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Pocket Pet: Fox
Lion Brand® Fun Fur®
Pattern Number: BK4K-0508004
This tiny stuffed animal is fun to play with or use to decorate a backpack. It is lesson 4 from our series of 'learn to knit' pocket pet projects
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner (Level 1)
SIZE: One Size
5 inches tall [approximately 12.5 cm], 8 inches tail to nose
PUBLISHED IN: By Kids, For Kids
320-134 Fun Fur Yarn: Copper
Medium tawny orange
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
320-098 Fun Fur Yarn: Ivory Soft off-white
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
320-133 Fun Fur Yarn: Tangerine Bright, vibrant glossy orange.
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size F-5 (3.75 mm)
Quantity needed: 1
Scrap of smooth black yarn for eyes and nose, approximately 12 inches [30 cm]
Sewing needle and orange sewing thread
1 oz polyester stuffing
small quantity orange felt for ears
10-12 4 inch [10 cm] Soft black broom bristles (ours were clipped from a whisk broom.)
Note: If it is not your broom, be SURE to check with the broom's owner to make sure it is ok before you start cutting on it!
24 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm)
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.
Row 1: With A, cast on 2 stitches.
Row 2: Knit in front and back of first stitch, knit to last stitch, knit in front and back of last stitch. You now have 4 stitches on your needle! Note: Knitting twice into a stitch (once in front and once in back) of a stitch is a way to do an increase.Knit into the front loop of the next stitch on your left-hand needle as you would normally, pull the loop of the new stitch through but don't remove the stitch from the left needle.Then knit into the back loop of the same stitch so you have two stitches.Finally, slide the original stitch off the left needle.Row 3: Knit in front and back of first stitch, knit to last stitch, knit in front and back of last stitch. You now have 6 stitches on your needle.
Rows 4-17: Repeat, adding one stitch at the beginning and each of each row as you did in the previous rows. When you reach row 17 you will have 34 stitches on your needle.
Row 18: Repeat for 15 stitches. In addition to A, add a strand of B, knit 6 stitches, holding both strands together and working the end of B in. After 6 stitches, drop B and continue with A for the rest of the row, knitting in front and back of last stitch. Cut B, leaving a 3-inch tail. You will have 36 stitches.
Row 19: Repeat for 10 stitches, change to B. Cut A, work in ends and continue in B for the rest of the row. When you reach the tail of B from the previous row, pick it up and work in. You will have 38 stitches at the end of the row.
Increasing - Knitting into the Front and Back of a Stitch
An easy way to add a stitch is to use an existing stitch. Insert the right needle into the stitch, wrap the yarn around the needle and pull through as for a normal knit stitch, elongating the loop slightly. Don't pull the stitch over the left needle yet.
Bring the top of the right needle around to the back and knit into the back loop of the stitch as shown (see the FAQ on knitting into the back loop for more detail). You now have two stitches on the right needle.
Row 20: Knit, adding one stitch at the beginning and end of the row. You will now have 40 stitches.
Rows 21-23: Knit.
Row 24 Change to A. Knit the first two stitches together as shown; knit 8 stitches more for a total of 9 stitches. Change to B; knit until there are two stitches remaining on your needle, knit these two stitches together. You now have 38 stitches on your needle.
Row 25 Knit the first two stitches together and knit 20 more stitches, for a total of 21. stitches. Change to A, knit until there are two stitches remaining on your needle, knit these two stitches together. You now have 36 stitches on your needle.
Rows 26-42: Repeat, knitting two stitches together at the beginning and end of every row. Knit the last two stitches together. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Pull the tail through the last loop and trim the tail.
Decreasing - Knitting two stitches together
Work to the two stitches to be decreased and then knit the two stitches together as shown. The stitches slant to the right.
The piece will be square, about 4 inches [approximately 10 cm] as shown.
Pick up 20 stitches along one edge (as shown) and knit 3 rows with C, bind off.Pick up 24 stitches along an adjacent edge and knit 3 rows with C; bind off.The forms the bright stripe that goes down the back of the fox.
To pick up a stitch: 1. Slide one needle into an existing stitch
2. Slide your other needle underneath, into the stitch as to knit
3. Pull the stitch through as in in knitting
4. You now have a new stitch on your needle
5. Pick up the next stitch. Note: When picking up stitches you do not always have to pick up every stitch (your pattern will tell how how many to pick up). You do not have to pick up stitches on the same row (for instance, when you are doing the tail below). This allows you to start a new part of your knitting (a collar, or in our case, a tail) which is very firmly anchored in the other piece.
Fold the fox in half as shown and stitch one edge closed.
Turn the fabric and open it -- it will be a cone. Put the stuffing into it. Position stuffing with your finger to make the Fox the shape you'd like (you can always adjust this later, as well). You do not want to put a lot of stuffing into his head because foxes have long, thin noses!
Fold down the flap at the top of the cone, Sew the open edges closed.
We are going to knit the tail directly onto the fox. You can pick up one stitch at a time.
Using one strand of A and one strand of C together, pick up and knit 8 stitches where the orange stripe and the white stripe meet.
Rows 1-24 knit
Row 25 Knit the first two stitches together, knit until there are two stitches remaining on your needle, knit these two stitches together. You will have 6 stitches.
Row 26 Knit
Row 27 Knit the first two stitches together, knit until there are two stitches remaining on your needle, knit these two stitches together. You will have 4 stitches.
Row 28 Knit
Row 29 Knit the first two stitches together, knit until there are two stitches remaining on your needle, knit these two stitches together. You will have 2 stitches.
Row 30-31 Knit
Row 32 Knit the last two stitches together. Cut the yarn, leaving a short. Pull the tail through the last loop and trim the tail
Cut ears from orange felt. Position ears and sew to the head as shown in picture. Trim the fur on the fox's face (between the ears and the nose) so it is about 1/2 inch [1.25 cm] long.
To add eyes, pull the crochet hook all the way through the 'head' and use it to pull the black yarn through. Tie a large knot (or several knots together) on one end. Pull the two yarns tight and tie off on the other end (use several knots). Trim closely. To add the nose, pull the black yarn with crochet hook through the very tip of the nose (ouch!). Tie the ends together in a large knot and trim closely.Insert the bristles from the broom through the nose for the whiskers.
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
k = knit
st(s) = stitch(es)
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