This cute crochet Owl is another applique made in the shape of a heart and it continues my series of heart-shaped creations. This crochet Owl will be perfect for anybody who loves this wise bird!
“A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”
Edward Hersey Richard
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The pattern for this crochet Owl applique is also available as a print-friendly, styled and advertisement-free PDF file. The PDF version includes the pattern for the Umbrella applique. You can get it from my Etsy Shop. Free pattern is below.
This crochet Owl will beautifully embellish many different items. It would brighten many different clothing items and could also serve well in other applications such as scrapbooking or embellishing greeting cards.
I made my crochet Owl applique in two ways. My first Owl has folded wings tucked in against his body.
My second Owl has its wings open as if preparing for flight. I extended one of them a bit more so that this owl is very happy to hold something interesting in this wing, like this Umbrella.
Owl Applique – Crochet Pattern
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(See a list of crochet abbreviations used in patterns by yarn industry designers and publishers HERE)
Ch – chain
DC – double crochet
DC2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together
HDC – half double crochet
Rnd – round
SC – single crochet
Sl St – slip stitch
This crochet Owl applique is about 2-3/4”
Paton Grace yarn (100% mercerized cotton), Color A for the center, Color B for edging, Color C for wings and eyes.
Hook and other materials:
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With Color A – Ch 4;
Rnd 1. Make all of the next stitches in the 4th Ch from hook (the first Ch made) working under both loops – 3 DC, 3 HDC, Ch 1, DC (Heart point), Ch 1, 3 HDC, 3 DC, Ch 3, Sl St.
Rnd 2. Ch 3, in top of first DC of previous Rnd make HDC+DC, 3 DC in next St, 2 DC in next St, DC in each of next 3 Sts, DC in Ch 1, DC+TR+DC in next St (Heart point), DC in Ch 1, DC in each of next 3 Sts, 2 DC in next St, 3 DC in next St, DC+HDC in next St, Ch 3, Sl St in center. Cut off color A.
Rnd 3. Draw Color B through the center of the heart; Ch 3, HDC in top of first St, 2 HDC in each of next 3 Sts, HDC in each of next 8 Sts, 3 HDC in next St (Heart point), HDC in each of next 8 Sts, 2 HDC in each of next 3 Sts, HDC in last St, Ch 3, Sl St in center.
Rnd 4. Ch 3, SC in top of first St, 2 SC in next 6 Sts, SC in next 9 Sts, 3 SC in next St (Heart point), SC in next 9 Sts, 2 SC in next 6 Sts, SC in last St, Ch 3, Sl St in center. Fasten off.
Wings (Owl with folded wings)
First Wing – join Color C to 12th St of Rnd 4, Ch 2, DC in next St, HDC in next 4 Sts, SC in next 2 Sts, Sl St in next St, fasten off.
Skip 7 Sts, Second Wing – join color C to next St, Ch 1, SC in next 2 Sts, HDC in next 4 Sts, DC in next St, Ch 2, Sl St in next St, fasten off.
For the Owl with open wings made Round 4 as follows:
Rnd 4. Ch 3, SC in top of first St, 2 SC in next 4 Sts, SC in next St, First Wing – Ch 11, Sl St in 2nd Ch, SC in next 2 Chs, HDC in next 2 Chs, DC2tog, HDC in next 2 Chs, skip last Ch, Sl St in same St where the Wing was started;
SC in next 10 Sts, 3 SC in next St (Heart point), SC in next 11 Sts, Second Wing – Ch 10, Sl St in 2nd Ch, SC in next 2 Chs, HDC in next 2 Chs, DC2tog, HDC in next Ch, 2 HDC in next Ch, SC in same St where the Wing was started;
2 SC in next 4 Sts, SC in next, Ch 3, Sl St in center. Fasten off.
Large circle for the outside part of Eyes – make 2.
With color C, make magic ring.
Rnd 1. Ch 3, 11 DC in ring, Sl St to top of Ch 3 to join. Fasten off.
You have multiple options to make eyes for your Owl applique. You can embroider eyes, or you can crochet small black circles, you can also use buttons or googly eyes. (For babies and small children items – embroider the eyes on to avoid any safety concerns!)
Make Ear the same way as you would make fringe for a scarf. Cut 3 pieces of yarn (use two colors) approximately 4” long and fold in a half.
Insert larger crochet hook from front to back through the 6th St of Rnd 4.
Grab the middle of the folded yarn strands with the hook and bring it through the stitch.
Keeping the hook inserted through the center of the folded yarn strands, grab the entire bunch of free ends, draw them through the loop and tighten.
Make the second Ear, placing it symmetrically on the other side of Heart.
Trim the ends so they are even.
Sew on large circles for the eye borders, embroider the beak. Block your applique as necessary. Sew on, embroider or attach eyes.
For the Owl with Umbrella, make crochet Umbrella applique.
For the Owl with Heart – make medium size Heart applique.
I hope you enjoyed this cute Owl applique free crochet pattern!
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