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Owl Bookmark Knitting Pattern

This is a very cute and simple knitting pattern for an owl bookmark.

The bookmark is a great way to encourage children to read books and would be a super home made gift.

Please do let us know what you think of this fun stash busting knitting pattern!

Materials and yarn used

Needles – 8mm straight


Approx 35g chunky yarn suitable for 6 to 8mm needles.The yarn used on the owl in the photo is Lana Grossa Mille II (affiliate link).

You also need scraps of yarn for the beak and ears.

Other materials:

Two buttons and some felt or fabric circles for the eyes.  Small amount of toy stuffing.

The pattern


Cast on 4 stitches and work in garter stitch (k every row) until strip measures 20cm.  End on a ws row.

Cast on 4 stitches.

K across row.

Cast on 4 stitches.

Knit across row.

Starting with k, work sticking stitch (knit 1 row, p 1 row) for 12 rows.

Then work 8 rows of garter stitch.

Work 12 more rows of stocking stitch, starting once more with a k row.

Work garter stitch for 3 rows.

Cast off.

The cast off side is the front of the owl.


Cast on 6 stitches and then work the following rows to make the beak.

  1. K
  2. K2,k2tog,k2
  3. K2tog, k1, k2tog
  4. K
  5. K2tog, k1
  6. K2tog.

Thread yarn through remaining one stitch and secure.

Making up

Sew or glue on eyes and beak.  Use the photo as a guide.  Sew up bottom and side seams, stuffing with a little toy filling before sealing up completely.

Make the ears by threading 9 strands of 10cm long pieces of yarn (any thickness or variety) directly through the fabric, front to back, as you would thread a tassel through a scarf.  You can use a crochet hook to help if wanted.  Trim so the ends are even.

Weave in all loose ends and place the little owl on your shelf or inside a book.

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