Crochet Owl Free Pattern – Otis the Owl

This week I am sharing my realistic crochet owl free pattern for Otis the Owl. This free amigurumi owl pattern is a quick and easy crochet pattern that uses faux fur yarn to create a realistic-looking crochet owl and I am OBSESSED.

Otis has quickly become one of my all-time favourite crochet patterns and I think you’ll love him too. This little crochet owl makes a great gift for the owl lover in your life, fans of Harry Potter and more.

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Realistic Amigurumi Owl made with faux fur and this crochet owl free pattern sitting on top of a ball of fable fur yarn

Once and a while, I’ll come up with a new amigurumi pattern and my husband will say ” how have you not done an owl design yet?”. My answer is always along the lines of “I don’t know” or ” there are already so many crochet owl free patterns out there..”.

I had always wanted to design a crochet owl but to be honest, I just didn’t feel inspired to create one… until I saw the Mishka Fable Fur colourway.  It reminded me of barn owls and I knew it was the perfect choice make an amigurumi owl with it.

I’ve been so fortunate to have had these experiences to do training exercises with a variety of owl, hawk, falcon and eagle species. Everytime I get to spend time with these beautiful birds, I am in awe and learn something new.

I guess I just waited to create one because nothing felt right.

Picture of a woman holding a snowy owl on her arm.

I couldn’t resist sharing at least one photo of me with an owl. Me with Elsa the Snowy Owl. One of my absolute favourites!

Once I got my Mishka coloured Fable Fur yarn, I just knew an amigurumi owl had to be the next free crochet pattern in my faux fur yarn amigurumi series. I love how realistic this crochet owl free pattern turned out!

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How Do You Crochet a Small Amigurumi Owl?

This crochet owl free pattern is worked in several small pieces and then seamed together. If you aren’t a fan of seaming, don’t worry, the fur hides even the messiest of seaming jobs and still looks wonderful.

You’ll crochet the head, body and wings of the owl in the fur yarn and then move on to crochet the beak and feet out of a smooth, worsted weight yarn,


I have included some video tutorials for how to do the owl’s beak and feet for this crochet owl free pattern and you’ll find them embedded into this post, near those sections of the pattern.

Free Crochet Patterns Using Faux Fur Yarn

Ready to get started using faux fur yarns? Here are some free crochet patterns that I have available on my site to get you started:

If this is your first time working with faux fur yarn, you may want to check out my tips and tricks for working with faux fur yarn or check out the video version below.

The pattern for Otis the Owl is a quick and easy crochet owl pattern.  He is a tiny little guy and is about 4 inches tall.  

I have given this pattern an intermediate skill level due to the added difficulty that the fur yarn adds however, it is totally accessible for an advanced beginner.

You’ll need some Fable Fur yarn in the colourway Mishka and some Brava Worsted Yarn in the colour Brindle from We Crochet (crochet.com). I absolutely love both these products from We Crochet.

Believe it or not, I used to be super intimidated by working with faux fur yarns. But I was really inspired by them and had so many ideas that I decided to give them a try even though I was terrified I may not be able to see my stitches. I am so glad that I did!

Fable Fur yarn has now become one of my absolutely favourite products to work with to date.

Use your favorite yarn colors of fur yarn to give your cute owl a unique character!  So many lovely crocheters have used white yarn (fur yarn) and black worsted weight yarn when using this pattern and made their own little snowy owls.  

This cute owl is a huge hit with little kids and also makes a greate baby shower gift.

Close up image of Crochet owl made with faux fur yarn and this free crochet owl pattern.
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Feel free to sell the item created by this great crochet owl pattern but please provide pattern credit back to me when posting online, and please provide a link to my blog: https://theloopylamb.com.  Please do not resell, distribute, duplicate, or share this pattern in any printed, digital or video form, or claim this pattern as your own original design.  Please do not use my photos when selling your finished items.   

Picture of an amigurumi owl that was made with this realistic crochet owl free pattern sitting in the palm of a hand

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate


Terminology:

  • U.S. Terminology

Supplies:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain

  • ST = Stitch

  • SL ST = Slip Stitch

  • MC = Magic Circle / Magic Ring

  • SC = Single Crochet

  • SCINC = Single Crochet Increase

  • SCDEC = Single Crochet Decrease

  • FO = Finish Off

Finished Size: 

  • Approximately 4” tall

Gauge: 

  • 4 sts x 5 rows = 2” – Not vital to project as long as the same tension is maintained throughout the project and there are no holes that stuffing can be seen through. 

Notes:

  • The project is worked with the wrong side facing out to show the better-looking side of the fur. 

  • Pieces are worked in continuous rounds unless otherwise noted.


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Crochet Owl Free Pattern – Otis the Owl


Head

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5 mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)

Rounds 3 – 5: SC around (12) – Place safety eyes in Row 4 with 2 sts between them
Add stuffing.


Round 6: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

FO leaving a long tail to sew up the hole.  Add a bit more stuffing and sew up the hole.  Weave in ends.

Body


Round 1:
Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

Round 2: (SCINC) x 6 (12)

Rounds 3 – 6: SC around (12)

Add stuffing.

Round 7: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)

FO leaving a long tail to sew up body onto the bottom of the head  Add a bit more stuffing and sew body onto head.

Wings (Make 2)

Round 1: Using Fable Fur and 5.5mm hook, make a MC and SC 6 into the MC. (6)

Pull the circle tight but do not join. FO, leaving a long tail and sew onto either side of the bird, near the neck.

Beak:


Round 1: Using Brava Worsted in Brindle and a 3.5mm hook, make a MC.  CH 3 and DC 3 into the MC. (3)

Turn and join last ST to the top of the CH 3 with a SL ST.  FO leaving a long tail to sew onto the face. Using the tail from the creation of the MC, sew the CH 3 to the last DC to close up the back of the beak.  Sew onto face between the eyes and weave in ends.

Step 1 of the crochet owl beak pattern
Crochet Owl Beak Step 1 (before the sl st)
Step two of the beak
Crochet Owl Beak – Step 2 – SL ST to top of CH 3
Sewing up the back of the crochet owl beak
Crochet Owl Beak – Step 4 – Seam up the “back” of the beak
Seaming up the back of the crochet owl beak
Continuing to sew up the back of the crochet owl beak
Back of the owl beak completely seamed up.
Back of the crochet owl beak, completely sewn up.

Feet

Row 1: Using 3.5mm hook and Brava Worsted yarn in Brindle, CH 3. In 2nd CH from hook, SC.  SC in next ST. Turn. (2)

Row 2: CH 1. SC in each ST. Turn. (2)

Row 3:  CH 1. SCINC in each ST. Turn. (4)

Row 4: CH 4. SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST 2. SL ST in the next SC of Row 3.  CH 4. SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST 2. SL ST in the next SC of Row 3. CH 4 SL ST in the 2nd CH from the hook.  SL ST 2. SL ST in the last SC of Row 3.  SL ST down the side of the foot, placing a SL ST in the end of each row. 

FO leaving a long tail to sew onto body.  Sew feet onto the bottom of the body so the toes just peek out the front.

Video Tutorial for How to Create the Feet for This Crochet Owl Free Pattern

Completed Crochet Owl Foot
Completed Crochet Owl Foot
view of the crochet owl feet created in this free owl crochet pattern and sewn to the bottom of the project.


That’s it! I hope that you love your new beautiful owl plushie!  I have already seen so many of the little cuties you are all making and I just love it!

Crochet Owl Free Pattern – Finishing Touches

The fur may cover up the eyes a bit so take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the fur around the face so they are easier to see. 

Want to make a BIGGER OWL? Check out my new book Crochet Furry Friends!


Looking for a New Crochet Project? Check Out These Great Faux Fur Patterns:

Seth the Sloth, Kaya the Koala, Crochet Koala Keychain.


  

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31 thoughts on “Crochet Owl Free Pattern – Otis the Owl”

  1. Ashley! That is the cutest thing!! I love it! I have never tried making anything with fur because it just seems so hard to work with but you May have given me the courage to make one!! Thanks for sharing this! I just recently found you and I am so glad I did, I love your patterns and the fact that you so willingly share them is awesome! Hope all are happy and well and happy hooking!

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words! I appreciate them so much <3. I hope you give Otis a try. I'm happy to assist if you have any questions 🙂

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  2. Just adorable – I have some faux fur left from another projet which will be made into this owl very soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  3. Your owl is adorable and so well designed and crocheted. 🙂 Our family loves birds of prey as well and glad to hear you appreciate them, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Love this little owl, can’t wait to try it out. Got my faux fur ready.

    Q please: For the Body, is this a typo? after rounds 3 – 6, the next round is 6 – should that be round 7?
    Rounds 3 – 6: SC around (12)
    Add stuffing.
    Round 6: (SCDEC) x 6 (6)
    =======
    Thanks
    Gin

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    • Hi There,
      Yes, that’s a typo. It should say Round 7, not 6. Thanks for letting me know about this. I’ll fix it up 🙂

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      • This is so adorable!!! Thank you for posting. I just tried to order the yarn and do not see the Mishka as a choice. Can you recommend another color? I have not seen yarn like this in my local stores.
        Thanks.

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        • You’re welcome! If you’re wanting something of a similar colour, the only yarn I could find with something similar is Lion Brand’s go for faux in cream and taupe here: https://shrsl.com/2tzx2
          I’ve seen Otis made in other colours of Fable Fur and they always look cute. White (eisbar), and Falke being two of my personal faves. I hope this helps!

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  5. I’m not finding the color mishka. Is it still available.

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    • Hi Sheila,

      I don’t see it available on their website so I’m not sure if it is no longer available or just temporarily unavailable. A similar colour called Pomeranian can be found in the Lion Brand Go For Faux line here: https://shrsl.com/2tzx2

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern! I adore my little owl! He is so very cute. This is the first time I’ve used faux fur yarn, so that was an adventure.

    In case it helps anyone else, I ended up using 7mm hook with the faux fur as the recommended size was far too small (but I was using a different brand of yarn, maybe that changes things?). I still used a 3.5mm for the plain yarn. I used 16mm eyes.

    Again, thank you so much for this pattern. My local store sells various colours of faux fur, so I may end up with a rainbow of owls! Thank you 🙂

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    • You’re welcome :-). Yes, each fur yarn is created differently and we all crochet at different tensions so those likely played into you having to utilize a different crochet hook. I saw someone share a rainbow version of this project on instagram recently and it was adorable.

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  7. This is a really cute owl! I love the colors and the pattern is easy to follow.

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  8. OMG…your owl looks so realistic, there is no getting away fro. that.

    I will give this pattern a try very soon as I really like the effect that those typical owl eyes have. Drawing you to the owls features. Well done.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I used your pattern to make feet for a bluebird of happiness.

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  10. Do the eyes go between row 3 and 4 or 4 and 5?

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  11. Why do we have to crochet the head and body separately and then sew them together? Why can’t we crochet it all at once as one piece?

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    • That was a design choice I made at the time I designed it. If you have that preference, you can make the adjustment when you’re crocheting it.

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  12. Love the pattern! Thank you for this and the ornament version!

    Except I can’t get the feet right — I am going to us felt ones in the future.

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  13. I am so in love with Otis and couldn’t wait to try him. Unfortunately I didn’t have faux fur yarn. But, with a few changes I made an adorable newborn bird. We’ll have to wait til he grows up to find out what species he is.

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