Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Catching up - Design Week

I've been wanting to take part in Knit and Crochet Design week this week since I saw Stacey Trock's post about it last week.  Well, I had been wanting to release a new design anyway so I thought I'd go for it and join in.

Sadly, I've had loads of work this week so I'm only just getting around to posting about it now.

Day 1: Sketches
I've decided to design a barn owl amigurumi as they are my favourite owl - I love their heart-shaped faces!

I started off by doing some research to get the basic shape and features.

Then I made a few very simple sketches of what I wanted to make - you can tell I have a GCSE in art can't you!

Day 2: Techniques
The next step in the Design Week was to sort out what techniques should be used in the project.
My Barn Owl is going to be made:
  • Start from top and work down
  • Head and body made in one piece
  • Worked in spiral rather than circles
  • Separate face and chest panels
  • Feet same as my Genghis the Eagle pattern

Day 3: Yarn Selection
Today's Design Week Topic is to select the yarns needed for the project.

I always use cheap acrylic DK wool for amigurumi so I have no specific brand that I will suggest

For the face and chest I'll use white wool and for the head and body I'll use tan/beige-ish colour.  I'm not quite sure what colour to use for the beak and the feet but I am thinking of a pink or an orangey colour depending on what looks best.


  1. Oooh, a barn owl... going to be so cute!

  2. Look forward to seeing your owl have fun, dee ;-)

  3. This all looks very professional.

  4. Well I hope it keeps me disciplined in my designing - design week is a great idea x

  5. Ooh, I love owls! Can't wait to see how it turns out xo