Squish Owls Pattern


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These little knitted owls are perfect for squeezing and scrunching, for hanging and flying, or even for sitting calmly on a shelf enjoying some books.

They’re knit in the round from the bottom up, with very minimal grafting at the top. The bodies are stocking stitch, with seed stitch wings. They take only an evening or two to finish!

All their embellishments are knitted, so there’s no need to hunt for buttons or ribbons (unless you want to). The pattern even shows you how I sewed everything on, in case you want to do what I did.

There are four charts included, so you can play with the patterns on their bellies (which I like to call “sweaters,” even though they don’t come off).

You don’t even have to use DK-weight yarn if you don’t want to. Just grab whatever colours you have in your stash, and get busting! The greatest quantity you’ll need is for the body, which only takes about 1/3 to 1/2 of a 50g ball. The amounts of yarn you’ll need for the wings and eyes are so small, you can use up the little tiny leftover balls that seem like they’re good for nothing. The beak is even tinier and needs less than a yard.

You’ll also need about a grapefruit-sized amount of fiberfill stuffing, to make it nice and squishy. I wrote tips on stuffing your knitted Owls here.

Yarn:   DK or worsted-weigh yarn, about 60 – 70 yards (55 – 64 m), in one main colour for the body and small amounts for the “sweaters,” wings, beak, and eyes.

Needles:  Two size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles for knitting in the round.  (Or Magic Loop or dpn’s if your prefer.)

Other Materials:  Fiberfill stuffing, about a grapefruit-sized amount

Skills Needed:

  • Increasing & decreasing
  • Sewing in ends
  • Finishing
  • Knitting in the round


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