Sunday, September 29, 2013

Crochet Owl Pillow Cover Pattern

Hoo's on the couch? I'd been kicking around the idea of making holiday pillow covers for the small (12") pillow on my couch. The big decision was whether to sew or crochet the one for Halloween. This Crochet Owl Pillow Cover idea won out:@) I was inspired by a little granny square owl HERE but wanted a bigger one so I doubled the amount of rows for the owl itself. It turned out cute!

I couldn't wait to show you the owl design as soon as I finished it. It's just pinned to the pillow here, the plan is to make a simple envelope closure backing in straight double crochet so I can slip the pillow in and easily remove it after Halloween. A scalloped edge would be cute too, and do you think he needs some of that crazy orange metallic eyelash yarn? Maybe where his wings would be, might be fun...
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Now, if you've been following my crochet escapades you know things can get a little wonky here... And full disclosure: if I missed a stitch or ended up with an extra one I just worked with it. This is how I made the pillow folks, I think once you get going it will make sense. And don't hesitate to check out the small granny square link above, she has very helpful instructions. The ears are the trickiest part.

Owl Pillow-I used an I hook and regular inexpensive worsted weight yarn
R1~ magic circle, ch 2, 11 DC into circle, pull loop closed. Slip stitch into top of ch 2.
R2~ Ch3, DC into same space, 2 DC in each space around, Slip stitch into top of Ch3. Cut yarn and knot off.
R3~ Change color. Ch3, DC into same space, 2 DC in each space around. Slip stitch into top of Ch3.
R4~ Ch3, DC into same space, *1 DC next space, 2DC next space, repeat from*. Slip stitch into top of Ch3. Cut yarn and knot off.
R5 (Squaring up the circle)~ Change color. *SC into 7 holes, DC next 4 holes, TC, Ch1, TC, DC next 4 holes, repeat from *. Sl stitch to first SC.
R6~ Ch3, *DC next hole to corner, 3 DC, Ch1, 3 DC into hole of TC, repeat from *. Sl stitch to Ch3.
R7 to as big as you need it, changing colors as desired~ Ch3, *DC next hole to corner, 3 DC, Ch1, 3 DC into corner hole, repeat from *. Sl stitch to Ch3.

Eyes-make two:
R1~ magic circle, ch 2, 11 DC into circle, pull loop closed.
R2~Ch 1, 1 SC into same space, 2 SC in each space around, Slip stitch into Ch1.
I added buttons for the black.

Ears-Unfortunately I can't help you too much here folks, I basically attached the yarn at the top outer right of the orange and would Ch2 then slip stitch it to one strand of the white. Just tried to make it a circle and wide enough that it would show up behind the eye. Then I came back and single crochet around the chain, with one little double crochet at the upper "corner" so I could pull it out a little and tack it down.

Feet-Just sew on a few strings or a few chains to look like feet. I only added them to try to help balance out the white at the bottom.

Beak-Just sew on a little bit of contrasting yarn.


  1. Soooo cute!!! You did a great job on this sweet pillow, Lynn!

  2. I love this, Lynn. I am really into owls for Halloween this year. Have to check this out. My crochet is extra wonky, though. ;-) xo

  3. That is super cute. Love it. :)

  4. When I see cute things like this I wish I could crochet. My bucket list just keeps getting longer rather than shorter!


  5. This is so cute! Love the owl and it makes a really sweet pillow!

  6. Love the big eyes on Mr. cute!

  7. So Cute! My daughter would love this!

  8. You're not kidding that it turned out so cute! My Lynn, you're the crochet queen and I am so impressed with your abilities. I LOVE your darling owl and its great for all of Fall. xo

  9. Lovely owl, thanks for sharing.

  10. I wish I could crochet. That owl is fantastic. His eyes are lovely and I love the color of your yarn. I'm always impressed with your crafting abilities.

  11. Your owl turned out so cute Lynn! I am pinning it, but as clear as your directions are, crochet directions sort of make my eyes cross! I love to crochet but generally just make it up as I go. I appreciate your great tutorial! Can't wait to see what you do for Christmas!

  12. Super cute owly! Pinned three times:) I posted scrappy Fall banner to sew can do:) Stop by

  13. that is just TOO...HOO HOO ...CUTE! I love it! Don't know if I can crochet well enough to try it but I'll pin it for sure! Sweet hugs!

  14. I'm all thumbs when it comes to crochet, but I may have to try this anyway. My classroom theme is owls this year, and these would be so cute in it! :)

  15. Such a cute owl Lynn!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. What a HOOT! Your owl is adorable and it definitely calls or eyelash yarn! You're a crocheting machine!

  17. Cute, cute, cute. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. What a great granny/owl combo! And this is a great, stylish, Halloween decoration. :D

  19. Super cute pillow cover! Thanks for sharing the pattern! I'm pinning this. I may want to make a similar pillow cover later! Great work!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  20. Lynn, this is so cute!! You go girl!! I love this, as I am a big fan of owls. You did a great job and thanks for sharing with us. :)

    Hugs to you,

    Denise at Forest Manor


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