Day & Night Owls | Free Crochet Owl Pattern

A pair of sweet crochet owls

Two crochet owl friends to make and love! When it’s bright outside, Day Owl closes her eyes and settles down to sleep. And when the stars come out, Night Owl is ready to play! Day Owl has a sweet rainbow on her belly and Night Owl dons a collection of stars. Whether night or day, you can make a magical crochet owl with this free pattern. Scroll down to see the written pattern and the video tutorial!

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Two crochet owls, one light blue with a rainbow on it, the other dark blue with stars on it. The Day Owl is sitting on top of the Night Owl's head. The text on the image says "Day & Night Owls, free pattern & video tutorial"

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Two amigurumi owls on the center of a blue cutting mat, surrounded by yarn, crochet hooks, and other tools.

MATERIALS (what I recommend in parentheses)

To see a complete list of my FAVORITE amigurumi crochet tools and supplies, check out this blog post!

AMIGURUMI OWL FINISHED SIZES

The finished height of the owls is 4 inches. Keep your tension tight and consistent to avoid stuffing showing through.

STITCHES & ABBREVIATIONS
US TERMINOLOGY

ch – chain
inc – increase
inv dec – invisible decrease
rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
[ ] or { } – repeat steps between brackets for the specified number of times
( ) – the number of stitches you should have at the end of each round

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES

  • Embroidering on crochet – See tutorial here.
  • Finish off – Watch tutorial here.
  • Invisible decrease – Watch tutorial here.
  • Magic ring – Watch tutorial here.
  • Standing sc – Start with a slipknot on your hook. Insert hook into stitch and make a single crochet as normal. See tutorial here.

NOTES

  • Body & eye circle worked in a continuous round, wing & rainbow worked in rows.
  • Mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.
  • All stitches are written in US terminology.
  • Demonstration photos are shown using right-handed crochet.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

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DAY & NIGHT OWL CROCHET PATTERN

Day & Night Owl Amigurumi sit o top of 4 balls of Ricorumi dk weight yarn

BODY

rnd 1: In body color, start with a magic ring, sc 6 into ring (6 sts)
rnd 2: Inc 6 (12 sts)
rnd 3: [sc 1, inc 1] 6 times (18 sts)
rnd 4: [sc 1, inc 1, sc 1] 6 times (24 sts)
rnd 5: [sc 3, inc 1] 6 times (30 sts)
rnd 6: Sc around (30 sts)
rnd 7: [sc 2, inc 1, sc 2] 6 times (36 sts)
rnds 8-9: Sc around (36 sts for 2 rnds)
rnd 10: [sc 9, {inc 1, sc 2} 3 times] 2 times (42 sts)
rnds 11-24: Sc around (42 sts for 14 rnds)
rnd 25: [sc 5, inv dec 1] 6 times (36 sts)
• • • Body continues after star embroidery tutorial. Click here to jump to continued body section. • • •

EMBROIDER STARS • Night Owl only

Embroider the stars using lightweight yellow yarn. I’m using the same yarn as the eye circles. Thread your embroidery needle with 30 inches of yarn. Double knot end. To embroider stars, remember how to draw a five point star and mimic it with your embroidery needle.

Check out this blog post for more tips on embroidering on crochet!

A close up of night owl's body with sewing pins marking where to embroider the stars.
1. Flatten owl’s body with incs from rnd 10 at each side. Place sewing pins to mark embroidery space. Top pin is on rnd 16 & side pins have 12 sts between them.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
2. Bring threaded embroidery needle through a st.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
3. Insert needle into st 3 rnds above and to the right 1-2 sts.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
4. Bring needle up through st on same rnd as 1st bottom point with 1-2 sts between points.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
5. Join thread at top point.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
6. Bring needle up through st on rnd below top point, 1-2 sts away from the thread. Bring it across the star to other side.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
7. Bring needle up through bottom right point and connect to top left point.
Close-up of Night Owl showing how to embroider stars.
8. Bring needle up through bottom left point and connect to top right point.
Close-up of Night Owl showing the finished star embroidery.
9. Repeat steps to embroider a total of 5 or 6 stars within the marked embroidery space.

BODY continued

rnd 26: [sc 4, inv dec 1] 6 times (30 sts)
• • • Start stuffing body now & continue stuffing firmly until closed. • • •
rnd 27: [sc 3, inv dec 1] 6 times (24 sts)
rnd 28: [sc 2, inv dec 1] 6 times (18 sts)
rnd 29: [sc 1, inv dec 1] 6 times (12 sts)
rnd 30: Inv dec 6 (6 sts)
Sl st 1 into next st. Fasten off & finish off.

EYE CIRCLE

rnd 1: In eye color, start with a magic ring, sc 7 into ring (7 sts)
rnd 2: Inc 7 (14 sts)
rnd 3 (partial rnd): [sc 1, inc 1] 4 times, sl st 1 (18 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a 10-inch tail for attaching. See embroidery photos and attaching tutorial below.

EMBROIDERING & ATTACHING EYES

You’ll now be embroidering and attaching the owl’s eyes. The key to embroidering on crochet is to make sure to insert your needle through your stitches and not in a hole between stitches so your thread remains secure. With black embroidery thread and needle, embroider eyes on eye circles. For sleepy eyes, make sure eye circle’s yarn tail is on the right and for happy eyes the tail is on the left. Embroider eyes on rnd 2 and eyelashes on rnd 3 of eye circle.

Showing the sleepy, downturned embroidered eyes for the Day Owl.
Sleepy Eyes for Day Owl
Showing the happy, upturned embroidered eyes for the Night Owl.
Happy Eyes for Night Owl
Close up showing where to place the eye circles on the Owl body.
1. Using sewing pins, position eyes over rnds 8-13 with 3 sts between eyes.
Close up showing how to attach the eye circles onto the Owl body.
2. Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail and insert needle under a st. Make sure to align the stitch correctly so the eye embroidery is level.
Close up showing how to attach the eye circles onto the Owl body.
3. Insert needle through next st on eye circle from back to front. Then insert needle under st on body. Repeat around eye until fully attached.

WING • make 2

row 1: (WS) Using wing color, start with a magic ring, sc 4 into ring (4 sts)
row 2: (RS) Ch 1, turn, inc 4 (8 sts)
row 3: Ch 1, turn, [inc 1, sc 1] 4 times (12 sts)
row 4: Ch 1, turn, [sc 1, inc 1, sc 1] 4 times (16 sts)
row 5: Ch 1, turn, [sc 3, inc 1] 4 times (20 sts)
row 6: Ch 1, turn to work down straight edge, sc 1 in same st as last inc of row 5, sc 8, ch 1, sl st 1 into 1st st of row 5. (9 sts). See photos A & B below.
Fasten off, leaving a 15-inch tail for attaching to body. See attaching tutorial below.

Close up of wing with red dots to indicate where to single crochet into the straight edge of the owl's wing.
A. Red dots show where to place the sc stitches for row 6.
Close up showing the finished owl's wing.
B. Straight edge made with row 6.

ATTACHING WINGS

Close up showing how to attach the wing onto the crochet Owl body.
1. Using sewing pin, position wing with top over rnd 14 with RS facing out (you should see the back of rows 5 & 6 for the wing to lay flat). The red dots show the stitches I attached. I attached my wing at a slight angle.
Close up showing how to attach the wing onto the crochet Owl body.
2. You’ll need to thread the yarn tail up to the top of the wing for the right wing so that it’s in the correct spot for attaching.
Close up showing how to attach the wing onto the crochet Owl body.
3. Insert tapestry needle under st above rnd 14.
Close up showing how to attach the wing onto the Owl body.
4. Insert needle through next st on wing from back to front.
Close up showing how to attach the wing onto the Owl body.
5. Insert needle under st on body. Repeat steps 4-5 until you’ve attached the wing. To get to the other side of wing, just carry yarn tail through body to other side.
Close up showing how to attach the wing onto the Owl body.
6. The finished wing. After attaching last wing, use remaining yarn tail to embroider beak. See tutorial below.

EMBROIDERING THE BEAK

Close up showing how to embroider the beak.
1. Bring wing’s yarn tail up in st above rnd 11 between eyes.
Close up showing how to embroider the beak.
2. Insert needle in st below rnd 12 (in a V shape) & bring up in st above rnd 11.
Close up showing how to embroider the beak.
3. Insert needle through bottom point, bringing it up between top points.
Close up showing how to embroider the beak.
4. Insert needle into bottom point again. Weave in yarn tail on back of body to secure.

RAINBOW • Day Owl only

row 1: In orange, ch 6, sc 4 starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc 3 in next ch st, turn to work down other side of chain, sc 4, fasten off (11 sts)
• • • Start rows 2-5 in first st of previous row. • • •
row 2: Standing sc 1, sc 3, inc 3, sc 4, fasten off (14 sts)
row 3: Standing sc 1, sc 4, inc 4, sc 5, fasten off (18 sts)
row 4: Standing sc 1, sc 4, [inc 1, sc 1] 4 times, sc 5, fasten off (22 sts)
row 5: Standing sc 1, sc 6, [inc 1, sc 1] 4 times, sc 7 (26 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a 20-inch tail for attaching. Weave in all tails except for long tail. See attaching tutorial on page 8.

Reference photo for crochet rainbow
1. Row 1 of rainbow.
Reference photo for crochet rainbow
2. Start row 2 with a standing sc. With a slipknot on hook, insert into first st of row 1 and make a single crochet.
Reference photo for crochet rainbow
3. Standing sc made.
Reference photo for crochet rainbow
4. Row 2 of rainbow.

ATTACHING THE RAINBOW

Close up showing how to attach the rainbow to the Day Owl amigurumi.
1. Using sewing pins, position the rainbow at center of owl over rnds 16-24.
Close up showing how to attach the rainbow to the Day Owl amigurumi.
2. Insert threaded tapestry needle under st under rnd 24.
Close up showing how to attach the rainbow to the Day Owl amigurumi.
3. lnsert needle through st on back of rainbow so the blue yarn tail doesn’t show on the front.
Close up showing how to attach the rainbow to the Day Owl.
4. Insert needle under next st on body.
Close up showing how to attach the rainbow to the Day Owl.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 along bottom edge until attached.
Close up showing how to attach the rainbow to the Day Owl.
6. Continue attaching remainder of rainbow going through the stitch from back to front as normal. When attaching, skip some stitches on rainbow so it lines up correctly with the body.

I hope you enjoyed this crochet owl pattern! If you have any questions about this pattern, leave a comment below!

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4 amigurumi owls in front of a peach backdrop. 2 owls are sitting on top, 2 owls are sitting on the bottom. The text on the image says "Day & Night Owls, a free crochet pattern by tiny curl"

ヽ(゚ー゚*ヽ) This crochet owl pattern is an original pattern by Kristina Turner of Tiny Curl. Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this free pattern, you may link to it, but please do not reprint it on your site. You may keep a copy for your own personal use, but please DO NOT sell the crochet pattern or distribute it. Thank you for your understanding.

You can sell items made from this amigurumi owl crochet pattern, as long as they are handmade by you in a limited number and you give credit to me as the crochet designer. Please use the following line in the item description of any toy you are selling: • This item is handmade by (your name) from a design and pattern by Tiny Curl, Kristina Turner | www.tinycurl.co • (ノ*゚ー゚)ノ

Day & Night Owls Free Crochet Owl Pattern

9 thoughts on “Day & Night Owls | Free Crochet Owl Pattern

    1. Thanks so much! And just saw your work on your site, it’s absolutely beautiful 🙂

      1. Lavender on Main says:

        Oh goodness, that means so much. Thank you!

  1. I don’t use Etsy. Can you make these available on a Ravelry?

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I’m glad you like them 🙂

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