Here’s a set of wide-eyed Rainbow Owls and a mossy nest for them to snuggle up in. Of course you don’t have to stick with the rainbow theme. These little guys would look good in any color combinations. The owls and the leaves that decorate the nest are made with light worsted weight/DK yarn (worsted weight would work just as well) while the nest itself is crocheted up in lightening fast time with super bulky yarn. I like the contrast between the two different weights of yarn. The heavy yarn looks kind of like bark so the nest really did end up looking like it was straight out of the forest. I think you’ll agree this family of owls look very comfy in there!
I’ve nicknamed the green owl Kevin as he definitely enjoys being home alone!
Have fun with this pattern but please don’t re-publish it in any way. I am happy for you to make and sell the finished articles from both my free and paid for patterns. A credit for Moji-Moji Design as the pattern creator would make me very happy and a link to my blog or my Ravelry shop (listed in the sidebar >) would be much appreciated! In order to keep the handmade love going please note that wholesale manufacturing of items from any of my patterns is not permitted. Thank you 🙂
August 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm
What a lovely pattern of these cute little guys! I have been able to download the English version after a second try. Thanks a lot for sharing your pattern.
August 20, 2015 at 8:54 pm
Glad you managed to download it second time. I’ve no idea why it plays up occasionally! I hope you enjoy making them 🙂
September 1, 2015 at 11:59 am
thank you – i made one of the owlets, adding loop stichtches to his hair and wings, he looks damn cute. I will try and post it to fb
September 1, 2015 at 12:59 pm
That sounds like a great twist! Would love to see it if you get the chance to post a pic 🙂
September 19, 2015 at 8:28 pm
Little Kevin owl has stolen my heart!
September 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm
😀 He’s a bit of a loner but he needs to be loved too!
December 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm
This is too adorable!! We have an owl theme for my Sunday School 1st grade class and are going to use this for the kids to “earn” class rewards. When the nest is full, we celebrate! 😀
January 2, 2016 at 3:53 pm
What a wonderful idea. Very creative and inspiring for the children. I feel so pleased to know the owls will be put to such a positive use! Thanks for letting me know!
January 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm
These are the cutest things I’ve seen in awhile. The matching rainbow eyes are fabulous. Thank you for sharing such an adorable pattern. I plan on using it for a coworker’s baby shower……she’s decorating the nursery in owls!!!
January 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm
Hi I’ve just finished my first owl and I love him! Thanks for the fab design and letting us use your pattern. Can I just ask how do you deal with changing colours? I merged a new colour in and then cut off the old colour so had to see in the ends – is there an easier way so not so many ends to sew in? I am fairly new to crochet so any advise very welcome! Thanks
January 29, 2016 at 8:34 pm
Hi Lisa, I just carry the yarn ends up the inside of the work without cutting them and begin crocheting with them again as needed. This works out fine for stripes of between 1 and three, maybe four rounds deep. Where the colour changes are further apart, cut the yarn but don’t bother darning it in. It’s good enough to just tie the adjacent yarn ends together with two to three nice tight knots. I do this for all my colour changes as the knots never show because they are always on the inside of the work.
Also, a good tip for smoother colour changes that you may or may not be familiar with is to make the colour changes in the last two loops of the previous stitch and then make the first stitch of the new colour a slip stitch instead of a single crochet. As the slip stitch is a shorter stitch than the single crochet the step between the two colours is not as obvious. Make sure the slip stitch is not too tight though or it will be really difficult to crochet into in the next round. This method does not smooth the colour change completely but it does help its appearance considerably. I hope that all makes sense!
January 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Many thanks for your response I will try these techniques on my next owl!
April 5, 2018 at 1:18 pm
June 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm
I would like to crochet these cute little owls. Could you let me no where I can buys the eyes. Having trouble finding them.
June 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Hi Karen, I buy clear safety eyes with a black iris from an online store called Craftbits. I then colour the backs of the eyes in with Sharpie pens so that I can match the eyes to the yarn.
http://www.craftbits.co.uk/ (They are the 12 mm size on this site).
October 10, 2016 at 10:01 am
MErci beaucoup pour ce tuto. J’aime beaucoup les chouettes et hiboux.
Bonne journée, MB2
December 21, 2016 at 7:25 am
have made 2 of these little chaps and have enjoyed making them as well as the pleasure giving them as gifts will certainly be making more. so delightful.
December 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm
I just have to say all of your critters are the most beautiful! I haven’t crocheted in awhile (arthritis), but I’m going to try at least one of these little owls! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us peasants!
January 5, 2017 at 1:17 pm
Hi Karen, the pattern is accessible on the main page by clicking on the download button with the Union Flag next to it. This works in over 99% of cases but very rarely something goes awry. I have emailed you a copy anyway, just in case it’s playing up for you. I hope you enjoy making them and that your granddaughter will be thrilled with her owl themed room. It sounds lovely!
February 6, 2017 at 4:44 am
You are amazing!! I love the owls and the chameleons and the alien and so many more! Thank you for sharing these fun, beautiful patterns. Makes me happy and I need that right now. 🙂
February 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm
Well thank you for your kind words. They’ve certainly cheered me up! When things get tough there’s always the magical power of crochet to get us through!
February 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm
I have just ent a copy of the french to you. Enjoy!
March 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm
You should be able to access it by clicking on the button that says ‘Download’ situated between the images of the Union Flag. Let me know if you are still having trouble as I could email it to you instead.
April 9, 2017 at 4:22 pm
Wow! These are some of the cutest owls I’ve seen and I do like the rainbow colours of course.
April 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm
Glad you like them! There’s nothing quite like a rainbow for cheering up a day 😊
April 22, 2017 at 1:47 am
Do you have the instructions for these cute little owls in English? thank you
April 22, 2017 at 8:48 am
Hi Lori, if you click on the button that says download in between the icons of the Union Flag the pattern should download onto your device.
April 28, 2017 at 10:37 pm
Can I link to your site on my blog saying that I love this pattern and I am going to try it out? Thanks!
May 3, 2017 at 10:44 am
Yes that would be great! Thanks 🙂
June 29, 2017 at 5:51 pm
June 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm
I am trying to make one of your little owls for my Mum as she loves them.
But I am having a bit of trouble understanding the first part of the head and body section. (I am fairly new to crocheting)
Please could you explain the following:-
Make 1 piece, starting at top of head. Working in continuous spiral rounds. (Is this like a magic circle or straight rows?)
With Light Color yarn make 13 ch. (Foundation chain) Rnd 1 Sc in second ch from hook, sc in each of remaining 11 ch to end, turn work and making all
remaining stitches down opposite side of foundation chain: Sc in each of next 12 ch to end.
I did this as a straight row but didn’t end up with 24sts, only 12 still??
What am I doing wrong please, I’m confused??
June 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm
Hi Libby, when you make a foundation chain each chain has 2 loops that form a V shape. First crochet in the topmost loops until the end of the row (12 sts) then rotate the work 180 degrees and work the next 12 sts in the leftover loops on the opposite side of the chain (24 sts in total). You should now have ended up back where you started and will have made a long thin oval. I hope that makes sense. If not pm me on Facebook and I will send you some photos of how to crochet around a foundation chain.
June 29, 2017 at 9:14 pm
Ahh I see, I will give that a go, I haven’t come across a foundation chain as yet in my crocheting, but that makes sense now! Lol 😂
Many thanks for you help
I will let you know how I get on and post a pic when done 👍🏼☺️
July 16, 2017 at 1:14 am
Love these owls! I going to make for the grand kids to clip on their school bags for next year.
July 28, 2017 at 11:31 pm
What a lovely idea. They can each have their favourite colour too!
August 26, 2017 at 3:33 am
These are simply adorable!
September 15, 2017 at 2:08 am
Could you possibly tell me the brand of yarn that you used for these? Thanks
November 21, 2017 at 11:25 am
I use a variety of brands, all of them acrylic DK weight. These owls are great stash busters so I gather up any small scraps of yarn that are lying around. My favorite brands are Patons, Robin, Stylecraft, Hayfield and Paintbox, so plenty to choose from!
October 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm
habe gefunden sorry
November 21, 2017 at 11:15 am
OK! Glad to hear 🙂
October 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm
I love the little owls, they are so cute and cozy all together!!!6
October 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm
donde se reciben los ones
October 21, 2017 at 9:32 pm
November 13, 2017 at 9:41 am
hi where can i buy ready ones ?
November 21, 2017 at 11:08 am
I’m not sure where you could buy them ready made but all my patterns come with permission to sell the finished items so yu may find someone who would make some for you. Etsy is probably a good place to look.
November 20, 2017 at 6:53 pm
First of all, the owls are super cute! <3 thank you for sharing the pattern with us for free.
I was wondering if you could tell me where you get the small colored safety eyes from? I struggle to find any smaller than 12mm.
Would love to hear from you! <3
November 21, 2017 at 11:10 am
I’m in the UK but not sure if you are too? I get mine from here:
They have a big variety in different sizes. Ebay is a good place to look as well, though availability does change on there a fair bit
November 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm
I am indeed in the UK too! 😀 thank you so much for the website 🙂 finally somewhere to get them from <3
November 20, 2017 at 7:21 pm
LOVE these owls!! They’re darling! You do such beautiful work on all you amigurumi!!!
November 21, 2017 at 10:49 am
November 20, 2017 at 7:23 pm
You would think an English major could spell!! …….on all your amigurumi!!!
November 21, 2017 at 11:22 am
November 21, 2017 at 11:35 am
I have sent you a copy via email 🙂
February 16, 2018 at 8:29 pm
LOVE these! Can you tell me where I can order the eyes in the different colors?
February 17, 2018 at 9:07 am
Getting safety eyes in certain colours can be tricky so I buy the clear iris 12 mm eyes and then colour in the backs with Sharpie pens (or any other permanent marker will do). That way I can match the eyes to the yarn anytime I like.
March 4, 2018 at 12:35 am
would love this pattern for the owls, but how and where is the FREE pattern??????? I don’t want to join with face book or insta gram or other such things
March 14, 2018 at 4:34 pm
I don’t have a video but I have emailed you with some further instructions and photos so hopefully that will help 🙂
March 16, 2018 at 1:24 pm
March 21, 2018 at 10:58 am
I’m organising a CAL on a French forum to make some of your rainbow owls, and just have a comment regarding the French translation. I think there’s a mistake in the beginning of the head/body part, in Rg 1 . . . should read m (maille) and not ml (maille en l’air) for that first part, where it’s a question of stitching around the chain.
I’ve re-written that part for my French ladies, so it reads thus.
Faire chaine de 13 mailles.
Rg 1: Ms dans deuxième m (de la chaine) à partir du crochet. Ms dans chacune des m suiv. Tourner le travail et continuer sur le côté opposé donc sur l’autre côté de la chainette de départ en ms. C’est à dire ms dans chacune des 12 m suiv jusqu’à la fin (24 pts).
March 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm
Thanks Claire, I don’t do the translations myself as I don’t speak any French, or at least not very well! But will contact my friend who does them for me and run this past her for future reference. I’m sure you are correct. I will amend the pattern soon. I hope you and your crochet friends are enjoying making the owls and sorry for the mistake!
March 23, 2018 at 3:57 pm
I might be wrong as I’ve only been crocheting a year and I follow patterns in English (either UK or US). It’s just that I was trying to explain things in French (which I speak fluently) to ladies who do know how to crochet, but they couldn’t visualise things the way the pattern is translated with the ml which (I think) is only a chain when needed to give extra height, when in turning rows. And not a chain as in one of the chained stitches IN a chain lol.
March 24, 2018 at 10:54 pm
Yes that makes sense, thank you for the feedback. I shall get it changed and upload it to the blog again 🙂
March 27, 2018 at 2:06 pm
My computer won’t let me download the pattern in any language. I have tried through Ravelry as well, and no luck. Is there another link that I could try for the English version? I do so want to crochet these little owls!
March 29, 2018 at 10:49 am
I’ve sent a copy to your email so you can open it from there. Enjoy!
April 2, 2018 at 10:20 am
April 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm
Just sent you a copy to your email 🙂
June 12, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Help – I can’t download and print the little owls in a nest and I think they are as cute as can be.
June 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm
I’ve emailed you a copy. I hope you enjoy making them!
June 23, 2018 at 4:29 am
I cannot wait to try and make these, however the instructions are hard for me to understand. Is there any way you could do a video???
June 26, 2018 at 9:28 am
One of these days I really want to make some YouTube videos and this owl pattern would be a great place to start. I can’t promise anything right away as I am really busy with all sorts of deadlines but it is definitely on my to-do list!
September 11, 2018 at 2:16 pm
I found your Owl Pattern last November and simply love it. I am doing a lot of volunteer work for the “NABU Naturschutzbund” which is an environmental NGO Organisation in Germany, and had the idea to give away some owls for a donation to our organisation. Please find some pictures of our participation on the Easter Market 2018 in Xanten, where you will also find a picture of the owls.
Since the owls have been a big success, I have also started knitting bats, and am planning to give them away for a donation on the october market in Xanten. We are not selling them commercially (honestly, this would be simply to much work ;.)), so I trust that this is ok for you.
I have made some small adjustments to your pattern which I found helpful. I am happy to share them, if you like.
Thank you so much !!!!
September 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm
That’s wonderful Christine, thanks for sending me the link. I don’t read German very well but it is lovely to see the pictures and see the little owls looking so smart and colourful in their basket! I hope they have been a great success for your good cause.
Feel free to share any adjustments if you think they would be of interest or benefit to others. Crochet is a never ending journey of discovery and improvement. It’s great to work on these things together 🙂 And just so you know, all my patterns come with permission to sell the handmade finished articles so if you did want to make some to sell to raise money for your charity you would be most welcome to do so!
Keep up the good work and have fun making the bats!
December 14, 2018 at 12:47 am
I can’t seem to save the pattern to my computer. I really love you little owls and would love to make them. Can you help?
December 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm
I would love to make these little owls for my friend who loves owls
December 17, 2018 at 2:03 pm
Hi Deana, are you having trouble downloading the pattern? Let me know if so and I will email you a copy.
April 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm
I would like to get this pattern
April 10, 2019 at 9:27 am
Hi Mary, You should be able to access the pattern directly from the Nesting Rainbow Owls page by clicking on the download button. In case this is not working for you I have also emailed you a copy.
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December 1, 2019 at 1:56 pm
Hi, I am unable to locate pattern for the nesting owls. Would Love to make these for my daughter.
December 2, 2019 at 1:58 am
Debbie click on the word download and you will get an English version. I just tried
January 26, 2020 at 12:29 pm
Hi Debbie did you get hold of the pattern in the end? If not, let me know and I can email you a copy
December 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm
I cant get pattern I’m in US, can you help me?
January 26, 2020 at 12:23 pm
I’ve emailed you a copy 🙂
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January 20, 2020 at 2:59 pm
I just wanted to say thank you for the pattern. I will be making these to donate to a group that sends “love gifts” to preemies . The group is awesome, Charli’s Love… we make items and send the love to all the states and more… you’re more than welcome to come and check us out… thanks again..these will be great to have pictured with the babies.
January 26, 2020 at 12:12 pm
What a lovely thing to do! I will check out your group and have a look at what you get up to 🙂