I used Sugar and Cream cotton yarn with a H/8 - 5 mm crochet hook. I also crochet very tightly.
Start with a magic ring and hook 6 single crochet into it. Then, pull it tight and slip stitch into the first single crochet to join. This is your first round.
Second Round - Chain one and then hook 2 single crochets in each stitch. Slip stitch into the chain one to join.
Third Round - Change colors and then chain two. Hook a single crochet in the first stitch and then chain one. Single crochet in the next stitch and then chain one. Repeat until you get to the end of the round and slip stitch into the second chain of the chain two.
Fourth Round - Change colors and chain one. Double crochet in the chain one space and single crochet in the single crochet stitch, repeating this until you get to the end of the round and slip stitch into the chain one.
Fifth Round - Chain two and double crochet into the same space. Then hook two double crochets into the next stitch, one single crochet into the next three stitches and then two double crochets in the next two stitches. At the top of your circle you will have -
(from right to left) ch 2 + dc, 2 dc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 dc, 2 dc.
Now, slip stitch in the next stitch, single crochet in the next three stitches and then hook two single crochets in the fourth, repeating -
*1 sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in 4th st*
around the rest of the body ending with a slip stitch into the last single crochet stitch, a slip stitch in the chain two space and a slip stitch in the first double crochet.
To finish the top of the owl, you will hook a half double crochet in the next stitch, double crochet, chain one, double crochet in the next stitch, half double crochet in the next stitch, slip stitch in the next two stitches, half double crochet in the next stitch, double crochet, chain one, double crochet in the next stitch, half double crochet in the next stitch and finishing with a slip stitch in the next stitch.
hdc, dc + ch + dc, hdc, sl st, sl st, hdc, dc + ch + dc, hdc, sl st
Leave a nice long tail of yarn when you cut, for finishing. Pull the yarn all the way through the loop on your hook and pull tight. Using a yarn needle,
weave your tail through the back of your owl making your way up to an ear.
For the eyes, make a magic ring with eight single crochets. Slip stitch into the first single crochet to join and leave a long tail when you cut your yarn. Use the tail to stitch the eye in place. Choosing a dark color, make a french knot for the eye.
The beak is embroidered on with yarn.
When you are finished, weave in all of your loose yarn ends and cut them off.
FYI - I have removed the stitch count for each round because I did make a mistake in my counting (uh-oh). I will be refiguring those and will hopefully be putting them up soon. I do appreciate any feedback given about the pattern...