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Finn the Fox Lovey: Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

One of my favorite Spring memories was a few years ago when a pair of foxes made a den in my backyard. Not long after, we’d see a bunch of fox cubs running around and playing in the grass and flowers! So for this week’s pattern, I wanted to share an adorable little fox lovey. I hope you enjoy this quick and easy crochet baby blanket pattern.

Loveys are the best of both worlds and they are so easy to make! I’ve been making lovey versions of some of my favorite plushies, and not only are they fun to make and gift, but they’re also great sellers at craft fairs! You can check out all the plushies and lovey patterns here if you’re interested.

The best thing about this lovey is that the head and body are worked as one piece, with the features added on at the end. But you can also start with the smaller pieces first if you prefer. Either way, the head and the blanket are worked as one piece so that you don’t have to worry about the head coming loose over time and it’s fewer ends to weave in!

 

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The full free pattern is written out below. For those who’d prefer to print the pattern and take it with you for on-the-go and to markup as you go, you can buy the inexpensive printable PDF from my Etsy and Ravelry shops. The PDF is formatted without ads or comments, so it’s easy to read.

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Pattern Notes:

  • Skill level: Intermediate – some amigurumi experience is helpful but not necessary
  • Sizing: 12 x 12 inches square
  • Gauge: 1 inch = 2 blocks in blanket

Finn the Fox Lovey: Free Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Round 1: With yarn in orange and 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Place a stitch marker.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).

Round 5: *SC 3, inc* around (30).

Round 6: *SC 4, inc* around (36).

Round 7: *SC 5, inc* around (42).

Rounds 8-15: SC around for 8 rounds.

Rounds 16-18: Switch to white yarn and SC around for 3 rounds. Start to add the stuffing.

Round 19: *SC 5, dec* around (36).

Round 20: *SC 4, dec* around (30).

Round 21: *SC 3, dec* around (24).

Round 22: *SC 2, dec* around (18). Finish adding stuffing.

Round 23: *SC, dec* around (12).

Round 24: Decrease around (6). Do not cut the yarn!

Crochet Baby Blanket

Now let’s make the blanket of this crochet baby blanket! Work the blanket from the bottom of the head to keep it all in one piece. This is going to be a basic granny square pattern that’s anchored at the base of the head.

Switch to the larger hook and ch 2.

Round 1: DC twice by going through the opening of the bottom of the head and catching the space on the opposite side. This is to bring the sides together and close the hole. *Ch 2, DC 3 through the next space and the space across it*, twice. Ch 2, and work 3 DC into a space on the head, ch 2 and then slip stitch to the top of the ch 2 that started the round. You’ll have 3 blocks around the 6 stitches from the opening and 1 block just anchored to a stitch.

Round 2: Ch 2 and turn. DC 2 into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, DC 3. *Ch 2, DC 3 into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (8 blocks)

These next 3 pictures are of a hippo lovey but it’s done the exact same way!

Round 3: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (12)

Round 4: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 2 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (16)

Round 5: Switch to orange yarn. Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 3 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round.  (20)

Round 6: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 4 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (24)

Round 7: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 5 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (28)

Round 8: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 5 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (32)

Round 9: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 6 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (36)

Round 10: Ch 2 and turn. *DC 3 into the next 7 ch-2 space. Ch 2, and into the corner space: DC 3, ch 2, DC 3.* Repeat around and then slip stitch to the beginning of the round. (40)

Switch to black yarn for the border.

Round 11: Ch 2 and turn. DC 4 into the middle DC of the block, then SC into the next ch-2 space. DC 5 into the middle of the next block, and SC into the next ch-2 space. Work from * around and bind off at the end of the round. And then use an invisible bind-off for a clean finish.

Snout:

Round 1: With orange yarn and 3.25mm hook, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it. Pull the loop closed and use a stitch marker to mark the first space.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Round 3: *SC, inc* around (18).

Round 4: *SC 2, inc* around (24).

Rounds 5-9: SC 12 in orange yarn and 12 in white yarn for the next 5 rounds. This tutorial can help you learn how to change colors seamlessly. Bind off and leave a long tail of each color for sewing.

Now with some black yarn, embroider a little triangle patch on the front of the snout for the nose.

Ears (make 2):

Round 1: With a 3.25mm hook and orange yarn, create a magic loop and work 6 SC into it.

Round 2: Inc in each space by working 2 SC into each (12).

Rounds 3-4: SC around for 2 rounds.

Round 5: *SC, inc* around (18).

Rounds 6-10: SC around for 5 rounds. Bind off and leave a long tail. Then use black and white yarn to embroider a few stitches to make the inside of the ears white and the tops black.

Assembly

To finish up, all we have to do now is sew the features onto the foxlovey!

Start adding the features to the head. Use the tail yarn on the ears and a tapestry needle to sew the ears onto the head going through each of the spaces at the base of the ears. Add a little bit of stuffing inside the snout and align it to the color change on the head. Use the tail yarn on the snout to sew the snout onto the face using the orange tail yarn for the orange section and the white for the white section.

Finally, use black embroidery floss to stitch on some sleepy eyes. Weave in all the loose ends and trim the excess yarn to finish!

This little fox was a quick and fun little project to work up, and I think he turned out so cute! There’s also a full plushie version of this fox you can find over here or in my shop. They’d make a great set to gift a new parent! As always, leave me any questions in the comments below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

See you soon 🙂


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