Crochet Owl Key Ring

These little chaps are so cute and make such lovely gifts.  They are fairly easy to make using basic crochet stitcthes and the FREE pattern by the ‘Yarn Artists’ is excellent and well illustrated.

You need very few materials to make this crochet owl key ring and could easily use up lots of scraps of wool.  I used Patons 100% Cotton DK which comes in a great range of colours.  It’s available in loads of shops but I’ve found that I can get it at a great price and lots of colour choices (Yellow and Orange for some reason i find very hard to get in shops?) from Purple Linda Crafts online shop.  You will also need some small, two hole shirt buttons for the eyes, orange wool for the beak and a very small amount of stuffing. (if you don’t have any you can always use cotton wool.)  The rest of the stuffing is made up of the ends left from joining the different colours.

I followed the pattern exactly as described as it was very good.  The only thing I did differently was to sew the eyes and beak on afterwards as I didn’t read the pattern properly!  Don’t think it makes much difference though so long as you hide the ends well.

I enjoyed making these and they made lovely little presents for friends that helped me out a great deal when I lost my wallet on a trip to Morocco to climb a mountain.

Get crazy with your colour combo’s and have fun making these little chaps 🙂  Scroll down to see a step by step guide on how to make one.

 Step by Step – How to make an Owl Keyring

For full instructions click on the link to the pattern on Ravelry (in the text above), it’s a free download and really easy to follow.  Just be aware that the instructions are in American rather than English stitches.

1. Choose your colours2. Select an appropriate size crochet hook.  I used double knitting wool and a size 11/3mm hook  a slightly smaller hook would result in a tighter finish and a slightly smaller owl. 3. You can start with a three chain loop or a magic loop.  I prefer a magic loop as you can pull it tight to make the central hole as small as possible.  I post a video on how to do a magic loop at a later date.4. The first round:  3 chain and then 7 trebles into the central loop.  Join into the top chain of the 3 chain with a slip stitch.  Cut colour and join next.  (do this each round and leave ends as they add to the stuffing later)5. Second round: 2 chain as first Half Treble, 1 half treble into same hole.  2 half trebels into next 7 holes. to end 16 stitches.6. Third Round: 2 chain for 1st double crochet then a chain stitch.  Double crochet and then a chain into the following 15 holes. Join with a slip stitch.7. Fourth Round:  2 chain for first double crochet, double crochet into same hole, chain 1.  2 double crochets and a chain into the next 15 holes (chain spaces).  Slip stitch to join.8. Fifth Round: 2 chain for first double crochet then 2 more doubles into the same hole. 3 doubles into the next 11 holes (chain spaces)  (There should be 5 holes left).  3 treble crochets into next hole, 2 half trebles into next holes, double crochet into next hole, 2 half trebles in next hole, 3 trebles in next hole. join with a slip stitch. 9. Sixth Round: Turn work round and take thread to the back of the work.  Miss the first hole.  In the next hole 1 double crochet, half treble and a treble in the next, double treble and a treble in the next, double crochets into the next 5 holes, treble and a double treble into the next, treble and a half treble in the next, double crochet in the next, slip stitch to join.   Cut the end and pull the thread through to fasten off.10. Make another the same.

Next you will need two 2 hole white buttons.  You can use 4 hole buttons but I think the stitching across the two holes makes for a better looking eye when finished.  I use orange DK (Double Knitting) wool for the beak and black embroidery thread to sew the eyes on.  You can stitch onto both sides but I did just one.11. To sew the beak attach your wool to the back of the owl and using quite a sharp needle (to make it easier to get through the stitches) bring the wool to the front of the owl.  Starting from the central hole do 5 long stitches between the central hole and the middle of the 2nd round.  Finish with a couple of long stitches across the top of the first five to hide their ends. Take the wool back through to the back of the owl, fasten off and cut yarn.12. Position the buttons slightly over the edges of the beak to hide the ends of your stitches.  Join the black thread on the back of the owl, bring the tread to the front through the first buttons hole and continue to attach both. Take thread back to the back of the owl, fasten and cut thread. 13.  Now it’s time to join the two sides together.  Place the two pieces wrong sides together and tuck all the ends in (these form part of the stuffing).  I use a slip stitch as I prefer the finish but you can use single crochets.  I’ve shown the slip stitch method below.  First stick your crochet hook through two of the holes (you do have to be careful to make sure that you have the corresponding holes on both owls or you will find that when you get to the shaping you will end up with a wonky owl).  You know that you’ve gone through the right holes if you have 4 threads visible across the hook (the 5th thread is your original loop).Pull the thread through the two holes so that you now have 2 loops on your hook.Lastly pull the 1st loop through the 2nd loop, leaving just 1 loop on the hook.  Repeat all the way round until the last 6 holes.  14.  Stuff.  I use old pillows and insides of duvets as toy stuffing is expensive.Don’t stuff too much, just enough to make him bulge a little.Continue joining the edges with slip stitches until you reach your first stitch. cut thread, pull thread through and pull tight.  Sew this end neatly into owl.

This is how the finished edge should look from the top and the side.15.  Add a loop to attach to a metal key ring: Cut a length of thread join to owl and sew short end in, but odd bit off.  With the long end, using a needle, wrap the thread around your finger as a guide to get your loops the same size.  Stitch back into owl and out again and loop around finger again.  You can get away with two threads but can do more if you’d like a thicker loop.  Sew in end and cut.  You now have loops round which you can single crochet to form a good solid lopp that won’t easily break.Join you main thread with which you are now going to crochet.  Sew in short end and cut off.  Below shows the loop with the thread ready to crochet.Do lots of single crochets around your loop.  I push them together as I go to make sure I have a really solid loop as it’s going to get lots of use.Make sure you don’t twist it and do the last stitch nice and close to the edge of the owl.  Sew in the end and cut thread.

Et Voila!!!  Finished little owly all ready to put on a metal keyring  and either  brighten up your bunch of keys or give as a pressie 🙂  I’ve been using mine for over a year now and although he’s had a tough life he’s still going strong.  He’s been dropped in puddles and worse and washed up nice and clean every time!!!

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