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On every sc row replace first sc with 1 ch.
On every dc row replace first dc with 3 ch.
ROW 1: 1 dc in every sc.
ROW 2: 1 sc in every dc.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Dec 1 st by working 2 sts tog.
Work 2 sc tog as follows: Insert hook in first st and pull thread through, insert hook in next st and pull thread through, make 1 YO and pull thread through all 3 loops on hook.
Work 2 dc tog as follows: Work 1 dc in first st but wait with last pull through, work 1 dc in next st but on last pull through, pull thread through all 3 loops on hook.
When piece is worked in the round, start with this technique to avoid holes in the middle (instead of ch-ring): Hold the yarn end and wind the yarn one time around the index finger to make a loop. Hold the loop with left thumb and middle finger, place the yarn over left index finger. Insert hook through the loop, make a YO and pull yarn through loop, work ch 1, then work sc around the loop. When the desired no of sc have been reached, pull the yarn end to tighten the loop. Fasten the yarn end at the back.
To get a nice transition between the color changes, work last sl st on round with the new color as follows: Insert hook in last ch from beg of round, make a YO with the new color and pull it through st on hook.
To make the texture the same on the piece work it back and forth in 2 parts, and sew tog when finished.
Ch 62-67-71-76-81 with Merino Extra Fine on hook size 4 mm / G/6. Continue with 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, then 1 sc in each of the next 4-2-6-4-2 ch, * skip ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 6 ch *, repeat from *-* the entire row = 54-58-62-66-70 sc (first ch = 1 sc). READ CROCHET INFO! Turn and work 4 rows with 1 sc in every sc.
Then work PATTERN until finished measurements - see explanation above. REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE!
When piece measures 10-11-12-13-14 cm / 4"-4½"-4 3/4"-5"-5½", inc 1 st in each side by working 2 sts in the second and next to last st. Repeat inc when piece measures 20-21-22-23-24 cm / 8"-8 1/4"-8 3/4"-9"-9½" = 58-62-66-70-74 sts. When piece measures approx. 24-26-28-30-32 cm / 9½"-10 1/4"-11"-11 3/4"-12½" (make sure that next row is a row with sc), dec for armholes as follows: Work sl sts over the first 3 dc, continue with sc until 3 dc remain, turn. * Work 3 ch in first sc, then work the next 2 dc tog – SEE DECREASE TIP, then work dc until 3 sc remain, work the next 2 dc tog, then 1 dc in last sc.
Turn and work 1 row with sc over all dc, turn *. Repeat from *-* 3 more times = 44-48-52-56-60 sts on row. When piece measures 29-31-34-36-39 cm / 11½"-12 1/4"-13½"-14 1/4"-15 1/4", beg neck line and finish each shoulder separately.
Work only over the first 16-17-18-20-21 sts.
Turn and work back - at the same time work the first 4 sts towards neck tog 2 by 2 – SEE DECREASE TIP! On next row work the 2 outermost sts towards neck tog, repeat this dec on every row 2 more times = 11-12-13-15-16 sts remain on shoulder.
Continue to work until piece measures 37-40-43-46-49 cm / 14½"-15 3/4"-17"-18"-19 1/4", fasten off.
Work as first shoulder – make sure to beg in the correct side of piece so that the texture is the same the entire way.
Work as front piece to and with armhole dec = 44-48-52-56-60 sts on row. Continue to work until piece measures approx. 36-39-42-45-48 cm / 14 1/4"-15 1/4"-16½"-17 3/4"-19".
Now work 2 rows with pattern as before only over the 11-12-13-15-16 sts in each side (the middle 22-24-26-26-28 sts = neck). Fasten off.
Sew shoulder seams and side seams, edge to edge to avoid a chunky seam.
Work an edge around the neck and around the armhole with denim blue on hook size 4 mm / G/6. Work 1 sc in every sc and 2 sc in every row with dc. Fasten off.
TWO-SIDED STUFFED OWL:
Worked in the round in Merino Extra Fine. Start by making a MAGIC CIRCLE - read explanation above - with green on hook size 3 mm / D.
ROUND 1: Read CROCHET INFO and COLOR CHANGE! Work 8 sc in the magic circle.
ROUND 2: 2 sc in first sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc in next sc, 2 dc in each of the next 2 sc, 1 dc and 1 hdc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc on round = 16 sts.
ROUND 3: Switch to pistachio and work 1 sc in first st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 tr in front loop and 1 tr in back loop of each of the next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, 2 hdc in each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in last st on round = 28 sts.
ROUND 4: Work 1 sc in every st the entire round.
ROUND 5: Switch to denim blue and work 1 sc in first st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in same st, 2 tr in next st, 1 ch (= top of ear), 2 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in same st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in same st, 2 dc in next st, 2 tr in each of the next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in same st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 dc in same st, 2 tr in next st, 1 ch (= top of ear), 2 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 hdc in same st, 1 sc in last st on round = 50 sts (+ 2 ch). Work another owl the same way. Fasten off.
Worked in the round. Start by making a MAGIC CIRCLE - read explanation above - with denim blue.
ROUND 1: READ CROCHET INFO - Work 6 sc in the magic circle.
ROUND 2: Switch to off white and work 2 sc in every sc the entire round = 12 sc.
Work another eye the same way. Fasten off.
Fasten the eyes on the owl. Embroider on the beak with mustard as follows: Beg in the mid of the magic circle and sew a stitch down to 2nd round 2 times, and sew from the mid of circle and diagonally down to 1st round on each side of the first stitches; only 1 time on each side.
Then work the owl tog with pistachio. Place the two owls on top of each other, WS against WS, with the beak towards you. Work through both layers as follows: Work 2 sc in ch at the top of ear on the left side. Then work as follows: 1 sc in the next 6 sts, 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in same st, 2 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st and 1 hdc in same st, 1 sc in each of the next 8 sts, insert 1 marker in the last st and work 1 sc in each of the next 14 sts, 1 hdc in next st and 1 dc in same st, 2 tr in next st, 1 dc in next st and 1 hdc in same st, 1 sc in each of the next 6 sts and work 2 sc in ch (= top of right ear). Fill the owl with some poly stuffing and continue as follows: 1 sc in each of the next 10 sts and finish round with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round = 60 sts. Fasten off.
Work claws in mustard. Beg in the st with marker as follows: * 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc in next st, ch 4, 1 sc in next st, ch 3, 1 sc in next st *, repeat from *-* 1 more time. Fasten off. Fasten a key chain with hook to the back of owl.
SIMPLE OWL PATCH:
Work as two-sided owl but work only one owl. Work around the owl with pistachio the same way as around the two-sided owl. Work claws the same way. Fasten the owl on to vest – see picture.
Below the owl work a branch as follows: Work sc with denim blue on hook size 3 mm / D. Work approx. 25 sc, slant a bit at the end. Then work a small branch upwards, beg approx. 8 sc before the end of the long branch, and work 5 sc upwards - see picture.