Eli the Fox - A Free Crochet Pattern



I'm excited to introduce you to Eli the fox, my newest pattern in the Forest animals series! He is soft, cuddly and courageous! Best of all, he works up fast.

Eli measure 13 inches tall, just like Emma the fox!.


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In most of my patterns I use plastic safety eyes, they are easy and fast to install. However, they are not recommended for children under 3. If you are making this for a little one or don't have the size needed on hand, I recommend using my crochet thread eyes as an alternative!

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Materials:

· Size 4 worsted weight yarn (I used 100g I Love This Yarn in Desert Glaze, you will also need a small amount of brown, white, black and choice of shirt color

· 3.5 mm crochet hook

· 10.5 mm safety eyes

· Scissors and tapestry needle

· Stuffing

· Stitch markers


US Abbreviations:

MC- Magic circle

SC- Single crochet

SC INC- Single crochet increase

INV DEC- Invisible decrease

HDC- Half double crochet


*Slowly stuff as you go, you want it to be firm but not stretched. You will be working in the round, I like using a stitch marker at the beginning of each round.


Legs and Body-


Legs: Make 2 - Using brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next stitch, rep around (18 SC)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, rep around (24 SC)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next stitch, rep around (30 SC)

Rounds 6-8: SC around (30 SC)

Round 9: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24 SC)

Round 10: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18 SC)

Round 11: SC around (18 SC) Change to orange

Rounds 12-24: SC around (18 SC)

Fasten off (when you finish the 2nd leg do not fasten off, proceed to round 25)

*Round 25 joins the legs together and starts the body

Round 25: Chain 3 and attach to the first leg with a SC, SC in the remaining stitches around the leg, when you reach the chain make a SC across each of the 3 chains, SC in the remaining stitches of the next leg and SC across each of the 3 chains (42 SC) This completes your join and is where your next round will start.






Rounds 26-29: SC around (42 SC) Change to shirt color

Rounds 30-41: SC around (42 SC)

Round 42: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC, rep around (36 SC)

Round 43: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC, rep around (30 SC)

Round 44: SC around (30 SC) Change to orange

Round 45: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC, rep around (24 SC)

Rounds 46-47: SC around (24 SC)

Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing

Head- 


With orange

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18 SC)

Round 4: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24 SC)

Round 5: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (30 SC)

Round 6: SC in the first 4 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (36 SC)

Round 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (42 SC)

Round 8: SC in the first 6 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (48 SC)

Round 9: SC in the first 7 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (54 SC)

Rounds 10-18: SC around (54 SC)

Note: Here is where we will add the eyes before we start closing the head. Insert the eyes between rows 16 and 17, 8 stitches apart.

Round 19: SC in the first 7 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (48 SC)

Round 20: SC in the first 6 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (42 SC)

Round 21: SC in the first 5 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (36 SC)

Round 22: SC in the first 4 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (30 SC)

Round 23: SC in the first 3 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (24 SC) *Continue to stuff the head firmly

Round 24: SC in the first 2 stitches, INV DEC in the next, rep around (18 SC)

Round 25: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC in the next, rep around (12 SC)

Round 26: INV DEC around (6 SC)

Fasten off and sew remaining part closed, weave in your end


Ears- 


Make 2

Starting with brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 8 SC

Round 2: SC around (8 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (12 SC) Change to orange

Round 4: SC around (12 SC)

Round 5: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (16 SC)

Rounds 6-8: SC around (16 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing


Nose- 


With white

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch (12 SC)

Rounds 3-4: SC around (12 SC)

Round 5: SC in the first stitch, SC INC in the next, rep around (18 SC)

Round 6: SC around (18 SC)

Round 7: SC in the first 2 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (24 SC)

Round 8: SC around (24 SC) Change to orange

Round 9: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC in the next, rep around (30 SC)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing 



Take your black yarn and tapestry needle; make a ‘V’ and pass through across as shown below. Pass through a few more times from the bottom center to the top until your nose is filled in:




Assembling the head- 


Sew the nose onto head centered evenly with the eyes as pictured below (Optional: Use pins to hold in place as you sew) Stuff the nose lightly just before sewing is complete. Next, sew the ears starting at the 3rd round and ending at the 8th. 



Arms- 


Make 2

*Lightly stuff the bottom of the arms only*

With brown

Round 1: Create a magic circle with 6 SC

Round 2: SC INC in each stitch around (12 SC)

Round 3: SC in the first 3 stitches, SC INC, rep around (15 SC)

Rounds 4-5: SC around (15 SC)

Round 6: SC in the first stitch, INV DEC, rep around (10 SC) Change to orange

Rounds 7-13: SC around (10 SC) Change to shirt color

Rounds 14-20: SC around (10 SC)

At the end of round 20 pinch the arm flat and make 5 SC across the top to close, fasten off and leave a long tail to sew onto the body.

Attaching everything together- 

Sew the head onto the body, making sure to have the facial features centered. Add extra stuffing as you go to keep it firm and less wobbly. Next sew the arms onto the body centered with the head at round 44.



Last step is to make the collar and waistband:

Collar- Make a chain that reaches around the fox’s neck (we all crochet with different tension so your number may be different than mine, for reference I chained 34), HDC in the 2nd chain from your hook and in each chain across. Fasten off and sew around the neck.

Waistband- Make a chain that reaches around the hips of the fox, I chained 40, HDC in the 2nd chain from your hook and in each chain across. Fasten off and sew around your fox at round 29.






Your fox is complete! I hope you have enjoyed making this pattern. Let me know if you have any questions with this pattern or any of my other patterns, I would be happy to help. 



Thank you, 

Stephanie

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