Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Reddy Fox Pattern

Update June 14, 2016: This pattern has been removed and is no longer available. Read Copycats? post for explanation. 

REDDY FOX PATTERN

Materials used:

1 ball (3.5 oz) of Vanna's Choice yarn in terracotta (red)
1 partial ball (3.5 oz) of Vanna's Choice yarn in crisp white
1 partial ball (3.5 oz) of Vanna's Choice yarn in black
Hook size = 3.25 mm
stitch marker
yarn needles to join pieces
Polyester Fiberfill for stuffing
Small amount of white DK weight yarn (for ear 'fluff')

Stitches used:

ch - chain stitch
ss - slip stitch
sc - single crochet
inc - sc increase
dec - sc decrease (sc2tog - single crochet 2 together)
Magic Circle - see how here (start each piece with magic circle)

Time to Complete - 16 hours (approximately)
Finished size - 14 inches tall

Legs (x2)

Start with black yarn. Work from the bottom up, starting with a magic circle, use stitch marker to mark end of rows (work in continuous rounds with no joining)

Body
Join legs on middle 2 stitches as shown in this tutorial. The instructions are in German but the video alone is enough to understand the technique. Once the legs are joined continue crocheting around both legs to form the body.

Arms (x2)


Head


Hood


Ears (x2)

Start with black yarn.
R1 - 6 sc (6)
R2 - (sc inc) x3 (9)
R3 - sc around (9)
R4 - (2 sc inc) x3 (12) [Switch to red yarn at end of row.]
R5 - sc around (12)
R6 - (3 sc inc) x3 (15)
R7 - sc around (15)
R8  - (4 sc inc) x3 (18)
R9 - sc around (18)
R10 - sc around (18)
Finish off leaving 8" tail for joining.

Fold ear in half to form a natural curve before adding ear 'fluff'. With long strand (~18") white yarn (DK weight) embroider ear 'fluff' on one side (inside) of fox ear. Strands should point away from head, so work in opposite direction for each ear. Start and finish working strand from inside the folded ear so it can be knotted securely with the knot hidden from view. Refer to photo below for desired look.
Tail 

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Refer to photos of Reddy Fox above before joining ears, head, arms and tail. I like to pin pieces in place before attaching. A few more photos of Reddy Fox are included in previous posts here and here.

Have fun and share photos if you make one too. I'd love to see them.



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Reddy Fox Tah-Dah!

Last week after making two fox hats to send to our grandchildren, I was inspired to make a fox. I started with the head, hood and ears. Making a foxy-looking ear was challenging, but I finally figured it out. 

Over the weekend, I finished and attached the ears, legs and body. 

I have also been busy preparing for a month-long vacation in Cuba, so didn't expect to have time to finish until my return. My long to-do list included laundry, packing, vacuuming, bathroom cleaning, toilet scrubbing and re-packing yet again. Packing for a month with bikes plus lots of extra things to donate to a school cycling program in Las Tunas takes extra care and planning. Happily, I made it through my list so I could crochet Monday night. Phew, I actually finished. 

Allow me to introduce the newest addition to my crochet critters collection of free patterns... Reddy Fox Tah-Dah! 
 
Reddy Fox loved posing for photos this morning before I left for work.

I'm so pleased I finished Reddy Fox in time to share photos and a pattern before we leave. If you would like to make one too, you can find my Reddy Fox pattern here.





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