Super Simple Owl Beanie with Long Earflaps

Remember the owl beanies I made for Eliana and her cousin for Christmas?

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I’ve made quite a few of these beanies so far. Mostly for toddlers but I also made one for myself and the hubby (without the owl bits).

Anyway, I thought you might like to know how to make such a beanie yourself, so I’ve included a little tutorial.
This beanie is made using DC stitches but you could use pretty much any stitch you like.
It’s also worked in the round, except for the ear flaps.

I used my go-to yarn, Vinnis Colours Nikkim, 100% cotton and a lovely mohair blend by African Expressions, aptly called Love. The Nikkim is a DK yarn and the Love is about the same thickness (there’s no guide as to crochet hook size or yarn weight) but I used a 6mm hook for this project because I double stranded all the yarn.
You will also need a needle for sewing in ends and attaching eyes and beak to the beanie (and a pair of scissors 😉 )

Owl Beanie

I’m going to show you how to make the beak and eyes first because I want to share a new way of starting the row/round with you. I’m using to beak to show you what to do because the yarn contrasts with hook.

Step 1

Make a magic ring, close with SS and 2CH.
You’ll notice that the chains are made up of three loops of yarn, two on one side and one in the centre on the other side.
Insert your hook through the single loop of the second CH, YO and pull the yarn through. You now have two loops on your hook.
Now work your hook around the magic ring, YO and draw up a loop. You will have three loops on the hook now, just as you would with a DC.

Owl Beanie

Finish the loops off as you would a normal DC.
Can you see how the starting chain is almost invisible and how the first stitch also looks like a DC?
Cool, hey?
Carry on by making 4 more DCs into the magic ring and end by pulling the ring tight.

Owl Beanie

Step 2

Turn and make another starting DC into the first ST of the first row.
1DC into the next ST followed by  one FPDC, 1DC and one more FPDC into the next ST, complete the row with DC.

Owl Beanie

Step 3

Remove the hook from the loop and insert it into the first ST of the row and reinsert through the loop. You’re basically going to turn this little piece into a type of popcorn stitch. Pull the loop through the first ST and finish off with a SS to secure. Cut the yarn with a long enough end to sew the beak onto the beanie.

Owl Beanie

Owl Beanie

Now for the eyes.

Step 1
Make a magic ring and begin with a starting DC. Add 11 DC, SS to the first ST to close the round and pull the magic ring tight.

Step 2
Make another Starting DC and place a second DC into the same ST. Place two DC into each ST of the round, except for the last ST. You’re going to finish the round with a ‘fake’ ST by doing the following:
Cut the yarn with enough length to weave in.
Pull the yarn through the last ST so there is no loop left.
Insert the hook into the first ST of the round, from the back to the front, YO and pull the yarn all the way through the ST.

Owl Beanie

Now insert the hook into the back loop of the last ST in the round from the back to the front, YO and pull the yarn all the way through.

Owl Beanie

Notice how this forms a ST. Don’t pull the yarn too tight because this will be your last ST for the next round.

Owl Beanie

Step 3

To attach the second colour insert the hook through the first ST of the round YO and pull up a loop.
Make a SS and secure the loose end of yarn by placing it over the working yarn. I find this makes a neater start to a colour change and also keeps the SS in place.

Owl Beanie

Again begin with a starting DC and complete the round by placing two DC into every second ST, except for the last ST.
Repeat the ‘fake’ ST to complete the eye. (I always crochet around the yarn end because it cuts in on sewing ends in. I just change direction and sew in a bit more to secure)

Owl Beanie

Make a second one.

For the beanie I used one strand of Nikkim and the Love yarn. If you can’t find similar substitutes where you live try using a chunky fluffy yarn, or any other yarn with good texture.

Step 1

Measure the distance between the ears of the person you want to make the beanie for.

Step 2

Make a length of chain as long as the distance between the ears and add two extra chains.

Owl Beanie

Step 3
Round 1

Place one starting DC and 2DCs into the third CH from the hook and then 1DC into each chain across.
Make sure you only use one loop of the chain, or you will not be able to complete the first round.

Owl Beanie
Once you reach the last chain place 3DCs into that chain and then place  1DC into the other loop of each chain across, including the CH that you already placed 2DCs into.

Owl Beanie

Owl Beanie
Close the first round with a SS into the top of the first DC.

Step 4
All
 following rounds

Continue the beanie by crocheting as many rounds of DC as you need. Placing one DC into each ST. Begin each round with a starting DC and end with a SS

The beanie should fit onto the head well and shouldn’t be to high up on the forehead.

Step 5
The back of the beanie

I like making the back of this particular beanie one row longer than the front.
To do that simply crochet DCs for just more than half a round. I usually make the back about two to four stitches wider than the front, but that’s up to you.

Owl Beanie

Step 6
Starting the ear flap

You might want to make notes  while crocheting the first ear flap, so that both sides are equal 😉

Turn the beanie and make a starting DC. For this particular beanie I made 6 DC (starting DC + 5) to begin with.
The number of DCs depends on the size of the beanie, but between six and ten DCs should be enough (the bigger the beanie the bigger the ear flaps should be).

Owl Beanie

Step 7
The length of the ear flap

Length is up to you again, and you can either leave the flaps one width to the end, or you can decrease the width by one stitch every so often.
The decrease can also be gradual (more rows between decreases) or quite sudden (less rows between decreases).
I decrease down to only 2DCs but you can stop at how ever many DCs you would like.
For this beanie I decreased every third row.

Step 8
The second ear flap

Start by SS the yarn to the other side of the back part of the beanie.
Make a starting DC and continue in the same manner as you did during Step 6 and Step 7.

Owl Beanie

And you’re done!
I hope you thought this wasn’t too complicated.
Please do let me know if you get stuck somewhere and I’ll try and help you through your difficulty.

Owl Beanie

 

Now all you need to do is position the eyes and beak and sew them onto the beanie.
I like to add a stitch or two to the top part of the beak, so that it’s a bit flatter and doesn’t have a huge hole in it.

Owl Beanie

 

Oh, I almost forgot, I also added a popcorn stitch to each corner of the beanie as ears. You can make them as big or small as you like, or you could substitute them with tassels (like in the photos shown at the top of the post), or you could just leave them out because the beanie does form points on its own.

 

 

 

Owl Beanie

Owl Beanie

Eliana wasn’t really in a modeling mood but she did keep the beanie on long enough for me to get a shot of her wearing it.
This beanie now has a new owner who is turning one this weekend.
Owl Beanie

Of course you could just leave the owly bits and wear it as is. I think it’s quite an interesting shape and if you make the earflaps wide and long enough you can wrap them around your neck as a scarf too BONUS 🙂

There are also many different options in terms of decorating. You could add flowers or work the beanie in a different ST, such as alternating FPDCs and DCs to create lines or a woven effect. Rounds with Puff or Bobble Stitches, or any other cluster stitch would also look great.
Experiment and have fun with it.
There is no right or wrong.

Please feel free to send me photographs of your completed beanie to stephanie@abagfullofcrochet.co.za.
For tips on taking photos please read this post.

11. June 2013 by Stephanie Davies
Categories: Patterns, Tutorials | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. It is so cute, I love the colors, thanks for the steps, I will try to make it one of this days. http//www.learnhowtoknitascarf.com

    • Thank you!
      I also love the colours and the yarns are wonderful to work with.
      I would love to see your completed beanie.

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