I designed Alice Owl as a doorstop... her belly is full of rice. She could of course be a bookend or you could fill her with polyester stuffing and have her as a cushion on the bed or sofa... She would make an adorable gift and she is very simple to make.
Alice Owl measures approximately 27 cms tall (excluding ears) x 27cms wide. I had to make a custom inner cushion and filled this with rice and polyester stuffing. You can of course make your owl bigger so that it fits a standard size cushion pad.
To get started making your own Alice Owl, here are the basic instructions for the base.
Firstly I used double knitting/8 ply yarn in various colours and a 3.5mm/E hook. It is necessary to make a firm base so the inner pillow does not show through when your owl is stuffed. I predominantly used Stylecraft special dk yarn which is acrylic, but this is a great project to use up your scraps.
The back and front panels were made using moss stitch. You will make two panels for the front and back of the owl.
HOW TO CROCHET MOSS STITCH
|There are a lot of ends to sew in for each panel, but I like the tweed effect of moss stitch and like to change colour each row...|
Foundation row - Dc (US sc) in the third chain from the hook, chain one, skip one chain, dc (sc US) in the next chain, * chain 1, sk 1 ch, dc (sc US) in next ch*, Repeat ** to end. End with a dc (sc US).Turn. Change colour.
Row 1 - Chain 2, sk first st, dc (sc US) in ch1 sp from previous row, ch 1. Sk st and dc (sc US) in next ch 1 sp, ch 1. Repeat this pattern to end. In last ch sp make dc (sc US). Chain 1 and dc (sc US) to top ch of last ch 2 from previous row. Change colour. Turn. Chain 2.
Repeat row 1 until you have 48 rows. Change colour at the end of every row.
Sew in ends securely. Make two squares.
If you are a beginner and these instructions seem as clear as mud, go to Youtube and watch one of the videos demonstrating moss stitch. This will really help and you will realise that it is one of the easiest crochet patterns to make.