Hello! Today its all about the eyes... the eyes give your owl her character. Make two outer circles and two inner circles. Before stitching the inner eye to the outer eye you need to embroider the owl's eyelashes. Using black yarn and a needle I embroidered the eyelashes using running stitch free-hand. Use the ridge from the last round of crochet as a guide. Sew in all the ends.
Stitch an inner eye off-centre to the larger circle and using the same colour yarn as the inner eye, attach to the outer eye with small running stitches.
Leave the eyes as they are until the beak has been made. You will attach all three at the same time.
Outer circle: rounds 1-5 of the pattern below
Inner circle: rounds 1-3 of the pattern below. (I made R1-4 for this owl, but Alice owl is R1-3 for inner circle).
Pattern for the eyes - remember to convert for US;UK dc is US sc, UK htr is US hdc.
Chain 5, slip stitch to form a ring
R1 - ch 2 (counts as 1 htr). Work 11 htr into ring, join with ss into top of first chain 2.
R2 - ch 2 (counts as 1 htr) 1 htr in first st, 2 htr in each st to end, join with ss into top of 1st ch 2.
R3 - ch 2 ( counts as 1 htr) 1 htr into 1st st * 1 htr into next stitch, 2 htr into next, repeat from * to last st, 1 htr into last st, join with ss into top of ch 2.
R4 - repeat R3
R5 - ch 2, 1 htr into each st to end, ss in top of ch 2
I have made a slight change to the moss stitch panels - work 48 rows not 44...
Next instalment: nose and ears!
I'll leave you with a little look at my latest crochet blanket... its slowly growing...