Introduction: Awesome Stash-Busting Owl Scarf

This scarf is so cute, and anyone with basic crochet skills will be able to create it.  Also, it's great to use up your remnants of yarn because you really don't need that much of any one color.  It's really easy and it doesn't take too long.  

For this project you will need:
Crochet hook (I used a size "H", also sometimes called 5mm)
A bunch of different colors of yarn (I used mostly remnants I had left over from other projects)
Tapestry Needle
Some Buttons
A tiny bit of poly-fil
This tutorial


ch: chain
sc: single crochet
hdc: Half-double crochet
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
sp: space

Step 1: Start Your First Owl!!

To begin, you will need to know how to make a magic ring.
Here is a great video tutorial on how this is done.

Once you have your magic ring, you're going to:

Ch 3, DC, ch1, *2 DC, ch 1* 5 more times, join to top of beg Ch 3, cut yarn and weave ends.

You can weave in your ends as you go, or you can wait till the end and weave them all in.  Or, if you want to line it, you can just knot the ends together on the back.  I mostly tried to weave as I went.

Step 2: Keep Building Your Rounds

Keep on going.  You're adding a total of six rounds, plus two rows for the ears.

R2: Join new color in any ch 1 sp, (Ch 3 {counts as first dc}, dc ch 1, 2 dc) in same sp, skip to next sp, *2dc, ch 1, 2dc* in each sp around, join to top of beg ch 3, cut yarn and weave in ends.

R3: join new color in any ch 1 sp, (Ch 3 {counts as first dc}, 6dc) in same sp, 7 dc in each sp around, join to top of beg ch 3, cut yarn and weave in ends.

R4: join new color in first dc of any group of 7, sc in each of the next 7 sts, DC spike stitch in bottom of previous round.  Continue to do this all the way around, join to beg sc. Don't cut your yarn, as the next round is done in the same color. If you are unclear on how to do a spike stitch, here is a good tutorial.  I marked the pertinent areas in the picture of this round so you can better understand what I'm talking about.  

R5: Ch 2 {counts as first hdc}, hdc in next two sts, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) in next stitch, *hdc in next 7 sts, (hdc, ch 1 , hdc) in next st* around, hdc in final four sts, join in top of beg ch 2, cut yarn, weave in ends.  This is where you really create the hexagon shape, so where you do two hdc in the same st, you form a corner.  

R6: this round is the one with the ears, so this color will be the most important choice.
Join new color in st to the left of any ch 1 sp, ch 1 {counts as first sc}, *sc in next st, spike st one row down in next st* across to next corner, sc in both hdc of the corner and in next hdc, then continue *-* across to the next corner, and continue this around, leaving one side (a total of ten sts) unworked.  I know this round sounds kind of screwy, but it turns out really cool. I marked some pictures above to hopefully make this more clear.

Now it's time to do the ears.

Row 1a: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next st, sc in next 7 sts, dc in next st, 1 dc in beg ch 1, dc in first sc of round, turn.

Row 2a: this row is a little confusing, but if you follow my instructions closely you will get it.  Ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in first dc (the st that the ch 4 is attached to), dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 3 sts, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, dc in ch 1 from last row, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sl sts in down side of last dc, sl in ch 1, sl st in next sc from R6, cut yarn, weave in ends.  

You have your first owl body.  Since this motif is just a modified version of an African Flower Hexagon, you could use the same color for R2 and R3 and skip the ears, and simply make a flower scarf if owls are a little too kitschy for you.  Plus you can skip all of the eye and beak stuff.  

You could also find another motif pattern if you want something a little different.  They're pretty easy to find on the web.  Just make sure they turn out to have roughly a 5 inch diameter.  

Remember, you need to make ten or twelve of these owl bodies.  I used twelve for mine since it is sized for an adult, but you could probably get away with ten if you're making it for a kid.  Maybe even less if it's for a really small kid.

Step 3: Now for the Eyes

To make the eyes:

Begin with magic ring and sc 5 into ring 

R1: 2 sc in each sc (10 sts).  Don't join your yarn as we are working this in one continuous spiral.

R2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* (15 sts)

R3: sc in each st around, leave a long tail. About a foot should be more than enough.  I also like to thread a tapestry needle onto the tail and pull the yarn through the back loop of the first sc of that final round.  It just helps to make the eye more round, and you have less to hide while you're sewing on the eye.

It may be helpful to mark your first st of each row.  It will help to keep track of where the round ends. I usually just count, but do it however works for you.

Because the beginning tail will be on the inside of the eye, you can just put a knot in that end.

I like to use button irises, but you could do them however you like.  You could use beads, or safety eyes, or you could even embroider them on.  I would definitely embroider the iris if you're making this for a really small child.

You're obviously going to need two of these for each owl, so plan accordingly.

Step 4: Sewing on the Beak and Eyes

I was going to try to crochet a little triangle shape for the beak, but I just couldn't get anything I liked.  I decided just to embroider the beak on there.  I think it looks pretty cute.

Now it's time to sew on the eyes.  This part is a little tricky if you've never worked with 3D crochet like amigurumi.  I've taken some pictures of how I do it, so I hope that will help some.  

Hopefully you followed my eye-making directions and left a nice long tail.  If you forgot and finished off the eyes, no biggie, just attach a new bit of white yarn on the inside of the eye.

I like to pin the eyes into position before I start to stitch them on.  That way you can ensure that they are even and that both eyes are pointing in the same direction.  If you get your irises pointing in different directions your owl may look a little strange.  Maybe you want to do that on purpose, but you don't want to do it by accident.

Now, thread on a needle.  You're basically going to whip stitch around here.  The way that I like to do this is to pick up a stitch from the owl, then I go through the back loop of a stitch on the eye.  Just keep doing that around.  You want to leave a little opening, though, because we are going to stuff the eyes a bit.

I used just a little poly-fil here as I didn't want the eyes to be completely stiff.  You just want them to maintain their shape.

After you've stuffed the eye, finish your whip stitch around and weave in your end.

This is the point where you'd want to line your pieces, if that's your plan.

Step 5: Finally! I'm Almost Done!Finally! I'm Almost Done!!

Now that you have constructed your owls, it's finally time to sew them together to form your scarf.  This is pretty easy, and you can stitch the pieces down however you feel comfortable.  I used a running stitch around the ears and across the tops of the eyes.  

Before you actually start putting them together, I found it best to lay them out in order first, that way I didn't end up with really similar ones right next to each other.  

Now you're done.  You have a totally cool scarf to wear when it's cold.  

One thing that I would have done differently in my construction is that I would have put the last six owls on upside down so that they are face up on both sides of the scarf.  I actually ended up disassembling half of it and re-doing it so that it looked right when it's on, but I forgot to take photos of it after I put it back together.  Just something to keep in mind so you don't end up doing a bunch of extra work like I did.  

Have fun creating this scarf.  I loved making it, and I'm probably going to make a few more to give as gifts.  It took me about 3 days to do this, so it's not a big commitment project.  And, as I mentioned earlier, it's a great project to use up those little bits of yarn that are in your stash.  

Have fun!!

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