fredag 23 september 2016

The Sleepy Fox





Update May 5, 2017: I've realized some of you have some trouble understanding how large the head of the fox should be. I've tried to visualize this by adding two new pictures at the end of this pattern. As you can see, the head is quite large - most of the fox consists of the head part. Another thing: when I crochet the muzzle, I usually crochet harder/firmer than I do when I crochet the rest of the body parts. This makes the muzzle firmer and narrower. Now, back to the orignal text:

So, this is the pattern for my design the Sleepy Fox. As you may have predicted, you can use any yarn and colour you want. I use the yarn "Tilda" from Svarta fåret, and needle size 2,5. It's a thin yarn and using that with the mentioned needle will make the fox about 17 centimeters high (ears included). The stuffing of the amigurumi fox is made little by little - once you start making it, you will probably know when and where to put the stuffing
   How you stuff your fox (or other amigurumi) usually has a huge impact on the result. Try to pay attention to each body part while you stuff it. For the head of this particular fox, I try to make the face more wide than high, and so forth. In other words: the shaping while stuffing is essential to the final result. If you're an absolute beginner and stumble upon difficulties - please let me know by leaving a comment and I'll try to guide you!

Further down this page you will find pictures of the fox during the working process and from different sides.

THE SLEEPY FOX

Part I: The Head (start from the back of the head and work your way all the way to the muzzle)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 in the next st (30)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 in the next st (36)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st (42)
8) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st (48)
9) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 in the next st (54)
10) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 in the next st (60)
11) 1 sc in the next 9 st then 2 in the next st (66)
12) 1 sc in the next 10 st then 2 in the next st (72)
13) 1 sc in the next 11 st then 2 in the next st (78)
14-23) I sc in each st for 10 rows (78)
24) 1 sc in the next 11 st then 2 tog (72)
25) 1 sc in the next 10 st then 2 tog (66)
26) 1 sc in the next 9 st then 2 tog (60)
27) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 tog (54)
28) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 tog (48)
29) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 tog (42)
30) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 tog (36) (Stuff the head)
31) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 tog (30) – change colour on last st (white) Tip: crochet the muzzle part harder/firmer than the rest of the head. It makes the muzzle more narrow.
32-34) 1 sc in each st for 3 rows (30)
35) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 tog (24)
36-39) I sc in each for 4 rows (24)
40) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 tog (18) (Stuff the muzzle)
41) I sc in each st for one row (18)
42) 1 sc then 2 tog (12)
43) 1 sc in the next st then 2 tog (8) (Stuff the rest of the muzzle)
44) 2 tog twice then
f/o and weave in and out of the remaining stitches and close the gap.

- Now, pull out a long thread of black yarn. Sew a muzzle on the top of the nose.
 
Part II: The Body (start from the belly and work your way to the back)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc in the next st then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 in the next st (24)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 in the next st (30)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 in the next st (36)
7) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st (42) – change colour on last st
8) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st (48)
9-12) I sc in each st for 4 rows (48)
13) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 tog 
14) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 tog
15) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 tog
16) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 tog (Stuff the body)
17) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 tog
18) 1 sc then 2 tog
19) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 tog  
f/o and weave in and out of the remaining stitches and close the gap. Pull the thread through the body so it enters the top of the body (aka "the neck"). Leave a long thread for sewing the body to the head. I mean, really long. Like longer than you can believe. 

Now - sew the body to the head. There are no rules, just make it happen.

Part III: The Ears (start from the top of the ear)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 1 sc in each st (6)
3) 2 sc in each st (12) – change colour on last st
4) 1 sc in each st for 1 row (12)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 in the next st (15)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 in the next st
7) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st
8) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st
9) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 in the next st
10) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 in the next st (30)
11-17) 1 sc in each st for 7 rows
f/o and leave a long thread for sewing. Not quite as long as the one you left for the body/head-thing, but still long.

Part IV: The Legs (start from the foot/paw)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc then 2 in the next st (18)
4) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 in the next st (24)
5-6) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows (24)
7) 2 tog twice then 1 sc in the following stitches (22)
8) 1 sc in each st for 1 row (22)
9) 2 tog twice then 1 sc in the following stitches (20)
10) 1 sc in each st for 1 row (20)
11) 2 tog twice then 1 sc in the following stitches (18)
12) 1 sc in each st for 1 row (18) – change colour on last st
13-20) 1 sc in each st for 8 rows (18)
Stuff the foot and leg, then crochet the sides of the leg together and f/o, leaving a thread for sewing. I don’t think I have to tell you how long this thread should be – by this point I think you get it.

Part V: The Arms (start from the hand/paw)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) 2 sc in each st (12)
3) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st (14)
4) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st (16)
5) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows (16)
6) I sc in the next 6 st then 2 tog (14)
7) I sc in the next 5 st then 2 tog (12)
8) 1 sc in each st for 3 rows (12) – change colour on last st
9-20) 1 sc in each st for 12 rows (12)
F/o, leaving a thread for sewing (not going to mention the lenght now), stuff the arms lightly.

Part VI: The Tail (start from the tip of the tail)
1) Magic circle (6)
2) I sc then 2 sc in the next st (9)
3) 1 sc in the next 2 st then 2 in the next st (12)
4) 1 sc in each st for one row (12)
5) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 in the next st (15)
6) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 in the next st (18)
7) 1 sc in each st for one row (18)
8) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 in the next st (21)
9) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 in the next st (24)
10) 1 sc in each st for one row (24) – change colour on last st
11) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 in the next st (27)
12) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 in the next st (30)
13-20) 1 sc in each st for 8 rows (30)
21) 1 sc in the next 8 st then 2 tog (27)
22) 1 sc in the next 7 st then 2 tog (24)
23) 1 sc in each st for one row (24)
24) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 tog (21)
25) 1 sc in the next 5 st then 2 tog (18)
26) 1 sc in each st for one row (18) (stuff most of the tail)
27) 1 sc in the next 4 st then 2 tog (15)
28) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 tog (12) (stuff the rest of the tail)
29) 1 sc in each st for one row (12)
f/o leaving a thread for sewing

Part VII: The Final Fox
Sew all the parts of your Sleepy Fox together. For the eyes, use black yarn and sew the eyes on with regular sewing thread.

IMAGE TUTORIAL (sort of) 
In these images you can see how to assemble the different parts of the fox:



Finally. You can make one Sleepy Fox, or two, but I suggest you just make a bunch of them while you´re at it! The more, the merrier, they say.



ADDED PICTURES (May 5, 2017) - SIZE
Size of the fox, in centimeters.
Size of the fox in hand.

66 kommentarer:

  1. This one is sooo Cute , thnx for sharing

    My friends asked me if I can translate it , I will send you the translation if you like

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Sure you can! Makes me glad more people get the opportunity to make their own fox. Would be fun to see the pattern in a different language, so I would appreciate if you could share it with me when it's done. :)

      Radera
    2. As soon as I made the translation I send it to you .. do you have an email I can send it to? If you like to keep it private, you can mail me on psychotiekske@gmail.com

      Radera
    3. Den här kommentaren har tagits bort av skribenten.

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    4. Den här kommentaren har tagits bort av skribenten.

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  2. I think there's a little mistake at round 36,
    36) 1 sc in the next 3 st then 2 tog (24)
    36-38) I sc in each for 4 rows (24)

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    1. Thank you! I've fixed it (I hope!).

      Radera
  3. Thank you so much for sharing! Your fox is adorable!!

    SvaraRadera
  4. So lovely your pattern...hace to make one or two :) thank you for sharing

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  5. So lovely your pattern...hace to make one or two :) thank you for sharing

    SvaraRadera
  6. Can you explain how you make the muzzle? :) Really cute fox, can't wait till its finished!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Sorry for this late reply, I didn't see your comment until now. The most important thing with the muzzle is how you stuff it. I try to make it wider on the sides so that it gets a more oval form. Then I try to shape it so it gets a bit of an "up nose", by bending the muzzle upwards while I stuff it. One can also get this form by stretching the black yarn upwards while sewing the muzzle on - use some violence! ;) Perhaps I didn't answer your question but it's kind of hard to describe it in words. :)

      Radera
  7. There's a little mistake in the head part!

    14-24) I sc in each st for 10 rows (78)

    but 14 to 24 makes 11 rows :) Anyway, thank you so much for the pattern! It,s so cuuuuuute

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    1. Oh and in the body part, there's that :
      9) I sc in each st for 4 rows (48)
      10) 1 sc in the next 6 st then 2 tog
      I doN't know if it was meant to be ^^

      Radera
    2. Thanks Micky! Fixed the bugs (I hope)!

      Radera
    3. Hello i am une french woman, i dont' understand tog , can you explain me?

      Radera
    4. Hello i am une french woman, i dont' understand tog , can you explain me?

      Radera
    5. Hello Laurène, I don't know if you still hold the question but tog stands for together (ensemble), or to make a decrease. Une diminution.

      Radera
  8. What size hook did you use? I just completed the head using a G hook and stuffed it is about the same size as a large cantaloupe.

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  9. What size hook did you use? I just completed the head using a G hook and stuffed it is about the same size as a large cantaloupe.

    SvaraRadera
  10. What size hook did you use? I just finished the head using a size G Hook (US) and the head came out slightly bigger than a cantaloupe.

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    1. I use hook size 2.5 mm and a thin yarn. It makes the head slightly bigger than an orange. :)

      Radera
  11. Hello, First you made a wonderfull pattern. My question is: do I have to change to black yarn to crochet the muzzle or do I sew it black. In the pattern you only change color once (change to white yarn).
    Thank you very much.
    Greetings from Amsterdam,
    Marianne

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    1. Hi there and thanks! You sew the black yarn on after finishing of the white. :)

      Radera
  12. I was wondering if I had your permission to share this on my blog at moniquesboutique.org...

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    1. Sorry for this late replying but of course you can share it! Thanks for asking!

      Radera
  13. Den här kommentaren har tagits bort av skribenten.

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  14. Hello, I have finished the muzzle but ia there a pattern for the black nose? Thanks!

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  15. Super lisek :-) www.kuzniahome.blogspot.com tutoriale

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  16. Super lisek :-) www.kuzniahome.blogspot.com tutoriale

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  17. How much yarn does one fox use? I had to use a 3.5 as that was the smallest I had. I'm worried I won't have enough yarn now!

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    1. For the main part of the body (here: orange) one skein of yarn should be enough. I use the yarn "Tilda" from Svarta Fåret (Swedish brand)that has the weight 50 g and lenght 150 centimeters (a really thin yarn). Even if the info is in Swedish, this might give you an idea: http://www.svartafaret.se/garn/tilda

      Radera
  18. I think i had made my fox head is too big...

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  19. Thank you for the pattern is really good!! And the pictures too!!

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  20. Hello Eserehtanin,

    I made a Dutch translation of this one for my mum and some fellow crocheters; https://www.facebook.com/groups/1662400143774314/

    Kind regards,
    Desiree Gaal

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  21. Hola, primero que nada quisiera agradecerte por compartir este patrón. También quisiera preguntarte que significa la abreviatura ''tog''.
    voy en la parte II, linea 13. espero tu ayuda.
    muchas gracias.

    te dejo mi correo en espera de tu respuesta:
    d.a.jauregui.s@gmail.com

    Daniela Jáuregui

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  22. Do you slip stich at the end of each row?

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  23. I have been looking for ages for a good, cute fox.
    I LOVE this one so I'm going to make it for my 13 month old granddaughter.
    I'm a 64 yr old grandad and taught myself how to crochet so that I could make her this sort of stuff.
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern.

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    1. Dear Joseph. Even if it's been a while since you wrote (I don't log in that often) I want to thank you for your comment. Hope your fox turned out well. All the best/Nina

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  24. Hej Nina

    Har du kun denne opskrift på engelsk? :)
    Mvh
    Pernille

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  25. Hi there!
    This pattern is SO adorable.
    I saw that you recommended stitching the muzzle tighter so that it's more pointy. If you don't stitch it right, does it come out rounder?
    Thanks!
    Mandie

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    1. About two months later (sorry for that): from pictures it seems that - when people have followed the design without shaping the muzzle while crocheting - the muzzle become longer than it does when I do it. The pattern is correct, but you have to bend the muzzle - shape it - while you crochet, to make it look the way it does on my pictures. So, it doesn't become rounder, rather longer, if you don't shape it while crocheting harder and by "forcing" it while you shape it. There is nothing wrong with the pattern, you just have to "feel it". After a couple of foxes one usually gets the idea. My first fox was "questionable", but every single one now is foxy. Still the same pattern. :)

      Radera
  26. Thank you for your pattern. He's adorable.

    SvaraRadera
  27. 5) 1 sc in each st for 2 rows (16)

    Little mistake with the row numbers in the front paws

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  28. Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome pattern!!! I'm making a fox in these days and I'm enjoying it a lot! Looking forwards to see it finished. Your patterns are awesome!!! <3

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  29. Hej Nina.
    Jeg vil høre om jeg må oversætte opskriften til dansk, og dele den på min side? Selvfølgelig med link til din side også! :)
    Mvh. Lene

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  30. Just in case you don't undstand danish:
    Hi Nina,
    I would like to translate your pattern to danish, if i may? And share it on my site. I will of course also link to your page. Wating for your response.
    Kindly regards, Lene

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    1. Kära Lene,
      tack för din fråga! I'm writing in English now, since my danish is "questionable": First and foremost - sorry for my late reply. How sweet that you want to translate the Sleepy Fox pattern to danish - I would love if you did! Got a translation for dutch earlier, so a danish one would be lovely. You hereby get my permission to do it - if you link the translated pattern to my original design, I would be honoured. <3

      Radera
    2. Thank you so much! Of course I will link to the original design. Love making the foxes, and they're really popular - I've made 6 so far <3

      Radera
    3. Hej Lene
      Jeg vil gerne bede om en når du har en dansk opskrift klar :)

      Radera
    4. By the way - should I use your photos or can I use some of mine? :-)

      Radera
  31. Hi! I love your Sleepy Fox pattern! Just finished one and want to do more:) And the Minima Cat is next on my list.
    Kind regards,
    Mirka

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    1. So happy to read that you enjoyed the pattern! More patterns are coming up, even if it takes a bit of time. Good Minima' Cat-luck to you! :)

      Radera
  32. Please, I don't mean to be rude, but would it be all right if I used your patterns and sold the end products that they made? It's fine if you would prefer not to. I just wanted to make sure I got your input on the matter. Thank you for sharing your patterns with us too. They're adorable!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Wow, I'm hounored by your request. Rude would be not asking - since you did, my answer is: go ahead! The end product is made by your hand. As long as one doesn't try to sell my patterns, I'm fine. I'd love it though, if you made a foot note that it's my design. Good amigurumi luck to you! <3

      Radera
  33. Muy Lindos todos. Voy a intentar hacerlo. Gracias por compartirlo.

    SvaraRadera
  34. Thank you! And don't worry. All the products that I sell will give credit to the pattern creators.

    SvaraRadera
  35. I am just working on this fox, and there seem to be some errors in row counting on the arms. Not sure how many rows there are supposed to be. It has a total of 20, but row 5 says to do that row twice, and no additional row in in the counting because row 6 is different, and row 8 says to repeat 3 times, and no additional rows are added to the count because row 9 is different.

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  36. Hi there Nina, just wondering what ply this yarn is?

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  37. Thanks for sharing! Its an amazing pattern!

    SvaraRadera
  38. The legs are confusing. It seems to close off too soon due to doing two together and 1 sc. It says do it 22 stitches total? Can you clarify the legs a bit

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