Well, as I told you when I announced my teaming up with Craft Hope, I have a tutorial for you! I’ve always found lovies rather adorable. The mix of blankie and stuffie is just too cute for words. So, without further ado, here is my little tutorial for a crocheted owlet lovey.
US H (5.0 mm) Crochet Hook
Worsted Weight Yarn ~ Machine washable is recomended
Stitches and abbreviations used
Ch ~ chain
Sc ~ single crochet
Hdc ~ half double crochet
Sl st ~ slip stitch
Dc ~ double crochet
Rnd ~ round
Cl ~ cluster (3dc in same st/sp)
Sk ~ skip
St ~ stitch
Sp ~ space
I recommend using a smaller hook to crochet the owlet head, so that it is crocheted rather tightly and will hold in the stuffing.in the sample pictured I did not do that, but for any more I make I will.For the blanket body, a “regular” tension is just fine.
I’ve included directions for 2 sizes, use whichever size makes you happy! For the sample pictured I used the smaller size
Rnd 1: Working in back loops of chs, dc in third ch from hook (see where the needle is pointing), hdc, sc in each of next 9 (14)chs, hdc, 2dc in last ch, turn work and switch to working in the other loop of each ch (look at the needle again,) dc, hdc, 9 (14)sc, hdc, dc, sl st to top of last ch from beginning ch15.
Rnd 2: Work in both loops of each st from here on out. Ch3, dc in same st, dc, 2hdc, 7 (12)sc, 2hdc, dc, 2dc in next st, dc, 2hdc, 7 (12)sc, 2hdc, dc, sl st to top of beginning ch3
Rnd 3: ch1, sc in same st and each st around, do not connect (30 (40)sc)
At this point start working in continual spirals, it’s simple! Just sc in ch1 at beginning of rnd 3 and continue to sc in each st around and around.
Work this way until piece is as long as it is wide (measure left to right, then measure top to bottom at the center of the piece, as in the pictures.) Stop at a side, and sl st into next st. Clip yarn leaving a 10” tail and end off.
Stuff owlet head tightly. Thread tail onto a yarn needle. Weave the yarn in and out around opening of owlet head, and pull tight to close the bottom.
Eyes ~ make 2
Ch3, sl st into first st to form a ring (or use a magic loop)
Rnd 1: ch1, 10sc into ring, sl st into top of first sc
Rnd 2: ch1, 2sc in each st around, sl st into top of ch1, clip yarn leaving a 10” tail and end off. (20sc) Cut a long piece of dark yarn and stitch in eyelashes. Use yarn tail to stitch eyes onto owlet head.
Ch3, 2dc in first ch, 2ch, sl st into first ch (same one with the 2dc), clip yarn leaving a 10” tail and end off. Use tail to sew beak onto the owl head.
Blanket ~ start off with a long tail (12 or more inches) to use to attach the owlet head later.
Cluster Stitch ~ 3dc in the same st or sp
Ch3, join with a sl st to make a circle
Rnd 1: Ch4, (cl, ch) 3 times, 2dc, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4
Rnd 2: sl st into ch sp, ch4, cl in same ch sp, (cl, ch, cl in next ch sp) 3 times, 2dc in next ch sp, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4
Rnd 3: sl st into ch sp, ch4, cl in same ch sp, * sk cl, make cl in between cls, sk cl, (cl, ch, cl) in next ch sp, rep from * 2 more times, sk cl, make cl in between cls, sk cl, 2dc in next ch sp, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4
Rnd 4: sl st into ch sp, ch4, cl in same ch sp, *(sk cl, make cl in between cls) 2 times, sk cl, (cl, ch, cl) in next ch sp, rep from * 2 more times, (sk cl, make cl in between cls) 2 times, sk cl, 2dc in next ch sp, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4
Rnd 5: sl st into ch sp, ch4, cl in same ch sp, *(sk cl, make cl in between cls) 3 times, sk cl, (cl, ch, cl) in next ch sp, rep from * 2 more times, (sk cl, make cl in between cls) 3 times, sk cl, 2dc in next ch sp, sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch4
Use the tail from the start of the blanket to sew on owlet head. Weave in all the ends.
If you want to add to your little ears, it’s easy enough! Just cut several 10″ pieces of yarn, and use a hook to pull them through the point of one of the ears. Then tie and overhand knot, pull tight, and clip yarn to desired length. If you are worried it will come untied, then go ahead and thread up a needle with sewing thread and sew the knot together.
There you have it! Use it wisely (hee hee,) and enjoy!
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