Free Fox pattern

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’re celebrating GMC author Susie John’s book signing at The Handmade Fair with this FREE Fox pattern from Knitted Woodland Creatures

 

We’re celebrating GMC author Susie John’s book signing at The Handmade Fair with this FREE Fox pattern from Knitted Woodland Creatures.

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Susie will be signing Knitted Woodland Creatures at the GMC stand A29 between 11-12pm on Sunday 21st September. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fox pattern

Finished size

Fox’s head and body measure approximately 21in (53cm) in length, and the tail is approximately 10.5in (27cm) long.

 

Materials

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, 75% Merino, 20% Silk, 5% Cashmere (127yd/116m per 50g ball):

3 x 50g balls in shade 338 Foxy (A)

2 x 50g balls in shade 003 Vanilla (B)

Small amount of black DK yarn

Set of four 3.25mm (UK10:US3) double-pointed needles

1 pair of 3.25mm (UK10:US3) needles

Stitch markers

Polyester toy filling

Tapestry needle

2 x ½in (12mm) brown safety eyes

 

Tension

24 sts and 32 rows to 4in (10cm), measured over st st using 3.25mm needles and DK yarn. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

 

How to make Fox

Upper body and head (in one piece)

Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 15 sts.

Row 1 (and every odd-numbered row, unless otherwise stated): Purl.

Row 2: K1, inc1, k5, M1, k1, M1, k5, inc1, k1 (19 sts).

Row 4: K1, inc1, k6, M1, k3, M1, k6, inc1, k1 (23 sts).

Row 6: K1, inc1, k7, M1, k5, M1, k7, inc1, k1 (27 sts).

Row 8: K1, inc1, k8, M1, k7, M1, k8, inc1, k1 (31 sts).

Row 10: K1, inc1, k9, M1, k9, M1, k9, inc1, k1 (35 sts).

Row 12: K1, inc1, k10, M1, k11, M1, k10, inc1, k1 (39 sts).

Row 14: K1, inc1, k11, M1, k13, M1, k11, inc1, k1 (43 sts).

Row 16: K1, inc1, k12, M1, k15, M1, k12, inc1, k1 (47 sts).

Row 18: K1, inc1, k13, M1, k17, M1, k13, inc1, k1 (51 sts).

Row 20: K16, M1, k19, M1, k16 (53 sts).

Row 21: Purl.

Row 22: K51, turn.

Row 23: P49, turn.

Row 24: K47, turn.

Row 25: P45, turn.

Row 26: K43, turn.

Row 27: P41, turn.

Row 28: K39, turn.

Row 29: P37, turn.

Row 30: K35, turn.

Row 31: P33, turn.

Row 32: K31, turn.

Row 33: P29, turn.

Row 34: K27, turn.

Row 35: P25, turn.

Row 36: K23, turn.

Row 37: P21, turn.

Row 38: K19, turn.

Row 39: P17, turn.

Row 40: K16, turn.

Row 41: P15, turn.

Row 42: Knit to end.

Beg with a p row, work 21 rows in st st.

Row 64: K19, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k19 (51 sts).

Row 66: K18, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k18 (49 sts).

Beg with a p row, work 7 rows in st st.

Row 74: K24, turn.

Row 75: Purl to end.

Row 76: k22, turn.

Row 77: Purl to end.

Row 78: K20, turn.

Row 79: Purl to end.

Row 80: K18, turn.

Row 81: Purl to end.

Row 82: Knit.

Row 83: P24, turn.

Row 84: Knit to end.

Row 85: P22, turn.

Row 86: Knit to end.

Row 87: P20, turn.

Row 88: Knit to end.

Row 89: P18, turn.

Row 90: Knit to end.

Row 91: Purl.

Row 92: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k14, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k14, k2tog, k1 (45 sts).

Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 96: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k12, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k12, k2tog, k1 (41 sts).

Beg with a p row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 100: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k10, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k10, k2tog, k1 (37 sts).

Row 101: Purl.

Row 102: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k8, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k1 (33 sts).

Row 103: Purl.

Row 104: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k1 (29 sts).

Row 105: Purl.

Row 106: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k1 (25 sts).

Row 107: Purl.

Row 108: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k2, sl1, k1, psso, k11, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 (21 sts).

Row 109: Purl.

 

Shape head

Row 1: K10, turn.

Row 2: Purl to end.

Row 3: K9, turn.

Row 4: Purl to end.

Row 5: K8, turn.

Row 6: Purl to end.

Row 7: K7, turn.

Row 8: Purl to end.

Row 9: K6, turn.

Row 10: Purl to end.

Row 11: K5, turn.

Row 12: Purl to end.

Row 13: Knit all sts.

Row 14: P10, turn.

Row 15: Knit to end.

Row 16: P9, turn.

Row 17: Knit to end.

Row 18: P8, turn.

Row 19: Knit to end.

Row 20: P7, turn.

Row 21: Knit to end.

Row 22: P6, turn.

Row 23: Knit to end.

Row 24: P5, turn.

Row 25: Knit to end.

Row 26: Purl all sts.

Row 27: K1, inc1, k3, M1, k11, M1, k3, inc1, k1 (25 sts).

Row 28: Purl.

Row 29: K1, inc1, K5, M1, k11, M1, k5, inc1, k1 (29 sts).

Row 30: Purl.

Row 31: K1, inc1, k7, M1, k11, M1, k7, inc1, k1 (33 sts).

Row 32: Purl.

Row 33: K1, inc1, k9, M1, k11, M1, k9, inc1, k1 (37 sts).

Row 34: Purl.

Row 35: K1, inc1, (k11, M1) twice, k11, inc1, k1 (41 sts).

Row 36: Purl.

Row 37: K39, turn.

Row 38: P37, turn.

Row 39: K36, turn.

Row 40: P35, turn.

Row 41: K34, turn.

Row 42: P33, turn.

Row 43: K32, turn.

Row 44: P31, turn.

Row 45: K30, turn.

Row 46: P29, turn.

Row 47: K28, turn.

Row 48: P27, turn.

Row 49: K26, turn.

Row 50: P25, turn.

Row 51: K24, turn.

Row 52: P23, turn.

Row 53: K22, turn.

Row 54: P21, turn.

Row 55: K20, turn.

Row 56: P19, turn.

Row 57: K18, turn.

Row 58: P17, turn.

Row 59: K16, turn.

Row 60: P15, turn.

Row 61: K14, turn.

Row 62: P13, turn.

Row 63: K12, turn.

Row 64: P11, turn.

Row 65: K10, turn.

Row 66: P9, turn.

Row 67: Knit to end.

Row 68: Purl.

 

Shape muzzle

Row 1: (K4, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k4) 3 times (35 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 5: (K3, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k3) 3 times (29 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 9: (K2, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k2) 3 times (23 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 13: (K1, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k1) 3 times (17 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 17: (sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog) 3 times (11 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.

Row 23: K1, (sl1, k1, psso) twice, k1, (k2tog) twice, k1 (7 sts).

Row 24: Purl.

Cast off.

 

Lower body and head

Using 3.25mm needles and B, cast on 13 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K1, inc1, k to last 2 sts, inc1, k1.

Rep rows 1–4 four times (23 sts).

Beg with a p row, work 59 rows in st st.

Row 80: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 81: Purl.

Rep rows 80 and 81 once more (19 sts); place a marker on each end of this row.

 

Shape head and neck

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K1, sl1, k1, psso, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 7: As row 3 (15 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 7 rows in st st.

Row 15: K1, inc1, k2, M1, k7, M1, k2, inc1, k1 (19 sts).

Row 16: Purl.

Row 17: K1, inc1, k4, M1, k7, M1, k4, inc1, k1 (23 sts).

Row 18: Purl.

Row 19: K1, inc1, k6, M1, k7, M1, k6, inc1, k1 (27 sts).

Row 20: Purl.

Row 21: K1, inc1, k8, M1, k7, M1, k8, inc1, k1 (31 sts).

Row 22: Purl.

Row 23: K1, inc1, k10, M1, k7, M1, k10, inc1, k1 (35 sts).

Row 24: Purl.

Row 25: (K3, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k3) 3 times (29 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 7 rows in st st.

Row 33: (K2, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k2) 3 times (23 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 7 rows in st st.

Row 41: (K1, sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5, (k2tog, k1) 3 times (17 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 7 rows in st st.

Row 49: (sl1, k1, psso) 3 times, k5,
(k2tog) 3 times (11 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.

Row 55: Sl1, k2tog, psso, k5, k3tog (7 sts).

Row 56: P2tog, p3, p2tog.

Cast off rem 5 sts.

 

Tail

Using set of four 3.25mm double-pointed needles and A, cast on 18 sts and divide these equally between three needles, using the fourth to knit with.

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 4: (K5, inc1) 3 times (21 sts).

Knit 5 rounds.

Round 10: (K6, inc1) 3 times (24 sts).

Knit 5 rounds.

Round 16: (K7, inc1) 3 times (27 sts).

Knit 5 rounds.

Round 22: (K8, inc1) 3 times (30 sts).

Knit 5 rounds.

Round 28: (K4, inc1) 6 times (36 sts).

Knit 5 rounds.

Round 34: (K5, inc1) 6 times (42 sts).

Knit 5 rounds.

Round 40: (K6, inc1) 6 times (48 sts).

Knit 54 rounds.

Round 95: (K6, k2tog) 6 times (42 sts);
cut A and join in B.

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 99: (K12, k2tog) 3 times (39 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 103: (K11, k2tog) 3 times (36 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 107: (K10, k2tog) 3 times (33 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 111: (K9, k2tog) 3 times (30 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 115: (K8, k2tog) 3 times (27 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 119: (K7, k2tog) 3 times (24 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 123: (K6, k2tog) 3 times (21 sts).

Knit 3 rounds.

Round 127: (K5, k2tog) 3 times (18 sts).

Knit 2 rounds.

Round 130: (K1, k2tog) 6 times (12 sts).

Knit 1 round.

Round 132: (K2tog) 6 times.

Cut yarn and thread tail through rem 6 sts.

 

Back legs (make 2)

Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 5 sts.

Row 1: Inc1 in each st (10 sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Inc1 in each st (20 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 15 rows in st st.

Row 19: K18, turn.

Row 20: P16, turn.

Row 21: K15, turn.

Row 22: P14, turn.

Row 23: K13, turn.

Row 24: P12, turn.

Row 25: K11, turn.

Row 26: P10, turn.

Row 27: K9, turn.

Row 28: P8, turn.

Row 29: K7, turn.

Row 30: P6, turn.

Row 31: Knit to end.

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 35: K2, (inc1, k3) 4 times, inc1, k1 (25 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 39: K2, (inc1, k4) 4 times, inc1, k2 (30 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 43: K1, inc1, knit to last 2 sts, inc1, k1.

Row 44: Purl.

Rep rows 43 and 44 twice more (36 sts).

Beg with a knit row, work 4 rows in st st.

Row 53: K2, (k2tog, k4) 5 times, k2tog, k2 (30 sts).

Row 54: Purl.

Row 55: K2, (k2tog, k3) 5 times, k2tog, k1 (24 sts).

Row 56: Purl.

Row 57: (K2, k2tog) 6 times (18 sts).

Row 58: Purl.

Row 59: (K1, k2tog) 6 times (12 sts).

Row 60: Purl.

Row 61: (K2tog) 6 times.

Cut yarn and thread tail through rem 6 sts.

 

Front paws/legs (make 2)

Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 5 sts and follow pattern for back leg to end of row 3.

Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.

Follow rows 19–31 from pattern for back leg.

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Next row: K2, inc1, knit to last 3 sts, inc1, k2.

Beg with a purl row, work 5 rows in st st.

Rep last 6 rows four times more (30 sts).

Cast off.

 

Ears (make 2)

Using 3.25mm needles and A, cast on 16 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K2, sl1, k1, psso, k3, (inc1) twice, k3, k2tog, k2.

Rep rows 3 and 4 four times.

Row 13: Purl.

Row 14: K2, sl1, k1, psso, knit to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Rep rows 13 and 14 three times (8 sts).

Row 21: Purl.

Row 22: K2, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k2 (6 sts).

Row 23: Purl.

Row 24: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k2tog, k1 (4 sts).

Row 25: Purl.

Row 26: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k1 (3 sts).

Row 27: P3tog; cut yarn and fasten off.

 

Ear linings (make 2)

Using 3.25mm needles and B, cast on 14 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K2, sl1, k1, psso, k2, (inc1) twice, k2, k2tog, k2.

Rep rows 3 and 4 four times.

Row 13: Purl.

Row 14: K2, sl1, k1, psso, knit to last
4 sts, k2tog, k2.

Rep rows 13 and 14 twice (8 sts).

Continue, following instructions for Ears from rows 21–27.

 

Nose

Using 3.25mm needles and black yarn, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2: K1, inc2, k1 (5 sts).

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: (K1, inc1) twice, k1 (7 sts).

Row 5: Purl.

Row 6: K1, inc1, k3, inc1, k1 (9 sts).

Beg with a purl row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 10: Cast on 6 sts, knit to end (15 sts).

Row 11: Cast on 6 sts, purl to end (21 sts).

Beg with a knit row, work 4 rows in st st.

Cast off.

 

Making up

Body and head
With right sides together, stitch the top body and head to lthe ower body and head, leaving gaps between marked rows for leg openings. Turn right sides out. You will see that the short-row shaping across the top of the head has created a curve on either side, like eyebrows. Insert one eye on each side, just below these curves. Make sure eyes are firmly secured. Stuff head. Thread a needle with length of A and use this to stitch through head, from behind each eye, to shape head and make it slightly narrower at this point. Stuff body.

Legs
Fold each back leg, with right sides together, and stitch seam in backstitch, leaving a small opening. Turn right sides out, stuff, then stitch opening closed. Stitch top part of each back leg to sides of body, towards the back end. Stitch side seams on each front leg, add stuffing, then stitch top edge of each front leg to opening in body.

Ears, nose and tail
Join the ears in pairs, with right sides out, and stitch inner ear to outer ear using tails of yarn and stuffing other yarn tails inside, to provide a bit of padding. For the nose, with right sides together, stitch sloping edges to cast-on edges, then sew short ends together and place this part underneath pointed end of head. Stitch whole nose in place all round. Stitch the tail in place.

 

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