Presenting… squinty fox!
9th Pattern in the 12 Days of Woodland Creatures project :D
A very special thank-you to Kate of Signed with an Owl, who left a comment on the owl pattern post about using the loop stitch to make a squirrel’s tail, which gave me the idea to try the loop stitch for the fox’s tail. It makes it extra fluffy!
Worsted weight yarn in orange, white, black and brown
3.5 mm hook
Tapestry needle for embroidering and sewing
Round 1: with white, 4 sc in magic ring, sl st in first sc to join.
Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, sl st in first sc to join, switch to orange, fasten off white. (6 sc)
Round 3: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, sl st in first st to join. (12 sc)
Round 4: ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around, sl st in first sc to join. (18 sc)
Round 5-6: ch 1, 1 sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join. (18 sc)
*Note: As I’ve mentioned in the first woodland creatures post, I’m making these animals for a baby mobile so I’m making them flat, but all of the patterns are designed with double layers for sturdiness, and you can always slightly stuff them so they’re a bit more 3-dimensional and plush-like. For the fox, now would be good time to stuff the head before the ear row.
Press the top opening of the head flat so that the stitch on the hook is on the top corner edge of the head. We’re now crocheting through both layers of the head.
ch 2, 2 dc tog over the next 2 sc, ch 1, sl st in top of 2-dc-tog just made, ch 2, sl st in the second st of the 2-dc-tog, sl st in next 4 sc, ch 2, 2 dc tog over next 2 sc, ch 1, sl st in top of 2-dc-tog just made, ch 2, sl st in last sc on the top corner edge of the head. Fasten off.
Round 1: With orange, 6 sc in magic ring, do not join.
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around, do not join (12 sc).
Continue making 1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1″ tall.
Next row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc*, repeat from * to * 3 more times.
1 sc in each sc around until piece is 1.75″ tall. Now is a good time to stuff the body if you’d like.
Next row: *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc tog over next 2 sc* twice.
Last row: 1 sc in each sc around, fasten off, leave a tail for sewing.
*Note: Loop stitch is worked on both sides of the tail. Though all of the designs in this project are flat and can be used for applique, they are all designed to be viewed on both sides, so they will also work as ornaments :D
Tail is crocheted in rows.
With orange, leaving a 6″ tail for sewing, ch 3.
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, sc in next sc, turn.
Row 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), lp st (loop stitch) in each sc across, turn.
Row 3: repeat row 2.
Row 4: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st in next st, turn.
Row 5: repeat row 2.
Row 6: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st in next st, lp st in last st, turn.
Row 7: ch 1, lp st in first st, 2 lp st in next st, lp st in each st to end, turn.
Row 8: switch to white, ch 1, lp st in first st, skip next st, lp st in each st to end, turn.
Row 9-10: repeat row 8.
There will be 2 loop stitches in the end, fasten off, weave in all ends.
Embroider the white inner ears, nose, and eyes.
*Tip: Insert sewing needle into the white part of the head on the back when embroidering, and always tie off in that part, because it will be covered by the neck part of the body when attaching the body to head.
Attach body to head by sewing together the top row of the body to the first row of orange (after the white part) on the back of the head, sewing through all layers of the body to the head.
Attach tail to bottom of the back of the body.
Mr. Fox is complete! :D
Have a wonderful Friday and weekend, everyone!