Door 5: Oscar the owl

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Are you enjoying the CAL so far?
Eliana loves discovering a new creature every morning.

Behind door 5 we have the adorable Oscar the owl.
He’s another quick one to make.

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Today you will need light grey, as well as little bits of dark grey, red and black yarn.
Remember to rest your hands if they get sore. Working on such small amigurumi is tough on the hands, even if you are used to it.

Don’t forget your 2mm hook, fibrefill, a tapestry needle and scissors, and, if you battle finding the end of the round, a stitch marker. If you don’t have a stitch marker you can use a paper clip or safety-pin instead.

All the CAL tutorials  are written in US terminology, if you need to convert to UK terminology please look at my Stitch Index.

Today’s abbreviations are:
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dec – decrease
dtr – double treble
hdc – half double crochet
inc – increase
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
sk – skip
tr – treble
st(s) – stitch(es)

It is advisable to read the directions before starting, just so you have an overview of what’s happening.

Begin by making a magic ring with light grey yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into the ring, close ring (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc each st (10 sts).
Round 3
(1 sc in next st, inc) x 5 (15 sts).
Round 4
1 sc in each st around (15 sts).
Round 5
(1 sc in next st, dec) x 5 (10 sts).
Round 6
(1 sc in next st, inc) x 5 (15 sts).
Round 7
(1 sc in each of the next two sts, inc) x 5 (20 sts).
Round 8
1 sc in each st around (20 sts).
Round 9
1 sc in each st around (20 sts).
Round 10
1 sc in each st around (20 sts).
Round 11
(1 sc in each of the next two sts, dec) x 5 (15 sts).
At this point you want to stuff the body quite firmly.
Use the back of your crochet hook, or a pencil to pack the stuffing in tightly.
Round 12
(1 sc in next st, dec) x 5 (10 sts).
Round 13
Dec in each st (5 sts).
Cut the yarn with a very long tail and close the opening using the closing method I explained in the Amigurumi basics series.

To make the ears:
Ch 3 using light grey yarn. Make 2.
Cut the yarn with a long tail. Fold the chain over and thread both yarn ends onto a needle.
Attache the ears on either side of the head two rows down from the magic ring.

To make the wings:
Make a magic ring with light grey yarn.
Round 1
5 sc into ring, close the ring (5 sts).
Round 2
Inc each st (10 sts).
Round 3 for first wing
1 hdc in next st, (dc, tr, dtr) all in next st.
Cut yarn and weave in the end.
Round 3 for second wing
Ch 3, (dtr, tr, dc) all in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st, finish with an invisible join as follows:
Leave the hook in the loop made by the last stitch. Cut the yarn with enough length. Now pull the loop which is on the hook up by moving the hook away from the work. This will pull the yarn end out of the stitch. Don’t worry the work will not unravel!
Thread the yarn end onto the tapestry needle. Insert the needle through the first stitch of the round, from the front of the stitch to the back. Finally, insert the needle between the two loops of the last stitch made. You should now have something that looks like a proper crochet stitch.

Sew the wings to the sides of the body using whip stitches. Make sure the right sides (where the sc stitches form ‘v’s) are facing out. 

Thread a length of dark grey yarn onto your needle, insert the needle on the underside of the bottom and use a crochet hook to push the knot into the body, if need be. Exit on the front side of the body and embroider a number of ‘V’s over the belly. The spacing and number of ‘V’s is up to you.

To embroider the eyes, cut a length of black yarn. Double knot one end and thread the other end onto your needle. Insert the needle at the back of the body and use a crochet hook to insert the knot, if need be.
Move the needle to the front of the head and embroider two large eyes a row down from the ears.
Weave the yarn in carefully. You can hide it easily under one of the wings.

Repeat with red yarn and one round lower down for the beak.

Well done!
You’ve just created your very own Oscar the owl!

Please share him on Instagram with #adventmysterycal2015 so that I can see your creation.

I’ll see you tomorrow to reveal what’s behind Door 6.

 

05. December 2015 by Stephanie Davies
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