Knitted Owl Pattern, Tutorial

Today I have been working on a simple little pattern for an owl. I have knitted him in organic Merino yarn and have needle felted on his eyes and beak. He is about 4 inches high to the top of his ear tufts. I have knitted him in the Magic Loop technique. Enjoy knitting him:) Hoot!

I used handspun chunky merino

Needles: If you are knitting with DK yarn 4mm needles, aran weight yarn 4.5 mm needles and chunky 5mm needles:)
Fleece for stuffing
Wool needle
Black fleece for eyes and beak
White fleece for eyes
Felting needle

Cast on 9 stitches and join for knitting in the magic loop technique.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit into the front and back of each stitch, 18 stitches
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: Knit into the front and back of each stitch, 36 stitches
Round 5- 12: Knit
Round 13: (Knit 1, knit 2 together until end) 24 stitches
Round 14-21: Knit
Round 22: (Knit 1 Knit 2 together until end) 16 stitches
Round 23: Knit
Round 24: (Knit 1 knit 2 together until end) 11 stitches
Round 25: Knit
Leave a long strand of yarn, attach a wool needle and thread the wool needle through the remaining stitches.
Fill your owl with fleece and pull tight with your needle and sew closed

Cast on 5 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end.
Row 4: Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end
Row 5: Knit 2 stitches together, knit to end
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: Knit 2 together
Cast off

Needle felt on eyes and beak.

I have added him to Ravelry, my Ravelry name is Mamma4earth🙂

Please note, this pattern is for personal use only, and not for resale, items knitted from this pattern may not be sold for commercial purposes, thank you.

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36 Responses to Knitted Owl Pattern, Tutorial

  1. Wabi-Sabi Wanderings January 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm #


  2. milkymumma January 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    He is beautiful! Is the pattern up on Rav? I shall add him to my queue 🙂

  3. CloseAcademy January 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. My youngest dd loves owls and now I have another owl pattern that I can put in my knitting project line.

  4. Linda January 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I have just added him to Ravelry:)

  5. milkymumma January 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    *like* 😉

  6. Pamela Nees January 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    What a cute pattern! I plan on making a family of these! Thanks for the tutorial!

  7. goldenbird January 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Sweet! I love owls. Thanks for the pattern, Linda.

  8. Tracy January 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I knit little owl over the holdiay break but got stuck with his features. I love the needle felting you did. I will have to pull him out this weekend and finish him up. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Congrats on your new studio. I have been thinking of claiming a corner of our little used living room for my own. Right now I have all my craft things in the downstairs mud shower since it is winter. Perhaps by the spring I can have it all organized and free the mud shower up for good.


  9. evaemilie January 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Oh, is he cute!!
    I would like to try the Magic Loop technique – this will the project 😉
    Thank you so much for the pattern.

  10. Meredith January 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    That is adorable! Adding to my queue!

  11. Amanda & Joel January 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    So sweet!

  12. Simone January 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    Very sweet!

  13. K January 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    I’m with Wabi, but I’m adding a letter:

    WOOThoot! This little guy is a charmer. That plump little bird body is VERY satisfying. I can just feel him in my hand. And he’s perfect for those rich, wooly fibers of yours, in natural colors. Here’s another big kiss on your cheek for another joyful pattern in my Linda collection!

  14. Bart en Kaya January 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    she is just soo cute!
    I happen to have some handspun merino in my stash (different colour) I think I will gif her a go somewhere this week.
    thank you for the patern

  15. Bart en Kaya January 9, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    ok, call me grazey
    i just couldn’t resist your great patern and made her. So now at half past eleven she is finished. I can hardly keep my eyes open now. In the morning I will give her eyes and put her in my blog, thank you again!

  16. Baa-Me Kniits January 9, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    Woo Hoo…He is adorable!! I have to make some of these, owls are right up my alley 🙂 Thanks Linda xx

  17. ecoMILF January 9, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    adorable linda. the day i really get serious about knitting is the day i spend hours on your site playing with all your gorgeous patterns! xx m.

  18. ecoMILF January 9, 2011 at 3:20 am #

    adorable linda. the day i really get serious about knitting is the day i spend hours on your site playing with all your gorgeous patterns! xx m.

  19. Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} January 9, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Oh he is just adorable 🙂 I can’t wait to get a chance to try making him!!

  20. Linda January 9, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Thank you so much everyone:)
    If you knit him, I would love to see your owls, so leave a link somewhere.

  21. Patricia January 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    That’s a lovely owl!!!

  22. Arlenkern74(cornish mummy) January 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    he is so beautiful , can i just ask , what is the magic loop technique ? x

  23. Kelly January 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    Too, too sweet!

  24. Linda January 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    Dear Cornish Mummy
    I have added a link to a Magic Loop Tutorial, here it is:
    Take care

  25. Heather January 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    I just got owl fabric for my kiddos, and this is going to be the perfect little surprise inside of one of those projects. Thanks for sharing!

  26. WonderWhyGal January 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I love this owl! I’m totally knitting it.

  27. Word Lily January 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Oh, what a cutie!

  28. Nichole January 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    So aHOOTable! 🙂

    Happy FAF!

  29. The Critter Ranch Llama Farm January 15, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    This little Guy is so cutie

  30. jessecreations January 15, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Oh, he is so darn adorable! I will surely be knitting one soon. 🙂 Thanks for another wonderful pattern!!!


  31. AllyB January 16, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    It’s amazing the range of color in this yarn. Your owl is adorable, thanks so much for sharing the pattern. Happy Fiber Arts Friday to you!

  32. Rachel January 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    LOL! He makes me happy!

  33. Carrie November 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Thank you for the wonderful pattern. I just posted pictures of the two I made at

  34. Ehtel November 21, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Oh, i love that owl. Thank You so much for this pattern. I made few of those fo my boys for christmas last night. I wonder, is that OK if i translate this pattern to estonian and post abot it on my blog… of course linking to You?

  35. Jaderenee October 2, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    Really sweet in the wool yarn. What size needles?

  36. Kim November 9, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Adorable!!! My 4-year-old son (and I) LOVE owls, I just made him camoflauge earwarmers with the cabled owl pattern, and this would be such a cute little accessory. Can’t wait to get started 🙂

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