I am a mother, wife, sister and daughter. I love how crafts can help you refocus your mind and heal your soul.
Learn to Crochet a Cute Fox Finger Puppet
This is a free pattern for a simple and adorable finger puppet for your little one. It's quick to whip up, too! The puppet is designed to fit a 5- to 7-year-old, but I am sure it will fit most little hands. In my home, we call this fox puppet "Foxy Loxy."
Please feel free to use this pattern and share it around. I just appreciate a link back to this page—thanks!
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.
We'll start by crocheting the legs and finish up with the head and ears.
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
- 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 it. Leave the yarn there whilst you add detail to 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.
Joining the Head to the Legs
Turn over and join Foxy Loxy's head to her legs (about 1/3 of the way up).
You are done! Congrats!
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.
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.
My Crochet Hobby Today
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.
Urmila Ukidve on December 23, 2015:
I made foxy loxy. My two grandchildren are enjoying . Thanks !
JaneAustin29 on December 06, 2015:
Such a fun clever pattern! :o)
It will make a great stocking stuffer!
Thanks for sharing!
JACKY on November 16, 2014:
Love this pattern, thanks for sharing :)
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 27, 2014:
Oh, how adorable!! I will have to send this article on to my sister in law so I can get some of these for my kids!
Donna Herron from USA on February 27, 2014:
I don't really understand the sudden fascination and popularity of foxes, but this finger puppet is ADORABLE. Your directions are very clear. Thanks for posting this! Would love to see some other animal and/or character finger puppets that could be used to act out a fairy tale or children's story!!
sujaya venkatesh on February 27, 2014:
a very cute one unle
CraftytotheCore on February 27, 2014:
What an amazing story. I have tried to crochet and just can't get the hang of it. This is such a cute idea!
Rachel on February 22, 2014:
I followed your pattern for your wee finger puppets. I actually made a pair of them and a wee background from felt and have donated them to a Secret Art Show to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis where each piece of artwork, from paintings, textiles, sculptures to
photographs will be sold for £10 each. So far they have over 200 pieces of artwork donated from amateur artists to professionals. I've just started another set for my
kingofspain on January 20, 2014:
Question for you...when doing the legs, at what point do you switch from the black to the orange yarn?
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 27, 2013:
That's nice because imaginary play is very important. I work with puppets and children and I find that the puppets give a voice to the children!
Jo (author) from Isle of Wight UK on April 27, 2013:
Thank you, I have made a basket full of crocheted puppets, and they are available for my girls to play with for imaginary play.
kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on April 26, 2013:
So very cute! It's excellent for motricity as well as the kids play with the puppets and use their fingers!
I love also the idea of a homemade gift!
Beautiful project! Thank you for sharing!
Jo (author) from Isle of Wight UK on March 28, 2013:
thank you Moira
Moira Durano-Abesmo from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on March 28, 2013:
Very cute indeed!
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on March 27, 2013:
Cute!! I did not know that crochet could not be duplicated by a machine. That will always keep it an art!
Jo (author) from Isle of Wight UK on March 24, 2013:
Thank-you, I think crochet is so much fun- I am addicted to it,
Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on March 23, 2013:
I have not crocheted in years and years, but watched my mother do it for many with all her throws. Your creation here is so adorable, especially for any child to play with! Thanks for sharing your creation and your instructions. Too cute!
Jo (author) from Isle of Wight UK on March 07, 2013:
Wonderful I will hop over to yours.
Jo (author) from Isle of Wight UK on March 07, 2013:
Thank you so much :)
3enfamilia on March 07, 2013:
3enfamilia.blogspot.com on March 06, 2013:
Sharing in my blog. Thanks.
Natasha from Hawaii on March 06, 2013:
This is the cutest! I'd have to learn how to crochet, but I feel like I could handle it. Pinned!
Karina on February 27, 2013:
Jo (author) from Isle of Wight UK on February 27, 2013:
Priyanka Estambale from United States on February 27, 2013:
This is so cute! Loved it! thanks for sharing :)