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Friday, July 27, 2012

Crocodile Stitch III: Crochet Owl

I have finished my crocodile stitch project and made a crochet owl! Learned a fun stitch and used yarn from my favourite colour combinations. I left the top open so I can use this as a holder for stationary, crochet hooks and what not. As I mentioned in my previous post, the crocodile stitches yield a heavy thick layer, so the crochet owl is standing tall and sturdy.
I'm going to attempt to write out how I did this (first pattern...eek!). I used this Bernat pattern (site requires registration) and its companion youtube video tutorial as a reference to figure out my crocodile stitch body, and I came up with the other parts. Please post a comment if you notice anything funky or if you've suggestions for me to improve my instructions. 

Yarn, Hook and Other Materials:
(substitute with your favourite worsted weight yarn and hook size):
C hook / 2.75mm hook for the owl body
E hook / 3.5mm hook for the rest
Loops & Threads Impeccable Aqua
Small amount of Red Heart Soft Touch White
Small amount of Red Heart Kids Yellow
Yarn needle to weave in ends and sew parts together
Black embroidery thread to embroider eyes of owl
Pins to help you position your parts while you sew them together

Dimensions / Gauge:
My owl is approximately 5" tall and 3" wide.
Gauge is not applicable in this project.

Abbreviations used:
scsingle crochet
dcdouble crochet
sl st  slip stitch
FOfasten off
Number in ( ) at the end of each round: total number of stitches you should have by the end of the round.

The crocodile stitch takes up quite a bit of yarn, since each row is made of the base double crochet stitch, plus the crocodile stitch on top of it, so make sure you've enough yarn in the body colour. 


Because I used this Bernat pattern (free pattern available after you register) and its companion youtube video tutorial as my reference, I don't feel right writing out the steps here. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Please do refer to the above to get your owl body done. You can't get better step-by-step instruction than what's provided in the video.

Just a few notes:
-The starting chain should be in multiples of 6 plus that chain-3, which will act as a 1 dc stitch.  I did 36 and had 6 crocodile stitches.
-Turn your work 90° so it's vertical and it'll be slightly easier to insert your hook.
-To find the middle point, aka the 3rd dc, of the skipped 5 dc group, I find it helpful to look behind my project for the five posts I've skipped in the previous row.
-When you have completed all the crocodile stitch rows, work rows of sc (the grey part) until the desired height.

Wings (make 2):
I alternate between sc and dc just to make the pattern on the wing more interesting. You can do all sc all if you prefer.
Rnd 1Ch 3. 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook. 1 sc in the next chain. (3)
Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 22 sc in each st (4)
Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 3*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 2 times (6)
Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 4*1 sc in next 2 st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 2 times (8)
Ch 3. Turn.
Rnd 5*1 dc in next 3 st, then 2 dc in next st (inc)* repeat 2 times (10)
Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 61 sc in each stitch (10)
Ch 3. Turn.
Rnd 71 dc in each stitch (10)
Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 81 sc in each stitch (10)
Ch 3. Turn.
Rnd 91 dc in each stitch (10)
Ch 1. Turn.
Rnd 101 sc in each stitch (10)
Ch 3. Turn.
Rnd 111 dc in each stitch (10)
When you reach the end, FO, or sc around the edge of the wing.
Leave tail for sewing.
(I personally like it better with the edging but it's optional.)

Eyes (make 2):
Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 6 stitches in it. (6)
Rnd 22 sc in each st. (12)
Rnd 3*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 6 times (18)
Rnd 4*1 sc in next 2 st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 6 times (24)
Rnd 5*1 sc in next 3 st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 6 times (30)
Fasten off and leave tail to sew to body.
Embroider Owl's sleepy eyes, or make an awake version and use a small piece of felt circle as eyes.

Rnd 1Make a magic ring with 6 stitches in it. (6)
Rnd 2*1 sc in next st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 3 times (9)
Rnd 3*1 sc in next 2 st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 3 times  (12)
Rnd 4*1 sc in next 3 st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 3 times (15)
Rnd 5*1 sc in next 4 st, then 2 sc in next st (inc)* repeat 3 times (18)
Fasten off and leave tail to sew to body.

Pretty simple. Sew each part to the body (nose and wings before eyes) at the appropriate spot. 
For the tassel on the two sides: 
-Use any of your remaining tail ends, or cut a few short pieces of yarn from the colours you use for your owl.  Make them slightly longer than you want the finished tassel to be so you can tie your knot easily.
-Use your hook to draw each yarn through one of the stitches near the top. Pull half of the yarn over.
-Tie a double knot with all the pieces of yarn.
-Cut tassel to desired length.

As usual, this pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell items made from it (charity okay). Please do not repost pattern anywhere, but link to this post ( ). Thanks! 
Have fun making your own crochet owl!


Creative Chaos Art said...

Oh I love your owl! I'm going to have to try this pattern, thanks for sharing! :)
Helen x

Virginia said...

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

leahbug said...

Thanks for posting this, I'm currently making it for my daughter. Quick question though, did you stuff it, and sew the bottom and top of the owl closed?

Virginia said...

Hi leahbug,
Depends on whether you want it more as a stuffed toy or a pencil holder or something. I left mine open at the top so I can use it as a crochet hook holder, but you can sew both the top and bottom closed so it's a little stuffie too.
Hope that answers your question, and thanks for leaving a note. It's nice to know that someone has a use for the pattern.

leahbug said...

Thanks! I ended up sewing the top together, and made a circle base for the bottom and stuffed it :) My daughter loves it. Thanks again for the pattern

Christine@ Projects Around the House said...

This is absolutely adorable. Found it via Pinterest. You did an amazing job!

Virginia said...

Thanks, Christine.

Stephanie said...

I really love your pattern, however I think a picture to show where you placed the wings would be helpful, otherwise I love it!

Veronica said...

I found this via Pinterest a few days ago and just about have mine finished up. One note: the pattern requires 7 stitches (the 2 posts you work around and the 5 you skip), not 6, so if you change the size you need to use a multiple of 7 stitches. I'm not sure how you didn't have an extra stitch with your 36 chain. Thanks for sharing! These are adorable!

Anonymous said...

Cute, cute, cute! We've called my sweet nephew Houston by the nickname *Hootie* since he was a baby! As a 20-yr old he takes it w/ a smile because he knows how much we love him :) His mom & girlfriend love owls...can't wait to try this. Thanks!

Tamara at Moogly said...

So cute and smart! I linked to your pattern this morning on my blog:

Thanks for sharing your pattern!

Yenny Gonzalez said...

love the pattern I made mine with eyes wide open look very cute where can I send you a pic? thanks for the pattern

kat said...

Found you through pintrest to this
Thank your for this. I will be making this for my hard to wake teenager. I will be putting her alarm clock in it she can sleep with it and vibrates and beeps so she can wake. Thanks again.

Rosa said...

Genial, Bss

Anonymous said...

a perfect idea :-) thanks!

Leelou de France said...

My hook-friend,, found your soooo cute owl. Thanks a lot for sharing the pattern !! friendly, Leelou

happycat13 said...

Thank you for sharing! I LOVE this owl!! I am making one for myself, of course.....:) My hubby's admin assistant will LOVE getting one as a thank-you for her awesomeness!

Charlie Polley said...

Found it via pinterest and im going to make it for my daughter birthday next month!
Thank you! !

Bhavani Harikrishnan said...

Love this. I like the crocodile stitch. But I wondered how to use it. I like your owl.

Foxycrafts said...

Lovely. Thank you. ��:-)

Karla said...

I love it! I made an owl-themed outfit for a friend of mine's baby... and this will make a perfect first birthday present! Thank you for sharing!

monabe said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern. Great idea and I just learnt crocodile stitch :)

emerald perez said...

What is the name of the pattern on the Bernat site? I tried clicking the link you have posted and all it does is take me to a site to try and get me to go to college.

Unknown said...

It's called the mermaid tears purse (or tote) .

Loren's gmo said...

I think it would make a cute purse for a little girl. Leave top open and close the base / so cute.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Cuter than any other owl I have seen recently. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. And a big thanks to Bernat, too.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the pattern. I love all things owly and have already made two.

Robert F. Crocker said...

I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. paper rater

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