repeat * to * one more time.
Step 15: Stop your work and start to assemble all the body parts of the owl.

- Eyes:
Make 2.
Using color white wind yarn around fingers to form a ring. Step 1: ch1, 6sc in ring, pull the string.
Step 2: 2sc in each of the following 6sc.
Step 3: *sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * 5 more times.
Step 4: ss in next sc, ch1. Leave a tail of aprox. 25 inches. Fasten off.
Step 5: attach eye by using ss in each sc all the way around. Fasten off.

- Wings:
Make 2.
Using contrasting color. Leave 3 inches of tail before starting. This tail will be use to attach wing to body.
Step 1: make 10ch, hdc in 3rd ch from hook and next ch, dc in next 4 ch, ss on last ch.
Step 2: ch 1, sc in same space as the ss, sc in next ch space.
Step 3: sc in each of the following 7ch spaces from the other side of the ch, ss in next ch space, ch1. Fasten off.
Step 4: attach wing by making an X at the widest part with the tail that was left at the beginning, fasten off.

- Beak:
Using orange color.
Step 1: sew the beak between the eyes.

- Braids on Ears:
Make 2 using contrasting color. Step 1: ch 12, fasten off.
Step 2: attach each braid to the ears.

- Finishing:
Sew some V's on the body as desired.
Glue the eye buttons and the wing buttons.
Fill the owl with stuffing.
Sew the opening of the owl. Finish!!!

For complete illustrated easy to follow pictured instructions go to my Craftsy Store: Jennae

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tips for beginners / Consejos para principiantes

Sometimes learning something new is overwhelming. Especially if you are teaching yourself online through tutorials!

Here are a couple of tips that I hope will encourage you if you are thinking of learning.

1 - Start with a soft yarn. There's nothing worse than using scratchy yarn. You want something that feels nice! Don't start out too small either.

2 - Practice, practice and practice some more! It might take a few goes to get something that you are happy with. Don't freak out if you don't get it in the first try.

3 - Don't be afraid to unpick! It can be hard to unravel a row (or three) but it is better to take that extra minute to re do a row than be unhappy with the final product.

4 - Experiment! Try different hook sizes and yarn thicknesses, then you'll see what results you like the best.

5 - Break the rules! If you think something would look better with an extra stitch here, or and extra few rows, then do it! Its your project after all!

6 - Use different sources. I have done some tutorials of different stitches (I know I haven't covered everything yet), but maybe there is another explanation that speaks to you. Maybe a you tube tutorial is what you need!

7 - Ask questions! Get a friend to learn with you. And have fun!


A veces aprender algo nuevo es abrumador. ¡Especialmente si usted se está enseñando a si mismo a través de tutoriales en línea!

Aquí hay un par de consejos que espero animarla/o si usted está pensando en aprender.

1 - Comience con un hilo suave. No hay nada peor que el uso de un hilo áspero. ¡Usted quiere algo que se siente bien! No empiece demasiado pequeño tampoco.

2 - ¡Practicar, practicar y practicar un poco más! Puede ser que tome un poco de tiempo, pero va a conseguir algo con que usted es feliz. No se asuste si no lo consigue en el primer intento.

3 - ¡No tengas miedo a descoser! Puede ser difícil de desentrañar una fila (o tres), pero es mejor tomar ese minuto extra para volver a hacer una fila y estar satisfecho con el producto final.

4 - ¡Experimente! Intenta diferentes tamaños de ganchos y el espesores de los hilos, entonces usted verá los resultados que mejor desea.

5 - ¡Rompa las reglas! Si usted piensa que algo se verá mejor con un punto extra aquí, o y pocas filas adicionales, entonces hazlo. ¡Es su proyecto, después de todo!

6 - Utilizar diferentes fuentes. He hecho algunos tutoriales de diferentes puntos (Sé que no he cubierto todo aún), pero tal vez hay otra explicación que te habla. ¡Tal vez un tutorial de "you tube" es lo que necesita!

7 - ¡Haga preguntas! Pídale a un amigo para aprender con usted. ¡Y que te diviertas!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

¿Por qué ganchillo? / Why crochet?

Crochet tiene muchas buenas cualidades: 

- es bastante fácil una vez se aprende lo básico
- materiales básicos son económicos
- es más flexible en su técnica que por ejemplo el tejido de punto y la tejeduría

Dado que cada punto se trabaja por separado, tienes el control para hacer lo que desees. En teoría, después de aprender los puntos básicos, podrías tejer un acogedor accesorio para cualquier cosa sin un patrón. ¡Sé que está muy emocionad@ con esto!


Crochet has many great qualities:

- it's fairly easy once you learn the basics
- basic materials are inexpensive
- it is way more flexible in it's technique than say knitting and weaving

Since each stitch is worked separately, you really have the control to do whatever you want. In theory, after you learn the basic stitches, you could crochet a cozy accessory for anything without a pattern. I know you're really excited about this!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

¿Qué es el ganchillo? / What is crochet?

¿Qué es el ganchillo?
Una artesanía en el cual el hilo es enrollado en una tela estampada con una aguja de gancho.


What is crochet?
A handicraft in which yarn is looped into a patterned fabric with a hooked needle.

Historia del Ganchillo / History of Crochet


De vez en cuando nos preguntamos: ¿Dónde y cuando se originó el ganchillo? (conocido también como croché). Los invito a leer sobre la Historia del Ganchillo en el artículo 'History of Crochet' por Ruthie Marks.



Once in a while we ask: Where and when crochet was originated? I invite you to read about the History of Crochet in the article 'History of Crochet' by Ruthie Marks.
Link: -rm.pdf