Just before Christmas last year, my friend and I set each other a challenge of handmaking a present for each other. I love giving and receiving handmade items, but wanted to try something a little different for my friend who was both, a proud new rent-er of her own place AND a huge fan of owls! So, after trawling Pinterest, I thought I would try my hand at making a little owl mug-warmer…meet Oscar the Owl! He may not be cutesy, but he’s lovely, moderately creepy and snuggly for your afternoon cuppa!
Made from brown and cream double knit yarn; I’ve taken a lot of inspiration for Oscar from some of the china owls my Nan used to collect. My Nan was too cool for school – she had an owl obsession waaaaay before woodland animal interior themes became cool! I knitted the main body using woven stitch, which really worked on some red cafetiere cosies I did the year before and I fixed two press studs to fasten the holder. The eyes were made from a traditional flower knitting pattern and I had these wooden buttons lying around too. The result was weirdly sweet, quirky and looks LOVELY in my friend’s home!
So…do you fancy making an Oscar the Owl yourself? Why not follow this simple tutorial to make your own! Now, be kind, this is the first knitting pattern I’ve technically written, I hope it makes enough sense! I have designed the mug warmer to fit around a large round mug, so you may need to adjust stitches if you want to make a smaller one.
If, of course, you don’t fancy making your own Oscar, why not scroll to the bottom of the post – where there is a little surprise waiting!!
YOU WILL NEED
1 x ball of brown yarn – I used an old DK one.
1x ball of cream yarn – I used a Sirdar Aran Knit I had – but a cotton would also look really effective
2 large round buttons – wooden ones really work with the texture of the woven stitch
2 Press-Studs (you can also choose buttons).
1 Pair of 3mm Needles
1 Tapestry needle and 1 small sewing needle as well as matching thread for the yarn,
Using 3mm needles, cast on 62 stitches and, beginning with a K row, work regular stocking stitch for 10 rows.
With the knitting facing the ‘right side’, complete the next row as follows;
k1, sl1 wyf, k1, sl1 wyf, repeat until last stitch, ending with a k1 (this seals the row)
Next row: Purl
Repeat the last two rows for a further 14 rows, ending with a purl row.
Next 2 rows: Knit
Next row: Purl
Starting with a Knit row, stocking stitch a further 6 rows, ending with a purl. Cast off.
FOR THE EYES (make two):
Using your cream yarn and 3 mm needles, Cast on 57 stitches
First row: Purl
Second Row: K2, *k1, Slip stitch back onto the left needle and carry over the next 8 stitches, of the needle, YON twice, knit the original stitch again, K2*. Repeat the starred section until end of row.
Third Row: K1, *p2 together, drop loop of 2 YON stitches and k1, p1*. Repeat until the last stitch, k1.
Cut a length of the working yarn and, using a tapestry needle, thread it back through the stitches and release. Tie two yarn ends together to make a ‘flower’ shape and secure.
FOR THE BEAK:
Using your cream yarn again, cast on 12 stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3, Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of the row
Row 4 Purl
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 2 stitches remaining – thread yarn through stitches, break yarn and sew in end.
TO MAKE UP:
Sew all the ends of your main warmer-body in and, place two little brown yarn loops about 2 cm from an end. Sew securely into place, using yarn. Match up the two sides of your press studs and sew on each end of your main body. I always find measuring by hand and eye much easier than using ACTUAL measurements! But then again I am a crafting renegade….
For the eyes, place your cream knitted shapes and large buttons in the middle of the body. Using thread and needle that will fit through your button holes, sew securely into place. You can also tack a few discreet stitches through the cream shape too, to hold in place, before you attach the buttons.
Finally, place the large end of your cream beak in between and slightly underneath the eyes, stitch into place along the top line.
BUT WAIT! There is, in fact, more. As a special thank you for tuning into my new venture and for the support my lovely readers have shown me since I started my new blog, I’ve handmade another Oscar The Owl to GIVE AWAY to one lucky Frugally Peachy reader! So what are you waiting for? Your tea is getting cold…..
How to enter….
There are a number of ways you can enter the giveaway – each way that you choose to enter will be counted as 1 entry, in other words, you do all three? You get three entries in the bag! The giveaway will run until Sunday 2nd February – and I will pick a winner using the age-old tradition of names in a hat! The winner will be announced on Monday 3rd February – so make sure you tune into my blog! Good Luck!
1. Please leave me a comment at the end of this post and your name will be entered into the giveaway.
2. Share this post on Twitter, tagging @LivePeachy and using the hashtag #OscarOwlGiveaway and your name will be entered into the giveaway.
3. Give my Facebook page a like and leave me a comment on my Oscar The Owl Picture and your name will be entered into the giveaway!
Good Luck everyone – Oscar’s waiting to meet you!