I am part of a Pay It Forward crafting group this year. Basically you pledge to send a handmade gift to the first 5 people who comment on your post. They in turn make the pledge, and send to the first 5 people on their list. I made a folded paper crane garland for one recipient on my list who loves birds, but wanted to add a little something more, and so the sunrise owl coaster was born.
You can find the pattern in US terms here:
5mm hook ( I am a pretty loose crocheter so you may want to go up a size or 2)
8 ply yarn in orange, red and yellow, plus a small bit if black for the eyes.
2 white buttons for eyes
In colour A ch 2. Into 2nd chain from hook, dc 6 times.
Now you are going to crochet in a spiral, so I recommend putting a stitch marker in your last stitch every round to help you keep count.
Round 1 – 2 dc in each st around (12 stitches)
Round 2 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next st, repeat around (18 stitches)
Change to colour b
Round 3 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches repeat around (24 stitches)
Round 4 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 3 stitches, repeat around (30 stitches)
Round 5 – 2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 4 stitches, repeat around (36 stitches)
Change to colour c
Round 6- 2 dc into next st, dc into next 5 stitches, repeat around (42 stitches)
Round 7 – 2 dc into next st, dc in next 6 stitches, repeat around (48 stitches)
Row 8 – slip st into next st ch 2 (counts as first htr) Htr in next 9 st, ch 1 and turn.
Row 7 – htr in all 9 stitches, and htr in the second ch of your first ch. Break yarn and finish off
Turn work, and join yarn with a slip stitch into the 6th stitch htr in next st, then tr in next 3 stitches. Break yarn and finish off.
Turn work and join yarn with a slip stitch into the dc next to the one you joined your yarn into on the last round. Htr in next stitch, the tr in next 3 stitches, break yarn and finish off. This will give you nice pointy ears.
Darn in all of your ends, then sew your button on with the black yarn. Embroider a beak with orange yarn, and you’re done!
I recommend blocking to get rid of the slight octagon shape formed by your increases 🙂