Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Knit Owl Lovey by Rachel Pietzak-Hill

                                                       Knit Owl Lovey
                                                              Designed By  Rachel Hill 

Materials: worsted weight yarn in 4 colors,
For the main color I used Red Heart Cherry Chip(less than half the skein. Small amount of white and black for the eyes and a small amount, mine is a kind of mustard yellow for the beak.
Set of us #6 circular needles, I used 24 inch because it us the smallest size I have, 16in may be better.
Set of 5 #6 dpns (to switch to when stitches no longer fit on circulars)
#3 dpns (for the eyes)
4 stitch markers (I used 3 the same color and one different to mark beginning of round)
Tapestry needle,   Stuffing.
You will be working the lovey from the outside edges in, in the round.
Main blanket:
C/O 180 sts join to work in the round, being careful not to twist sts. PM for beginning of rnd.
Rnd 1: p45, pm, p45, pm, p45, pm, p45
Rnd 2(decrease rnd) and all subsequent even rnds: *ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog* repeat decrease between each
marker, a total of 4 times. You will be decreasing a total of 8 sts.
Rnd 3: p all sts
Rnd 4: work as rnd 2
Rnd 5: p
Rnd 6: work as rnd 2
Rnd 7: k all sts (this will be the same for every odd rnd)
Repeat the last 2 rnds until you have worked a total of 43 rnds. Your last rnd will be a k all rnd and you should have 12 sts left.
You will now begin increases for owl head.
Rnd 1: k1fb, k4, k1fb, k1fb, k4, k1fb (16)
Rnd 2: k all
Rnd 3: k1fb, k6, k1fb, k1fb, k6, k1fb (20)
Rnd 4: k
Rnd 5: k1fb, k8, k1fb, k1fb, k8, k1fb (24)
Rnd 6: k
Rnd 7: k1fb, k10, k1fb, k1fb, k10, k1fb (28)
Rnd 8: k
Rnd 9: k1fb, k12, k1fb, k1fb, k12, k1fb (32)
Rnd 10: k
Rnd 11: k1fb, k14, k1fb, k1fb, k14, k1fb (36)
Rnds 12-20: k
Divide sts on 2 dpns to prepare to kitchener stitch head closed (but don’t close yet)
At this point I stopped to make and sew on the eyes and embroider on the beak.
To make eyes.
C/O 6 sts with white yarn on #3 dpns join to work in the round.
Rnd 1: k1fb all sts (12)
Rnd 2: k
Rnd 3: *k1fb, k1* repeat (18)
Rnd 4: k
Bind off all sts.
With black yarn and a tapestry needled I used duplicate stitch of center so it appears the owl is looking off to the side. For an alternate look you could cast on and work rnd 1 with black yarn then switch to white for remaining rnds (see picture
below). Sew on eyes
Embroider on beak as in picture (I didn’t right down how many sts and rows I was covering as I was doing it and I gave
the owl away already) just do what looks good to you!
Stuff the head (don’t stuff to much that you make it hard to close the head, you will be able to add more
stuffing after the head is closed)
Kitchener stitch the head closed
Flip your owl over and you can now add any additional stuffing through the small hole from where you started the
increases for the head. Once it is stuffed to your liking put in a few stitches to close up the hole.
Weave in any ends and you almost done, you just need to do the ears now.
 cut 8 strands of yarn maybe about 10in in length (4 for each ear). With a tapestry needle pull 4 strands of yarn half way
through the tip of one ear, tie a knot in the yarn to secure and trim strands to desired length. Repeat for second ear and you are done.
You can lightly block if you'd like (my corners sort of curled up a bit, I guess blocking would correct that, but I've never
blocked anything before) :-)

Close up of beak:                                                                                     Alternate version of eye:

             This pattern has not been tested. Please let me know if you make it and any comments you may have.                    

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