Friday, February 16, 2018

Free Pattern Friday: Mama and Baby Foxes

Are foxes still trending? Whatever. They're super cute, trending or not. When I was little I always loved those stuffed animals that had a mother and babies, like puppies or kittens, that cuddled up next to the mom. Remember those?

Mother and Baby Fox


I originally wrote this pattern for Michaels. Simple stitches and soft wool-blend yarn in earthy colors make the project perfect for a Mother's Day gift (you've got so much time!) or a baby's nursery.

Materials List
Tapestry needle
Polyester fiberfill
Embroidery Needle
White felt
White thread
Black embroidery floss

Notes:
The pieces are all crocheted in the round in unjoined spirals. Use a locking stitch marker if necessary to mark the beginning of each round. When you complete a round, move the marker to the loop on your hook and continue crocheting.


Mama Fox Head
With yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (24 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (36 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 7: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 9 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (33 sts)
Rnd 8: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 9: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 8 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (30 sts)
Rnds 10-11: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 12: *(Sc into next 3 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (24 sts)
Rnd 13: *(Sc into next 2 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Head firmly. Continue to add stuffing as you work the last rows.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnd 15: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Thread through last rows of stitches and pull to close. Weave in ends. Set aside.


Mama Fox Body
Starting at the head end of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st.
Rnds 7-14: Hdc into next 11 sts, sc into next 10 sts (21 sts)
Rnds 15-17: Sc into each st.
Rnd 18: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 19: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Body firmly.
Rnd 20: Sc2tog around.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail. Weave through the last round of stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave end into the inside.


Mama Fox Ears (Make 2)
Starting at tip of Ear with yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Change to yarn A at end of Rnd 2.
Rnd 3: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next 2 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Rnds 4-6: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Set aside.

Mama Fox Legs (Make 4)
With yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-11: Sc into each st (5 sts)
Fasten off and set aside.

Mama Fox Tail
Starting at the tip of the Tail, with yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc into each st.
Rnd 4: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)
Rnd 5: Sc into next 5 sts, 2 sc into next st, sc into next 4 sts (11 sts)
Change to yarn A at the end of Rnd 5.
Rnds 6-9: Sc into each st around, increasing one stitch each round. 15 sts at the end of Rnd 9.
Rnds 10-13: Sc into each st (15 sts)
Rnd 14: Sc2tog, sc into each st (14 sts)
Rnd 15: *(Sc into next 5 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Tail firmly.
Rnd 16: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Rnd 17: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Tail aside.



Assembly
Sew Head to Body at an angle, as shown. Use matching yarn and weave in ends.

With yarn tails, sew Ears, Legs, and Tail to Mama Fox. Legs should be positioned to all lay to the side so she can lay down.
Cut a wide teardrop shape from white felt for the muzzle. With straight stitches and an embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt. Stitch muzzle to Mama Fox Head with white thread.


Baby Fox Head
With yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: Work 2 sc into each st (24 sts)
Rnds 3-5: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 6: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 6 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (21 sts)
Rnd 7: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 8: *(Sc2tog, sc into next 5 sts), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnd 9: Sc into each st around.
Rnd 10:  *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Head firmly.
Rnd 11: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long strand of yarn for sewing. Thread through last rows of stitches and pull to close. Weave in ends. Set aside.

Baby Fox Body
Starting at the head end of the Body, with yarn A and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 6 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (18 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Rnds 5-10: Hdc into next 9 sts, sc into next 9 sts (18 sts)
Rnds 11-13: Sc into each st.
Rnd 14: *(Sc2tog, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (12 sts)
Insert a stitch marker. Stuff the Body firmly.
Rnd 15: Sc2tog around (6 sts)
Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Thread a yarn needle with the yarn tail. Weave through the last round of stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave end into the inside. Set aside.

Baby Fox Ears (Make 2)
Starting at tip of Ear with yarn B and E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Change to yarn A at end of Rnd 1.
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnds 3-4: Sc into each st.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. Set aside.

Baby Fox Legs (Make 4)
With yarn B and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 5 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnds 1-5: Sc into each st (5 sts)
Fasten off and set aside.

Baby Fox Tail
Starting at the tip of the Tail, with yarn C and an E hook, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, sc 3 into ring. Pull tail gently to close ring.
Rnd 1: Work 2 sc into each st (6 sts)
Rnd 2: *(2 Sc into next st, sc into next st), rep from * to end of rnd (9 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc into each st.
Change to yarn A at the end of Rnd 3.
Rnd 4: 2 Sc into next st, sc into next 8 sts (10 sts)
Rnds 5-7: Sc into each st around, increasing one stitch each round. 13 sts at the end of Rnd 7.
Rnds 8-9: Sc into each st (13 sts)
Rnd 10: Sc2tog, sc into each st (12 sts)
Rnd 11: *(Sc into next 4 sts, sc2tog), rep from * to end of rnd (10 sts)
Insert a stitch marker and stuff Tail firmly.
Rnd 12: Sc2tog around (5 sts)
Rnd 13: Sc into each st.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Set Tail aside.

Assembly
Sew Head to Body at an angle, as shown. Use matching yarn and weave in ends.

With yarn tails, sew Ears, Legs, and Tail to Baby Fox. Legs should be positioned to all lay to the side so he can lay down.
Cut a wide teardrop shape from white felt for the muzzle. With straight stitches and an embroidery floss and embroidery needle, stitch a nose and mouth onto the felt. Stitch muzzle to Baby Fox Head with white thread.

Embroider closed eyes as shown on face of Head with black embroidery floss and embroidery needle.

Abbreviations
Ch: Chain
Sc: Single Crochet
Hdc: Half Double Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
St: Stitch
Rnd: Round
Rep: Repeat
Sc2tog: Single Crochet 2 stitches Together

Techniques
Adjustable ring: Make a ring with yarn. Insert hook into ring, yarn over and draw up a loop. Ch 1, as directed in pattern. Work the stitches required in pattern into the ring. When complete gently, but firmly, pull tail to close up the ring.



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