Xavier the Observant Owl
This pattern just came out on 3/7/13. It is on sale for $4 for the first month, make sure to grab it now! It will be up to it’s regular $6 price on 4/7.
Who doesn’t love owls?! I think there is something in those big round eyes that just sucks us in. I see everywhere these days in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. Especially since I had a baby, owls seem to be the “It” item for babies these days! I wanted to do my own take of this popular critter, and I have to say I am very pleased with my final results! I can definitely see this guy sitting in the chair in your nursery, or snuggling with your kids.
This knitting pattern from Danger Crafts will show you how to knit Xavier the Observant Owl. This pattern is so much fun to knit, and this is my second pattern where I have included instructions on how to to work him in one piece so you have minimal finishing. (If this seems terrifying to you, I have also included my normal knit-it-separately-and-sew-it-together-in-the-end directions as well. You pick, but either way, I promise knitting this pattern will be a complete HOOT! This pattern is very fun and once you knit one owl, you will find you want to knit a whole flock! Especially since once your friends and any kids you know see your finished owl they are going to start putting in requests for their own owls.
Skill Level: Intermediate if knit separately and sewn together, or Experienced if knit all in one piece (I would recommend this pattern for beginning knitters that are comfortable knitting in the round or who want a bit of a challenge. I have rated it “intermediate” because according to the Craft Council skill level guidelines, anything knitted in the round is intermediate.)
Skills used: Basic knit and purl stitches, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, picking up stitches, holding stitches and coming back to work them later, and basic sewing skills. This pattern is written using Magic Loop Method for knitting in the round. See my Frequent Questions page for more info on dpn’s vs Magic Loop: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-...
Amount of Time To Complete Project: About 10-15 hours depending on skill level
Pattern Format: Instant download Adobe .pdf file
Yarn: 150-200 yards of yarn in your main color, and 75-125 yards of yarn in your contrast color.
If you need owl yarn, I have the Wool Dispensary yarn shown in the pattern in custom colors dyed just for this project!
Gauge: You pick! Simply knit with your choice of yarn on needles 2-3 sizes smaller than called for to get a tight knit fabric your stuffing wont show through,
Needles: You pick! A 40” or longer circular needle in the size right for your yarn. See the pattern for more info
Notions: Large safety eyes or scrap yarn, tapestry needle, scissors, stitch markers, stuffing, straight pins, row counter.
This 6 page pattern is very clearly written with photos, and I offer many in-depth tutorials on the techniques used in it on my blog: http://www.rebeccadanger.typepad.com. Plus you can get email help from me in case you get stumped. I also have a Frequent Questions page for instant pattern help: http://rebeccadanger.typepad.com/rebecca_danger/frequent-questions.html. Plus, there is lots of fun stuff in the pattern, like a little bio about Xavier and tons of great finished owl pictures.
Three sample owls with material lists to create them are included in this pattern. Sample owls range in size from 8” tall to 13” tall and are knit using Sock, DK, and Worsted Weight yarns.
If you are wondering where to get those GIANT safety eyes, I got mine here.