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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Zooty Owl Trivets: Pattern

I have been messing around with the font style and size on my blog and for some unknown reason extra line spaces have started inserting themselves.    No matter what I do I just cannot seem to get rid of them.    So please excuse the weird spacing - I am trying to figure it out!    Blogger does seem to be misbehaving today - wrongs dates and all sorts of funnies!!

Whilst on my Autumn cleaning mission my ideas got a bit of a clear out too !

This was initially supposed to be a cushion (made from Chunky yarn), but after about six attempts at the gusset I gave it up as a bad job.    I was about to frog the idea altogether then I thought - HEY!!! -  Owl Trivets for my daughter's kitchen! Could work??

The Owl Body I had designed for the cushion was a "solid" circle.    Since I was a bit Mandala Crazy at the time of making these trivets I designed a Mandala Body for the Trivet

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(I will add directions in the pattern for those who would rather use the "solid" version)

The feet and the beak on the first one were a bit of a production.   I was happier with the second trivet, which I made while writing out the pattern:

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Made a third trivet for the photo tutorial - sewed the beak on really skew.   I was about to unpick it and re-attach it when my son said I must leave it - he reckons that is how I pull my mouth when I am unimpressed with something!!   (Apparently that was exactly what I WAS doing when I saw how skew the beak was!!)

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and a fourth while running through the pattern with the testers:

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Eleanor Thomson, who has a lovely blog called NELNANANDNORA, was one of the ladies kind enough to test this pattern for me (Thank you so much Eleanor!!).  Here is her Zooty Owl Trivet:

HANDMADE BY:   ELEANOR THOMSON


ZOOTY OWL TRIVET

PATTERN TERMS:   US

My patterns are all written in US terms - I have included this little chart to make it easier for my UK readers to reference the difference in stitch terms.


pattern terms conversion chart

Skill Level:  Easy

Approximate Time:  3 hours

I would recommend any DK 100% cotton if this IS going to be used as a trivet (or in the kitchen) - if not, any yarn whatsoever can be used - from 2ply to t-shirt yarn (depending on what you would like to use it for!!)

Use whatever hook size suits your choice of yarn and your tension.

MANDALA VERSION: 

Yarn:  Raeesah Cotton Soft DK (100% cotton)

Hook Size:   4.00mm 

Size:  Top of head to foot = 30cm;   Mandala diameter = 23cm

BODY

Foundation:   4ch, sl st to form circle OR make a magic circle 

Row 1:  3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc into circle (12 dc), sl st into top of 3ch to join, break off yarn

Row 2:  join yarn in any dc; 3ch, 1dc into same place as join;  2dc into each of next 11dc  (12 x 2dc groupings = 24dc), sl st into top of 3ch at start to close, break off yarn.
  
Row 3:  Join yarn in sp bet any 2dc grouping;   3ch, 2dc in same sp as join; 3dc into each of next 11 sps bet 2dc groupings; sl st into top of 3ch at start to close (12 x 3dc groupings - 36dc);  break off yarn

Row 4:  Join yarn in sp between any 3dc grouping;   3ch 1dc, 2ch, 2dc into same space as join;  (2dc, 2ch, 2dc into each of next 11 spaces between 3dc groupings)  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

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Row 5:  Join yarn in 2ch sp in the middle of any grouping;   In same sp as join 3ch (counts as 1dc) 2dc, 1ch, 3dc, 1ch;   (3dc, 1ch, 3dc into middle 2ch sp of next grouping; 1 ch) x 11;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

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Row 6:  Join yarn in any 1ch sp;   3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same sp as join, 1ch;  (3dc into next 1ch sp, 1ch) repeat to end;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

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Row 7:   Join yarn in 1ch sp between any 3dc grouping;   3ch 1dc, 2ch, 2dc into same space as join;  (2dc, 2ch, 2dc into next  space between 3dc groupings) repeat to end;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

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Row 8:  Join yarn in 2ch sp in the middle of any grouping;  in same sp as join 3ch (counts as 1dc), 3dc, 1ch;   (4dc in 2ch sp in the middle of next grouping, 1ch) repeat to end;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

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Row 9:  Join yarn in sp bet any 4dc grouping;   in same sp as join 3ch (counts as 1dc), 3dc, 1ch;   (4dc in next sp between groupings;  1ch) repeat to end;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

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Row 10:  Join yarn in 1ch sp between two 4dc groupings;  3ch (counts as 1dc) in same 1ch sp as join;  1dc into each of next 4dc;  (1dc into 1ch sp bet two 4dc groupings; 1dc into each of next 4dc) repeat to end;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.

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HEAD

In same colour as Row 10;

Note:  Head worked over 37 stitches

Row 11:    4ch (counts as 1trc) in same sp as sl st;  1trc into each of next 6dc;   1dc into each of next 7 dc;  1hdc into each of next 4dc;  1 sc into next dc;  1hdc into each of next 4dc;  1dc into each of next 7dc;  1trc into each of next 7trc;   turn

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Row 12:  4ch (counts as 1trc);  1trc into each of next 6trc;  1dc into each of next 7dc;  1hdc into each of next 4hdc; 1sc into sc; 1hdc into each of next 4hdc;  1dc into each of next 7dc;  1trc into each of next 7trc,  turn

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Row 13 - 15:   Repeat Row 12

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EYES 

MAKE 2

Foundation:  navy, black or dark brown yarn - 4ch, sl st into first chain to form a circle or make a magic circle.

Row 1:  2ch (counts as 1hdc) into same place as sl st;  9 hdc into circle;  sl st into top of 2ch at start to close (10hdc);  break of yarn.

Row 2:  blue or green - Join yarn in top of any hdc,  2ch (counts as 1hdc), 1hdc in same sp as join;  (2hdc into top of next hdc) x9, sl st into top of 2ch at start to close (10 x 2hdc groupings = 20hdc);   break off yarn.

Row 3:  white - Join yarn between any two 2hdc groupings;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 2dc into same sp as join;  (3dc into each next space 2hdc groupings) x9;  (10 x 3dc groupings = 30dc);   sl st into top of 3ch at start;  break off yarn.

Row 4:  beige - Join yarn between any 3dc grouping;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 3dc into same sp as join;  4dc into each sp between 3dc groupings;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close;   break off yarn

Row 5:  grey - join yarn in any dc;  1ch, 1sc in same dc as join;  1sc into each dc;  sl st into 1ch at start to close;   break off yarn

Row 6:  (same colour as the last round of the Mandala Body) - join yarn in any sc; 1ch, 1sc in same sc as join;  1sc into each sc;   sl st into 1ch at start to close;   break off yarn leaving a long tail to work eyes on to head


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BEAK

Foundation:   4ch, sl st to for circle OR make a magic circle 

Row 1:  3 ch (counts as 1 dc), 12 dc into circle (13 dc), sl st into top of 3ch to join

Row 2:  1ch, 1sc into same place as sl st; 1sc into each of next 3dc;  2hdc into next dc;  2dc into next dc;   (1dc, 1trc, 1dtrc, 1trc, 1dc) into next dc;  2dc into next dc;   2hdc into next dc, 1sc into next 4dc;  sl st into 1st sc to close


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Row 3:  1ch, 1sc into same place as sl st;   1sc into each of next 3 stitches;  2sc into next st;  1sc into next st;  2sc into next st;  1sc into next 3 st;  (1sc, 1hdc, 1sc) in next st;    1sc in next 4st;  2sc into next st;  1sc into next st;  2sc into next st, 1sc into next 4st;   sl st into first sc to close.   Break off yarn.


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Detail:  Rejoin yarn in a contrasting colour with a sl st.    sl st into each st around beak, break off yarn at last sl st.  


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With a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through from front to back on the first ss, pull to tighten neatly. then thread the yarn through the back loops on the next few ss.   Weave in to secure.
  
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FEET

5dc spikes worked into Row 9 as follows:

Right Foot is worked over a 4dc grouping and the space directly after the 4dc grouping
Left Foot is worked into the space directly before a 4dc grouping, and then over the 4dc grouping.

The centre of each foot will be worked in line with the centre of each eye


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Row 1:  Join yarn to hook with a sl st;   Working on right side of work crochet standing dc into sp between 4dc groups on Row 9; 1ch;   (1dc spike into top of dc in four dc group on Row 9) x4


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Turn (working on wrong side)

Row 2:  Ch 3, 3dc into first 1ch sp;   sl st into next 1ch sp,   4ch, 3trc into same sp as sl st;  sl st into next 1ch sp,  3ch, 3dc into same sp as sl st;   sl st into next 1ch sp,  break off yarn.




SOLID VERSION:


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Yarn:  Strawberries & Cream (50% recycled cotton / 50% Acrylic)

Hook Size:   4.50mm

Size:  Top of head to foot = 34cm;   Mandala diameter = 25cm

BODY

Foundation:   4ch, sl st to form circle OR make a magic circle

Row 1: 3ch, 11 dc into circle, sl st to close


Row 2:  3ch (counts as 1dc) 1dc into same dc as sl st from Row 1;   (2dc into each dc) x 11 = 24dc;   sl st to close

Row 3: 3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same dc as sl st;  1dc into next dc;  (2dc into next dc;  1dc into next dc) x 11 times = 36dc;   sl st to close

Row 4:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same dc as sl st;  1dc into each of next 2dc;  (2dc into next dc, 1 dc into each of next 2dc) x11 = 48dc;   sl st to close

Rows 5 - 10:  For each subsequent round continue to do 2dc into top of 1st of "double" dc of the previous row;   1dc into top of 2nd of "double" dc;  1dc into each single dc.    This means that every row increases by 12 stitches - thus keeping the work flat.


EYES and BEAK worked as for the Mandala Version.

FEET as for the Mandala Version, but the 5dc spikes are worked into the spaces between 5 consecutive dc.

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A FEW IDEAS:

The Solid Version would make a great rug.    For this you could use sheet yarn, t-shirt yarn or even plastic yarn (plarn)

The Trivets are a little bit floppy - you could add a quilted backing to make them firmer and more heat resistant.    I am going to sew mine onto a layer of very heavy denim.    (I always wash the crochet and the denim first - just in case there is any shrinkage!)

You could decorate the owls (especially the Solid Version) if you wanted to use it as a wall hanging.  I have added ear tufts and MAGIC RING FLOWERS (with 5 petals instead of 6).   Think I might add a few beads and buttons too ......


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Will post a photo when I have had enough fun decorating this one!

59 comments:

  1. This line stuff makes me so mad!! I also have uneven spacing between photos sometimes .... Is there a contact somehow to Blogger to complain?
    I think I am going to try your owlie trivet ... what about felt for a backing, should also work well :)

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  2. These are so cute. I hope you don't mind if I pin it to make later. Thanks for sharing the pattern. You are so talented.

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  3. No problems with the font/spaces here ! I am happy your font is larger though as my eyesight is getting terrible lately .. so thanks for that ! These are .. as you know .. gorgeous. That word is often overused but with your crochet ? No .. it's well deserved!!!!!!

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  4. These are ALL so cute! I'm a beginner and only know a couple crochet stitches from being shown; I don't know how to read and work pattern instructions it makes no sense to me any suggestions on how to learn to read and do the work? Thanks!!!!

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    1. DeeDee, I have been crocheting for years - but only know a few stitches too from being shown. I have found (for me) it's much easier if I take one little step at a time. I only read and follow a few words at a time. I hope to improve on this, but for now, this is how I do it.
      Hope this helps you at least a little! :)

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    2. Just absolutely love this!! I have been going round and round trying to find owl placemat patterns that I like and this one is it. I can use the colors I want to match my kitchen and it is so cute. Best I have seen! Thank you for sharing this pattern. If I can help you with a donation for the pattern or anything please leave me a message and we can go from there. Boy we sure have come a long ways since I first learned to crochet at 17 years of age. I am now going on 57 so almost 40 years now. I just love this.

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  5. These are so cute! Thanks so much for your easy-to-understand directions. I am new to reading crochet patterns and yours was well-written. Usually they overwhelm me but I could follow yours! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love it!, thank you for another great pattern :)

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  7. This is darling! almost too pretty (and cute!) to put anything on....may consider making the fancied up version and use as wall-hanging - using the colors I want to use in my 'new' kitchen...Hubby doesn't know it yet, but we're going to (FINALLY!) have the kitchen repainted in bright, sunny colors! it is SO drab and depressing in there...want a nice sunny yellow with burnt orange and/or olive accents...so.....
    Your work is beautiful and you and so many others are so generous to share them with us...because of your tutorials (and a few others) I've been able to increase my crochet skills.in the last few months...gone from beginner to probably advanced intermediate....can read (most) charts and can figure out some patterns just by looking at good pictures of the item...THANK YOU so very much! with fixed income, I could not afford to take classes to do this....but because of the generosity of experienced, skilled crocheters such as yourself, those in my position have been so Blessed!

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  8. Awesome pattern! Thank you for sharing it! The Owls are adorable!

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  9. WOW! You're a very talented, creative person. I only wish I were just as talented so I could design. But I have enough trouble just getting to complete all of the beautiful projects I find on line that are free. I appreciate all of the people who give away their beautiful patterns to those of use who are not as creative as they are. Thank you so very much! Betty Lynn Radcliffe

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  10. Very nice tutorial, especially photos for those who actually can crochet. You made quite a job with it. Thank you!
    I like japanese and russian crochet ( and sewing, knitting etc.) patterns 'cause they are easier to follow than all all those with lots and lots of text.

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  11. You do such amazing stuff and it is fantastic that you share it! Thank you for all your work. I will share this with some other Mums who have started crochet recently!!! I have about 10 patterns of yours that I would love to try on my never ending list of things to make. Thank you Thankyou :)

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  12. Found the feet a little confusing,but the photos helped a lot :)
    http://instagram.com/p/pQ42Ecp36T/

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  13. Baie dankie vir die patroon, gaan al twee probeer, dink jy ek kan filt gebruik in plaas van denim

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  14. Luv your Owl, Thank you for sharing tutorial.

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  15. Wonderful Owl! Thank you so much for sharing the pattern ♥ I'll love it to make one.. Have a great day!

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  16. So stinking cute, Thank you for sharing

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  17. oooh so cute!! thank Ü for sharing.. <3

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  18. This is so clever. The best I have seen. Thanks for the pattern.

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  19. J'adore magnifique Marie-Claire

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  20. Since i have start to crochet i see this kind of owl everywhere. I like yours, i add it in my crochet project queue.

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  21. How cute! zthis would make a great gift!

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  22. This is so cute! They would make nice gifts for a bride to be. Thank you for posting your pattern.

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  23. You are so amazing!! Thanks for all the different styles! And colors!! I thought you were done and then there was the solid!!! Lots of time and effort! Continue to amaze us please!! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  24. That you so much for taking the time to write out the instructions and add photos. It's greatly appreciated. Your owls are just too adorable and I can't wait to make them. Happy Crocheting!!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing, this owl is so cute. Ive never done anything but a straight line so hope to one day try it as I would love one. I wish I had a printer so I could copy the pattern but will have to write it out one day when I have time. I am looking for a crafty pen paller does anybody out there write letters. If so send me a letter. Debbie Searcy 3201 Haeckerville Rd Cibolo Texas 78108
      phone 210 364 0783 would love to hear from someone

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  25. I love this pattern and I also appreciate the larger font. I plan to make a few of these for gifts.
    Thank you for the great ideas!
    Debora

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  26. So adorable!! Can't wait to make one :)

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  27. I have no idea if my feet are correct, but I finished an owl today. It is such a cute project; thank you for sharing it!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/t31.0-8/s960x960/10454941_10204626006112275_9162373682727002876_o.jpg

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  28. thank you for sharing the owl is adorable :D

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  29. I made both opened and closed. Thank you for this pattern.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152869591088787&set=pb.630978786.-2207520000.1412401400.&type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152872278608787&set=pb.630978786.-2207520000.1412401485.&type=3&theater

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  30. Thanks for the great pattern!! I really enjoyed making them. I took the pattern for the mandala front and the solid for backs and made pillows. I used a single crochet triangle for my beak because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get your version of the beak to look right.

    Trivets - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203831021008681&set=a.10202317528732320.1073741829.1614729186&type=3&theater

    Pillows - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204248967977094&set=a.10202317528732320.1073741829.1614729186&type=3&theater

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  31. Love ♡ your patterns , so pretty an colorful an easy to understand, especially with the pictures added too. Could you Please add the
    INCHE'S " along with cm when telling sizes when finished, Thank you for all your hard work! I'm making a road trip scarf now an then will make owl trivet, Thank you again!

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  32. Love your owl pattern and so well explained too!

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  33. This is adorable...Thank you so much for sharing...

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  34. in row 6 do you need to do in between the chain 1 and between the clusters? trying to make this today but got stuck at this point?

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    1. 3dc into each 1ch space (made in row 5) and then 1ch between each group of 3dc (no chains in between the individual dcs) - Hope this makes sense. Just drop me a quick comment if you need more help - I will be online for a little while still

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    2. thanks, got it sussed now, i forgot that there was a chain in between the groups of 3dc! oops ;)

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  35. You are so talented & crafty!

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  36. Love this ... I made the mandala version with a back on it for a wall hanging. Thank you for sharing your pattern! ;)

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  37. Thanks for the inspiration. Made my owls little different, but mandala is the same :)

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  38. these are so nice

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  39. Thanks for the free pattern. I used cotton yarn, 5mm hook and medium tension to avoid waving and although I'm not complaining I just have to say: oh my.. it's so huge once completed! Cute as a kitten though :)

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  40. Thanks for the wonderfully cute pattern. I made a bunch, and also made a couple into pillows, blogged here http://the5cees.blogspot.com/2016/01/some-more-finishes.html

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  41. Oh my goodness these are so stinkin' adorable!!!! xoxoxoxo

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  42. Thank you for such a cute pattern!! I love it and it was so fun to make! I just finished this as a gift for a longtime friend of mine that loves owls. I had a little trouble with the feet but it turned out so cute!! ��

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  43. Awsome owls, great pattern.thank you so much.

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  44. Hi could the owl mandala's be worked in worsted weight/ Aran yarn and in 100% acrylic ?

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    1. Hi Amanda. You could use whatever thickness of yarn suits you - I have seen this pattern made in T-shirt Yarn for floor mats. If you are going to use it in the kitchen, I would recommend you rather use a cotton yarn, otherwise acrylic is perfect!

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  45. Love these as a trivet or without a backing...potholders. Thank you so much for the pattern! It's gonna be the first owl I do! lol

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  46. I am working on mine for a dear friend who is an owl lover. It is curling under. Is this normal? What am i doing wrong?

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    1. Hi Nikki! Sorry I took so long to get back to you. You could try using a bigger hook on the outer rows. Send me a close up pic on Zooty Owl Facebook page if you still need help - so that I can check where the problem lies.

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  47. thank you so much, great tutorial

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  48. Made this pattern for my niece who loves owls....I reduced the size somewhat.
    Crochet 2 owls ..made a scarf and added an owl on each end....it was a big hit....Thank you for the pattern....

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