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A fun owl motif that can be made very quickly! Not sure about Tapestry Crochet? Well then, a small motif might be just what you need to get the hang of it!

Isn’t it funny how sometimes it’s the simplest things that can make us so happy?

Most of the time, I can get pretty caught up trying to make an “elaborate” pattern a reality. Only to discover that I’m often more excited about the “simple” ones in retrospect.

Like this owl motif for instance. At the time I made this pattern, I was busy stressing over designing/making a full-sized afghan with roses and scroll designs. And guess what? That project is still in my closet – barely touched.

In fact, I had completely forgotten about it until just the other day. When I found both it and my owl motif. The owl motif I made in a few minutes as a stress relief from that over-ambitious afghan.

To be honest, I was way more excited about finding the owl motif. The design, though simple and easy, is without a doubt me. Not only because I LOVE owls, but because of how much I had enjoyed making it.

I hope that you’ll LOVE this pattern as much as I do! It’s fun, quick, and easy! And honestly now, when was the last time you were able to use all three of those words for a project?

Plus, it is pretty darn adorable and the possibilities are endless! In fact, I think I just found my new afghan inspiration…

Tapestry Crochet is a crochet technique that involves color changes to make beautiful colorwork designs. It looks a lot like a woven project when it’s done – but trust me when I say that it is SO much easier than it looks!

Now, I’m sure some of you saw the “Tapestry Crochet” at the top of this post and were a little alarmed. But don’t be! Tapestry Crochet is really not hard. In fact, the beauty of Tapestry Crochet is that you can make incredible colorwork designs with very simple stitches

Most of the time, Tapestry Crochet is worked in single crochet stitches – which is the easiest crochet stitch to do! 

The reason why Tapestry Crochet can seem complicated is that it is worked onesided. Meaning, that instead of “flipping” your project after each row (and thereby working on both sides), you will only work on one side and will not “flip” it over after any row. 

This is what makes the colorwork designs in Tapestry Crochet so vivid and defined. Working it one-sided gives it a definite right-side/wrong-side. So, if you flip your project over to the wrong side, the pattern will be “blurry” and less defined. 

How Do You Crochet One-Sided? 

Crocheting one-sided is NOT as hard as it sounds – it just takes some practice. There are actually 2 methods for crocheting one-sided in Tapestry Crochet:

  1. Alternating hands
  2. Reverse single crochet

These are the two techniques that I have tried for my Tapestry Crochet projects. Personally, I prefer alternating hands for several reasons – but I’ll give a brief overview of each before I tell you why.

Reverse Single Crochet (A.K.A., The Crab Stitch)

Reverse single crochet is pretty much what it sounds like. First, you crochet a row like you normally do and then you crochet the next row backward.

Again, this sounds complicated, but it really isn’t. If you can crochet regular single crochet, then you can reverse single crochet – it just feels a little awkward at first and you’ll notice that your stitches will look “coiled.”

A full guide for reverse single crochet is a little beyond the scope this post. But if you would like a guide to get you started, here is a nice post from The Spruce Crafts

Alternating Hands

This is my favorite method. Once again, this is what it sounds like. First, you crochet a row like you normally would – with your dominant hand – and then you crochet the next row with your non-dominant hand.

So, if you’re right-handed, you will work the first row from right to left (like normal) and then you will switch to your left hand and crochet from left to right.

Switching hands is not as hard as it seems – it just takes practice. But once you get the hang of it, it is SO much better. Your Tapestry Crochet will be smoother and more defined.

Plus, if you struggle with your wrists and hands getting tired, switching hands can relieve some of the strain.

Personally, it is the only method that I have ever used for an entire Tapestry Crochet project. Because reverse single crochet can sometimes give an odd texture to your design due to its coiled nature.

However, if reverse single crochet is more your style, go for it! There are some great resources available for keeping it flat and more defined. Including some new techniques for reverse single crochet like this video here!

In fact, at some point I want to try that new technique out – it looks pretty cool!

BUT, if you are interested in alternating hands here is a great video for teaching yourself how to crochet left-handed!

Extra Tips

If you’re new to Tapestry Crochet, then I highly suggest that you practice two very essential things…

  • Changing colors
  • Carrying yarn under your stitches

These are very important for Tapestry Crochet! Unfortunately, I don’t have enough space to fit it in this post – hopefully I’ll get on that soon! But for now, here are some great places to start:

Now that you know a little bit more about Tapestry Crochet, the best thing to do is practice! And what better way than with a small project? This owl motif is a great project for practicing – because it’s small, easy, and fun!

Happy DIYing!!

Adorable Owl Motif Pattern

This is SO much fun for practicing Tapestry Crochet! Plus, the uses for this motif are endless!
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: owl motif
Author: Lydia

Ingredients

  • pink worsted weight yarn (color A)
  • orange worsted weight yarn (color B)
  • size J hook

Instructions

  • Using color A, make a slip stitch and chain 15
  • Skip first chain and single crochet across (14 stitches - you should have 14 stitches at the end of every row)
    Every even numbered step will be right-handed (right to left) and every odd numbered step will be left-handed (left to right)
  • Chain 1, single crochet back across (left to right)
  • Chain 1, single crochet across (right to left)
  • Chain 1, single crochet 6 stitches. Change to color B for the 7th stitch, change back to color A, and single crochet remaining 7 stitches
  • Chain 1, single crochet 6 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, and 6 stitches in color A
  • Chain 1, single crochet 5 stitches in color A, 3 stitches in color B, and 6 stitches in color A
  • Chain 1, single crochet 5 stitches in color A, 4 stitches in color B, and 5 stitches in color A
  • Chain 1, single crochet across in color A
  • Chain 1 (with color B), single crochet 4 stitches in color B, 6 stitches in color A, and 4 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1, single crochet 5 stitches in color B, 4 stitches in color A, and 5 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1 (with color A), single crochet 4 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 2 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, and 4 stitches in color A
  • Chain 1, single crochet 2 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 2 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 4 stitches in color A, and 2 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1 (with color B), single crochet 4 stitches in color B, 2 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 2 stitches in color A, and 4 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1, single crochet 1 stitch in color B, 1 stitch in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 4 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 2 stitches in color A, and 2 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1 (with color A), single crochet 4 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, 2 stitches in color A, 2 stitches in color B, and 4 stitches in color A
  • Chain 1 (with color B), single crochet 5 stitches in color B, 4 stitches in color A, and 5 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1, single crochet 4 stitches in color B, 6 stitches in color A, and 4 stitches in color B
  • Chain 1 (with color A), single crochet across with color A
  • Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

If you are using the reverse single crochet method, then simply use reverse single crochet for the left-handed rows.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below! I will answer any questions as quickly as I can.