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Hand Knitted Things label was launched in 2008. Julia is based in Scotland and Yorkshire in the UK.

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Wide Awake Sleepy Owls

from Hand Knitted Things
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Wide Awake Sleepy Owls
Wide Awake Sleepy Owls
Wide Awake Sleepy Owls
Wide Awake Sleepy Owls
Wide Awake Sleepy Owls
Wide Awake Sleepy Owls

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Cast on
  • Cast off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Simple cable
  • Crochet chain
  • Sew on buttons and over stitch

Pattern Description:

These cute owls are wide awake on one side and fast asleep on the other. Using a bulky weight yarn with two
strands knitted together the owls are quick to knit. Instructions are given for three different sizes. Buttons and
crochet embellishment complete the features. The owls are knitted in two pieces then sewn together.


Approx. 7-8 stitches over 4" (10cm) on size 12 mm (US 17) needles or size to achieve gauge - It is
important to achieve a close knit fabric to prevent the stuffing from escaping.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Brown Owl 7" (18cm) tall, 5" (13cm) across, 3" (8cm) deep. Snowy Owl 7" (18cm) tall, 6" (15cm) across, 3" (8cm) deep. Orange Owl 8" (20cm) tall, 8.5" (22cm) across, 3" (8cm) deep


  • For the Brown or White Owl x2 50g balls Debbie Bliss Como, or alternative 100g Rowan Big Wool for the main colour. Small amounts of two contrast colours.
  • For the Orange Owl x3 50g balls Debbie Bliss Como or alternative x2 100g balls Rowan Big Wool for the main colour. A small amount of a contrast colour.

You Will Also Need:

  • Filling - approx. two / three large hands full of 100% wool fibre or polyester fibre filling per owl Pair of size 12 mm knitting needles (US size 17) Size 10 mm crochet hook (US size P) #2 buttons 1 inch diameter (25mm) and strong sewing thread with suitable size needle for sewing on Cable needle or short double pointed needle as near to size 12 mm as available. Tapestry needle

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