Crocheted Fox Finger Puppet Free Pattern
What You Need
- 25 grams of double knit/cotton dk should be more than enough. Colors: Black and orange.
- Size 4-4.5 UK/ G6 US hook
- Darn and embroidery needle
- Black embroidery thread
- A small piece of white/cream felt
- Red crayon for cheeks
- Buttons, felt, or toy eyes
Tension is not too important. I work quite tightly when I crochet. Puppet is designed to fit a 5 -7 year old, but I am sure it will fit most little hands.
Please feel free to use this pattern and share it around. I just appreciate a link back to this page — thanks!
Start with black yarn, and make a magic ring.
- r 1: 4dc into loop - 4dc
- r 2: 2dc in each dc around - 8dc
- r 3: 1dc in each dc around - 8dc
- r 4- 7: dc in each dc around, and then fasten off and weave in ends.
- Follow steps 1-7 but do not fasten off or cut yarn
- r 8: place legs together, and dc around each leg in a continuous round - 16dc
- r 9: dc in each dc around, and leave a long tail for sewing on the head- 16dc
Foxy Loxy's Head
- r.1: Magic ring, then 4dc into loop- 4dc
- r.2: 2dc in each dc around - 8dc
- r.3: * 1dc, 2dc in next, repeat from * 12dc
- r.4: dc around - 12dc
- r.5: * 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next, repeat from* -16dc
- r.6 : dc around - 16dc
- r.7: * 1dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next, repeat from * - 20dc
- r.8 dc around - 20dc
Flatten the head so the yarn ends up on one corner of the it. Leave the yarn there whilst you add detail to the head.
Finishing the Head
- r 1: From edge dc in next 4 sts, ch1 and turn work.
- r.2 dec over nxt 2 sts, dc in next, ch 1 and turn
- r.3 : dec over next 2 sts and your'e done- fasten off.
- miss 1 dc and join yarn here, follow r.1-r.3 for second ear.
- Now join black yarn to the base of the ear, and dc around, fasten off. Repeat for second ear.
Turn over and join Foxy Loxy's head to her legs (about a 1/3 of the way up)
You are done! Congrats!
Foxy Loxy in action!
How I Got Started With Crochet
Following a serious illness and being unwell for two years, my family was made homeless. Bills started adding up, and I was unable to work. My family ended up living in a touring caravan on a camp site.
During this time I needed to find an outlet that I could do whilst convalescing in bed, and my sister in-law gave me a book — a little magazine about crochet. I picked it up a couple of times, but kept on thinking, 'this is impossible for me to learn.'
Eventually, I decided to really have a good long read of the magazine, and that triggered me to look at sites online. I found a wonderful site called The Purl Bee where I found the most simple and beautiful crochet tutorial to assist my learning.
Many failed granny squares were lobbed across the caravan whilst I was learning, and it took a great deal of persistence to continue learning how to master the tension, and the way I held the hook and the yarn.
As I progressed, I found a wonderful online community for fellow crocheters called Ravelry. I found hundreds of free patterns here that suited my ability, and I could connect with other women who crochet to swap ideas.
My critical illness meant that I was in terrible pain for most of the two-year period following my hospitalisation, and I owe a lot to crochet because it refocused my mind away from the pain.
Now I go giddy over yarn and squeal with delight when I come across a delicious new pattern. My daughters who are 5 and 7 are now learning to crochet, and my husband even purchased a pattern to get himself started on the crochet journey.
So five years later, I am still improving my crocheting skills, and see that the crochet revolution is in full swing online. I love that crafts in general have become so popular recently. It gives me so much joy to create something for my children from scratch. The only disadvantage is knowing what to do next, as I get very distracted by new patterns.
Yarn can be quite pricey too, and now that more people are interested in knitting and crochet, it is even harder to find the odd ball of yarn in charity shops. My favourite online shop is Demaores and if you happen to purchase the Moillie Makes Magazine, they often have discounts for this shop, or free p&p offers.
I urge anyone who is poorly, or suffering from depression, to take up a craft. I truly believe it can heal the soul.
Fun Facts About Crochet
- Crochet is the only craft where the stitches cannot be replicated by a machine
- Crochet translates to 'hook' in French
- Crochet was thought to have been developed by fishermen.
- Crochet gained popularity in the mid 1800s
- Due to the mathematical structure of crochet, it has often been used as a tool by some mathematicians to explain complex theories to students.
- One of the world's largest crocheted sculptures is that of a lion, by artist Shauna Richardson