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Owl Greeting Card

August was quite a busy month for us here at Casa de Animator. Read that as, I spent most of my time hiding in the dining room. Between all the August birthdays and Grampo coming to visit, I think The Animator's Wife is ready to hibernate for the winter. It was nice having Grampo visit, though. He stayed a whole month and is getting ready to leave tomorrow. I'm going to miss my early-morning pets with him during his coffee time. But he promised to come visit again next year.

Anyway, it's no secret that the life of The Animator's Wife has pretty much been completely consumed by Little Lovely this last year. I guess that's what happens when someone has a baby, so I won't hold it against her. The only thing I'm kind of disappointed about is she doesn't have as much crochet time as she did before. I think she's a little sad about that, too, because she used to like to make crochet gifts for her family and friends.

Well it just so happens that while she was planning Little Lovely's epic birthday party, she came up with the idea of making crocheted greeting cards. What a lovely way to give someone a gift card! This way the recipient can pick out exactly what they want (I know The Animator's Wife loves getting gift cards), but they still get something handmade to go with it.

She made this one for The Animator for his birthday. You may recognize the Companion Cube from Valve's Portal. His gift was a sponsorship for Tex Murphy's Project Fedora.


She made these as special thank-yous for those who contributed something extra-special to Little Lovely's Alice in Wonderland party. We'll be publishing the pattern for it in the near future.


One could make these cards with pretty much any crochet applique pattern. Even large appliques worked in yarn could be made in thread instead so that they fit on a card. Then simply skip the blocking step, dip them in clear-drying glue, and lay them out on the front of the card to dry.

I think this card is especially cute. Owls are all the rage for baby gear these days, so The Animator's Wife created this card for a cousin who's expecting a baby this week. The pattern follows. Enjoy!


Skill Level: Easy

Materials:
Main Color: worsted-weight yarn
Brown: worsted-weight yarn
White: worsted-weight yarn
Orange: worsted-weight yarn
Size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook
Clear-drying glue
5x7-inch blank greeting card

Eyes - make 2.
Worked in the round.

With Brown, ch 4.

Rnd 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) 3 times in same ch; join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. Finish off. 11 dc and 4 ch-1 sp.

Rnd 2. Join White with sl st in any ch-1 sp. Ch 2, (dc, ch 1 dc2tog) in same sp as joining, ch 1, (dc2tog, ch 1) twice in ea rem ch-1 sp around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch. Finish off. 8 dc clusters and 8 ch-1 sp.

Rnd 3. Join Main Color with sl st in any ch-1 sp. Ch 3, 2 dc in same sp as joining, ch 1, *3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1; rep from * around. Join with sl st in top of beg ch-3. 24 dc and 8 ch-1 sp.

Rnd 4. Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining and next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp, *sc in next 3 dc, 2 sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around. Finish off. 40 sc.

Beak
Worked from bottom up.

With Orange, ch 4.

Row 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook. 2 dc.

Row 2. Ch 3; turn. 2 dc in first dc, skip next dc, 3 dc in last dc. Finish off. 6 dc.

Ears - make 2.

With Main Color, ch 3.

Row 1. 2 dc in 4th ch from hook. Finish off. 2 dc.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Coat the back of each piece and arrange on front of greeting card as shown in photo. Allow to dry completely. If desired, layer a sheet of wax paper and a heavy book on top to keep the card from wrinkling as it dries.

Abbreviations
beg          beginning
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
ea          each
rem          remaining
rep          repeat
rnd           round
sc          single crochet
sl st          slip stitch
sp          space
tog          together

2 comments:

  1. I'm having trouble with round one as I'm new to crochet. How do you chain into the same chain? Would appreciate any advice as I love owls and would like to make this.!

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    1. Hello! The "same" ch to which I'm referring is the 4th chain from the hook that the first 2 dc are in. So to put it another way, you would do 2 dc, ch 1, [(3 dc, ch 1) 3 times] -- that entire sequence all in the 4th chain from the hook.

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