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!

  2. i think that’s a great idea, i actu­al­ly hap­pen to have corks that are shaped like hed­wig the owl! must give that a try…

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