Project: Fox

Taken from Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie (£14.99, www.thegmcgroup.com).

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Fox


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This foxy fellow, in his rusty-red coat, looks dashing with his creamy features worked in intarsia.

A shiny lurex nose and soft mohair ears, along with fox-tail pompom-tipped cords, all add to his character. Taken from Animal Hats by Vanessa Mooncie (£14.99, www.thegmcgroup.com).


Materials

Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky, 100% merino wool (65yds/60m per 50g ball)

3[3] x 50g balls in 005 Burnt Umber (A)

1[2] x 50g balls in 003 Ecru (B)

*Debbie Bliss Angel, 76% superkid mohair, 24% silk (218yds/200m per 25g ball)

1[1] x 25g ball in 02 Black (C)

*Rowan Shimmer, 60% cupro, 40% polyester (191yds/175m per 25g ball)

1[1] x 25g ball in 095 Jet (D)

1 pair each of 7mm (UK2:US10.5/11) and 4mm (UK8:US6) needles

2 x brown 3⁄4[7⁄8]in (2[2.25]cm) diameter buttons

2 x black 1⁄2[5⁄8]in (1.25[1.5]cm) diameter buttons

Small amount of toy stuffing

Stitch holder

Darning needle

Sewing needle

Black sewing thread

Thin card to make pompoms

*Use yarn DOUBLED


Sizes

To fit: child up to 8 years [adult]


Tension

13 sts and 18 rows to 4in (10cm) over stocking stitch using 7mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.


Fox chart (8 rows x 61[65] sts)

 

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Method


The fox features are knitted in a simple intarsia pattern, giving a three-dimensional effect, with the little black nose and the ears worked separately.

 

Main piece

First earflap

Both sizes

*Using 7mm needles and A, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (inc) (RS): Kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts).

Row 2: K2, p1, k2.

Row 3 (inc): Kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts).

Row 4: K2, p3, k2.

Row 5 (inc): Kfb, k5, kfb (9 sts).

Row 6: K2, p5, k2.

Row 7 (inc): Kfb, k7, kfb (11 sts).

Row 8: K2, p7, k2.

Row 9 (inc): Kfb, k9, kfb (13 sts).

Row 10: K2, p9, k2.

Row 11 (inc): Kfb, k11, kfb (15 sts).

Row 12: K2, p11, k2.

Adult size only

Row 13 (inc): Kfb, k13, kfb (17 sts).

Row 14: K2, p13, k2.

Both sizes

Row 15: Knit.

Row 16: As row 12[14].*

Break yarn and leave these sts on a holder.

Second earflap

Work as given for first earflap from * to *.

The following is worked in intarsia:

Next row: Cast on and k 5 sts, knit across 15[17] sts of second earflap, turn. Join in B and cast on 21 sts, turn, knit across 15[17] sts of first earflap in A, turn, cast on 5 sts in A (61[65] sts).

Next row (WS): K7A, p11[13]A, k2A, k21B, k2A, p11[13]A, k7A.

Next row: K20[22]A, k21B, k20[22]A.

Rep last 2 rows once more.

Next row (WS): P20[22]A, p21B, p20[22]A.

Next row: K20[22]A, k21B, k20[22]A.

Adult size only

Rep last 2 rows once more.

Both sizes

Rep the first of the previous 2 rows once again to end with a WS row.

Work following 8 rows from chart or as given below:

Row 1: K21[23]A, k7B, k5A, k7B,
k21[23]A.

Row 2: P21[23]A, p7B, p5A, p7B, p21 [23]A.

Row 3: K22[24]A, k5B, k7A, k5B, k22[24]A.

Row 4: P22[24]A, p5B, p7A, p5B, p22[24]A.

Row 5: K23[25]A, k3B, k9A, k3B, k23[25]A.

Row 6: P23[25]A, p3B, p9A, p3B, p23[25]A.

Row 7: K to end in A.

Row 8: P to end in A.

Rep last 2 rows 4 times more.

Shape crown

Row 1 (RS) (dec): K2tog, (k12[13], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k12[13], k2tog (53[57] sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (dec): K2tog, (k10[11], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k10[11], k2tog (45[49] sts).

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (dec): K2tog, (k8[9], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k8[9], k2tog (37[41] sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7 (dec): K2tog, (k6[7], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k6[7], k2tog (29[33] sts).

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9 (dec): K2tog, (k4[5], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k4[5], k2tog (21[25] sts).

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11 (dec): K2tog, (k2[3], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k2[3], k2tog (13[17] sts).

Adult size only

Row 12: Purl.

Row 13 (dec): K2tog, (k1, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k1, k2tog (9 sts).

Both sizes

Break yarn and thread through rem sts, draw up tight and fasten off.

 

Earflap facing (make 2)

Omit if you plan to add knitted lining Using 7mm needles and A, cast on 3 sts and work as for earflaps.

Next: Rep rows 15 and 16 three more times.

Cast off loosely.

 

Outer ear (make 2)

Both sizes

With 7mm needles and C DOUBLED, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (inc): Kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (inc): Kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts).

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (inc): Kfb, k5, kfb (9sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7 (inc): Kfb, k7, kfb (11 sts).

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9 (inc): Kfb, k9, kfb (13 sts).

Adult size only

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11 (inc): Kfb, k11, kfb (15 sts).

Row 12: Purl.

Row 13 (inc): Kfb, k13, kfb (17 sts).

Both sizes

Work 5 rows in st st.

Cast off.

 

Inner ear (make 2)

Both sizes

With 7mm needles and A, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (inc): Kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts).

Starting with p row, work 3 rows in st st.

Row 5 (inc): Kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts).

Work 3 rows in st st.

Row 9 (inc): Kfb, k5, kfb (9sts).

Work 5[3] rows st st.

Adult size only

Row 13 (inc): Kfb, k7, kfb (11 sts).

Work 5 rows in st st.

Both sizes

Cast off leaving a long length of yarn.

 

Nose

Both sizes

Starting at the narrow base of the nose, with 4mm needles and yarn D DOUBLED, cast on 5 sts.

Row 1 (inc): (K1, kfb) twice, k1 (7 sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (inc): K1, (kfb) twice, k1, (kfb) twice, k1 (11 sts).

Adult size only

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (inc): K2, (kfb) twice, k3, (kfb) twice, k2 (15 sts).

Both sizes

Cast off knitwise.

 

Making up

Using matching yarn, join the back seam.

 

With right sides together, sew the earflap facings to the earflaps, starting and finishing at the edge of the main section, leaving the overlapping cast-on edge open. Turn right side out and slipstitch the open edges to the inside
of the main section.

 

With right sides together sew the inner to the outer ear, leaving lower edge open. Turn right side out, positioning the inner ear so it sits centrally with a slight overlap each side of the larger outer piece. Lightly stuff, keeping a flattened shape, and join the cast-off edges. Bring the two corners of each side from the lower edge of the ear to the middle to form a bowl shape. Stitch to hold in place. Attach to the main section of the hat stitching all around the lower shaped ear, which will help prevent it flopping over.

 

Stitch side edges of the nose together and, folding the piece with the seam at centre back, join the lower narrow cast-on edge, then the wider cast-off edge. Attach the nose to the centre front of the hat, just below the point where yarn B meets yarn A at the centre front.

 

Make two twisted cords using A (see page 118), each measuring 8[12]in (20[30]cm) long, using 6[8] strands of yarn. Make two 2[23⁄8]in (5[6]cm) pompoms in B (see page 118) and attach each to one end of the twisted cord, then stitch the other end of the cord to the tip of the earflap. Using sewing thread, place the small black buttons over the larger brown buttons and sew in place for the eyes.


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Sewing in a fleece lining

This lining can be added to all of the hats in this book to make them even cosier. Polar fleece is recommended, but jersey or towelling fabrics can also be used.


Materials

22 x 22in (56 x 56cm) [25 x 25in (63.5 x 63.5cm)] polar fleece fabric

Matching thread

Needle

Dressmaking pins

3⁄8in (1cm) squared pattern paper (or access to a photocopier)

Pencil

Scissors


Method

1 Using the pattern templates on page 106, scale them to the size that you require (adult- or child-sized), either by transferring onto squared pattern paper (or by photocopying at 200%).

 

2 Cut out the paper pattern following the unbroken lines. Seam allowances of 5⁄8in (1.5cm) are included in the pattern with the stitches indicated as a broken line inside the continuous black outline.

 

3 Fold the fabric at a 45-degree angle to obtain the bias. This is the diagonal line that cuts across the warp and the weft, or the vertical and horizontal threads of the fabric (see drawing opposite).

 

4 Place the pattern on the folded fleece so the arrow of the grain line on the paper follows the direction of the vertical threads of the fabric to allow some elasticity in the finished lining. Ensure the fold indicated on the pattern is placed exactly on the bias fold of the fabric. Pin the pattern in position and cut out the fleece.

 

5 Stitch the darts where indicated on the pattern template. Pin the main seam along the broken line and stitch together. Cut notches into the curved edge (see opposite) and trim the seam.

 

6 Turn under a hem of 5⁄8in (1.5cm) and pin the lining to the inside of the finished hat, just above the cast-on stitches, with the main seam matching the back seam of the hat. Ease the fabric evenly around the lower edge. Slipstitch the fleece lining in place by hand. Put a few stitches through the top of the crown into the knitted hat to keep it in place.


IMAGES

Finding the bias

Cutting notches

 

Pattern template 1 square = 3⁄8 in (1cm)

Enlarge by 200% on a photocopier.   Align marker with arrow on top left of photocopier glass.


Inserting a knitted lining

A knitted lining is a cosy alternative to using fleece. It can either be worked in the same shade as your animal hat or in a contrasting colour.


Materials

100g of yarn used for chosen animal hat (A)

Please see chosen animal hat pattern for needle sizes required

Stitch holder

Darning needle


 Size

To fit: child up to 8 years [adult]


 Tension

See chosen animal hat pattern for required tension


Method

The knitted lining is worked in the same yarn as the animal you are making, so refer to the pattern for the yarn type, needles required and tension. The earflap facings are worked first, where applicable, and then the main part of the lining is continued in stocking stitch. The back seam is joined and the lining slipped inside the hat and stitched in place before finishing with twisted cords and tassels or pompoms, if using.


Pattern note

As the earflap facings are worked into the knitted lining pattern, omit them where applicable from the main animal pattern when knitting the outer section of the hat, apart from those of the Dog and Penguin. The lining is stitched in place after the features are added to the main part of the hat. If twisted cords are to be attached to the earflaps, the knitted lining should go in first.


Knitted lining for Rabbit, Chicken, Cow, Elephant, Fox, Koala, Monkey, Mouse and Panda

First earflap facing

Both sizes

*Using 6mm needles for Monkey, 6.5mm needles for Rabbit and 7mm needles for Chicken, Cow, Elephant, Fox, Koala, Mouse and Panda, and A, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (inc) (RS): Kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts).

Row 2: K2, p1, k2.

Row 3 (inc): Kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts).

Row 4: K2, p3, k2.

Row 5 (inc): Kfb, k5, kfb (9 sts).

Row 6: K2, p5, k2.

Row 7 (inc): Kfb, k7, kfb (11 sts).

Row 8: K2, p7, k2.

Row 9 (inc): Kfb, k9, kfb (13 sts).

Row 10: K2, p9, k2.

Row 11 (inc): Kfb, k11, kfb (15 sts).

Row 12: K2, p11, k2.

Adult size only

Row 13 (inc): Kfb, k13, kfb (17 sts).

Row 14: K2, p13, k2.

Both sizes

Row 15: Knit.

Row 16: As row 12[14].*

Break yarn and leave sts on a holder.

Second earflap facing

Work as given for first earflap from * to *.

Next row: Cast on and k 5 sts, knit across 15[17] sts of second earflap, turn, cast on 21 sts, turn, knit across 15[17] sts
of first earflap, turn, cast on 5 sts
(61[65] sts).

Next row (WS): K7, p11[13], k25,
p11[13], k7.

Next row: Knit.

Rep last 2 rows once more and then starting with a p row, work 19[21] rows in st st, ending with a WS row.

Shape crown

Row 1 (RS) (dec): K2tog, (k12[13], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k12[13], k2tog (53[57] sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (dec): K2tog, (k10[11], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k10[11], k2tog (45[49] sts).

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (dec): K2tog, (k8[9], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k8[9], k2tog (37[41] sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7 (dec): K2tog, (k6[7], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k6[7], k2tog (29[33] sts).

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9 (dec): K2tog, (k4[5], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k4[5], k2tog (21[25] sts).

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11 (dec): K2tog, (k2[3], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k2[3], k2tog (13[17] sts).

Adult size only

Row 12: Purl.

Row 13 (dec): K2tog, (k1, sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k1, k2tog (9 sts).

Both sizes

Break yarn and thread through rem sts, draw up tight and fasten off.

 

Knitted lining for Pig

With 7mm needles and A, cast on 61[65] sts.

Starting with a knit row, work in st st for 16[18] rows, ending with a WS row.

Shape crown

Work as for Rabbit, Chicken, Cow, Elephant, Fox, Koala, Monkey, Mouse and Panda.


Knitted lining for
Dog and Penguin

With 7mm needles and A, cast on 61[65] sts.

Work 3 rows in g-st.

Starting with a knit row, work in st st for 20[22] rows, ending with a
WS row.

Shape crown

Row 1 (RS) (dec): K2tog, k11[12], sl1, k2tog, psso, (k13[14], sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k11[12], k2tog (53[57] sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (dec): K2tog, k9[10], sl1, k2tog, psso, (k11[12], sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k9[10], k2tog (45[49] sts).

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (dec): K2tog, k7[8], sl1, k2tog, psso, (k9[10], sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k9[8], k2tog (37[41] sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7 (dec): K2tog, k5[6], sl1, k2tog, psso, (k7[8], sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k5[6], k2tog (29[33] sts).

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9 (dec): K2tog, k3[4], sl1, k2tog, psso, (k5[6], sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k3[4], k2tog (21[25] sts).

Row 10: Purl.

Row 11 (dec): K2tog, k1[2], sl1, k2tog, psso, (k3[4], sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k1[2], k2tog (13[17] sts).

Adult size only

Row 12: Purl.

Row 13 (dec): K2tog, sl1, k2tog, psso, (k2, sl1, k2tog, psso) twice, k2tog (9 sts).

Both sizes

Break yarn and thread through rem sts, draw up tight and fasten off.


Knitted lining for Frog and Lion

First earflap facing

Both sizes

*With 10mm needles for Frog and 12mm needles for Lion and A, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 (inc) (RS): Kfb, k1, kfb (5 sts).

Row 2: K2, p1, k2.

Row 3 (inc): Kfb, k3, kfb (7 sts).

Row 4: K2, p3, k2.

Row 5 (inc): Kfb, k5, kfb (9 sts).

Row 6: K2, p5, k2.

Adult size only

Row 7 (inc): Kfb, k7, kfb (11 sts).

Row 8: K2, p7, k2.

Both sizes

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: As row 6 [8].*

Break yarn and leave these sts on a holder.

Second earflap facing

Work as given for first earflap from * to *.

Next row: Cast on and k 4 sts, knit across 9[11] sts of second earflap, turn, cast on 15 sts, turn, knit across 9[11] sts of first earflap, turn, cast on 4 sts (41[45] sts).

Next row (WS): K6, p5[7], k19, p5[7], k6.

Next row (RS): Knit.

Rep first of last 2 rows once more.

Starting with a knit row, work 16 rows in stocking stitch, ending with a purl row.

Shape crown

Row 1 (dec) (RS): K2tog, (k7[8], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k7[8], k2tog (33[37] sts).

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (dec): K2tog, (k5[6], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k5[6], k2tog (25[29] sts).

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (dec): K2tog, (k3[4], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k3[4], k2tog (17[21] sts).

Row 6: Purl.

Row 7 (dec): K2tog, (k1[2], sl1, k2tog, psso) 3 times, k1[2], k2tog (9[13] sts).

Break yarn and thread through rem sts, draw up tight and fasten off.


Knitted lining for Cat

With 7.5mm needles and A, cast on 41[45] sts.

Work 3 rows in g-st.

Change to 8mm needles.

Starting with a k row, work 14[16] rows in st st.

Shape crown

Work as for Frog and Lion.


Making up

Using matching yarn, join the back seam. With wrong sides together, pin the lining in place inside the main part of the hat and slipstitch neatly around the lower edges. For the Dog and Penguin, pin in position matching lower edges and keeping the lining straight across the earflap facings before stitching. For the Pig, slipstitch the lower edge of the lining to the first row of stocking stitch after the rib on the main part. Work a few stitches into the top of the crown to stop the lining slipping.


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