This is the most snuggly, cuddly, and super soft owl around! Using Bernat Baby Blanket Big Ball Yarn, I made an oversized owl pillow that is perfect for resting against, reading on, sleeping on, or just getting cozy. The yarn is super bulky (weight 6) and fast working. You will have this owl whipped up in no time!
– 2 skeins of Bernat Baby Blanket Big Ball Yarn in Lilac (or color of your choice) and 1 skein of White.
CLICK HERE to find all the color and purchasing options for Bernat Baby Blanket yarn on the Yarnspirations website.
– A bit of worsted weight yarn for the beak. I use Bernat Super Value in Oatmeal color.
– Size L (8mm) Crochet Hook
– 2 large black buttons (2 inches+)
– Large Tapestry Needle
– Unused bed sheet(s) for stuffing.
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
DC Decrease = Double Crochet Decrease
Magic Ring, chain 2 and make 15 DC in ring, pull tight and join, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (30 DC)
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 DC)
Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2, repeat around, join, chain 2 (60 DC)
Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, chain 2 (75 DC)
Round 6-18: DC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (75 DC)
Round 19: DC Decrease, DC in next 3, repeat around, join, fasten off leaving long tail. Do not sew shut yet.
Eyes (make 2):
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 10 SC in ring, join, chain 1
Round 2: 2 SC in each stitch around, join, (20 SC)
Round 3: *4 HDC all in one stitch, skip a stitch, join to next with slip stitch, repeat from * around to make scallops.
With worsted weight yarn and size H crochet hook:
Magic Ring, chain 1 and make 12 SC in ring, join, chain 2
Round 2: DC + HDC in first stitch, SC in next 2, HDC + DC in next, HDC in next, SC in next 3, HDC + DC + HDC in next, SC in last 3, join, fasten off leaving long tail to sew onto owl between the eyes.
Using lilac yarn, slip stitch along round 2 to make an outline of the eye.
Sew on button eyes. Alternatively you could start your eyes with black yarn (just for the magic ring round) if you don’t want buttons on your finished piece.
Sew all pieces onto one side of owl body.
Stuff with old or unused bed sheets! I used a king size bed sheet that we don’t use anymore. You could also use this as storage for stuffed animals or soft toys. In that case you will want to attach buttons (or zipper?) to the top edge so it can be opened and closed.
With tapestry needle, sew together top edge. Weave your needle back and forth between the back loops.
Time to snuggle up and get comfy!
Finished size is approx 14 inches tall x 18 inches wide when sitting.
Piece can be stuffed larger and may take a larger shape when fluffed and lifted.
Gorgeous cuddly pillow. Nice color. I think this will be a great gift for a baby of a friend that will come in a few weeks. Thanks for this pattern.
Dear greetings, Margaret
I love this…thinking about trying it in brown and making it look like a sock monkey 🙂
Can you clarify the instructions for the last row please? Tia
This is adorable Sarah!! Love it!
I made 2 of these pillows for my granddaughters back in 2016 and they still have them, a little worse for wear but they still have the mandala still love them, even had to sew eyes back on. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.
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This yarn is wonderful. It comes in two diff sizes of skeins – 3.5 oz and 10.5. Which size skeins if buying two?
Ellen Sheedy says
I was questioning the same thing, but the amazon link takes you to 10.5. Therefore I am going to buy two of those.
Which size skein?
This pattern uses the 10.5 oz. skeins or the 300g (same thing)
Barb R. says
I am working on your C2C owl blanket as a baby shower gift and I think this pillow will go great with it. Thank you for all your great patterns and crochet tips!
Sharon Carlsen says
Thank for all of your patterns. I am making the owl pillow and having trouble with the last row. Thank you for your help
Sally Borowicz says
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Love this pattern! I’ve made one for each of my girls. I used their old receiving blankets for stuffing instead of sheets. I was looking for something to do with them and this was perfect!
Thank you for the wonderful pattern, my daughter loves it! (Oversized Owl Pillow) too bad I can;t post a pic of it
sylvie ouellet says
Hello, I do not understand the rank 19. How should we do to decrease … I translated from English into French because I do not speak English. I do the google translation. I thank you answer me. Pleasure. Sylvie
I don’t have a size L hook would a size K hook work? Thanks
I am a very new/beginner crocheter. I am trying to make the body and struggling with the 3rd row. I understand DC 2x in each stitch to double from 15-30 stitches. I am not sure how to only increase 15 stitches by your directions. Is there a way to explain how to only get 15 more stitches?
Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, join, chain 2 (45 DC). If I’m DC in 1st stitch and then DC in the next, where is the increase happening?
Thanks for your patience and help!
Not sure if you figured this out yet Julie, but you would do 2 DC in first stitch and then 1 in the next stitch – for 3 total stitches. The increase is the 2 DCs into one stitch. Hope I’m explaining in a way you can follow. 🙂
This is so adorable! I cannot wait to make one of these for my niece!
My daughter would love this! She is 10, so I am wondering if it would be easy to adapt the pattern to make it bigger? Or would it be big enough as is?
I was thinking this could easily be made into a cat. Change the eyes a little bit, turn the “beak” upside down to make it a nose, and slip stitch some whiskers!
I made the oversized owl pillow and it is adorable but is definitely not oversized. I followed the pattern exactly and used the bernat blanket yarn and the correct size hook but it turned out to be a very normal size pillow. I’m going to try to add more increase rows and see if I can get a bigger pillow. Having said that, it turned out very cute!
Barbara Ryba says
I was decluttering my yarn stash tonight and would have given away this beautiful purple yarn. Now, I am inspired to make this cute owl for my classroom.
Very talented lady!
Please comment on how you used the sheets as stuffing. Did you tear in strips? Did you just bunch it and make it fit? I’m a little confused. Also, the last row of the owl body DC decrease. DC in next 3 and repeat around. So you repeat from the decease, dc in next 3. Correct? Thank you in advance for you help.
Hayley vedder says
Does it really take 2 whole skeins of the big ball yarn In lilac? I have one and about a quarter or another do I need to buy another full skein?
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Tracy L Yaros says
I love this pattern! Super easy and fast too, Thank you!
Hello I was wondering could I make this smaller, so that I only use one skein of 220 yards?