The bird that is meant to be the wisest in the bird’s kingdom. You can see it all over the kiddos and toddler stuff and that bird is always wearing a hat as a teacher or graduated students. If you search on the web you will find such an amazing different crochet, handcrafted owl designs so I decided to make one of my own design and would like to share it with you . The square is a little bigger than usual granny square, so you can use it in different ways. I will show you how I combined mine with some simple stitches and turned my biggie rainbow owl granny square into a blanket. I will share the biggie rainbow granny square today and the whole blanket pattern is on my shops where you can purchase it in a symbolic price with add free and detailed pictures.
– DK weight cotton-acrylic yarn – 8 ply – 100 grams (3.53 Ounces ), 268 yards (245 meters) in these colors : white as main color 25gr, small amount of these colors – red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple , and grey color . You can use different color yarn, scrap yarn or even self-striping yarn. – Tapestry needle – Crochet hook size 3,5mm – US hook size 4/E – Scissor
Abbreviations ( US TERMS ) :
- – sc – single crochet – dc – double crochet
- – tr – triple crochet
- – st- stitch – sts- stitches
- – rep – repeat
- – ch- chain – beg- beginning
- – hdc – half double crochet
- – inc – increase – ** – repeat the stitches between the ** indicated times
- – () – make the indicated stitch between () in one stitch.
- – ch-1 sp – chain 1 space
- – Ch-2 sp – chain 2 space – ch-3 sp – chain 3 space
- – Rd – round rds – rounds
- – ch-1 sp – chain 1 space – sl.st- slip stitch
Special stitch section :
Working in 3rd loop of the hdc of the prev round—this loop is located just behind and nearly parallel to the normal loops typically worked. The third loops are shown below by the black lines. (Picture 1). The needle is shown inserted through the hl (Picture 2) on the wrong side of the work.
Tips and advice :
1. Read the pattern carefully first and look at the picture . 2. If you don’t want to weave ends in you can use self –striped yarn . 3. If you don’t want to have visible seam you can just cut the yarn in every change and start with the new color by attaching it directly at the 3rd loop of the hdc st of previous rd.
Biggie owl square pattern :
Do not count the ch2 as a hdc st .
Start with red color yarn Rd 1 : start with magic circle , secure with slip knot , ch2 , make 10 hdc into the circle , join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 10sts in total ).
Work in 3rd loop of hdc of prev rd . from 2nd to 8th rd .
Switch to orange color yarn Rd 2 : ch2 , 2hdc in the base of the initial ch2 , 2hdc in each st around , join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 20 sts in total ).
Switch to yellow color yarn Rd 3 : ch2 , * hdc in next st , 2 hdc in next st * rep 10 times , join with sl.st in 2 nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 30 sts in total ).
Switch to green color yarn Rd 4 : ch2 ,1 hdc in each st around , join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 30 sts in total ).
Switch to light blue color yarn Rd 5 : ch2 , * hdc in next 2 sts , 2 hdc in next st * rep 10 times , join with sl.st in 2 nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 40 sts in total ).
Switch to dark blue color yarn Rd 6 : ch2 , * hdc in next 3 sts , 2 hdc in next st * rep 10 times , join with sl.st in 2 nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 50 sts in total )
Switch to purple color yarn Rd 7 : ch2 ,1 hdc in each st around , join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 . ( 50 sts in total )
Switch to grey color yarn Rd 8 : ch1 , * sc in next 4 sts , 2sc in next st * rep 10 times , join with sl.st in 1st ch of beg ch-1 . ( 60 sts in total )
Rd 9 : Work in the Back Loops Only: ch3, skip 1 sts, 1sc in next st , * ch2, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st * rep 28 times , ch2, skip 2 st, join with sl.st in 1st ch of beg ch-3 .
Rd 10 : Ch2, * 2hdc in next ch-2 sp * rep 9 times , ( 2hdc, ch4, 1 picot, 1tr all in same ch-2 sp ), (2tr, 1dc in next ch-sp ),
2dc in next ch-sp, 2hdc in next chsp, 1sc in next ch-sp, 2hdc in next ch-sp, 2dc in next ch-sp, (1dc, 2tr all in next ch-sp ), (1tr, 1picot, ch4, 2hdc all in next ch-sp),
* 2hdc in next ch-sp* rep 12 times, join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 or finish with perfect finish method . End .
Rd 11 : Insert the hook around the post of the sc st that we have made in rd9 , ch4 , 1 fpsc in next sc st, * ch2, 1fpsc in next sc st* rep all around . You should have 30 ch-sps.
Rd 12 : Switch to white color Ch3, * 3dc in next ch-2 sp * rep 29 times , 4dc in next ch-2 sp , join with sl.st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.
Rd 13 : ch1, sc in base of the initial ch1, * hdc in next 2 st, dc in next 2sts, 1tr in next st, ( 2tr, ch3, 2tr in next st) ,
1tr in next st, dc in next 2sts, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 12 sts * rep 4 times , in the last sequence make 11 sc instead of 12.
Rd 14 : Ch3, dc in next 8sts, ( 2dc, ch2, 2dc in next ch-3 sp ), * dc in next 26sts, ( 2dc, ch2, 2dc in next ch-3 sp ) * rep 3 times , dc in next 15 sts , join with sl.st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.
Rd 15 : ch2, hdc in next 9 sts, (1hdc, ch3, 1hdc in next ch-2 sp), * hdc in next 30sts, (1hdc, ch3, 1hdc in next ch-2 sp), * rep 3 times,
hdc in next 20 sts , join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2 or finish with perfect finish method.
Eyes : Black part — >Start with magic circle and make 7 sc into the circle , join with sl.st in 1st sc to form a circle.
White part — >Start with magic circle, secure with slip knot , ch2, 11dc into the circle, join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.
Grey part — > Rd1: Start with magic circle, secure with slip knot , ch2, 11dc into the circle, join with sl.st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2.
Rd 2: ch1,* 2sc in next st, 1sc in next st* rep 5 times, 2sc in last st , join with sl.st in 1st ch of beg ch-1.
Leave long tale after each part for sewing. Use a tapestry needle and white string or yarn and make the sparkle of the eye .
I made it as a straight line as you see in the pictures. If you wish you can make the eyes without the grey part as in the picture bellow.
If you make them only with white and black use the pattern of the grey part for the white and the white part pattern for the black part.
Nose– make it with orange yarn . Use tapestry needle and just make it as shown in the picture.
Feet ( 2 pieces ) — > Make them with orange yarn.
Insert the hook in the st, pull a loop and ch1, then make 1 picot, and sl.st in same st, * 1picot, 1sl.st in same st * rep 2 times , End .
Blocking – depending on the yarn weight and the fiber you may need to block your square. You will need small pins and a block like children play mat or you can pin them like me on the carpet. After you pin the square spill warm water with spray bottle and leave it to dry.
Sew the eyes and your rainbow owl granny square is done… Have a happy crochet …
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