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Little Fox pattern

Posted on: November 29, 2008

ETA 11/30: The ear section in particular is a bit tricky. I am editing the instructions slightly, and will be adding have added a video. If you have more questions or troubleshooting,  please, leave me a comment! (Or, hey, even if you just like it…)

At last, the pattern! It works up quite small – he rests in the palm of your hand. (I’ll try to add a photo to make the scale clear.) I tested it making a pink fox for my daughter – perhaps I will add a pic later. Let me know if there are mistakes, or I need to clarify. Feel free to make many little foxes – and please, I’d love to see photos! – but please do not copy the pattern to your own site – leave a link instead. Also, please do not sell the pattern, nor make them and sell them online. Thanks.

Little Fox
By me! S. J. Montgomery

amigurumi fox

Stitches used:

  • Magic ring
  • inc = increase
  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • f.l. = front loop
  • invdec = invisible decrease
  • four loop bobble (in feet): (Yarn over hook and insert hook into stitch; yo and pull up a loop; yo and pull the yarn through 2 loops) repeat this 3 times into the same stitch – you will have 4 loops on your hook. YO and pull through all 4 loops. Here is a nice video tutorial; this site also has a few pictures.

Please note: normally I suggest, when making amigurumi, alternating the pattern a little to avoid lines, i.e. if the pattern of the round is (1 + inc) around and the next is (2 + inc) around, I would say alternate whether you start with the 1 sc or the inc, so as to avoid a line where all the inc are lined up. HOWEVER, in the head part of this pattern, it is important to follow the instructions so as to get the proper shaping. In the body and tail you may want to try the alternating I talked about above.

Head & Body

1. 4 sc in magic ring
2. inc every stitch (8)
3. sc around (8)
4. 2 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc (11) [insert nose]
5. 2 sc, (1 sc, inc) 3 times, 3 sc (14)
6. inc, 2 sc, (inc, 1 sc) 4 times, 3 sc (19) [place eyes between rounds 5 & 6 where the head widens (opposite your starting st), 6 st apart. You can wait until you make the ears before inserting them.]
7. sc around

Making the ears, they are worked as part of the head. [If you have trouble, look in the comments/ask a question there for help, or try the new video tutorial. Also embedded at the bottom of the post.]

8. 6 sc, (sc into front loop of st above eye, ch 3, skip 1st ch, 2 sc [down chain], sc into f.l. next head st of rnd; turn [work up ear], sc, sl st; turn [work down ear], sl st, sl st into f.l. of next head st) 3 sl st in f.l. of next 3 sts in round; repeat parentheses once, 4 sc
9. sc around (through back loops of ear sections) (19)
10. invdec, 2 sc, invdec, 2 sc, 2 invdec, 2 sc, invdec, sc, invdec [goes one st into next row, move marker for new starting stitch] (12)
11. sc, 2 inc, 7 sc, 3 inc (18)
12. (2 inc, 2 sc) 4 times, 2 sc (26)
13-17.   sc around
18. (2 sc, dec) around, 2 sc (17)
19. sc around
20. (invdec, sc) around, invdec (13)

Stuff head & body firmly.

21. 6 invdec, one st left (7)

Drawstring (using needle, weave yarn tail through front loop of each stitch and pull tight) closed.

Tail

Start with white.

1. 3 sc in ring
2. inc around (6)

Switch colors.

3. (1 sc + inc) around (9)
4. (1 sc + inc) around (13)
5-8. sc around
9. (1 sc + invdec) around, 1 sc (9)
10. (1 sc + invdec) around (6)

Stuff lightly.

11. invdec around (3)

Drawstring closed. Leave long tail of yarn, sew to body.

Legs (make 4)

1. 5 sc in ring
2. 2 sc, bobble, 2 sc
3. sc around
4. sc around, attach with sl st to next st.

Tuck tail from magic ring into foot. Leave long tail of yarn, sew to body.

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38 Responses to "Little Fox pattern"

Such a cute pattern!
I’m definitely making one over the holidays, thanks so much for the pattern. How little is he?
cheers

Thanks! He’s pretty small – sits in the palm of my hand. I’ll post a photo soon that shows the scale better.

I just started this wonderful pattern, I want to give some to my family for christmas. (our family name is ‘the fox’ in dutch)
I’m having some trouble with the ear section. Difficult to explain :)
When I make the ch3 and follow the instructions, I end up with something that does not look like an ear. And I just kind of guessed where to put the eye, because I couldn’t really see the body widening yet. If you can help me, that would be great because I need a little army of cute foxes!

Thanks,
Louise

Hi Louise! Thanks for writing – I know the ear section is tricky, so I hope I can make it clearer.

You can wait on putting in the eyes until after you make the ears, then they’ll go below (in front of) the ears. (Probably referring to the picture would be the best thing for that.)

As far as the ears go, the trick is that you’re working back down the chain to fill out the triangle part. So you sc into the front loop of the stitch on the round, then chain 3, then go back down that chain, skipping 1 chain and sc into both the others. Then extend the bottom of the ear by sc into the front loop of the next stitch in the round, then turn the work around and sc back up the part that started with the chain – the tallest part of the ear I guess. But only sc once, then sl st – that leaves the end a little pointy – and then turn back to normal and sl st back down the ear and into the next st in the round. Then 3 sl st in the front loops (forgot that in the instructions, I’ll edit it) of the next 3 sts across the top of the head, and do it all again for the second ear.

I hope the video I made for this is helpful. :)

OMG, this little guy is unbearably adorable! Do you have an Etsy shop???

I love this fox ! Thanks for the pattern

This is soooo cute – can’t wait to make one up!

I love the pattern, the fox is so cute. I can’t wait to try it. I have looked all over for a 3.0 mm hook and cannot find one. All I have been able to find was 2.75 mm and 3.25 mm.

He is soooooooooo cute! I made one for my dad and he loved it. I’m working on a pattern so he turns out bigger. He’s pretty small. Thanks for the awesome pattern!

Oh my gosh its so cute! I’m just starting amigurumi and I can’t wait to try this pattern!!! Thanks for posting it (and the ear tutorial)!

i made one for my dad. he loved it, so i varied the pattern and made my sister a raccoon. all you have to do is substitute black for red and make rings on the tail. it ROCKS!!!

uaaaaaaaaa, this is the cutest little thing ever!! thank you so much for the pattern:)!

I made the little fox today! oh I love him! thank you for the pattern

Thank you for posting this versatile pattern. When I saw the little fox, I instantly thought, “change the colors, add a really long tail and that’ll look just like my pet sugar gliders!”

I made an all white sugar glider using this pattern. I wanted this so badly, I crocheted it up so quickly my fingers ached!

The ears were confusing at first, but I finally got it after about six attempts. It’s tricky, but the effect is so worth it.

I love this pattern! Thanks again!

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Hi, I love this little fox! He is soooo cute! Thanks for the pattern! I shared it in my blog!

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love it, love it, LOVE IT. am going to start crocheting and this is at the top of my list! i’ll probably be making some for my friends too! I love foxes, this really looks great and the pattern is so AWESOME!

I LOVE this pattern! He’s so cute. I did find the ears a little tricky, but once you get it it’s perfect.

I’m thinking this would also make a good armadillo if done in grey with a different tail, it’s awesome so many people are creating other animals with this pattern. I used this little fox for my odd version of guerilla knitting.

Oooo… I can totally see an armadillo… I’d do slightly different ears, elongate the back end going into the tail… I might even throw in a some crab stitch (reverse single crochet) along the body for some texture/ridges… I’d have to look at some reference pictures. Great idea!

I’m glad you like the pattern! :) Thanks for the kind comment.

I’d love to send you a picture I’m just not sure how to do it.

If you have a free flickr account, or one on ravelry, or put it up anywhere else on the web (a blog or whatever), just leave a comment and let me know where. :) I’d certainly love to see your creation!

I love this little fox and THANK YOU for the ear video!

I have a question, I tried the pattern and it’s not really working well. When you have something like this 2 sc, (inc, 1 sc) Do I do two sc, inc then one sc? or does the 2sc count as do an inc, 1 sc, four times? I am frazzled with this pattern and would like a little bit of a clearer reading of the pattern. I’m very new to crochet and have trouble reading patterns sometimes.

Thank you! ~Tiffani

Hi Tiffani! Sorry if the pattern’s unclear at all. Let me explain a line of it and hopefully that will help:

2 sc, (1 sc, inc) 3 times, 3 sc (14)

This means, do two single crochets, then do the part in parentheses three times – 1 single crochet and 1 increase, three times in a row; then 3 single crochets, and that should bring you back to the beginning of the round again – and you should have 14 stitches in that round, total. In my patterns, at least, if there’s a series of stitches in parentheses, then after it I’ll have instructions on how many times to do it. If it says “around” that means repeat it until you get back to the beginning of the round. I think I will go and add to the pattern that you really do need a stitch marker for this, so that you can tell when you’re at the beginning of round again. I use markers like this: http://www.joann.com/clover-locking-stitch-marker/prd12012/

Or you could use a safety pin.

I hope this helps! If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Thank you so much, though, sometimes for some reason or another, I don’t have the correct number of stitches in the round or don’t end on the end of the instructions like it says, sometimes I end on the inc, or the sc, or what have you, will that affect the way the fox comes out at all?

And how do you get the muzzle so defined? Mine blends in and doesn’t look as nice as yours does, though its probably something I do. Is there a technique you use?

Thanks! Tiffani.

I am going to try to make one for my baby brother who is nine.i am 11 and love this site.thanks for the pattern

Thanks for sharing. Hermoso patrón :) Y las instrucciones están muy fáciles de seguir, muy claro.

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Very cute! I linked to him on my blog this morning. Thanks for sharing your pattern! http://www.mooglyblog.com/fantastic-crochet-fox-patterns/

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So cute! :) I was just wondering, where do you buy the eyes and noses for amigurumi animals…also, what size is used for the fox? Thank you in advance!

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