Christmas Owl Ornament: Free Crochet Pattern

Today’s design is Owletta on the Shelf, an amigurumi Christmas owl ornament that’s a free crochet pattern from Jennifer of Jennae’s DIY Studio.

This little own can be used with our without her little Santa hat. Make several in your Christmas colors and she’ll look great on your tree!

And, now, it’s being featured as part of the Best of 30 Days of Cozy!

A photo showing the white ribbon on the right part of the Owletta on the Shelf Amigurumi Owl FREE Beginner Crochet Pattern


Are you ready to make your own?


  • Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton yarn in Tea Rose and White
  • 4.00 mm (G/6) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Fiber fill
  • All-purpose adhesive
  • Plastic safety eyes 6mm


Closer look at the details for this crocheted amigurumi owl Christmas tree ornament


Stitches & Abbreviations

  • Blo = Back loop only
  • Ch = Chain(s)
  • Dc = Double crochet
  • Flo = Front loop only
  • Rep = Repeat
  • Rnd(s) = Round(s)
  • Hdc = Half double crochet
  • Sc = Single crochet
  • Sc dec = Single crochet decrease
  • Sc inc = Single crochet increase = 2 sc in same st
  • Sl st = Slip stitch
  • St(s) = Stitch(es)
  • Tr = treble or triple crochet
  • [ ] = Stitches displayed inside parentheses are worked into 1 stitch space
  • * * = Stitches displayed inside asterisk are repeated

Amigurumi Christmas Owl Ornament Crochet Pattern



With white. Make 2.

Working into magic circle. Ch 1, 6 sc, turn work, *ch 3, sl st on top of sc*. Repeat * to * 5 more times. Ch1.

Fasten off.

Close the magic circle.

Tip: Be mindful that the safety eyes go in the center. Leave a little space for them.


With tea rose.

Work into magic circle. Ch 3, dc, ch 3, sl st, ch 3, dc, ch 3, sl st, ch 1, cut approx 3″ of yarn, cut.

Wrap around center of bow to give form.

Pull yarn into the created center to secure the bow.

Cut the remaining yarn.


With tea rose.

Ch5, dc in 3rd ch, dc in next 2 chs, ch1.

Fasten off.


With tea rose.

Row 1: Magic ring with 6 sc. (6 sts)

Row 2: Sc inc in each of next 6 st. (12 sts)

Row 3: *Sc in next st, sc inc in next st*. Repeat * to * 5 more times. (18 sts)

Row 4: *Sc in next 2 st, sc inc in next st*. Repeat * to * 5 more times. (25 sts)

Row 5: *Sc in next 3 st, sc inc in next st*. Repeat * to * 5 more times. (30 sts)

Rows 6 – 10: Sc in each st. (30 sts)

Row 11: Sc on blo. (30 sts)

Rows 12 – 20: Sc in each st. (30 sts)

Owl’s body will be closed after attaching the eyes and filling the body.


With white.

Turn owl’s body upside down.

Working on the sc loops that are free. *[sl st, hdc], [dc, tr, dc], [hdc, sl st]* Repeat * to * 9 more times. Join end with beginning end.

Hide tails by pulling the yarn from the inside part of the body. (10 petals)


Cut 2 pieces of tea rose, and 4 pieces of white yarn into 10″ each.

Use 1 piece and 2 pieces of each color for one side.

Working on each corner of the owl’s body, with a crochet hook pull the yarn and create a knot with all the 6 pieces that are created.

Take the cream yarn and separate all the strands of it.

Repeat on the other side.

Put the yarn together to cut it at the same length.

Photo of Owletta an amigurumi animal hanging on a Christmas tree

Santa’s Hat

Brim With white.

Ch 20. Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in next 19 chs. (20 hdc) Sl st on top of first hdc, ch 1, cut.

Weave ends.

Hat’s Body

With tea rose.

Row 1: Working on remaining chain loops. Attach yarn, sc in each ch. (20 sc)

Row 2: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 8 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 3: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 7 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 4: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 6 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 5: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 5 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 6: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 4 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 7: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 3 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 8: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 2 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 9: *Sc dec, sc in each of next 1 sc*. Repeat * to *.

Row 10: Ch 1, cut a long tail of approx 3″.


Cut 2 pieces of white yarn, one of 5″ and other of 36″.

Using the long piece, wrap-around two fingers.

Take out and squish the yarn.

Use the small piece of yarn to tie the wrapped yarn on the center.

Cut the loops.

Use the long tails to attach the pom-pom on top of the hat.

Cut the excess yarn.


Grab the eyes, be sure where your eyes would be, and secure it from the inside of the owl’s body.

Fill the owl’s body using fiberfill.

Fold the owl and close it by making single crochets in each stitch to join both rows together.

Chain 1, cut where you have 5 inches of yarn, pull the yarn out.

This yarn strand will be part of the owl’s hair.

Make owls hair.

Using tacky glue, attach all the parts to the owl’s body.

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