ode to hedwig

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Ode to Hedwig, Harry Potter’s very loyal owl friend, and a token of thanks to Mike’s very kind co-worker, who lent us the entire Harry Potter DVD series over the past month :) because we had never watched or read the series before.

I first started following this owl pattern, but then the yarn I had was a lot heavier than what the pattern calls for, and I would end up with an owl much larger than I wanted, so then I just made up my own stitch count and incorporated grey feather pattern and added wings. But the overall structure is still adapted from the original owl pattern.

I also didn’t have safety eyes, and not sure where I can buy them in the city (does anyone who lives/works in Toronto know where they’re sold?)… I think the stacked buttons look alright, but safety eyes would definitely look nicer.

Here’s the back of the owl. It has a bit of a tail. And my hand is there for scale.

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It’s a very quick make, the entire owl is just 10 rounds (plus wings). So I thought I’d share my pattern adaptations in case anyone wants to make a quick owl :)

What I used:

A bit of bulky weight yarn in white and grey

4mm hook

Buttons or safety eyes

Sport or DK weight yarn in black for embroidering beak

Needle and thread for sewing and embroidering

Polyfil or yarn ends for stuffing

What I did:

*Don’t join at the end of each round.

Rnd 1: With white, 6 sc in magic ring.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Rnd 3–4: sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Rnd 5: [2 sc tog, sc in next sc] 4 times (8 sc).

Rnd 6: [2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc] 4 times (12 sc).

Rnd 7: sc in next 3 sc in white, attach grey, [sc in grey, sc in white] 3 times, sc in next 3 sc in white (12 sc).

Rnd 8: sc in next 4 sc in white, [sc in grey, sc in white] 2 times, fasten off grey, sc in next 4 sc in white (12 sc).

Rnd 9: Continuing in white, sc in each sc around (12 sc).

Round 10: [hdc, dc, hdc] in next sc, 2 sc tog 5 times, sl st in next sc, leaving a long tail, fasten off.

Stuff owl. Using needle, weave yarn tail through the base of the hdc-dc-hdc clutter and in each of the remaining 5 sc, pull tight and fasten off.

The wings are the same as those in my Tiny Wings bird pattern.

With white, 4 sc in magic ring, ch 2, work 2 dc tog by working 1 dc in magic ring and 1 dc in first sc, fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing when finishing one of the wings. Weave in ends.

Sew eyes, embroider beak, and sew wings on owl.

And tiny Hedwig is ready for action :D

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Hoot! Have a lovely week, everyone! :D


8 thoughts on “ode to hedwig

  1. He reminds me a bit of the korknisse that I love to knit. Instead of stuffing him maybe you could slip him over a wine cork? He’s darling!

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