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Owl Amigurumi – Free Crochet Pattern

Meet Hoot the Owl Amigurumi! I love owls and anything owl related. They are definitely one of my favorite animals. I just find them so fascinating and completely adorable!

This crochet pattern was one of the first patterns released on the blog back in 2018! Fast forward to June 2022, I have now given this pattern a little bit of an update and refresh with new photos, plus a new size of owl too!

Meet Hoot and Mini Hoot, the sweet little owls! Hoot measures about 5″ tall, while Mini Hoot is about 3.5″ tall. They’re little, but full of so much cuteness!

This crochet pattern includes instructions to make both the larger and mini size of owl amigurumi.

To make each owl amigurumi, first, you’ll start by working up the body from the bottom up. Then the eyes, beak, wings, and ears are made and sewn on after. I hope you enjoy making these sweet little owls!

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Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn – Any #4 worsted-weight yarn can be used for this project. You’ll need approximately 75-150 yds, depending on the size of owl you are making. Most of the yardage is in the main color and then you’ll need a few yards of each of the accent colors, white, and a tiny bit of yellow. For this project, I used WeCrochet/Knit Picks Brava Worsted yarn in the following colorways: Cornflower (turquoise), Lady Slipper (purple), Cotton Candy (pink), White, and a little bit of Canary (yellow).
  • Safety Eyes – I used 12mm for the larger size owl, 9 mm for the mini.
  • Crochet hook – 3.5mm (E4)
  • Stuffing – any fiber-based stuffing
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends and attaching pieces together) – bent yarn needles work great for amigurumi projects.

Stitches Used:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sl St – slip stitch
  • SC – single crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • INV DEC – invisible single crochet decrease – insert hook into front loop of next stitch, then insert your hook into the front loop of the following stitch (3 loops on hook). Yarn over and draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through 2 remining loops on hook.  There are many tutorials on this on YouTube. Here’s a video tutorial for the INV DEC.

Finished Size

  • Mini Owl – approximately 3.5” wide x 3.5” tall
  • Larger Owl – approximately 4.25” wide x 5” tall.

Important Notes:

  • Magic Circle – make a circle with your yarn, insert crochet hook into circle and draw up a loop. Use this loop to start your first chain 1 of the pattern. This video tutorial will show you the magic circle and working the first rounds of stitches.
  • Joining – at the end of each round, be sure to join by making your slip stitch in the top of the first single crochet stitch of the round. Pull the slip stitch tight, as well as the chain 1 following the slip stitch. This will create a more hidden seam. As an alternative, you can work this pattern in continuous rounds without joining, but the stripes will not line up perfectly and will show the color changes more visibly.
  • Starting each round – start each round in the same stitch as the chain 1. Do not skip to the next stitch. For example, at the end of round 1, join to the top of the first single crochet, chain 1, and then start the first stitch of the next round in the same stitch as the chain 1.
  • Color Changes – change colors at the end of the round before joining. Complete last single crochet of the round until the last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and pull through last step of the single crochet. So, your single crochet will go like this: insert hook into last stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over with new color, pull through both loops on hook. 

Large Owl Instructions

Owl Body/Head

Round 1: In main owl color, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring, join to first SC, ch 1 (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (24)

Round 5: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (30)

Round 6: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (36)

Round 7: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (42)

Round 8: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 6 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (48)

Round 9: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 7 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (54)

*If you are completing the next section in stripes as written, change to the first accent color in the last stitch of round 9, before the join and ch 1.

*This section of the body is done in stripes. To follow the same striping pattern as the owl pictured in the pattern, here is the breakdown of the color changes:

  • Round 10: accent color 1
  • Round 11: accent color 2
  • Round 12: main color
  • Round 13: accent color 1
  • Round 14: accent color 2
  • Round 15: main color
  • Round 16: accent color 1
  • Round 17: accent color 2
  • Round 18: main color
  • Round 19: accent color 1
  • Round 20: accent color 2

*Change back to the main color at the end of round 20. The rest of the owl will be completed in the main color.

Rounds 21-31: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (54)

Round 32: *INV DEC, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (45)

Round 33: *INV DEC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (36)

Rounds 34-35: SC in each st around, join, ch 1 (36)

*Do not ch 1 after round 35. Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the top closed later. Leave the top of the owl open for now and hold off on adding the stuffing until assembly.

Eyes (Make 2)

Round 1: In one of your accent colors, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring, change color to white and join to first SC, ch 1 (6).

When pulling the magic circle tight, keep in mind a safety eye will need to fit in there still. Leave a small space in the center of the ring to fit the post of the safety eye through easily. Do not fasten the backs of the safety eyes yet.

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, change to second accent color, join, ch 1 (24)

Round 5: SC in each stitch around, join to first SC (24)

Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew the eye onto the owl later. If you have inserted the safety eyes, do not secure the backs yet.

Beak

In yellow yarn, chain 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC, HDC, DC, fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew onto the owl later. (4)

Wings (make 2)

Round 1: In one of your accent colors, chain 6, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next 2, HDC, 7 HDC in last chain. Working on the other side of the chain, HDC in next st, SC in last 3 sts, join to first SC, ch 1. (15)

Round 2: SC in first 5, 2 SC in next 5 sts, SC in last 5 sts, change color to second accent color, join, ch 1. (20)

Round 3: SC in first 7 sts, 2 SC in next 6 sts, SC in last 7, join (26)

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a long enough tail to sew onto owl.

You are now finished making all of the pieces for the larger-sized owl.

Continue to the Owl Assembly Instructions further in the pattern.

Mini Sized Owl Instructions

Owl Body/Head

Round 1: In main owl color, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring, join to first SC, ch 1 (6)

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12)

Round 3: *2 SC in first st, SC in next st, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (18)

Round 4: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 2 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (24)

Round 5: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (30)

Round 6: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (36)

Round 7: *2 SC in first st, SC in next 5 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (42)

Rounds 8-9: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (42)

*If you are completing the next section in stripes as written, change to the first accent color in the last stitch of round 9, before the join and ch 1.

Rounds 10-14: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (42)

*This section of the body is done in stripes. To follow the same striping pattern as the pink mini owl pictured in the pattern, here is the breakdown of the color changes:

  • Round 10: accent color 1
  • Round 11: accent color 2
  • Round 12: main color
  • Round 13: accent color 1
  • Round 14: accent color 2

*Change back to the main color at the end of round 14. The rest of the owl will be completed in the main color.

Rounds 15-20: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (42)

Round 21: *INV DEC, SC in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (35)

Round 22: *INV DEC, SC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (28)

Round 23: SC in each st around, join (28)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the top closed later. Leave the top of the owl open for now and hold off on adding the stuffing until assembly.

Eyes (Make 2)

Round 1: In one of your accent colors, magic circle, ch 1, 6 SC into ring, change color to white and join to first SC, ch 1 (6).

When pulling the magic circle tight, keep in mind a safety eye will need to fit in there still. Leave a small space in the center of the ring to fit the post of the safety eye through easily. Do not fasten the backs of the safety eyes yet.

Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1 (12)

Round 3:*2 SC in first st, SC in next, repeat from * around, join, ch 1 (18)

Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to sew the eye onto the owl later. If you have inserted the safety eyes, do not secure the backs yet.

Beak

In yellow yarn, chain 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next st, HDC in last st (3)

Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to sew onto the owl later.

Wings (make 2)

Round 1: In one of your accent colors, chain 4, SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC in next st, 7 HDC in last chain. Working on the other side of the chain, SC in last 2 sts, change color to second accent color, join to first SC, ch 1. (11)

Round 2: SC in first 3 sts, 2 SC in next 5 sts, SC in last 3 sts, join (16)

Fasten off, cut yarn leaving a long enough tail to sew onto owl.

You are now finished making all of the pieces for the mini owl. Continue to the Assembly Instructions below.

Assembling your Owl Amigurumi

Now that you have made all of pieces, it’s time to assemble your adorable owl! Follow these assembly instructions for both sizes of owl.

1. Sew on the Eyes – Center the eyes on the owl and secure the safety eyes in place by pushing the post through to the inside of the owl and attach the backs. If you are having trouble getting the safety eye through both the eye and the owl body pieces, you can just put it through the eye layer only, however it might not be as secure. If you are doing it this way, make sure your magic circle is pulled as tight as possible around the post of the safety eye and weave in the ends securely so the circle will not loosen and the safety eye pop out. When the safety eyes are fastened in place, use your yarn needle to sew the eyes on the owl’s body. Weave in ends or tie off inside the owl.

2. Sew on the Beak – Sew the beak onto the owl’s face in between the two eyes, closer to the bottom, overlapping the edge of the eyes slightly. Weave in ends or tie off inside the owl.

3. Stuff the Owl and Close the Top – Add stuffing to your owl, starting with filling the bottom and then moving upwards towards the top. Stuff firmly, but not too much so you see the stuffing showing between the stitches. Use your yarn needle and yarn tail to whip stitch the top of the owl closed. Pass the yarn needle through the two inner-most loops only. As you make your way across the top of the owl, add more stuffing as needed. Make sure you’ve added enough stuffing before the opening gets too small. When the top of the owl is closed, weave in ends inside the owl.

4. Sew on the Wings – Line the wings up on the sides of the body approximately 3 rounds up from the bottom of the eye. Only sew around the 3-4 stitches at the very top of the wings so that the top of the wings are held down and the bottoms can be curled up, if desired. If you’d like to have the wings less movable, you can sew them down a bit more according to your preferences.  Weave in ends.

5. Forming the Ears – For the larger owl, cut two 12-inch strands of yarn in each of your accent colors, and one 12” strand of yarn in the main owl color (5 strands in total). For the mini owl, cut one 12” stand of yarn in each of the 3 colors (3 strands in total).

Use your yarn needle or crochet hook to draw the yarn pieces halfway through one of the top corner stitches at the top of the owl’s head. Loop the yarn around your fingers and tie a knot as close to the owl as possible. Make sure the knot is nice and tight by giving each strand of yarn a pull.

Lastly, use your scissors to cut the ends of yarn about an inch above the knot, or to your desired length. Repeat instructions for the second ear.

You’re all finished! I hope that you are in love with the adorable little owl you have made!

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