Monday, 4 June 2012

Titus the Barn Owl Pattern

I have always loved barn owls and I’ve been looking for a good barn owl pattern for a while but none of the patterns I saw were what I wanted to make.  When I saw Stacey Trock’s Design Week idea I was inspired to start designing this barn owl rather than put it off any longer.

He got his name from the scientific name for barn owl – Tyto Alba.  Although every time I think about the name I just think of the explorer nicknamed ‘Titus’ (Lawrence Oates) on Scott’s mission to the South Pole who said the famous line: “I am just going outside and may be some time”.

The pattern can also be downloaded as a PDF here

The body and head are made as one piece then the face, tummy, and feet are sewn on.

·         3 mm crochet hook.
·         Double Knitting or Worsted wool in the following colours:
o   Tan.
o   White.
o   Straw (for the feet and beak).
·         6mm Safety eyes (or black thread to sew eyes).
·         Stitch Markers.
·         Tapestry needle.
·         Stuffing.

Pattern:                    (English terms used)
Note: dec = dc 2 together, inc = dc 2 in 1 stitch.

Head and Body 

(Starting at the top of the head)

Tan wool

Row 1:  dc 6 in a magic ring.                                                      (6 stitches)
Row 2: inc around.                                                                    (12 stitches)
Row 3: (dc, inc) around.                                                             (18 stitches)
Row 4: (dc, dc, inc) around.                                                       (24 stitches)
Row 5-8:  dc around.                                                                 (24 stitches)
Row 9: (dc 2, dec) around.                                                        (18 stitches)
Row 10-11:  dc around.                                                             (18 stitches)
Row 12: (dc 2, inc) around.                                                        (24 stitches)
Row 13-17: dc around.                                                              (24 stitches)
Row 18:  (dc 10, dec) around                                                    (22 stitches)
Row 19-20:  dc around.                                                             (22 stitches)
Row 21: (dc 9, dec) around.                                                       (20 stitches)
Row 22: dc around.                                                                   (20 stitches)
Row 23: (dc 8, dec) around.                                                       (18 stitches)
Row 24: In back loops only (dec, dc) around.                             (12 stitches)
Stuff body at this point
Row 25: decrease until hole is closed.  Fasten off and sew in ends.


Note: ‘tr inc’ is 2 trebles in the same stitch

White wool

Row 1:  dc 6 in a magic ring.                                                      (6 stitches)
Row 2: inc around.                                                                    (12 stitches)
Row 3: ch1, dc1, tr inc, (1 tr, 1 dc) in next dc, sl st into next 2 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, sl st into next 2 dc, (1 dc, 1 tr) in next st, tr inc, 1 dc, sl st into next st, sl st into 1st dc.
Row 4: 1 ch, 1 dc in next 2 sts, inc in next 2 sts, 1 dc, sl st into next 2 sl sts, sl st into ch, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 ch, sl st into ch, sl st into next 2 sl st, 1 dc, inc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, sl st into sl st.  Fasten off leaving long tail to sew.


Starting at bottom edge

White wool

Row 1: ch 6
Row 2: turn, dc in 2nd chain from loop and every chain to end, turn.
Row 3-7: ch, dc across, turn.                   (5 stitches)
Rows 8: ch, dc, inc, dc, inc, dc, turn.         (7 stitches)
Row  9-10 : ch, dc across, turn.              (7 stitches)
Row 11: ch, dc, dec, dc, dec, dc, turn.     (5 stitches)
Row 12: ch, dc across, turn                     (5 stitches)
Row 13: ch, dec, dc, dec, turn.                (3 stitches)
Row 14: ch, dc 3 together.  Finish off leaving long tail to sew.

Wings  (make 2)

Tan wool

Row 1: 6 dc in a magic ring.                                                       (6 stitches)
Row 2: (dc, inc) around.                                                             (9 stitches)
Row 3: dc around.                                                                     (9 stitches)
Row 4: (2 dc, inc) around.                                                          (12 stitches)
Row 5: (3 dc, inc) around.                                                          (15 stitches)
Row 6: dc around.                                                                     (15 stitches)
Row 7: (3 dc, dec).                                                                    (12 stitches)
Row 8: dc around.                                                                     (12 stitches)
Row 9: dc around.                                                                     (12 stitches)
Row 10: (2 dc, dec) around.                                                       (9 stitches)
Row 11: dc around.                                                                   (9 stitches)
Row 12: (dc, dec) around.                                                          (6 stitches)
Row 13: dc around.                                                                   (6 stitches)
Row 14: dec around.                                                                 (3 stitches)
Fasten off leaving tail to sew to body.

Feet      (make 2)

Straw wool

4 ch, ss into first chain, (4 ch, ss into same chain) repeat two times.

Making Up

Stuff the body and head. 
Put safety eyes on face and sew a few stitches on using straw yarn to form the beak.  Sew face onto the head.
Flatten the wings and sew onto the body.
Sew the feet onto the body.


  1. He is very cute. What a great pattern. :)

  2. Great pattern, my daughter loves Harry Potter so I'm going to make her one to look like Hedwig (Harry's owl)

  3. This is a beautiful pattern, thanks so much for it. ksinc33 (Kathleen)

  4. Why did you use double crochets instead of single crochets? It's unusual for a amigurumi to use double crochets in the whole pattern, i think. So does it make a difference when you use single crochtes instead of double crochtes in the finished amigurumi?

    1. The pattern uses English terminology rather than American so DC=SC.

      Hope this helps