Monday, 22 July 2013

Crochet-a-long for Alice Owl - pattern part one


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...
With a 3.5mm/E hook chain 61 stitches. This is the starting chain. Turn and begin the foundation 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.

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13 comments:

HillyT said...

Oh how lovely to have a CAL to join just as I have finished off a couple of projects. Thank you!

Yüreğimin İklimi said...

beatiful

Brigitte Peetermans said...

Alice Owl is perfect.
Looks like she's taking a nap.
Bless her!


Brigitte

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

This is great - I'm off to find some scraps and a needle!

Petunia Pill said...

Ooooo-eeeeee! Love that you are doing this!

Piffles said...

It's so pretty! :)

Hannapat said...

Oh how exciting that you are sharing Alice with us, thanks!! Looking forward to making her. Re mod lodge, you can buy it in the uk, just got mine online, but you can also just mix one part water with one part pva to get the same result for a fraction of the price. Hope you are having a good week. Much love xoxo

Ladybird Diaries said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your pattern.
M x

Jen said...

Love the owl-so cute!

Jen

SmallP said...

Wow - that owl is gorgeous! Can't wait to finish my current projects so i can make a start. Thank you so much for sharing.

Could I be very cheeky and ask what colours/wools you have used for the purple owl? They are just beautiful :-)

SmallP
xx

SmallP said...

Wow - that owl is gorgeous! Can't wait to finish my current projects so i can make a start. Thank you so much for sharing.

Could I be very cheeky and ask what colours/wools you have used for the purple owl? They are just beautiful :-)

SmallP
xx

Kara said...

Love this little girl. I think I will be making a few for Christmas presents.

Ellie said...

Hello :) I just found your blog through The Faerie Factory and I was instantly drawn to your owl door stop, I cannot wait to make it. When I do, I shall post some pictures on my blog and link back to your blog so you can have a look at it :)
Ellie
xxxx
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