Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

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Owl Cushion – how to make – Part 1

OK, I think I may be obsessed with cushions…. This is another one I may have got slightly carried away with at the weekend. It wasn’t going to be an owl, just a cushion…

I had some James C Brett marbled wool left from a previous project so was going to use it to make a neutral coloured cushion. But I finished the circle, and then had this idea 🙂

Here’s how I made it –
I used James C Brett Marble Chunky, the beige one (sorry I can’t remember the exact name of it)
Any brand DK wool in the following colours –
Tan
White
Black
Two shades of blue
Two shades of yellow/orange
An 8.0m hook
Darning needle
Fabric, this can be any colour you like, I used an off white/cream colour
Sewing machine (and thread obviously 🙂 )
Toy/pillow stuffing
Tailoring pins

When following the below pattern, always use TWO strands at the same time.

For the circle –

Start with a magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Link on how to do a magic ring HERE.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 9: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.

So – You see how the circle increases each round? Do this until you are doing *1htr in next 7 stitches. 2 htr in next* OR – you have around 14 rounds/rings.

Eyes – Make 2x
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Start – with magic ring. 11 stitches pull tight. Join with slip stitch.
Round 2: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch as chain. 2 htr’s into all remaining stitches. 22 stitches.
Round 3: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. 1 htr in the next stitch. Continue to do 2 htr’s, then 1 htr around. 33 stitches. – Change Colour to the two blue ones.
Round 4: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 2 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 5: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1 htr in next 3 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change Colour back to black.
Round 6: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 4 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Change colour to White.
Round 7: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 5 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around.
Round 8: Chain 2. 1 htr into same stitch. *1htr in next 6 stitches. 2 htr in next* Repeat around. Fasten off leaving long tail, enough to sew on with.

Beak –
Using two strands of yellow/orange
Row 1: Chain 10, turn,
Row 2: HTR across 10, chain 2, turn
Row 3: HTR decrease, HTR in next 6, HTR decrease chain 2, turn
Row 4: HTR across, chain 2, turn (8 HTR)
Row 5: HTR decrease, HTR in next 4, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 6: HTR across, chain 2, turn (6 HTR)
Row 7: HTR decrease, HTR in next 2, HTR decrease, chain 2, turn
Row 8: 2 HTR decreases, chain 2, turn
Row 9: HTR decrease,
Fasten off leaving a long tail, enough to sew on with.

Sew on the eyes and beak using the darning needles and tails.

Ok so that’s part 1, the crochet part. Part 2 is the sewing/stuffing part. I won’t be doing this until my new sewing machine arrives though, which shouldn’t be too long, hopefully! 🙂

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