Monday, 22 August 2016

Banjo the Amigurumi Woodland Owl

Do you remember my sweet little amigurumi owl which I made for Staggy The Yarn Bombed Stag?
I did promise you a tutorial!
Would you like to make one? It's not that difficult!
This little owl is made in a few pieces: body, head, wings, tail and feet. All quick and easy!

Note for the body of my owl I used a variegated cream and brown cotton yarn which gave a nice mottled finish. But you can use a soft beige, or cream or whatever you wish.
Let's get started...

Amigurumi Tips:
All amigurumi is crocheted in rounds of continuous spirals without joining to beginning of round unless stated otherwise. If the patterns states to stop working in spirals, finish rows, and chain up according to the pattern.
Always use a stitch marker when working in the spirals or you'll lose your place!
All thread ends can be hidden in the body of your Ami.
Never talk about fight club.
Tools of the Trade:
  • I have used Patons 4 ply cottons in a range of cream to browny colours or whatever takes your fancy for his head, body and tail.
  • Cream cotton for the circle parts of the eyes and brown or black 4ply cotton for the eye details
  • Soft orange 4 ply cotton for feet and beak.
  • 2.5mm crochet hook (you can use a 2mm hook for a slightly smaller owl if you wish)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
  • Polyfill Toy Stuffing
Abbreviations:  (US crochet terms used)
  • Beg: beginning
  • Ch: chain
  • Dc: double crochet
  • FO: Fasten off
  • Hdc: Half double crochet
  • Inv dec: invisible decrease (for my invisible decrease tutorial video click here)
  • MR: Magic ring  (for my magic ring tutorial video click here)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • St: stitch
  • Tr: treble
First let's start with the body:
Round 1: Work 6sc into MR

Round 1 done

R2: 2sc in each sc of the previous round [12]

Round 2 done!

R3: (2sc), sc in next st [18]

Round 3 done!

R4: Sc in each st of the previous round [18]

R5: (2sc), sc in each of next 2 st [24]

Round 5 done!

R6 & 7: Sc in each st of the previous round [24]

R8: Inv dec, sc in each of the next 10 st, inv dec, sc in each of the next 10 st [22]

R9- 14: Sc in each st of the previous round. At the end of Round 14, FO.
The finished body.
Now let's make the head!
Ch 23, join with a sl st to the 1st st to form a loop.
Continue working in the round.
Round 1-7: Sc in each st around
The head after Round 2

The head with Rounds 1-7 finished!

R8: Sc, hdc, in next st (dc, tr), in next st (tr, dc), hdc, sc, sl st across next 6 st, sc, hdc, in next st (dc, tr), in next st (tr, dc), hdc, sc, sl st across remaining 5 st.
FO leaving a 4-5 inch tail length of yarn. then use this to stitch from the tip of one ear to the other to close.

The shaping of one ear in Round 8

Round 8 finished after the shaping of the 2nd ear.
Ready to stitch the top of the head together?

Folding the head in half from the middle tip of one ear to the other, use the left over tail end of yarn to slip stitch across evenly.

So your head should now look like this:

To sew the head to the body, turn the body inside out.
Then without turning the head inside out, slide the head into the body so the ears are pointing down towards the base of the body.
Stitch the neck edge of the head to the neck edge of the body, leaving a 2 cm gap at the back.
Through this gap, turn the owl out the right way. Now stuff polyfill toy stuffing in through the gap until comfortably full, then sew the gap closed.
 Now let's make 2 Wings!

Round 1: Work 4 sc in MR [4]

Round 1

R2: 2sc in each st [8]

Round 2

R3: Work in pattern: 2sc, sc [12]

R4: 2sc, sc, sc [16]

Round 4
R5: In first st sc, in next st (hdc, dc), in next st (dc, tr, ch 2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, tr, dc), in next st (dc, hdc), sc, sl st to beg st & FO.

Round 5
Once you've finished your first wing, then make one more!

Now let's make Banjos Tail!

Row 1: Ch 5, then starting in 2nd ch from the hook work 2sc in that ch, sc in each of the next 2 ch, 2sc in last Ch. Ch 1 & turn. [6]

Row 3: In first sc (hdc, dc, hdc), sl st into next sc of previous row, in next st (hdc, dc, hdc), sl st into next sc of previous row, in last st (hdc, dc, hdc), the sl st into the side of the tail to finish. FO, leaving a length of yarn 5 inches long. Use this tail length to sew the tail to the body. (Position photo to follow a little further down!).

Now let's give Banjo some Peepers!!!

Round 1: 4sc in MR [4]

Round 1
R2: 2sc in each st. Finish off. [8]

Cut a length of brown or black 4 ply cotton yarn and embroider sleepy eyes as shown below.

Then sew onto Banjos head!  Now he's starting to look cute!

Beaky Schmeaky
Cut a length of soft orange yarn and embroider on Banjos beak like below.  I'm a crap embroiderer so am probably not the best to give embroidery advice, but I stitched in 6 long lines in the shape of a triangle for the main beaky part, then 3 short lines across the top.

Those dancing feet! (Make 2)

In a 4 ply cotton yarn, simply start by making a Chain 4...

Row 1: Starting from 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each of the 3 stitches. Ch3, turn. [3]

Row 1
Row 2: Sl st in next st, Ch3, sl st in next st, Ch 3, sl st in last stitch, FO. Leave a length of yarn to stitch Banjos feet on...

Now you can use the photo below as a guide to sew on Banjos feet and tail. I positioned them between rounds 3 & 4 from his bum.

Now if you haven't done it already, you can sew on the wings. 

To give them a slightly open, resting appearance, I have the wing tip pointing towards his belly button and stitch from the middle top of his shoulder, then stitch around the back and finish at the base of the wing tip only. I don't stitch the wing to him all the way around on his belly.

And you're finished! Well done!  Did you make your own little Banjo the Woodland Owl? Did you make him in colours like mine or go bright and wild? Show me! Tag me on Instagram (@red.haired.amazona.crochets) or on my Facie Page. I'd love to see your makes!!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Snow and Socks

For the past 3 weeks it's been crazy busy in Amazonaland.

I've been dabbling with yarny projects and taking the Sonofaguns on a couple of adventures.

After making a big project such as my recently finished Staggy The Yarn Bombed Stag, I kind of usually feel a little burnt out so I spent time making things that don't require much brain work.
One such project is a granny square blanket for my boyfriends (AKA The Bear) own Bear cub. 

He requested his own blanket in his 2 favourite colours: lime green and bright yellow. Wowsers! Get me some sunglasses! Its super bright but what the Bear Cub wants, he will get!

It will be made up of 12 large green granny squares with a soft grey edge each, then another row of yellow. Then all 12 squares will be sewn together and edged in a basic edging of maybe moss stitch.

It's been hard working on one colour because #ihavetheattentionspanofagoldfish .

I also love following Winwick Mums blog and if you have heard of her, then you'll know Christine is the Queen of Knitted Socks.


Yes. For my fellow Crochet Queens that involves two things that look like very long crochet hooks without the hook thing on the end.

Now I don't know about you, but when I knit on super rare occasions, I feel like this guy...

But for some bizarre reason I decided I wanted to have some hand knitted stripey socks.
So I went to this gorgeous LYS Morris and sons in the Melbourne CBD and a lovely lass sold me what can loosely be described as small little stabbing things attached to garrot wire. AKA Magic Circle or Loop or something.
Everything has been going really well thanks to Christines wonderful Sockalong tutorials.

Until I reached the heel.  I have had to frog back 4 times.

Do you know what happens after you frog back teeny tiny knit stitches 4 times? You start to cackle hysterically when you discover that 'knit' rhymes with 'shit'.

Really? I beg to differ. <roll eyes>
So I despondently put it aside until I finish posting a tutorial I have been trying to write for my little amigurumi owl. I think I just needed a mental health break!

Down in the city, Melbourne has been giving us beautiful sneaky glimpses of Spring weather. Which made us leap into action to get in some last minute winter action. Last weekend the Bear and I piled the younger kids into the car for a day trip up to the snow.

Now I don't really do snow. It just seems kind of you know, cold and wet which isn't really very appealing on a regular basis. And I kind of never got into skiing because it involves moving very fast in a downward motion from a high place relying on some sticks. I did try it once.
Many years ago an old boyfriend took me for a day trip skiing with some work buddies. They put those long ski sticks on the ends of my legs. I decided to try skiing from the top of this little kids learners hill. 
I first laboriously walked up the hill sideways.
I looked down to the base of the hill.

Look, you know it may have only been an extra 2 metres higher over a 60 metre slope but I looked DOWN and said, "Nope." and then laboriously walked back down sideways, took off my skis, and happily skipped to the Snow Hut where there was a large fire pit and Hot Chocolates with a dash of rum waiting for me.

This time however we were simply going to Lake Mountain where there was a toboggan run and snow play area. Tobogganing I can handle!

The drive down through the Yarra Valley and up into the Victorian High Country is beautiful.

It was the perfect morning for ballooning and there were many about the valley.

Then we climbed into the mountains.  Now I know car driving pics are a bit boring but the scenery in the mountains is so amazing. The trees are taller than tall with lush tree ferns underneath. It's my favourite place to drive through.

Then we arrived!  It was a fun couple of hours of tobogganing and snowness. I even made a Sno-ala...
(Snowman/ koala)

As it's the end of the season, most of the natural snow had already melted from this resort, but resorts higher up in the hills were still very snowy.

Later that afternoon on the way home, we stopped by the Maroondah Dam Reservoir Park just outside of Healesville.  The only way to describe it is a dam with a park at the bottom of the dam wall.
On the right is the water bit and nice bush/ water things to look at...

And on the left is a massive drop down to the parkland...

It was the end of the day, so we decided after walking along the top of the wall to go home, but I first asked Bear to drive me into the park so I could use the loo. Which was a lie.

Because as I skipped down the path that led towards to toilets and out of view of the carpark, I really took lots of pretty photos of flowers!!!

"Oh yes Darling! I really really need to wee! I won't be long!!" <skips joyfully down the path hiding the camera in her pocket as she keeps going past the filthy 1970s dunnys and towards the arboretum!>

And then I came back to my very own little house to find this magnificence!
A tulip fully blown out in August? Crazy.

As I mentioned earlier, I am working on my amigurumi owl tutorial which has just finished being photographed. Hope to have it available for you soon!


The Red Haired Amazona