Strigidae Bubo: the CAL

Let's Get This Party Started

Welcome to the first section of Strigidae Bubo!  This happens to be the most challenging section of the entire pattern, but don't worry we will get through it together.   


In this section you will be making two eyes, then putting them together.  Once the two eyes become one you will then begin the blanket.  They eyes are attached to this third piece.  After the three small pieces are joined together the rest on the blanket is made in rounds.


Please take the time to read through the getting started pages of the CAL before you begin.  It may save you a bit of time and frustration later.    

The Eyes

**Make Two**

Round 1 color 1

Make a magic circle.  Ch2, counts as hdc, 9 hdc in mc.  Join to the top of the ch2 with a slst.  FO.

10 hdc


Round 2 color 2

Join with a standing dc in any st, dc in same st.  2Dc in next 9 sts.  Join to the first st with a slst.  FO.

20 dc


Round 3 color 3

Join with a standing sc in any st.  *2Sc in next st, sc in next st* 10 times, omitting last st.  Join to the first st with a slst.  FO.

30 sc


Round 4 color 4

Join with a standing sc in any st, sc in next st.  *2Sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* 10 times, omitting last 2 sts.  Join to the first st with a slst.  FO.

40 sc


Round 5 color 5

**Special Stitches**

Extended sts- noted with an *E* in front of the stitch abbreviation, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through *1* lp (basically making a ch), yo again and finish the st as normal.

Join with a standing sc in any st, sc in next 2 sts.  [2Sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] twice.  Hdc in next st.  2Hdc in next st, hdc in next st.  Ehdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st.  2Dc in next st, Edc in next st.  2Trc in next 2 sts, Edc in next st.  2Dc in next st, dc in next  st, Ehdc in next 2 sts, hdc in next st.  2Hdc in next st, hdc in next st.  [Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st] twice.  Sc in next 3 sts.  Join to the first st with a slst.  FO.

50 sts



**Mark the 3rd st BEFORE and the 2nd st AFTER the standing sc of R5.  Each eye ends here**



Round 6 color 4

**Special Stitches**

Trtr- YO 4 times, work st as normal

Quadtr- YO 5 times, work st as normal

Quintr- YO 6 times, work st as normal

(  )tog- work stitches inside parentheses as a single, all together, st.  

**This round will be joining the eyes together**

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Join with a standing sc in the 2nd st before the marker that is before the standing sc of R5 of one of the eyes.








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Sc3tog with the first leg in the next st.  **At this point lay both eyes back to back (wrong sides facing each other) so the two sets of marked sts line up.**  Work the second leg through the next (marked) st AND the marked st of the second eye.  Work the 3rd leg in the next st of the second eye.   

Working in the second eye only, sc in next 5 sts, 2sc in next st.  [Sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st] 3 times.  [2Sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] 3 times.





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**Hint**

It may be helpful to work this section with the eyes folded back to back.  It may also be helpful to replace the two stitch markers with a single st marker holding both marked sts.






(Sc, Quintr, Quadtr, trtr)tog, with the first (sc) leg in the next st, the 2nd (Quintr) leg through both the first available sts above the sc3tog of the eyes.  The 3rd (Quadtr) leg through both the next available sts above the sc3tog, and the 4th (trtr) leg through both next available sts above the sc3tog.


Sc in next 5 sts.


Sc3tog, working the first leg in the next st, the 2nd leg through the marked sts of both eyes, and the 3rd leg in the next st of the 1st eye.


Sc in next 5 sts


(Sc, trtr, Quadtr, Quintr)tog, with the 1st (sc) leg in the next st, the 2nd (trtr) leg in the in the same sts as the 4th (trtr) leg of the first tog st.  The 3rd (Quadtr) leg is worked in the same sts as the 3rd (Quadtr) leg of the 1st tog st.  The 4th (Quintr) leg is worked in the same sts as the 1st (Quintr) leg of the first tog st.


[Sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st] 3 times.  [2Sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] 4 times.  Join to the first st with a slst.  FO.

100 sts



Eyes are complete.  **Weave in your ends, you will not be able to reach them after you attach eyes to blanket** 

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You will now start the actual blanket.

Rounds 1-5 are a basic circle worked in rounds. Round 6 you will attach the eyes to the circle

Round 1 color 5

Make a magic circle.  Ch3, counts as dc, 11 dc in mc.  Join to the top of the ch3 with a slst.  DO NOT FO.

12 dc


Round 2

Ch3, counts as dc, dc in same st.  2Dc in next 11 sts.  Join to the top of the ch3 with a slst.  DO NOT FO.

24 dc


Round 3

Ch3, counts as dc.  *2Dc in next st, dc in next st* 12 times, omitting last st.  Join to the top of the ch3 with a slst.  DO NOT FO.

36 dc  


Round 4

Ch3, counts as dc, dc in same st.  *Dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* 12 times, omitting last 2 sts.  Join to the top of the ch3 with a slst.  DO NOT FO.

48 dc


Round 5

Ch2, counts as hdc, hdc in next 2 sts.  *2Hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts* 12 times, omitting last 3 sts.  Join to the top of the ch2 with a slst.  FO.

60 hdc 

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**Prepare your circle and eyes to become one**

Guide a tapestry needle or toothpick through the center of your circle.  Place your eye piece on top of the circle guiding the needle (or toothpick) through the center of the eyes.  The center of your eye piece will be between the trtr legs and Quadtr legs of the tog sts.  The needle (or toothpick) is used as a guide to keep both pieces centered while marking sts.

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Mark the 3rd st BEFORE the first tog st and the st of the circle that lies behind it with a single st marker.  Make sure to keep both pieces centered.


Mark 3rd st AFTER the second tog st and the st of the circle that lies behind it with a single st marker.


**You should have 12 empty sts of the circle visible between markers**


Rotate your piece so the marked sts are at the bottom.


Mark the 8th st BEFORE the sc3tog and the st of the circle that lies directly behind it with a single st marker.


Mark the 8th st AFTER the sc3tog and the st of the circle that lies directly behind it with a single st marker.


**You should have 12 empty sts of the circle visible between markers and 16 sts of the circle empty behind each eye**

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Round 6 color 3

With the bottom of the face still at the top, join with a standing sc in the circle (behind the eye) in the st before the first marked st (this will be the top right marked st if you’re right handed, top left marked st if you’re left handed).  

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Sc through the marked st of the eye and the next st of the circle.  Sc in next 2 sts of the circle.  2Sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts.


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Trtr5tog with the first leg in the second st before the sc3tog of the eye, the 2nd leg in the st before the sc3tog, the 3rd leg in the sc3tog, the 4th leg in the st after the sc3tog, and the 5th leg in the second st after the sc3tog of the eye.


(Do not sk a st.)  Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts.  Sc through the marked st of the eye and next st of the circle.  Sc in next 4 sts of the circle, 2sc in next st.  Sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st.  Sc in next 4 sts.  Sc through the marked st of the eye and next st of the circle.


[Sc in next 2 sts of circle, 2sc in next st]  twice.  Sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, Sc in next 2 sts.  Sc through marked st of the eye and next st of the circle.  Sc in next 4 sts of the circle, 2sc in next st.  Sc in next 6 sts, 2sc in next st.  Sc in next 3 sts.  Join to the first st with a slst.  FO.

70 sts

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You've completed the first section.

Take a deep breath, you made it through the first of two tricky sections.  You won't have to wait long for the second, it will be coming up next week when we will build the rest of the face.  


I strongly recommend taking this time to stitch in all your ends.  I know it is a chore we all hate doing, but you'll thank me later for suggesting this.


Please remember this pattern is my original design and is protected by copyright.  It is and will be available only on my website.


Nickie 

October 2018 

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